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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The player below will allow you to hear the whole conference here on KK (*or you can download the mp3 from here).
note1: written transcript of the conference will be available below the player, as soon as it becomes available. (update: now available below)
note2: photo of Eric, Marc, Jared and Jordan originally found on CBC.ca
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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
“If you look at our season last year, towards the end of the season, we were fighting for our playoff lives,” said Hurricanes’ goaltender Cam Ward. “You’d hate to look back at your early season, thinking or wishing that you’d had a better game here or there. Every game is huge. It’s not just all about the second half or the last week, trying to get into the playoffs. It’s about what you do the entire season that really matters.
“To get off to a great start, it does help the confidence of the team.”
Ward, the Conn Smythe Trophy winner in the ‘06 playoffs and the reigning player-of-the-week, is undefeated in regulation thus far.
“Right from Day One in training camp, you could definitely see the guys were a lot more excited and a lot hungrier,” he said.
from the News & Observer,
“Not necessarily, because basically the defense we have now is the same or equivalent to the defense that we had when we had the good year two years ago,” he said. “With that being said, our team would be improved with another defenseman that can move the puck.
“It would help our transition game. It would potentially give us another defenseman for the second unit of the power play.”
Adding some offensive punch on the blue line has been near the top of Rutherford’s agenda since the end of last season.
From David Shoalts blog post at the Globe & Mail,
News that Kid Rock was given a Stanley Cup ring by Carolina Hurricanes owner Pete Karmanos, a fellow Detroit native, set off some discussion in the hockey world today.
On The Fan 590 in Toronto, John Garrett was appalled and rightly so that some pop star would get an exact replica of the ring given to the players when they won the 2006 Cup just because he’s a buddy of the owner. The Sportsnet commentator said his daughter got a ring when she was a staffer for the Tampa Bay Lightning when they won in 2004, but it was a much simpler model than the one given to the players.
“You think of all the former players and the sweat they put in trying to win a ring,” Garrett said. “The ring has to stand for something.”
From David Pagnotta at MSNBC,
This piece is about the Hurricanes and their eye for the Cup.
Four games into the 2007-08 campaign and these guys are for real. They’re quick, offensive-minded and steady in their own zone. And if the 2006 Conn Smythe Trophy winner, Cam Ward, can stay atop his game for most of the season, the Hurricanes will be in business.
“Last year was a disappointing season, but you do the best that you can to take the positives away from that,” Ward said. “One of the positives was that we got a lengthy summer where we were able to recharge the batteries and get guys healthy. We saw that once we came into training camp, guys were serious, they were a lot hungrier and it’s starting to show.
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