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from Chip Alexander of Lord Stanley’s Blog,
The Canes are getting in their last practice at the RBC Center before heading West for two games in L.A.
How about this: Joni Pitkanen on a wing? The defenseman is on a line with Eric Staal and Ray Whitney and is in a forward’s white jersey today.
more and thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…
from Lord Stanley’s Blog,
Coach Peter Laviolette said the Red Wings will be a real test.
“We definitely don’t want to do what we did last night, that’s for sure,” said Laviolette, referencing the Canes going down 3-0 against Tampa Bay before rallying for the overtime win. “I think the most important thing is to just come out and play a strong game. They score first, we score first. That doesn’t matter.
“We definitely don’t want to go down by three against the Red Wings. ... Know what we’re up against. They’re the Stanley Cup champions. They set the bar here in the league. We’re going to have a real strong game on both ends of the ice. “
from Bolts Report,
...the Carolina Hurricanes have turned down the Lightning’s request to move the start time, so Saturday’s game will start at 7:30 p.m. as scheduled. Because Carolina plays at home on Friday, and Saturday’s start time falls within the same 24-hour period, the Hurricanes have to agree to the time change. They haven’t, so it’s status quo.
As far as my feelings on that, well, at some point Carolina might be asking the Lightning for a similar favor and all I can say is, what comes around goes around.
more on the Lightning and the Tampa Bay Rays playing at the same time on Saturday…
added 12:07pm, from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,
The Hurricanes said no, and it’s hard to blame them. With a home game Friday night — the opener against the Florida Panthers — the Canes would be at a huge competitive disadvantage playing earlier.
But there’s a subtext here. In the summer of 2006, the Lightning added an ice-level club to their arena and closed off the tunnel that connected the visiting locker room to the visiting bench.
via the Carolina Hurricanes,
Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that forward Scott Walker underwent successful surgery on his left hand this morning. Dr. Harrison Tuttle of Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic performed the procedure to repair a torn ligament in Walker’s hand, and the Hurricanes’ winger is expected to miss six weeks of action.
from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer,
(Scott) Walker, beginning his 14th NHL season, concedes he literally fought his way into the league. In his first three full seasons, with the Vancouver Canucks, he had 433 penalty minutes in 186 games.
“I have a little bit of a temper,” he said, smiling. “Sometimes, I forget what happens out there. I say some things or do some things I don’t remember.
“People say, ‘Oh, you’re not scared.’ I’m scared every game. You play scared. There are big guys out there and you can get run over. But that’s how you play—you can feed off the fear.”
“I don’t like being that hot-headed, but I think sometimes your faults are the reason you make it,” he said. “To be honest, it got me in the league and it has helped me stay here.”
from Lord Stanley’s Blog,
Jeff O’Neill has decided to end his comeback try with the Hurricanes, the team said today.
O’Neill, a former Canes star, came to training camp as an unsigned free agent. The forward did not play in the NHL last season but hoped to win a roster spot with the Hurricanes.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
When Carolina Hurricanes winger Justin Williams tore his right Achilles tendon while running this week, it was sickening stuff for everybody who was watching the accident prior to the players getting on the ice for training camp.
“Joe Corvo told me it was the most disgusting thing he had ever heard. He said it echoed because they were in this huge warehouse,” (Erik) Cole continued. “Willy just dropped and said, ‘What the (bleep) is that?’ All the medical staff knew what had happened. Everybody was like (drawing in their breath).” Williams has had surgery and is out four to six months. He’s in a full leg cast.
many more NHL notes…
from Terrell Williams of CarolinaHurricanes.com,
Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, announced today that right wing Justin Williams will have surgery this week to repair a torn right Achilles tendon. Williams suffered the injury on Wednesday morning and is expected to be out for four to six months.
via Lord Stanley’s Blog,
Rod Brind’Amour underwent successful surgery on his left knee this morning to repair torn cartilage, but the Canes’ captain is expected to be on the ice before the team’s season opener.
from John Forslund at WRAL,
On July 1 the Hurricanes pulled the trigger on a significant and emotional trade by shipping off Erik Cole to the Edmonton Oilers for Joni Pitkanen. The time for analyzing that one is long gone - it’s time to move forward.
For the Hurricanes to get where they want to be this season, this Finnish blue-liner will be a the focal point of it all. There was no question watching last year’s crew go through their set of 82, that the Canes were aching for that defensemen who could put it all together - handle an abundance of minutes, anchor the power play, kill penalties and defend in his own end by managing the puck out of trouble.
They believe they have their man in this 24 year-old Finn.
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