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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 means we have at least one healthy body available every night. Now, it's always nice to have an extra player available with injuries being abundant in the NHL this year, but keeping a player in the press box for consecutive games isn't the best for their development which is why many believe it would have been a wise decision to let Faulk play in the WJC. Faulk, obviously, is not the guy sitting in the press box though. That person is either Jay Harrison or Derek Joslin as neither can be sent to the AHL without clearing waivers first.
Are Harrison and Joslin superior to Faulk? No, but one thing Fau...
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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.
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I want to begin my position with ProSportsBlogging.com by touching upon a few topics with the Hurricanes that leads us to this point in the season.
Justin Faulk to WJC? Jim Rutherford has stated today that Faulk is staying on with the Hurricanes and not going to WJC. Rutherford stated “We believe it is in the best interest of our organization and his development...
Rookie defenseman Justin Faulk can receive the best experience by staying with the Hurricanes instead of playing for the U.S. team in the world junior championships.
The decision comes in part because Faulk has been playing regular minutes since a brief stint in the American Hockey League with Charlotte.
So the decision to keep Faulk instead of releasing him to the national team...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
RALEIGH, NC – Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s C...
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...
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...
RALEIGH, NC – Shane Willis, Youth and Amateur Hockey Coordinator and Carolina Hurricanes alumnus, w...
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 – [...]
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