Player News - Hurricanes

Date: Team: Pos:

Jaccob Slavin is gearing up for the upcoming NHL season.

He spent most of the off-season in Raleigh, where he has done some skating and participated in conditioning workouts with Hurricanes assistant strength coach Bill Burniston. "I'm a little bit bigger, I guess," said the 21-year-old defender who played at 205 pounds last year. "Quicker? I hope so." He impressed during his rookie season with Carolina, while suiting up in 63 games last year.
Aug 11 - 7:02 PM

Elias Lindholm is projected to play between newcomers Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen at training camp.

It's a combination that coach Bill Peters has expressed an interest in and it could give Lindholm a much-needed shot in the arm. Aho is an exciting prospect who is expected to make the jump to the NHL, while Teravainen has plenty of potential as well.
Aug 10 - 6:37 PM

Julien Gauthier is questionable to skate for the remainder of Canada's World Junior evaluation camp.

"We'll see," coach Dominique Ducharme said. "Nothing major. We just want to be ... it's a precaution. Want to make sure he's going to be OK. We'll evaluate day-to-day. But we can't say right now if he's going to be playing or not. ... It's summer hockey. We don't want to jeopardize anything. We're going to be patient. Everything we know right now, it's nothing major." Gauthier missed practice on Tuesday.
Aug 3 - 11:13 AM

The Hurricanes have given head coach Bill Peters a contract extension through the 2018-19 season.

"Bill is a talented, young coach in the National Hockey League," GM Ron Francis said. "We are happy that he has made a commitment to the Hurricanes, and that he will be a major part of the team continuing to grow." Carolina has posted a 65-72-27 record in his two seasons behind the bench. The club improved by 15 points from the 2014-15 campaign last year and Peters won a gold medal coaching Team Canada at the 2016 World Championship.
Jul 27 - 10:13 AM

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


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