Player News - Hurricanes

Date: Team: Pos:

Carolina is thrilled to have the second overall pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

The Hurricanes moved up from No. 11 thanks to a big win at the NHL Draft Lottery. "A pretty exciting time," said Hurricanes director of amateur scouting Tony MacDonald. "It changed the landscape entirely for us. It was a stroke of luck." It's expected that Andrei Svechnikov will be the player that Carolina chooses on Friday.
Jun 19 - 10:23 AM

A trade involving Jeff Skinner may be on hold until Ilya Kovalchuk decides where to sign, according to The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun.

LeBrun explains that the teams that are interested in Skinner are also interested in bringing Kovalchuk into the fold. Kovalchuk is older, but a club wouldn't have to give up assets in a trade to acquire him. San Jose and Los Angeles are two examples of teams that are waiting on Kovalchuk. No matter what happens, there seems to be little doubt that the Hurricanes forward will find himself in a new city by the start of next season. The 26-year-old had 24 goals and 49 points in 82 games last season.
Jun 15 - 7:54 PM

Michael Fora has agreed to a two-year, entry-level contract with the Carolina Hurricanes.

At the NHL level, Fora can earn $650,000 next season and $700,000 in 2019-20. In the minors he would make $70,000 annually. He also got a $100,000 signing bonus. "Michael is a good-sized defenseman who had a strong season in Ambri and was used in a top-pairing shutdown role during Switzerland's run at the World Championship," said Hurricanes GM Don Waddell. "He adds depth to our defensive corps on the right side." Fora had six goals and 27 points in 50 Swiss league games last season.
Source: NHL.com
Jun 15 - 12:06 PM

The Carolina Hurricanes have scheduled six preseason games for 2018.

The Hurricanes have set up contests with some tough competition for their exhibition schedule as they have pairs of games against Tampa Bay (Sept. 18, Sept. 19), Washington (Sept. 21, Sept. 28), and Nashville (Sept. 25, Sept. 30). Carolina is set to play in one game at home and one on the road versus each franchise.
Jun 13 - 4:14 AM

Justin Faulk's name has surfaced in trade rumors this off-season.

According to two league sources, Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman has inquired about the Hurricanes defenseman. Faulk has two years left on his current contract that has a cap hit of $4.83 million. Chicago is looking for upgrades on the back end this off-season and Faulk would be a premium target to add to their top-four group. He would also help on the power play.
Jun 12 - 11:55 AM

Jeff Skinner has been linked to Los Angeles and Florida, per Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

Both teams want to add scoring to their top-six forward groups. Skinner, who has one season left on his current contract, is viewed as a popular trade candidate this off-season.
Jun 11 - 5:40 PM

Carolina has hired Jeff Daniels to serve as an assistant coach under new bench boss Rod Brind'Amour.

"Jeff has served as a head coach in the American Hockey League, and of course won the ultimate prize as an assistant on the NHL level," said GM Don Waddell. "Rod has played with and under Jeff, so he has a great understanding for the experience and knowledge that he brings to the table." Daniels has been with the Hurricanes for 21 years and until recently he was serving as Manager of Pro Scouting.
Jun 11 - 2:31 PM

Andrew Poturalski has signed a one-year, two-way contract extension with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Poturalski had 22 goals and 49 points in 76 AHL contests last season. He can earn $700,000 at the NHL level in 2018-19 or $70,000 in the minors. "Andrew has shown skill and durability during his time in Charlotte," said Hurricanes GM Don Waddell. "He has continued to improve his game each season and we hope he can take another step forward next year."
Source: NHL.com
Jun 8 - 6:19 PM

The Chicago Blackhawks have reportedly inquired to the Carolina Hurricanes about Scott Darling.

That would be an interesting development to say the least. Darling was a great backup goaltender in Chicago, but his first season as a starter with Carolina was a disaster. The problem with him going back to Chicago though is that the Hurricanes signed Darling to a four-year, $16.6 million contract that still has three seasons left on it. It's hard to see how the Blackhawks work that deal into their cap situation, but maybe if it's part of a larger trade and Carolina retains part of that cap hit, it could work. Apparently Justin Faulk might be part of the same talks, so it certainly doesn't seem like a stretch to think that we're talking about a moderate part of a potentially big trade.
Jun 8 - 3:04 PM

Carolina GM Don Waddell doesn't think he'll end up trading the second overall pick for the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

Waddell had previously left the door open to trading the pick. He still hasn't ruled out making such a move, but he said that an offer would have to "blows us away" and none of the offers he's seen thus far have come close to that. Andrei Svechnikov is generally regarded as the second best prospect in the draft with Rasmus Dahlin being the consensus top pick.
Jun 7 - 3:29 PM

The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun is reporting that Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner could be traded "as soon as the next seven to 10 days".

The 'Canes are apparently looking for a first-rounder and a prospect for Skinner's services, which at least one team has found to be too rich of an asking price. The 26-year-old had 24 goals and 49 points in 82 games this season, but he racked up 37 goals and 63 points two years ago. Skinner is entering the final year of his contract that comes with a cap hit of $5.725 million. He'll become an unrestricted free agent in July of 2019.
Jun 6 - 8:56 PM

Patrick Brown has inked a one-year, two-way deal with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Brown can earn $650K at the NHL level or $100K in the AHL. Regardless of what combination of NHL and AHL service he ends up with in 2018-19, he's been guaranteed a minimum total salary of $190K. Brown, 26, had seven goals and 27 points in 68 games with the AHL's Charlotte Checkers last season. "Patrick served as captain in Charlotte again last season and was the heart and soul of the team," said Hurricanes GM Don Waddell. "He is a tremendous leader on and off the ice and is a reliable, hard-working player. We are excited to keep him in the organization again next season."
Source: NHL.com
Jun 6 - 12:41 PM

Scott Darling has a great deal to prove next season.

"I think Scott's got to prove it to us. He had a very up and down year last year. Don't think he was fully prepared to be a No. 1 guy last year," said Hurricanes GM Don Waddell. "He knows physically he's got to be in much better shape. He probably played 15 pounds heavier than he did the year before in Chicago. I know he's already starting on a program this summer, he's back in Raleigh here in the next week, he's committed to an off-season workout with our strength and conditioning coach." Waddell wants to bring in some competition for the number one goalie spot, but it's unclear if Cam Ward will be back.
Jun 4 - 6:16 PM

Carolina GM Don Waddell is open to trading the second overall pick in this month's NHL Entry Draft, but it would be difficult to acquire.

Most hockey experts agree that the Sabres will select Swedish defenseman Rasmus Dahlin with the first overall pick. "What we've said is we're really fortunate to have that pick and whichever player we're going to take there could be a game-changer for us. But, as the general manager of the team, if you want to present something to us, we'll look at it but I counter that right away by saying it's going to be hard for us to move that pick." It would be a surprise if the selection gets traded.
Jun 2 - 9:39 AM

Rod Brind'Amour is close to hiring an assistant coach for his staff.

Brind'Amour was selected as the new head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes. He had been an assistant coach for the team prior to that, so the person he's hiring will be assuming his old role. Brind'Amour might make his announcement this week, though it's not clear yet who he will be hiring. "For me, it’s just getting the right guy, someone who’s a good teacher," Brind'Amour said. "We’re going to have a young team. I want to make sure our guy can sit down with young players and talk one-on-one with them and be comfortable."
May 31 - 9:30 AM


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