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On Saturday, the Hurricanes had a much better showing than they did on Friday. Against the defending Southeast Division champion Capitals, they forced overtime to earn a standings point.
For the second game in as many days, the Hurricanes scored the first goal, but couldn’t put one in the “win” column. For the second game in as many days, Jussi Jokinen took a penalty that ended up being really costly. Apart from that, it was a very different game from the one against the Lightning.
The Hurricanes have announced the opening night roster for tomorrow’s home tilt against the Bolts. There’s a bit of intrigue to it. Ryan Murphy, the highly touted 2011 first round draft pick, survived the final round of cuts and was kept on the roster. Strangely, he’ll be a healthy scratch for opening night. The expectation was that he would play in the first nine games, then get sent back to the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL as if nothing had happened. If he plays fewer than 10 games, his newly signed contract will roll over until next season.
My money was on forward Riley Nash to survive the final cut and make his NHL debut this week. That’s going to have to wait. Frankly, I’m at a loss as to why the Hurricanes would keep Murphy around just so they could scratch him.
On Friday, Carolina lost one of its star players to free agency, then added five new players. They added four forwards and a goalie. None was a blockbuster, but all should be great additions to the team.
The biggest addition was goaltender Brian Boucher, who is the only active NHLer from the state of Rhode Island. Like most of the free agent netminders on the market, he made his name as a starting goalie but now must make his money as a backup, most recently for Philadelphia. He holds the record for longest shutout streak with five consecutive shutouts in during the 2003-04 season. Since the lockout, Carolina will be his seventh NHL team.
On Friday, they also added Tim Brent and Alexie Ponikarovsky from the Leafs. Both already have highlight reel stuff from games against Carolina. Brent for being awesome and Poni for being lazy. More on this in a bit.
On Saturday, they added two more. Right wing Anthony Stewart from the Thrashers, who Jim Rutherford described as a “late bloomer”. They also added some organizational depth in left wing/tough guy Justin Soryal, who has played his entire professional career with the Rangers AHL team.