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Brind'Amour Sets Tone With Captain Selection

Brind'Amour Sets Tone With Captain Selection

September 17th, 2018 The Carolina Hurricanes named Justin Williams team captain over the weekend. My colleague, Mark Shiver, astutely noted that this ended a dual-captaincy model between Justin Faulk and Jordan Staal which left both men equally displeased. Beyond solving this one awkward personal dilemma, naming...
Williams Is the Hurricanes New Captain

Williams Is the Hurricanes New Captain

September 16th, 2018 In what is a move that many expected last season, and viewed by many as a given this season, the Carolina Hurricanes and head coach Rod Brind'Amour have named Justin Williams as the team captain for the 2018-19 season. The team made the announcement mid-afternoon on Thursday. It was also announced...

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August 28th, 2018
Carolina Hurricanes

This year's projected point total for the Carolina Hurricanes posted by sportsbooks for over/under wagering shows that oddsmakers are not moved by the team's offseason moves. The team has undergone a radical makeover from top to bottom. But the powers that be who set the over/under totals for each NHL team apparently are not impressed, setting a number that is way lower than last preseason's forecast. This is not a primer on betting on hockey or anything else, but an illustration of what a segment of professionals that are supposedly "in the know" has projected for the Hurricanes' upcoming season. Every year at about this time the oddsmakers in Las Vegas post their predicted point totals for each NHL team for the upcoming season. Those who gamble can wager on whether they think a team will accumulate enough points to go over that point total, or finish with fewer points than predicted at season's end. Comparing the preseason totals from the previous year can give insight as to...
August 26th, 2018
Carolina Hurricanes

Jim Rutherford was the president and general manager of the Hartford Whalers and then the Carolina Hurricanes from 1994 to 2014. Thoughts of his tenure bring to mind a roller coaster, with an ascent to the top that garnered a Stanley Cup Finals win for the Hurricanes in 2006, and a sharp plummeting drop, quickly followed by twists and turns that eventually led to a plateau and boredom. Though nearly five years since his departure, the Rutherford roots remain, even though they are slowly being pulled up and replaced by new seeds of hope for the future. Since his departure a little over four years ago, the team has basically floundered while Rutherford has enjoyed additional ascents to the top. Perhaps he took the best of himself with him and left behind what was becoming his legacy since 2009: a team that couldn't quite win with a fan base that was deteriorating. The Rutherford Itch Rutherford retired as general manager of the Hurricanes in April 2014, ostensibly to remain on in...
August 17th, 2018
NHL Rumors

In today's rumor rundown, the Carolina Hurricanes are working on a deal with Sebastian Aho, Kris Versteeg may be headed to the KHL, the Toronto Maple Leafs are still managing the future with their young core and there are some specific players on one-year deals to watch this season. Kris Versteeg to Sign in KHL A player who has had some trouble finding regular employment in the NHL over the past few seasons may be on the move again. Speculation is that Kris Versteeg may be ready to sign a contract to play in the KHL this coming season. That Versteeg was leaving the NHL was first being reported by player agent Aljosa Pilko and Igor Eronko of Sport-Express then reported it would be Avangard that signs him. Versteeg's camp has not made an official announcement on the matter. Versteeg is another player in a long line of NHL veterans having a hard time finding work in the NHL this summer. It appears some of these veterans are looking at international hockey versus professional...
August 17th, 2018
Hurricanes Prospects

On May 18, 2018, the Carolina Hurricanes signed Finnish winger Saku Maenalanen to a one-year entry-level contract (ELC) at a value of $925,000, plus potential performance bonuses. Originally a fifth-round pick by the Nashville Predators back in 2013, Maenalanen returned to his SM-Liiga team, Karpat, in Finland after his draft day to continue his development, and he ultimately became an NHL free agent. This past May, Maenalanen officially signed his first NHL contract with the Hurricanes a week before his 24th birthday. There is plenty of reason to believe that this signing may actually prove to be impactful on the Hurricanes' roster during the 2018-19 season. With the flurry of moves happening in and around the Canes organization since the end of the regular season, it isn’t at all surprising how this signing flew under the radar, but Maenalanen may not be some guy they signed just to play in Charlotte with the Checkers. Here we will break down Maenalanen’s pedigree, his road...