Player News - Hurricanes

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Alexander Semin's agent said his client is willing to accept a one-year contract.

Semin may not have a choice after being bought out by the Carolina Hurricanes last week. The 31-year-old had a very disappointing season in 2014-15, but a team looking for some offensive flare on the wing might be willing to take a run at him. He has supreme offensive ability but his compete level and lack of consistency have been an issue throughout his career. Semin has a 40-goal season and two 30-goal campaigns under his belt, which does count for something. His agent refused to speak about his client's options in the KHL.
Jul 5 - 3:35 PM

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

Alexander Semin has passed through waivers.

The Hurricanes will now buy out his contract and he will be free to sign with any other team. Semin will draw interest from a lot of teams because he has shown he can score and set up goals in the past but he hasn't done it in a few years.
Jul 1 - 12:16 PM

James Wisniewski is already familiar with some key personnel within the Carolina Hurricanes' organization.

Wisniewski previously played for head coach Bill Peters back when they were both with the AHL Rockford IceHogs in 2008-09. He also has known Hurricanes director of hockey operations Mike Vellucci for a long time. "He was my first coach in junior hockey and he coached me for three years in Plymouth," Wisniewski said. "We've stayed in touch, played golf together. He knows me as a player but also as a person. Coming to Carolina should be a good fit for for me." The Hurricanes acquired Wisniewski from Anaheim in exchange for Anton Khudobin.
Jul 1 - 8:26 AM

Hurricanes GM Ron Francis wasn't happy with Alexander Semin's compete level last season.

Carolina has placed Semin on unconditional waivers with the intention of buying him out. "He certainly has had some injuries, but last season he did not have the compete level we expect," Francis said. "We talk about holding our players accountable, and there were some things we felt he did not hold up to, so we made this decision. When we talk about accountability and a consistently high compete level, we have to follow through, or they make no sense. He did not have that high compete level, for whatever reason." That plays into the common criticisms about him. It will be interesting to see what kind of market there will be for Semin this summer. If he signs a one-year contract, then that might provide him with the motivation he needs to bounce back.
Jul 1 - 8:05 AM

Alexander Semin has been placed on unconditional waivers with the intent of buying out the rest of his contract.

He has three years remaining on his deal and his buyout is set to cost the Hurricanes $14 million over six seasons. Semin generated just six goals and 13 assists in 57 games last season, but don't be surprised if another team takes a chance on him with a one-year contract.
Jun 30 - 12:24 PM

Carolina did not send a qualifying offer to Riley Nash, so he can become an unrestricted free agent on Wednesday afternoon.

He produced eight goals and 25 points in 68 games with the Hurricanes last year. Nash had a great start to the campaign with 15 points in his first 23 contests, but it was never believed to be sustainable. GM Ron Francis hasn't closed the door completely on bringing Nash back, though.
Jun 29 - 6:47 PM

Andrej Nestrasil has signed a two-year contract with Carolina.

He will make $875,000 next season and $950,000 in 2016-17. Nestrasil produced seven goals and 13 assists in 54 games with the Detroit Red Wings and the Hurricanes last campaign. "Andrej is a big body and a good fit for our team and what we're trying to do," GM Ron Francis said in a statement. "He battled an injury last season, but proved he could produce offensively on the NHL level."
Jun 29 - 10:35 AM

According to Carolina's Executive VP and General Manager Ron Francis, Eric Staal wants to remain in the organization.

"I’ve had general, open and honest conversations with Eric’s agent, and we’ll continue to have those as we move through the summer," Francis said. "Eric has indicated that he wants to be part of the Hurricanes moving forward, so we’ll see if we can get that worked out."
Jun 28 - 7:46 PM

Eddie Lack said he's excited to join the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Hurricanes acquired Lack from the Canucks on draft day. "Carolina really wanted me," Lack said on a conference call. "It’s a great opportunity for me, and I’m really excited. I matured as a person. From a goaltending standpoint, I feel like I’ve gotten so much better. To be honest, I still feel like I have a lot to give. I feel like I’m two or three years away from my prime. I’m never satisfied. I keep pushing forward, and that’s what’s going to help me in the long run."
Jun 28 - 7:43 PM

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