Player News - Hurricanes

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The Carolina Hurricanes are looking for Elias Lindholm to take a step up in his sophomore season.

Lindholm had nine goals and 21 points in 58 games in 2013-14. "I think he took big strides from the beginning of the year," Hurricanes captain Eric Staal said. "You could see the talent and the skill and the smarts right off the bat. I expect bigger things out of him this year because he's going to be a good player and play in this league a long time." Lindholm will probably end up being a borderline player in standard fantasy leagues this season, but he should take a step forward and has a lot of upside.
Sep 17 - 6:46 AM

Chris Terry is hoping that he'll be able to make the jump to the NHL after another successful season in the minors.

Terry had 28 goals and 69 points in 70 AHL games in 2013-14. "I spent some good time down there and learned to be a complete player," Terry said. "I think the next step is to be that kind of player up here and be a full-time player in the NHL." It's unlikely that Terry will ever be the kind offensive threat in the NHL that he is in the minors. At this point, the 25-year-old is more of an organizational depth forward that might be called up on occasion when the team needs an injury replacement, but he'll still be worth keeping an eye on if he stands out in training camp.
Sep 16 - 10:06 AM

Zach Boychuk seems to feel like he might be running out of time to establish himself as an NHL regular.

Boychuk excelled in the AHL last season with 36 goals and 74 points in 69 AHL games, but he'll turn 25 in October and has just 96 career NHL games under his belt. "It's at the point where you don't want to ever say never but it's kind of a make-or-break year," Boychuk said. He's not an offensive leader in the NHL and is a bit of a long shot to make the Hurricanes' opening game roster.
Sep 16 - 9:58 AM

Aaron Palushaj will play for Zagreb of the KHL next season.

The 25-year-old forward made the announcement on his Twitter account Monday. Palushaj played two games with Carolina last year and he appeared in 68 contests with the club's AHL affiliate in Charlotte. He recorded 22 goals and 58 points in the minors, but didn't receive a qualifying offer from the Hurricanes in the summer.
Sep 15 - 2:23 PM

Nathan Gerbe went into the 2013-14 campaign figuring it might be his last chance to earn a regular spot in the NHL.

Gerbe signed a two-way contract with Carolina after being bought out by Buffalo and made the most of the opportunity, scoring 16 goals and 31 points in 81 contests. The Hurricanes rewarded him over the summer with a two-year, $3.5 million deal. That gives him a bit more security, but he still needs to prove himself. He's certainly capable of living up to that contract, but his fantasy value in standard leagues will be limited.
Sep 15 - 5:25 AM

Phil Di Giuseppe scored two goals and came close to netting a hat trick in the Hurricanes' 6-1 win over Buffalo in the Traverse City prospects tournament opener for both teams on Friday.

"I was pretty excited coming in, this being my first time here," Di Giuseppe said. "It was good to get that first win with the guys." The Canes’ 38th overall (second round) pick in 2012, Di Guiseppe knows how to put the puck in the net, and will likely suit up for Carolina's AHL affiliate the Charlotte Checkers this coming season.
Sep 12 - 9:28 PM

The Traverse City Prospects Tournament gets underway on Friday and Jeff Skinner, a tournament alum, says that the experience helped him prepare for NHL training camp and provided an opportunity to catch management's eye.

"Going into the tournament, you realize it is one of the first times that management sees you at the next level where you are playing against older guys," Skinner said. "I went into it knowing that it was going to be competitive and a lot of fun. I just tried to relax and work my hardest." Skinner notched two goals and five assists in four games at the 2010 tournament and made the Hurricanes' roster out of training camp.
Source: NHL.com
Sep 11 - 9:39 PM

Anton Khudobin doesn't feel like he's earned Carolina's number one goalie job yet.

He wants to compete with Cam Ward at training camp to get the nod on opening night. Khudobin would've been the team's starter had Ward been traded, but he's still glad that didn't happen. "He knows what kind of relationship we have," Khudobin said. "I'm happy we are still both on the same team. We had a good relationship last year and we were partners. We were pushing each other, and that's most important."
Sep 11 - 5:00 PM

This will be an important season for Jiri Tlusty.

Tlusty signed a one-year, $2.95 million contract over the summer and is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent for the first time next season. He broke out in 2013 with 23 goals and 38 points in 48 contests, but ran into injury problems last season and finished with just 30 points in 68 contests. He doesn't have a lengthy history of success as a top-six forward under his belt, so if he struggles again this season, then he's not likely to get a lucrative contract. If he does have a big season though, he should be able to cash in.
Sep 10 - 9:00 AM

Elias Lindholm is eager to see improvements in the Hurricanes during his second year in the NHL.

"When we're playing good we're a really good team," Lindholm said. "We just need to play hard all (season) long. We didn't do it last year. We didn't get to the playoffs. Hopefully this year." It was a long off-season for Lindholm after he spent some time in Greece, he was back home to Sweden for three months. He had nine goals and 21 points in 58 games last campaign. The 19-year-old should be more comfortable in the NHL this year and his numbers will improve as a result.
Sep 8 - 9:42 AM

Carolina Hurricanes coach Bill Peters is looking for his number one netminder to play 60 games this season.

The duo of Anton Khudobin and Cam Ward go into training camp with no clear number one goaltender at this time. Ward has been the top goalie in Carolina since winning the Stanley Cup in 2006 but has been injury-prone in the last few years while Khudobin has had a fine last two seasons, one with the Bruins and last season with the Hurricanes where he was 19-14-1 with a .926 save percentage to go with a 2.30 GAA. The Hurricanes play seven pre-season games and start the season on October 10. It should be interesting and we think that Khudobin holds a slight edge heading into camp.
Sep 6 - 7:28 AM

Carolina Hurricanes bench boss Bill Peters used media day to emphasize forechecking.

"A structured forecheck leads to offensive opportunity," Peters said. "That's how you score in the National Hockey League. It's a simple game played by simple people. You need to do it right and you need to do it right all the time." Peters, who is entering his first season as Carolina's head coach, doesn't anticipate their being a significant learning curve as players adjust to his style, but he does know he will need some players to change their habits. Peters was previous a coach with the Detroit Red Wings and after spending time working for bench boss Mike Babcock, he's seen firsthand how valuable mental toughness is in order to consistently make the playoffs. The Hurricanes are looking for Peters to help get them to that level after missing the postseason for five straight seasons.
Sep 5 - 8:26 AM

Cam Ward has worked hard over the summer and appears determined to earn back his number one role in Carolina's crease.

He added some muscle and changed his diet after injuries kept him on the shelf for the majority of the last two seasons. "We still believe he can be an elite goalie in this league," GM Ron Francis said. "By the same token, Cam understands what he needs to do to get back to that level. He could have done one of two things in the off-season – either sit back and relax, or work twice as hard toward having a better year. From what I have heard, he chose to work hard." He's looking forward to competing with Anton Khudobin for starts and he believes that the two of them will form a solid tandem.
Sep 3 - 6:36 PM

Joe Nieuwendyk has been hired by the Carolina Hurricanes to serve as a professional scout and advisor.

"Joe brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our organization," said GM Ron Francis. "He will be based in Dallas, and will be a major asset to the Hurricanes in player evaluations." Nieuwendyk was the GM for the Dallas Stars from 2009-2013 in his previous job.
Sep 3 - 3:44 PM

Eric Staal got back on the ice Friday for an informal skate and said he felt good after having off-season surgery to repair a core muscle injury.

"I just want to continue to take steps before (training) camp opens and then look forward to the start of the year," he said. Staal suffered the injury while he was training and it wasn't a lingering issue. He'll turn 30 years of age at the end of October and this is the second straight year that he's been hurt during the off-season. Despite those ailments, Staal has been incredibly durable throughout his career, missing just a total of 17 games.
Aug 29 - 9:35 PM


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