Player News - Hurricanes

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Cam Ward, who can become an unrestricted free agent in July, would prefer to stay with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Ward has spent his entire career with the Hurricanes, but Carolina desperately needs to to upgrade their crease situation. Hurricanes GM Don Waddell stated on Tuesday that decisions on the pending UFAs Derek Ryan, Lee Stempniak and Ward haven't been made yet.
May 22 - 3:59 PM

Jeff Skinner's future with the Hurricanes is uncertain.

Skinner, who has been mentioned in trade rumors, has one more season left on his contract before he is eligible for unrestricted free agency. "We have him for another year and that's the way it remains," Carolina GM Don Waddell said Tuesday. "Jeff's been a great player for our franchise. Certainly if there's another fit someplace that makes sense for all of us we might explore it, but if not we know he'll be a part of this group going forward."
May 22 - 3:53 PM

Derek Ryan is eligible for unrestricted free agency in July.

Carolina GM Don Waddell said decisions pending UFAs Ryan, Cam Ward and Lee Stempniak haven't been made yet. Ryan registered career highs in goals (15), assists (23) and points (38) during the 2017-18 campaign.
May 22 - 2:42 PM

Klas Dahlbeck will play in the KHL next season.

Carolina GM Don Waddell has confirmed that Dahlbeck has chosen to play in the KHL. A team wasn't named, but he will reportedly be joining CSKA Moscow. Dahlbeck recorded five points in 33 games with the Hurricanes last year.
May 22 - 2:36 PM

Sebastian Aho was selected as the top forward for the 2018 World Championship.

Aho finished second in scoring, with 18 points, and first in goals, with nine, at the tournament despite playing in only eight games. Finland was eliminated in the quarterfinal round by Switzerland. The Swiss also upset Canada before losing to Sweden in the gold-medal game.
Source: IIHF.com
May 20 - 5:44 PM

Saku Maenalanen has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Maenalanen can earn $832,500 in the NHL or $70,000 in the minors. He also got a $92,500 signing bonus. The 23-year-old forward had 17 goals and 46 points in 59 Liiga games last season with Karpat. "Saku is a big, strong winger who can really skate," said Hurricanes GM Don Waddell. "Our scouting staff has been tracking this player for a long time. He had options when it came to where he would start his NHL career, and we're pleased he has chosen Carolina." He was initially drafted in 2013 by Nashville during the fifth round.
May 18 - 1:07 PM

Teuvo Teravainen is looking forward to working with new head coach Rod Brind'Amour.

"I like him as an assistant coach and now he's going to have the chance to be the head coach," said Teravainen. "I'm pretty excited about it. He's been a tough guy, a good two-way player, so I think he's going to be really tough and we're going to play really hard, competing hard and not taking days off. You have to work every day to be responsible and that's what I think he'll bring." Teravainen posted career-highs in 2017-18 with 23 goals, 41 assists and 64 points in 82 games. He has continued to play well at the World Championship with Finland. Teravainen has 14 points through six games at the tournament.
May 14 - 6:13 PM

Julien Gauthier has not had a great first season as a professional.

Gauthier was selected 21st overall in 2016 and the Hurricanes still have high hopes for the goal scorer but he had only 16 goals and 25 points in 65 games for Charlotte of the AHL. "He did have a slow start but that’s not anybody’s fault," coach Mike Vellucci said. "Sometimes that’s just the way things happen. He improved immensely over the year." Gauthier did not get a lot of ice time this season but sometimes the transition from junior to professional takes time. Look for Gauthier to challenge for an NHL job next season as he has improved the defensive side of his game.
May 13 - 7:36 AM

Defenseman Jake Bean will try and make the Carolina Hurricanes out of training camp next season.

The 13th overall pick in the 2016 Draft, Bean has just finished his WHL career with a gold for Team Canada at the World Juniors and 12 goals and 48 points in 57 games. "I think it was a great year for me," said Bean. "I kind of found my game and especially by the end of the year really felt good." Bean had a great season in his draft year with 24 goals and 64 points and followed up last season with eight goals and 45 points in 43 games. He should get every opportunity to crack the Canes blueline but may need some seasoning before making his NHL debut.
May 13 - 7:31 AM

Multiple teams are contacting the Carolina Hurricanes to inquire about the availability of forward Jeff Skinner, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

Friendman mentioned that "the number of teams contacting the Hurricanes about Jeff Skinner is growing". New GM Don Waddell will likely want to make a splash or two this offseason, so there's a chance that Skinner could find himself elsewhere once the season stats. The 25-year-old had 24 goals and 49 points in 82 games this season. Skinner has one year remaining on his contract at a cap hit of $5.725 million.
May 11 - 5:42 PM

Sebastian Aho has excelled in the 2018 World Championships.

Aho has five goals and a tournament-leading 12 points in four games with Team Finland. It's a nice continuation to his strong sophomore campaign with the Hurricanes as he finished with 29 goals and 65 points in 78 contests. Finland has won three of its first four games with its lone loss thus far coming to Denmark. That said, Finland still has to face Canada and Team USA in the round robin, so its toughest matchups are ahead.
Source: IIHF.com
May 11 - 3:50 PM

There's a chance that Alex Nedeljkovic will be part of the Carolina Hurricanes' opening game roster.

Nedeljkovic posted a 2.55 GAA and .903 save percentage in 49 AHL games this season and stepped up in the AHL playoffs with a 1.75 GAA and .933 save percentage in seven contests. The 22-year-old has impressed the Hurricanes with his growth. "He has made such huge strides this year," AHL Checkers coach Mike Vellucci said. "Everybody wrote him off last year like he wasn’t a good goalie as a rookie, but he’s proven everyone wrong this year. He’s a heck of a goaltender and heck of a prospect." Nedeljkovic's chances of making the team will of course be tied to what the Hurricanes' do over the summer. Scott Darling is already under contract, so he'll be part of the goalie tandem, but it remains to be seen if the Hurricanes will re-sign Cam Ward or allow him to walk as an unrestricted free agent. If they go the latter route, then Nedeljkovic would be the team's internal alternative.
May 11 - 5:21 AM

Morgan Geekie has inked a three-year, entry-level contract with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Geekie had 30 goals and 84 points in 68 WHL games in 2017-18. The Hurricanes took him with the 67th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
Source: NHL.com
May 10 - 5:54 PM

Justin Williams is excited that Rod Brind’Amour will serve as the team's new head coach.

Williams and Brind'Amour played together with the Hurricanes from the 2003-04 campaign through 2008-09. Over that span, they won the Stanley Cup together in 2006. "He's seen so much so many coaches in his time, he's learned from them, he deserves a chance to make it his own. I've got a lot of time for Roddy. He means a lot to me in my hockey career. Absolutely, I'm going to endorse him," Williams said. Brind’Amour's NHL career spanned 1,484 games, but he also has been serving as a coach with the Hurricanes since 2011. Now he's been promoted as the team's bench boss and has an opportunity to prove himself in that role.
May 9 - 7:13 AM

Rod Brind'Amour has been named the new head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Hurricanes also officially announced that Don Waddell serve as the team's president and general manager. Brind'Amour has worked as Carolina's assistant coach for the past seven seasons following jobs in the club's player development roles from 2010-2012. "Rod is the greatest leader in the history of this franchise, and has earned the opportunity to take charge of our locker room," said Waddell. "We spoke to a number of candidates for this position, but our conversations with staff and players consistently returned to the same person. Rod's fresh ideas, ability to motivate and understanding of what it takes to bring a championship to Raleigh will help our young team take the next step toward competing to bring the Cup back to North Carolina."
May 8 - 11:29 AM


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