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Canes Still Looking For A Center

from the News & Observer,

The New York Rangers had been trying to trade Cullen to clear salary-cap room, ostensibly to sign Souray. But when the free-agent defenseman signed a five-year, $27 million deal with the Oilers on Thursday, the Rangers’ cap problems became considerably less pressing.
Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford, who has declined to comment about any potential Cullen trade, said Friday he continues to pursue a third-line center without success.

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Cole Still Feeling Effects Of Neck Injury

from the News & Observer,

Erik Cole is home now in upstate New York, training camp still two months away, the Carolina Hurricanes’ last game three months in the past.
But no matter how far he gets away from hockey, it’s still a pain in his neck.
Sixteen months after Cole suffered a compression fracture of the C5 vertebra in his neck after a hit from behind, he’s still feeling the effects. He continues to strengthen his back and neck muscles to build stability in his neck, and he wonders if he’ll ever regain the flexibility he once had.

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Cost Of Game: Free - Cost Of Jersey: Not Free

from the News & Observer,

The first chance to see the Carolina Hurricanes in their new uniforms won’t cost a thing—although buying one for yourself won’t be cheap.
The NHL is switching to new, high-tech uniforms designed by Reebok this fall. The Hurricanes will wear them for the first time in their exhibition-season opener against the Washington Capitals on Sept. 16. Admission to the game will be free.
The jerseys also will be on sale that day as part of the annual “Caniac Carnival” fan festivities. The prototypes used at this past winter’s All-Star Game retail for $350, with replica models going for $110.

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Wade Brookbank Signs with Hurricanes

From Hurricanes.com,

Jason Karmanos, Vice President and Assistant General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the Hurricanes have agreed to terms with defenseman/left wing Wade Brookbank on a one-year contract. The deal will pay Brookbank $500,000 on the NHL level and $100,000 on the American Hockey League (AHL) level.

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Jeff Hamilton Signs with Hurricanes

From TSN,

Hurricanes agreed to a two-year, 1.6 million contract with forward Jeff Hamilton.
Hamilton, who spent last season with the Chicago Blackhawks will earn $800,000 per year, scored 18 goals and had 21 assists in 70 games last season.

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Canes Looking For Puck Moving Defenseman

from the News & Observer,

The Hurricanes are trying to make a swap of defensemen, and general manager Jim Rutherford confirmed Monday that the deal is being delayed while a Carolina player decides whether to waive his no-trade clause….
Wallin, Mike Commodore, Tim Gleason and Dennis Seidenberg would be the players likely to be involved in any trade to bring in a puck-moving defenseman, but only Wallin has a no-trade clause.
At 32, with three years left on his contract at an affordable $1.725 million, Wallin would be an attractive pickup for any team.
The Philadelphia Flyers may be the most likely trade partner, with 23-year-old Joni Pitkanen, the fourth pick in the 2002 draft, on the trading block. Pitkanen, a restricted free agent, is headed for arbitration if he remains with the Flyers.

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Another False Rumor

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

The NHL Draft typically serves as a cauldron of rumor and speculation, and word swept the draft floor Saturday that the Canes were part of a three-way deal that would send Erik Cole to Edmonton and bring Joni Pitkanen to Carolina from Philadelphia.
Except that Edmonton general manager Kevin Lowe said he’d never been offered Cole — but joked that he’d pick up the phone if Cole was available — and Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said Cole wasn’t being shopped: “Wasn’t, hasn’t been, no.”

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Carolina Hurricanes Not Seeking a Quick Fix

From the AP,

The Carolina Hurricanes aren’t looking for a quick fix in the NHL draft. Good thing, too. With the 11th pick, they probably wouldn’t find one.
Instead, the Hurricanes _ who have been busy re-signing several potential free agents to multiyear contracts _ are looking to restock their organization with prospects during the two-day draft that begins Friday in Columbus, Ohio.
“There’s not going to be many players out of this draft that are going to step right in and play, which is not a bad thing _ (it) gives them more time to develop,” general manager Jim Rutherford said Thursday. “But you really don’t know. It’s more of a first round once you get past (picks) five and six where a lot of the players are equal in talent at this point…

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Walker Stays In Carolina

via the Carolina Hurricanes,

Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms on a three-year contract with right wing Scott Walker. The contract will pay Walker $2.5 million per season.
“Keeping Scott in Carolina was one of our top priorities this offseason,” said Rutherford. “He brings skill and grit to our forward lines and he has become one of our team’s leaders on and off the ice.”

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Canes Need To Make The Right Move

from the Rocky Mount Telegram,

On Friday, the Hurricanes will pick 11th overall in the NHL Entry Draft and should look for a defenseman or checking-line center. This is a weak draft, however, where no instant-impact players exist.
Instead, president and general manager Jim Rutherford, one year removed from his coronation as Executive of the Year, will have to re-energize this team on the fly. There is little salary cap room to sign impact free agents, so any new additions will likely come from a trade that U-Hauls out of town a familiar face.
The right move will send the fan base, an area defined as from Rocky Mount to Greensboro, clamoring for tickets and trinkets. If not, the Hurricanes are destined to become a yearly outsight.

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