Player News - Hurricanes

Date: Team: Pos:

Ray Whitney has joined the Carolina Hurricanes as a pro scout.

Whitney scored 385 goals and 1,064 points over the course of his 1,330-game NHL playing career. He won the Stanley Cup with the Hurricanes back in 2006. Along with Whitney, Carolina also added Mark Craig and Jeff Daniels to their pro scouting staff. Don Elland has been brought on board to serve as an amateur scout.
Aug 31 - 4:06 PM

Cam Ward, who can become an unrestricted free agent next summer, wants to stay with Carolina.

"Obviously, it's no secret I love being here and there's nowhere else I want to be," he said. "In a perfect world I'd like to have something done, but there's no pressure. I've just got to prepare myself for a great year, not just for myself but for the team. It's team first. We want to be ready." Ward outperformed Anton Khudobin last season in a bounce-back year, but in 2015-16 he is expected to compete with Eddie Lack, who was acquired from Vancouver. "From what I understand he's a great guy and obviously will push (me) and vice versa," Ward said. "It will be a similar situation to last year. Nothing is given to me. You've got to go out there and earn your ice time and right to play."
Aug 27 - 7:21 PM

Elias Lindholm has agreed to a two-year contract extension worth $5.4 million.

He will make $2.5 million in 2016-17 and then $2.9 million during the 2017-18 campaign. Lindholm, who was the fifth overall pick in 2013, showed plenty of promise last season while recording 17 goals and 39 points in 81 games. "We expect he will be a very important part of the Hurricanes as he continues to develop as a professional," GM Ron Francis said after the signing.
Aug 27 - 6:57 PM

Eric Staal probably won't have a new contract with Carolina before the start of training camp.

"[I'm] kind of waiting to see how it's going to play out here in the next while," Staal said. "I haven't given it a ton of thought, or time, as of right now. I'm focused on having a good finish to training for the summer and getting ready for the start of camp." He has one year left on his contract, but the Hurricanes aren't in any rush to get a deal done. GM Ron Francis said, "We're comfortable letting this go down the road a little bit." There's been plenty of speculation that Staal could be a trade target this year, but he has made it known that he would like to stay with Carolina.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 26 - 12:51 PM

After working with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2014-15 on a part-time basis, Eric Tulsky has been hired to the position of Hockey Analyst.

He is expected to provide and analyze data to assist the hockey operations department and coaching staff. "Eric is an extremely intelligent person and has been an innovator in the field of advanced analytics," said GM Ron Francis. "We found the information he provided last season to be extremely valuable and are glad that he will be with us on a full-time basis."
Aug 20 - 4:42 PM

Jeff Skinner will be a key player if the Hurricanes are going to make a run at a playoff spot in the 2015-2016 season.

Skinner is a two-time 30-goal scorer who dropped to just 18 goals and 31 points with a minus 24 rating in 77 games played last year. He is still only 24-years-old and has plenty of time to reach his potential but needs to bounce back. Carolina’s head coach, Bill Peters agrees: "We need Jeff Skinner to have a bounce-back year, he's an offensive guy; he's proven he can score at the NHL level. We need to get him back to being a consistent 25-to-30-goal scorer." If Skinner is able to rebound, the ‘Canes could prove to be a much tougher team to compete against.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 9 - 1:55 PM

Carolina Hurricanes' General Manager Ron Francis would like to see Noah Hanifin start the season in the NHL, but he won't rush the player's development if he isn't ready.

"We don't want to force him in there if he's not ready," said Francis. "We'll give him time to develop. I'm certainly not ruling it out, but we want to be careful and make sure we do what's right for Noah." Carolina selected Hanifin with the fifth overall pick in this June's Entry Draft, but with slim odds of making the playoffs, it would be wise for Hanifin to start the season in the AHL if he isn't ready for NHL action just yet.
Jul 26 - 9:18 AM

Hurricanes' GM Ron Francis said he doesn't mind having holes on his roster going into training camp.

"I don’t think it’s necessarily a bad thing to have a spot open going into camp," Francis said. "It sends a good message to our younger guys." Carolina is a team in transition and they will definitely have some young players competing for a roster spot this year. The Hurricanes currently have just four NHL regulars on defense with Ron Hainsey, Justin Faulk, James Wisniewski and John-Michael Liles, so players like Michal Jordan, Ryan Murphy and Noah Hanafin will have ample opportunity to make the club. The team has yet to replace departed winger Alex Semin as well.
Jul 25 - 9:00 AM

Brody Sutter has inked a one-year, two-way deal with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Sutter's contract will come with a $600,000 annual cap hit when he's playing in the NHL and he'll earn $85,000 at the AHL level. He had 12 goals and 25 points in 45 AHL contests in 2014-15. "Brody played well for Charlotte last season despite missing two months with an injury," said Hurricanes GM Ron Francis. "He brings a good skill level and is a big body at center ice."
Jul 15 - 3:27 PM

The Carolina Hurricanes have signed Justin Shugg to a one-year two-way contract.

"Justin provides our organization with good depth at forward," said GM Ron Francis. "He led Charlotte in scoring last season and has improved his offensive production each year since turning pro." He will make $600,000 at the NHL level or $85,000 if he plays in the AHL. Shugg led the Charlotte Checkers in scoring last season with 21 goals and 43 points.
Jul 12 - 11:13 AM

Noah Hanifin said he's ready for the challenges that come with playing in the NHL.

"I felt I want to challenge myself again," he said. "Before I went to BC last year, I wanted a challenge. Obviously this is the highest level of hockey. I feel I’m going to have a big adjustment period and I’ll have to learn a lot from the older guys and take in as much as I can from the coaching staff for whatever team I’m playing for." The 18-year-old will either play in the NHL with the Canes or he will play in the AHL in Charlotte. Caroline will surely give him every opportunity to start his career in the NHL.
Jul 12 - 10:05 AM

The Carolina Hurricanes have signed Noah Hanifin to a three-year Entry Level Contract.

Hanifin has officially decided to leave Boston College to turn pro. "Noah has had a great week here during our prospect development camp," said GM Ron Francis. "He is big, he can skate and he can move the puck. Noah fits the mold for the type of player and person we want in a Hurricanes uniform." Hanifin will make $832,500 at the NHL level or $70,000 in the AHL, but if he has decided to leave school early, it's because both he and the organization feel he can jump into Carolina's top six. Hanifin should be drafted very early in dynasty league drafts. He has the potential to become a top pairing, impact defender.
Jul 11 - 11:42 AM

Hurricanes' prospect Noah Hanifin might be able to make the jump to the NHL in 2015-16.

Head coach Billy Peters said that the young defenseman is "ahead of the curve" during the team's development camp. The question now is whether Hanifin is willing to leave school this year and sign his Entry Level Contract with Carolina. He should be making his final decision in the next week or so. The 18-year-old had five goals and 23 points in 37 games with Boston College last season.
Jul 11 - 9:10 AM

Zach Boychuk has inked a one-year, two-way deal with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Boychuk can earn $600,000 at the NHL level, but he's guaranteed to make at least $250,000 in 2015-16. "This will be Zach's eighth season in our organization," said Hurricanes GM Ron Francis. "He's a reliable depth forward who we know is capable of contributing offensively at either level." He had three goals and six points in 31 games with the Hurricanes last season. Boychuk also recorded 24 points in 39 AHL contests.
Jul 7 - 9:31 AM

Noah Hanifin is debating between going pro and staying in college for another year.

Hanifin had five goals and 23 points in 37 games with Boston College in 2014-15. The Hurricanes took him with the fifth overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Their preference would be for him to go pro so that they can sign him to an entry-level contract. "Obviously it's a big decision, and you don't want to rush anything," Hanifin said. "What I got at BC this year helped me a lot, and I don't want to hurt them in any way by waiting until the last minute to make a decision. I want to make the decision as soon as I can."
Jul 7 - 9:28 AM


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