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Canes Will Lose Money

from the News & Observer,

Missing the playoffs didn’t hurt the Carolina Hurricanes only in terms of pride. It hit them in the pocketbook as well.
After turning a $10 million profit last season while winning the Stanley Cup, the Hurricanes expect to lose about $4 million this season.
“You can live with it,” team owner Peter Karmanos said. “But not forever.”

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Canes Plan To Spend Wisely

from the AP via the Akron Beacon Journal,

“In order to keep the team intact with the key players, we’re going to have to go up $3 or $4 million dollars,” Karmanos said. “We already took Step 1 with Whitney on that.
“The second thing is, and we’ll make the decision depending on what players are available, whether or not we’re going to step up from there and try to get the players that we think put us over the top. That’s always a real tough call.”
Carolina, which had a payroll of about $39 million this season, failed to make the playoffs a year after winning its first Stanley Cup.

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Carolina GM Gets 5 Year Contract Extension

From TSN,

One of the NHL’s longest-serving general managers is staying on the job even longer.
The Carolina Hurricanes have given GM Jim Rutherford a five-year contract extension.
Rutherford has served as the franchise’s GM for 13 years - dating back to its time as the Hartford Whalers.

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Soon It Will Be Over

from the News & Observer,

Eliminated from the playoffs Tuesday after blowing a two-goal lead against Tampa Bay, the defending Stanley Cup champs returned to practice this morning at the RBC Center.
“It’s not even just that it’s disappointing that the season’s over,” Carolina wing Erik Cole said after practice. “It’s disappointing that we had the right pieces, and we couldn’t get it done. So these next two games are going to be a good mental challenge for every guy individually.”

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Carolina Eliminated

from the News & Observer,

There will be no title defense. Tuesday’s 3-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning made sure of it, the Hurricanes blowing a two-goal lead to put themselves on the brink of playoff elimination. Fifteen minutes after they left the ice, their embarrassment was assured when the Montreal Canadiens completed a 2-0 victory over the Boston Bruins.
“It’s a weird feeling, a tough feeling that our year is over,” Hurricanes defenseman Mike Commodore said.
“It’s just really disappointing, I guess, to sum it up. It’s tough to find the words right now. We had a great season last year. I guess it was the best year last year, and we kind of followed it up by the most disappointing.”

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Carolina Needs Help

from the News & Observer,

The Hurricanes, on the other hand, are two points back and have to pass two teams to get there. Those two teams, Toronto and the Montreal Canadiens, play each other Saturday—meaning one of them is guaranteed two more points, making Carolina’s task even tougher.
The Canes are 13-6-2 against their final three opponents—the Lightning tonight, the Thrashers on Friday and the Panthers on Saturday—and they’ll probably need to win out to make it.
“When we got pressed right to the wall, almost taking our last breath of the season, we turned it up and were able to win a game,” Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said. “But the inconsistency is still there. This team is capable of winning its last three, but there’s still a lot of other things we need to have happen.”

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From First To…

from Damien Cox at ESPN,

The Hurricanes, you may have noticed, have not yet secured a position in the Stanley Cup playoffs. In fact, Carolina is in a traffic jam of a fight for one of three available Eastern Conference playoff berths. There’s a tightly packed, heavily congested group of six teams, each desperately trying to avoid the stigma that goes with missing the NHL playoffs.
This probably shouldn’t be seen as quite the embarrassment that it used to be. After all, once upon a time, 16 of 21 NHL clubs made the postseason. And if there has been an upside to Gary Bettman’s absurdly reckless addition of nine teams over nine years, it’s that the playoffs haven’t been expanded as the league has developed its unsightly beer belly.

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Win The Cup - Have A Baby

from the AP via Star News,

There’s a baby boom in Stanley Cup land.
Nine months after the Carolina Hurricanes won the NHL championship in June, five current or former Hurricanes couples are expecting babies. All the women are due within the next four months.
Anne Adams, wife of right wing Craig Adams, said there has been plenty of jokes about how much fun must have been had last summer after the team won the championship title.

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Not On Speaking Terms

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

With their respective teams engaged in a furious race to land a post-season berth in the Eastern conference, Carolina Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford and Maple Leafs head coach Paul Maurice have taken their superstitious beliefs to an entirely new level.
Despite being the best of friends, they have stopped talking to each other.
Chatting, after all, might bring bad luck, something no one wants—or needs—in the scramble for a playoff spot.

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Carter Remains Scratched

via the News & Observer,

Anson Carter has been around the NHL long enough that he can’t remember the last time he was a healthy scratch. He’s also been around long enough to understand why he sat out for the third straight game Tuesday night….
“I’ve been in the game 11 years,” Carter said. “In a situation like this when the team’s healthy, especially after winning the Stanley Cup the year before, you’re going to look to those guys. It’s up to me to stay sharp in practice until I get my shot again. ...
“I look at it as a positive. It was a difficult transition coming in here not really knowing the guys. This gives me a chance to get to know every one, get to know the practices and watch a few games to get a sense of what we’re trying to do on the ice.”

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