Player News - Hurricanes

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Haydn Fleury will be in the Carolina lineup on Sunday as the Hurricanes open their pre-season schedule.

Fleury was selected seventh overall in the 2014 Draft. He will line up on the blueline alongside Danny Biega. Expect to see Fleury back in junior hockey this season as it's tough for a defenseman to make the jump to the NHL at the age of 18 but the Hurricanes could give him a small taste of NHL regular season action before sending him back to Red Deer of the WHL.
Sep 21 - 6:18 AM

Riley Nash will skate between Jeff Skinner and Elias Lindholm in Sunday's preseason contest against Columbus.

Coach Bill Peters said that Eric Staal won't suit up in the game, but those were his linemates to open training camp. Staal should be expected to see some action at some point before the regular season begins.
Sep 20 - 2:06 PM

Coach Bill Peters was happy with the play of defensemen Ron Hainsey and Jay Harrison after the first day of practice.

Hainsey signed a three year deal with the Hurricanes in June and should be a three-four defenseman in Carolina. He used to be an offensive force but had only 15 points last season in 82 games with 124 blocked shots and a minus-nine rating. He is not worth picking up in most fantasy pools.
Sep 20 - 8:02 AM

Eric Staal started training camp at center between Jeff Skinner and Elias Lindholm.

While coach Bill Peters said that nothing should be read into the line combinations in the early going, that is quite a first line with Skinner being the Hurricanes top sniper and Lindholm the Canes top pick, fifth overall in 2014. If this stays the same, look for Alexander Semin to play on the second unit with Eric's brother Jordan Staal. Stay tuned.
Sep 20 - 7:59 AM

Anton Khudobin will get the start in net against Columbus.

Khudobin is in a goaltending battle for the number one job with Cam Ward and while a lot cannot be read into this situation, especially in the early going, Khudobin may have the inside track, especially after his 2013-14 season where he was 19-14-1 with a .926 save percentage and a 2.30 GAA. Ward spent most of last season on the sidelines, playing only 30 games with a 3.06 GAA and a poor .898 save percentage.
Sep 20 - 7:55 AM

Carolina Hurricanes coach Bill Peters is toying with the idea of having Jordan Staal and Eric Staal play on the same line.

The more likely scenario still involves Eric Staal playing alongside Jiri Tlusty and Alexander Semin, but it's worth keeping a close eye on this situation as uniting the Staal brothers would be good news for Jordan. Both Staal brothers are coming off of disappointing campaigns, but while Eric still has fantasy value even in an off campaign, Jordan is far more of a borderline player from a fantasy perspective.
Sep 19 - 10:15 AM

The Carolina Hurricanes are looking for Elias Lindholm to take a step up in his sophomore season.

Lindholm had nine goals and 21 points in 58 games in 2013-14. "I think he took big strides from the beginning of the year," Hurricanes captain Eric Staal said. "You could see the talent and the skill and the smarts right off the bat. I expect bigger things out of him this year because he's going to be a good player and play in this league a long time." Lindholm will probably end up being a borderline player in standard fantasy leagues this season, but he should take a step forward and has a lot of upside.
Sep 17 - 6:46 AM

Chris Terry is hoping that he'll be able to make the jump to the NHL after another successful season in the minors.

Terry had 28 goals and 69 points in 70 AHL games in 2013-14. "I spent some good time down there and learned to be a complete player," Terry said. "I think the next step is to be that kind of player up here and be a full-time player in the NHL." It's unlikely that Terry will ever be the kind offensive threat in the NHL that he is in the minors. At this point, the 25-year-old is more of an organizational depth forward that might be called up on occasion when the team needs an injury replacement, but he'll still be worth keeping an eye on if he stands out in training camp.
Sep 16 - 10:06 AM

Zach Boychuk seems to feel like he might be running out of time to establish himself as an NHL regular.

Boychuk excelled in the AHL last season with 36 goals and 74 points in 69 AHL games, but he'll turn 25 in October and has just 96 career NHL games under his belt. "It's at the point where you don't want to ever say never but it's kind of a make-or-break year," Boychuk said. He's not an offensive leader in the NHL and is a bit of a long shot to make the Hurricanes' opening game roster.
Sep 16 - 9:58 AM

Aaron Palushaj will play for Zagreb of the KHL next season.

The 25-year-old forward made the announcement on his Twitter account Monday. Palushaj played two games with Carolina last year and he appeared in 68 contests with the club's AHL affiliate in Charlotte. He recorded 22 goals and 58 points in the minors, but didn't receive a qualifying offer from the Hurricanes in the summer.
Sep 15 - 2:23 PM

Nathan Gerbe went into the 2013-14 campaign figuring it might be his last chance to earn a regular spot in the NHL.

Gerbe signed a two-way contract with Carolina after being bought out by Buffalo and made the most of the opportunity, scoring 16 goals and 31 points in 81 contests. The Hurricanes rewarded him over the summer with a two-year, $3.5 million deal. That gives him a bit more security, but he still needs to prove himself. He's certainly capable of living up to that contract, but his fantasy value in standard leagues will be limited.
Sep 15 - 5:25 AM

Phil Di Giuseppe scored two goals and came close to netting a hat trick in the Hurricanes' 6-1 win over Buffalo in the Traverse City prospects tournament opener for both teams on Friday.

"I was pretty excited coming in, this being my first time here," Di Giuseppe said. "It was good to get that first win with the guys." The Canes’ 38th overall (second round) pick in 2012, Di Guiseppe knows how to put the puck in the net, and will likely suit up for Carolina's AHL affiliate the Charlotte Checkers this coming season.
Sep 12 - 9:28 PM

The Traverse City Prospects Tournament gets underway on Friday and Jeff Skinner, a tournament alum, says that the experience helped him prepare for NHL training camp and provided an opportunity to catch management's eye.

"Going into the tournament, you realize it is one of the first times that management sees you at the next level where you are playing against older guys," Skinner said. "I went into it knowing that it was going to be competitive and a lot of fun. I just tried to relax and work my hardest." Skinner notched two goals and five assists in four games at the 2010 tournament and made the Hurricanes' roster out of training camp.
Sep 11 - 9:39 PM

Anton Khudobin doesn't feel like he's earned Carolina's number one goalie job yet.

He wants to compete with Cam Ward at training camp to get the nod on opening night. Khudobin would've been the team's starter had Ward been traded, but he's still glad that didn't happen. "He knows what kind of relationship we have," Khudobin said. "I'm happy we are still both on the same team. We had a good relationship last year and we were partners. We were pushing each other, and that's most important."
Sep 11 - 5:00 PM

This will be an important season for Jiri Tlusty.

Tlusty signed a one-year, $2.95 million contract over the summer and is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent for the first time next season. He broke out in 2013 with 23 goals and 38 points in 48 contests, but ran into injury problems last season and finished with just 30 points in 68 contests. He doesn't have a lengthy history of success as a top-six forward under his belt, so if he struggles again this season, then he's not likely to get a lucrative contract. If he does have a big season though, he should be able to cash in.
Sep 10 - 9:00 AM

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