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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 ended up as the thirteenth forward on the depth chart. 

Although the league allows a roster of up to 23 players, Carolina will not carry more than 22.  The final cuts will be from the blue line. 

Boychuk played in 23 games for the big team last season and in 31 the season before that.  He was expected to make the big team out of camp last fall, but Jeff Skinner exceeded everyone’s expectations and stole the roster spot from him.  Boychuk would later say that he wasn’t as prepared as he should have been.  He worked hard this summer and he arrived to training camp early, hoping to get up to speed and impress the coaches.  Unfortunately for him, he wasn’t able to impress the coaches.  From what I’ve heard and read, he didn’t look good in any of the scrimmages or pre-season games.

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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.  On the other side, there’s going to be plenty of competition for forward spots. 

The way I see it, there are two forward positions up for grabs and the leading contenders are Zac Dalpe, Zach Boychuk, Chris Terry, Jerome Samson and Drayson Bowman.  In that order.  I’ve been asked whether I think Dalpe will make the Canes and how big of an impact he’s going to have.  The first part of that question has a simple answer: without a doubt.  The second part is anybody’s guess.  My guess is that he’ll put up Chad LaRose-type numbers.  Somewhere in the vicinity of 13 goals and 15 assists.  If he plays on the right wing.  As third line center, he won’t get those kinds of numbers, but I think he will if he’s allowed (asked?) to play right wing. 

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Charlotte wins game one vs Baby Pens

On Thursday night, the Charlotte Checkers won the first game of the East Division final 3-2 against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Baby Penguins.  Jon Matsumoto scored two power play goals and Zac Dalpe netted his fourth of the playoffs.  Zach Boychuk assisted on Dalpe’s goal to extend his points streak to seven games.  He has at least one point in every game of the postseason.  Brett Sutter, who has also had a hot hand, got the second assist on Dalpe’s goal. 

Mike Murphy made his fifth straight start and got his fourth straight win, making 28 saves in the process.

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Checkers advance

On Sunday evening, the Charlotte Checkers defeated the defending Calder Cup champion Hershey Bears 2-1 in overtime of game six of their first round matchup.  Charlotte has won the series 4-2 and will face the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Baby Penguins in the second round.  Games one and two will be in Scranton on Thursday and Saturday nights, respectively. 

Just 36 seconds into the game, Brett Sutter scored his second goal in as many games to give the Checkers the early lead.  Zac Dalpe and Zach Boychuk assisted on the goal, which stood as the game’s only goal for more than 53 minutes.  Boychuk has tallied at least one point in every playoff game this season.  He’s the only player in the East and one of only two players in the entire AHL to have a six-game points streak.

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Amazing comeback puts Checkers up 3-2 in series with Bears

On Friday night, the Charlotte Checkers overcame a 3-0 lead late in the second period to score five straight goals in a 5-3 win over the visiting Hershey Bears.  Charlotte now has a 3-2 lead in the series as it shifts back to Hershey for games six Sunday and (if necessary) seven on Monday. 

Drayson Bowman had an empty net goal and two assists.  Oskar Osala had a goal and two assists.  Nick Dodge had the game winner for the second game in a row.  Brett Sutter had a goal and an assist.  Zach Boychuk also had a goal and one assist.

It would have been easy for the team to give up.  Down 3-0 late in the second, they could have folded up the tents and mailed it in for the rest of the game.  But they didn’t.  They stayed hungry, got a good break on a late goal in the second.  Then they got a power play goal in the first minute of the third, and it was a new game.  Instead of being down and out, they responded with a flurry of goals and put themselves into a good position.  Two chances to finish off this series on the road.

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Canes recall Dalpe, Samson

On Sunday morning, the Hurricanes announced the recall of Jerome Samson and Zac Dalpe from the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL.  Zach Boychuk, who has been up and down all season will be reassigned along with Brett Sutter, who was mysteriously recalled to the big team on Saturday.

Samson (Sam-SOH) is leading the Checkers in every offensive statistical category with 54 (26/28) points through 53 games.  He was one of two Checkers to appear in the AHL All-Star game, where he notched a goal and two assists.  This will be his first recall of the season.  He played in seven games last season, earning two assists.  He wore the number 67 last season, and it looks like he’ll wear number 71 today. 

Dalpe has 36 (16/20) points in 35 games with the Checkers this season.  He began the season on the big team, but has been up and down.  This will be his third recall.  He has appeared in 14 Hurricanes games, notching three goals and an assist.  On New Year’s Day, he had the game-winning goal against the New Jersey Devils. 

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Ward and the kids shine in Ottawa

On Wednesday night, Cam Ward earned his second shutout of the season, Zach Boychuk scored two goals and Pat Dwyer scored his second in as many nights to pace the Hurricanes to a 4-0 whitewash of the Ottawa Senators.  Erik Cole scored the other goal. 

Boychuk was called up two weeks ago to replace the injured Jiri Tlusty and had only notched one assist in five previous games.  He potted two goals in the first period tonight and nearly completed the hat trick early in the second.  Pat Dwyer has played every game this season for the big team and has now matched his exact point production (7 goals, 5 assists) from last season.  He will not, at any point, be reassigned to Charlotte, and he’s pretty much guaranteed that his contract will be renewed over the summer. 

Cam Ward, meanwhile, is silently putting himself in the top tier in every goaltending statistical category.

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Checkers bash Bears, climb standings

On Sunday night, the Charlotte Checkers completed a two game home set with the defending Calder Cup champion Hershey Bears.  After a frustrating 2-1 shootout loss on Friday, Charlotte came out with guns blazing, scored goals in bursts, and even got their hands dirty a few times.  The end result was a convincing 5-3 win, which allowed the Checkers to leapfrog the Bears in the standings. 

Charlotte got a lot of production from the heavy lifters, as the top line of Zach Boychuk / Zac Dalpe / Jacob Micflikier accounted for three goals and seven assists.  Micflikier had two goals and an assist; Dalpe had a goal and two assists; Boychuk had four assists.  They swept the three stars of the game.  The Checkers also got goals from Matt Pistilli and defenseman Bryan Rodney. 

The Bears got one goal from Sheldon Souray, who is getting paid $5.5 million after the Edmonton Oilers kicked him out of training camp and then loaned him to the Capitals organization.  For the record, it was a five-on-three goal.  They also got a shorthanded goal by Jay Beagle and a four-on-four goal from Lawrence Nycholat. 

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Checkers remain hot, Canes lose in shootout

On Friday night, the Charlotte Checkers continued their hot play with a 4-3 overtime win over the visiting Adirondack Phantoms (Flyers).  They’ve gotten standings points in nine of their last ten games, going 7-1-0-2 in that stretch. 

It seems like it’s been a different hero every night for the Checkers, and on Friday, it was Zach Boychuk.  He had one goal and two assists to lead the way.  Jacob Micflikier had one goal and Bryan Rodney scored his first of the season.  Defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti notched the game winner in overtime, making up for a big mistake earlier in the game. 

It wasn’t exactly pretty.  In fact, it was downright ugly.  However, the Checkers will gladly take the two standings points.

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Checkers bounce back with 5-1 rout of Adirondack

On Friday night, the Charlotte Checkers, top minor league affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes, snapped a four game losing streak with a convincing 5-1 win in Glens Falls NY over the Adirondack Phantoms (Philadelphia Flyers).
Jon Matsumoto, Zach Boychuk and Jacob McFlikier each had his third goal of the season while goaltender Mike Murphy made 31 saves for his second win of the season.  Murphy was named the first star of the game.

Charlotte is now 2-5-0 on the season.

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Big but inconsequential win for the Canes

On Thursday night, the Penguins and their mob of fans invaded Raleigh.  They used blitzkrieg tactics to take a 2-0 lead just five and a half minutes into the game, and it looked like they would have their way with the host Hurricanes.  However, the Hurricanes fought back and ultimately emerged with a 4-3 overtime win.  The sea of powder blue sweater-clad fans, who were boisterous during the game, left in silence while the Hurricanes fans reclaimed their own barn.

Justin Peters, who faced 40 shots in the game, looked shaky at times.  In the end, though, he earned his fourth win in five tries thanks to some outstanding work in the third frame.

Brian Pothier, who was part of the return on the Joe Corvo trade, scored his first Hurricanes goal to win the game very early in the overtime period.

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Red-hot Canes win seventh straight.

On Thursday night, the new-look Carolina Hurricanes took to the ice with a very different team, but the result was the same. A win.  They defeated Matt Cullen and the visiting Ottawa Senators 4-1 to earn their seventh straight win.  Remarkably, they remain in the playoff hunt, and they’ve turned from the league’s worst team to the league’s hottest team.

Manny Legace made 25 saves and was the game’s first star.  Newly recalled Zach Boychuk pitched in two assists.  The newly acquired Brian Pothier dished out three hits and five blocked shots.  The Canes got goals from Tom Kostopoulos, Rod Brind’Amour, Chad LaRose and an empty netter from Brandon Sutter.  Matt Cullen notched his first goal as a Sen.

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Canes finish February on fire

On Saturday, the Hurricanes defeated the Devils 5-2 to complete a sizzling hot month of February.  They have now won five in a row to go 5-2 in February. They also went 9-5 in January and are easily one of the hottest teams in the East.  Unlike a lot of teams, they’ll lament the Olympic break.  While it’s still astronomically improbable, there’s still a slim chance that these boys can qualify for postseason play.

Justin Peters got his second NHL start on the second Saturday in a row, and he got his second win.  Ray Whitney (who might still be traded away at the trading deadline) and Jussi Jokinen each scored twice while Zach Boychuk got his first NHL goal.  Martin Brodeur was chased from the nets early in the third with the score 4-0.

It looks a little bit like other teams are refusing to take the Hurricanes seriously, but the boys are having fun, and they’re refusing to give up.  As a fan, it’s amazing to watch, even if it’s a little bit frustrating.

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Boychuk, Tlusty recalled

The Hurricanes have placed Scott Walker on injured reserve and have said that Sergei Samsonov will not play against the Rangers on Saturday.  Both have an “upper body injury”.  In their stead, Ji ří Tlustý and Zach Boychuk have been called up from Albany.  Still no sign of Jerome Samson. 

The early indication is that Paul Maurice will trot out a third line of all American Leaguers.  The “Rat Line” will be Tlusty, Pat Dwyer and Boychuk.  Boychuk, who is second (to Samson) on the Rats in scoring with 24 (11/13) points had the game winner against former Hurricane John “Crackers” Graham and the Adirondack Phantoms on New Year’s Eve.

Boychuk has one assist in two games with the Canes.  Tlustý has one goal in four NHL games (two of which were with the Leafs).  Dwyer has played 16 games and has potted two goals for the big team.

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Hurricanes send Boychuk back to juniors

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…

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Carolina begins road journey

On Friday, the Hurricanes will play the first of six straight road games, and they’ll have to do it with yet another forward on the shelf.
When Carolina visits Los Angeles tonight at 10:30, they’ll most likely be doing it without Tuomo Ruutu.  He missed most of the pre-season with a groin issue, and it’s persisted enough for his status to be deemed “doubtful”.
Ruutu makes three top nine wingers on the injured list.  There will be a lot of line juggling, and Chad “Sharpie” LaRose was practicing with the top line on Thursday, so he might get a chance to do that in game action.  Patrick Eaves, who started the season on the top line, has found his way into Peter Laviolette’s doghouse, but there’s no telling how the lines will be made tonight.
Still, this is an opportunity for another young player.

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Update—- Boychuk signed!

As expected, the Hurricanes and their top pick Zach Boychuk came to terms on Saturday on a three year contract that is exactly the same as the one Brandon Sutter signed in March.
As the signing came on Boychuk’s 19th birthday, it was a pretty sweet birthday present.  From the N&O:

I’ve had some good presents in the past but I don’t know if any can top this one… I’m excited.

Exciting indeed.  I think I got a watch for my 19th birthday. 


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Canes expect to sign top pick today

The Hurricanes are expected to make an announcement today about their 2008 first round pick (and birthday boy) Zach Boychuk at some point today.  Chip Alexander of the News & Observer has been reporting all week that negotiations have been ongoing and that they are very close to signing a deal that is identical to the contract 2007 top pick Brandon Sutter signed back in March.  Today is Boychuk’s 19th birthday, which means he is ineligible for the AHL.  His options will be to play under contract on the big team, or go back to junior hockey. 

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