Player News - Hurricanes

Date: Team: Pos:

Rasmus Rissanen has signed with Jokerit of the KHL.

He had 13 points and 56 penalty minutes in 54 games with the AHL's Charlotte Checkers in 2015-16.
May 2 - 12:09 PM

Joakim Nordstrom has agreed to a two-year, $2.55 million extension with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Nordstrom had 10 goals and 24 points in 71 contests in 2015-16. He'll earn $1.25 million next season and $1.3 million in the second campaign of his contract. That's quite the raise from the $605,000 he earned this season. "Joakim took a major step forward in his career last season," said Hurricanes GM Ron Francis. "We expect him to continue to grow as both a player and a leader on our team."
Apr 22 - 2:32 PM

The Carolina Hurricanes have signed Jake Chelios to a one-year, two-way contract.

Chelios can earn $575,000 if he spends the season in the NHL or $70,000 at the AHL level. He had seven goals and 31 points in 73 contests with the AHL's Charlotte Checkers in 2015-16. "Jake was a steady presence for Charlotte last season in his first full season playing defense," said Hurricanes GM Ron Francis. "He showed that he can contribute offensively and, at 25, he fits in well with our organization’s young defensemen." Chelios is the son of Hall of Fame defenseman Chris Chelios.
Apr 22 - 2:29 PM

Jaccob Slavin had a very good rookie season.

The blueliner was expected to be in the AHL all season after leaving Colorado College before his junior year. But Slavin showed poise and played 63 solid games on the blueline, giving the Hurricanes another promising defenseman. Slavin was playing on the first pairing early on and he took on the opponent's top line, playing upwards of 20 minutes per game. Offensively he was alright as well with two goals and 20 points. Look for a better season next year from the 21-year-old.
Apr 16 - 5:50 AM

Cam Ward hasn't met with the Carolina Hurricanes yet to discuss a potential new contract.

Ward's exit meeting was also pushed back, though the reason for that isn't clear. He's set to become an unrestricted free agent, but he's interested in re-signing with the Hurricanes. It's not clear if that interest is mutual, but given that Eddie Lack had a fairly rough 2015-16 campaign, the Hurricanes might be interest in signing Ward to at least a short-term contract to buy them more time to determine if Lack is really a good choice to serve as their starter going forward.
Apr 13 - 10:45 AM

Life-long Carolina Hurricane Cam Ward wants to stay with the only organization he's ever known.

"I believe in the group we have here, and where this organization is going," Ward told Michelle McMahon. "I can't say enough good things. Usually there's one rookie, but to have three, that's not normal, and they are the real deal" Of course Ward speaks of rookie defenders Noah Hanifin, Jaccob Slavin, and Brett Pesce who each saw at least 63 games of action in 2015-16. As for Ward, he just completed his fourth straight season with a sub-.920 even-strength save percentage and is now 32-years-old. He also just completed a six-year pact that dinged the cap at $6.3M per so he'll need to take quite a hair cut if he wants a starting gig. Assuming someone, anyone, will give him such a thing.
Apr 12 - 6:18 PM

James Wisniewski (knee) should be fully cleared in the near future.

Of course the season is over for Carolina, but if Wisniewski is healthy soon that will allow him to prepare for the 2016-17 campaign without complication. Wisniewski only played in one game this season.
Apr 12 - 12:03 PM

Justin Faulk will skip the 2016 World Championships.

Faulk have served as a member of Team USA in three of the last four annual tournaments. The year that he didn't participate in the Worlds, 2014, he was a member of the States' Olympic team. He has four goals and 17 points in 28 contests in his career at the Worlds. Along the way he's earned the Bronze Medal in 2013 and 2015.
Apr 12 - 10:55 AM

Ryan Murphy has been assigned to Charlotte Checkers of the AHL.

Charlotte is trying to lock down their spot in the AHL playoffs and getting the offensive blueliner back could help. Murphy has seven goals and 22 points in 30 games with the Checkers this season.
Apr 11 - 4:18 PM

Jordan Staal capped off the best season of his career with Carolina on a high note.

Staal picked up a goal and an assist, notching his first 20 goals season with the Hurricanes and giving him 48 points across all 82 games this season.
Apr 10 - 12:13 AM

Elias Lindholm matched his career high in points during Saturday's 5-2 season finale defeat to Florida.

Lindholm picked up an assists and his 11th goal of the season, giving him 39 points in all 82 games this season. Through the first 221 games of his career, Lindholm has 37 goals and 99 points.
Apr 10 - 12:11 AM

Eddie Lack couldn't handle the Panthers, as they thrashed him for four goals on 20 shots.

The Hurricanes would go on to fall 5-2. Lack finishes a miserable season 12-14-6 with a 2.81 GAA and .901 save percentage.
Apr 10 - 12:09 AM

Nicolas Roy has signed a three-year entry-level contract with Carolina.

"Nicolas is a big and skilled center, and is coming off of a great season with Chicoutimi where he led QMJHL in goals," said Hurricanes GM Ron Francis. "We are excited to see him take the next steps in his development." The deal is worth $2.4M over the life of the contract, and will begin in 2016-17. He posted a career best 48 goals and 91 points in 63 games.
Apr 9 - 2:20 PM

Eddie Lack will face Florida on Saturday night.

Through 33 games and 30 starts this season, Lack has posted a 12-13-6 record with a .903 save percentage and a 2.77 GAA. Not exactly what Carolina was hoping for.
Apr 9 - 1:18 PM

Derek Ryan will miss Saturday's season finale versus Florida due to an upper body injury.

Ryan's beautiful story comes to an end with a pair of goals in six games with the Hurricanes. He also posted 23 goals and 55 points in 70 games with AHL Charlotte. The 29-year-old probably doesn't have much future fantasy value, but he's fun to keep an eye on anyway given his background.
Apr 9 - 12:58 PM


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