Hurricanes Rumors & News

  • Canes sign Brown to one-year deal

    Raleigh News & Observer "The Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday agreed to terms with forward Patrick Brown on a one-year, two-way contract that will pay him $650,000 on the NHL level or $75,000 on the American Hockey League (AHL) level for the 2016-17 season. " June 29

  • Hurricanes not pursuing reunion with Eric Staal

    The Score "The Carolina Hurricanes are moving on. General manager Ron Francis has confirmed the club has not contacted former captain and unrestricted free agent Eric Staal about a possible return on a new deal. "(It would be) unfair to us and to him to bring him back and ask him to accept a different..." June 29

  • Canes make qualifying offers to Rask, six others

    Raleigh News & Observer "The Carolina Hurricanes on Monday made qualifying offers to seven restricted free agents, including center Victor Rask. Also receiving offers before the NHL’s 5 p.m. deadline were forwards Patrick Brown, Brody Sutter and Brendan Woods, and defensemen Ryan Murphy, Keegan Lowe and Dennis..." June 28

  • Ranking the top 20 NHL unrestricted free agents

    USA Today "The NHL free agent signing period doesn’t start until Friday at noon, ET, but teams have been allowed to talk to potential free agents since Saturday. Scorers are in short supply, as are impact defensemen, particularly right-shot defensemen. Here is a ranking of the top 20 potential..." June 27

  • NHL Draft Picks Tracker

    NHL.com "The first round of the 2016 NHL Draft at First Niagara Center on Friday marked the first step toward an NHL career for 30 young men. NHL.com has the vital information and analysis for each selection here. DATA TRACKER: PICK-BY-PICK 1. Toronto Maple Leafs - Auston Matthews, C,..." June 25

  • NHL Entry Draft's later rounds wrongly ignored on many levels

    Edmonton Journal "The 2016 NHL Entry Draft will unfold this Friday, when the Toronto Maple Leafs are expected to draft Auston Matthews first overall. History has proven the first round is usually where the most prolific offensive players are chosen. The top-25 point producers during the last five NHL seasons..." June 24

  • Gerbe not going to Swiss League, has interest from NHL teams

    Pro Hockey Talk "Earlier, we passed along a report from Swiss newspaper Le Matin about Nathan Gerbe signing with Swiss National League A side Geneve-Servette. Now, Gerbe’s camp is refuting the report." June 24

  • Bettman says Hurricanes are not going anywhere

    Puck Drunk Love "The Carolina Hurricanes have been the subject of plenty of relocation rumors over the past several months. Some rumors suggested the team would be moved to Las Vegas while other reports suggested they’d be moved but to a different unspecified location. Shortly after it was formally announced that..." June 23

  • NHL confirms expansion to Las Vegas for 2017-18 season

    The Score "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced Wednesday that the league's Board of Governors unanimously approved expansion to Las Vegas for the 2017-18 season. Bill Foley will be principal owner of the franchise, which will play its home games at the recently opened T-Mobile Arena. Foley and his..." June 22

  • Here's your handy guide to how the NHL's Las Vegas expansion draft will work

    SB Nation "The NHL announced their expansion into Las Vegas on Wednesday afternoon. That's all very exciting for their fans and the city of Las Vegas, but the fans of the other 30 teams are probably wondering what this means for their clubs. That's because an expansion draft is coming in 2017. Every NHL..." June 22

  • NHL sets 2016-17 salary cap at $73M

    The Score "The salary cap for the 2016-17 NHL season has been set at $73 million, with a floor of $54 million, the league and NHLPA announced on Tuesday. The new cap marks an increase $1.6 million (2.2 percent) from last season, and comes from the NHLPA's vote to use its five-percent growth factor." June 22

  • NHL releases full schedule for 2016-17 season

    Sportsnet "he NHL’s 2016-17 regular season will commence Wednesday, Oct. 12, with a four-game slate, highlighted by the Edmonton Oilers playing their first game at their new arena, Rogers Place. The 1,230-game regular-season schedule – 82 games per team – will conclude Sunday, April 9. After closing..." June 21

  • NHL 2016-17 home openers announced, Penguins to host Capitals

    The Score "Just eight days after the Pittsburgh Penguins captured the Stanley Cup, the NHL announced they will raise their fourth championship banner to the rafters Oct. 13 when Sidney Crosby will host Alex Ovechkin and the rival Washington Capitals. The season will start a week later than usual with the..." June 20

  • Hurricanes probably won’t bring back Eric Staal

    Pro Hockey Talk "Yes, the Carolina Hurricanes re-signing Cam Ward felt a little … nostalgic, but there are limits to such sentiments. The Ottawa Sun reports that it’s “doubtful” that the Hurricanes will bring back Eric Staal. The 31-year-old played with the Hurricanes for more than a decade, logging 909 of..." June 19

  • Ward close to 2-year deal with Hurricanes

    The Score "The Carolina Hurricanes are reportedly "on the verge" of extending their partnership with goaltender Cam Ward for another two seasons, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie. Ward has been a lightning rod for criticism throughout his mammoth six-year deal that expires July 1. He's provided mix-bag..." June 16

  • Top 10 trade candidates at the 2016 NHL draft

    The Hockey News "Draft day has usurped trade deadline day and free agent day as the NHL’s most exciting off-ice event, and it’s not because of the drafting. The last weekend in June has become a lightning rod for blockbuster trades because, unlike at the trade deadline, almost every franchise is a theoretical..." June 16

  • Goaltender Cam Ward returning to Hurricanes on two-year deal

    Sportsnet "The Carolina Hurricanes have signed goaltender Cam Ward to a two-year, $6.6-million contract extension, the team announced Thursday. Ward’s new deal will pay him $3.5 million in the 2016-17 season and $3.1 million in 2017-18 while counting for $3.3 million against the salary cap. It’s a..." June 16

  • Order Of Selection For The 2016 NHL Draft

    kuklaskorner "The National Hockey League announced today the order of selection for the 2016 NHL Draft, June 24-25 at First Niagara Center in Buffalo. The first round will be conducted on Friday, June 24 and broadcast live by NBCSN in the United States and Sportsnet and TVA in Canada, beginning at 7 p.m., ET...." June 16

  • Canes Acquire Teravainen, Bickell from Chicago

    NHL.com "Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has acquired forwards Teuvo Teravainen (TAY-voh tair-uh-VIGH-nehn) and Bryan Bickell from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a 2016 second-round draft..." June 15

  • Bob McKenzie: Many teams interested in making ‘seismic shifts’ via trade

    Today's Slapshot "Bob McKenzie was on Vancouver’s TSN 1040 on Tuesday morning. On what he’s hearing on the trade rumor front: “Hard to say at this point. We just got off the Cup Final. I’ve got to zip out to Detroit for the Gordie Howe funeral tomorrow. We’ve got the awards in Vegas, then on to the draft in..." June 15

  • NHL buyout window opening: 13 top candidates

    Sportsnet "Painfully under-performing players, cumbersome contracts and a “relatively flat” 2016-17 salary cap got you down? Fear not, National Hockey League general managers. The annual buyout window will soon give you an easy out. All you have to do is convince your team’s owner to shell out millions..." June 14

  • Rutherford only 2nd GM to win Stanley Cup with two teams

    The Score "Phil Kessel's not the only one with a redemption story. With the Pittsburgh Penguins' title triumph in Game 6 on Sunday, Jim Rutherford - a man many believed was watching the game pass him by - joined Tommy Gorman as the second general manager in NHL history to win the Stanley Cup with two..." June 13

  • Hurricanes agree to 3-year, entry-level deal with Aho

    Canes Country "Fresh off a star turn for the silver-medalist Finnish national team at the 2016 World Championships, Sebastian Aho is coming across the pond. The Canes announced Monday morning that they have signed Aho to a three-year entry level deal that matches the deal given to his 2015 draft classmate..." June 13

  • Canes have draft decisions to be made

    Raleigh News & Observer "Two weeks before the NHL Entry Draft, Carolina Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis and his staff have completed much of their due diligence. Scouting meetings have been held and analytics studied. The NHL prospects combine was held and 73 player interviews conducted by the Canes. Phone..." June 10

  • Hurricanes GM Ron Francis Rebuts Relocation Reports

    Real GM Hockey "Carolina Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis believes the team's future is secure in North Carolina. Francis on Thursday became the latest high-ranking person to rebut reports that the team is a candidate for relocation; currently the NHL is weighing its options for possible expansion." June 10

  • Francis talks up Ward, says contract decision coming ‘fairly soon’

    Pro Hockey Talk "Tell you what — you read what Carolina GM Ron Francis said about pending UFA goalie Cam Ward on Thursday, and tell me he doesn’t sound like a guy planning on bringing Ward back: “We’ll make a decision fairly soon in that regard. When we look at Cam, part of my job is making sure I go through..." June 09

  • Sweden sets European record for NHL participation, Canada hits record low

    The Score "Sweden's presence in the NHL is reaching unprecedented levels. A record 87 Swedish players - or 8.8 percent of the league - played at least one game this season, according to the IIHF. That's the highest figure ever by a European nation in league history, and the number of European NHL..." June 08

  • NHL executive committee recommends Las Vegas expansion

    Yahoo! Sports "NHL expansion is reportedly coming to Las Vegas. On Tuesday night Sin Bin Vegas cited sources "with extensive knowledge of the organization and the expansion process" saying that the NHL’s executive committee "formulated a positive recommendation for expansion" to Las Vegas for the 2017-18..." June 08

  • Report: Carolina Hurricanes could relocate to Vegas

    Puck Drunk Love "Here’s some disheartening news for Carolina Hurricanes fans. Journalist Jimmy Murphy reports he’s talked to two NHL executives that believe the Hurricanes could be relocated to Las Vegas. Should that happen, he reports a possible expansion draft would be put on hold. The report comes at a..." June 07

  • Authority chairman: Karmanos says Canes not moving

    Raleigh News & Observer "Centennial Authority chairman Tom McCormick said Thursday that Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos Jr., while looking to sell the team, is committed to it remaining in Raleigh and continuing to play in PNC Arena. “Mr. Karmanos has personally assured me within the last six or eight weeks..." June 03

  • Daly doesn't expect Hurricanes' 'family squabble' to impact NHL

    The Score "NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly isn't worried about the internal conflict swirling around the Carolina Hurricanes. "We know a lot more about what's going on in Carolina than the average person and what's public," Daly said on "Hockey Central at Noon" on Sportsnet 590 The FAN on..." June 02

  • Buckle up for a busy month of trade activity

    TSN "Buckle up. The run up to July 1’s Free Agent Frenzy could be the craziest in NHL history, with a flurry of trade activity like we’ve never seen before created by a projected flat salary cap and a potential expansion draft that could cause teams to make a pre-emptive strike this summer. And..." June 02

  • Ulf Samuelsson to coach Charlotte Checkers

    Raleigh News & Observer "The Charlotte Checkers have a new head coach and it’s someone Ron Francis knows well. The Carolina Hurricanes announced Tuesday that Ulf Samuelsson has been hired to coach the Checkers, the Canes’ American Hockey League affiliate. Samuelsson replaced Mark Morris, who left after one year to..." June 02

  • Hurricanes Owner Sued by Sons over $100 Million Trust

    The Hockey Writers "For years the Carolina Hurricanes franchise has been losing money. That’s really not a surprise considering the woeful attendance numbers they’ve had pretty much every season since their improbable 2006 Stanley Cup winning run. Their numbers have been in the basement for years, usually only..." June 01

  • NHL players in the Olympics may hinge on who picks up cost

    Puck Drunk Love "Will the NHL participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea? A formal decision hasn’t been made, but Gary Bettman made a few comments prior to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final which hints that the league won’t be participating unless someone else picks up the..." May 31

  • Hockey’s Loonie Problem May Cost NHL $200 Million, Bettman Says

    Bloomberg "The National Hockey League may miss out on as much as $200 million this season because of the slide of the Canadian dollar, according to league commissioner Gary Bettman. Bettman said in an interview on Bloomberg Television that while he still believes the NHL will set a revenue record this..." May 25

  • Three Possible Destinations for Rick Nash

    The Comeback "The New York Rangers may be willing to move star forward Rick Nash reports Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet.ca. The 31-year-old had a down season with the Rangers, battling injuries and slumps, scoring just 15 goals in 60 games which was the lowest single-season total of his career. Despite the..." May 24

  • Hurricanes reaching out to Victor Rask's agent about new contract

    The Score "The Carolina Hurricanes have taken the first step in locking up forward Victor Rask. The club has reached out to Rask's agent regarding a contract and are now awaiting a response, general manager Ron Francis told Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News and Observer. " May 23

  • Finland’s loss is, shortly, Hurricanes’ gain

    Raleigh News & Observer "Not since Eric Staal a long 13 years ago has a rookie joined the Carolina Hurricanes with the kind of expectations Sebastian Aho will face this fall. Staal was the second pick in the strongest draft in a generation, expected to be a franchise player. Aho was a second-round pick a year ago,..." May 23

  • Free agent Cam Ward unsure if Hurricanes want him back

    Sportsnet "Cam Ward was Matt Murray before Matt Murray was Matt Murray. But that was 10 years ago, when Ward went from late-season AHL call-up to a rookie goaltender starring in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Ward won the Stanley Cup and the Conn Smythe Trophy with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006. If anyone..." May 20

  • It ‘doesn’t look very good’ for NHL participation in 2018 Winter Olympics: IIHF president

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL appreciates the effort IIHF president Rene Fasel is making to get the best hockey players in the world to the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. But that doesn’t mean the league is going to open its wallet to help him out. “Rene is a friend of hockey and a champion for the sport,”..." May 17

  • NHL UFA Rumours: Latest on Stamkos, Lucic, Okposo

    Sportsnet "With the Stanley Cup Playoffs in full swing and the off-season already underway for some, we rank the 16 most compelling impending unrestricted free agents of Summer Sixteen. Sure, Stammergeddon has dominated all debate and speculation regarding this summer’s free agency class — and rightly so..." May 09

  • Ted Kulfan's top NHL free agents

    Detroit News "When LeBron James hit NBA free agency in summer 2010, it set off one of the most frenzied and speculated-about periods in league history. The NHL might get a taste of that kind of hysteria this year. Steven Stamkos, who scored 36 goals for the Lightning this season, becomes an unrestricted..." May 05

  • Carolina Hurricanes are logical trading partners for the Edmonton Oilers

    Edmonton Journal "That the Edmonton Oilers need to add at least one quality right-shot defenceman to the mix this summer is obvious. With the team eliminated from the playoffs and still more than a month away from the NHL Draft, this is the point in the offseason where it’s possible to look around the league and..." May 04

  • Eric Staal wants larger role, doesn’t rule out Carolina return

    Yahoo! Sports "Eric Staal played 20 regular-season games and five playoff games for the New York Rangers. It’s completely OK if you don’t really remember any of them. Staal had three goals and three assists in those 20 games, skating to a plus-1. He went scoreless in five playoff games, skating to a..." April 28

  • Bishop, Holtby and Quick Named 2015-16 Vezina Trophy Finalists

    Hockey Fights "Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals and Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings are the three finalists for the 2015-16 Vezina Trophy, which is awarded "to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position," the National Hockey League announced..." April 28

  • Will Arnett to host 2016 NHL Awards on June 22

    NHL.com "The NHL Awards™ will return to Las Vegas this summer at the world-famous Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, the National Hockey League announced today. The 2016 NHL Awards will be held on Wednesday, June 22, at The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino's state-of-the-art concert and entertainment venue and..." April 27

  • Gary Bettman Misses The Reality Of Pat Foley's Rant

    St. Louis Game Time "Last night, NBCSN picked up the CSN Chicago feed of game five between the Blackhawks and Blues. Game five, like games one, two, and four, began at 8:45 Central, or 9:45 Eastern. That is a late start time, and the late starts have been exacerbated by the fact that these are two teams who have..." April 23

  • IOC unwilling to pay operating costs to bring NHL players to Olympics, IIHF boss says

    The Score "The NHL's involvement at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang appears further dim. The International Olympic Committee is reportedly unwilling to cover transportation and insurance costs required to have NHL players participate in the event, International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene..." April 23

  • Hurricanes, Joakim Nordstrom agree to 2-year, $2.55M extension

    NHL.com "Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with forward Joakim Nordstrom on a two-year contract. The deal will pay Nordstrom $1.25 million during the 2016-17 season and $1.3..." April 22