Sparse attendance indeed: Hurricanes practice at the RecZone December 2, 2009 via LTD
Canes Using Break to Heal - Carolina Hurricanes - from Tracking the Storm Blog: "We’ve got 13 guys on the ice. We need [this 4-day break]," said Coach Paul Maurice after Wednesday’s practice. "We’ve battled injuries, but I think the bigger challenge for us is the number of players we’ve had in our lineup that aren’t 100 percent. We had the day off yesterday with the idea of putting as many guys out there as we could, and we still only have 13 skaters. We clearly have some issues that we’re tending to right now." According to the lgc_com twitter feed here's who was missing in action at the RecZone this morning: Chad LaRose, Brandon Sutter, Jussi Jokinen, Sergei Samsonov and Ray Whitney. And, given his uncommon twitter silence, apparently ice_chip didn't make it either.
Canes Now - Canes short in practice Also confirms that while it's not firm, Mo is still hoping Cam Ward will return to man the pipes one week from tonight in New Jersey. Is it too early to speculate if it'll be Manny Legace or Michael Leighton in the #2 role?
Canes lose Corvo - NewsObserver.com With all the gory details you didn't want to know: Hurricanes head athletic trainer Peter Friesen said Joe Corvo's Achilles tendon was cut, but most of the damage was done to the muscle attached to the tendon. Friesen said the cut came very close to the neurovascular bundle, a bunch of nerves and arteries. Had those been severed it would have been much worse, he said. "You can lose function of your foot," Friesen said. "Then you definitely don't play high-level sports again."
Also this description from Tim Gleason on his knee-to-knee collision with some winger on the Caps team: "It was just a charley horse, and I got lucky. I watched the hit 15 times last night. I guess the more you watch it, the worse it gets. ... It's tough to say anything. It's more of a reaction than saying he stuck his knee out on purpose. I'm sure he didn't do that [on purpose]."
Losses could actually help Canes - WRALSportsFan.com with comments from Rutherford late Tuesday
AUDIO links from 99.9 the Fan - ESPN Radio's audio vault:
The Big Tailgate :: Puck Drops Audio Link from Monday - Brian LeBlanc talks about the state of hockey in Raleigh with the Hurricanes' on-staff hockey writer Dave Droschak. "Dro" likes Brandon Sutter and Bryan Rodney as "ready for the bigs" and thinks Zach Boychuk (and the rest of the 'Rats) needs a bit more time before they are ready for the NHL (and it's partly because the atmosphere in the Raleigh locker room is not great - ouch). They touch on the "Captain dilemma", and project when EStaal will take it over (with no doubt of who next will wear the C - sigh). A new well-spoken and outspoken ' Insider's take of what's going on in the Canes' locker room. Worth your time. (If you listen to through to the end, the guys are apparently regular readers here at CC - were your ears burning, kiddos?)
Speaking of David Droschak, he put out a piece this afternoon on Canes veteran Nikki Wallin whose been through this team's roller coaster history since 2001: David Droschak: Secret Weapon Still Beating Odds Opening line: As I approached Niclas Wallin this week to discuss his impending 500th NHL game with the Carolina Hurricanes, he looked up at me and said "Do you believe I’m still here?" (there's a softball for a few of you)
NHL Network Online - Carolina Hurricanes: U.S. Hockey Hall: Tom Barrasso On December 1st, 2009 former Pittsburgh Penguin goaltender Tom Barrasso was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. I can't seem to let this story go, but this video clip is great to see. Brush up on your Hurricanes History folks:
Promotions for the fans
Take note those of you piling on the Sutter Bandwagon (aren't we all?): Canes Corner - Brandon Sutter, Thursday, December 3 at Tyler's Tap Room in Apex at 7pm. Bring your newly minted #16 sweater and perhaps you'll snag the autograph it needs to be complete.
ESPN Triangle Promotional opportunity: Citizen Cane : If you are chosen to be our "Citizen Cane," you'll get the opportunity to interview a Carolina Hurricanes player on video and that interview will be featured on the new ESPNTriangle.com. So, readers, should you win the spot, be sure to give props to Canes Country, y"hear?
Updates on Prospects and Juniors
An update from Albany: Albany River Rats: River Rats Latest News Gives a Week 9 re-cap and Week 10 preview. Apparently Justin Peters, the #4 goalie in the Canes system, showed up just in time to get the nod and the win in Norfolk on Saturday.
Rats have no shortage on defense - Times Union - Albany NY:: From a week ago: With 8 men for 6 roster positions on the blueline, the Rats have D-men to spare. Sounds like the Hurricanes might be able to help them out of that quandary.
Moving even younger, USA Hockey has announced the preliminary 29-man roster for the US Junior Team today. And in Canada, where they take this process VERY seriously, TSN gave 30 minutes of LIVE Coverage of the dual-language announcement of the 36 invitees, from the tournament site in Saskatchewan. Both the US and Canadian junior teams will compete at the IIHF World Junior Championship, December 26, 2009 through January 5, 2010, in Saskatoon and Regina. Here's the Canadian first cut for Team Canada's Junior Selection Camp. Named on the list: 2010 NHL Draftees Tyler Hall, Taylor Seguin, Brandon Gormley, and John McFarland (and you'll recognize those names if you've been reading comments at the blog over the last month that look at the upside of finishing at the bottom.) Rookie John Tavares, now in the hunt for the Calder Trophy playing for the formerly-lowly New York Islanders, offered some kind words for the Canadian Juniors.
Which segues nicely to this piece: McKenzie: Leading up to the 2010 NHL Draft - Taylor or Tyler? It will be the most oft-asked question leading up to the 2010 NHL Entry Draft - Taylor or Tyler? NHL Central Scouting ranked Plymouth centre Tyler Seguin No. 1, ahead of Windsor winger Taylor Hall, on CSB's preliminary rankings for the Ontario Hockey League.
Last, I haven't ever seen anything quite like this: some Live TV fun with the Pittsburgh Penguins : Video: As a woman, Mike Rupp would totally date Bill Guerin - Puck Daddy Can't wait until Tripp finds a way to bring this youtube gem up on the next broadcast from the Igloo (which, BTW, is next Monday).