January 22, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal (12) warms up before the start of the game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the PNC center. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes Training Camp Starts Sep. 12

The Carolina Hurricanes announced that training camp will start this Thursday, Sep. 12.

There will be two on-ice sessions each day, one in the morning and another in the early afternoon. All practices except for Friday, Sep. 13’s session, will be at PNC Arena.

On Sunday, Sept. 15 the Caniac Carnival will take place at 1 p.m. ET and will include a team scrimmage, just like the team did during the developmental camp.

On Sep. 18, the Canes will play their first preseason game against the Columbus Blue Jackets and will have five other exhibition games before the start of the season.

Training Camp Battles:

Radek Dvorak: The 36-year-old will be competing for a contract with the Hurricanes and a spot most likely in the bottom six. He’ll be up against younger, but less experienced players.

Bottom Six: There are plenty of holes in the Canes bottom six and plenty of players competing for those spots. This will likely be the biggest and most important competition in training camp.

Ryan Murphy vs. Brett Bellemore: If the Hurricanes do not sign or trade for a player to replace Joni Pitkanen, Bellemore and Murphy will compete for the last spot on defense. Murphy fits Pitkanen’s skill set, but if Bellemore has a strong camp, it’s possible he could make the team over Murphy.

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