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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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Canes Anxious To Start

from the AP via USA TODAY,

Those rowdy Caniacs couldn’t wait for last season to begin because they hoped the momentum of the Cup run would spill over. But the players say they’re more eager to get back on the ice this season, mainly because they’ve had five long months to rest, heal and stew over their shortcomings.

From the season-opening shootout loss to Buffalo to the too-little-too-late overtime win over Florida that ended the year - and the 80 other games in between - Carolina was only briefly fully healthy and as a result never seemed able to rediscover the magic of the previous season.

Now they’ve had plenty of time to heal their lingering injuries and are hoping for a fast start.

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Not Much Expected From The Southeast

from Wes Goldstein at CBS Sportsline,

Remember when one of the big jokes in the NHL was a division referred to as the “Southleast?”

Well those days are gone, as much because two of the last three Stanley Cup winners have come from the Southeast Division as the concentration of electrifying talents like Alexander Ovechkin, Vincent Lecavalier and Marian Hossa who reside in the neighborhood.

But heading into the new season, there really is not one team here with more than an outside shot at adding something to the division’s trophy case.

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Good Stock & Good Fortune

from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,

The farmyard rink is pretty much gone now. The chain-link fencing that kept stray pucks in play and the wooden poles that held the outdoor lights have been taken down. Only a few rotten boards remain on the rich northwestern Ontario soil that lies near the slope of Candy Mountain.

“There’s really nothing there,” Linda Staal says of the rink her husband built. Besides, she has a couple of sick boys at home. Sore throats. “Let’s go somewhere else for a coffee,” she suggests.

And with that, Henry and Linda Staal, parents to a Stanley Cup champion, two world champions, a two-time world junior champion and a promising forward in the Ontario Hockey League, sit down with a reporter in a setting so suited to their lifestyle it could be put to canvas and entitled Canadian Gothic.

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Barrasso Joins Carolina Organization

from the Carolina Hurricanes,

Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has hired former Hurricanes netminder Tom Barrasso as its Director of Goaltender Development. In his new role, Barrasso will work with all of the goaltenders in the team’s system who are not currently in the NHL, including players with Albany (American Hockey League), Florida (ECHL) and various junior hockey clubs.
“Tom brings instant credibility to his new position, and is somebody that the goaltenders in our system will be able to respect and learn from,” said Rutherford. “He has re-located his family to Raleigh and we are happy that he has chosen to continue his life in hockey with our organization.”

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thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…

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