Player News - Hurricanes

Date: Team: Pos:

Connor Brickley scored the overtime winner as Charlotte defeated the Chicago Wolves 4-3 in AHL playoff action.

The Hurricanes farm club is up 2-1 in the best of five series and have a chance to move on to the next round with a victory on Tuesday. Brickley was a second round pick of the Florida Panthers in 2010 and was dealt to Carolina on October 11 in exchange for Brody Sutter. He had only 15 goals and 26 points in 69 games this season but had four game winners in March.
Apr 24 - 8:07 AM

Aleksi Saarela has been shining in the AHL.

Saarela was obtained from the Rangers in the Eric Staal trade last season and played in the SM-Liiga before coming over to North America in March. He had four goals and six points in his first week of play in the AHL, corralling player of the week status. He has not let his foot off the accelerator ever since. "The games I saw him play he was probably our best player," Charlotte teammate Andrej Nestrasil said. "He’s really built well for hockey. He’s really fast, and he’s got an unbelievable shot with an unbelievable release. He can speed up within seconds. The D-man thinks he’s got him, and he just burns him. He’s been really impressive." It looks like the Hurricanes got a good one in Saarela.
Apr 23 - 7:56 AM

Klas Dahlbeck has singed a one-year extension with Carolina.

Dahlbeck will come with a $850,000 cap hit for the 2017-18 campaign, which is up from $750,000 this season. He had two goals and six points in 43 games.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 21 - 5:57 PM

Steven Lorentz has inked a three-year, entry-level contract with Carolina.

Lorentz had 29 goals and 61 points in 66 OHL games last season. He was taken with the 186th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. "Steven took a big step forward this season with Peterborough, and has earned an opportunity to continue his development with our organization," said Hurricanes GM Ron Francis. Lorentz can earn $650,000 annually at the NHL level in 2017-18 and 2018-19 and that jumps to $700,000 for the final season of his contract. If he plays in the minors then his annual salary would be $60,000. He also got a $185,000 signing bonus.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 21 - 12:21 PM

Andrej Nestrasil does not expect to get a contract offer from Carolina this summer.

"We'll see. You never know what will happen in hockey, obviously," he said. "Looking at the talent they have here (in Charlotte), a lot of talented guys ... it depends on them and what's their plan into the future, which I feel maybe I'm not part of it. That's fine. That's their decision. That's what they have to do." Nestrasil was passed over for Brock McGinn, Phil Di Giuseppe, Valentin Zykov and Lucas Wallmark during the 2016-17 campaign. He can become a restricted free agent in July and he's hoping for another shot at an NHL roster spot.
Apr 20 - 6:21 PM

Janne Kuokkanen has joined AHL Charlotte for the 2017 Calder Cup playoffs.

Kuokkanen inked a three-year, entry-level contract with Carolina, Charlotte's NHL affiliate, back in March. He had 26 goals and 62 points in 60 OHL games this season.
Apr 19 - 4:44 PM

Hurricanes strength and conditioning coach Peter Friesen won't return for the 2017-18 campaign.

Friesen spent 21 years working for the Hurricanes' organization. Bill Burniston had been working as a part-time assistant strength coach and fascial stretch therapist from 2013-16, but he got upgraded to a full time position for the 2016-17 campaign.
Apr 18 - 9:34 AM

USA Hockey have announced that Noah Hanifin has been added to the 2017 U.S. Men's National Team for the upcoming World Hockey Championships.

Hanifin finished the season strong with 10 points in his final 17 games played. The former 5th overall pick is still only 20-years-old and he has a bright future ahead of him in the National Hockey League. He will likely be playing top-4 minutes in Carolina next season and might be worth a flier in fantasy leagues.
Apr 15 - 4:01 PM

Carolina has 11 picks in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

That includes seven selections in the first three rounds. The Hurricanes only have a 3.2 percent chance of winning the first overall pick.
Apr 15 - 8:32 AM

Victor Rask couldn't build off his strong start to the 2016-17 campaign.

Rask had eight goals and 15 points in his first 17 games in 2016-17. "After that I wasn’t playing very well," Rask said. "I don’t know why but I have to do a better job of that." He scored eight goals and 30 points in the other 65 contests. He's still just 24 years old so there's room for him to grow and become a more consistent player. Keep his upside in mind when evaluating him for 2017-18.
Apr 13 - 10:01 AM

Sergey Tolchinsky has been sent to the minors.

Tolchinsky had an assist in two games with Carolina. At the AHL level he has seven goals and 22 points in 57 contests.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 10 - 10:40 AM

Bryan Bickell scored a shootout goal in his final NHL game on Sunday.

Bickell's efforts helped the Hurricanes earn a 4-3 shootout win over Philadelphia. "I think I sweated all the tears out, so I don't have much left," Bickell said. "It's been an emotional week leading into this day. Seeing my family here, all the people that supported me through it all, I'm just happy." He was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis early in the season. He worked his way to the point where he could return for the end of the 2016-17 campaign, but made the decision to hang up his skates. He won the Stanley Cup three times with the Chicago Blackhawks.
Apr 10 - 10:04 AM

Eddie Lack made 41 saves on 44 shots to earn a victory in the season finale on Sunday night.

Lack finishes with an 8-7-3 record, 2.64 goals against average and .902 save percentage. He snapped a three game winless slump heading into the summer.
Apr 9 - 11:31 PM

Brock McGinn notched a pair of goals in Carolina's 4-3 win over the Flyers on Sunday evening.

McGinn finishes the year with seven goals and 16 points in 57 games. The 23-year-old improved his points output by 12 from his rookie season.
Apr 9 - 11:26 PM

Eddie Lack will get Sunday's season finale against the Flyers.

Lack comes into the match with a 7-7-3 record with a .900 save percentage and a 2.63 GAA.
Apr 9 - 2:12 PM


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