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On Wednesday, the Hurricanes stretched their losing streak to seven games and their winless streak to an astounding 13 games. After falling behind 2-0 to the Kings, they tied the game in the third period, but everything fell apart, and they ended up losing 5-2. Tuomo Ruutu had the only two goals for the Canes.
At times, Manny Legace looked good. At times, he looked worse than Johnny Crackers. He, for absolutely no reason, came so far out of his net on a couple of occasions that I actually thought he was going on a beer run. Again, though, it wasn’t bad goaltending that lost the game. The defense left Legace out to dry on two power play goals. In the offensive zone, not much good happened. Right now, as fragile as this team is, the only way they’re going to win any games is when the final score is 2-1. The defense isn’t playing well enough to make that happen. And the forwards certainly aren’t playing well enough to get into a track meet with anybody.
The Hurricanes announced today what we all knew without needing the confirmation: Erik Cole suffered a broken bone in his left leg after a nasty collision with the Bruins’ Dennis Wideman on Saturday night. Wideman’s check was clean, but it unfortunately resulted in yet another injury for Cole.
Tuomo Ruutu will slide up to the first line right wing, then some other shuffling will leave a vacancy on one of the fourth line wings. Tim Conboy, who can play on either wing and also on defense, will be the short-term solution. The former Albany River Rats captain is known more for pugilism than for his offensive acumen, but will have an excellent opportunity to prove that he has earned his one-way contract. If you’re in a fantasy league that rewards PIMs, go ahead and snatch up Conboy. He’ll be good for at least 4 penalty minutes per game.
I don’t mind seeing Conboy in the lineup on a game-by-game basis, but I’m a little frightened by the prospect of seeing him as a regular. I’m much more into the idea of bringing up Zach Boychuk or Drayson Bowman from the Rats.
On Saturday, the red-hot Flyers will come to Raleigh for the third meeting of the season. So far, each team has won in the other’s building. Philly is 7-1-2 in their last 10 games, which is the third best mark in the league for that “last 10” category. Conversely, Carolina is just 4-6-0 in the last 10 games, putting them at 25th in that category.
Defensemen Casey Borer and Tim “We got us a great big” Conboy have been recalled from Albany. The two will skate together as the third defensive pairing, which is something they’ve done at the collegiate level and also in Albany.
Conboy played in 19 games with the Canes last season, notching five assists and 60 PIMs. Borer played in 11 games and registered one goal and two assists. Conboy is also pretty well known for a couple of instances when he “went bananas” in AHL play. Both, incidentally, against the Flyers AHL team. He was suspended eight games for his role in a line brawl during the Calder Cup playoffs last spring. This season, he was accused of biting Steve Downie in a fight. In the latter, he received a boatload of minutes, but no suspension.
Is it sheer coincidence that Conboy was called up to play against the Flyers? Downie was traded to the Lightning for Matt Carle, so he won’t be a factor.
After two games with the big team, the Hurricanes have decided to return their 2008 first round pick Zach Boychuk to his junior team. Since he played in less than nine NHL games, his contract hasn’t kicked in yet. He will return to the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the Western Hockey League.
The 19-year old was second on Lethbridge last season with 72 (33/39) points and was tops with 21 (13/8) points in the WHL playoffs.
Boychuk is underage and ineligible for AHL play, and according to NHL rules, he can’t be brought back up this season. From today’s N&O:
The first year of his entry-level contract now rolls over to next season; the Canes cannot recall him or send him to Albany (AHL) until Lethbridge’s season ends.
Scott Walker, Tuomo Ruutu and Justin Williams are all still out of the lineup with injuries, and Boychuk’s departure leaves one fourth line wing position available…
The Hurricanes have trimmed their training camp roster to 33 players, and with the regular season just 10 days away, there are still quite a few lineup issues to be resolved. The most intriguing issue is the blueline. There are still nine defensemen in camp, and only three of them—Joe Corvo, Tim Gleason and Joni Pitkänen—are guaranteed roster spots. And this doesn’t count the enigmatic and AWOL David (aka “Avi”, aka “Snuggles”) who has not shown up for camp and claims he is still concussed.
The News&Observer has opened the floor for the debate: How will the defensive pairings be filled out? Everybody agrees that Gleason, Pitkänen and Corvo are in the top four. The debate is about who among Anton Babchuk, Tim Conboy, Frantisek Kaberle, Josef Melichar, Dennis Seidenberg and Nic Wallin will play every night, who will be a healthy scratch, who will be relegated to Albany, and finally who will be traded to Los Angeles. To make matters more confusing, free agent Bryan Rodney is among the last men standing after another round of cuts on Sunday.
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