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As expected, the Hurricanes and their top pick Zach Boychuk came to terms on Saturday on a three year contract that is exactly the same as the one Brandon Sutter signed in March.
As the signing came on Boychuk’s 19th birthday, it was a pretty sweet birthday present. From the N&O:
I’ve had some good presents in the past but I don’t know if any can top this one… I’m excited.
Exciting indeed. I think I got a watch for my 19th birthday.
The Hurricanes are expected to make an announcement today about their 2008 first round pick (and birthday boy) Zach Boychuk at some point today. Chip Alexander of the News & Observer has been reporting all week that negotiations have been ongoing and that they are very close to signing a deal that is identical to the contract 2007 top pick Brandon Sutter signed back in March. Today is Boychuk’s 19th birthday, which means he is ineligible for the AHL. His options will be to play under contract on the big team, or go back to junior hockey.
On Tuesday, the news came that Jeff O’Neill, once a Hurricanes hero, once a Hurricanes pariah, most recently a Hurricane hopeful, ended his quest for a return to the NHL. For now, anyway.
N&O Hurricanes beat writer Chip Alexander has a quick hit and Luke Decock has a much better take.
History may record Jeff O’Neill as an underachiever, never reaching the promise that made him the fifth overall pick in 1997. But for a few seasons with the Hurricanes, he was every bit that good—just not this fall.
According to the articles, O’Neill and the Hurricanes came to an agreement that it just wasn’t going to happen. I can say that after attending one preseason game and watching another, there is no doubt that O’Neill was a non-factor. He was hardly even visible. When Justin Williams went out with his Achilles injury, things looked good for #92, but he didn’t bring enough to the table to seize the opportunity.
The Hurricanes have trimmed their training camp roster to 33 players, and with the regular season just 10 days away, there are still quite a few lineup issues to be resolved. The most intriguing issue is the blueline. There are still nine defensemen in camp, and only three of them—Joe Corvo, Tim Gleason and Joni Pitkänen—are guaranteed roster spots. And this doesn’t count the enigmatic and AWOL David (aka “Avi”, aka “Snuggles”) who has not shown up for camp and claims he is still concussed.
The News&Observer has opened the floor for the debate: How will the defensive pairings be filled out? Everybody agrees that Gleason, Pitkänen and Corvo are in the top four. The debate is about who among Anton Babchuk, Tim Conboy, Frantisek Kaberle, Josef Melichar, Dennis Seidenberg and Nic Wallin will play every night, who will be a healthy scratch, who will be relegated to Albany, and finally who will be traded to Los Angeles. To make matters more confusing, free agent Bryan Rodney is among the last men standing after another round of cuts on Sunday.
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On Monday, the Hurricanes sadly announced that Thomas Thewes, one of the co-owners of the team, has passed away.
The 76-year old co-founder of Compuware passed away on Sunday after a two-year battle with leukemia.
In addition to being on the board of directors with Compuware, Thewes was the general partner and co-owner of the Carolina Hurricanes, the Plymouth Whalers of the OHL, and the Florida Everblades of the ECHL.
via: Associated Press
Today, the Hurricanes will have a hat trick of appearances on the NHL Network. Fire up the DVR, or better yet, plant yourself in front of the TV all day. Today is a nasty nasty day in North Carolina, so it’s the perfect day for loafing on the couch.
Check the NHL Network schedule for US subscribers here.
Details after the jump.
On Wednesday night, the (preseason) puck dropped in Raleigh. Unfortunately for the 2/3 full house, it wasn’t a happy return as the visiting Capitals won the first game of the home-and-home 4-1. Neither team sent its “A” team on the ice, but Washington’s “B” team was a lot better than Carolina’s. LW Tomas Fleischmann led the way for the visitors with two power play markers.
Drayson Bowman is one of the many young forwards at Hurricanes training camp with a realistic chance of making the big team. Due to his age (19 yrs) and nationality (American), the options for him are limited. Either he plays in Raleigh, or most likely, he stays in Spokane with his junior team.
All summer long, there has been a wild and crazy soap opera with the Hurricanes and injured defenseman David Tanabe. First, the Canes tried to buy out his contract. Tanabe, and the NHLPA objected on the grounds of injury. The buyout was invalidated and for now, Tanabe must be listed as a roster player. As a “roster player”, Tanabe is expected to show up for camp. At the vey least, so he can be evaluated by team doctors. According to Chip Alexander, Tanabe was a no-show for the physicals yesterday and for the official opening of camp today.
Jeff O’Neill made headlines earlier this summer when the Hurricanes announced that they had offered him a tryout. Most fans, myself included, grumbled and rolled eyes, muttering something like “don’t hold your breath”. By all accounts, O’Neill has looked good in unofficial practice sessions at “Camp Brind’Amour”, which prompted many fans to continue to grumble and roll their eyes and mutter “don’t hold your breath”. When Justin Williams tore his Achilles on Wednesday, things changed quite a bit. It isn’t the way O’Neill wanted the opportunity, but he has an opportunity on a silver platter now.
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