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Garrioch discusses Rutherford’s replacement, wonders if Carlyle’s headed to the Peg

The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch ponders the fates of Dany Heatley, Andy MacDonald, Andrei Markov, Dmirtri Kulikov and others in his weekly rumor column, but he's been talking about executives for some time and I haven't paid those quips much heed, so it's time to talk about the gents in suits. In addition to wondering about the shelf lives of Dallas Eakins and Mike Yeo, Garrioch says that the Carolina Hurricanes' only general manager may be moving on up...

While Carolina GM Jim Rutherford is expected to move upstairs into a full-time role as president at the end of the season, the word is owner Peter Karmanos has to sign off on the decision to elevate Ron Francis. You’d have to think it is a rubber stamp and if that’s the case then coach Kirk Muller will likely be thanked at the end of the season.

And I can't deny that I've had this thought as well:

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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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TSN’s Insider Trading segment discusses expansion and trades

Paul noted that ESPN's Pierre LeBrun tossed off a set of "Rumblings" with Olympic ramifications--and, "Lemme tell ya, kids, them Russkies are gonna be furious that the IIHF won't let them revise their rosters until right before the 'Perfect Olympics'"--and LeBrun's comments were made in parallel with TSN's latest epsiode of Insider Trading. LeBrun, Darren Dreger and Bob McKenzie touched on a set of topics that included some bona-fide trade talk and this intriguing topic:

Commissioner Gary Bettman talked about expansion and said nothing was imminent. What is happening?

McKenzie: Bettman said there was no formal process in place but you have to believe there may be an informal process that is in the works. We know the NHL wants to get to 32 teams, the question is when it could happen. The absolute earliest you could add teams to the NHL would be the 2015-2016 season, just less than two years away. The league needs a one-year lead time on that, therefore if anything is happening, it will escalate over the next ten months.

Here are some of the trade rumors mentioned by the panel, and of course, there's more than trade talk in the 4:15 clip and the transcription thereof:

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Malhotra’s earned break

Via Pro Hockey Talk's James O'Brien, Manny Malhotra had to sign a pro try-out with the AHL's Charlotte Checkers when he couldn't find NHL employment, but he put in his time, earned a two-way contract with the Carolina Hurricanes, and on Tuesday, Malhotra proved that he could still contribute at the NHL in a big way, scoring the game-winning goal in the Hurricanes' 2-1 OT win over Philadelphia:

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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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The Morning After

Welcome to the morning after! A recap of the games from the night before and quick hit hockey news.

In Case You Missed It

Philadelphia Flyers at Carolina Hurricanes

Another disappointing outing for the Flyers would start with Jay Harrison notching his first of the season for the Hurricanes as he put a wrist shot past Steve Mason in the first period.

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Late night swap meet continues as Canucks, Hurricanes make trade

It appears that we're going to have a busy tertiary prospect-trading night. First Joe Colborne to Calgary, and now this...

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Playoffs? Sabres Formula Simple But Not Easy

With the Buffalo Sabres facing the

perennial doormat

slightly underrated New York Islanders three times in the next five games, fans and media here are making various conjectures about what it would realistically take for the Sabres to make the postseason.

What’s the formula for this tenth place team, currently eight points out of eighth place, to climb the charts and grab a playoff spot?

For those of us blogging twitterphiles feeling unarmed sans the required journalism degree to venture into such a realm of analytical complexity, let’s leave this Mensa-level exercise for the professionals.

“It’s a long, long way until the playoffs—Buffalo still has 39 games on the regular-season schedule—but the Sabres won’t get there without beating the teams ahead of them.”

- Buffalo News sports reporter John Vogl, January 14, 2011.

“…the Sabres need to beat the teams below them if they want to improve their 10th-place spot. The schedule gives them an opportunity to extend their 5-1-1 streak.”

- Vogl, later that same day.


That’s pure gold, so on second thought, let’s take a slap shot at this and review some prevailing theories on what parts of their remaining schedule are most crucial for the Sabres to ace in their drive to make the playoffs.

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Paging Dr. Ron Francis…

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Press release via the SooToday.com:

Algoma University will celebrate the awarding of degrees at Spring Convocation 2008 to be held on the campus of Algoma University on June 14, 2008.

and being honored…

Mr. Ronald Francis, Honourary Doctorate of Letters

 

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Scoring Woes in Carolina

From Luke Decock at the News & Observer,

Where did all the goals go?

“Am I satisfied with one goal [Wednesday] night? No,” coach Peter Laviolette said. “Do I think we’re going to score one goal consistently game after game? No. I don’t think it’s a fluke that we’ve put in the goals we have since the year started. All teams go through it.”

There are no excuses now: With Scott Walker back, all 13 Carolina forwards are healthy for tonight’s game against the Washington Capitals. They’re just not producing.

Rod Brind’Amour has three goals in the past seven games. Matt Cullen, Jeff Hamilton, Eric Staal, Cory Stillman, Ray Whitney and Justin Williams have combined for seven. Carolina’s defense, meanwhile, has chipped in only three goals all season.

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Making The Switch

from the News & Observer,

The Hurricanes switched two games ago to the modified jerseys, which feature a looser fit on the arms, more air-knit fabric and less of the “bead-away” water repellency technology touted by Reebok.

“I think there were enough complaints league-wide that obviously there was a noticeable difference,” Wesley said Tuesday. “So far, it’s been a good change.”...

The newest jerseys have the same necklines, are cut the same way and offer few visual clues to the changes in materials used. But the adjustments are enough to prompt some praise.

“I think everyone likes the new ones a lot better,” Carolina center Matt Cullen said. “It was just funny to go back to the old material, and it feels better.”

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Cole Taken Off The Ice - Released From The Hospital

from the News & Observer,

Skating low and fast down the right side chasing the puck moments earlier, (Erik) Cole appeared to fall forward as Panthers defenseman Jassen Cullimore got entangled with him as he leaned into Cole.

Cole was taken to the nearby Cleveland Clinic in Weston, Fla., for observation after laying motionless on the ice for several minutes.

Team officials reported that Cole had demonstrated some movement in his limbs and had some pain in his trapezius muscle covering the upper back and shoulder region.

A team release later said that Cole had been released from the hospital and cleared to fly to Tampa with the team this morning. A CT scan was negative.

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Canes On The Offensive

from the News & Observer,

As of Wednesday morning, three of the NHL’s top 10 scorers were Hurricanes, as were six of the top 30, three of the top 21 in goals and three of the top 10 in assists….

“It’s the style that we play,” Hurricanes coach Peter Laviolette said. “There’s an identity we’re looking for and it’s about the puck and about offense. Another number that ties into that is goals against and goals for.

“The separation there is I think highest in the league. You’re trying to establish a defensive game as well, but with the offense sometimes one has to give. I’m glad to see that separation growing.”

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Canes Need PK Work

from the News & Observer, T

he Hurricanes have been, as captain Rod Brind’Amour put it, “brutal.” In 13 games, they have allowed 19 power-play goals, a short-handed success rate of 72.5 percent, 28th among the 30 NHL teams.

“Twenty-eighth? It’s amazing we’re not 30th,” Hurricanes forward Justin Williams said. “It has lost us games, plain and simple. Our power play has won us a few guys, but the (penalty kill) has lost us some games. It has to get better. I really don’t think it can get any worse.

“We’ve reviewed it, we’ve gone over some things. It’ll get better.”

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Carolina Not Happy With Diving Calls

from the News & Observer,

Stung by two third-period diving calls whistled against them Wednesday in a 4-2 loss to the Panthers, the Hurricanes have asked the NHL to review the two penalties.

“The infractions will be reviewed, and you know it doesn’t change anything,” Carolina general manager Jim Rutherford said of his call to league officials. “But it’s disappointing when you’re in a close game like that and they’re calling diving penalties. When you’ve got a three-on-two or a two-on-one going the other way, I don’t think anybody’s going to be diving when the puck’s turned over and we’re going for a scoring chance.”

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Hedican Makes It Back

from the News & Observer,

A long offseason of recovery and rehabilitation have paid off, however. Diving in front to block two 5-on-3 slap shots in Toronto, notching a goal and two assists last week en route to posting a gaudy plus-5 against Buffalo, Hedican has convinced himself and his coach that “the old Bret” is back.

And clearly, that’s not another way of saying “too old,” not for a defenseman who ranks second on his team in ice time (19:06) while ranking among the league leaders at a healthy plus-9 for the season.

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Erik Cole Injured in Pick Up Soccer Game

From Luke Decock at The News & Observer,

A night after Scott Walker partially collapsed on the ice as he skated to the bench, the Carolina Hurricanes lost Erik Cole without him so much as lacing up a skate.

Cole was a late scratch for Saturday’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Philadelphia Flyers after injuring a foot while playing soccer before the game. Cole is definitely out for Monday’s game against the Vancouver Canucks and doubtful for Carolina’s other three games this week.

With Walker and Andrew Ladd already out, the Hurricanes were down to 10 forwards and dressed only 17 skaters against the Flyers.

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The Four Point Plan For Carolina

from the News & Observer,

For the Canes, the key will be maintaining their play in four important areas that brought them success on the road:

1. CAM WARD. Amid all the talk about how Ward’s hard work over the summer restored his quickness, it’s important to remember that quickness was only half of his problem last season.

Consistency was the other, and this is a chance for Ward to prove that he can not only play at a high level—which he did at times last season—but do it on a night-to-night basis.

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Staal Family Press Conference

imageThis morning, Eric, Marc and Jordan Staal participated in an NHL teleconference with their father Henry.

The player below will allow you to hear the whole conference here on KK (*or you can download the mp3 from here).

note1: written transcript of the conference will be available below the player, as soon as it becomes available. (update: now available below)

note2: photo of Eric, Marc, Jared and Jordan originally found on CBC.ca

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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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Keith Aucoin: An NHLer Trapped in the Minors

From Mark McGuire at the Times Union,

He didn’t get drafted and drifted to the ECHL and UHL before getting a shot in the American Hockey League. Then he produced, just like in high school, just like in college.

He’s been called up by the Hurricanes twice in the past two seasons—but never for more than eight games before being sent back down to Albany.

“I’ve been told I wasn’t good enough since I was a kid,” Aucoin said. “It’s not the first time (someone) said I can’t do it.”

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Canes Could Use Offensive Dman

from the News & Observer,

“Not necessarily, because basically the defense we have now is the same or equivalent to the defense that we had when we had the good year two years ago,” he said. “With that being said, our team would be improved with another defenseman that can move the puck.

“It would help our transition game. It would potentially give us another defenseman for the second unit of the power play.”

Adding some offensive punch on the blue line has been near the top of Rutherford’s agenda since the end of last season.

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Kid Rock Gets Exact Replica Stanley Cup Ring

From David Shoalts blog post at the Globe & Mail,

News that Kid Rock was given a Stanley Cup ring by Carolina Hurricanes owner Pete Karmanos, a fellow Detroit native, set off some discussion in the hockey world today.

On The Fan 590 in Toronto, John Garrett was appalled and rightly so that some pop star would get an exact replica of the ring given to the players when they won the 2006 Cup just because he’s a buddy of the owner. The Sportsnet commentator said his daughter got a ring when she was a staffer for the Tampa Bay Lightning when they won in 2004, but it was a much simpler model than the one given to the players.

“You think of all the former players and the sweat they put in trying to win a ring,” Garrett said. “The ring has to stand for something.”

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Hurricanes are for Real

From David Pagnotta at MSNBC,

This piece is about the Hurricanes and their eye for the Cup.

Four games into the 2007-08 campaign and these guys are for real. They’re quick, offensive-minded and steady in their own zone. And if the 2006 Conn Smythe Trophy winner, Cam Ward, can stay atop his game for most of the season, the Hurricanes will be in business.

“Last year was a disappointing season, but you do the best that you can to take the positives away from that,” Ward said. “One of the positives was that we got a lengthy summer where we were able to recharge the batteries and get guys healthy. We saw that once we came into training camp, guys were serious, they were a lot hungrier and it’s starting to show.

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Ron Francis Expected To Be Named Asst. GM

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

The Hurricanes have called a 2 p.m. press conference today to announce their new assistant general manager, by all indications Ron Francis.

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Money Year For Commodore

from the News & Observer,

Commodore will make $1.3 million this season in the final year of a two-year contract. After that, if his progress continues, at age 28 he could find himself one of the top defensemen available on the market.

“I thought about it a little bit this summer, and it’s a little bit of motivation, I guess,” Commodore said. “Every summer you try and find something.

“Last year, my motivation was that I’m going to get a big opportunity to play, so I need to work a little harder in the weight room.

“This year, it’s a good opportunity for me to have another good year back-to-back and hopefully see where that takes me.”

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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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Tough Approach

from the Columbus Dispatch,

The Blue Jackets lost to the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 in a nine-round shootout in front of 15,713 in the RBC Center. But, this being the exhibition season, the score is merely an aside.

“We’re going to be the toughest team in the league this year,” Fritsche said. “What this should tell everybody is that we’re not going to back down from anybody. If there’s an issue, our five guys are going to be right in the middle of it before their five guys are. That’s just the way it’s going to be.

“So, I’d say, yeah, we’re going to have a lot of nights like this.”

There were 39 penalties for 142 penalty minutes, including eight fighting majors, 12 roughing minors, three 10-minute misconducts and two game misconducts.

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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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