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Carolina Wish List

from the News & Observer,

The top priority on Carolina’s list is third-line center, which was a serious problem spot last season when first Eric Belanger and then Vasicek failed to fill the void left by Matt Cullen’s free-agent departure last summer. Vasicek, an unrestricted free agent, may not be re-signed.
“We need more production from that position,” Rutherford said. “That’s not to say Joe couldn’t do it, because he’s done it in the past.”
Stars such as Chris Drury, Daniel Briere and Scott Gomez will be far out of Carolina’s price range, but Michael Peca or Todd White might fit. Michal Handzus, who missed the entire season with a torn knee ligament, would be ideal but may be too expensive despite the injury.

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Hurricanes Sign Cam Ward

from the Carolina Hurricanes,

Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, announced today that the team has signed goaltender Cam Ward to a three-year contract. The contract will pay Ward $2 million in 2007-08, $2.5 million in 2008-09 and $3.5 million in 2009-10.
“Cam is one of the cornerstones of our team moving forward,” said Rutherford. “He has already built an impressive resume for himself at a young age, and we believe he is going to be one of the elite goaltenders in the National Hockey League for a long time.”

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Walker Looking At UFA Status

from the News & Observer,

Unable to agree on a new contract with the Carolina Hurricanes, Scott Walker plans to test the free-agent market when he becomes eligible July 1.
Pat Morris, Walker’s agent, said the two sides have exchanged three-year contract offers but without any common ground. Carolina’s offer is believed to be worth $2 million per season.
“Right now we’ve got a difference of opinion on value,” Morris said Thursday.

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Check In Time

OK, who is still around?
Will it end in 2OT?

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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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