Clicks and Clippings: Travelin' shoes

Joni Pitkanen, who re-signed a 3-year contract with the Canes in June at what most thought was a hometown discount, was back in Carolina Red at RCI Wednesday, via Jamie Kellner

Thinking about all the hockey players who are traveling today. The Carolina Hurricanes "media guy" Mike Sundheim is with the newest NHL celebrity Jeff Skinner for the pre-season Player Media Tour in New York. Then the youngest players in the Canes system are playing in the rookie tournament at Traverse City and many are tweeting updates from the airport as they converge on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan. Surrounding it all, the news surrounding the tragic loss of the KHL's Lokomotiv Yaroslavl yesterday is overwhelming. 

Here in town, new and familiar faces are streaming into Raleigh to take part in the pre-camp workouts led by Canes' head trainer Pete Friesen. There were 30 players on the ice at Raleigh Center Ice yesterday participating in a very serious 5-on-5 scrimmage. With Joni Pitkanen and, now, Tomas Kaberle's arrival today, the full NHL 7-man defensive corps is all present and accounted for. 


New York

Travel-blog: Skinner Takes Manhattan - Mike Sundheim and Michael Smith - Tracking the Storm Nineteen-year-old Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner was this year invited to take part in the 2011 Player Media Tour in New York City. Includes this 9-page media kit which you can download as a .pdf: Jeff Skinner media kit. You can also see the pictures tweeted by Sundheim here @MikeSundheim and at the Canes official twitter account, @nhl_canes.

Coming up: Checking in up at Traverse City, more thoughts on the loss to the international hockey community including Josef Vasicek, plus a plethora of Canes' season previews and roster projections and several Canes alumni in the headlines.


Goin' to Traverse City

The NHL Rookie Tournament begins Saturday in Traverse City. For most of the players, this may be the most challenging and important tournament of their young careers. 

Here's a link to the roster and schedule. Almost all the players who were at the Hurricanes' prospects camp in Wake Forest in July will be there, with the exception of Frederik Andersen. Three players who we've been watching at RCI the last couple weeks are also headed up to Michigan: Justin Faulk, Justin Krueger and Jared Staal. The first game is at 4pm Saturday vs the Dallas Stars. 

Plymouth Whaler goalie Matt Mahalak is getting the twitter talk going:

@Sutts19 @bgoodrow23 @ryanmurphy24 @klowe4 @victorrask Packin up for traverse city. cant wait for a great week w/ the boys #niceblinkerdoug

It's not much, but one of the Hurricanes games in Traverse City will be televised on the NHL Network. From the TV Listings. Set your DVR's for Tuesday, 9/13, at 3:30 PM showing the Traverse City Prospects Tournament: NY Rangers vs. Hurricanes (plus more than a few replays in the ensuing 24 hours.)


The Kitchener Record - Will Hurricanes claim another Ranger? Are the Kitchener Rangers about to get Skinnered? Blue chip prospect Ryan Murphy leaves for the Carolina Hurricanes camp Thursday and there is a chance the first round draft pick may not be coming back..... Murphy, who went 12th overall in the draft this past June, is an offensive-minded defenceman who would fit nicely on Carolina’s blue-line, especially on the point of the team’s brutal power play that ranked 24th out of 30 NHL teams last season.



Vasicek and the KHL's Lokomotiv

On Josef Vasicek and his Lokomotiv  teammates from Yaroslavl who lost their lives yesterday as they headed to play their season-opening game at Minsk, Belarus.

These last two were posted in the comments here yesterday, but are wonderful tributes from some talented writers who knew "Big Joe" very well. 

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