Hurricanes Rumors & News

  • NHL players must step up if they want this headhunting to end

    New York Post "Rule 48.1 splits hairs so that it remains legal to crack skulls. An overstatement? Well, of course, except the NHL and essentially all of its stake-holders are so fearful that banning all blows to the head would all but eliminate the little hitting that remains in the game, they are willing to..." April 23

  • Brind'Amour interested in being Hurricanes coach "Rod Brind'Amour is interested in becoming the next coach of the Carolina Hurricanes. "If you never try, you'll never know," Brind'Amour, a former captain and current assistant with the Hurricanes, told The News & Observer on Saturday. "The reason for saying 'why not?' is I've been doing it for..." April 22

  • Boyle, Luongo, Jordan Staal named Masterton finalists "Forward Brian Boyle of the New Jersey Devils, goaltender Roberto Luongo of the Florida Panthers and forward Jordan Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes are the three finalists for the 2017-18 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, which is awarded "to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of..." April 21

  • Bill Peters spoke with Stars, but 'all signs' point to Flames

    The Score "Bill Peters is not without options. A day after resigning as head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes, Peters has been linked to two of the other three vacancies around the league. The Dallas Stars spoke with Peters after seeking permission from the Hurricanes to do so, but TSN's Pierre LeBrun..." April 21

  • Hurricanes gave Flames permission to speak to Peters

    The Score "Bill Peters could be heading home. The Calgary Flames called the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday to ask permission to speak with head coach Bill Peters, which the Canes granted, a source told TSN's Pierre LeBrun. Peters, a native of Three Hills, Alberta - located about an hour and 20 minutes..." April 20

  • Bill Peters resigns as head coach of Hurricanes

    Sportsnet "Bill Peters has officially resigned from his position as head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes, the team announced Friday. Peters posted a record of 137-138-53 in four seasons behind the Hurricanes’ bench, including a 36-35-11 mark this season. “I want to thank Tom Dundon, Peter Karmanos and..." April 20

  • Carolina Hurricanes Hire Paul Krepelka As VP, Hockey Operations

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Thomas Dundon and the Carolina Hurricanes still don’t have a GM in place, but have hired a new VP of Hockey Operations. Paul Krepelka, a former player agent with the Orr Hockey Group, has been announced with duties revolving around contract negotiations. According to Bob McKenzie of TSN, Rick..." April 19

  • Hurricanes coach Peters can exercise out clause until Friday

    The Score "Hurricanes head coach Bill Peters has a few days to think before locking himself into another season behind Carolina's bench. Peters has until Friday to potentially exercise an exit clause in his contract, team president and interim general manager Don Waddell confirmed Monday to Chip Alexander..." April 16

  • Hurricanes coach Bill Peters free to test the market

    Sportsnet "The Carolina Hurricanes are still in search of a new general manager. Might they also need to start looking for a new head coach soon? Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported last month that the club’s current coach, Bill Peters, could move on thanks to an option in his contract that would allow..." April 15

  • Hudson Elyniuk could re-enter draft

    Yardbarker "Carolina Hurricanes fans have been eagerly watching Hudson Elynuik’s junior career blossom since being selected in the third round two seasons ago, but they may not get a chance to continue. According to Elliotte Friedman in his latest 31 Thoughts column for Sportsnet, Elynuik may not sign with..." April 11

  • Biggest contract years for NHL playoff teams

    Pro Hockey Talk "Technically speaking, NHL players only get paid for the 82-game regular season, aside from the pocket change that comes from certain bonuses for playoff wins. In reality, a player can make a living off of a magical postseason run or two. A strong couple of months could end up being costly in..." April 11

  • Multiple NHL playoff games will air on Golf Channel, for some reason

    Awful Announcing "The NHL announced the broadcast schedule for the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Sunday night, offering us a look at how NBCUniversal will shuffle the various series across its numerous networks. As usual, many games will air on NBCSN, others will appear on CNBC, others on USA, a handful..." April 09

  • Carolina Hurricanes bench boss Bill Peters named head coach for Canada at WHC

    TSN "Carolina Hurricanes bench boss Bill Peters has been named the head coach of Team Canada for the IIHF World Championship next month in Denmark. Mike Yeo will serve as associate coach and Bob Boughner as an assistant. Peters finished with a 36-35-11 record with the Hurricanes this season. He is..." April 09

  • No Decision Made On Carolina Coaching Staff

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Nothing Thomas Dundon has done since taking over the Carolina Hurricanes could be called business as usual, and today he continued his hands-on approach, conducting the season-ending press conference by himself. Dundon also conducted the exit interviews with players according to Chip Alexander of..." April 09

  • Which NHL teams will make a coaching change after the season?

    Pro Hockey Talk "The 2017-18 NHL season will come to an end this weekend and barring some last-minute decision, no head coach will have been fired; that’s something that hasn’t happened since the league expanded in 1967. It’s a rarity that no coach has been canned, despite the calls for management to take..." April 05

  • Stanley Cup stripping big names off hardware to make room for future winners

    Sporting News "The Stanley Cup is erasing some of the biggest names in hockey to make room for future winners. The names from the teams that won the Cup from 1954-64 will be stripped off the hardware this spring, the Chicago Tribune reported. That means legendary names such as Gordie Howe and Robert Hull..." April 04

  • Odds: Vegas pegs MacKinnon as Hart favorite, Rinne for Vezina

    The Score "Spring is finally in the air. And with that, the NHL calendar is inching closer to what we all crave most: playoff puck. However, there is another major event on the horizon, as the league will hand out its awards for the game's best coaches, front-office executives, and players at the..." April 03

  • Hurricanes lose to Rangers, eliminated from playoff contention "The Carolina Hurricanes were eliminated from Stanley Cup Playoff contention with a 2-1 loss to the New York Rangers at PNC Arena on Saturday. Jeff Skinner scored, and Cam Ward made 18 saves for the Hurricanes (35-33-11), who will miss the playoffs for the ninth straight season, the longest..." April 01

  • Carolina Hurricanes Sign Jeremy Helvig To Three-Year Deal

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Carolina Hurricanes have inked one of their previous draft picks, signing Jeremy Helvig to a three-year entry-level contract. The deal is worth $650K in 2018-19, and $700K in the following two years (with respectively smaller number if he plays in the AHL). Helvig played this season for the..." March 28

  • NHL releases odds for 2018 Draft Lottery

    Sportsnet "The NHL has released the odds for the 2018 Draft Lottery, which will be held on April 28 in Toronto. The lottery will consist of three draws: one for the first-overall pick, one for the second-overall pick and one for the third. The 15 teams that fail to qualify for the playoffs, or teams that..." March 28

  • NHLPA agrees to GM-recommended change for goalie interference

    The Score "The NHL Players Association has approved the general mangers' proposed change to goaltender interference video reviews that would give the league's hockey operations department the final call over the on-ice referee. Unanimous approval from the Board of Governors is still required before the..." March 22

  • Hurricanes’ Brett Pesce, Victor Rask done for the year

    Yardbarker "The Carolina Hurricanes still have a shot at making the playoffs. Well, Sports Club Stats gives them a 0.2% chance of making it anyway. However, those already-minuscule odds are now almost certainly gone. The team announced this afternoon that two key players, defenseman Brett Pesce and center..." March 21

  • NHL recommends hockey ops makes goalie interference calls

    The Score "NHL general managers have officially recommended a change to the goaltender interference rule, agreeing to leave video reviews up to the league's hockey operations department rather than on-ice referees, commissioner Gary Bettman announced Wednesday. The team responsible for making the calls..." March 21

  • Goaltender Interference Dominates GM Meetings

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL General Managers are currently at their yearly meetup in Boca Raton, Florida, and the agenda is filled with discussions on how to make the game better and more appealing to fans. Goaltender interference reviews were one of the biggest issues heading into the meetings, and one brought up..." March 19

  • Dundon, Hurricanes suspend search for new GM: report

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Carolina Hurricanes’ search for a general manager is on hiatus. Sportsnet’s John Shannon reported Saturday that the process of replacing former GM Ron Francis is being put on hold for the time being, citing that owner Tom Dundon needs more time. “Tom hasn’t had the time he needs to do..." March 18

  • Hurricanes GM search being stalled because of low salary offer, says report

    Sporting News "The Carolina Hurricanes are currently without a general manager, and that seat could continue to remain vacant if owner Tom Dundon doesn't dig a bit deeper into his pockets, according to a new report. During the "Headlines" segment on Hockey Night In Canada, the panel addressed Carolina's..." March 17

  • Devils' Tom Fitzgerald pulls out of contention for Hurricanes GM job

    Sportsnet "The Carolina Hurricanes‘ search for a new general manager narrowed slightly Friday as two more potential candidates bowed out of the race. Nashville Predators assistant general manager Paul Fenton has withdrawn his name from consideration, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman. New..." March 17

  • Predators AGM Paul Fenton withdraws from Hurricanes GM search

    Sportsnet "The Carolina Hurricanes‘ search for a new general manager narrowed slightly again Friday as another candidate bowed out from the race. Nashville Predators assistant general manager Paul Fenton has withdrawn his name from consideration, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman. Fenton was..." March 16

  • Hurricanes coach concerned about culture of losing in Carolina

    Sportsnet "When we talk about a “culture of losing” developing around an NHL franchise, it’s often focused on a team that has chosen to go the tear-down rebuild route and aim for the No. 1 overall draft pick. The Edmonton Oilers, owners of four of the past eight first-overall picks, have found it tough..." March 14

  • Predators’ Fenton, Kings’ Futa among Hurricanes GM candidates

    Sportsnet "The search for the Ron Francis’s replacement as the next Carolina Hurricanes general manager is on and there are already a handful of intriguing candidates. “We believe that there are five people that Carolina has contacted about beginning the search for the position,” Sportsnet’s Elliotte..." March 11

  • Six NHL coaches on the hot seat: Which team will be first to make a move?

    USA Today "An oddity of the 2017-18 NHL regular season is that not a single coach has been fired. Five coaches were fired in-season in 2016-17. It may mean that several coaching changes will occur in the offseason. Here are six vulnerable coaches: Alain Vigneault, New York Rangers: The Rangers have..." March 10

  • NHL jumps into esports market with international tournament

    Pro Hockey Talk "The National Hockey League is finally entering the esports market and teaming up with EA Sports to deliver the 2018 NHL Gaming World Championship, a bracket-style 1-on-1 tournament that will begin on Saturday, March 24 for players in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Players can register at..." March 09

  • Hurricanes ask to speak to Kings' Futa for GM

    TSN "A candidate has emerged in the Carolina Hurricanes search for a general manager. TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun reports the Huricanes have reached out the Los Angeles Kings for permission to interview assistant general manager Mike Futa. Futa was promoted to the role of assistant general..." March 09

  • Ron Francis lost GM title because NHL has run out of patience

    USA Today "Ron Francis lost his general manager title with the Carolina Hurricanes because we’ve all run out of patience in the National Hockey League. Five-year building plans have gone the way of dinosaurs, dodo birds and woolly mammoths. Francis is smart, organized and popular. He’s an executive..." March 08

  • Ron Francis out as Carolina Hurricanes general manager

    Raleigh News & Observer "The Carolina Hurricanes are moving general manager Ron Francis to a new position and will conduct a search to replace him, a source with direct knowledge of the decision said Wednesday night. The team later confirmed the move. Francis will remain with the team as president of hockey operations,..." March 07

  • The Significance Of March 1st On The NHL Calendar

    Pro Hockey Rumors "There has been quite the influx of prospect signings today as no fewer than four players have inked their entry-level contracts. This isn’t a coincidence as March 1st is an important day on the NHL calendar that often goes under the radar. When players sign contracts in-season, the first year..." March 02

  • Jordan Staal thanks hockey world for support after passing of infant daughter

    WRAL Sports "Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal issued a statement Wednesday about the death of his infant daughter, Hannah. "This has been a longer road than most people know. Our little Hannah had a terminal birth defect," Staal and his wife said in a statement released by the team. "While we prayed..." February 28

  • Penguins add center Josh Jooris at NHL trade deadline

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Penguins added center Josh Jooris from Carolina in exchange for Greg McKegg at the NHL trade deadline Monday. While nothing is for sure, it’s believed to be the Penguins’ only move of the day. A source told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that adding Matt Cullen, one possibility for the..." February 26

  • Could ESPN try and regain some NHL TV rights in the next round of contract negotiations?

    Awful Announcing "The NHL has a long history on ESPN, with games airing there from 1980-82, 1985-88, and 1992-2004. Since that time, the league has been on NBC and Versus/NBCSN in addition to its own NHL Network, and the ten-year extension of the NBC/NBCSN deal in 2011 means rights won’t come up until after the..." February 26

  • Hurricanes captain Jordan Staal mourns death of infant daughter

    Sporting News "Carolina Hurricanes captain Jordan Staal and his wife Heather are mourning the loss of their infant daughter, Hannah. The team announced the news Sunday morning on Twitter. "The thoughts and prayers of the entire Hurricanes organization are with Jordan and Heather Staal on the loss of their..." February 25

  • Gary Bettman doesn't believe NHL players will go to 2022 Beijing Games

    USA Today "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said Friday that the Winter Olympics previously have been "incredibly disruptive" to the league and he doesn't anticipate NHL players participating in the 2022 Games in Beijing. Speaking in a panel discussion at the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston,..." February 23

  • Trades fantasy hockey owners should root for

    Pro Hockey Talk "Trades can really liven things up for a sport, so here’s hoping that the intriguing Michael Grabner to Devils move is the catalyst for a memorable stretch of swaps. While there’s always the risk that a player will struggle to get acclimated to a new city and new teammates, trades can also..." February 23

  • ESPN to simulcast TSN NHL trade deadline show Monday

    Awful Announcing "Hockey fans who accuse ESPN of ignoring their sport won’t have quite as much to gripe about at this year’s trade deadline. ESPN announced Friday that it will simulcast TSN’s TradeCentre will be simulcast on ESPN3 all day Monday and on ESPN2 from 2-4 p.m. ET. The show will be hosted by James..." February 23

  • NBC Sports chairman acknowledges Olympic hockey ratings are down dramatically with NHL players sitting out

    Awful Announcing "NBC’s shot at projected strong viewership for this winter’s Olympic hockey tournament ended on May 29, 2017, when the NHL announced that its players would not be allowed to participate. Nine months later, the Olympic group stages are through, and NBC is indeed suffering from an absence of..." February 20

  • With Michal Neuvirth injured, Flyers' goalie search should intensify "Thanks to two-plus months of excellence, the Flyers have solidified their grasp of an Eastern Conference playoff spot. But that spot could be precarious after another injury to one of their top goalies. Michal Neuvirth, who had been 3-0-1 since replacing the injured Brian Elliott on Feb. 10,..." February 19

  • Hurricanes place Kruger, Jooris on waivers

    Raleigh News & Observer "Carolina Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis traded for center Marcus Kruger last July, believing the former Chicago Blackhawks player could help the Canes reach the playoffs this season, On Thursday, Kruger, who has spent much of the season as the Canes’ fourth-line center, was placed on..." February 08

  • Hurricanes coach promises lineup changes after 'unacceptable' effort

    Charlotte Observer "This was a breaking point for Bill Peters. You can mark down February 4 as the day he lost faith in his roster, in this group as currently constituted. The Carolina Hurricanes coach has had enough. Now he, like many of the 11,614 in the stands for Sunday's 3-1 defenestration at the hands of the..." February 04

  • Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon wants to 'explore playing games' with iconic Whalers jerseys

    ESPN "Tom Dundon wants to remember the Whale. The new owner of the Carolina Hurricanes said on Tuesday that he wants to "explore playing games" with his team wearing the iconic jerseys of the Hartford Whalers, who relocated to Raleigh, North Carolina, in 1997 to become the Hurricanes. "I think..." January 30

  • New Hurricanes owner wants all fans to sit in lower bowl to get 'better experience'

    Raleigh News & Observer "Carolina Hurricanes fans attending Tuesday’s game against the Ottawa Senators will have an interesting offer: sit in the lower bowl or possibly the suites at PNC Arena. New Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon has put a priority on filling the lower level for games, saying it provides a better game..." January 30

  • Aho Returns to the Ice "Just 10 days after sustaining a concussion and a lower-body injury on the same hit, Sebastian Aho returned to the ice in Montreal. Aho is traveling with the Carolina Hurricanes on their two-game road trip, and prior to the team's practice in Montreal on Wednesday, Aho took to the ice for an..." January 24