Wild cut training camp roster to 27

The Minnesota Wild have one preseason game left to sort out their opening-day roster but they narrowed down the choices on Friday. Minnesota assigned forwards Tyler Graovac, Michael Keranen, Zack Phillips and Joel Rechlicz, and defensemen Jon Blum, Justin Falk and Gustav Olofsson to the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League. The Wild also placed forwards Curt Gogol and Brett Sutter...
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October 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Wild season capsule

MINNESOTA WILD LAST SEASON: 43-27-12, 98 points. Lost to Chicago 4-2 in Western Conference semifinals after beating Colorado 4-3 in first round. COACH: Mike Yeo, fourth season, 104-82-26. ADDED: LW Thomas Vanek, LW Brett Sutter, D Justin Falk, D Stu Bickel. LOST: RW Dany Heatley, LW Matt Moulson, D Clayton Stoner, C Cody McCormick, LW Mike Rupp. PLAYER TO WATCH: Vanek signed a three...
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October 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Penguins edge Wild 3-2 in overtime in pre-season road loss

Wild want to be tougher to play against, even if it means throwing their weight around. Pre-season hockey is sort of like mad-scientist experiment.  Coaches put together lineups mixed with NHL veterans, prospects and minor league journeymen.  Chemistry is mostly trial-and-error or just pure dumb luck.  Beyond the occasional goon wanting to make a name for himself, the scraps are...
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September 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Violence In Sports Hits Hockey

It seems all you see in today’s headlines is Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson and the off-field issues of the NFL. Some consider these non-stories, some think it is the further wussification of America, and some see it as the important issue that it is. Most see it as an NFL issue, but this affects most sports, hockey included. Off The Ice Violence In The NHL   In October of 2013 Colorado...
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September 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Notebook: Wild add three players, including Bickel, on two-way contracts

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild's first day of NHL free agency involved more than just high-scoring forward Thomas Vanek. But Minnesota wasn't getting involved in the bidding wars for big free agents, either. The Wild added depth to their organization, signing Stu Bickel and Brett Sutter to two-way contracts. Minnesota also signed junior defenseman Guillaume Gelinas...
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July 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Hurricanes score 3 in 2nd, top Islanders 3-2

The Carolina Hurricanes have so much success against the New York Islanders, they can even beat them with their eyes closed. Well, at least Jordan Staal can. Staal and Brett Sutter scored 57 seconds apart in the second period, and the Hurricanes topped the Islanders again, 3-2 on Saturday night for their third consecutive win. Staal broke a tie with his ninth goal with 6:48 left...
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January 05, 2014  |  Discuss


Once upon a time Puck Huffers staff broke into the basement of the Carolina Hurricanes arena in order to take smarmy photos next to signs threatening waterboarding by Gary Bettman himself if we entered the hallowed grounds. "**** 'em!" we laughed, nervously eyeing the staff of the Jehovah's Witness convention taking place on the floor of the arena.  This is...
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October 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Notes & Lines: Sutters and Staals and Canes, Oh My!

Some notes and team line combinations for tonight as the Penguins visit Carolina. Rob Scuderi is still out of action, which is bad news for the Pens.  Also bad news is the Penguins' power play. It's been 1-for-15 in the last three games. Clearly James Neal is missed. Pittsburgh Penguins lines via Chris Kunitz ...
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October 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Training Camp Battles: 4th Line Center

Much like the rest of their bottom-six, the Hurricanes don't really have a set plan for their fourth line just yet and we probably won't know who will be on it until the team gets a few games under their belt. With so many players on two-way deals in camp, the only way to find out who sticks is through a process of trial and error, so the Hurricanes will likely go with this...
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September 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Hurricanes agree to 1-year deal with Sutter

The Carolina Hurricanes have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with forward Brett Sutter. The deal announced Tuesday will pay Sutter $600,000 at the NHL level or $150,000 at the American Hockey League level with a guarantee of at least $250,000. The 26-year-old Sutter was team captain for the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL last season with 19 goals and 29 assists in 70 games. The...
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June 25, 2013  |  Discuss

The Final Cuts

Earlier on Wednesday, the Carolina Hurricanes made the decision to put both Brett Sutter and Andreas Nodl on waivers, meaning that the Canes are very close to trimming their roster down to the 23 player limit.  Assuming they put Tuomo Ruutu on Long-Term Injured Reserve, the Canes would need to make one more cut to reach the limit and if they don't, then two players need to go...
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January 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Checkers win home opener, but lose two of three on the week

Even with the Hurricanes currently locked out, there is a lot of excitement in the air for hockey in the Carolinas right now and most of it surrounding the club's AHL affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers. Heading into this weekend, Charlotte was riding high with a 6-2-0-1 record before even playing a game at home and were getting some absurd production from a few players who many...
Via Shutdown Line
November 06, 2012  |  Discuss

Charlotte Checkers Weekend Report: at Grand Rapids & Peoria

How good were the Checkers this weekend? Let's see, they won all three of their games (on the road nonetheless), outscored their opponents 16-4, outshot them 101-70, went 8/16 on the powerplay and were perfect on the penalty kill. I should also mention that all but five players who suited up for the Checkers this weekend recorded at least one point and have four players who are...
Via Shutdown Line
October 29, 2012  |  Discuss

The Ripple Effect

Over the last couple of days, the Carolina Hurricanes AHL affiliate in Charlotte released their final roster cuts and with training camp being more populated now due to the NHL lockout, there were bound to be a few surprises. Out of the five players who didn't make the team, the most surprising names on that list were Justin Shugg, Brody Sutter and John Muse. All three of these...
Via Shutdown Line
October 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Hurricanes 2011-12 Scoring Chances by Line Combinations

We might be finished with our player scoring chance reviews for the season but there are still plenty of things we can do with the data to further analyze the Hurricanes performance this year. One thing we looked at was each player's WOWY reports to show how dependent one player was on another but the scope for that is somewhat limited for analyzing forwards. You get an idea...
Via Shutdown Line
June 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Brett Sutter 2011-12 Scoring Chances

The Hurricanes sure like to keep the families connected. Not only do they have two Staal's in their organization but three members of the Sutter family tree as well. The one who most fans know about is Brandon Sutter, who plays an important role as the team's third line center, but one who the national media may not know about is his cousin, Brett Sutter. There's a very...
Via Shutdown Line
June 03, 2012  |  Discuss

Hurricanes Scoring Chances Adjusted for Zone Starts

Whenever I post the team's scoring chance numbers at the end of the month, it is important to remember that those are raw numbers and every player is used in different situations. For that reason, I make sure to include their offensive zone start percentage to give some context for their situation. For instance, Brandon Sutter and Patrick Dwyer are constantly sent out in the...
Via Shutdown Line
March 06, 2012  |  Discuss

Carolina Hurricanes Scoring Chances Through January

The Hurricanes finished January with a record of 5-3-4 which is the first winning record they have had in a month this season. Definitely a huge milestone for a team that has struggled as much as the Canes have this year. Things do seem to be getting better under Kirk Muller, though. They are winning slightly more games, they earned points in over half of their games in January and...
Via Shutdown Line
February 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Hurricanes vs.Capitals 1/15/12 Complete Coverage

I was not able to live-track the Hurricanes-Capitals game on January 15th because I was at the game and it's taken me longer than usual to get the scoring chances posted for this game because I was planning on doing something special with this. Remember my post where I tracked zone exits for certain shifts to see how effective certain defensemen were at completing breakout passes...
Via Shutdown Line
January 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Gameday 45 - Hurricanes

Carolina Hurricanes (16-24-7) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (23-17-4) 7:00 pm/et TV: ROOT,  FS-CR Consol Energy Center - Pittsburgh, PA The Pittsburgh Penguins run against the Southeast Division continues. The Pens outscored their opponents 10-5 in their last three games against Washington, Florida and Tampa Bay. Now it's Carolina's turn. A win...
Via The Pensblog
January 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Boston Bruins 1/14/12 Scoring Chances

Tonight's dramatic 3-2 win over the Bruins reminded me a lot of some games that the Hurricanes would win last season. They had a lot of trouble creating offense and were kept in their own zone for most of the game but what kept them in it was the great play of Cam Ward. He stopped 33 of 35 shots, 21 of which came from a dangerous scoring area and looked a lot more like the goalie...
Via Shutdown Line
January 15, 2012  |  Discuss

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Tampa Bay Lightning 1/12/12 Scoring Chances

In what has been a mainly forgettable year for the Hurricanes, yesterday's 5-2 win over the Lightning was a nice change of pace. They built on an early lead, chased a goalie killed penalties and got a dominant effort from their first line. Tuomo Ruutu said during the intermission that they played their best first period all season and it's hard to argue that since they scored...
Via Shutdown Line
January 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Game 45 Preview: Hurricanes at Lightning

Carolina Hurricanes (14-23-7) at Tampa Bay Lightning (17-20-4)Tampa Bay Times Forum, 7:30 p.m.TV: FS-Carolinas, Sun Sports If you can believe it, the Hurricanes have yet another player on the shelf with Jaro Spacek possibly being out for tonight's game after being hit by a puck in Tuesday's game against the Flyers. This means that another lineup change as been made with...
Via Shutdown Line
January 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Buffalo Sabers 1/6/12 Scoring Chances

The Hurricanes 4-2 win over the Sabers featured a lot of back and-forth action, great goaltending and some pretty spotty defensive play. Put all of that together and you got yourself a pretty exciting hockey game. The Canes had one of their sloppier performances of the year but good special teams, goaltending and a couple of mistakes on Buffalo's end is what helped Carolina win...
Via Shutdown Line
January 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Carolina Hurricanes Scoring Chances Through November

Now that I've got the retrospect out of the way, we can go forward and look at the team's scoring chance numbers through two months of play. This will be a little different from what I did last month as I'm going to be looking at a few different things, one of which being adjusted scoring chance information. One of the biggest issues with scoring chances is that there...
Via Shutdown Line
December 01, 2011  |  Discuss
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