Player News - Hurricanes

Date: Team: Pos:

Hurricanes GM Ron Francis expects Alexander Semin (wrist) to be ready for training camp based on the information he's been given.

"My understanding was that he was coming back to train," Francis said. "He's training, according to his agent, a couple times a day and doing therapy on the wrist as well. There were no issues with the wrist, as far as I was told." A report surfaced about a week-and-a-half ago that Semin hadn't fully recovered yet from off-season wrist surgery, but Francis' optimism is a much better sign.
Aug 20 - 10:43 AM

Anton Khudobin feels his performance during the 2013-14 campaign earned him Carolina's starting job and Cam Ward's injury wasn't the deciding factor.

"It's hard to say what was more important, if Ward's injury or my game. But probably my game, because even if Ward wouldn't get injured and I wouldn't play that way, they wouldn't play me that often," he said. "So, maybe it was all this put together. I was injured myself earlier, and some other guys stepped up and played well. Maybe those times I was unlucky. But this time it was the other way around. Injuries never are a good situation for any player, but all went that way." Khudobin outplayed Ward last season and the two of them are slated to compete for starts again this year.
Aug 12 - 9:11 PM

Alexander Semin is reportedly still not fully recovered from offseason wrist surgery.

Semin had trouble with his wrist for the entirety of last season and his played clearly suffered as a result. While the team has yet to express any concern publicly about his lengthy recovery process, it's fair to be at least a little worried that his rehab continues. Until he gets a clean bill of health, proceed with caution on the talented winger.
Aug 10 - 2:07 PM

Haydn Fleury has inked a three-year, entry-level contract with the Carolina Hurricanes.

He will earn $832,500 per season at the NHL level or $70,000 in the AHL for each season. "We feel very strongly that Haydn is an important part of our team's future," said GM Ron Francis. "He performed very well at our development camp and we are looking forward to seeing him in Traverse City and during training camp in Raleigh." Fleury will either play with the big club or head back to his junior team, the Red Deer Rebels of the WHL, for the 2014-15 season. He was the seventh overall pick in the 2014 draft.
Aug 7 - 7:28 PM

Joni Pitkanen (heel) didn't sound optimistic about his chances of playing this coming season

In a translated piece, he told Finnish news outlet Kaleva: "Made some progress, but day by day we go. Really is still a long way that I could play at all." He was asked if he had been on skates and responded with "I'm not." Carolina GM Ron Francis said in late June that Pitkanen was unable to put his foot in a skate. He hasn't been able to play since April 2, 2013 because of a broken heel bone.
Aug 5 - 12:08 PM

Chad LaRose has inked an AHL contract with the Charlotte Checkers.

The Checkers are affiliated with the Carolina Hurricanes. LaRose, 32, is trying to return to the NHL after not playing in 2013-14. He had four points and 29 penalty minutes in 35 contests in the shortened 2013 campaign.
Jul 29 - 8:17 PM

Eric Staal has undergone surgery after suffering a core muscle injury while training.

"Eric notified us of the injury late last week, and flew to Raleigh and then Philadelphia to be evaluated," said Hurricanes GM Ron Francis. "By having this procedure now, Dr. Meyers believes Eric will be able to return to action for training camp and be at full health for the start of the regular season." The Hurricanes didn't provide a timetable or even the exact nature of the injury, so it's hard to speculate on how this will impact Staal. Obviously, they've already said that he's not expected to miss any playing time, but if this interrupts his summer training for a significant period of time, then that could make him rusty going into the 2014-15 campaign.
Jul 29 - 9:35 AM

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


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