The Carolina Hurricanes have had some noticeable things already happen this summer. The biggest new was when Peter Karmanos Jr. told the world that he was looking for a minority owner to take over 49% of the teams finances. When giving a statement Karmanos Jr. had this to say, “My partner, Tom Thewes, passed away two years ago, and we have been putting around trying to figure how to replace the partner,” said Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos Jr. , who currently controls 100 percent of the franchise. “We just went to Allen & Co. to explore the different ways. It’s certainly not to sell the team.” After a seeing a season where the Hurricanes failed to make the playoffs along with state of the economy made the need for a business partner. The way that Karmanos Jr. and the organization would like to go is a local minority owner. With Karmanos Jr. being located in Michigan the franchise would like to have a face to show the fans and to be able to get a local owners point of view on day to day. The likely hood of the person being from the triangle area is slim, but would be a good fit for the promotion of the organization.
Also the Hurricanes have made a couple of depth and the organizations future by signing Jiri Tlusty, Jay Harrison, Jared Staal, and in all likely hood Anton Babchuk. The Hurricanes have not denied anything and admit they are going young next season and that why you see these three playing in the NHL next year. The all the signings so far have been expected, except for putting Jay Harrison on a one-way deal. With the likely addition of Anton Babchuk that probaly means that Brian Pothier will move elsewhere.
Finally the Hurricanes have released a part of their exhibition schedule that for the upcoming season as they will play one of their exibitions against SKA St. Petersburg at Ledovy Arena in St. Petersburg, Russia. This should be and interesting game as it will match NHL vs KHL, the two most competitive league in hockey. The KHL is known as a league where players go in order to make more money or they can not find the right fit in the NHL. Either way we are only 113 games from the exhibition against SKA St. Petersburg.