Two NHL families were reunited this weekend at the 2012 NHL draft in Pittsburgh through blockbuster trades.
The first one came on Friday, when it was announced that Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jordan Staal would be joining his brother, Eric, in Carolina. Just a day after turning down a 10-year contract extension, Jordan was traded to the Hurricanes in exchange for the No. 8 overall pick in the draft, center Brandon Sutter and defenseman Brian Dumoulin.
Although it appears that New Jersey Devils Ilya Kovalchuk inadvertently passed the puck into his own net, Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward was the last player to touch the puck for the ‘Canes before it crossed the goal line.
So no, it’s not as cool as shooting the puck 200 feet down the ice a la Ron Hextall, but since Ward technically became the first netminder since 2006 to be credited with a goal, it’s still a feat worth mentioning.
The NHL has made it a point of emphasis over the last couple of years to crackdown on headshots in order to prevent concussions. They might be doing a good job with the former, but the latter still remains prevalent in the game. Especially with superstars.
Just one day after points leader Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers was ruled that he was out indefinitely after suffering a concussion, it has been confirmed that the Ottawa Senators’ Milan Michalek and the Carolina Hurricanes’ Jeff Skinner have also sustained concussions and will miss games.
After winning the lottery and getting dealt from the Toronto Maples to the Boston Bruins during last season’s trade deadline, Kaberle was fortunate enough to be part of the B’s Cup-winning season. Using that as leverage and a selling point for potential free-agent bidders during the offseason, the ‘Canes made Kaberle a key piece of their offseason makeover by signing the 33-year-old defenseman to a three-year, $12.75 million contract.
While Bruce Boudreau’s termination may have come as a surprise to some, Paul Maurice’s didn’t fool anybody.
After a disappointing 8-13-4 start to this season, Maurice was fired by the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday. However, despite his early dismissal, there’s plenty of blame to go around on the team for their lackluster start. Captain Eric Staal has just five goals, six assists and a League-worst minus-17 rating in 25 games; franchise netminder Cam Ward is 8-10-3 with a 3.10 goals-against average and .905 save percentage; and defenseman Tomas Kaberle, who was signed to a three-year, $12.75 million contract by GM Jim Rutherford during the summer, has just five assists and is a minus-10 on the year.
“I really don’t think we’re that far away from being a Stanley Cup winner again. It’s not like we don’t have any star players or a good supporting cast. We have a great goalie. We have good forwards. We’ve strengthened our defense.”
If you think that quote came from a member of the Detroit Red Wings, think again. It was actually Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos Jr. in regards to how he thinks his team will favor in the upcoming 2011-12 season.
July 1 is just around the corner, and although the free agent market isn’t as loaded as it has been in year’s past, there were still be a few scorers out there that plenty of teams would be happy to nab. Here are the top five forwards on the free-agent market.
A year later, the Rangers find themselves facing the same scenario, only this time their ticket to the postseason can’t be punched by them alone.
After laying an egg in an uninspiring 3-0 loss the Atlanta Thrashers two days ago at Madison Square Garden, the Rangers new that their playoff hopes would require more than just winning their final game of the regular season. The Broadway Blue-shirts already took care of the easy part, defeating the New Jersey Devils 5-2 in their 82nd game of the year. Chris Drury scored his first goal of the season in his first game in more than two months to help inspire the Rangers, who now need the Carolina Hurricanes to lose in their final matchup of the season against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Coming off a rough 6-2 home loss to Tampa Bay on Monday night, the Toronto Maple Leafs knew they couldn’t afford to let another crucial two points slip away in Wednesday night’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes.
The good new for the Leafs is that following the beatdown from the Lightning, they fled Toronto as soon as possible to hit the road where they are 5-0-2 in their last seven road games.