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From the CP via the Globe & Mail,
Brandon Sutter is ready to return to the Carolina Hurricanes.
The rookie forward was activated from injured reserve on Wednesday after missing the past eight games with a concussion.
He suffered the injury on Oct. 25 when Islanders forward Doug Weight caught him with his head down while skating through the neutral zone — a legal hit that renewed the debate about headshots in the NHL.
From Mike Sundheim of the Carolina Hurricanes:
Cam Ward was trying out new headgear at today’s morning skate, our first morning skate of the season. Here are some photos of the new mask, which includes some of the North Carolina themes of his past masks, along with a new twist… An evil stare from the movie “Cape Fear”.
*photos are property of the Carolina Hurricanes site. More images there.
from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun via the Ottawa Sun,
As far as comebacks go, Carolina Hurricanes’ Dan LaCouture is pulling a major victory from deep in the jaws of defeat.
And it has little to do with hockey. The 31-year-old is salvaging his life.
Caught in an ugly downward spiral of alcohol and depression the last few years, Lacouture was on his way to losing everything—his career, his wife and newborn daughter and everything he ever held dear.
LaCouture was placed on waivers yesterday.
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Devils coach Brent Sutter said his son, Brandon, is “improving” after the Carolina Hurricanes rookie center suffered a concussion and lost consciousness on a hit by the Islanders on Saturday night….
Brandon Sutter spent Sunday night at his father’s condo in New Jersey after being released from North Shore Hospital on Long Island earlier in the day. Brent Sutter said he spent Saturday night at the hospital with Brandon, who was held overnight in intensive care.
“They monitored him very closely,” Brent Sutter said.
Sutter said his son did not recognize him at first.
via the Carolina Hurricanes,
Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that center Brandon Sutter suffered a concussion in the Hurricanes’ game on Saturday at the New York Islanders. Sutter, 19, has been discharged from a Long Island hospital and will return to Raleigh where he will be further reviewed by the Hurricanes’ medical staff later this week.
Rutherford also announced that Carolina defenseman Joni Pitkanen suffered a torn meniscus during Saturday’s game. Dr. Marty Isbell will perform surgery this week at Rex Hospital in Raleigh to repair Pitkanen’s knee. Pitkanen, 25, is expected to miss three to four weeks of action.
As David Lee blogged about, the Canes won a rough game against the Islanders tonight.
A big hit was delivered by Doug Weight of the Islanders on the Canes Brandon Sutter…
From the IIHF:
The IIHF Disciplinary Committee is reviewing a report that was received on 21st October 2008, which outlines that player Matt Murley, 28, (home IIHF member national association USA Hockey) has played without a valid IIHF International Transfer Card (ITC) for the Russian club Amur Khabarovsk.
The IIHF Disciplinary Committee has informed the Ice Hockey Federation of Russia, the Hockey Club Amur Khabarovsk and the player, Matt Murley, that the committee has opened an investigation with regards to this matter.
Amur Khabarovsk is participating in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) of Russia, which is under the jurisdiction of the Ice Hockey Federation of Russia (FHR).
As Stu Hackel at the NY Times Slap Shot blog notes, Murley is still under contract to the Carolina Hurricanes, and as recently as October 15th the KHL’s President Alexander Medvedev stated that Murley was not yet cleared to play in their league. Nonetheless, Hackel points to a Russian stats site that indicates Murley has played in four games thus far.
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.
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