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Jokinen signing will be the last of the UFAs

Jussi Jokinen finally agreed to a three-year contract renewal with Carolina valued at $3M per season. Barring a really unusual turn of events, that should be it for re-signing UFA regulars.  Erik Cole is still expected to try the waters tomorrow when the free agent market opens. 
Forward Nick Dodge and defenseman Bryan Rodney and Casey Borer should re-sign, too, but they’re not for the big team.  It doesn’t look like the organization has interest in keeping UFA defenseman Zack FitzGerald.  UFA goalie Justin Pogge was not given a qualifying offer. 

Jokinen’s salary turns out to be a bit more than I thought it would.  For a while, it looked like his agent and Jim Rutherford were miles apart, but as negotiations heated up, I guessed that he would eventually sign for something like $2.75M.  In today’s market, this isn’t an overpayment at all, even if I was expecting it to be less.  If he had gone on the market, he might have seen offers of $4M or more.

The Canes will still have to go big tomorrow to find an Erik Cole replacement, and they’ll have to get some of the UFAs for Charlotte re-signed.  They’ll have to pick one of many FA goalies to be the #2 guy behind Cam Ward.  They’ll have to get RFA Brandon Sutter under contract, and that might happen today.

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Pitkänen re-signs for three

This summer has already been pretty crazy for the Hurricanes, and the free agency period hasn’t even begun.  With daily ebbs and flows regarding the progress (or lack of same) being made with contract negotiations, certain players have been generally regarded as “as good as gone” while others have been viewed as “sure-thing renewals”.  Today, for the milllionth day in a row, there was a big wrinkle.  One that I never expected. 

Defenseman Joni Pitkänen was written off by most fans.  He was the one player who most believed to be the one who was being the most difficult with his negotiations.  And then today, he of all people was the first of the four “big” UFAs to re-sign.  He has signed a three-year contract renewal at $4.5M per season.  Although the particulars aren’t available just yet, we’ll assume that it’s $4.5 in each season, rather than 4 / 4.5 / 5 or something like that.  This is, incidentally, the same salary that Pitkänen got last season (with a cap hit of $4M).

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Free agency news in Carolina

The other day, I wrote about how Carolina’s thriftiness would make it difficult to reach the new salary cap floor of $48.3M.  Compounding that was their lack of any progress with any of their own prospective UFAs.  Since the draft, things have taken a turn and it seems like at least three of the four key UFAs will be re-signing. 

Also, the Canes made a bit of an unexpected move by not offering qualifying sheets to RFAs Jiri Tlusty and Troy Bodie.  The 5:00 pm deadline came and went and they are now officially on the market, waiting for the bell to ring on Friday. (Nearly) everybody else got qualifying sheets.

First, a quick word about the RFAs, then a look at the UFA situation.  Then something about Sutter.

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With Free Agent talks stalling, Canes looking to trade

On Sunday, Canes fans were told that a player signing was imminent.  We hoped that it would be Jussi Jokinen or Erik Cole.  Of the seven UFAs, those are the two who are generally regarded by Caniacs as the most important.  Today, we’re being told that they aren’t even close with any of the UFAs.  With the free agent market opening in two weeks, the Hurricanes have decided to shop the rights to those players instead of letting them walk away. 

I can’t even begin to guess who the trading partner or the player coming in this direction might be, Paul Branecky of Hurricanes.com says that a trade is close to completion.  One that would have “a power-play quarterback who can play among the top four defensemen – an immediate Pitkanen substitute - ” coming to Raleigh.  The Canes are looking to deal one of their two second round draft picks or even a prospect to make a deal happen. 

Jim Rutherford says ““We’re exchanging ideas, and something could happen any time.”

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  Tags: carolina+hurricanes, erik+cole, free+agency, joni+pitkanen, jussi+jokinen, trades

Canes blow late lead, then lose in shootout

On Tuesday night, the Hurricanes had a great chance to leapfrog the New York Rangers in the standings and move into seventh place in the East.  With two minutes left in the game, they had a 3-2 lead, and it looked they were indeed going to claim the regulation win and seventh place.  Instead, they gave up a late goal, then were beaten in the shootout.  The single point is pretty cool, but it isn’t at all what the Canes were hoping for. 

Carolina defenseman Jay Harrison scored his second goal of the season in the first period, but he inadvertently tipped the game-tying goal into his own net at 18:10 of the third. Wojtek Wolski was credited with that goal, and he also “scored” the game-deciding goal in shootout. 

Jussi Jokinen scored two third period goals for the Canes and Cam Ward made 43 saves. 

Carolina will be off until Friday, when they host the Penguins.

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Canes win a crazy game, keep streak going

On Tuesday, the Hurricanes won their third straight game and extended their streak to eight games in which they’ve earned at least one standings point.  It wasn’t a pretty game, and they needed the shootout to earn the extra point, winning 6-5 against the Flames.  At one point late in the second, the Canes had a three goal lead, but the pesky Flames fought back and nearly stole the game in regulation.  Although it was nerve-wracking, the Canes got the two points and there’s no harm in giving away one point across conference lines. 

Jussi Jokinen, who missed six games with a “lower body concern” returned to the lineup with a bang: he scored two goals and assisted on another.  Cam Ward was named to the All-Star roster Tuesday morning, and also returned to the lineup after backing up Justin Peters two games in a row.  He didn’t put up All-Star numbers, but he picked up the win, and that’s what matters the most. 

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Cam Ward makes brilliant return

On Monday night, Cam Ward got his first start in nets for the Canes in nearly two months.  He showed no signs of rustiness, beating a desperate Thrashers team 4-1.  Jussi Jokinen scored twice for the Canes while Brandon Sutter and Erik Cole each added one. 
This was one of the super-rare games that neither team televised, so it wasn’t even on Center Ice.  Added to that, somebody at the Hurricanes flagship radio station fell asleep at the webcast switch, and we lost the feed after the first period.  Canes fans outside of Raleigh were almost completely in the dark.  Like a lot of others, I had to rely on NHL.com’s “live scoreboard”, which is, if I’m fair, a lot better than nothing. 
The win puts another breath into Carolina’s slim playoff hopes, and it may have ruined Atlanta’s.

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Canes roar into March

The Hurricanes sent a total of four players from three different nations to the Olympic games this February, and all four players returned with hardware.  They are one of three NHL teams that had players from each of the three medal-winning countries.  Joni Pitk#&228;nen and Tuomo Ruutu won bronze for Finland.  Tim Gleason won silver for the USA, and Eric Staal won gold for Canada.  Staal became just the 23rd player in history to win an IIHF World Championship, an Olympic gold medal and a Stanley Cup. 
These players spent two weeks playing against each other, and they returned to being teammates without missing a beat.  The Canes headed into the break as the hottest team in the league, and they continued their ways on Tuesday with a 5-1 win over the lowly Maple Leafs.
Justin Peters, in just his third NHL start, got his third win against a team that has clearly given up.  He got the game’s first star and continues to prove himself to be a very capable NHL goaltender. Also in the game, Chad LaRose returned from injury to score a shorthanded goal and pitch in two assists.  Not bad.  Second star for him.  Jussi Jokinen, who was left off the Finnish national team, scored the game-winning goal.

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Canes finish February on fire

On Saturday, the Hurricanes defeated the Devils 5-2 to complete a sizzling hot month of February.  They have now won five in a row to go 5-2 in February. They also went 9-5 in January and are easily one of the hottest teams in the East.  Unlike a lot of teams, they’ll lament the Olympic break.  While it’s still astronomically improbable, there’s still a slim chance that these boys can qualify for postseason play.

Justin Peters got his second NHL start on the second Saturday in a row, and he got his second win.  Ray Whitney (who might still be traded away at the trading deadline) and Jussi Jokinen each scored twice while Zach Boychuk got his first NHL goal.  Martin Brodeur was chased from the nets early in the third with the score 4-0.

It looks a little bit like other teams are refusing to take the Hurricanes seriously, but the boys are having fun, and they’re refusing to give up.  As a fan, it’s amazing to watch, even if it’s a little bit frustrating.

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Strong netminding from rookie Justin Peters gives Canes win over Isles

In a season where not much has gone right, the Canes can be happy that they’ve played very well in the 2010 portion of this season.  They can also be happy that with a 2-0-2 record against the Islanders, they earned six of eight points in that season series.  It’s not much, but it’s something.

They can also be happy that young goaltender Justin Peters, who made his NHL debut on Saturday, has a bright future ahead of him.  He made 34 saves to earn his first big league win. He looked confident in nets, even if he looked shaky in the post-game interview.  Cam Ward is out with a back injury, and although we don’t know the specifics, I’d be surprised if he comes back before the Olympic break.  Peters might get one of the three starts before the break, and possibly more after the break.  Depending on Cam’s exam on Monday, and depending on the Hurricanes’ desire to put him back out there, it might be next season before Ward suits back up.  Either way, the Canes are going to have to find a way to get Cam Ward more rest than he’s been getting over the past three seasons.

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Canes rout Caps.  New “big line” discovered

On Monday night, the Hurricanes went to face the best team in the East on hostile ground.  Not only were the Caps the best team in the Eastern conference, but they were until last night undefeated in SE divisional play.  Perhaps they saw the Hurricanes coming and decided to take the night off.  Perhaps they were shelled by the team trading away its captain.  Perhaps something else.  Carolina did not look like the worst team in the league, and they spanked the Caps 6-3. 

In the third period of Saturday’s game against the Flyers, the Carolina coaching staff gambled on on reconstructing a top line of all centers.  They put Jussi Jokinen, Matt Cullen and Eric Staal together.  It was a chance, and it worked beautifully in that game and even better Monday night against the Capitals.  Saturday night, they combined for six points in just one period of play.  Monday night, they combined for ten points.  It’s way too early to know for sure, but it looks like this new top line is a great idea.

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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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Legace and the Finns win again.

Carolina extended their streak of earning points to five games with an impressive 3-1 win over the visiting Bolts.  It was only the second regulation win of the season for Carolina and it snapped a streak of four straight overtime games and three straight shootouts. 

Brandon Sutter had a four game point streak snapped, but still played a good game.  Jussi Jokinen extended his points streak to four games with the game-winning goal.  In the past four games he has three goals and an assist. 

Manny Legace played with confidence, played well, and had the guys in front of him play well.  It was probably the most complete game this team has played all season.

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Road trip starts badly for Canes

The Hurricanes continued their annual late October extended road trip in desperate need of a win.  The Islanders were a winless team, but have been playing good hockey.  Unfortunately for the Canes, this was the night the Isles finally got into the win column.  After falling behind 3-1, Carolina mounted a third period rally to tie the game, which was ultimately settled in the shootout.  The home team converted all three of their shootout attempts, while the Hurricanes succeeded just once.

It was a night to celebrate Ray Whitney, who was playing in his 1000th NHL game and his 300th as a Cane.  Unlike last Wednesday, when he lit the lamp twice, he failed to light the lamp this time.  Eric Staal got off the schneid, but it wasn’t enough to lead the Canes to victory.

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Canes get it going against Cats

On Friday night against the visiting Florida Panthers, the Hurricanes finally figured out how to get the puck in the net.  Seven different guys scored goals and twelve different guys had scoring points in a 7-2 romp of the Cats.  The Canes continued to have success in the black sweaters as they wore them for the first time this season. 
While the penalty killers got better, the power play units did not, and that continues to be a major area of concern.  The Canes were limited to three power play chances, and failed to score even in a minute of five-on-three.  On the other side, the Canes killed off all six shorthanded situations including 40 seconds of a two man disadvantage. 

Tom Kostopoulos scored the game’s first goal on a shorthanded situation after forcing a turnover in the Florida zone.  The unassisted goal came at 7:00 of the first.  After that, it was all gravy.

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Finns get Canes off the schneid

On Tuesday night, the Finnish connection got the job done in Carolina, handing them their first win of the season.  It took a shootout to break a 1-1 tie with the Lightning, and the Hurricanes were successful. 

This was one of those odd games that fell through the cracks, and wasn’t broadcast by either team’s network.  This meant that, even with the Center Ice package, this game wasn’t on television.  Thank goodness for internet radio and Chuckandtheletterk. 

This was the first game of the season for defenseman Joni Pitkänen, who had knee surgery over the summer.  Unfortunately, he didn’t last the whole game.  However, he and the other Finns all pitched in for the win.  It was also the first game of the season for tough guy utility player Tim Conboy.  As I expected, he spent more time in the box than on the ice.  I sincerely hope that this experiment will come to a rapid end and one of the skilled forwards from Albany is recalled. 

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Hurricanes re-sign Jokinen

On Monday, the Hurricanes agreed to terms with forward Jussi Jokinen on a two-year deal.  He will earn $1.5M in 2009-10 and &1.9M in 2010-11.

This is a huge coup for the Canes, as they have saved a bit of money by signing him before he became a RFA on Wednesday.

Jokinen made $1.875 last season, and was one of many casualties in Tampa.  He joined the Hurricanes in February after a trade sent Wade Brookbank, Josef Melichar and a fourth round pick in this year’s draft to the Lightning.  Brookbank and Melichar were pieces of garbage, so this was really a fourth round pick for Jokinen.

The 26-year old Finn, who is no relation to Olli Jokinen, scored just one goal and ten assists in 25 regular season games for the Hurricanes.  Not counted in those stats was a shootout winner against the Sabres.  He was a stud in the playoffs, scoring seven goals and adding four assists for a total of eleven points in 18 postseason games played.  Of those seven postseason goals, three were game-winners, including the game four winner against New Jersey with 00:00.2 showing on the clock.

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Canes off-season.  The forwards

So we’ve got a few days before the Awards Show, then another week before the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.  Carolina will have the 27th overall pick, and most prognosticators are saying that Carolina will draft a defenseman. 

A few days after the draft, the real fun begins.  The free agent signing period.  Carolina has never been a big spender in the FA signing period, and I don’t expect them to be this summer.  Their primary focus will be on re-signing the guys they have, then picking someone up in the bargain bin.  Last summer, they were inactive in the FA market, but made the blockbuster trade with the Oilers, sending Erik Cole that way for Joni Pitkänen.

This summer, while some people are dreaming up elaborate ways to get Dany Heatley here, I expect little if any activity from the Hurricanes camp.  At least not as far as the forwards are concerned.

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Hurricanes dump Boston 4-1, get stranglehold on series.

On Friday night, in front of a packed RBC Center crowd, the Hurricanes seized control of the Eastern semifinal series with Boston.  They won the game 4-1 behind two goals from Eric Staal and now have a commanding 3-1 series lead.  Game five will be Sunday night in Boston. 

Eric Staal scored his eighth and ninth goals of the postseason and has passed some guy named Ron Francis on the franchise postseason scoring list.  He stands alone as the most prolific Hurricane in postseason play. 

For the second game in a row and the third in these playoffs, Jussi Jokinen got the game-winning goal, his sixth of the second season.  The newfound crowd favorite added two assists and earned the first star of the game.

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The Jus is loose!  Canes win game three.

On Wednesday night, Carolina had a chance to take a lead in the series with Boston.  They had the same opportunity in game three of the series with New Jersey, but the Devils prevailed in overtime.  This game went to overtime, and the Caniacs held their collective breath for the umpteenth time this playoff season.  Jussi Jokinen pulled through for the Canes, potting the game winner at 2:48 of the fourth period.


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Bs take game one

The Canes and Bruins opened their Eastern Conference semifinal series on Friday, and it was a solid victory for Boston.  Just as the Devils did in game one of the first round, the Bruins won game one 4-1.  The Bruins have won all five postseason games, and none of them have been close. 

David Krejci started things off for the home team at 1:34, tipping a right point blast from Aaron Ward.  Michael Ryder got the secondary assist.  To me, it looked like Ward’s goal.  However, they determined that it was touched by Krejci in the slot, and he gets the credit….

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Canes win thriller, advance to conference semis

Tuesday night was a do-or-die for the Hurricanes and the Devils.  With 90 seconds to play, the Devils had a 3-2 lead in their own building and it looked grim for the Hurricanes.  I had already started making mental notes for a Canes eulogy and for a concession letter to the gals at Interchangeable Parts.

But then….

The Canes decided that it wasn’t over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor.  Nothing was going to be over until they decided it was.  (please click the link if you don’t already get the joke)

Jussi Jokinen, the hero from the uber-dramatic game 4, scored a Finn-tastic (sorry) goal to tie it.  The crowd at the Rock and the Devils on the ice were shell-shocked.  Their shock turned to horror when Eric Staal fired a shot in from the right circle to win the game at 19:29 ....

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Jokinen beats buzzer

Holy cow!  A miracle at the RBC Center!

Jussi Jokinen deflected the game-winning goal with two tenths of a second left.  The last time I saw anything like that was when Kevyn Adams scored a shorthanded overtime goal with one tenth of a second left at Atlanta on March 5, 2004.

Carolina dominated the first 39 minutes of the game, building a 3-0 lead.  Eric Staal and Ryan Bayda scored one minute apart in the opening frame to give the media (and Carolina fans) what they wanted: a game where Carolina took the lead.  The Canes also did what every Canes blogger was begging them to do:  they shot the puck.  And they established a forecheck and offensive pressure.  And they forced New Jersey to take penalties.  And they got physical.  And they neutralized Parise/Zajac. 

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Scott Walker:  concussion or vertigo

I look up, I look down.  I look up, I look down….
After a successful West coast road trip, the Hurricanes returned home for a few days off before a big home game against the Panthers on Thursday.  They took Monday off and when they returned to practice on Tuesday, a couple of the injured were there.  Rod Brind’Amour, who was sent home to nurse his groin injury and defenseman Dennis Seidenberg practiced for the first time in a week.  Brindy will hope to make a return to the lineup on Thursday, while Seidenberg will remain on the IR with his own groin issue. 

Meanwhile, right wing Scott Walker continues to be totally out of commission with an “upper body” injury that is rumored to be a concussion.  Now, though, there’s speculation that he’s suffering from vertigo.

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Canes nab another Finn

On Saturday, the Hurricanes traded away dead weight Wade Brookbank and Josef Melichar plus a draft pick for 25 year old winger Jussi Jokinen.  Jussi is not related to cane killa Olli Jokinen, whose Coyotes will host the Hurricanes tonight.

Jokinen has scored 16 (6/10) points for the dreadful Lightning this season.  He was placed on waivers a few days ago and was acquired after he cleared waivers.  This move will take on a few hundred thousand dollars over what Melichar and Brookbank were making.  His salary this season is $1.875M.

One year ago, Carolina had zero Finns.  Now they have three.  There are just 40 Finns in the entire League, meaning that the Canes have a robust 7.5% of them.  The only Finnish Hurricane I can recall from the past is Sami Kapinen.

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