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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.
There’s a sweater number debate in Carolina that got solved by Twitter. It’s not as exciting as the Mike Commodore situation in Detroit, but it’s still pretty neat.
Tim Brent (@Brenter37), who signed with the Hurricanes on July 1, had a dilemma on his hands, and he turned to Twitter to get it resolved. He’s always loved the number 8 and he always wore that as a kid, but has never been able to wear it in the NHL. In Carolina, he finally has an opportunity, but he thought that 37 was pretty good to him. He left it up to the twitterverse, and the end result is that he’s going with 37.
On Friday, Carolina lost one of its star players to free agency, then added five new players. They added four forwards and a goalie. None was a blockbuster, but all should be great additions to the team.
The biggest addition was goaltender Brian Boucher, who is the only active NHLer from the state of Rhode Island. Like most of the free agent netminders on the market, he made his name as a starting goalie but now must make his money as a backup, most recently for Philadelphia. He holds the record for longest shutout streak with five consecutive shutouts in during the 2003-04 season. Since the lockout, Carolina will be his seventh NHL team.
On Friday, they also added Tim Brent and Alexie Ponikarovsky from the Leafs. Both already have highlight reel stuff from games against Carolina. Brent for being awesome and Poni for being lazy. More on this in a bit.
On Saturday, they added two more. Right wing Anthony Stewart from the Thrashers, who Jim Rutherford described as a “late bloomer”. They also added some organizational depth in left wing/tough guy Justin Soryal, who has played his entire professional career with the Rangers AHL team.
The Hurricanes have come to terms with 27-year old free agent Tim Brent for two years at a total of $1.5M. This is the fourth line center they were looking for. Good on draws, capable of chipping in a little bit of offense. Good signing. Good price. After the dust settles, I’ll have a more detailed post.