Player News - Hurricanes

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Andrej Nestrasil will become an unrestricted free agent this weekend.

Nestrasil, forward Erik Karlsson and goaltender Daniel Altshuller didn't get qualifying offers from Carolina, so they can test the free agent waters on July 1. Nestrasil accounted for five points in 19 games with the Hurricanes last season.
Jun 26 - 5:08 PM

Carolina has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with Trevor Carrick.

Carrick will earn $670,000 if he plays at the NHL level or $77,500 if he's in the AHL. He notched four goals and 12 assists in 57 games with the Charlotte Checkers in last year. Carrick played in two contests with the Hurricanes in 2015-16.
Jun 26 - 2:14 PM

The Carolina Hurricanes have signed Derek Ryan to a one-year/$1.425 million contract.

Ryan only received $600,000 from the Hurricanes last season so he got a nice raise. The Bill Masterton Memorial Finalist had 11 goals and 29 points in 67 games last season. He should be a 30-35 point center this season.
Jun 26 - 9:28 AM

Derek Ryan and the Carolina Hurricanes are closing in on a one-year contract extension.

Ryan is reportedly in line to get a substantial raise from the $600,000 he earned in 2016-17. He had 11 goals and 29 points in 67 contests in 2016-17. He also was a Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy finalist after breaking into the NHL in his late 20s after first going through the juniors, the University of Alberta, the Austrian league, Sweden, and then finally the AHL before making his NHL debut in 2015-16 and participating in his first full NHL campaign last season.
Jun 25 - 2:44 PM

The Carolina Hurricanes ended up taking nine players in the 2017 draft, but they would have been happy to trade some of those picks away.

"I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t hoping to take a few less picks," Hurricanes GM Ron Francis said. "We’d had a lot of discussions about trying to move picks for players, but it just didn’t pan out the way we had hoped." Carolina could have ended up with even more selections, but the Hurricanes dealt away the 62nd overall pick along with a 2018 seventh-rounder to acquire Trevor van Riemsdyk on Thursday.
Jun 25 - 1:35 PM

Carolina felt comfortable making their first-round pick on Friday night, which turned out to be center Martin Necas, after considering some trade options.

"We think we got a big skilled centerman who can skate, make plays and plays with a little bit of an edge," GM Ron Francis said. "We had him high on our list and think when he develops he can be a good piece for us." The Hurricanes want some offensive help up front and Necas projects as a playmaking pivot who can work well at both ends of the ice. He admitted that it may be at least another year before he is ready for the NHL though.
Jun 24 - 8:50 AM

The Carolina Hurricanes have selected Martin Necas with the 12th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

The Hurricanes have quite a bit of depth on defense, so they've certainly addressed a need by selecting Necas. The Czech forward is a great skater with solid vision and good offensive instincts. He racked up seven goals and eight assists in 41 games with Brno Kometa in the Czech League. That’s a respectable total considering he started the year as a 17-year-old in a league with a good level of competition. Necas added three points in five games at the 2017 World Junior Hockey Championship and three assists in five games at the Under-18 World Hockey Championship. He’ll either spend another year over in Europe or he’ll make his way to the CHL. Regardless of his decision, he’s still a couple of years away from becoming a regular in the NHL.
Jun 23 - 8:20 PM

The Carolina Hurricanes have acquired Trevor van Riemsdyk and a 2018 seventh-round pick from the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for the 62nd overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

Vegas claimed van Riemsdyk from Chicago in the expansion draft. He had five goals and 16 points in 58 contests in 2016-17. The Golden Knights got a lot of defensemen in the draft, so it was expected that they'd follow that up with trades like this one. "As a right-handed defenseman, Trevor fills an immediate need in our lineup," said Hurricanes GM Ron Francis. "He has obviously already experienced success in Chicago, and now will be another good, young piece on our blueline."
Source: NHL.com
Jun 22 - 12:56 PM

Trevor van Riemsdyk has been claimed from Chicago in the expansion draft by Vegas.

There is plenty of speculation that TVR could be traded and Carolina could be his destination. Van Riemsdyk had 16 points in 58 games with Chicago last season.
Jun 21 - 10:25 PM

The Carolina Hurricanes protected seven forwards and three defensemen.

The list includes: Phillip Di Giuseppe, Elias Lindholm, Brock McGinn, Victor Rask, Jeff Skinner, Jordan Staal, Teuvo Teravainen, Trevor Carrick, Justin Faulk, Ryan Murphy and Scott Darling. Among the available players to Vegas include Cam Ward, Eddie Lack and Klas Dahlbeck.
Source: TSN.ca
Jun 18 - 10:56 AM

The Carolina Hurricanes have hired Mike Bales to be their new goalie coach.

He'll get to work with newly acquired goaltender Scott Darling. Bales joins the Hurricanes after spending the last four years as the goalie coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins. "Mike has a proven history of success as a goaltending coach with the Penguins, winning back-to-back Stanley Cups," said 'Canes GM Ron Francis. "Based on our research, we are confident that he is someone our goalies and coaching staff will enjoy working with, and we're thrilled to have him in our organization."
Jun 17 - 5:04 PM

The Carolina Hurricanes have selected Mike Vellucci to serve as the head coach of their AHL affiliates, the Charlotte Checkers.

Vellucci was already serving as an assistant general manager with the Hurricanes and he will retain that post despite gaining a second job. "Mike has more than 20 years of coaching experience, including more than 800 games as a head coach in the Ontario League," Hurricanes GM Ron Francis said a statement. "He is excited to get back behind the bench and we appreciate his willingness to take on this additional responsibility." Before joining Carolina, Vellucci spent 14 seasons with OHL Plymouth where he spent much of his tenure as the team's general manager and head coach.
Jun 16 - 4:52 AM

Teuvo Teravainen has signed a two-year, $5.72 million extension with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Teravainen was eligible to become a restricted free agent after completing his entry-level contract. He had 15 goals and 42 points in 81 games in 2016-17. "Teuvo is a highly-skilled player and an important part of what we are building here," Hurricanes GM Ron Francis said. "He's still a very young player and we look forward to seeing him take the next step in a Hurricanes uniform."
Source: NHL.com
Jun 15 - 2:06 PM

Andrew Miller has inked a one-year, two-way contract with Carolina.

Miller will make $650,000 at the NHL level or $285,000 in the AHL in 2017-18, with a minimum of $305,000. He produced 11 goals and 41 points in 55 games with Charlotte last season and had five points in five playoff matches.
Jun 13 - 2:35 PM

The Carolina Hurricanes have re-signed assistant coaches Rod Brind'Amour and Steve Smith.

The Hurricanes also agreed to an extension with video coach Chris Huffine and added an additional video coach in L.J. Scarpace. They'll serve under bench boss Bill Peters, who is signed through the 2018-19 campaign. "We feel strongly that we have the right people in place to help our young team take the next step this season," said Hurricanes GM Ron Francis. "The addition of L.J. Scarpace allows our staff even more capabilities on the video side."
Source: NHL.com
Jun 9 - 1:25 PM


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