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In a press conference scheduled for noon (eastern time) today, the Hurricanes will officially announce a restructuring of the hockey department. The main change is that Rod Brind’Amour will join the bench, essentially stepping into the assistant coach position that Ron Francis held for the last couple of seasons. He will also be the “director of forwards development” or something like that. Francis will go back upstairs and focus on the Assistant GM duties. If there’s anything beyond that, it’ll be news to me.
The “news to me” part is that Dave Lewis has joined the coaching staff to handle the defensemen. He’s got loads of coaching experience from being an assistant and then a head coach for the Red Wings, then a head coach for the Bruins. This should be a very nice addition to the staff.
On Friday night, the Hurricanes sent Rod Brind’Amour’s sweater to the rafters, where it will hang alongside Ron Francis and Glen Wesley. New NHL regulations dictate that sweater retirement ceremonies must take place before the pre-game skate, and the pre-game skate can be no more than 30 minutes before puck drop. So the ceremony was at 7:00 and the game at 8:00.
The ceremony was excellent and Roddy handled it very well. He doesn’t enjoy being the center of attention, but he handled himself and the spotlight quite well. During the pre-game skate, every player from both teams wore special sweaters with Brind’Amour’s name and number. It was appropriate since Brindy played all but a handful of games for the two franchises. Still, I thought it was a display of tremendous class from the Flyers.
Carolina had great jump coming out of the gates, and they got off to an early 2-0 lead. Philly pushed back, killed a ton of penalties, climbed back in it and got an equalizing goal late in the third. It looked like the game was headed to overtime, but Erik Cole brought the over-capacity crowd to its feet with his second game-winning goal in the last three games.
The Carolina Hurricanes announced today that they will retire Rod Brind’Amour’s sweater number 17 on February 18, 2011. Appropriately, the visiting team will be the Flyers. He was drafted by and played two seasons with the Blues, after which he played eight an a half with Philly and nine and a half with the Hurricanes
Brind’Amour left Michigan State after only one season to join the Blues in the 1989 Stanley Cup playoffs. He scored goals on his first two shots in his NHL career.
Brindy’s #17 will join Ron Francis’ #10 and Glen Wesley’s #2 in the rafters. The club has also unofficially retired Steve Chiasson’s #3 and Gordie Howe’s #9. Chaisson passed away following a single car accident just after the Hurricanes were eliminated in the 1999 playoffs. As a 52-year old man, Mr. Hockey played his last NHL season with the Whale. Although his accomplishments happened well before his time in Hartford, the organ-eye-zation has unofficially taken his number nine out of circulation.
Today, the news came from Raleigh that a lot of people were expecting, but nobody was truly prepared for. Rod Brind’Amour has retired as a player. Apparently, things were totally up in the air until this morning, when Brindy and Jim Rutherford had a talk about the direction of the team. Rutherford said what we all knew. That the team was moving in a different direction on-ice, but that they wanted him around. Maybe Roddy’s been living in a vacuum and he really didn’t know, but he said that he wasn’t sure what was going to happen. Once the team made it clear to him that an off-ice position would be afforded him, the decision was made.
We all knew that this would probably happen, but we still weren’t really “ready” for the moment to come. It’s been ten years, and while the team has certainly had ups and downs, Rod Brind’Amour has never given anything less than 100% to the team. As soon as possible, his number 17 will sail to the rafters of the RBC Center alongside the numbers 10 and 2.
The Hurricanes announced Monday afternoon that restricted free agent defensemen Alexandre Picard and Brett Carson have not been tendered qualifying offers, and will thus become unrestricted free agents on Thursday. Jim Rutherford said that he attempted to re-sign both players but could not reach an accord with either. He was worried that the players would take the team to arbitration and he was unwilling to take the risk of facing a binding arbitration outcome. This, and the draft day acquisition of Bobby Sanguinetti, will give the team a little bit of freedom to do something in the free agent market. More on this in a bit.
The other news out of Carolina is that these are the last two days for them to buy out the contracts of the septuagenarian Rod Brind’Amour and Sergei “Hold Me Closer Tiny Dancer” Samsonov.
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.
For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been trying to work out a post about Rod Brind’Amour’s declining ice time and declining purpose on the Hurricanes. I would have titled the post “The Old Man and the C”, but today’s developments made it all old news. On Wednesday afternoon, the Hurricanes announced that Eric Staal has become the newest captain of the Hurricanes, effective immediately. Rod Brind’Amour, who has worn the C since 2005, will wear an A for the rest of this season.
This is a move that everyone knew would come some day, and most of us assumed that it would be at some point this summer. The timing is a little strange, but Jim Rutherford has indicated that he’s been talking with Brind’Amour over the last few weeks and months about this. Before the official announcement, Rutherford gave Brindy veto power on the issue, and the 39-year old gracefully accepted the change.
On Saturday night, the Hurricanes played the back end of their second back-to-back set, and for the second time, they lost. This time it was Ryan Malone and the blue-clad City of Tampa Lightning. Based on his success this season, Malone would love to play the Canes every night
I didn’t get to watch this game, as I had to fill in at work for one of my lazy employees. Also, I missed an unannounced concert by my favorite musician because I found out about it too late. For that show, I would have made something else happen at work. Anyway, I avoided any exposure to the game while I was at work, I went home to watch the DVR. Just as I was about to sit down to that, a friend IMed me and accidentally spoilt the game for me. Not a good night for me.
The Canes managed to get the power play rolling, and the 5-2 score suggests that it wasn’t close, but it was.
One year ago yesterday, Carolina lost captain Rod Brind’Amour for the remainder of the season with torn knee ligaments. He played just one shift in that game against the Penguins. The rest of the team, especially Eric Staal had to step up their game. Including that game, the Hurricanes went 15-6-2 in their last 23 games. Unfortunately, the Capitals went 16-5-2 in their last 23, including an amazing 11-1-0 in their last 12. That and a final game home loss by the Canes meant no playoffs for Carolina.
If Carolina could have played at that rate (without Brind’Amour) for the entire season, that would have meant 114 standings points and home ice advantage for the first round. Everyone was impressed by how everyone stepped up. Everyone was thrilled with Staal’s and Sergei Samsonov’s production Staal had 34 (11/23) points in those 23 games, while SerSam had 20 (9/11). At that time, nobody dreamed of suggesting that the Hurricanes are better off without Brindy. Now it’s a different story.
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.
After months of speculation, finally the truth has come out about Canes captain Rod Brind’Amour. From today’s online N&O:
Canes coach Paul Maurice said today that team captain Rod Brind’Amour was returning to Raleigh and would not play in the games in San Jose and Phoenix.
“Roddy has a nagging injury that’s not getting any better, so we’re sending him back,” Maurice said. “We want him to get some treatment the next four or five days.”
On Sunday, the black-clad Hurricanes came from two goals down to defeat the visiting Lightning 3-2, needing the shootout to get the win.
Things got off on the wrong foot when Carolina ran a sloppy power play. They committed a turnover deep in the offensive zone. Because a defenseman was pinching and Tampa’s man was coming out of the box, the turnover resulted in a three-on-one and a goal by Martin St. Louis at 11:20 of the first. Former Hurricane Radim Vrbata got the only assist.
Early in the second, Vincent Lecavalier potted a power play goal on a very goofy play that should have been whistled dead. Tampa was making a change and the puck was going to clear the zone, but it hit the skate of a player leaving the ice. He was the sixth man on the ice at that point, and while it may have been inadvertent, it kept the play on-side. Seeing as how Carolina had just been called for a too many men penalty, this should have been noticed. It wasn’t. The Canes stopped playing and the Bolts scored. The Horseman from the Recchin’ Ball and Steve Eminger at 4:05.
All was not lost, though. The Canes regrouped and ended up stealing the win.
On Sunday afternoon, the Lightning will visit the Hurricanes for the first time this season. In their only previous meeting this year, Carolina came from behind to win in overtime in Tampa behind Eric Staal’s two goal effort.
This will also be the first game for the Bolts under the direction of Rick “Wagergate” Tocchet.
Carolina will be wearing their alternate black sweaters for the third time. Thus far, they have gone 1-1-0 wearing them. They will wear them at home 12 more times, and have recently added two road games for which they will don the third (December 11 @ Philly and December 13 @ Rangers). The game is being telecast by the Lightning only.
Rod Brind’Amour is one point shy of becoming #50 on the all-time NHL points list. He is currently tied with Joe Nieuwendyk (564/562) and HOFer Mike Bossy (573/553) with 1126 career points. A single point will also tie him for third on the Whaler/Canes all-time scoring list.
After losing the first three exhibition games (and looking bad doing so) the Hurricanes rattled off three straight wins to finish the preseason. Carolina will start playing games that count on Friday with a home game against the Panthers.
Eric Staal and Ray Whitney scored today for a 2-0 shutout over the Preds. Cam Ward went the distance, making 31 stops with both teams pretty much fielding the “A team”.
For the first time all preseason, Rod Brind’Amour played. He skated 19 shifts for a total of 15:04 of ice time. He took just 13 of the faceoffs, compared to 17 taken by Brandon Sutter. This was pretty much the plan: to use him sparingly.