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From the AP via Santa Barbara News-Press,
Carolina’s roster has been crippled partly because of a nasty flu virus that seemingly claims a new player each day and has contributed to an irksome slide of losses in six of eight games that has decimated its Southeast Division lead.
No wonder that as the Hurricanes head into this critical stretch, they’re trying to stay germ-free.
‘‘This is not your typical sniffles,’’ coach Peter Laviolette said Monday. ‘‘These guys are tough guys who can play through just about anything, and they are down and out.’‘
Defenseman Niclas Wallin, the latest illness victim, is staying home from Tuesday night’s game at Toronto, Laviolette said. Four players who missed Saturday’s 5-4 loss to Colorado - forwards Ray Whitney and Trevor Letowski, defenseman Wade Brookbank and Wesley - skated Monday and could play against the Maple Leafs, though it’s unclear how close to 100 percent they’ll be.
The Carolina Hurricanes have claimed forward Sergei Samsonov off re-entry waivers from the Chicago Blackhawks. Samsonov has appeared in 23 of Chicago’s games without scoring a goal. He has four assists, and a minus-seven plus-minus rating.
Update 12:41pm ET:
From the Carolina Hurricanes,
Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager for the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has claimed right wing Sergei Samsonov on re-entry waivers from the Chicago Blackhawks. Samsonov is expected to join the Hurricanes in Boston for the team’s game tonight against the Bruins.
“Sergei brings NHL experience to add depth to our forwards,” said Rutherford.
via Lord Stanley’s Blog at the News & Observer,
The Canes are trying to add a forward, something that could happen in the next 48 hours.
They’re concerned about their NHL depth with Justin Williams out indefinitely and Matt Cullen’s recovery from his concussion proceeding slowly. The price would probably be a draft pick or low-level prospect.
The Canes are continuing to pursue a puck-moving defenseman as well, at a much higher price, but you can read all about that in the Tuesday newspaper.
Ludicrous internet rumors aside, don’t look for the Canes to start dumping players unless they’re clearly out of contention at the deadline.
I sort of enjoyed the “Ludicrous internet rumors” remark. More MSMs should be doing that.
from Blueland Blog,
Tonight’s game will feature a pretty cool thing on the the TV broadcast. In the second period, the two TV analysts (Darren Eliot for Atlanta and Tripp Tracy for Carolina) will switch booths, and provide some “enemy perspective.”
Should make for some good TV…if you can’t make it to Philips tonight, be sure to check it out. In Atlanta, the game is on SportSourth.
read the press release…
from the CP via the Hockey News,
There’s not much Rutherford can do about injuries but he did make one notable decision Thursday, putting veteran goalie John Grahame on waivers and recalling netminder Michael Leighton from Albany of the AHL.
Grahame is earning US$1.4 million this season and will be an unrestricted free agent July 1.
“John Grahame didn’t do anything wrong, he didn’t get any support,” Rutherford said. “We’re just giving another guy a chance here.”
via the News & Observer,
Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said Thursday afternoon that he is keeping his ears open.
“In the new system and the way things are now, it’s hard to project if you’re ever close to anything or not,” Rutherford said. “So, we continue to look at things. I think the one area—and we’ve talked about this the first half of the season, but it becomes more obvious now—is maybe an enforcer.
“It seems like every week one of our guys is getting hit pretty hard and getting hurt, so we may try to look a little harder at that.”
Rutherford also said the Canes might be in the market for a puck-moving defenseman.
via Sports Network,
Carolina Hurricanes center Matt Cullen left Wednesday’s contest against the New York Rangers in the second period after an open-ice hit by Colton Orr.
Cullen quickly carried the puck into New York’s zone and with his head down after losing possession of the disc, was recklessly ran into by Orr with his helmet smacking him in the face.
Cullen, who had a cut on his nose, stayed down on the ice for several minutes before being helped to his skates and was eventually escorted to the locker room.
Orr was penalized for interference on the play and was handed a game misconduct.
update 10:46pm, Swapped out the video for one that shows more angles of the hit.
added 6:20pm on 12/27/07, KK member just pointed out in the comments that there will be no suspension for Orr.
from the News & Observer,
Carolina Hurricanes right wing Justin Williams will have reconstructive knee surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and will be out of action for four to six months, the team has announced.
Williams suffered the injury when he was hit in the offensive zone during the first period of Thursday night’s game against the Florida Panthers.
via the News & Observer,
Negotiations are expected to go into next year as the Carolina Hurricanes try to hash out a deal with their landlord at the RBC Center.
The 2006 Stanley Cup winners have asked for more than two years for a break in rent, from the $3 million they currently pay to $2 million.
The Centennial Authority, the quasi-governmental board, has yet to respond to the Hurricanes’ request but has asked the team to add five years to their lease.
The Hurricanes are currently committed through 2019.
Both sides hope to meet on middle ground soon.
Hurricanes forward Craig Adams has been suspended two games for hitting Toronto Maple Leafs forward Alex Steen over the head with his stick in Tuesday’s 3-2 Carolina victory.
Adams had a phone hearing with NHL Vice President Colin Campbell Wednesday morning, with the suspension being handed down a short time later.
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