Player News - Hurricanes

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Evgenii Dadonov comes into Team Russia's quarter finals match with Team Sweden tied for the tournament lead in points at the World Hockey Championship.

Dadonov, who is now 26 years old and was picked by Carolina 71st overall in 2007, has four goals and 11 points through Russia's first seven games. He also sits tied with Sweden's Oliver Ekman-Larsson as well.
May 12 - 8:45 PM

Jeff Daniels will not return as the head coach of the AHL Charlotte Checkers.

The Checkers are affiliated with the Carolina Hurricanes. Daniels spent seven seasons as the bench boss for the Hurricanes' AHL squad, posting a 268-225-51 record. "We appreciate the years of service and hard work that Jeff provided for our organization," Carolina GM Ron Francis said. "His contract expires at the end of June, and we will now begin the process of finding a new head coach for the Checkers." Charlotte didn't make the playoffs in 2014-15.
May 1 - 11:18 AM

Carolina Hurricanes' GM Ron Francis has noted that he's open to the idea of trading his fifth overall draft pick in June's Entry Draft.

Though even a bit more surprising is that Francis said that he is "unlikely to try and move up." This could all be a big ploy of Game Theory by the fifth all-time leading scorer (now just four behind Jaromir Jagr) to maximize the pick's potential value, but we likely won't know until there's seconds remaining on the clock. Of note, the last three players to go fifth overall in their respective drafts were: Michael Dal Colle (NY Islanders, 2014), Elias Lindholm (Carolina, 2013), and Morgan Rielly (Toronto, 2012).
Apr 30 - 8:46 PM

Luke DeCock of the News & Observer is arguing that the Hurricanes should buy out Alexander Semin's contract.

It's certainly a justified stance, given how big of a disaster he's been the past two seasons. He has had some injury troubles along the way, but the fact that he declined as soon as his five-year, $35 million contract kicked in certainly plays into the longstanding narrative that Semin is a talented forward that has motivational issues. Despite that, it wouldn't be surprising to see the Hurricanes keep Semin in the hopes that he bounces back. Keep in mind buying him out would mean paying him $14 million over six years to not play for them.
Apr 20 - 9:27 AM

Hurricanes GM Ron Francis gave his endorsement of coach Bill Peters despite Carolina's rough 2014-15 campaign.

Carolina went 30-41-11 in Peters' first season as the team's bench boss. "I thought the coaching staff did a great job," Francis said. "You start off 0-6-2 and there's a real potential at that time for things to go south in a hurry. But I thought Bill (Peters) never changed his message. We came into this with a message about what we wanted our team to do, and compete and have accountability in moving forward and they continued to do that even through a tough stretch. You look at our team and down the stretch we never quit. We continued to work and play hard. There was improvement." Despite that the Hurricanes have now missed the playoffs in six straight seasons. While the decision to retain Peters isn't surprising given it was his first season, a bad start to 2015-16 might be all it takes to put his job in jeopardy.
Apr 16 - 9:21 AM

Justin Faulk will be headed to the World Hockey Championships to represent Team USA for the first time as an NHL'er.

I say as an NHL'er because Faulk has 190 career games wearing Team USA's sweater in some capacity as a junior from ages 16-20. Faulk, now 23 years old, is coming off a career season with 15 goals and 49 points while skating an average of 24:36 over all 82 games.
Source: USA Hockey
Apr 14 - 8:10 PM

Alexander Semin admitted that he's not sure what happened to him this season.

Semin was limited to six goals and 19 points in 57 contests and found himself being sent to the press box on multiple occasions. It doesn't sound like he was battling through an injury, although he did have surgery in the summer of 2014, so that might have been a factor. Semin will be worth keeping a close eye on next season because he's obviously capable of much more, but he's also one of the least reliable forwards in the game today and that distinction factors in his entire career, not just his lackluster 2014-15 campaign.
Apr 14 - 10:57 AM

Jeff Skinner is hoping he can turn a tough 2014-15 season into a learning experience that will benefit his development.

"For me it was an opportunity to learn and grow from," he said. "To go through stretches throughout the year and not be producing is frustrating, but you try to turn it into a positive experience by learning from it." He's aware that his name has surfaced in some trade rumors, but he understands that comes with the territory of being a professional athlete. He has four years remaining on a contract that carries a $5.725 million cap hit. Skinner is set to earn $6 million in each of those years.
Apr 13 - 4:13 PM

The Carolina Hurricanes have assigned Keegan Lowe to the AHL.

With Carolina's season officially over, Lowe will keep playing in Charlotte with the Checkers. He had two fights against Vincent Lecavalier in his first NHL game.
Apr 12 - 1:12 PM

Eric Staal wants to return to the Carolina Hurricanes next season.

The talented forward has been the subject of many trade rumors of late but wants to play for the only team he has known in his long NHL career. I'm not sure what their plans are or what lies ahead," Staal said. "I love being here. I love this team, the people, the fans. Sure, I would love to be part of the group that gets back to the playoffs and another chance at the Stanley Cup. Whether they feel I'm a part of that will be determined in the future. But as of right now I have another year on my contract and I'll be here to perform to the best of my abilities." Staal ended the season with 23 goals and 54 points in 77 games.
Apr 12 - 6:47 AM

Jeff Skinner ended the season Saturday on an 18 game goalless streak.

The winger managed only two assists in that span as he ended up with only 18 goals in what was a very disappointing season for the 22-year-old. Skinner broke into the NHL full of potential and has had two 30 goal seasons in the NHL in his previous four years but has battled concussion problems of late. You have to wonder if the concussions have already taken its toll on the young forward.
Apr 12 - 6:43 AM

Cam Ward made 27 saves in Carolina’s 2-0 loss to the Red Wings on Saturday night.

The final goal went in with the net empty. Ward ended the year by giving up two goals in two games. It’s clear, though, that the Hurricanes’ goaltending will need to be much better for them to make the jump into the playoffs next year, which is entirely possible because they looked much improved as the season wound down. Ward concludes with a 2.40 goals-against average and .910 save percentage.
Apr 11 - 9:51 PM

John-Michael Liles had a team-high six shots on goal in the Hurricanes’ 2-0 loss to the Red Wings on Saturday night.

Liles ended with a minus-one rating and four blocked shots in 18:34. On the year, Liles possessed some sneaky value for depth leaguers with 22 points in 57 games. Nathan Gerbe and Justin Faulk each had five shots on net.
Apr 11 - 9:50 PM

Michal Jordan will be scratched in Saturday's finale against the Detroit Red Wings.

Jordan ends his rookie campaign with six points, 34 hits, and 55 blocks through 38 games. Jordan will turn 25 in July, meaning he could be in for a major up-tick in production should he make the Hurricanes out of camp next season.
Apr 11 - 6:34 PM

Cam Ward will start in the season finale against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night.

Ward comes in owning a 22-23-5 record with a .909 save percentage and a 2.43 GAA through 50 games this season. Ward has also posted 24 Quality Starts against seven Really Bad Starts. In addition, he's beaten the Red Wings just twice in eight career tries with 22 combined goals against.
Apr 11 - 4:49 PM

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