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Canes Scrimmage 1/15/12

by Derek Roessler •  Jan 15, 2013  •  0 comments

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:

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PNC Practice 01/13

by RaleighMonkey •  Jan 14, 2013  •  0 comments

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.

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All-Time Hurricanes Rankings: 91-100 (Now with less ragequitting)

by Section328 •  Jan 13, 2013  •  0 comments

#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.

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Quick Schedule Analysis

by Mike Flanagan •  @mflanagan00 •  Jan 13, 2013  •  0 comments

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.

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RCI Report 1/12

by RaleighMonkey •  Jan 12, 2013  •  0 comments

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.

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All Time Hurricanes Rankings 101 – 110: Our last little ball of hate

by Section328 •  Jan 12, 2013  •  0 comments

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.

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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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