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Canes down Stars.  It’s all about the Finns

On Wednesday, rumors spread that Carolina will be opening the 2010-11 season with two games in Finland.  Maybe all that excitement about the Finnish trip had something to do with it, and maybe it was just some sort of synchronicity, but Carolina’s three native Finns played very well in Carolina’s 5-3 victory over the visiting Dallas Stars.  At the end of it all, Tuomo Ruutu got his first career hat trick, even if Ray Whitney almost messed it up.

Nothing has been announced, and nothing will be announced for another couple of months, but there’s some very strong suggestion that Carolina will be one of the teams starting their season in Europe next season, and everything is pointing towards Finland.  With Carolina’s three Finns, the games would be certain to draw huge crowds.  According to what I’ve heard, although the teams lose home games, the league gives them financial benefits from the Europe games.  Season ticket holders would lose one game, but they obviously wouldn’t have to pay for it.  The Finns get to play at home.  Everybody wins. 


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