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    Season preview from nhl.com

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=776089


    Hurricanes seek more offense to make playoff push The Carolina Hurricanes' hopes of qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs ended almost before last season had begun. An 0-6-2 October under new coach Bill Peters proved to be too deep of a hole, and Carolina finished 27 points out of the final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference.
    The Hurricanes haven't made a lot of changes this offseason, but they're hopeful the ones they have made will help them generate enough offense, especially at even strength, to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2009.

    the biggest offseason move by general manager Ron Francis removed a player who was expected to generate offense. The Hurricanes bought out the final three years of forward Alexander Semin's five-year, $35 million contract after he had NHL career lows of six goals and 19 points last season and spent parts of the second half as a healthy scratch.
    Semin's struggles were part of an overall offensive malaise; Carolina scored 183 goals, 27th in the League. Forward Eric Staal's 23 goals and 54 points led the Hurricanes, but they were his lowest offensive numbers since 2002-03, his rookie season.
    Aside from a revival by Staal and improvement by younger brother Jordan Staal, much of the Hurricanes' hopes for more scoring rest with improvement by some of the young forwards. Elias Lindholm scored 17 goals and showed the potential that made him the No. 5 pick in the 2013 NHL Draft. But even more important is a return to form by 23-year-old Jeff Skinner, a two-time 30-goal scorer who had 18 goals and 31 points last season after he had 33 goals and 54 points in 2013-14.

    Most of the Hurricanes' offseason moves came on defense.
    Carolina should get a boost from 2015 first-round pick Noah Hanifin, who fell to No. 5 and was quickly picked by Francis. Hanifin, who excelled in his freshman season at Boston College, is expected to be the linchpin of a solid defense that includes 2014 U.S. Olympian Justin Faulk and could include Haydn Fleury, the No. 7 pick in 2014.

    The power play should get a boost from the arrival of veteran defenseman James Wisniewski, who was acquired in a trade that sent goaltender Anton Khudobin to the Anaheim Ducks.
    The other major change is in goal, where longtime starter Cam Ward will compete with Eddie Lack, a draft-day acquisition from the Vancouver Canucks. Ward cut his goals-against average to a career-best 2.40 last season and improved his save percentage to .910 from .898 during an injury-plagued 2013-14 season. Lack was 18-13-4 with a 2.45 GAA and .921 save percentage and helped the Canucks reach the playoffs after Ryan Miller was injured in late February.
    At a minimum, Lack is expected to be a better backup than Khudobin; at best, he could challenge for the starting job.
    "There’s unfinished business," coach Barry Trotz said.

  • #2
    Looks like another long season in Carolina.
    "There’s unfinished business," coach Barry Trotz said.

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    • #3
      I'd say Carolina and NJ will be going toe to toe for last in the conference.

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      • #4
        http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=7...id=DL|NHL|home

        Hurricanes' Staal doesn't expect extension by camp Carolina Hurricanes captain Eric Staal said Monday he is likely to begin training camp entering the final year of his contract.
        "[I'm] kind of waiting to see how it's going to play out here in the next while," Staal told the News & Observer. "I haven't given it a ton of thought, or time, as of right now. I'm focused on having a good finish to training for the summer and getting ready for the start of camp."
        Staal, 31 on Oct. 29, will make $9.5 million this season, with an NHL salary-cap charge of $8.25 million, in the final year of a seven-year, $57.7 million contract he signed prior to the 2009 season, according to war-on-ice.com.
        Last season, Staal led Carolina with 54 points (23 goals, 31 assists) in 77 games, his fewest points in a full season since his rookie year of 2003-04.
        He is only 31? I was sure he was older. He is not what he used to be. Carolina should let him go, they are rebuilding anyway. He makes too much to trade now, but they could get some value for him at the deadline.
        "There’s unfinished business," coach Barry Trotz said.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by mw147 View Post
          http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=7...id=DL|NHL|home



          He is only 31? I was sure he was older. He is not what he used to be. Carolina should let him go, they are rebuilding anyway. He makes too much to trade now, but they could get some value for him at the deadline.

          Yeah, I think he's highly likely to get traded at the deadline. Like, practically a lock to get moved. Unless somehow, someway, the Hurricanes have a great season, but even then, I get he gets moved.

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          • #6
            I know cap is always an issue but I think the Rangers make a push. And if they do get him I really hope he has begun a steep decline and that being on that team with his brother wouldn't " wake him up ". Could potentially be a very formidable 1-2 punch at Center with Stepan.

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            • #7
              http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/f...close-on-deal/

              Friedman: ‘Staal and Hurricanes not close on deal’

              Sportsnet analyst and Hockey Night in Canada mainstay Elliotte Friedman appeared on Sportsnet The FAN 960 Monday, talking expectations for the Carolina Hurricanes and the current status of their captain, Eric Staal.
              In Friedman's opinion, the 30-year-old might flourish under a change of scenery.
              "I personally believe Eric Staal would benefit from a change," said Friedman. "I think it would rejuvenate his career. The thing is, he has a great setup there. Obviously he loves Carolina. The organization loves Eric Staal. His family is there, he has a beautiful home there, he is very comfortable.
              "There’s unfinished business," coach Barry Trotz said.

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              • #8
                http://www.thehockeynews.com/blog/er...rricanes-then/

                Eric Staal wants $9 million per season? Say goodbye to Hurricanes then “Eric Staal is seeking approximately $9 million per season,” Lavoie wrote. “He will become an unrestricted free agent July 1, 2016. But the captain of Hurricanes is no fool and knows that (he’s) not the 30-goal (scorer he once) was and it would be surprising if his bosses give him such salary annually.”
                If Lavoie is right and Staal is asking the Hurricanes for $9 million annually, there’s a lot to consider and more than a few reasons that Carolina should decide to cut ties with the veteran pivot.
                No one is giving him $9 million. He can't be that foolish; if that is what he is asking for then it's the same as saying "trade me now". I wonder if he gets half of that in free agency.
                "There’s unfinished business," coach Barry Trotz said.

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                • #9
                  https://twitter.com/TSNBobMcKenzie/s...51469920120833

                  Bob McKenzie ‏@TSNBobMcKenzie
                  Cam Ward is on the verge of signing a two-year contract extension with CAR.
                  That takes a goalie off of the market. Hurry up Calgary, etc.! Come bid for Halak!!
                  "There’s unfinished business," coach Barry Trotz said.

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                  • #10
                    I guess the question would be - is he 30 years old going on 40 - or - is he 30 years old ?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Kaszycki's Krew View Post
                      I guess the question would be - is he 30 years old going on 40 - or - is he 30 years old ?
                      I don't think he is a 60-70 game guy at this point. But your question is valid. How far over the hill is he?
                      "There’s unfinished business," coach Barry Trotz said.

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                      • #12
                        Terrible news

                        https://twitter.com/NHLCanes/status/797175526855245824


                        Carolina Hurricanes ‏@NHLCanes 1h1 hour ago
                        [NEWS] Bickell diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. DETAILS:
                        "There’s unfinished business," coach Barry Trotz said.

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                        • #13
                          https://twitter.com/theScoreNHL/stat...94913000169472

                          Hurricanes' Bickell to retire at end of season due to MS diagnosis http://thesco.re/2ns5doX
                          "There’s unfinished business," coach Barry Trotz said.

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                          • #14
                            https://twitter.com/MSmithCanes/stat...45669241073664

                            The #Canes and Scott Darling have agreed upon a four-year, $16.6 million contract.
                            "There’s unfinished business," coach Barry Trotz said.

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                            • #15
                              Canes Acquire Marcus Kruger from Vegas
                              https://www.nhl.com/hurricanes/news/...as/c-290276116

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