Player News - Hurricanes

Date: Team: Pos:

The Chicago Blackhawks are reportedly interested in hiring Ulf Samuelsson as their next assistant coach.

He would replace Mike Kitchen, who was fired back in April. Samuelsson spent the 2016-17 season as the head coach of the Charlotte Checkers (Carolina's farm team). He also has experience as an associate coach with the Arizona Coyotes and as an assistant coach with the New York Rangers.
May 22 - 10:00 AM

Sebastian Aho scored two goals and 11 points in 10 games for Finland at the World Championships.

The 19-year-old scored 49 points in his rookie season with Carolina, coming off a point-per-game pace in the SM-Liga. Overshadowed by Auston Matthews and Patrick Liane, Aho will be a sophomore capable of inflicting damage on opposing netminders next season.
May 21 - 11:42 PM

Scott Darling feels he is ready to be a number one goaltender and is prepared to lead Carolina to success in the playoffs.

"I'm excited for the challenge," Darling said. "It's kind of what I've been hoping for my whole career, to have this opportunity." The Hurricanes believe they have a roster that can make it to the postseason and Darling should play a big part in that if it happens. He signed a four-year, 16.6 million contract with Carolina and it's expected that he will be the team's top netminder in 2017-18.
May 13 - 9:24 AM

Sebastian Aho feels the Hurricanes will claim a playoff spot in 2017-18.

"I think we have a good, young team," Aho said. "We have so many guys who can take the next step to help us be even better next year. I think it might've been too early this year. Next year we'll be ready." He enjoyed a strong rookie season with 24 goals and 49 points in 82 games. Aho felt he got off to a sluggish start, but after that he got much more comfortable and confident at the NHL level. He is currently playing for Finland at the World Hockey Championship, where he has one goal and two assists in three games.
May 10 - 10:01 AM

With Scott Darling signed to a four-year, $16.6 million deal, Eddie Lack's future is very much in question.

Lack has a season left on his two-year, $5.5 million contract, but he's now third on the Hurricanes' depth charts behind Darling and Cam Ward. It's not clear how Carolina will approach the fact that it now has three goaltenders signed to one-way contracts for the 2017-18 campaign, but it wouldn't be surprising if they try to move Lack. If that's not successful though, they might end up buying out his contract or perhaps sending him to the AHL after training camp rather than carry three goaltenders. Lack had a 2.64 GAA and .902 save percentage in 20 contests in 2016-17,
May 6 - 4:40 AM

The Carolina Hurricanes have signed Scott Darling to a four-year, $16.6 million contract.

That's an cap hit of $4.15 million. The Hurricanes acquired Darling's rights from Chicago last week, and this contract extension prevents him from becoming an unrestricted free agent on July 1st. Darling has never gotten the opportunity to start, but he'll likely head into training camp as the number one goalie on the depth chart. The 28-year-old had an 18-5-5 record with a 2.38 goals-against-average and a .924 save percentage with the Hawks in 2016-17. "Obviously Scott could have waited until July 1, to see what other options he might have as an unrestricted free agent," said Hurricanes GM Ron Francis. "But he believes in what we are trying to do here and we are thrilled that he is committing to the Hurricanes and to Raleigh."
May 5 - 8:05 PM

A source told the Chicago Tribune that Scott Darling could make anywhere between $3 million and $4 million per year on his next contract.

Those numbers seem relatively reasonable for a backup goalie with starter potential. Darling is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st, so instead of losing him for nothing, the Hawks decided to trade him to Carolina for a third-round pick. The Blackhawks knew he'd be commanding a substantial raise (he made $1.175 million last year) and there's no way they could commit more money to a backup goalie.
Apr 29 - 10:31 AM

Derek Ryan is a finalist for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, which goes annually to the player who best exemplifies perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.

He skated in 67 games with Carolina in 2016-17 as a 29-year-old rookie. It's been a long road to the NHL for Ryan, who has played in juniors, Canadian universities, the UHL, the AHL, Austria and Sweden. Ryan registered 11 goals and 18 assists in his first full NHL season with the Hurricanes. The other two finalists for the award are Ottawa's Craig Anderson and Anaheim's Andrew Cogliano.
Apr 29 - 9:24 AM

Carolina GM Ron Francis plans to start preliminary contract talks with Scott Darling's agent, Matt Keator, early next week.

The Hurricanes acquired Darling's negotiation rights on Friday in a deal with Chicago. "This is a bit of a gamble but one we believed was worth taking," Francis said. "This is why we accumulated these picks and we still have 10 left. It was worth the risk." Francis added that Darling was "genuinely excited about the opportunity and the fact we stepped up and showed interest in trading for him." Darling could be Carolina's starting goaltender next season if the two sides agree to a deal.
Apr 29 - 9:16 AM

The Carolina Hurricanes have acquired Scott Darling from the Carolina Hurricanes for a third-round pick in 2017.

Darling is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st, so the Hurricanes will look to re-sign him to a new deal before that point. Darling has been the backup to Corey Crawford over the last three seasons, but he's done well whenever he's been asked to shoulder the load. "We could count on Scott in any situation as he was always reliable," GM Stan Bowman said in a release. "We appreciate his contributions to the Blackhawks organization -- including a Stanley Cup Championship team -- and we wish him well as he continues his career in Carolina." The 28-year-old had an 18-5-5 record with a 2.38 goals-against-average and a .924 save percentage in 2016-17. Even though Cam Ward and Eddie Lack are still in Carolina, Darling will likely get a chance to be the starter if he re-signs with them.
Apr 28 - 7:52 PM

Connor Brickley scored the overtime winner as Charlotte defeated the Chicago Wolves 4-3 in AHL playoff action.

The Hurricanes farm club is up 2-1 in the best of five series and have a chance to move on to the next round with a victory on Tuesday. Brickley was a second round pick of the Florida Panthers in 2010 and was dealt to Carolina on October 11 in exchange for Brody Sutter. He had only 15 goals and 26 points in 69 games this season but had four game winners in March.
Apr 24 - 8:07 AM

Scott Darling wants to get his shot as a starting goaltender.

"Yeah, I feel like I've paid my dues as a backup," Darling said. "And when I've had a chance to play in consecutive games I feel like I've shown that I can do it." He posted a 2.38 GAA and .924 save percentage in 32 games this season. He's eligible to become an unrestricted free agent this summer and it's unlikely that he'll re-sign with Chicago given that the Blackhawks remain committed to starting goaltender Corey Crawford.
Source: CSN Chicago
Apr 23 - 10:02 AM

Aleksi Saarela has been shining in the AHL.

Saarela was obtained from the Rangers in the Eric Staal trade last season and played in the SM-Liiga before coming over to North America in March. He had four goals and six points in his first week of play in the AHL, corralling player of the week status. He has not let his foot off the accelerator ever since. "The games I saw him play he was probably our best player," Charlotte teammate Andrej Nestrasil said. "He’s really built well for hockey. He’s really fast, and he’s got an unbelievable shot with an unbelievable release. He can speed up within seconds. The D-man thinks he’s got him, and he just burns him. He’s been really impressive." It looks like the Hurricanes got a good one in Saarela.
Apr 23 - 7:56 AM

Klas Dahlbeck has singed a one-year extension with Carolina.

Dahlbeck will come with a $850,000 cap hit for the 2017-18 campaign, which is up from $750,000 this season. He had two goals and six points in 43 games.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 21 - 5:57 PM

Steven Lorentz has inked a three-year, entry-level contract with Carolina.

Lorentz had 29 goals and 61 points in 66 OHL games last season. He was taken with the 186th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. "Steven took a big step forward this season with Peterborough, and has earned an opportunity to continue his development with our organization," said Hurricanes GM Ron Francis. Lorentz can earn $650,000 annually at the NHL level in 2017-18 and 2018-19 and that jumps to $700,000 for the final season of his contract. If he plays in the minors then his annual salary would be $60,000. He also got a $185,000 signing bonus.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 21 - 12:21 PM


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