#71: Ian WhiteArriving from Calgary along with Brett Sutter in exchange for Anton Babchuk and Tom Kostopoulos in the early part of the 2010-11 season, the small-ish outspoken defenseman played a scant 39 games in town before being traded (employer hat trick!) to San Jose for a 2nd round pick. While a Hurricane, White was a reliable 2nd pairing d-man and put 10 assists but not lighting the fancy red lamp on his own.#72: Tom KostopoulosTommy Nonstopoulos submitted to the Pimp Hand and signed with the Canes prior to the 2009 season, adding grit, effort, speed, and INTANGIBLES to the 3rd line and PK. He played in all 82 games that season and 17 more in the 2010-11 season before leaving in the trade mentioned above. During his stint with the organEYEzation, Prius (because he didn't stop, you see) chipped in 9 goals and 16 assists.#73: Danny MarkovOl' Smokey with the crazy hard slapshot. Signed as a free agent in the summer of 2003, the defenseman who could shoot the puck a bazillion miles an hour and sometimes near the net, Markov played just 44 games for the Canes (4 goals, 10 assists) before being part of a trade with...I hope you're sitting down....Philadelphia straight up for Justin Williams. I'd say that worked out alright. Read More
#81: John GrahameThe only goalie who we'd even consider putting money on in a drink-off against Ed Belfour. Signing with the Canes prior to the 2006-07 campaign, the man with the buxom bikini NASCAR helmet of redneck fantasies played in 45 games over 2 seasons, posting 15 wins against 20 losses before not being re-signed by the club at the expiration of his 2 year contract. He then played ~half a season in the KHL before being kicked off the team for being too much of a drunk. In Russia. (http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puck_daddy/post/Did-John-Grahame-drink-himself-off-KHL-team-?urn=nhl,126831)#82: Nolan PrattThe 6'3" defenseman was a 1993 draft pick of the Hartford Whalers, and made his debut in Connecticut during the final season under the sweet, sweet sounds of "Brass Bonanza." He then spent 3 full seasons in Carolina putting up numbers. Paltry numbers. 21 points in 148 games. On the good side, he brought a physical presence to the club in the form of 229 PIMs during his stint here before being packaged and shipped out to Colorado (along with a 1st and 2 2nds) for Sandis Ozolinsh.#83: Jeff HamiltonHold me closer, tiny ginger. The 5'10" (yeah, right) undrafted Yale alum played with Chicago and the Islanders before signing as a free agent here in the 2007 offseason. Fresh off a 39 point season in Chicago, there was a hope that he could provide some complementary scoring on the 3rd line. While not a terrible experiment, the fit wasn't great. He saw a strange amount of time running the point on PPs, while adding 9 goals and 15 assists during his 58 games with the club. He was bought out following the season. Read More
With a less than a week left before our home opener, now is the time to get your tailgate supplies ready and represent the great tradition is the Hurricanes parking lot madness. Everyone has their own style, but this is ours. Take our advice for what it's worth, but whatever you do, come strong in your tailgating.-Pick your spot and stick with it: Tailgating is all about tradition. It's always nice to be able to make your way around the lots and know exactly where to find friends, old and new. There are numerous great spots to stake your claim around the PNC. If you want a prime spot ala in the grass, make sure you plan to arrive early enough to get your spot.-Be a freaking Boy Scout and come prepared: It's all about having the right stuff to have a great time. Our little group has our "tailgate box" that is always full of the stuff you may need for a tailgate or the zombie apocalypse. Having a pre-packed box that you can quickly grab and go make sure you never leave something at home. Here's a good list of the items that we have in our tailgate kit: plates, red solo cups, napkins, ziploc bags, plastic utensils, leatherman tool, hand sanitizer, grilling utensils, long lighter, playing cards, garbage bags (for garbage or ponchos), first aid kit, combo wine and bottle opener, koozies, and duct tape. With this prep kit, there have been very few days that we haven't been able to have a great tailgate. Read More
A crowd of what I'm guessing was in the neighborhood of 300 was on hand today at RCI to watch the first full team scrimmage of the season. Folks were lined up along the glass, the bleachers were nearly full, and John Forslund was making the rounds chatting with fans.A solid crowd checks out the scrimmage at RCI this afternoon. John Forslund putting smiles on faces. So.. a day that ends in "y."Corvo was first on the ice and unfortunately, his much discussed peach of a haircut was hidden by his helmet. It only took a few minutes for the rest of the team, including yesterday's callups, to take the ice and get the game underway. Both sides were wearing traditional gameday reds and whites and each side had 3 forward lines and 2 defensive pairings.Red Team: Read More
Welcome to the PNC arena, we are not checking bags, just make yourselves comfortable to the seats on this side of the arena...This is what I heard as I walked in to see our boys practice on our ice on Sunday and I have to say, man I've missed arena staff. That may be a bit early to say, but it was awesome to see the smiling faces of arena staff and the guys and gals of the front office for the Canes. Read More
ERMAGERD! This is the first time I’ve had this hard to get seasonal release from the good people of Mother Earth Brewing in Kinston, NC. I purchased the big bottle of this imperial stout aged in oak bourbon barrels about a month ago and figured… Read More
#91: Zach BoychukA speedy, pint-sized forward from the province of Alberta, Boychuk was the 14th overall pick in the 2008 draft on the back of consecutive 30 goal seasons in the WHL. Despite what his playing style would dictate, Boychuk has mostly been relegated to a paltry number of minutes chipping and grinding on a 4th line due to a less than competent coach who mercifully is no longer with us. Boychuk has bounced back and forth between Raleigh and Charlotte over the last 4 seasons, and has been the subject of much discussion as to whether or not he is a bust. We'd like to see him EARN an opportunity to play in a scoring role for at least 10 games in the NHL to see what he can really do.#92: Kevin HatcherWe move from great speed to a player who should've had emergency flashers on so he wouldn't get run over by players who could skate. The 6'3" Hatcher played only one season in Carolina after a plethora of years in Washington (where he once lead the league in goals by a defenseman), a couple years in Dallas, Pittsburgh, and with the Rags.#93: Mike Zig-O-Man-IsEveryone's favorite hockey vegan, the chantable Zigomanis played 57 games over 3 seasons between 2002-06. A good 3rd/4th line player who's solid on the draw and a servicable playmaker, Ziggy contributed 3 goals and 4 assists while in Raleigh before being sent to St. Louis as part of the Doug Weight deal. Read More
That's it. The curtain has been lifted, the boys are back in town, and it's time to focus on what we love; Carolina Hurricanes and NHL Hockey on the PNC ice. The condensed schedule will make it tough for everyone, but it opens up some amazing possibilities. Here are a couple of the items that caught our eyes:- Opening against the Panthers on the road will give our boys a quick chance to come together and get out the opening jitters without the pressure of the home crowd. I for one, am OK with that. Come home 1-0.
- Home Opener vs. the 'Ning Dynasty can't get here soon enough. The amount of talent in the building that night will be SICK. Stamkos and St. Louis vs. Staal-Staal-Semin. I'll give you a moment to compose yourself. The Canes org seems to have a fun night planned and are doing lots to ensure the building is full and lively. I'm expecting a great crowd, but not quite a sell out. Skate on over to CarolinaHurricanes.com for all the details.
- Home 2x opponents; The Hurricanes and the Caniacs really lucked out here. Visiting our barn twice will be BUF, NYR, NJD, BOS, PGH. Not only does this ensure we as fans get to see some of the best talent in the league, but I honestly feel that PNC Arena will provide us a home ice advantage in this shortened season. I'd rather fight the good teams at home, and then travel to TO, MTL, NYI etc and steal points in their place. Read More
Ahh, it's back! This was my first trip to RCI since we received the news that the lockout was over and all I could do when I first walked in was take in the smell of the ice, the sound of the skates, and Chad LaRose chirping...Yup, chirping it up with a huge smile on his face, trying to get everyone to loosen up a bit, especially Semin. Read More
It is with great anticipation that we present to you the last of the triple digit Canes, and oh what a group they are. Contained within are some of the most vilified players ever to pull on the sightless eye. So, without further ado, and with respect to Pat Vrbeek, enjoy what we hope to be our last little ball of hate in these Authoritative All Time Hurricanes Rankings. We promise to get more positive from here...Zac Dalpe (31GP, 4G, 3A, -3) This Paris, ON native still holds a great future with the Canes and we thoroughly look forward to him breaking into the top 100 after a successful campaign with the boys this year. Dalpe is one of the only players to be drafted by the NHL & OHL in the same year, amazingly getting drafted by the Plymouth Whalers and the Canes. Choosing to take a scholarship to THE Ohio State University, Dalpe excelled in the college game and we have been waiting for the second coming ever since. It's a make or break year for Dalpe, and we are betting on him fitting into the Kirk is Work mentality.Brad DeFauw (9 GP, 3 G, 0A, -2) With the amount of 2nd round pick flame outs that Canes have made, I'm amazed that they haven't changed the name to the Carolina Panthers. DeFauw showed improvement each year while playing for the UND Fighting Sioux, and then proceeded to never get better at anything ever again. Part of the amazing string of guys who scored in their first NHL game in the disaster of 2002, Brad went on to a career in Europe and got to play for the Cobras, so that's cool. Read More