February 28, 2012; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes center Jeff Skinner (53) against the Nashville Predators at the RBC center. The Hurricanes defeated the Predators 4-3. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

It's Time: The Canes Are Ready to Play

Today Jeff Skinner made his presence known as he joined the group of skaters in Raleigh after being at his home in Ontario for the past four months.

Despite being assigned to the Canes AHL affiliate in Charlotte and playing for them like team mate Justin Faulk, Skinner spent his time working out with Gary Roberts working on power skating.  Ultimately he wanted to play in Charlotte, but due to an insurance issue, he was unable to participate.

“I wanted to play in Charlotte,” he said. “The insurance issue is really what stopped me from playing there. I wanted to play there, but at the same time I got to go home and maybe relax a little bit and hopefully come in really fresh. I also got to work on my skills, a little bit more than if I was playing. There are pros and cons to everything. I try to look at the positives.” (via Hurricanes.com)

Prior to the end of the lockout he participated in the IIHF World Championships as a part of Team Canada where he posted 3 goals and 2 assists in the 8 games he played in.  It was reported that his performance in those games helped to restore his confidence after returning from being sidelined with a concussion.

Skinner is entering his third and final year on his entry level contract and will then embark on his extension that will carry him through the 2018-2019 season, an extension that he signed with the Hurricanes in August.

Staal is ready to be a Hurricane

Jordan Staal signed a 10 year contract extension with the Carolina Hurricanes in July, finding out the day of his wedding that he was in fact being traded from the Pittsburgh Penguins to join his brother Eric on the front line.  Much like every player in the League, he is excited to get back on the ice and play some hockey.

“It’s been tough and frustrating for a lot of players, but especially for me,” Staal said. “I really want to be a part of the organization, get to know everyone and get the season started.”(via Hurricanes.com)

In his time with the Penguins Staal was able to post 120 goals and 128 assists since his NHL debut in 2006.  He’s a two-way player and very versatile, making him a prized possession for Carolina.  He’s been skating with the small group of players in Raleigh all summer long trying to remain in shape, but as one can imagine, he will fully fit in once he takes his first shift in the Carolina uniform on a line next to his brother Eric.


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