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via Paul Branecky of CarolinaHurricanes.com,
It appears that Justin Williams’ recent bad luck with injuries has struck again.
The Hurricanes winger, who missed the team’s first 25 games with a ruptured Achilles tendon, is expected to miss at least a month after a slap shot broke a bone in his hand last night in Buffalo. A decision will be made on whether to perform surgery in the coming days.
“He walked on that bus last night and he looked about as low as a man can,” said Coach Paul Maurice of Williams. “The especially painful part is that over the last three or four games, his speed was coming back. He was skating last night and he was really moving, and I think he really felt that finally something positive [was happening]. To have that happen is going to be very difficult for him.”
from David Droschak of CarolinaHurricanes.com,
No matter what sport you pick, players with special defensive skills are often overlooked when it comes to Hall of Fame balloting. A defensive second baseman like Bill Mazeroski, regarded as the best glove man to play his position in baseball history, was overlooked for years by Hall voters for guys who couldn’t field at lick but belted homers or hit for average.
Same is true for NHL defensemen. Point men on the power play, who pile up gaudy offensive stats, often come away with the Norris Trophy as the league’s best defenseman.
So, where does a player like Glen Wesley fit into his generation of defensemen?
via the Carolina Hurricanes,
RALEIGH, NC— Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has acquired left wing Jussi Jokinen from Tampa Bay in exchange for Wade Brookbank, Josef Melichar and Carolina’s fourth-round draft pick in 2009. Jokinen will be available for the Hurricanes’ game tonight against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, AZ.
“Jussi is a skilled, two-positional player that can be used in all situations,” said Rutherford. “He will add depth to our team at an important time of the season.”
from SportsTicker via the National Post,
Due to an unspecified nagging injury, Carolina Hurricanes captain Rod Brind’Amour returned home Wednesday and will miss the team’s upcoming games in San Jose and Phoenix.
The Hurricanes would not describe the specific nature of Brind’Amour’s problem, saying only that it was a lower body injury that has been bothering him for a number of days.
Carolina coach Paul Maurice did say the injury is not related to Brind’Amour’s knee problems….
The Hurricanes also announced Wednesday that right wing Scott Walker will be placed on injured reserve with an upper body injury.
RALEIGH, NC—Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, announced today that Associate Head Coach Ron Francis will not be behind the bench for tonight’s game at Madison Square Garden against the New York Rangers. Francis suffered a back injury during the All-Star break and is not with the team on the current road trip.
from Chip Alexander of Canes Now,
While saying the decision to fire Peter Laviolette as the Hurricanes coach was made by general manager Jim Rutherford, team owner Peter Karmanos said today he approved of the move.
“I didn’t like our coach,” Karmanos said. “His public persona and his private persona were two different things.”
“The politically correct thing that most coaches would say is that it’s just like any other game. But it’s absolutely not. It’s absolutely personal. You get fired, you want to see that team lose every game for the next ten years.”
from Paul Branecky of CarolinaHurricanes.com,
As Paul Maurice said in his postgame comments, last night’s game in Florida was indeed unusual, but it wasn’t the first. The Canes’ two games there this season, both losses, have been statistically two of the strangest games in team history.
The first one, which Florida won by a 3-2 score, was the franchise’s first penalty-free game on the road since 1980. Last night’s game, a 4-2 win for the Panthers, was the first time Hartford/Carolina didn’t have a power play on the road since 1981. Each of this year’s games had just two total penalties.
Sources tell TSN another NHL player may be about to jump to the KHL.
Carolina Hurricanes forward Dan LaCouture is believed to have left the team for Russia, however, the Hurricanes remain unclear as to which Kontinental Hockey League team LaCouture is attempting to join.
The Hurricanes intend on suspending LaCouture, who was signed as a free agent in October, if he doesn’t have an immediate change of heart.
If LaCouture walks away from his contract with the Hurricanes this will fuel the ongoing feud between the KHL and the National Hockey League as, once again, the Kontinental Hockey League would have apparently abandoned its policy of respecting NHL contracts.
from David Amber of ESPN,
Q: With Jared also on the NHL horizon, there will soon be four Staal brothers in the league. How much do you notice when you’re on the ice against one of your brothers?
A: You notice every time. They’re pretty good players, so you need to keep an eye on them or they can do some damage against you. We’re all competitive guys, so every time they’re on the ice I recognize the situation. It makes it fun, but no one wants to lose to their brother.
Q: Would you ever drop the gloves with one of your brothers?
A: [Laughs] I don’t know. I think I would just start laughing if it ever came to that. I remember against Marc at [Madison Square Garden], we were up by a couple of goals with the time running out and we were in the corner, and I got him in a headlock and I was laughing. I couldn’t stop laughing. He got really mad at me, but we didn’t drop the gloves.
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