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Talking New Contracts In Carolina

from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,

Andrei Svechnikov has cooled off after a hot start -- after six goals in the team’s first eight games, he has one empty-net goal in the past 11 -- and so have negotiations on a new contract for the young star, whose entry-level contract expires after the season.

Svechnikov’s agent, Todd Diamond, said that wasn’t a sign of an impasse, but that the fast pace of the shortened season hasn’t left much time for negotiating.

“Things are kind of status quo,” Diamond told The News & Observer. “There’s a time and place to have deeper talks. There’s just so many games right now, it’s not the right environment for it. It may take into the offseason.”...

“It’s easy, because he’s ours, we’re going to pay him fair and get it done,” Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon told the N&O. “That’s just when not if. We want to get it done. These are fairly easy deals to get done. The market, if you look at the bridge deals that have been done, it’s not that hard.”...

The Hurricanes also have to make a decision on defenseman Dougie Hamilton, who can become an unrestricted free agent in July, but that really doesn’t have to happen until the April 12 trade deadline. The 27-year-old is the Hurricanes’ highest-paid defenseman at $5.75 million per season....

And then there’s the sticky case of coach Rod Brind’Amour, who at $600,000 per season is one of the lowest-paid coaches in the league. In the big picture, this is an easy one: Brind’Amour has never expressed any desire to leave and Dundon is on the record saying Brind’Amour has earned a raise.

“I can’t imagine it not working out,” Brind’Amour told the N&O on Friday.

The details get a little trickier. Brind’Amour is under pressure from his peers in the NHL coaching community to get his salary closer to the league average. The 13 coaches with salaries listed on capfriendly.com average more than $3.2 million; the actual average is believed to be less than that. Calgary’s Geoff Ward is the lowest-paid on that list at $900,000. On top of that, the Hurricanes’ assistant coaches and support staff are all out of contract this summer, and it’s up to Brind’Amour to advocate for them.


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Carolina/Ottawa Trade

added 1:53pm, Carolina press release is below.

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Wrong Call Made But A Bit Late For The Columbus Blue Jackets

from Sportsnet,

Patrik Laine didn't shy away from expressing his displeasure after Sunday's loss against the Carolina Hurricanes -- and it had nothing to do with his new city, his teammates or the dynamic with head coach John Tortorella.

His ire stemmed from a refereeing error. Prior to a Vincent Trocheck goal at 18:45 of the second period, which gave Carolina a 4-3 lead, Columbus requested a coach's challenge for an off-side call. The NHL said after the game the challenge should have resulted in Carolina's goal being disallowed.

Instead, during the play review, a miscommunication between the replay booth, the linesmen and the NHL's Situation Room took place, leading to play resuming before all replays were reviewed to confirm the off-side. The goal stood and Columbus was assessed a delay of game penalty. During the second intermission, it was confirmed that the play was indeed off-side and the remaining 45 seconds of the penalty were rescinded -- but the goal was never revoked.

"I think that's the biggest joke I've ever seen," Laine told reporters after the game. "Especially this kind of game, two good teams playing good hockey in a tight game that should have been 3-3 and not 4-3, it's a tough one. But we all make mistakes and you just have to learn from them and move on."

continued with video of John Tortorella post-game, the Canes won 6-5...

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Petr Mrazek Had Surgery On His Right Thumb

RALEIGH, N.C. - Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that goaltender Petr Mrazek has undergone surgery on his right thumb. A timetable for his return will be determined in the coming days.

Mrazek, 28, has registered a 2-1-0 record, 0.99 goals-against average, .955 save percentage and two shutouts in four appearances in 2020-21. He currently leads all NHL goaltenders in goals-against average and save percentage, and he is one of five netminders to earn two shutouts so far this season. The 6’1”, 190-pound goaltender has earned a 46-31-5 record, 2.48 goals-against average, .911 save percentage and nine shutouts in 84 appearances with the Hurricanes since joining the team as a free agent on July 1, 2018. Mrazek has posted a 124-95-28 record, 2.60 goals-against average, .911 save percentage and 23 shutouts in 267 career NHL games with Detroit, Philadelphia and Carolina. The Ostrava, Czech Republic, native was drafted by the Red Wings in the fifth round, 141st overall, of the 2010 NHL Draft.

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Tonight’s Carolina/Nashville Game Postponed

NEW YORK (Jan. 19, 2021) – The National Hockey League today announced that Game #52, Carolina Hurricanes at Nashville Predators, scheduled for tonight, has been postponed. The rescheduled date of Game #52 will be announced when available.

The decision was made out of an abundance of caution to ensure the health and safety of players, coaches and game day personnel and in consultation with medical experts.

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Afternoon Line- Don Waddell

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Video- Carolina Hurricanes A Popular Destination

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Jesper Fast Signs With Carolina

added 5:41pm, Press release is below.

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Justin Williams Announces His Retirement

RALEIGH, NC - Carolina Hurricanes forward Justin Williams today announced his retirement from the National Hockey League.

"Since I first broke into the league a day after my 19th birthday back in 2000, this game has brought me so much that I will never be able to repay it" Williams said. "The countless experiences, relationships, lessons and hardships will remain with me forever as I move on to the next stage of my life. I've never once taken for granted the privilege it is to be able to play a game for a living, and that is probably why I was able to play it professionally for as long as I have.

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