Player News - Hurricanes

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Hurricanes GM Ron Francis might not be done after executing two trades on Wednesday.

Francis traded Andrej Sekera to Los Angeles and Jiri Tlusty to Winnipeg. The Hurricanes received primarily draft picks in exchange for those two players. They were both eligible to leave as unrestricted free agents this summer and Francis didn't want to risk letting them walk away for nothing after being unable to agree to terms with them. Carolina has other pending free agents to potentially move though, including Tim Gleason and Jay McClement.
Feb 26 - 9:07 AM

Roland McKeown has been dealt to Carolina.

He was sent to the Hurricanes from Los Angeles in the Andrej Sekera trade. McKeown was the 50th overall pick in the 201 NHL Entry Draft. He has four goals and 24 points in 54 games this season for Kingston of the OHL.
Feb 25 - 5:25 PM

Cam Ward played in his 500th career game on Tuesday.

Ward is just the 64th goaltender in NHL history to reach that feat. He managed to reach the milestone just before his 31st birthday (February 29th), but he would have gotten there even sooner if not for the lockout and his injury woes over the 2013 and 2013-14 campaigns. He has bounced back this season with a 2.35 GAA and .914 save percentage in 39 contests.
Feb 25 - 9:35 AM

Jordan Staal scored a goal in a 4-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers.

Staal has recorded a point in three of his last four contests. He has four goals and 15 points in 23 games this season. There's been speculation about him being reacquired by the Pittsburgh Penguins, but Hurricanes GM Ron Francis has denied those reports.
Feb 25 - 9:30 AM

Tim Gleason (lower body) returned to action on Tuesday February 24.

Gleason missed Saturday's game due to the ailment. He had two hits in 19:04 minutes of ice time in his return.
Feb 25 - 2:43 AM

Justin Faulk registered a goal and an assist for the Hurricanes in Tuesday's 4-1 win over Philadelphia.

Faulk is enjoying a excellent breakout season with 11 goals and 27 assists for 38 points on the year, although that stat line is accompanied by a minus-16 rating. Jeff Skinner, Jordan Staal and Jay McClement also scored for Carolina in the victory while Alexander Semin handed out two helpers.
Feb 24 - 10:20 PM

Cam Ward posted his third straight victory Tuesday night as he turned aside 23 of 24 shots in a 4-1 victory over the Flyers.

The win also marked the fifth in six outings for the former Conn Smythe Trophy winner, but this stretch has included defeats of the Maple Leafs, Senators and Coyotes so we're hesitant to proclaim his fully rejuvenated. His record improves to 16-19-4 with the win, while his GAA is 2.35 and his save percentage is .914.
Feb 24 - 10:16 PM

Chris Terry, Andrej Nestrasil, and Michal Jordan will be scratched against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday.

Unfortunately, there's no fantasy value to speak of here. Forwards Terry and Nestrasil combine for just 11 goals and 20 points over 55 games this season. While defenseman Jordan has just three points over 20 games.
Feb 24 - 6:14 PM

Cam Ward is set to make his 500th appearance on Tuesday night against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Ward has won a Stanley Cup, a Conn Smythe, and is the career leader in just about every major goalie category for the Carolina/Hartford franchise. Tonight he'll make his 500th career appearance. "He’s a real good goaltender. He’s a calm guy and a good, quiet leader in our room," Peters said. "I know it gives our team a lot of confidence when he’s in our net." Through Carolina's myriad of struggles this season, Ward has managed to put together a decent season with a 15-19-4 record with a .913 save percentage and a 2.39 GAA through 38 games.
Feb 24 - 5:14 PM

Hurricanes GM Ron Francis might not wait until the March 2 deadline to make his moves.

Francis has indicated that he would probably move players "sooner rather than later." It's not clear who Carolina will be parting ways with, but some likely candidates are pending unrestricted free agents Andrej Sekera, Tim Gleason, and Jiri Tlusty. Francis is still open to re-signing his players with expiring contracts, but at this point it's likely that at least some of them will be traded.
Feb 24 - 10:03 AM

Jordan Staal will not be moved, according to Hurricanes GM Ron Francis.

Francis was responding to a report from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, which stated that the Penguins had interest in acquiring Staal. Nothing is ever set in stone and it's standard for a team to deny a trade rumor if they address it at all. That being said, Staal is signed to a 10-year, $60 million deal and while the length of it makes him a risk, especially given his injury history, Staal's capabilities when he's healthy also make that a worthwhile contract for the Hurricanes to hold onto. Unless it gets to the point where it's Staal that's pushing for a trade, we remain skeptical of the possibility that he will be dealt in the not too distant future.
Feb 23 - 10:53 AM

Hurricanes GM Ron Francis expects to be "fairly active" on the trade front before the March 2 deadline.

Carolina will be sellers, but it remains to be seen how bold the squad will be. Pending unrestricted free agents Jiri Tlusty and Andrej Sekera are expected to be available, but a recent report also suggests that Jordan Staal might be moved to the Pittsburgh Penguins, either in the coming weeks or, more likely, over the summer. Regardless of whether or not you buy into the Staal speculation, it should be an interesting week for Carolina.
Feb 23 - 10:43 AM

Jordan Staal was assured that the trade rumors that surrounded him are "unfounded" by his current team, the Carolina Hurricanes.

According to Aaron Ward, that is. Only a handful of people in the Hurricanes-J. Staal-Penguins world knows the truth. But if the team has told a reporter that they assured Staal personally, it's probably true. Jordan Staal has 14 points in 22 games this season.
Feb 22 - 8:44 PM

Michal Jordan was called up from the minors on Saturday.

Jordan was recalled after being sent down on Thursday and missing Friday's game against Toronto. He was a minus-two against the Devils and had a goal and two helpers in 19 NHL games this season with a minus-six rating.
Feb 22 - 2:34 AM

The Penguins have interest in bringing back Jordan Staal, according to Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Yohe says that a move wouldn’t happen until after the season ended, though Pittsburgh has checked in now with the Hurricanes to see what it would take to get something done before the trade deadline, which is March 2. Staal is in the second season of a 10-year, $60 million contract; thus, the Penguins would need to cut payroll significantly to fit him under their cap as they have less than $1 million in space now. Yohe says that Staal, who has a no-trade clause, would OK a trade to the Penguins. It's also worth noting Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford was the GM of the Hurricanes when they acquired him at the 2012 draft, then signed him to the huge extension. Staal has 14 points in 22 games this season.
Feb 21 - 11:01 PM

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