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Entries with the tag: opening night
The Hurricanes have announced the opening night roster for tomorrow’s home tilt against the Bolts. There’s a bit of intrigue to it. Ryan Murphy, the highly touted 2011 first round draft pick, survived the final round of cuts and was kept on the roster. Strangely, he’ll be a healthy scratch for opening night. The expectation was that he would play in the first nine games, then get sent back to the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL as if nothing had happened. If he plays fewer than 10 games, his newly signed contract will roll over until next season.
My money was on forward Riley Nash to survive the final cut and make his NHL debut this week. That’s going to have to wait. Frankly, I’m at a loss as to why the Hurricanes would keep Murphy around just so they could scratch him.
The unbearably long wait is finally over. Tonight is opening night for Carolina and 12 other teams. Thousands of hockey fans in Carolina will be cutting out of work early, or skipping work altogether. The RBC Center parking lot will fill up early and the sweet sweet smell of propane and grilled meat will be thick. Cold beer and loud music will be coming from every tailgate. Friendships will be renewed and new ones will be forged. The sun will be shining and the birds will be singing. It’s hockey night in Carolina.
Unfortunately, I won’t be there for opening night. Instead, for the first time since 2001, I’ll be watching the home opener from RBH headquarters.