5:29 PM EDT, Thu April 19, 2018
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Checkers vs. Penguins: Calder Cup Playoffs Round 1 Preview

Checkers vs. Penguins: Calder Cup Playoffs Round 1 Preview

The Checkers begin their playoff push for the Calder Cup against one of the most successful AHL franchises of recent years. The Charlotte Checkers are back in the Calder Cup playoffs for the second consecutive year. This is a much different team from last year’s squad that fell in the first round to Chicago, with additional prospects joining the ranks, and the addition of Checkers head coach to the job duties of Hurricanes assistant GM Mike Vellucci has paid dividends. A seven-win improvement from last season and late-season momentum has the Checkers in a great position to make a stretch...
6 hours ago
Canes name Krepelka VP of Hockey Ops

Canes name Krepelka VP of Hockey Ops

There’s a new man on Edwards Mill Road. The Carolina Hurricanes have announced that they have hired Paul Krepelka as vice president of hockey operations. One of Krepelka’s main responsibilities will be the negotiation of player contracts. Krepelka is a former hockey player, reaching the ECHL and playing two seasons. In December of 2016, the Norfolk Admirals (former AHL affiliate of Tampa Bay Lightning) hired Krepelka to their hockey operations staff. Krepelka also has 20 years of experience as a player agent with the Orr Hockey Group, which he co-founded in 2002 with Bobby Orr. The...
9 hours ago
Storm Advisory: 4/19/18

Storm Advisory: 4/19/18

Another day of Bill Peters Watch, Sebastian Aho’s future and the Vegas Golden Knights, Stanley Cup favorites. Reading Assignments The latest coaching changes tracker does not include Bill Peters...yet. [CBS Sports] Bill Peters is listed as a candidate to fill the Calgary void. [The Athletic] Every Hurricanes offseason decision surrounds where Sebastian Aho will play next season. [North State Journal] Get excited for the Checkers playoff run. (Our preview will be out later today!) [Stanly County Journal] You heard this right: the Vegas Golden Knights are co-favorites to win the Stanley...
Apr 18, 2018
Stanley Cup Daily: Cashing Out and Moving On

Stanley Cup Daily: Cashing Out and Moving On

The Cinderella story that is the Vegas Golden Knights will continue for at least one more round. Each day during the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Canes Country recaps the night before, previews the games for that night, and gives you game times and broadcast information. Tuesday’s Recaps Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports Vegas Golden Knights 1, Los Angeles Kings 0 (VGK wins series 4-0) Brayden McNabb posted the only goal of the game just under five minutes into the second period to earn the Vegas Golden Knights their first ever playoff series win, sweeping the Los...
Apr 18, 2018
About Last Season: Cam Ward

About Last Season: Cam Ward

Was Cam Ward’s best season in recent history enough to earn him a new contract? Cam Ward: 2017-18 By The Numbers Age: 34 NHL Seasons: 13 Stats: 43 GP, 23-14-4, 2.73 GAA, .906 SV% Contract: UFA, Finished final year of 2 year contract ($3.3 million AAV) Making The Grade Last summer the Carolina Hurricanes made a trade that would in theory completely change the role Cam Ward would play for the team this season. Acquiring Scott Darling to be the clear cut number one goaltender and sending Ward to the back up role was supposed to be the key piece to the puzzle in order to get the team to...
Apr 18, 2018
Storm Advisory 4/18/18: NHL News, Rumors, Links and Daily Roundup

Storm Advisory 4/18/18: NHL News, Rumors, Links and Daily Roundup

Zach Parise goes on the shelf, the Vezina Trophy finalists are announced and what awaits after the first round? Reading Assignments Canes defensive prospect Jake Bean has been named CHL Player of the Week: #CHL Player of the Week is @NHLCanes prospect @JakeBean_2 of @TCAmericans with 8A in 2GP vs Victoria to advance to @TheWHL Western Conference Final: https://t.co/TyqapnFVLc pic.twitter.com/YqjHCTsnlw— CanadianHockeyLeague (@CHLHockey) April 17, 2018 The Calgary Flames fired Glen Gulutzan and his assistants yesterday. Is Bill Peters a candidate for the vacancy? [CBC] Meet Keenlan...
Apr 17, 2018
Stanley Cup Daily: The Quacks Crack

Stanley Cup Daily: The Quacks Crack

Three teams down 2-0 got their first win of the playoffs last night. The one that didn’t was boatraced by the Sharks. Each day during the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Canes Country recaps the night before, previews the games for that night, and gives you game times and broadcast information. Monday’s Recaps John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports San Jose Sharks 8, Anaheim Ducks 1 (SJS lead 3-0) Well, that escalated quickly. In returning to SAP Center for Game 3 with a 2-0 lead, the San Jose Sharks gave themselves a golden opportunity to take complete control of this first...
Apr 17, 2018
About Last Season: Derek Ryan

About Last Season: Derek Ryan

In another contract year, Derek Ryan improved his numbers again, but is it enough to get him another extension? Derek Ryan: 2017-18 By the Numbers Age: 31 NHL Seasons: 3 Games Played: 80 Scoring: 15g-23a-38pts Ice Time: 15:36 all situations, 13:12 ES, 2:01 PP, 0:22 SH 5-on-5 stats: 56.96% CF, 43.69% GF Contract Status: UFA; completed one-year, $1,425,000 contract Making the Grade Derek Ryan has had the most unique path to the NHL of any active player in the league. Ryan started his career with the Spokane Chiefs in the WHL, but after four years in the CHL and with no NHL interest he...
Apr 17, 2018
Storm Advisory: 4/17/18

Storm Advisory: 4/17/18

No new scoreboard for 2018-19, but how about a new coach? Reading Assignments One item that new owner Tom Dundon has been open about is improvements needed for PNC Arena. The Centennial Authority made it clear yesterday, that is not going to be in place by next season. [News & Observer] Centennial Authority's building and construction committee is meeting today. Committee chairman Steve Stroud says there is "no way" a new scoreboard can be in place for next season at PNC Arena.— Chip Alexander (@ice_chip) April 16, 2018 Get your translator out, because Canes prospect Martin Necas...
Apr 16, 2018
Stanley Cup Daily: The Caps Are Capsing Again

Stanley Cup Daily: The Caps Are Capsing Again

The sky is falling on Washington, D.C. after back-to-back overtime defeats have the Caps in a deep hole. Each day during the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Canes Country recaps the night before, previews the games for that night, and gives you game times and broadcast information. Sunday’s Recaps Columbus Blue Jackets 4, Washington Capitals 3 (CBJ leads 2-0) Capital One Arena has been abnormally quiet through the first two games, and it’s obvious why. The fans always feel a sense of impending doom, and with the Capitals blowing two-goal leads in consecutive games in the...
Apr 16, 2018
About Last Season: Valentin Zykov

About Last Season: Valentin Zykov

When he was finally given the chance, Valentin Zykov proved that he can hang around with the big boys. Valentin Zykov: 2017-18 By The Numbers Age: 22 NHL Seasons:
Apr 16, 2018
Storm Advisory: 4/16/18

Storm Advisory: 4/16/18

All hail AHL goal-scoring king Valentin Zykov, and Ilya Kovalchuk is a free agent. Reading Assignments Hurricanes prospect Valentin Zykov claimed the Willie Marshall Award as the league’s leading goal scorer in the AHL. Zykov also led the league in shooting percentage, scoring on 29.5% of his shots. [Checkers] Speaking of the Checkers, their win yesterday gave them the third seed in the AHL’s Atlantic Division, and they will face the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in the first round. We will have live coverage of both home games this Friday and Saturday from Charlotte....
Apr 15, 2018
Stanley Cup Daily: The Pasta Is Cooking

Stanley Cup Daily: The Pasta Is Cooking

Four more series went to 2-0 yesterday, including in Boston, where David Pastrnak did something that only Wayne Gretzky had done before him. Each day during the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Canes Country recaps the night before, previews the games for that night, and gives you game times and broadcast information. Saturday’s Recaps Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports Boston Bruins 7, Toronto Maple Leafs 3 (BOS leads 2-0) With Nazem Kadri’s three-game suspension starting on Saturday night, the Toronto Maple Leafs desperately needed a quality outing in game two. They came...
Apr 15, 2018
Storm Advisory 4/15/18: NHL News, Rumors, Links and Daily Roundup

Storm Advisory 4/15/18: NHL News, Rumors, Links and Daily Roundup

Bill Peters has options, Hurricanes legend Ty Rattie has a new contract, and the Draft Lottery. Reading Assignments Hurricanes head coach Bill Peters has been granted a window to test the coaching market. [Sportsnet] Former Hurricanes legend Ty Rattie has signed a one-year contract with the Edmonton Oilers. [CBC] The Charlotte Checkers spent a nice day in NYC: A day well spent in the city that never sleeps A post shared by Alex Nedeljkovic (@alexned_) on Apr 14, 2018 at 3:08pm PDT Falling behind 0-2 in a series is tough to overcome. Who has the best chance to come back? [USA...
Apr 14, 2018
Stanley Cup Daily: What Happens In Vegas...

Stanley Cup Daily: What Happens In Vegas...

Two teams are on the ropes heading back home, and the Flyers are not one of them. Each day during the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Canes Country recaps the night before, previews the games for that night, and gives you game times and broadcast information. Friday’s Recaps Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports Philadelphia Flyers 5, Pittsburgh Penguins 1 (Series tied 1-1) This series must be taking place on a playground because these two teams are on a teeter-totter. On Friday, the series tilted back towards the Philadelphia Flyers as they topped the Penguins 5-1. The...