Player News - Hurricanes

Date: Team: Pos:

Carolina prospect Janne Kuokkanen has decided to play in the OHL this upcoming season with the London Knights.

The 18-year-old forward played for the Karpat Oulu junior A team in the SM-liiga last campaign, where he posted 22 goals and 53 points in 47 games. Kuokkanen turned heads at the Hurricanes' prospects camp with his quickness and decision-making. He was a second-round pick of Carolina in the 2016 NHL Draft.
Jul 26 - 8:46 AM

Jordan Staal could be the next captain of the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Hurricanes haven't had a captain since Feb. 28 following the trade of Jordan's brother, Eric. Justin Faulk is considered to be another strong contender to wear the "C," but Staal has more experience in the league and a Stanley Cup ring. He was also a key contributor last season, especially during the second half. The Hurricanes won't rush the decision and it's possible that they could enter the year with multiple assistants.
Jul 25 - 10:51 AM

Andrej Nestrasil's recovery from a fractured vertebra has been progressing nicely.

Nestrasil was injured on Feb. 25 and that cost him the remainder of the 2015-16 campaign. The good news is that he should be fully recovered in time for next season.
Jul 20 - 4:54 AM

The Carolina Hurricanes are reporting a 40% increase in season-ticket sales.

Hurricanes president Don Waddell also said that overall ticket sales have increased by 60%. It helps that Carolina's season-ticket renewal rate is 90.15%, up from 87% by September 2015. "Every summer, we’ve been chasing our old business all summer," Waddell said. "This year, because we kept our prices flat … our renewals went much better than anyone could’ve hoped. Now our full sales team … (has) been able to work on bringing new customers and new fans into the fold." The Hurricanes ranked last in attendance last season with an average of 12,203 fans per home game, so this news is particularly encouraging.
Jul 20 - 4:32 AM

Keegan Lowe has agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Lowe had 14 points and 75 penalty minutes in 67 AHL contests in 2015-16. He can make $750,000 at the NHL level or $80,000 playing in the minors.
Jul 15 - 8:27 PM

Ryan Murphy has signed a two-year, $1.575 million contract with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Murphy will earn $750,000 next season and $825,000 in 2017-18. He had 10 assists in 35 games with the Hurricanes last season. "Ryan is still a young player at 23, and has shown he can contribute offensively from the blue line," said Hurricanes GM Ron Francis. "He has developed through our system and we look forward to seeing his game continue to grow."
Jul 15 - 6:24 PM

Brendan Woods has inked a one-year, two-way deal with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Woods had nine goals and 20 points in 58 AHL games in 2015-16. He also appeared in five contests with the Carolina Hurricanes and recorded seven penalty minutes. His new contract will pay him $650,000 annually when he's on the NHL roster or $80,000 at the AHL level.
Jul 15 - 3:59 PM

Brody Sutter has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Sutter can make $600,000 if he plays in the NHL or $115,000 at the AHL level. He had 13 goals and 24 points in 70 AHL contests in 2015-16. He also appeared in eight games with the Carolina Hurricanes, but didn't record a point over that span.
Jul 14 - 9:28 PM

The Carolina Hurricanes have signed Dennis Robertson to a one-year, two-way contract.

Robertson can earn $650,000 annually in the NHL or $75,000 at the AHL level. Carolina acquired him back in February from Chicago in exchange for Drew MacIntyre. He had two goals and nine points in 58 AHL games in 2015-16.
Jul 14 - 4:46 PM

Victor Rask believes the Carolina Hurricanes are in a position to make the playoffs next season.

"I think we’ve added some good players in trades and made some good draft picks, too," Rask said. "As for me, I just want to keep improving each year. That’s the most important thing. I want to be one of those guys they put out there if we’re down a goal, or up a goal and trying to keep the lead, a two-way center who plays well and can help the team. I’m not going to change too much. I want to be a leader on the ice." Rask was expressing that optimism after signing a six-year, $24 million contract. The Hurricanes have added Lee Stempniak, Viktor Stalberg, Bryan Bickell, and Teuvo Teravainen this summer in the pursuit of their first playoff berth since 2009.
Jul 13 - 9:27 AM

The Carolina Hurricanes have signed Victor Rask to a six-year, $24 million contract.

Rask was a restricted free agent after completing his entry-level deal. He had 21 goals and 48 points in 80 contests in 2015-16. There's been quite a few of these long-term deals to young players this summer and the theme of them is consistent: The length of the contract compared to the resume of the player makes it a risky bet for the team, but the upside of the player also makes the annual cap hit look like a potential steal. After all, if the 23-year-old Rask continues to develop than that $4 million annual cap hit will easily start to look cheap relative to what other top-six forwards get. However, Rask still has plenty to prove despite his newfound security.
Jul 12 - 10:11 AM

Julien Gauthier has signed a three-year, entry-level contract.

Gauthier was taken with the 21st overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. "For an 18-year-old, Julien already has the body of a professional hockey player," said Hurricanes GM Ron Francis. "He had a great week in Raleigh for development camp, and will play an important role in the Hurricanes’ future." Gauthier will come with a $832,500 annual cap hit at the NHL level or he could earn $70,000 annually in the minors. He'll also receive a $277,500 signing bonus.
Jul 9 - 10:48 PM

Jake Bean has inked a three-year, entry-level contract with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Carolina took Bean with the 13th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. "It was great having Jake here for our development camp this week, and getting to know him better as a person and player," said Hurricanes GM Ron Francis. "He has a bright future in our organization and we are looking forward to seeing him again at the rookie tournament and during training camp." Bean's contract will pay him $832,500 annually in the NHL or $70,000 per season in the AHL. He also got a signing bonus of $277,500.
Jul 9 - 5:32 PM

Jared Staal has signed with the Edinburgh Capitals.

The Capitals play in the United Kingdom's Elite Ice Hockey League. Staal was taken in the second round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the then Phoenix Coyotes, but he was never able to live up to expectations and has only participated in two NHL games. He had 12 goals and 24 points in 64 ECHL contests in 2015-16. Jared is the younger brother of Eric, Jordan, and Marc.
Jul 4 - 5:04 PM

The Carolina Hurricanes have signed Matt Tennyson to a one-year, two-way contract.

The deal will pay Tennyson $675,000 if he sticks in the NHL and $275,000 if he's in the AHL. The 26-year-old had one goal and four points in 29 games with the San Jose Sharks in 2015-16. Tennyson has played just 56 NHL games in the last two seasons. He didn't make a playoff appearance during San Jose's run to the Stanley Cup Final last spring.
Jul 3 - 12:11 PM


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