Player News - Hurricanes

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Patrick Brown has signed a one-year, two-way contract with Carolina.

He will earn $650,000 if he plays at the NHL level or $75,000 in the AHL. Brown had a goal and an assist in seven appearances with the Hurricanes last season, while skating in 70 games with Charlotte and recording 25 points.
Jun 29 - 8:49 AM

Nathan Gerbe is eligible for unrestricted free agency on Friday.

Riley Nash, Chris Terry, Brad Malone and T.J. Hensick can also sign anywhere on July 1 if the Hurricanes don't re-sign them as well. Carolina didn't give qualifying offers to Danny Biega, Anthony Camara, Dane Fox, Carter Sandlak, Justin Shugg, Rasmus Rissanen and Rasmus Tirronen, so they will become UFAs too.
Jun 28 - 9:40 AM

Michal Jordan can test unrestricted free agency later this week.

He didn't receive a qualifying offer from Carolina on Monday after playing 36 games with the Hurricanes in 2015-16. The 25-year-old defender has represented the Czech Republic at the World Championship for the last two years.
Jun 28 - 9:32 AM

Zach Boychuk is set to become an unrestricted free agent as of Friday.

He didn't get a qualifying offer from Carolina. Boychuk didn't see any NHL action last season and he has 30 points over 127 career big-league appearances.
Jun 28 - 9:28 AM

Victor Rask received a qualifying offer from Carolina on Monday.

The two sides will probably continue to negotiate on a longer term deal. Carolina also tendered qualifying offers to Ryan Murphy, Patrick Brown, Brody Sutter, Brendan Woods, Keegan Lowe and Dennis Robertson.
Jun 28 - 9:23 AM

Julien Gauthier's dad and grandfather are former Mr. Canada champions in bodybuilding.

No wonder the kid is so big. Gauthier is six-feet, four, 225 pounds and has taken some tips from his father and grandfather on weight training. "He’s a physical specimen, for sure," said Tony MacDonald, Carolina’s director of amateur scouting. "He’s a big man but he can skate and he has good speed. He’s a goal-scorer, first and foremost. His stock was hurt a little when his team was knocked out in the first round of the (QMJHL) playoffs."
Jun 25 - 8:00 AM

The Carolina Hurricanes have picked Julien Gauthier with the 21st overall selection in the 2016 NHL Draft.

Perhaps no player's stock has dropped quite like Julien Gauthier's after a sizzling start to his 2015-16 season, where he scored 36 goals in his first 38 games for Val d'Or (QMJHL). He'd go on to finish with 41 goals and just 57 points in 54 games. Gauthier is noted for his do-it-all-himself attitude, which some scouts have chalked up to his poor vision and hockey-sense. At 6'4" and 225 pounds, Gauthier also isn't known for his defensive or physical prowess, often seen floating and waiting for the puck. Once he has it though, he's one of the more prolific scorers who thrives under pressure and not only can make the high-percentage play but the "best" play consistently. Carolina needs some flash and skill up front, so he could be someone to watch down the line.
Jun 24 - 9:55 PM

The Carolina Hurricanes have selected defenseman Jake Bean with the 13th pick in the 2016 Draft.

Bean comes into the draft having set the Calgary Hitmen’s record for most goals by a defenseman with 24 on way to a 64-point season in 68 games. He also took home gold at the Ivan Hlinka tournament. Bean couples his keen hockey-sense and awareness with excellent skating, speed and passing abilities, which make him well suited for the modern NHL. The Hurricanes get the best offensive defenseman in the draft. He was undrafted in his bantam year because of his small size but he has grown substantially since. At a wiry 6’0" and 175 lbs and just 18-years-old, his weak physical game is expected to evolve as his body fills out.
Jun 24 - 8:48 PM

The Carolina Hurricanes have a rough early schedule.

Carolina will spend its first six games of the 2015-16 campaign on the road before finally hosting its home opener against the Rangers on Oct. 28. From there it will host the Flyers on Oct. 30 before playing another two games away from home, bringing the Hurricanes' road game total up to eight in their first 10 contests. That parallels the 2015-16 schedule, which was just as road heavy to start the season. Carolina ended up with a 4-6-0 record over that span.
Jun 22 - 8:16 AM

With Cam Ward back in the fold for another two seasons, it is expected that the Hurricanes will look to trade Eddie Lack.

GM Ron Francis should be seeking another netminder via trade or free agency to compete for playing time with Ward. Lack struggled in 2015-16 with a 2.81 goals-against average and a .901 save percentage. Carolina probably won't use the same tandem again next year.
Jun 20 - 8:46 AM

Derek Ryan has inked a one-year, two-way contract with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Ryan will earn $650K annually at the NHL level or $300K in the minors. However, he's been guaranteed a minimum total salary of $350K even if he spends the full 2016-17 campaign in the AHL. "Derek is a high-character, veteran player who has contributed offensively at every level he has played," said Hurricanes GM Ron Francis. "He was a leader for Charlotte last season and played well when called up to the Hurricanes." He was a nice story in 2015-16 as he made his NHL debut at the age of 29 and went on to score two goals in six games with Carolina. He also had 23 goals and 55 points in 70 AHL contests.
Jun 16 - 4:34 PM

Cam Ward has inked a two-year, $6.6 million contract extension with the Carolina Hurricanes.

With that, Ward has been removed from the pool of potential 2016 unrestricted free agents. His new deal is unsurprisingly a big step down from his now expired six-year, $37.8 million deal. Ward didn't live up to that contract overall, but he should be worth his new salary. Ward posted a 2.41 GAA and .909 save percentage in 52 contests in 2015-16.
Jun 16 - 11:51 AM

Bryan Bickell is upbeat after being traded to the Carolina Hurricanes.

Bickell has every reason to be. He spent a good chunk of the 2015-16 campaign in the minors as he fell out of favor in Chicago, in part due to his $4 million annual cap hit, but Carolina intends to give him a chance to bounce back. "Last year was a tough year," Bickell said. "But I feel fine. But to move and get a fresh start, to try and help a young team get to the playoffs, that’s exciting. I really think my experience can help this team."
Jun 16 - 8:09 AM

Bryan Bickell will get a chance to bounce back in Carolina.

He spent most of the 2015-16 campaign in the minors and was traded to Carolina on Wednesday, with Teuvo Teravainen, in exchange for a couple of draft picks. "Bryan Bickell has shown in the past he can play at an elite level. At 6-4 and 230 pounds, he also gives us some added size," said Hurricanes GM Ron Francis. "Both players have won Cups and know what it takes to win, and that should help, especially with the young group we have."
Jun 15 - 4:03 PM

Carolina GM Ron Francis is excited to have Teuvo Teravainen join the Hurricanes.

"It's not often a player who was a first-round draft pick like Teuvo, at his age and with his skill, becomes available in a deal," said Francis. "We think he will be a very good addition, skill-wise, to our team. He has a lot of upside." Teravainen should be expected to skate on one of Carolina's top-two lines in 2016-17.
Jun 15 - 3:56 PM


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