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Matheson runs the gamut of hockey stories in this week’s ‘Hockey World’

The Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson's Hockey World mega-column's been chopped into 4 bite-size blog entries, and this week, he has a conversation with Nashville Predators GM David Poile, he suggests that the Oilers ought to draft Leon Draisaitl over Aaron Eklbad at the 2014 draft, and amongst his "This 'n' that" notes...

Ted Nolan will likely be getting a three-year contract from the Buffalo Sabres when they return from their Western Conference road swing, which earns a two-thumbs up from Drew Stafford. “He’s a great motivator; he’s extremely simple on his philosophies,” said Stafford, who has been in Buffalo for eight seasons. “He tells us, ‘Look what you get to do for a living … it’s a special opportunity, don’t take it for granted. Show up and compete for a couple of hours.”

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Video- Cam Ward Is Now A Candidate For Save Of The Night

Cam Ward with the stick save on Bryan Little.

Earlier today, Jonathan Quick joined the nominees.

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Video- Cam Ward With The Save Of The Night

via Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

After making the initial kick save on Derek Grant’s snap from the wing, Ward flashes the paddle and lunges cross-crease, knocking Colin Greening’s sure rebound conversion away and stamping out Karlsson’s point streak at five games.

“I had goosebumps after that one,” Ward told reporters after the victory, admitting the rebound was a bad one on his part. True, the struggling Greening (24 GP, 0 G) should’ve buried that puck, but Ward deserves props for the desperate paddle.

“We play this game for a living, but when you make a save like that, I turn into a little kid,” he said. “It also was a sigh of relief to get that save because that was a big part of the game in the first period.”

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TSN’s Insider Trading, Sportsnet’s HC panel: on DiPietro, the Canadiens’ defensemen and Phaneuf

After hearing about little other than the Buffalo Sabres' former co-captain and his former goaltender over the past week, it was refreshing to hear TSN's "Insider Trading" panel, a.k.a. Bob McKenzie, Pierre LeBrun (who touched upon several of the below-mentioned topics in his "Rumblings") and Darren Dreger discuss non-Sabres topics--after touching upon the obvious Vanek and Miller angles.

TSN both posted a video of the gentlemen conversing and a transcription thereof:

[A]nother goalie is trying to get back to the NHL. Rick DiPietro got the second largest buyout in NHL history, $24 million. He'll never see that kind of money again, but will he get another shot in the NHL?

Bob McKenzie: It's a possibility. The Carolina Hurricanes are having problems in net. Obviously, Cam Ward is out for the next few weeks with an injury and Anton Khudobin is out for at least another week. So, they signed DiPietro to an AHL tryout contract on the weekend and what's going to happen now is that they want to see him in action. On Wednesday and Thursday night, DiPietro is scheduled to play for the Charlotte Checkers in the American Hockey league, on the road in Grand Rapids and Rockford. How he performs in those games, coupled with how Justin Peters plays for the Hurricanes in their next game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday night will determine how quickly or if Rick DiPietro can get back up.

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Video- Cam Ward Suffers Lower-Body Injury Tonight, Out 3-4 Weeks

RALEIGH, NC – Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that goaltender Cam Ward is expected to miss three to four weeks after suffering a lower-body injury during tonight’s game against the Minnesota Wild. The Hurricanes will recall goaltender Mike Murphy from the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League (AHL) prior to Friday night’s game in Denver against the Colorado Avalanche.

 

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A Motivated Cam Ward

from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer,

Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward has a lot driving him as a new season approaches -- a motivational checklist, if you will.

Ward wants to lead the Hurricanes back to the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since 2009.

He wants to prove he's an elite goaltender in the NHL.

He wants to play well enough to get himself back in the conversation for Canada's Olympic team for the 2014 Games.

Finally, Ward wants to prove a serious knee injury last season was only a temporary setback, that he's healthy and the knee no longer an issue.

Canes coach Kirk Muller said he senses Ward has "fire in his belly." And Ward doesn't disagree.

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Cam Ward Out 6-8 Weeks

RALEIGH, NC – Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that goaltender Cam Ward has been diagnosed with a third-degree sprain of the medial collateral ligament (MCL). Surgery will not be required for the injury, and he is expected to be out six to eight weeks.

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Video- Save Of The Night Candidate

Cam Ward robs Joel Ward; even the goal horn person was fooled.

 

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Video- Bad Goal Of The Night

NHL.com GameCenter describes the goal by Max Pacioretty as a wrist shot...

 

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Video- Cam Ward Credited With Empty Net Goal

The last Carolina player to touch the puck.

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Video- Cam Ward Now A Save Of The Night Candidate

Ward robbed Keith Ballard of the Vancouver Canucks to keep the Canes ahead by a goal and that’s how the game ended.

Vancouver has now lost back-to-back games to Columbus and Carolina.

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Video- Cam Ward One Frustrated Goalie

Cam Ward was the story in the Canes loss to the Leafs tonight.  He stopped 36 out of 38 shots but still lost in OT.

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Evening Line

“The guy’s 8 feet tall, and he’s jumping a player. That doesn’t translate as being very tough in my eyes.  I’m emotional just like everybody else. When you see that happening to your own players, you wanna ... you know, I had some choice words, too, but it is what it is.”

-Cam Ward of the Carolina Hurricanes talking about Zdeno Chara jumping in on a scuffle in front of the Canes net.  Watch that below and more from Ward by Mike Cole of NESN.

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A Second Look at Goalies

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In my previous preview of the top goalies, I had mentioned Tim Thomas, Roberto Luongo, Henrik Lundqvist, Pekka Rinne, and Ryan Miller as my top five options. Upon reflection and much debate, I discovered many other names that could be considered top 5 (or at least top 10). Many goalies are drafted in the early rounds of fantasy drafts, since top-notch starting goalies can be impossible to find on the waiver wire once the season starts. To help you find the right goalie(s), I have provided ten more goaltending options that could legitimately fall into the category of the NHL’s better starting goalies. And I promise that there will be no commercials while you read this.

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Video- Cam Ward With The Save Of The Night

Tim Brent sees and open net, but…

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Final Thoughts on Raleigh and All-Star Weekend

The intent of my trip to Raleigh for coverage of All-Star Weekend was simple: Get a feel for the experience from a professional perspective as well as monitor the pulse of the fans, chat up some players I don’t get to see all that often and also those I see on a regular basis in a different element, do some networking and, as Boss Man Paul continually reminded me to do throughout the weekend, have a little fun.

Looking back, that final component is exactly what I’ll remember most about the adventure and my guess is that most that attended All-Star Weekend – be they fans, players, media, league execs, sponsors or those belonging to some other miscellaneous category – would probably say the same thing.

Raleigh, as many others have opined before me, did a wonderful job as a host. The locals were as excited for the event as they were prepared, welcoming, happy and proud of their city, as well they should be. I’d never spent any significant time in these parts in the past but it will definitely be worth another stop in the future.

This being my first big league event, I had consulted with several people who have experienced something of this nature in the past in the weeks leading up to the trip and, while a few cautioned that an occasion of this magnitude could be slightly intimidating at times, I didn’t find that to be true at all for myself and I’m not sure many other first-timers would say otherwise. The vibe, from the moment I picked up my credentials on Friday morning, was light-hearted. At the same time, the entire operation throughout the weekend was first-class. Kudos to the NHL, the city of Raleigh and the Carolina Hurricanes for pulling everything off in fine fashion.

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Goalies Thomas, Ward Square Off in Fastest Skater + Quotes from the Red Carpet

I thought I was totally joking when I asked a couple of All-Star goalies how they would feel about a goaltender’s fastest skater competition. But last night’s first overall pick in the NHL’s inaugural All-Star Fantasy Draft, Carolina’s Cam Ward, let the cat out of the bag that tonight, my little joke would indeed become a reality as part of this year’s SuperSkills.

“Rumor is that I’m going to be doing that tonight,” Ward said. “I hope my legs don’t turn to jelly and I don’t bite it into the corner or anything like that.”

His opponent?

“I think I’m going up against Tim Thomas.”

Boston and Carolina fans have since endured some heart palpitations, I’m sure.

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Update from Raleigh: All Eyes on the Draft

Funny… In chatting with several casual hockey fan friends and family of mine about being in Raleigh here for ASG weekend, a mention of “The Draft” as part of the festivities has led to a pause in each case and a question along the lines of, “Wait, what? They’re having the draft at the All-Star game now?”

Of course, they don’t know any better - that it’s juuust a “fantasy” draft for an exhibition game.

We do, but if we didn’t, judging from walking around Fan Fest at the Raleigh Convention Center today, where the draft will be held, this silly little pick ‘em event is being taken pretty seriously.

Granted, Nicklas Lidstrom and Eric Staal aren’t exactly holed up in “war rooms” or anything but the league and its broadcast partners are certainly planning on putting on a first-class show. The set for the draft is aces (and enormous!) and the commentators and analysts from TSN and Versus were intently rehearsing each and every “pick”, with Darren Dreger playing Staal and Matthew Barnaby assuming the role of Lidstrom.

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JJ’s Three Cheers: 10/19/10

Today’s salute to the performances of yesternight, honoring those who shined in leading their clubs to victory:

***Cheers to Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman, who is showing marked improvement early this season and who was named first star in Tampa’s 5-4 win over the visiting Dallas Stars last night. Hedman managed a pair of assists and led all skaters in ice time, sparking an offensive rush on several occasions and, most importantly, playing adept defense in his own end. It is early, as we must continue to note for all who have had fast starts, but Hedman’s growth in year two will play a major factor in the Lightning’s fortunes. So far, with few hiccups, they must be pleased. (Note: They are. Coach Guy Boucher singled Hedman out with post-game praise after the Dallas game.)

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Two-Goal Start for Sutter, Productive Youth (and No Injuries!) All Good Signs for Carolina

He’s not the youngest player on the roster, nor would he be considered a shocking contributor after last season’s 21-goal, 40-point showing but Brandon Sutter is most certainly a key piece to any Carolina Hurricanes success this year and his two-goal performance in Thursday’s season-opening, 4-3 win over the Minnesota Wild in Helsinki, Finland is an excellent early sign for a club hoping for a lot to go their way in 2010-11.

For the Hurricanes, banking on both young guns and sustained health and rejuvenation for several veterans who were hobbled last year, a player like Sutter, at 21, serving as an alternate captain and coming off of a breakthrough season a year ago, will play a major role in determining their fortune. So far, so good for Sutter, who played just six seconds less yesterday than Carolina captain Eric Staal and so far, so good for the ‘Canes, who dressed six players 25-and-under in the game and got production from Sutter (two goals), Zac Dalpe (assist) and Jamie McBain (assist), as well as sparkling reviews for 18-year-old forward Jeff Skinner from that group.

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It’s Here! Go Time for the NHL’s 2010-11 Season

So, it might be taking place a half a world away…

And, sure, those of us burdened by the demands of troublesome day jobs might not get to take in all of today’s matinee action…

But, finally, hockey’s back in a little less than one hour.

The Carolina Hurricanes and Minnesota Wild kick off the NHL season from Helsinki, Finland at noon in the East today and four other games are scheduled this evening meaning that, once again, all is right with the world.

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Carolina’s Push Toward Youth is Both Promising and Perilous

The future is now in Carolina, where the old guard is out, an influx of youth is taking over and everyone is looking to put the injury-plagued woes that ruined things a season ago far, far behind them.

With the retirement of former captain Rod Brind’Amour symbolizing the changing of the guard in Raleigh, which started with Eric Staal succeeding Brind’Amour as team captain in January last season, the process of remolding the club is well underway. The 25-year-old Staal will have some veteran support in his first full year wearing the ‘C’ but Carolina’s heavy reliance on several key youngsters is a make-or-break formula for success this season. If the kids collectively respond to the challenge, the ‘Canes have enough going for them to cause trouble in the Southeast and surprise a lot of people. Some growing pains are sure to be felt, however, in such a transitional year for the franchise and immediate success probably takes a back seat to more long-term achievements.

Avoiding the injury bug has to be high on the list of priorities for a club that holds the unfortunate distinction of hitting the 300 man-games lost to injury milestone a year ago.

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Raw Charge’s Five Questions for JJ

The staff at SB Nation’s Raw Charge finishes up their Five Questions, Five Answers series today with my responses to their Southeast Division inquries.

Check out the entire piece here, as well as the previous two installments, featuring my The Bolts Beat co-host, Mike Corcoran and Pete Choquette from Bolt Prospects.

As I touched on in closing out this interview, this division as a whole is on the upswing, making the timing of my expanded coverage even more exciting.

Enjoy the Q&A here… And, please, pay my friends at Raw Charge a well-deserved visit.

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Cam Ward May Return This Season

from Chip Alexander of Canes Now at the News & Observer,

While saying there is no set timetable for a return, Canes general manager Jim Rutherford said today that goaltender Cam Ward could be back in net this season.

Ward, sidelined since Feb. 3 with a back problem, returned to a back specialist in Charlotte this week. Rutherford said surgery will not be required.

“We’re real encouraged with the progress he’s making,” Rutherford said. “He has been feeling much better in the last week. We’ll see where he is in the next week or two.

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Cam Ward Feels Close To Being Game Ready

from Javier Serna of the News & Observer,

Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward faced practice shots from his teammates Thursday for the first time since the freak injury that sidelined him on Nov. 7.

Before even seeing a puck, Ward spent the two previous days working solely with Canes assistant coach Tom Barrasso.

“Yesterday was the first time I saw a puck [in drills with Barrasso],” he said. “Today we made progress, and I feel pretty good out there.”...

Ward said he’s close to being game ready.

“There’s not too many movements in my game where I’m limited because of motion because of my knee,” he said. “There’s still a little bit of slight pain, but that should be going away in no time.”

more on the Canes…

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Cam Ward Had Surgery To Repair Lacerated Thigh Muscle

vai the Twitter of Aaron Portzline,

CAR G Cam Ward had surgery late Saturday/early Sunday to repair a lacerated muscle in left thigh. Still in Cols. hospital.

added 4:40pm, The Canes official Twitter...

Ward suffered a laceration of the left upper leg during last night’s game and will be evaluated more upon his return to Raleigh on Monday.

It also mentions Ward will be out at least 3-4 weeks and no mention of any surgery.

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Cam Ward Cut By Skate Of Rick Nash Tonight

Ward left the ice bleeding from the upper leg area and taken to the hospital.

update 10:15pm, Ward will spend the night in a Columbus hospital.

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How’s This For Save Of The Night?

Cam Ward on Bill Guerin.

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Cam Ward Extended

At the Capgeek Twitter they announce Cam Ward has signed a 6yr extension.

The Canes will make it official with a 1pm press conference which will be streamed.

Darren Dreger says the cap hit is $6.3M.

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These Type Of Goals Hurt When Down 3-0 In A Series

Fluttering puck from Maxime Talbot of the Penguins gets behind Canes goaltender Cam Ward late in the first period.

The goal put the Penguins up 2-1 and they now lead 3-1 going into the 3rd period.

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Don’t Forget About Cam Ward

from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,

In this series, there has been one goaltender at the center of just about everything.

From his complaints before the first game was ever played to his histrionics after Game 4 to his preposterously good performance in Game 5, Martin Brodeur has gotten all the attention.

After Cam Ward stopped 28 shots for the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday in a 4-0 win over the New Jersey Devils to stave off elimination and force Game 7 on Tuesday in Newark, the winningest goalie in NHL history may have to share the spotlight.

“Quite honestly, it doesn’t matter to me, as long as we win hockey games,” Ward said.

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Carolina’s ‘Cape Fear’

From Mike Sundheim of the Carolina Hurricanes:

Cam Ward was trying out new headgear at today’s morning skate, our first morning skate of the season. Here are some photos of the new mask, which includes some of the North Carolina themes of his past masks, along with a new twist… An evil stare from the movie “Cape Fear”.

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*photos are property of the Carolina Hurricanes site. More images there.

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Canes Get The Start They Wanted

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

“If you look at our season last year, towards the end of the season, we were fighting for our playoff lives,” said Hurricanes’ goaltender Cam Ward. “You’d hate to look back at your early season, thinking or wishing that you’d had a better game here or there. Every game is huge. It’s not just all about the second half or the last week, trying to get into the playoffs. It’s about what you do the entire season that really matters.

“To get off to a great start, it does help the confidence of the team.”

Ward, the Conn Smythe Trophy winner in the ‘06 playoffs and the reigning player-of-the-week, is undefeated in regulation thus far.

“Right from Day One in training camp, you could definitely see the guys were a lot more excited and a lot hungrier,” he said.

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Stars Of The Week

NEW YORK (October 15, 2007) – Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward, Buffalo Sabres defenseman Brian Campbell and Detroit Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending October 14.

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