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Canes Sign Michael Leighton for 2 Years

From TSN:

Michael Leighton has made his way back to the NHL.

The Carolina Hurricanes signed the veteran goaltender to a US$1.2-million, two-year contract on Wednesday. Leighton received a one-way deal and will start next season as Cam Ward’s backup.

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More at Lord Stanley’s Blog in the News & Observer

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Shake Ups in Carolina

From NBC17.com,

The Carolina Hurricanes are shaking up Peter Laviolette’s coaching staff.

The Hurricanes announced Monday that one of Laviolette’s assistants and the coach of their top minor-league affiliate are switching jobs.  Tom Rowe is leaving Albany to become an assistant with Carolina, and Jeff Daniels is leaving the NHL club to take over as coach and general manager of the River Rats.

Carolina GM Jim Rutherford said the switch gives Daniels a chance to run his own team while the addition of Rowe infuses the Hurricanes’ coaching staff with fresh ideas.

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*more in the Our Sport Central press release, posted earlier in the forum

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  Tags: jeff+daniels, jim+rutherford, peter+laviolette, tom+rowe

Hedican Going Another Route

from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,

General manager Jim Rutherford said Thursday that Bret Hedican has told the team he’s moving on, and although there’s a chance he could end up back with the Canes at some point later in the summer as a free agent, he no longer figures in their plans at this point.

The 37-year-old defenseman and his wife, figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi, have said they plan to leave Raleigh and move to Northern California.

read on

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  Tags: bret+hedican

Wesley Expected To Retire

from WRAL,

The Carolina Hurricanes have a called a news conference for 1:30 p.m. today about the future of defenseman Glen Wesley.

Wesley is expected to announce he is retiring.

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added 1:56pm, from the Carolina Hurricanes,

Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Glen Wesley today announced his retirement from hockey. Wesley also announced that he will remain with the Hurricanes, working as the team’s Director of Defenseman Development.

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  Tags: glen+wesley

Chat with Bret Hedican

The boys at AOL Fanhouse are hosting a live-chat today:

Be sure to stop by at 1:00 p.m. this afternoon as we host another live chat session. I’ll be co-hosting along with Ted Starkey, NHL Editor for AOL Sports as we talk to Bret Hedican, currently a defenseman with the Carolina Hurricanes. It’s sure to be interesting, as Hedican won a Cup himself just two seasons ago with Carolina, and he’s been in the headlines thanks to his wife, Olympic Gold Medal winner Kristi Yamaguchi, the current champion at Dancing With the Stars.

Check it out. It starts right away, at 1pm ET.

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  Tags: bret+hedican

Paging Dr. Ron Francis…

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Press release via the SooToday.com:

Algoma University will celebrate the awarding of degrees at Spring Convocation 2008 to be held on the campus of Algoma University on June 14, 2008.

and being honored…

Mr. Ronald Francis, Honourary Doctorate of Letters

 

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  Tags: carolina+hurricanes

Sacrifices of a Hockey Family

From Michael Traikos at the National Post,

The family had just built a new house in Littleton and knew little of Canada. But after playing in a tournament in North Vancouver, where Bowman faced real competition for the first time, everyone realized that the young centre needed to be challenged.

“It ended up being a really good decision,” said Drayson Bowman, who was a third-round pick of the Carolina Hurricanes in last year’s NHL draft. “I wouldn’t be here today, I don’t think, unless we did it.”

Making the move was only possible because Mark Bowman owned his own financial consulting company. Still, there were sacrifices to be made. Mark had to fly back to the home office in Littleton almost every other week. And for about four years, life revolved around the two boys’ hockey career.

more *Drayson Bowman is competing for the Memorial Cup this Sunday.

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  Tags: drayson+bowman, prospects

Laviolette Returning To Carolina

from Yahoo,

General manager Jim Rutherford said Friday that the team would retain the coach who in 2006 led the Hurricanes to their only Stanley Cup. Speculation swirled for the past month about Laviolette’s future after Carolina missed the playoffs in both seasons after its championship run.

more

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Carolina Owner Taking Hands-On Approach

from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer via the Santa Barbara News-Press,

Ask Peter Karmanos what his team’s payroll will look like next season, and he’s quick to say what the Carolina Hurricanes spend on players will be determined by what the franchise makes on advertising and tickets.

And in that respect, the Hurricaanes’ owner is putting his mouth where his money is.

Having completed a hands-on restructuring of the sales force of Compuware, the software company he helped found, Karmanos said he’s going to try to do the same with his hockey team.

‘‘I plan to come in and actually help work on both those areas myself two or three days a week starting in July,’’ Karmanos said this week in a telephone interview from his Detroit office. ‘‘We’re going to do just fine.’‘

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  Tags: peter+karmanos

Samsonov Signs 3 Years with Canes

From TSN,

The Carolina Hurricanes have agreed to terms with right wing Sergei Samsonov on a three-year, $7.6 million contract.

Samsonov will receive $2.3 million in 2008-09, $2.5 million in 2009-10 and $2.8 million in 2010-11.

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  Tags: nhl+contracts, sergei+samsonov

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