Found December 20, 2011 on Fox Sports Carolinas:
Carolina_hurricanes_v_3b0b
There are high expectations for captain Eric Staal, and that won't change just because of a coaching change. The Hurricanes are intent on seeing more production out of the big center. That's where the coaching change comes in because an established former All-Star player such as Kirk Muller might be the remedy that Staal needs. How demanding Muller becomes in regard to Staal remains to be seen. But initially, the new coach is taking an understanding approach. "Everybody is human," Muller said. "You're going to go through highs and lows." Staal produced a game-high five shots on goal (with no points) in Sunday's 3-2 overtime loss at Florida. The lows outweighed the highs for Staal this season in 25 games under former coach Paul Maurice. Staal managed only five goals during that span. Muller sees the assets that Staal possesses. "He's a workhorse," Muller said. "He has proved he can be one of the elite players in this game....
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Coyotes 4, Canes 3

RALEIGH – It was a tough loss for the Carolina Hurricanes and no one seemed to take it any harder than team captain Eric Staal. After the Phoenix Coyotes had rallied for a 4-3 victory Wednesday, Staal stepped forward to accept most of the responsibility for the loss. "I've got to be the best player on the ice on a night like tonight, and I wasn't," said Staal...

Faulk won't play for Team USA in WJC

Canes general manager Jim Rutherford said today rookie defenseman Justin Faulk would not be participating for Team USA in the 2012 World Junior Championship in Calgary and Edmonton. Rutherford said last week the team was still considering allowing Faulk, who competed for Team USA in the 2011 WJC, to play. But he said today that Faulk was needed with the Canes. Rutherford said Faulk...

Nash recalled; Skinner on injured reserve

The Canes have called up center Riley Nash from the Charlotte Checkers (AHL) with Tim Brent unable to play tonight against the Phoenix Coyotes. Nash, who will making his NHL debut, was an emergency recall. To make room on the roster, forward Jeff Skinner was placed on injured reserve retroactive to Dec. 7. Brent was injured Tuesday in practice and is day-to-day, Canes coach Kirk...

Canes, minus Sutter, get in power-play work

Derek Joslin, the extra defenseman in Sunday's game at Florida, was filling in today for center Brandon Sutter in practice at the RBC Center. Joslin was at center with Anthony Stewart and Andreas Nodl on the fourth line, and also scored on the shootout that ended practice. Canes coach Kirk Muller said Sutter was taking a maintenance day for a lower-body concern but would play...

Hurricanes place F Skinner on injured reserve

The Carolina Hurricanes have placed forward Jeff Skinner on injured reserve as the teenager continues to recover from concussion symptoms.The move was made retroactive to Dec. 7, allowing the club to recall Riley Nash from their American Hockey League affiliate for forward depth. With center Tim Brent also out Wednesday, the Hurricanes were left short on forward depth.Skinner remains...

Justin Faulk: Here to stay?

It was announced the other day that Justin Faulk would not be joining Team USA for the World Junior Championship and will be staying on the Hurricanes for the time being. The general consensus seems to be that Faulk is here for the rest of the year, especially with Joni Pitkanen out indefinitely. However, the team still has seven NHL defensemen even with Pitkanen on the IR, which...

Hurricanes Weekly Report 12/12-12/18

Three points in three games this past week for the Canes. That doesn't sound too bad, but they were outshot, outchanced and outscored for yet another week. All three games were decided by only one goal and the fact that two came in losses does show that the Canes were getting slightly unlucky the past week but they were VERY lucky to even escape Toronto with a point and they...

Jim Rutherford Statement on Faulk, World Juniors

Tweet RALEIGH, NC – Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s C...

Hurricanes to Recall Riley Nash from Charlotte

Tweet RALEIGH, NC – Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s C...

Hurricanes help save Christmas after military family’s gifts stolen

U.S. Army SSG Patrick Jacobson had planned out the next two months before a scheduled 9-month redeployment in Afghanistan at the end of January 2012. He sold an old truck for $1,000 and planned to use that money to visit his three sons in New York. He would spend Christmas with his wife Shannon and their family — Tatianna, 12, and RJ, 10 — in the Fayetteville, NC, home they...

Canes Alumni to Replace Stolen Gifts for Army Family

Tweet RALEIGH, NC – Shane Willis, Youth and Amateur Hockey Coordinator and Carolina Hurricanes alumnus, w...

Russ’s Rants – The NHL Concussion Problem

Courtesy of Russ Cohen at Sportsology. Head over and check out his page. Great stuff!  I’ve been covering the NHL for over a decade and I’ve never seen so many players currently out with concussions. Here is the latest list: Jeff Skinner – Hurricanes Joni Pitkanen – Hurricanes Milan Michalek – Ottawa Sidney Crosby – [...]

Phoenix Coyotes at Carolina Hurricanes - game updates

5 p.m.: The Coyotes look to sweep a two-game road trip when they head to Carolina to face the Hurricanes tonight. Follow along with the action!
NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.