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Carolina Hurricanes' General Manager Ron Francis would like to see Noah Hanifin start the season in the NHL, but he won't rush the player's development if he isn't ready.

"We don't want to force him in there if he's not ready," said Francis. "We'll give him time to develop. I'm certainly not ruling it out, but we want to be careful and make sure we do what's right for Noah." Carolina selected Hanifin with the fifth overall pick in this June's Entry Draft, but with slim odds of making the playoffs, it would be wise for Hanifin to start the season in the AHL if he isn't ready for NHL action just yet.
Jul 26 - 9:18 AM

Hurricanes' GM Ron Francis said he doesn't mind having holes on his roster going into training camp.

"I don’t think it’s necessarily a bad thing to have a spot open going into camp," Francis said. "It sends a good message to our younger guys." Carolina is a team in transition and they will definitely have some young players competing for a roster spot this year. The Hurricanes currently have just four NHL regulars on defense with Ron Hainsey, Justin Faulk, James Wisniewski and John-Michael Liles, so players like Michal Jordan, Ryan Murphy and Noah Hanafin will have ample opportunity to make the club. The team has yet to replace departed winger Alex Semin as well.
Jul 25 - 9:00 AM

Brody Sutter has inked a one-year, two-way deal with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Sutter's contract will come with a $600,000 annual cap hit when he's playing in the NHL and he'll earn $85,000 at the AHL level. He had 12 goals and 25 points in 45 AHL contests in 2014-15. "Brody played well for Charlotte last season despite missing two months with an injury," said Hurricanes GM Ron Francis. "He brings a good skill level and is a big body at center ice."
Jul 15 - 3:27 PM

The Carolina Hurricanes have signed Justin Shugg to a one-year two-way contract.

"Justin provides our organization with good depth at forward," said GM Ron Francis. "He led Charlotte in scoring last season and has improved his offensive production each year since turning pro." He will make $600,000 at the NHL level or $85,000 if he plays in the AHL. Shugg led the Charlotte Checkers in scoring last season with 21 goals and 43 points.
Jul 12 - 11:13 AM

Noah Hanifin said he's ready for the challenges that come with playing in the NHL.

"I felt I want to challenge myself again," he said. "Before I went to BC last year, I wanted a challenge. Obviously this is the highest level of hockey. I feel I’m going to have a big adjustment period and I’ll have to learn a lot from the older guys and take in as much as I can from the coaching staff for whatever team I’m playing for." The 18-year-old will either play in the NHL with the Canes or he will play in the AHL in Charlotte. Caroline will surely give him every opportunity to start his career in the NHL.
Jul 12 - 10:05 AM

The Carolina Hurricanes have signed Noah Hanifin to a three-year Entry Level Contract.

Hanifin has officially decided to leave Boston College to turn pro. "Noah has had a great week here during our prospect development camp," said GM Ron Francis. "He is big, he can skate and he can move the puck. Noah fits the mold for the type of player and person we want in a Hurricanes uniform." Hanifin will make $832,500 at the NHL level or $70,000 in the AHL, but if he has decided to leave school early, it's because both he and the organization feel he can jump into Carolina's top six. Hanifin should be drafted very early in dynasty league drafts. He has the potential to become a top pairing, impact defender.
Jul 11 - 11:42 AM

Hurricanes' prospect Noah Hanifin might be able to make the jump to the NHL in 2015-16.

Head coach Billy Peters said that the young defenseman is "ahead of the curve" during the team's development camp. The question now is whether Hanifin is willing to leave school this year and sign his Entry Level Contract with Carolina. He should be making his final decision in the next week or so. The 18-year-old had five goals and 23 points in 37 games with Boston College last season.
Jul 11 - 9:10 AM

Zach Boychuk has inked a one-year, two-way deal with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Boychuk can earn $600,000 at the NHL level, but he's guaranteed to make at least $250,000 in 2015-16. "This will be Zach's eighth season in our organization," said Hurricanes GM Ron Francis. "He's a reliable depth forward who we know is capable of contributing offensively at either level." He had three goals and six points in 31 games with the Hurricanes last season. Boychuk also recorded 24 points in 39 AHL contests.
Jul 7 - 9:31 AM

Noah Hanifin is debating between going pro and staying in college for another year.

Hanifin had five goals and 23 points in 37 games with Boston College in 2014-15. The Hurricanes took him with the fifth overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Their preference would be for him to go pro so that they can sign him to an entry-level contract. "Obviously it's a big decision, and you don't want to rush anything," Hanifin said. "What I got at BC this year helped me a lot, and I don't want to hurt them in any way by waiting until the last minute to make a decision. I want to make the decision as soon as I can."
Jul 7 - 9:28 AM

The Carolina Hurricanes have hired former Manchester Monarchs and Clarkson University head coach Mark Morris to lead the team's AHL affiliate the Charlotte Checkers.

While Morris did spend 2014-15 as Gerard Gallant's assistant coach in Florida, Morris led Clarkson University from 1988-2002, and then Manchester from 2006-2013. "Mark is an experienced head coach whose teams never had a losing record in 21 seasons at Clarkson and with Manchester," Hurricanes GM Ron Francis said. "He is a proven teacher of the game who has been a part of developing successful NHL players." Morris will be joined by recently re-signed Geordie Kinnear to be his assistant.
Jul 3 - 7:25 PM

Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos says the Carolina Hurricanes are staying in Carolina.

There have been rumors that the team may move but the 72-year-old owner refuted all those claims. He stated that the Raleigh area is one of the fastest growing places in the States. "We'd have to be idiots to move from here," Karmanos said. Enough said.
Jul 2 - 7:30 AM

The Carolina Hurricanes have signed Jaccob Slavin to a three-year/entry level contract.

The defenseman has played the last two seasons at Colorado College after being drafted in the fourth round, 120th overall in 2012 and will make $832,000 at the NHL level while only $70,000 in the minors. Slavin had five goals and 17 points in 34 games last season with a minus-28 rating. The 21-year-old should start the season at the AHL level.
Jul 2 - 7:26 AM

The Carolina Hurricanes have signed T.J. Hensick to a one-year/two-way contract.

Hensick spent the entire 2014-15 season with the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL and he has not seen the ice on an NHL rink since the 2010-11 season when he played 13 games with the St. Louis Blues. The 29-year-old should suit up with Charlotte of the AHL this season.
Jul 1 - 3:21 PM

The Carolina Hurricanes have re-signed Rasmus Rissanen to a one-year/two-way contract.

Rissanen played six games with Carolina last season before a knee injury in March ended his season. He had a minus-five rating with 25 hits.
Jul 1 - 1:21 PM

The Carolina Hurricanes have re-signed Riley Nash to a one-year contract.

Nash will get $1.15 million next season. He had eight goals and 25 points in 68 games.
Jul 1 - 1:13 PM

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