Player News - Hurricanes

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Adam Kimelman of NHL.com wouldn't be surprised if rookie Andrei Svechnikov bagged himself 25-30 goals in his rookie season.

Svechnikov has impressive size (6'2", 188 lbs) that he combines well with a NHL-caliber shot. The Hurricanes have nothing to lose and should give their rookie all the opportunity to thrive in a top-six role this season. Barring injuries, the 18-year-old Russian will be fantasy relevant this season and is someone you shouldn't shy away from in drafts.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 18 - 3:04 PM

Sebastian Aho and the Carolina Hurricanes have begun talking about a potential contract extension.

The 21-year-old has just one year remaining on his entry-level deal, so both sides will have to get something done before the 2019-20 season. "We've been talking about something," Aho said. "But I've got nothing to say yet." Aho finished his second year with 29 goals and 65 points in 78 games last season. He's one of Carolina's brightest young stars, which means the team should do everything in their power to keep him around.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 16 - 3:47 PM

Justin Williams is viewed as a candidate for Carolina's captaincy.

Justin Faulk and Jordan Staal were co-captains last season, but new coach Rod Brind'Amour wants the Hurricanes to have one captain. He also mentioned that he had a player in mind for the position. "We'll address that when it comes," Williams said. "I don't know when they're going to do anything, before training camp, during training camp, before the season, I don't know. They might not do anything. I know from last year my role in the organization, and that's all you really need as a player."
Aug 11 - 5:15 PM

Jaccob Slavin is looking forward to having Dougie Hamilton and Calvin de Haan join Carolina's defense corps this campaign.

"I think it's going to be awesome. I think the guys we brought in are very skilled and very talented, and hopefully we're able to all buy into the same system and the same mentality starting the year off," said Slavin. "The guys we lost, I wish them the best. I'm going to miss them for sure. They were great guys, but I think the new guys coming in are going to be awesome, as well." He is also glad to have Rod Brind'Amour as the team's new head coach and he's been prepping for the 2018-19 season with speed and strength workouts.
Aug 9 - 6:00 PM

Carolina GM Don Waddell said there may not be any other moves coming before training camp.

The Hurricanes traded Jeff Skinner to Buffalo recently and there is speculation that Justin Faulk could be the next player shipped out. Faulk has a limited no-move clause, with 15 teams he would consider, and two more years left on his current contract.
Aug 5 - 5:28 PM

Carolina will be looking for younger players to step up following the trade that sent Jeff Skinner to Buffalo.

"This is going to provide an opportunity for some of our young kids," said Hurricanes GM Don Waddell. "If one of them doesn't score 30 goals, maybe two of them together gets to 40 goals. You've got (Martin) Necas coming over, you've got (Andrei) Svechnikov and all the young guys down in Charlotte. They deserve an opportunity." Sebastian Aho, Teuvo Teravainen, Jordan Staal, Victor Rask and Micheal Ferland will be expected to shoulder most of the load offensively.
Aug 4 - 9:15 AM

Morgan Geekie will turn pro in 2018-19, but he knows making it to the NHL will be tough out of training camp.

"I don't know if I have any expectations," Geekie said. "I'm just going to come in and do my best. It's a day at a time and a year at a time, and we'll see where it takes me." He produced 30 goals and 84 points in 68 games for the Tri-City Americans of the WHL last season. The 20-year-old also amassed 17 goals and 27 points 14 playoff outings. It wouldn't be a surprise of Geekie started in the AHL with Charlotte.
Aug 3 - 4:13 PM

Cliff Pu has been traded the Carolina Hurricanes along with three draft picks in exchange for Jeff Skinner.

Pu, who was chosen in the third round of the 2016 NHL Draft by the Buffalo Sabres, had 29 goals and 84 points in 65 OHL matches last year with London and Kingston. The 20-year-old forward will probably be in the AHL this campaign. Carolina also received a second-round pick in the 2019, a third-round pick in the 2020 and a sixth-round pick in the 2020 in the trade.
Aug 2 - 7:01 PM

Justin Faulk and Jeff Skinner remain members of the Carolina Hurricanes despite numerous trade rumors.

It seems like both players could attend training camp with the Hurricanes, which may be an awkward situation. "That will be one of the first things I talk about with both of them when they get back into town," coach Rod Brind'Amour said. "It's something that most guys are going to deal with during their careers. But it's not a big deal and I'm not going to make a big deal of it." Faulk still has two seasons remaining on his deal and there is no rush to move him even if his role is reduced this coming campaign because of Dougie Hamilton's acquisition.
Aug 2 - 9:52 AM

Scott Darling believes competing with Petr Mrazek will be good for him and the team.

"Having Petr come in will be good. He's kind of in the same boat as me; we're both trying to prove that we can be the guy we're supposed to be," said Darling. "I've had the chance to talk with him a little bit, and he seems like an awesome guy. Overall, the team as a whole, I'm extremely optimistic about this season." Darling and Mrazek struggled in 2017-18. "It's good for both of us to be pushed," Darling continued. "I think it's only going to better for the whole organization to have both of us working as hard as we can to beat each other out while still having a good goaltending relationship." Goaltending remains a big question mark for the Hurricanes going into the year.
Jul 27 - 3:42 PM

Calvin de Haan hopes to get Carolina over the hump and back into the playoffs.

"I like the direction the team is going," said de Haan. "The Hurricanes, during my time in the NHL, I think they've underachieved. I want to be part of the solution to get this team into the playoffs. I'm actually pretty pumped. I'm very excited to be here. This team is good." The Hurricanes have missed the playoffs for nine straight seasons, but he likes the team's defense corps and that was a big part of him signing with the club after spending his first five NHL seasons with the New York Islanders.
Jul 26 - 8:20 AM

The Carolina Hurricanes have hired Dean Chynoweth to serve as an assistant coach.

Chynoweth is replacing Steve Smith, who resigned on July 9. Chynoweth was most recently an associate coach with the WHL's Vancouver Giants and before that he served as the head coach of the AHL's San Antonio Rampage and Lake Erie Monsters over the course of four seasons. At the NHL level, he accumulated three seasons worth of experience as an assistant coach with the New York Islanders from 2009-10 through 2011-12. "Dean brings a great deal of experience as both a player and a coach to the organization," Hurricanes GM Don Waddell said. "His knowledge of the game and attitude will be assets for our players."
Jul 18 - 3:27 AM

Lucas Wallmark has agreed to a two-year contract with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Wallmark's contract is two-ways for 2018-19, but it becomes a one-way deal for 2019-20. He can earn $650,000 in the NHL or $70,000 in the minors next season with a guaranteed minimum salary of $100,000. His 2019-20 pay level is $700,000.
Jul 13 - 4:00 AM

Dennis Robertson has signed an AHL contract with the Charlotte Checkers.

The Checkers are affiliated with the Carolina Hurricanes. Robertson had a goal and nine points in 46 AHL games last season.
Jul 12 - 1:40 PM

Greg McKegg has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Carolina Hurricanes.

McKegg can earn $715,000 at the NHL level. He had two goals and four points in 26 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins last season. He also recorded 14 goals and 35 points in 47 AHL contests.
Jul 11 - 5:52 PM


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