Player News - Hurricanes

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Justin Williams is working hard to make sure he doesn't slow down on the ice.

Williams signed a two-year contract with Carolina this offseason, and he knows he'll have to perform at a high level if he wants to get the Hurricanes back to the playoffs. "I think at this point in my career … I'm probably not going to get any faster," Williams said. "I know that. The trick is not to get any slower. I'm doing all I can to make sure that doesn't happen and you don't slowly fade away. I want to be an impact player for a long time and I plan on being one the next couple years as well." The 35-year-old had 24 goals and 24 assists in 80 games with Washington last season.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 15 - 9:02 AM

Brett Pesce was rewarded with a six-year contract extension this off-season and he wants to keep improving to prove himself worthy of the commitment.

"It's time to get better and work harder and really elevate my game each and every year," Pesce said. "I've got to up my game now." The 22-year-old rearguard wants to get stronger, improve his shot and be more of an offensive factor in his third NHL season. He also wants to get the Hurricanes back in the playoffs. Pesce is excited to keep developing on Carolina's young defense group with Jaccob Slavin, Justin Faulk, Noah Hanifin and Trevor van Riemsdyk.
Aug 4 - 3:03 PM

Brett Pesce has signed a six-year contract extension with Carolina worth $4.025 million per season.

Pesce has one more season remaining on his entry-level deal, so his new contract will kick in at the start of the 2018-19 campaign. "Brett took another big step forward last season," said GM Ron Francis. "He plays a smart defensive game and has good ability to move the puck and contribute offensively. We plan for him to be a part of the Hurricanes' defensive corps for a long time." The 22-year-old defender also had 20 points, a plus-23 rating and 148 blocks in 82 games. Pesce averaged 21:12 of ice time per contest in his sophomore year, while skating alongside Jaccob Slavin, who got a seven-year extension this off-season.
Aug 1 - 4:34 PM

Julien Gauthier will try to crack Carolina's roster out of training camp, but he may have to start in the minors.

Gauthier was chosen 21st overall in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft and the Hurricanes have high hopes for him. "I think some of it is going to be on the coaching side," GM Ron Francis said, "and just understanding that our systems are probably different than he had been playing in junior, and getting comfortable with that. A lot of the younger guys when they're learning a system, they tend to hesitate. He's got to get to the point where he knows what he's doing. But he has a lot of the things you can't teach, with the size and strength and speed and shot." Gauthier knows he will need to be a 200-foot player and he'll have to play with some physicality, while contributing offensively.
Jul 29 - 12:44 PM

Carolina has inked Phil Di Giuseppe to a one-year, two-way contract.

The new deal will earn him $725,000 at the NHL level or $125,000 if he plays in the AHL. Di Giuseppe tallied one goal and contributed six assists in 36 games for the Hurricanes last season. He also had 12 markers and 28 points in over 40 contests with the AHL's Charlotte Checkers.
Jul 27 - 8:17 PM

Martin Necas has agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Necas had seven goals and 15 points in 41 Czech league games last season. Carolina took him with the 12th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. He's not expected to play in the NHL next season, but he does have a fair bit of offensive upside.
Jul 15 - 12:21 AM

The Carolina Hurricanes have confirmed that an offer has been made to purchase the franchise.

Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos Jr. is evaluating the offer and weighing his options, one of which is to simply retain ownership of the team. As previously reported, it's believed that former Texas Rangers CEO Chuck Greenberg is the one who made a bid to buy the Hurricanes and that offer is reportedly in the $500 million range. If the team is sold, it will remain in Raleigh.
Jul 13 - 5:38 PM

Chuck Greenberg is reportedly closing in on a deal in the $500 million range to purchase the Carolina Hurricanes.

Greenberg is the founder of Greenberg Sports Group and the former CEO of the Texas Rangers. The Hurricanes would stay in Carolina with this purchase. While Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos Jr. has been reportedly looking to sell the team for years, it has been stated in the past that the Hurricanes wouldn't relocate.
Jul 13 - 2:14 PM

Jaccob Slavin has signed a seven-year, $37.1 million contract extension with the Carolina Hurricanes.

That works out to a $5.3 million annual cap hit. He still has a season left on his entry-level deal too, so the Hurricanes now have him locked up for the next eight seasons. This could prove to be a steal of a contract as he only celebrated his 23rd birthday in May and already is a top pairing blueliner. He had five goals and 34 points in 82 games in his sophomore campaign. "Jaccob is one of the cornerstones of our team moving forward, and it was important to secure him with our organization long term," said Hurricanes GM Ron Francis. "We believe he is one of the top young defensemen in the NHL today, and are thrilled that he and his wife, Kylie, have made their home in Raleigh."
Source: NHL.com
Jul 12 - 12:09 PM

Hurricanes GM Ron Francis cited Marcus Kruger's leadership as one of the main things the veteran forward brings to the table.

Carolina hasn't had a captain since Eric Staal was dealt in 2016, but the Hurricanes have added some potential leaders this summer in Kruger and Justin Williams. The fact that both of them have plenty of playoff experience is also an asset for a franchise that hasn't been to the postseason since 2009.
Jul 6 - 4:13 AM

The Carolina Hurricanes have acquired Marcus Kruger from the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for a 2018 fifth-round pick.

Interesting. The Golden Knights had only acquired Kruger on Sunday in exchange for future considerations and they apparently have managed to almost immediately flip him for a draft pick. Kruger is a capable bottom-six forward and penalty killer, so he should serve as a nice complimentary player in Carolina. He's also someone who played a meaningful role in two Stanley Cup championships with Chicago. "We were determined to bring in experienced players with winning pedigrees and Marcus is another addition who fits that mold," said Hurricanes GM Ron Francis. "He's a solid, two-way center who has achieved success both in the NHL and internationally."
Source: NHL.com
Jul 4 - 1:00 PM

The Vegas Golden Knights have acquired Marcus Kruger from the Chicago Blackhawks.

All Chicago got in return was "future considerations." This move isn't surprising as Kruger being dealt to Vegas has been anticipated for weeks. What likely kept this from happening sooner was the fact that Kruger was owed a $2 million signing bonus on July 1, so by delaying the trade until now, Vegas saved that money. Kruger has been a solid bottom-six forward and penalty killer for the Blackhawks, but shedding his $3,083,333 annual cap hit was important for Chicago as the squad continues its constant battle to stay below the cap ceiling.
Jul 2 - 2:41 PM

The Carolina Hurricanes like the versatility of forward Josh Jooris.

While not a big scorer as his four goals and 12 points in 54 games will attest to, Jooris is a nice add as a bottom six forward. "Josh is a versatile player who can play in the middle or on the wing," GM Ron Francis said in a statement. "He’s hard-working and competitive, and gives us more flexibility with our group of forwards." That being said, don't think about taking him in fantasy pools.
Jul 2 - 7:56 AM

Marcus Kruger's has a modified no trade clause that kicked in today.

Kruger was strongly linked with a move to Vegas but the deal appears to have fallen apart. Once the Blackhawks inform Kruger they wish to trade him, Kruger's camp has 48 hours to provide a seven-team no trade list. As of right now, Chicago hasn't informed Kruger of any potential deal.
Jul 1 - 10:56 PM

The Carolina Hurricanes have signed Brenden Kichton to a one-year/two-way contract.

Kichton can earn $700,000 annually if he plays at the NHL level. The defenseman has never played in the NHL but was a callup by the Jets late in the season. Look for Kichton to play in the minors with a possible callup if there are any injuries.
Jul 1 - 2:52 PM


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