Carolina Hurricanes News
- Yesterday’s blog on what the Canes can do to replace Joni Pitkanen can be found here
- The Charlotte Checkers have a preview of the Traverse City Tournament, which starts today (Checkers Website)
- Lyle Richardson gives updates on some remaining free agents, including some that could be on the Canes radar (The Hockey News)
- Jiri Tlusty was ranked 11th on J.A. Domincis’ top 25 players from the Czech Republic (Too Many Men on the Site)
- Jordan Staal talked to Chip Alexander about being lighter and next season (Raleigh News & Observer)
My Opinion: Staal definitely had a tough 2012-13 season. His wingers changed often and he wasn’t able to get in a groove. Playing with Tuomo Ruutu and his other winger, who is yet to be determined, in training camp should help chemistry grow and settle Staal in better.
This season, the Hurricanes need more consistency in their lineup. Injuries played a huge role in that, but if coach Kirk Muller can do his best with keeping the same players together, things should be better. After all the only offensive line that stayed together was Eric Staal‘s line.
- The Chicago Blackhawks extended Niklas Hjalmarrson to a five-year/$20.5 million deal (Blackhawk Up)