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On Friday night, the Hurricanes beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 in the home opener at First Niagara Center. They were poorly disciplined, but the special teams stood tall. They got shorthanded goals from alternate captain Brandon Sutter and newcomer Tim Brent. Defenseman Jay Harrison also scored a goal that was technically even strength, but it happened just as a penalty to Tyler Myers was elapsing. Initially it was declared a power play goal, but after a while, the ruling was changed and it was deemed even strength. Jeff Skinner added a power play goal late in the third.
Carolina had several excellent short-handed scoring chances in the game. In addition to the two shorthanded goals, Sutter hit a post, Eric Staal was stopped on a breakaway, and Ryan Miller made a couple of really good saves to keep his team in the game, even when they had a manpower advantage.
On Thursday, there was a Hurricanes player signing after all. Defenseman Jay Harrison, who would have become an UFA on July 1, agreed to a two-year deal which will pay him $650k in 2011-12 and $750k in 2012-13. Last season was the final year of a two-year minimum-wage contract. The minimum NHL salary for the 2011-12 season will rise from $500k to $525k.
This is presumably a one-way deal, although the official report doesn’t specify.
I was really hoping that this would get done, as Harrison was a much improved player and seems to be a really great guy in the room. I will expect the Canes to also sign defenseman and RFA-to-be Derek Joslin some time fairly soon.
If a trade is made to get rid of Joni Pitkanen’s rights, I would expect that to happen late next week, or possibly at the draft next weekend.
On Friday, the Hurricanes were busy, making three meaningful announcements. Two of them were player re-signings. One might be more significant than it appears at first glance. They have come to terms with defenseman Jay Harrison (details) and winger Jiří Tlustý (details). Each has signed for one year at the league minimum of $500k. The press release didn’t specifically identify Harrison’s as a one-way deal. Tlustý‘s is, and this detail makes me suspect that there could be some big changes.
After Saturday’s 5-3 win over Vancouver, a reporter asked coach Paul Maurice about the plans to deal with the long-term injury of Joe Corvo. Someone asked him about the play of young Bryan Rodney, and he alluded to a plan that would involve not only Rodney, but a couple of the other young guys currently with Albany of the American League.
He said that Rodney’s play has been good, but that the plan for now is to rotate some guys in and out. And it didn’t take long for that plan to go into motion. After the game, Rodney was sent down to Albany and Jay Harrison was called back up.
The Rats will be home against the Baby Pens today, hosting the Toys for Tots (read: teddy bear toss) promotion. Jiří Tlustý should make his Rats debut today. He was apparently detained at customs yesterday while attempting to meet the team in Glens Falls.