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Kid Rock Gets Exact Replica Stanley Cup Ring

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.”

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Hurricanes are for Real

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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Ron Francis Expected To Be Named Asst. GM

from Lord Stanley’s Blog at the News & Observer,

The Hurricanes have called a 2 p.m. press conference today to announce their new assistant general manager, by all indications Ron Francis.

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Money Year For Commodore

from the News & Observer,

Commodore will make $1.3 million this season in the final year of a two-year contract. After that, if his progress continues, at age 28 he could find himself one of the top defensemen available on the market.

“I thought about it a little bit this summer, and it’s a little bit of motivation, I guess,” Commodore said. “Every summer you try and find something.

“Last year, my motivation was that I’m going to get a big opportunity to play, so I need to work a little harder in the weight room.

“This year, it’s a good opportunity for me to have another good year back-to-back and hopefully see where that takes me.”

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Ten Years In Carolina

from the News & Observer,

Ten years ago Monday, the Hurricanes played their first regular-season game as a franchise, a 4-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Two days later, hockey hit North Carolina full-force when the Hurricanes hosted the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Greensboro Coliseum….

For fans used to seeing ACC Tournament basketball, hockey was an adjustment. At one point, the crowd chanted “de-fense” when the Penguins had the puck.

But if North Carolina was getting used to the NHL, the NHL had to get used to North Carolina, too. As the Hurricanes left the ice, they were showered in beer as fans threw their cups on the ice—a tradition left over from Greensboro’s minor-league days.

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Andrew Ladd Plays His Way

from the News & Observer,

Although Ladd is prized for his physical play, Rutherford noted that a key step in his development will be learning how to harness that desire to hit everybody on the ice and put opponents through the boards every shift. Yet Canes coaches and Ladd himself are quick to note there’s no call to change his style of play.

“For me to be successful and to bring the most out of my game, I need to go, like you said, ‘100 miles an hour.’ I’ve gotta be banging bodies and getting dirty, getting to the front of the net,” Ladd said. “That’s just the way I play. Injuries are part of the game. They’re frustrating, but I’m not going to change the way I play, because that would take me back a step.”

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They’ve Battled Before

from the News & Observer,

Training camp is all about introductions, as new players join an established bunch. Cam Ward didn’t need any introduction to Michael Leighton when the Carolina Hurricanes’ new goalie arrived in town. At least, not to Leighton’s fists.

The two squared off in one of the more memorable fights in recent memory, a brawl during a 2004 minor-league game that spilled onto the benches and beyond. Now, after a draft-weekend trade that brought Leighton to Carolina from the Montreal Canadiens, they are teammates..

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Are The Canes Tough Enough

from WRAL,

Are the Hurricanes tough enough ? Do they need to add an enforcer type to their roster?

There seems to be a movement back to this among many teams. The Boston Bruins, Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins come to mind as three teams that have addressed the issue and have gone in that direction over the the last few months. When the NHL opened for business after the lockout in 2005, it looked like some of these players would fall by the wayside. Would the warrior who had protected the skilled player for so many years become extinct?

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Ron Francis Helping Canes With Power Play

from the News & Observer,

Watching practice Monday morning, Ron Francis sat in the stands at the RBC Center and sketched and doodled on a pad in his lap, diagramming plays.

Francis is searching for an answer to the same question that so plagued the Hurricanes a year ago: What went wrong with the power play?

“Everybody sort of understands what we’re trying to accomplish,” Francis said. “With the talent we have and the skills we have up front, we just need to give them the freedom to read and react and make plays.”

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Canes Defense Needs To Stay Healthy

from the News & Observer,

...But the Canes have only seven NHL defensemen under contract, leaving the margin for error wafer-thin. On a team most assess as a Stanley Cup contender, this is the acknowledged weak spot.

“If our defense can stay healthy, there shouldn’t be any doubt of what we’re capable of doing or how well we’re capable of playing,” Canes forward Erik Cole said.

There’s a little depth in the system—only one defenseman, Wade Brookbank, has played in an NHL game—and no money left in the budget for reinforcements, so the Canes need their five healthy defensemen to stay stay that way and need Kaberle and Bret Hedican to be ready on opening night.

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