Red and Black Hockey
by David Lee on 07/15/11 at 12:52 PM ET
Although there are some ridiculous rumors circulating about a possible trade involving Ales Hemsky of the Oilers, the Hurricanes are done with signings for the big team. In the last 24 hours, they’ve seen one of the key pieces for the Checkers sign elsewhere and they quickly got some help down there.
On Thursday afternoon, the Capitals signed 27-year old left winger Jacob Micflikier to a one-year contract to play in Hershey. Today, the Canes signed 30-year old Chris Durno, who had been captain of the Norfolk Admirals (Tampa Bay)
Micflikier was second on the Checkers in goals scored (29), fourth in assists (32) and third in total points (61). He led all Checkers with a +/- rating of +15. Among regular skaters, he had the best shooting percentage of 16.2% and was tied for second on the team with 10 power play goals. During the Checkers’ deep playoff run, Micflikier was invisible, registering zero goals, three assists and a -2 rating.
I never realized until I started writing this that he’s 27 years old. He’s never played an NHL game, and at this point, it doesn’t seem likely that he will. He’s just 5’8” and doesn’t have the same skill set as a small player like Nathan Gerbe. No matter what, the Checkers will miss him a lot.
They went out today and got Durno, who was ninth on the Admirals with 36 points, fifth with 19 goals and way down the list with 17 assists. He had one power play marker and one short-handed tally. He played in only three of the Admirals’ six playoff games and registered no points.
It’s sort of assumed at this point that Zac Dalpe will be on the big team in 2011-12, while Zach Boychuk and Jerome Samson are expected to do a lot of shuttling back and forth between Charlotte and Raleigh. Of the Checkers’ leading scorers then, only Chris Terry and Jon Matsumoto are expected to be back full-time. Durno will be a nice addition, but it’s just a start. The organization is going to have to do a bit more to re-stock the shelves in Charlotte.
Durno’s contract is one year and is two-way. At the AHL level, it pays $105k, and at the NHL level it pays the league minimum of $525k. There is a guarantee of $140k.
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David Lee is a restaurant manager with an unused degree in political science. He can be found at Carolina Hurricanes games, Scrabble tournaments and indie-rock shows. Sometimes, all in the same day.