Player News - Hurricanes

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The Carolina Hurricanes have a rough early schedule.

Carolina will spend its first six games of the 2015-16 campaign on the road before finally hosting its home opener against the Rangers on Oct. 28. From there it will host the Flyers on Oct. 30 before playing another two games away from home, bringing the Hurricanes' road game total up to eight in their first 10 contests. That parallels the 2015-16 schedule, which was just as road heavy to start the season. Carolina ended up with a 4-6-0 record over that span.
Jun 22 - 8:16 AM

With Cam Ward back in the fold for another two seasons, it is expected that the Hurricanes will look to trade Eddie Lack.

GM Ron Francis should be seeking another netminder via trade or free agency to compete for playing time with Ward. Lack struggled in 2015-16 with a 2.81 goals-against average and a .901 save percentage. Carolina probably won't use the same tandem again next year.
Jun 20 - 8:46 AM

Derek Ryan has inked a one-year, two-way contract with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Ryan will earn $650K annually at the NHL level or $300K in the minors. However, he's been guaranteed a minimum total salary of $350K even if he spends the full 2016-17 campaign in the AHL. "Derek is a high-character, veteran player who has contributed offensively at every level he has played," said Hurricanes GM Ron Francis. "He was a leader for Charlotte last season and played well when called up to the Hurricanes." He was a nice story in 2015-16 as he made his NHL debut at the age of 29 and went on to score two goals in six games with Carolina. He also had 23 goals and 55 points in 70 AHL contests.
Jun 16 - 4:34 PM

Cam Ward has inked a two-year, $6.6 million contract extension with the Carolina Hurricanes.

With that, Ward has been removed from the pool of potential 2016 unrestricted free agents. His new deal is unsurprisingly a big step down from his now expired six-year, $37.8 million deal. Ward didn't live up to that contract overall, but he should be worth his new salary. Ward posted a 2.41 GAA and .909 save percentage in 52 contests in 2015-16.
Jun 16 - 11:51 AM

Bryan Bickell is upbeat after being traded to the Carolina Hurricanes.

Bickell has every reason to be. He spent a good chunk of the 2015-16 campaign in the minors as he fell out of favor in Chicago, in part due to his $4 million annual cap hit, but Carolina intends to give him a chance to bounce back. "Last year was a tough year," Bickell said. "But I feel fine. But to move and get a fresh start, to try and help a young team get to the playoffs, that’s exciting. I really think my experience can help this team."
Jun 16 - 8:09 AM

Bryan Bickell will get a chance to bounce back in Carolina.

He spent most of the 2015-16 campaign in the minors and was traded to Carolina on Wednesday, with Teuvo Teravainen, in exchange for a couple of draft picks. "Bryan Bickell has shown in the past he can play at an elite level. At 6-4 and 230 pounds, he also gives us some added size," said Hurricanes GM Ron Francis. "Both players have won Cups and know what it takes to win, and that should help, especially with the young group we have."
Jun 15 - 4:03 PM

Carolina GM Ron Francis is excited to have Teuvo Teravainen join the Hurricanes.

"It's not often a player who was a first-round draft pick like Teuvo, at his age and with his skill, becomes available in a deal," said Francis. "We think he will be a very good addition, skill-wise, to our team. He has a lot of upside." Teravainen should be expected to skate on one of Carolina's top-two lines in 2016-17.
Jun 15 - 3:56 PM

Teuvo Teravainen has been traded to Carolina.

He was sent to the Hurricanes along with Bryan Bickell in exchange for a second-round pick (50th overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft and a third-round pick in 2017. In 2015-16, Teravainen registered 13 goals and 35 points in 78 games.
Source: TSN.ca
Jun 15 - 12:33 PM

Bryan Bickell has been traded to Carolina along with Teuvo Teravainen in exchange for a second-round pick (50th overall) in 2016 and a third-round pick in 2017.

Bickell made just 25 appearances with Chicago in 2015-16 and he posted two assists. In 47 games with Rockford of the AHL, he posted 15 goals and 31 points. Bickell was viewed as a potential buyout candidate prior to being traded.
Source: TSN.ca
Jun 15 - 12:27 PM

Cam Ward and the Hurricanes have reportedly been involved in fairly constant discussions for a new contract.

However, they are apparently not close yet to agreeing to a new deal and free agency is about two weeks away.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 14 - 6:37 PM

Aleksi Saarela has agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract with Carolina.

"Aleksi is a talented, offensive-minded player who we were excited to acquire at the trade deadline," said GM Ron Francis. "He took a big step forward last season and led his team in goal scoring as one of the league's younger players, and we look forward to seeing his game continue to grow." In 51 games with Assat Pori of the Ligga in 2015-16, he registered 20 goals and 33 points. The Hurricanes acquired Saarela from the Rangers, along with two second-round picks, in exchange for Eric Staal.
Jun 13 - 4:37 PM

Sebastian Aho has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Carolina.

The 18-year-old forward is set to earn $832,500 in the NHL or $70,000 in the AHL and he receives a $277,500 signing bonus. "Sebastian is regarded as one of the top prospects in hockey and is ready to begin his North American career," said Hurricanes GM Ron Francis. "He had a tremendous season as an 18-year-old playing against men in Finland's top league, and was outstanding in international competitions including the recent World Championship. He will play an important role for the Hurricanes moving forward." Aho, who was a second-round pick in 2015, had 20 goals and 45 points in 45 games with Karpat and he is expected to be a member of the NHL in 2016-17.
Jun 13 - 10:40 AM

Carolina has 10 picks in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, including the 13th overall selection.

"We have accumulated 10 picks in this draft and 10 picks in the next draft. If there's an opportunity to parlay that into something that makes our team better, absolutely we're going to do that," said GM Ron Francis. "But our goal every year is to get into the playoffs. I know it's been tough and a struggle but I certainly think we're making strides toward that." Carolina is expected to focus on forwards in the draft because they need help offensively and they already have some good defense prospects. Logan Brown, Michael McLeod, Tyson Jost, Kieffer Bellows or Clayton Keller could be possibilities for Carolina in Round 1.
Jun 10 - 9:56 AM

A decision on Cam Ward is expected to come soon, according to GM Ron Francis.

Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer is speculating that Ward may be re-signed. Ward has played his entire career with the Hurricanes, but he can become an unrestricted free agent in July.
Jun 9 - 12:31 PM

Derek Ryan is considering returning to Europe.

Ryan made his NHL debut in 2015-16 at the age of 29, scoring two goals in six games with the Carolina Hurricanes. Prior to that, he spent four seasons playing in the Austrian and Swedish leagues. This time he's considering signing in Switzerland, although that's if he doesn't receive an NHL contract.
Jun 8 - 4:00 PM


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