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Ron Francis Interview and Video Highlights

Ron Francis, Al MacInnis, and fellow inductees Mark Messier, Scott Stevens and Jim Gregory, will be honored at the 2007 Induction Celebration on Monday, Nov. 12 at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

More on Francis at NHL.com and below is the transcript from a media conference call with Francis, from earlier today. 

A video of his career highlights is also provided.

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Scott Walker Still In Pain

from the News & Observer,

More than two weeks after the Carolina Hurricanes forward tore cartilage in his chest, Walker is still in excruciating pain. He has no idea when he’ll be able to sleep comfortably, let alone ride an exercise bike, lift weights or get back on the ice.

“I wear a brace around my chest that holds it, and that feels the best,” Walker said Sunday. “Other than that, I’m just getting to the point where I can get in and out of bed without too much discomfort. It’s frustrating because every day you wake up and hope it’s going to be better. It’s just one of those things where they told me it’s going to take some time.”

continued... I saw the injury occur and thought to myself, this is not good.  Scott could barely move his upper body without being in pain.

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Canes Need PK Work

from the News & Observer, T

he Hurricanes have been, as captain Rod Brind’Amour put it, “brutal.” In 13 games, they have allowed 19 power-play goals, a short-handed success rate of 72.5 percent, 28th among the 30 NHL teams.

“Twenty-eighth? It’s amazing we’re not 30th,” Hurricanes forward Justin Williams said. “It has lost us games, plain and simple. Our power play has won us a few guys, but the (penalty kill) has lost us some games. It has to get better. I really don’t think it can get any worse.

“We’ve reviewed it, we’ve gone over some things. It’ll get better.”

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Wallin Out 3-4 Weeks

via the Carolina Hurricanes,

Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, announced today that defenseman Niclas Wallin will undergo surgery on his right shoulder on Saturday at Rex Hospital. The procedure will be performed by Dr. Marty Isbell of Raleigh Orthopaedic and Wallin is expected to miss three to four weeks.

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Carolina Not Happy With Diving Calls

from the News & Observer,

Stung by two third-period diving calls whistled against them Wednesday in a 4-2 loss to the Panthers, the Hurricanes have asked the NHL to review the two penalties.

“The infractions will be reviewed, and you know it doesn’t change anything,” Carolina general manager Jim Rutherford said of his call to league officials. “But it’s disappointing when you’re in a close game like that and they’re calling diving penalties. When you’ve got a three-on-two or a two-on-one going the other way, I don’t think anybody’s going to be diving when the puck’s turned over and we’re going for a scoring chance.”

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Hedican Makes It Back

from the News & Observer,

A long offseason of recovery and rehabilitation have paid off, however. Diving in front to block two 5-on-3 slap shots in Toronto, notching a goal and two assists last week en route to posting a gaudy plus-5 against Buffalo, Hedican has convinced himself and his coach that “the old Bret” is back.

And clearly, that’s not another way of saying “too old,” not for a defenseman who ranks second on his team in ice time (19:06) while ranking among the league leaders at a healthy plus-9 for the season.

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3 Stars of the Week

From NHL.com

NEW YORK—Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jason LaBarbera, Carolina Hurricanes center Rod Brind’Amour and Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending October 28.

 

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Another GM Candidate For The Leafs

from Scott Morrison at CBC,

...But what about Jimmy Rutherford?

OK, he has a job as general manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, who won the Stanley Cup a couple of seasons ago. But in the world of high finance anything is possible. Money talks and the Leafs have plenty of it.

Rutherford would be a perfect fit in Toronto. He played in Toronto and understands how dreadful the teams have been and how horrible the drought has become.

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Erik Cole Injured in Pick Up Soccer Game

From Luke Decock at The News & Observer,

A night after Scott Walker partially collapsed on the ice as he skated to the bench, the Carolina Hurricanes lost Erik Cole without him so much as lacing up a skate.

Cole was a late scratch for Saturday’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Philadelphia Flyers after injuring a foot while playing soccer before the game. Cole is definitely out for Monday’s game against the Vancouver Canucks and doubtful for Carolina’s other three games this week.

With Walker and Andrew Ladd already out, the Hurricanes were down to 10 forwards and dressed only 17 skaters against the Flyers.

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The Four Point Plan For Carolina

from the News & Observer,

For the Canes, the key will be maintaining their play in four important areas that brought them success on the road:

1. CAM WARD. Amid all the talk about how Ward’s hard work over the summer restored his quickness, it’s important to remember that quickness was only half of his problem last season.

Consistency was the other, and this is a chance for Ward to prove that he can not only play at a high level—which he did at times last season—but do it on a night-to-night basis.

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