Player News - Hurricanes

Date: Team: Pos:

GM Ron Francis said he has "reached out" to Victor Rask's agent about a contract.

Rask is a restricted free agent this summer. Francis is waiting to hear back from Rask's camp. The 23-year-old forward generated 21 goals and 48 points in 80 games during his second NHL season. Rask had off-season shoulder surgery and he is expected to be ready for training camp.
May 23 - 5:12 PM

GM Ron Francis intends to meet with Cam Ward in early June.

They have spoken already and he wants to "see where we're at" in negotiations. Ward can become an unrestricted free agent in July.
May 23 - 5:08 PM

Sebastian Aho is projected to be with the Hurricanes in 2016-17.

"I would think based on everything he's done, he's certainly penciled into our lineup, if not in pen," Carolina GM Ron Francis said. He is expected to join the Hurricanes for rookie camp, but he won't be asked to participate in the team's summer prospects conditioning camp because of all the hockey he has played this year. Aho notched three goals and four assists in 10 games for the silver-winning Finns at the World Championship. He also finished second in MVP voting for Finland's top league (Liiga) with 20 goals and 25 assists in 45 games. Look for him to be signed shortly.
May 23 - 10:24 AM

Sebastian Aho scored twice to lead Finland to a 3-1 victory over Russia in the 2016 Worlds.

Finland will now take on the winner of Canada vs. Team USA in the gold medal contest while Russia will fight for the bronze. Carolina took him with the 35th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. He had 20 goals and 45 point in 45 Finnish league games in 2015-16.
May 21 - 1:21 PM

Michal Jordan had the game winner for the Czech Republic on Tuesday in a 5-4 win over Switzerland during the preliminary round of the World Championship.

He gave the Czechs a 5-2 lead in the third period and they hung on for a one-goal victory. The point was his first in seven games at the tournament. Jordan appeared in 36 games with Carolina in 2015-16 and he posted one goal.
May 17 - 5:09 PM

Coach Mark Morris has decided to part ways with the AHL's Charlotte Checkers.

The Checkers are affiliated with the Carolina Hurricanes. Morris worked with the AHL squad for one season, but he decided to return to begin coaching a college squad again. He's accepted a job with St. Lawrence (N.Y.) University. He previously spent 13 seasons with Clarkson University.
May 4 - 7:47 AM

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


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