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Hurricanes Looking For Help

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.

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Cullen Leaves Game After Hit From Orr

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.

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  Tags: colton+orr, matt+cullen

Knee Surgery For Justin Williams

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.

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Hurricanes Trying To Lower Lease

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.

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Craig Adams Suspended

via TSN,

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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Carolina Must Continue To Work Hard

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

So it’s crisis time down on Tobacco Road, although the Hurricanes’ bandwagon did not crash as noisily as the one up north did. For that to happen, the lone hockey writer for the lone newspaper in Raleigh would have to somehow turn the bandwagon into a NASCAR racer, fill it with hockey players and crash it into a pep rallies for the Duke and North Carolina college basketball teams….

No one has any easy explanation for the Hurricanes’ slide. Goaltender Cam Ward is having his ups and downs, but so are a number of his teammates.

“I just think that’s the way the league is now,” Brind’Amour said. “The teams are so evenly matched. If you don’t come out working hard every night, it happens.”

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LaRose Looking For Upshall

from the News & Observer,

After the Hurricanes won the shootout for a 6-5 win Saturday after 65 minutes of rough-and-tumble hockey, Carolina forward Chad LaRose stood in the hallway between the two dressing rooms looking for Flyers forward Scottie Upshall.

LaRose emerged from the Carolina dressing room furious with Upshall for “dirty” and “personal” things he said on the ice.

“I even put someone else’s shoes on so I can kick him in the face,” LaRose said.

Hurricanes defenseman Niclas Wallin and video coach Chris Huffine retrieved LaRose from the hallway and LaRose declined to comment afterward. He was escorted past the Flyers dressing room to the Carolina bus by another team staffer.

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Canes Not Against Making A Move

from the News & Observer,

“I wouldn’t consider any options at this point, but I do think it’s time for me to look at everything a lot closer now,” Rutherford said Thursday. “All teams are going to go through ups and downs but I think our down has lasted too long. And it’s more the fact that in given games we look really good and given games we look really bad. There’s no in-between with us.

“That’s troublesome. I’m concerned about that. When we can prepare and play so well one night and play so poorly the next night, that’s not a good sign.”

Rutherford said the trade market is stagnant at the moment, although he continues to make calls.

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Scott Walker Gets A Game

via TSN,

Carolina Hurricanes forward Scott Walker was handed a one-game suspension by the National Hockey League for his actions in Wednesday’s game against the Ottawa Senators.

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Walker May Be Facing Suspension

from the News & Observer,

Scott Walker may be facing a suspension after the Carolina Hurricanes forward head-butted Ottawa Senators forward Mike Fisher in the face during a fight on Wednesday night.

After Walker collided with Senators goalie Martin Gerber early in the second period of Carolina’s 6-0 loss, Fisher fought Walker and cut him under the left eye. Walker head-butted Fisher, earning a match penalty for attempt to injure. Fisher said he chipped one tooth and may have lost another.

Walker was ejected from the game and now faces an automatic review from the NHL.

“It was cheap. It caught me off guard,” Fisher said. “I’m sure he will get some games for it. He ran the goalie. He made no attempt to get away, and I just wanted to let him know he can’t do that.”

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Watch the video, scroll to just past the 2 minute mark to get a clear view of the head butt…

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