News & Notes: Training Camp marches on, & GM gets extended
The Canes are closing in on the first full week of camp, a preseason game under their belt, a few scrimmages, and there's a gentle buzz of excitement around Caniac Nation.
A few themes are emerging, the most obvious is the youth of the organization and who just might make this 2011-12 squad. Nobody is a lock, but everyone has an opinion on who is ready, who isn't and leaving all of us to wonder who will be on that opening night roster. Players are making a name for themselves, and doing all to get noticed. This is what makes training camp exciting and what fans of this game love so much at this time of year.
Lots of news around camp, the team, and Canes GM Jim Rutherford:
- The Hurricanes have already made a few roster cuts, yesterday, 6 players were returned to their club/junior teams, and today, 6 more were sent to Charlotte where the Checkers will open up camp on Monday. Expect additional cuts after Friday's game vs Nashville, and Sunday's game in Charlotte vs Winnepeg.
-WRAL did a video feature on 2011 number one draft pick Ryan Murphy and a few of the young guys vying for spots on the Canes roster.
-NHL.com's Mike Morreale posted features on Jeff Skinner heading into year two, and Canes GM Jim Rutherford who believes the Canes are a playoff team. Best quote in the piece:
"Are we in transition? We're in transition to be considered a contender," Rutherford told NHL.com. "We're not in transition as a team, because we're a team that's capable of being a good enough playoff team.
The week closes with a GAME DAY Friday at the RBC Center vs the Nashville Predators. See you in the stands!
If you're unable to make the Nashville game, the Canes will be live streaming the game online on the Canes website. John Forslund & Tripp Tracy with the call.
Kick off your weekend plans with a trip out to Charlotte where the Checkers/Canes do a cross state promotion with a presesaon game in the Checkers Time Warner Arena, vs the new look Winnepeg Jets. On Saturday, the Canes & Checkers will host Fan Fest at the Epicentre, appearances by Eric Staal, Cam Ward & Jeff Skinner on Saturday, then on Sunday the game vs Winnepeg.
A great weekend of family fun, with a decidedly Caniac flavor. Hope to see alot of you out in Charlotte!
Welcome to Canes Training Camp 2011-2012
Last Updated on Saturday, 17 September 2011 19:28
Who's ready for hockey? For many Caniacs, this is absolutely the best time of the year. When, as they say, hope springs eternal, and anything and all is possible.
Your Carolina Hurricanes, reported for physicals and fitness testing yesterday and Day 1 of camp kicked off today. From today's first report from inside camp it sounds like all three sessions were quite spirited. Fans didn't get a chance to attend today's camp sessions due to the NC State game, however, that'll change starting tommorow with the return of the Caniac Carnival, which will feature all of the fun and games, and a tried and true intrasquad scrimmage.
Full Training Camp Details Here:
Training Camp Groups :Team Red, White, Black
2011-2012 Hurricanes Training Camp Roster
Daily Training Camp Schedule
Heading to the Caniac Carnival? Here's your information guide with all the details; if you're going for the player autograph session, you'll need a wristband for entrance; the lineup starts at 9am. There will also be a practice session, open to all fans, which starts at 9:30, RBC Center doors open at 9am.
Caniac Carnival Events Flyer
Caniac Carnival Details
Follow @lgc_com on Twitter, for updates & pix from the Caniac Carnival.
Should be a great way to kick off the preseason, lots of fun for the kids and a chance to catch a scrimmage with many of the players who will play for the 2011-12 Canes and ponder which of the young kids will make the jump to the NHL. Will young Ryan Murphy make the squad? Wiho wins the battle between Dalpe/Bowman/Boychuk? Training camp intrigue is always good.
Hope to see you there!
R.I.P. Big #63
Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 September 2011 21:14
The hockey world endured yet another inexplicable loss today, with the tragic plane crash that took the lives of many of the KHL Team Lokomotiv. There were two survivors.
There were several players on the team who played significant roles in the NHL, including Josef Vasicek, know around these parts as the Czech Condor or Big Joe. Always with a smile, Joe was an original draft pick for the Canes, and was an extremely popular player with fans and teammates alike. He was a Stanley Cup Champion with the 2006 squad, and provided thrills and memories in the Canes big 2002 Stanley Cup run.
The conversation has been deep and ongoing here on the main LGC Message Board join in the conversation and pay tribute.
The hockey world has been tweeting and blogging all day with Puck Daddy Blog taking the lead with excellent reporting on details and a tribute to the players lost in this tragedy.
Luke Decock from the N &O did a wonderful tribute to Vasicek taking us all back to a different time in Canes history, with great memories of a good guy.
Mike Sundheim, Canes Director of Media Relations, wrote a touching and heartbreaking tribute to Big Joe.
The Hurricanes released a statement on the loss of Vasicek, the tragedy and another loss to the Hurricanes/Whalers franchise, in Head Coach Brad McCrimmon, who also died today.
It's been a long terrible summer for the NHL and hockey fans across the globe. I am going to remember Joe for that big smile, and his love for the fans here in the Triangle.
News & Notes- Canes off season coming to a close
The dog days of summer are coming to an end, the sting from the last home game loss vs Tampa Bay sorting of hitting the rear view mirror, and the very long off season is almost ending as well. In a week, we'll start to see signs of hockey life here in the Triangle, with Canes players starting to come back to town to participate in the now legendary Camp Brind 'Amour, which starts Monday 8/22 at the former RecZone, now remodeled and renamed Raleigh Center Ice.
Camp Brind 'Amour is typically the marker that says "it's time to get back to work" and Caniacs will surely turn out to check out the players and prospects all hoping for a glimpse of what the season will hold. Jim Rutherford had a busy July, with the acquisitions of Anthony Stewart, Tim Brent, Tomas Kaberle and Alexei Ponikorovski, now will be the time for some team building and preparing for the long NHL season.
Join the discussion in the Let's Go Canes Forums on all things Canes. Plus, stay tuned here for more news and notes as the season comes calling.
Off season is still not over- and there are a few events to add to your calendar if you've not done so already- all have Hurricanes players who will be in attendance, and all are great causes in our community. Hope to see you there!
Jimmy V Golf Classic - Lonnie Poole Golf Course, NC State Sunday 8/28/2011- V Week starts 8/20, check the website for lots of events around the Triangle. Tickets for the Golf Classic @ Ticketmaster.
Friesen 5K Run With The Canes- Sunday September 11, 2011 RBC Center- There are several LGCers are participating on various teams, including Team Staal Star, resurrected one last time from the All Star 5K- others running or walking in honor of many affected by Leukemia and we all will walk or run in honor of the late Caniac, Julia Rowe, who lost her battle to Leukemia. Sign up now!
Kids N Community Golf Tourney- Monday October 3, 2011, Prestonwood Country Club; The annual K & C event is an up close chance to meet and golf with Canes players at beautiful Prestonwood.
Keep up and discuss all things Canes right here or follow us on Twitter for lots of chatter and all things Canes!
The Off Season is Really Here
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 June 2011 23:24
The Cup has been raised, they're partying like rock stars in Beantown, and now to the business of the "off season". Those of us who love hockey know in hearts there is an off season, simply because there are no games being played, and if the team you love misses the playoffs, once we get back in our beloved building, it feels like it's been forever.
Not to fear, there is plenty for the hockey loving fan to keep their eyes on. Two events this week alone should be of interest to all Caniacs. The NHL Awards show the league's annual awards fest in Las Vegas, is on Wednesday, June 22nd (7pm eastern on Versus). Canes super rookie Jeff Skinner is your nominee for Calder Trophy, handed out to the outstanding rookie player. Skinner is up against Michael Grabner and Logan Couture, and in most circles is the favorite to win. Cheer on Skinner from the comfort of home, or at the NHL Awards viewing party at Buffalo Brothers in Raleigh.
On Friday, a most serious event takes place at the XCel Energy Center in Minneapolis. The NHL Entry draft, round one, starts on Friday (7pm eastern on Versus) resumes Saturday at 10am (eastern) til 3pm. The Draft is always a time full of "what could be" for all 30 teams, as we all recall, last year's "surprise pick" at #7 for the Canes, was Jeff Skinner. While Skinner was a surprise to many, he's a pick of no regrets now. The Canes recent draft history has garnered the likes of up and coming prospects Zac Dalpe, Drayson Bowman and Zach Boychuk who are finding their way to the NHL, while Skinner and our All Star Captain, Eric Staal have come into the league and not looked back. The NHL Entry Draft of all the major league sports drafts is probably the most unpredictable in that hockey people are projecting talent clearly geared to the future, not next season, like you'd see in the NFL or NBA. Friday night, the Canes will pick at #12; Will it be a forward? or will Mr. Rutherford pick a defenseman in the first round? Will the Canes be able to resist taking a kid from the Plymouth Whalers? All will be answered on the weekend. Draft viewing party will be held at Rudinos near the Rbc Center, John Forslund will hold court with a draft Q&A with fans once again this year.
Other dates to remember: The NHL Schedule should be released right after the Draft and July 1st is the start of the NHL Free Agent period otherwise known as the "silly season". Stay tuned in the forums for news and notes and lots of discussion on all the signings, trades (!) and everything related to the Canes and teams in the league. Join the conversation. It's never dull!