Player News - Hurricanes

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There was little down time during the Carolina Hurricanes' developmental camp for their prospects in recent days and general manager Ron Francis figures the established NHLers can expect much of the same when their training camp opens because of the methods of new coach Bill Peters.

"He doesn’t give you much time to rest out there," said Francis, who hired Peters last month. "It’s really the first time seeing him on ice and running things, running practice. Our guys better be ready to go when training camp opens because he likes a high tempo and high pace. That’s been good to see." Defenseman Haydn Fleury, the Canes’ first-round draft pick this year, quickly learned Peters was totally engaged, liked to make eye contact in the group huddles, and prefers positive feedback. "He’s a very calm guy but he has that fiery side to him," Fleury said. "At practices he had that calm presence where if you make a mistake he’s not the guy to keep yelling at you and embarrassing you. He knows how to talk to the players and that’s who you like to play for, a coach who can communicate well."
Jul 27 - 9:57 AM

Bill Peters, new coach of the Carolina Hurricanes, says Eric Staal's one goal on power plays last season under then-coach Kirk Muller is "unacceptable" to him and he vows to improve the PP next season.

Peters wants a better organized, more competitive team in Carolina and said a lack of overall team size didn’t have to be a detriment. "We can intimidate with our speed and work ethic," he said.
Jul 27 - 9:50 AM

Brett Bellemore has inked a one-year, two-way contract with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Bellemore will come with a $600,000 annual cap hit if he plays in the NHL. He'll still earn $175,000 even if he spends the entire season in the minors. He had eight points and 45 penalty minutes in 64 games with Carolina last season.
Jul 25 - 7:48 PM

Haydn Fleury is trying to be reasonable about his expectations going into the 2014-15 campaign.

Carolina took Fleury with the seventh overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. "When you get drafted so high and you see top 10 picks make it the next year, that's kind of one of your goals in the summer," Fleury said. "I think at the same time I need to keep a level mind and realize not many 18-year-olds play in the NHL and it's a big step, especially on defense." Carolina has six defensemen signed to one-way contracts, not including Ryan Murphy, so it will definitely be challenging for Fleury to make the team's opening game roster.
Jul 24 - 9:31 AM

Rasmus Rissanen inked a one-year, two-way contract with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Rissanen's new contract comes with a $575,000 annual cap hit if he plays in the NHL. He had 10 points and 91 penalty minutes in 62 AHL contests in 2013-14.
Jul 23 - 5:54 PM

Brock McGinn is close to reaching the NHL level, according to his OHL coach, Scott Walker.

"That's a lot of pressure to put on a kid, to say he's ready for the NHL, and he's certainly not expecting anyone to give him anything," Walker said of McGinn. "He's going to work his butt off, and I think people will love the way he plays." McGinn had 43 goals and 85 points in 58 OHL games in 2013-14. He's not a safe bet to make the Hurricanes' opening game roster, but at the same time, it wouldn't be shocking if he manages to secure a spot.
Jul 23 - 9:29 AM

Alex Nedeljkovic isn't able to participate in the Hurricanes' development camp.

Nedeljkovic is recovering from a broken thumb. He was taken with the 37th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. He's expected to spend the 2014-15 campaign in the OHL.
Jul 22 - 9:24 AM

Haydn Fleury stood out in the first day of Carolina's prospects camp.

Fleury is participating in his first camp with the Hurricanes after being taken with the seventh overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. "He's smooth. Very poised, and good feet," Hurricanes coach Bill Peters said of Fleury. "I thought he looked real good." Fleury will compete for a roster spot during training camp, but we wouldn't bet on him making the team.
Jul 21 - 8:33 PM

Alex Aleardi has inked a contract with the AHL Charlotte Checkers.

With that, Aleardi is now part of the Carolina Hurricanes' organization, but we don't expect him to play in the NHL next season. He had seven goals and 16 points in 41 AHL games in 2013-14.
Source: AHL.com
Jul 16 - 11:07 PM

The AHL Charlotte Checkers have signed Kyle Hagel.

The Checkers are the Carolina Hurricanes' AHL affiliate. Hagel had five assists and 162 penalty minutes in 38 games last season with the Portland Pirates.
Source: AHL.com
Jul 16 - 11:06 PM

The Carolina Hurricanes have hired David Marcoux as their new goalie coach.

During Marcoux's six years as the Flames' goaltending coach, he oversaw the rise of Miikka Kiprusoff from a netminder that was struggling to establish himself to a Vezina Trophy winner. Marcoux also has some experience working with Cam Ward as the Flames and Carolina Hurricanes shared an AHL affiliate during the 2004-05 lockout.
Jul 15 - 8:06 PM

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

Shugg can earn $600,000 annually at the NHL level. He had 16 goals and 38 points in 75 AHL games in 2013-14.
Jul 14 - 3:08 PM

Carolina general manager Ron Francis said he was pleased the Hurricanes were able to sign forward Jiri Tlusty to a one-year, $2.95 million contract on July 1.

Tlusty was a restricted free agent. "It was a good deal for both sides and it's good to have Jiri back in the fold," Francis said. "He had a really tough start to the season last year but is healthy. It should be an incentive for him to have a good season as he will be an unrestricted free agent after the season. He should be ready to rock and roll. He'll be a valuable piece for us." Tlusty had only 16 goals and 14 assists in 68 games last season.
Jul 12 - 9:32 AM

Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis said Carolina continues to talk to Brett Bellemore, even though the defenseman turned down an initial offer from him.

Bellemore, 26, played 64 games for Carolina last season and had eight points. He also blocked 169 shots and registered 98 hits and 45 penalty minutes.
Jul 12 - 9:27 AM

Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis says veteran right winger Alexander Semin is "progressing as expected" and is on schedule to be ready for the start of training camp.

Semin underwent wrist surgery after the past season. He scored 22 goals and compiled 42 points in 65 games in 2013-14.
Jul 12 - 9:21 AM


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