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The end of the line for RBH
I started writing the Red and Black Hockey blog back in July 17 2005.  It started out over on the blogspot platform, spawned out of another blog that I had created to write about music and movies and things like that.  More than six years have passed, and while there…
Posted by David Lee on 11/06/11 | Comments 5

Canes use special teams to beat Sabres
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…
Posted by David Lee on 10/15/11 | Comments 1

The ride is over for Ryan Murphy
On Thursday, the Hurricanes decided to return defenseman Ryan Murphy to the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League.  The 2011 first round draft selection survived the final round of roster cuts, and was a healthy scratch in all four Hurricanes games so far.  Because Murphy is just 18 years…
Posted by David Lee on 10/13/11 | Comments 0

Canes finally get first win
On Wednesday, the Hurricanes finally got their first win of the season with a 3-2 regulation win over the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins.  The Hurricanes got goals from Joni Pitkänen, Anthony Stewart and Jiri Tlusty, while the visitors got markers from Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin.  The Hurricanes…
Posted by David Lee on 10/13/11 | Comments 0

Canes steal a point from Caps
On Saturday, the Hurricanes had a much better showing than they did on Friday.  Against the defending Southeast Division champion Capitals, they forced overtime to earn a standings point. For the second game in as many days, the Hurricanes scored the first goal, but couldn’t put one in the “win”…
Posted by David Lee on 10/09/11 | Comments 0

New faces, but same old Canes
The Hurricanes made some personnel changes on the bench and on the ice over the summer.  There are a lot of new guys, but the result of the opening night game was pretty much the same as a lot of games from the last two seasons.  They worked hard and…
Posted by David Lee on 10/08/11 | Comments 1

Murphy to sit 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…
Posted by David Lee on 10/06/11 | Comments 1

Carolina to carry nine defenseman to start the season—Nash cut
On Wednesday, Jim Rutherford announced that the Carolina Hurricanes were returning forward Riley Nash to Charlotte of the American League.  This, frankly, came as a bit of a surprise. For now, it means that Carolina is done with their roster cuts.  They have gotten down to the league mandated 23…
Posted by David Lee on 10/05/11 | Comments 0

Auxiliary “Latebird” fantasy league now open
Due to the overwhelming response to my plea for more managers to fill a league, I’ve opened up a second league.  I have a few invitations already out, but anyone who is interested in joining a league at the last minute, now’s your chance.  Yahoo league # 77593.  Password: stanleycup…
Posted by David Lee on 10/04/11 | Comments 1

looking for a few more fantasy hockey managers
I’m looking for a few more fantasy hockey managers to round out a 12-team fantasy hockey league.  I run a weekly league with pretty basic settings.  2 players each at C, LW, RW, D, G, plus 2 “utility” players and 4 bench positions.  A total roster of 16 players. The…
Posted by David Lee on 10/03/11 | Comments 4

Riley Nash survives latest cuts, Zach Boychuk doesn’t
On Thursday, the Hurricanes trimmed their training camp roster to 24 by sending 12 players to Charlotte of the American League.  The group of twelve includes Zach Boychuk, who was projected to make the final round of cuts.  Instead it was former Oilers first round pick Riley Nash who has…
Posted by David Lee on 09/29/11 | Comments 1

Who will fill out Canes forward lines?
Over the summer, the Carolina Hurricanes added a lot of pieces.  By now, they’ve definitely shored up the blue line, and they even have a log jam.  Barring a trade, no matter how well a certain 2011 first round draftee plays in camp, there just isn’t any space for defensemen. …
Posted by David Lee on 09/20/11 | Comments 0

Canes sign top pick Murphy
On Friday evening, the Hurricanes announced that they have come to terms with 2011 first round draft selection Ryan Murphy.  The 18-year old defenseman, who was selected with the 12th overall pick this July,  has become the second straight Kitchener Rangers player signed by the Hurricanes out of the Traverse…
Posted by David Lee on 09/16/11 | Comments 1

Hurricanes will honor Vasicek on opening night, and all season long
The Carolina Hurricanes lost a family member in the tragic plane crash last week, which wiped out the entire Lokomotiv Yaroslavl team.  Josef Vasicek, who played 347 regular season games and 37 Stanley Cup playoff games with the Canes, was among the dead.  When the Hurricanes were a very bad…
Posted by David Lee on 09/15/11 | Comments 1

Canes sign Mathieu Roy
On Wednesday, the Hurricanes made a depth signing by inking veteran defenseman Mathieu Roy to a one-year, two-way contract.  He will most likely play in Charlotte, where he will make an AHL salary of $125k.  At the NHL level, Roy’s salary would be $600k.  He is guaranteed $150k.  Roy (WAH)…
Posted by David Lee on 09/14/11 | Comments 0

Remembering the Czech Condor
It’s a horrible day in the neighborhood.  It’s already been a brutal summer for hockey fans.  Derek Boogaard, Rick Rypien and Wade Belak, known for their roles as enforcer, all died this summer.  All had played as recently as the 2010-11 season.  Today, there was a huge tragedy when the…
Posted by David Lee on 09/07/11 | Comments 2

Over heeeeeeeere!
Things have been slow around here.  Not much hockey news.  The players are slowly starting to come back to the City of Oaks, the new guys are showing their faces.  The unofficial workouts, “Camp Rosey” are underway, and everyone was shocked (literally) yesterday when the 5.8 magnitude earthquake in NoVa…
Posted by David Lee on 08/24/11 | Comments 1

Proposals from the RDO camp
At this summer’s NHL Research, Development and Orientation camp, they’re testing out a bunch of things that might change our game.  Every summer, dozens of things get tested and few ever make their way into the game.  There are a few from this batch that RBH can stand behind, a…
Posted by David Lee on 08/18/11 | Comments 0

Getting to know…  Anthony Stewart
There isn’t much going on this summer, but Anthony Stewart, one of the newest Canes, is keeping us entertained.  Between appearing on TSN’s “Off the Record” and his tweeting, I don’t know if he has time to do any training.  He is, however, giving us Caniacs a good look at…
Posted by David Lee on 08/05/11 | Comments 0

Canes get organizational depth in net
After the Canes finished signing their own UFAs both at the NHL and AHL levels, things have gotten kind of slow around here.  Yesterday, the Charlotte Checkers announced that goaltender John Muse has signed a two-way American League contract. There’s really not much to see here.  Muse won two national…
Posted by David Lee on 07/19/11 | Comments 0

Canes re-sign pair for Charlotte
The Carolina Hurricanes have come to terms on contract renewals for Brett Sutter and Bobby Sanguinetti.  Each has re-signed for one year on a two-way deal.  Sutter, who played very well in the playoffs for the Checkers, will be paid the NHL minimum of $525k, or $75k at the AHL…
Posted by David Lee on 07/15/11 | Comments 0

Minor League Moves
Although there are some ridiculous rumors circulating about a possible trade involving Ales Hemsky of the Oilers, the Hurricanes are done with signings for the big team.  In the last 24 hours, they’ve seen one of the key pieces for the Checkers sign elsewhere and they quickly got some help…
Posted by David Lee on 07/15/11 | Comments 0

Brandon Sutter’s New Deal
On Wednesday afternoon, the Carolina Hurricanes and alternate captain Brandon Sutter finally came to an agreement.  For weeks, the media has been telling us “the deal could be done as soon as today”, and today, the waiting finally ended.  As everyone expected, the deal is for three years.  As everyone…
Posted by David Lee on 07/13/11 | Comments 0

Canes, Brandon Sutter agree to terms
After weeks of hearing “the deal could be finalized as soon as today”, the deal has finally been finalized.  According to reliable sources, the Hurricanes and Brandon Sutter have agreed to a contract renewal.  No details yet.  A safe assumption is that the deal is for no more than three…
Posted by David Lee on 07/13/11 | Comments 0

Deal (and no deal) with the Sutter cousins
The most famous family in hockey is the Sutters.  Brothers Brent, Brian, Darryl, Duane, Rich and Ron were NHL superstars in the 1970s and 80s.  Their oldest brother Gary worked in a lumber yard and won a ton of money in the lottery.  They all have hockey-playing sons.  Three of…
Posted by David Lee on 07/11/11 | Comments 1

How Social Networking Helped a Player Pick His Number
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…
Posted by David Lee on 07/08/11 | Comments 0

Corvo traded
Just seconds after the Tomas Kaberle acquisition, the Hurricanes traded away the guy who had been the “old man” on the blue line when they sent Joe Corvo to the Bruins for a fourth round draft pick.  I knew something must have been up for that brand-name acquisition to have…
Posted by David Lee on 07/05/11 | Comments 1

Tomas Kaberle to the Canes
It was just reported that defenseman Tomas Kaberle, brother of former Hurricane Frantisek Kaberle, has signed a three-year deal with the Hurricanes for $12.75M. Another offensive defenseman?  I guess this precludes the re-signing of depth defenseman Derek Joslin.  It also suggests that there might be a trade in the works. …
Posted by David Lee on 07/05/11 | Comments 1

Hurricanes bring in five new players
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…
Posted by David Lee on 07/02/11 | Comments 0

Canes sign Tim Brent
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…
Posted by David Lee on 07/01/11 | Comments 0

Who will the Canes grab as a backup goaltender?
With the free agent frenzy set to begin in less than 12 hours, there are still a few unanswered questions in Raleigh.  For me, a really intriguing one will be regarding the goaltending situation.  Cam Ward needs a strong backup.  Someone who can be depended upon to start 15-20 games. …
Posted by David Lee on 07/01/11 | Comments 0

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…
Posted by David Lee on 06/30/11 | Comments 1

In another weird twist, LaRose re-signs
Things have been a little crazy this summer in Carolina.  The UFA situation is muddy one minute, clear the next.  Negotiations with the players have gone from “we’re nowhere near” to “there should be a signing any second now” and back again.  Sometimes, those tidal flows occur several times a…
Posted by David Lee on 06/30/11 | Comments 0

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…
Posted by David Lee on 06/28/11 | Comments 2

Canes re-ink Dwyer
When I wrote the other day about how the cap floor might give the Canes fits, I guessed at how the UFA situations would pan out.  I posited that rugged fourth-line winger Patrick Dwyer would get a two-year renewal at a $650k cap hit per season.  I was only off…
Posted by David Lee on 06/28/11 | Comments 0

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…
Posted by David Lee on 06/27/11 | Comments 0

Canes tempt fate by drafting defenseman
On Friday night, the Hurricanes did what they said they would do.  They drafted the “best player available” by selecting defenseman Ryan Murphy from the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL.  Most pundits had him going in the top ten, and many had him pegged to be selected eighth.  While flashy…
Posted by David Lee on 06/24/11 | Comments 0

Cap floor might give Canes fits
Today, the NHL made official what we already knew.  The salary cap for 2011-12 will be $64.3M and the floor will be $48.3M. As of right now, the Hurricanes have 12 players under NHL contract for 2011-12, with a total cap payroll of $32,083,333.  They’ve always been a thrifty team. …
Posted by David Lee on 06/23/11 | Comments 0

This day in Hurricanes history
June 19, 2006 was the biggest day in Hurricanes history and indeed the best day in the lives of many Hurricanes fans.  Game seven of the Stanley Cup finals.  After winning three of the first four, Carolina lost the next two, and it came down to a single game on…
Posted by David Lee on 06/19/11 | Comments 1

Justin Shugg signs entry-level contract
Even with the summertime news being slow, the official Carolina Hurricanes sources have been dropping the ball.  I had to learn from a TSN.ca email that the Hurricanes have signed last year’s fourth round draft selection Justin Shugg to a three-year entry-level contract.  Yesterday.  Still no word of it on…
Posted by David Lee on 06/17/11 | Comments 0

Canes, Harrison come to terms
On Thursday, there was a Hurricanes player signing after all.  Defenseman Jay Harrison, who would have become an UFA on July 1, agreed to a two-year deal which will pay him $650k in 2011-12 and $750k in 2012-13.  Last season was the final year of a two-year minimum-wage contract.  The…
Posted by David Lee on 06/16/11 | Comments 0

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…
Posted by David Lee on 06/16/11 | Comments 0

Hurricanes restucture hockey department
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…
Posted by David Lee on 06/07/11 | Comments 3

This date in Hurricanes history
While the Hurricanes aren’t doing anything this spring, May 28 is a huge day in the history of the Carolina Hurricanes.  Two of the biggest moments in franchise history have taken place on this date.  One in 2002 and the other in 2006.  Both occurred during Eastern Conference Finals play. …
Posted by David Lee on 05/28/11 | Comments 0

Oskar Osala going to KHL
Last week, rumors circulated that 23-year old Oskar Osala of the Hurricanes had signed a deal to play with HC Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk “Petrochemists” of the KHL.  He vehemently denied the rumors, saying that he had gotten some calls but hadn’t signed anywhere.  He gave all sorts of indications that he…
Posted by David Lee on 05/25/11 | Comments 7

With Thrashers gone, what will happen to SE division
The Globe and Mail is reporting that there is an agreement in principal, and an official announcement will be made on Tuesday “confirming the sale and transfer of the Thrashers to True North Sports and Entertainment, which owns and operates the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League and the…
Posted by David Lee on 05/19/11 | Comments 5

Charlotte has back against the wall
On Tuesday night the Binghamton Senators handed the Charlotte Checkers a thorough 7-1 beating and have taken a commanding 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series for the Eastern Conference Championship in the Calder Cup playoffs.  The BSens have two chances to close out the series on their own home ice. …
Posted by David Lee on 05/18/11 | Comments 0

One Canes Finn rumored to be headed to the KHL
Today, a guy named Dmitry Chesnokov, who is a contributor to the Puck Daddy blog, tweeted that Hurricanes prospect Oskar Osala has signed with Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk “Petrochemists” of the KHL.  He went on to say that the official announcement will be made once the Calder Cup playoffs are over (although…
Posted by David Lee on 05/17/11 | Comments 0

Canes off-season questions might already have answers
Today, Chip Alexander (twitter: ice_chip), who covers the Hurricanes for the Raleigh News & Observer, unleashed a flurry of tweets regarding the Hurricanes off-season plans.  Especially regarding the pending free agents.  A couple of them are a bit surprising.  Most of them are worth comment.
Posted by David Lee on 05/16/11 | Comments 1

Good day for four Canes
Sunday was a very good day for four of the Carolina Hurricanes players.  Oskar Osala (currently with the Checkers), Jussi Jokinen, Joni Pitkänen, and especially Tuomo Ruutu.  Today, the Finns demolished the hated Swedes 6-1 in the gold medal game of the IIHF World Championship game in Slovakia.  While the…
Posted by David Lee on 05/15/11 | Comments 0

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