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RCI Report: 1/11/13

by Derek Roessler •  Jan 11, 2013  •  0 comments

Today's skate at RCI seemed much less formal and organized than Wednesday's activities. Perhaps that's due to the Staals (especially Eric) not taking part, or maybe it's because the guys know they're going to be worked into the ground on Sunday. Either way, it was a much more relaxed atmosphere on ice, and about 30 minutes shorter than earlier in the week.Back from baby-induced vacation.

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All-Time Hurricanes Rankings: 111-120 (No Full Seasons Allowed)

by Section328 •  Jan 10, 2013  •  0 comments

#111: Mike LeightonA lanky goaltender from Ontario, Leighton was acquired from Montreal in exchange for a 7th round pick. Between 2007-09, he played in 29 games, posting 8 wins and 12 losses. In his final season here (which he only played in 7 games), he had a GAA of 4.28 and an 0.850 sv%. Pardon me while I clean up the vomit from my keyboard. Fun fact: he once made 98, yes NINETY-EIGHT saves in an AHL game.#112: Niklas NordgrenNordgren, or as one of our friends called him, "Nordic Norderson," played in 43 games of the 2005-06 season before being traded at the deadline along with some guy with a hilariously Greek name and a 2nd round pick to bring Mark Recchi to town. In those 43 games, Nordgren tallied 4 goals and 2 assists.#113: Jerome SamsonSamson (pronounced "Sam-SOHN" not "SAM-son"), was signed by the Canes org. as an undrafted free agent after he posted modest numbers for 4 seasons in the QMJHL. After playing 2 seasons in Albany, Samson made his Hurricanes debut in the 2009-10 season, playing 7 games that year, the following season he played in 23 games, and in 2011-12, he played in 16 games and FINALLY scored a goal. There was much rejoicing.

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Today at RCI

by Derek Roessler •  Jan 9, 2013  •  0 comments

As hockey is back on track, I figured today seemed like a good one to head down to RCI to see how the ever growing group of Hurricanes is looking. What was limited to the Staals, Corvo, and sometimes Ward for weeks today became: Staal 11, Staal 12, Corvo, Gleason, LaRose, Dwyer, McBain, Stewart, Skinner, and Faulk, with special guest Tripp Tracy in net.Someone looks like he's ready for no more than two 12oz. drinks.The session started off with guys making their way onto the ice 1 or 2 at a time, warming up and skating around at their leisure. After everyone was present, Eric put on his coaching pants (#MarketingIdea) and had the guys running breakout, skating, and passing drills for ~20 minutes. After a stretching session, both goals were brought to the same end of the ice and placed on the outer edges of the circles for a half-ice 2 on 2 quasi-scrimmage with players subbing in and out every 30 seconds or so. The star of that portion was undeniably Tripp Tracy's diving saves.

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All-Time Hurricanes Rankings: 121-130 (Punches for Everyone!)

by Section328 •  Jan 9, 2013  •  0 comments

Welcome to another edition of the DEFINITIVE All-Time Hurricanes Rankings. Today's installment features several players who were better off using their hands for violence than for goals. Crank up the Slayer and have at it!#121: Steve LeachIn 45 games with the Hurricanes during their first year in Carolina, Leach was a PPG player. Unfortunately, the first P in PPG stand for PIMs. Hurricanes Totals: 4G, 5A, 42 PIM.#122: Byron RitchieQuebec's favorite player, Ritchie was a draft pick of the Whalers, and played parts of 3 seasons for the Hurricanes before being traded to Florida in 2002 (along with Ozolinsh) for Bret Hedican, Kevyn Adams, and Tomas Malec.#123: Wade BrookbankThe pugilistic Brookbank played parts of 2 seasons for the Canes in the late 2000's, and added a scant THREE points to the tally in a total of 59 games. However, he did amass 116 PIMs in that time frame. Fun fact: he racked up over 400 PIMs in just 60 games playing in Saskatchewan in the 1997-98 season.

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All-Time Hurricanes Rankings #131-140 (Future Considerations)

by Section328 •  Jan 8, 2013  •  0 comments

#131: Casey BorerDrafted in the 2nd round of the 2004 draft, Borer played 16 games with the Canes over 3 different seasons, amassing a total of 3 points (1g, 2a) in that span. He was one of a seemingly endless stream of defensive prospects that lends credence to JR not wanting to draft many d-men, though it's not entirely Borer's fault. He suffered season ending injuries in consecutive seasons, including breaking his neck in the 2009 Albany River Rats bus accident.#132: Ryan CarterQuality faceoff man Ryan Carter played 32 games in the 2010-11 season for the Canes, contributing 3 assists to the pool that year. He arrived via trade from Anaheim for two minor league players whom I don't really care to mention, and left town along with a 5th round pick to bring back ageless wonder Cory Stillman. Fun fact: he injured his arm when it went through the photographer's hole along the glass.#133: Enrico CicconePlayed 14 games in Greensboro. 400 people might remember him.#134: Brett SutterCurrently the only Sutter in the system and captain of the Checkers, Brett came via trade from Calgary after being labeled the troubled Sutter by a handful of media. After playing a token game near the end of the 2010-11 season, Sutter saw 15 games of NHL action in the '11-12 season and tallied 3 assists while showing of a GRITTY side of his game.

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I can now go home…

by RaleighMonkey •  Jan 6, 2013  •  0 comments

So as most of us hockey fans heard late last night, the lockout is over. Yay! My first thought was, finally, I can go home. Going to a hockey game on a Sunday (AHL game today with the Checkers and Norfolk), is like going to…

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All-Time Hurricanes Rankings: #151-160 (Now with 20% American Players!)

by Section328 •  Nov 27, 2012  •  0 comments

Today's edition contains players who suited up in the previous year, so hooray for that! There's also two one-game wonders, a guy with daddy issues, and a guy who trashed the organization on social media. Sit back, relax, and stroll down memory lane with us.#151: Mike RucinskiDrafted 217th overall in the 9th round of the 1995 NHL draft, Rucinski played his junior hockey for the Detroit Jr. Red Wings. That club was first called the Detroit Compuware Ambassadors (presumably because "OS/2 WARP Warriors" lacked a certain panache). After a couple years, those Ambassadors were renamed Jr. Red Wings, then Detroit Whalers, then, you guessed it, Plymouth Whalers! As is tradition, the Canes spent a late round draft pick on a known (not-so-much-with-the-good) quantity. Rucinski played in 26 games with the club between 1997 and 2001, totaling NO goals, 2 assists, and 10 penalty minutes.#152: Jeremy WelshHey! A current player! Welsh was signed near the end of last season, after competing in the Frozen Four and attracting a number of NHL teams. Fortunately for the Canes, sending Brind'Amour and Francis apparently carries a bit of weight when making an offer to a young centerman. The 6'3", 200lb Welsh made his debut in the season finale against the Panthers, and gave the PK unit two more attempts to kill penalties than they otherwise would have. Based on a combination of expectations and that jaw-dropping performance, nearly everyone penciled Welsh into the #3C slot for the upcoming (?) 2012-13 season.#153: Damian "Demento" SurmaANOTHER former Plymouth Whaler (you'll notice the % of these guys decreases as we continue to make our way up this list. Just sayin'), the 5'9" Surma is tied for the franchise lead in PPG with the previously listed Brad Fast. Surma played in one game in both the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons, registering a point in each. Since those games, he's played for teams with great names like Lumberjacks, IceMen, Thunder, Gems, River Otters, and even a team named after a cheese (http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=42445).

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