Player News - Hurricanes

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Hurricanes coach Bill Peters feels more freedom to experiment now that the trade deadline has passed.

Carolina isn't going to make the playoffs anyways, so Peters has the flexibility to test out different line combinations or even alternative positions for players without repercussions. Keep that in mind as the Hurricanes' line combinations might change frequently and, to an extent, unpredictably over the final weeks of the season.
Mar 5 - 9:29 AM

Although Hurricanes GM Ron Francis was a big seller in the leadup to the trade deadline, he might not have a similarly busy offseason.

Francis might attempt to sign or otherwise acquire defensive help, but beyond that he might enter the 2015-16 campaign without making any major summer moves. He's encouraged by coach Bill Peters' work and the Hurricanes 14-7-3 record since Jan. 1. Carolina will have some noteworthy UFAs in the summer of 2016 though in captain Eric Staal and goaltender Cam Ward, so if Carolina struggles out of the gate next season, Francis will need to make some difficult choices.
Mar 3 - 11:02 AM

Carolina goaltender Cam Ward had a rough night Monday in Chicago, where he was yanked after the first two periods of a 5-2 loss to the Blackhawks.

Ward allowed four goals on 18 shots before he was replaced by Anton Khudobin. Ward's goals-against average increased to 2.43. His save percentage is .911. His record is 17-20-4. Ward's poor night differed drastically form his previous five starts against the Blackhawks, when he was 3-0-2 with a 1.17 GAA with a .965 save percentage and two shutouts. Khudobin stopped seven of the eight shots he faced from the Hawks.
Mar 2 - 11:34 PM

Alexander Semin scored one of the Carolina Hurricanes' goals in a 5-2 loss Monday night to the Blackhawks in Chicago.

Semin, having a disappointing season, posted his third goal of the season. He has played in 36 games. The Canes' other goal scorer was defenseman John-Michael Liles, his second of the season. It was Liles' first goal since Nov. 22, ending a 26-game drought. The Hurricanes lost for the first time in four games.
Mar 2 - 11:29 PM

Patrick Dwyer will watch from the press box Monday night when the Hurricanes visit the Blackhawks.

Dwyer will sit out a second consecutive game Monday versus Chicago as the Hurricanes will keep the same lineup from Saturday’s 5-3 win over the Islanders. The veteran winger has just one assist over his last 10 games and four goals and 10 points in 53 games on the year.
Mar 2 - 5:26 PM

Cam Ward will be between the pipes Monday night in Chicago.

Monday will be Ward’s sixth career start against the Blackhawks, a team he’s dominated in the past. In five previous starts against Chicago, he has a 3-0-2 record, 1.17 goals-against-average, and .965 save percentage with two shutouts. Normally, Ward isn’t always a trusted starter in the fantasy world, but this is one start we’d recommend him.
Mar 2 - 5:25 PM

Rasmus Rissanen has been summoned from the minors.

He has 11 points and 69 penalty minutes in 52 games with Charlotte of the AHL this campaign. The 23-year-old defenseman doesn't have any NHL experience.
Mar 2 - 12:35 PM

Pat Dwyer is one of the last remaining players eligible for unrestricted free agency left on the Carolina Hurricanes' roster.

Hurricanes GM Ron Francis has been trading away his pending UFAs, with the exception of Jay McClement, who Francis re-signed. Dwyer might be moved before the trade deadline, although the bottom-six forward likely won't command much in return. He has four goals and 10 points in 53 contests in 2014-15.
Mar 2 - 8:55 AM

The Carolina Hurricanes have given Jay McClement a two-year extension worth $2.4 million.

McClement will get $1.3 million next season and $1.1 million in 2016-17. "Jay has played really well for us on the ice," GM Ron Francis said Sunday. "He’s been good on draws and a big part of our penalty killing. He's just the consummate pro and has been a real good guy for us in the locker room and good role model for our younger guys." McClement has six goals and 18 points this season after a two goal effort on Saturday.
Mar 1 - 10:39 AM

Jack Hillen played alongside Michal Jordan in his first game as a Carolina Hurricane.

Hillen was dealt earlier on Saturday from Washington and made it to the arena an hour before puck drop. He played 17:18 and had a couple of shots on goal. Hillen has no fantasy value in traditional pools as he has five points and 10 penalty minutes in 36 games this season.
Mar 1 - 4:57 AM

Cam Ward stopped 21 out of 24 shots as the Carolina Hurricanes beat the New York Islanders 5-3 on Saturday.

Ward is now 17-19-4 with a .913 save percentage during another uneven season for the handsomely paid netminder. One cannot help but wonder if Carolina isn't so excited about his winning streak.
Feb 28 - 8:05 PM

Brad Malone helped the Carolina Hurricanes upset the New York Islanders 5-3 on Saturday.

Malone scored a goal and an assist in this game, giving him three points in as many games. Not bad for a guy who only has 12 points overall in 2014-15.
Feb 28 - 8:02 PM

Chris Terry will tag in for Pat Dwyer on Saturday evening against the New York Islanders.

Terry is expected to skate to the right of Brad Malone and Jay McClement to form Carolina's fourth line. Coming in, Terry has 10 points, 10 PIMs, and 26 hits through 37 games this season.
Feb 28 - 5:09 PM

Pat Dwyer will be scratched against the New York Islanders on Saturday evening.

The 31 year old Dwyer has ten points and 103 hits through 53 games this season. He's seen the vast majority of his time spent on among the bottom-six forwards. His cap hit is just $900,000 and is an unrestricted free agent this summer, in case you're wondering.
Feb 28 - 5:07 PM

Cam Ward will get the start against the New York Islanders on Saturday evening.

Ward comes in with a 16-19-4 record and a 2.35 GAA with a .914 save percentage in 39 contests this season. He also owns an 8-2-2 record over his last dozen starts against the Islanders since 2011, in which he's given up 31 goals.
Feb 28 - 4:58 PM

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