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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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Brind’Amour Talks Retirement

from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer,

It has been a busy few months since Brind’Amour ended his 21st NHL season. After weeks of uncertainty, Brind’Amour and the Canes made a joint announcement June 30 that the versatile center would retire but would remain with the team in a management position.

A few days later, he was remarried. More recently, on Aug. 9, he turned 40.

Now comes the hard part. A new hockey season beckons, and Brind’Amour will not be on the ice - not as a player - when the Hurricanes’ preseason training camp opens Sept. 17.

“It’s going to be interesting for me,” he said. “Right now it doesn’t feel any different. I’m still training with the guys in the offseason. I think once the camp comes and I’m not actually going out there, and just watching them, that’s going to be tough.

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No Retirement Plans For Brind’Amour

from the News & Observer,

Hurricanes captain Rod Brind’Amour said today that he had no plans to retire after 20 years in the NHL and would return next season.

“I made a commitment a while ago to play and I’ve got a contract to play it out,” he said today. “So it’s definitely what the plan is.

“Personally you have to believe in yourself. I would not play the game if I did not think I could still do it. And not just as a fourth-line player. My goal is to get back and contribute with this team as I feel like I can.

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Brind’Amour Plans To Return Next Season

from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer,

But while 20 years in hockey can take its toll, while this season has had its ups and downs, Brind’Amour says there will be a 21st, that he hasn’t given any thought to retirement.

“It’s not a question of whether I’m going to play again,” Brind’Amour said. “I know I still love the game, and I still think I can play. And that’s the key.”

For Brind’Amour, this season has been more trying and taxing than any of the 19 before it. There were times he appeared slower than usual on the ice, when he couldn’t quite make plays, lost key faceoffs, turned the puck over.

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Brind’Amour, Walker Both Out With Injuries

from SportsTicker via the National Post,

Due to an unspecified nagging injury, Carolina Hurricanes captain Rod Brind’Amour returned home Wednesday and will miss the team’s upcoming games in San Jose and Phoenix.

The Hurricanes would not describe the specific nature of Brind’Amour’s problem, saying only that it was a lower body injury that has been bothering him for a number of days.

Carolina coach Paul Maurice did say the injury is not related to Brind’Amour’s knee problems….

The Hurricanes also announced Wednesday that right wing Scott Walker will be placed on injured reserve with an upper body injury.

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Surgery For Brind’Amour

via Lord Stanley’s Blog,

Rod Brind’Amour underwent successful surgery on his left knee this morning to repair torn cartilage, but the Canes’ captain is expected to be on the ice before the team’s season opener.

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Brind’Amour Can’t Sit Around

from the News & Observer,

There’s only one problem with Rod Brind’Amour’s recovery from knee surgery, as far as his father is concerned: holding him back.

“He got operated Friday afternoon. Saturday morning at 7:30, he’s lying on the floor in his bedroom and he’s lifting 55-pound weights. He’s got his leg up on a chair,” Bob Brind’Amour said before the Carolina Hurricanes’ 5-3 win over the Atlanta Thrashers on Thursday. “I went up there and said, ‘You idiot. What are you doing?’ He’s so dedicated. He knows his body, but in this case he’s got to tone it down a bit.”

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Canes Lose Their Leader

from the CP via TSN,

For a team that has been motivated by its absence from last year’s playoffs, Brind’Amour’s injury gives Carolina - which earlier in the week dealt away two key components of its 2006 Cup run and is missing nine other key players with concussions, illnesses and other ailments - another obstacle to overcome.

“There’s no question (that) in the locker room and on the ice, he’s going to be missed,” coach Peter Laviolette said. “From leadership, to the example in the weight room, on the ice, as a person, as a player, he’ll be missed.”

The injury to the two-time defending Selke Trophy winner and notorious workout warrior - he’s perhaps best known for his lengthy post-game sessions with the weights - creates a hole in the middle of the Hurricanes’ most productive line of late.

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