Can the Carolina Hurricanes do it again? They played a very good game on Tuesday night against the Rangers. They have won 3 out the past 4 games. But they need to keep their focus and intensity intact in order to keep the winning mojo going and that has been a problem at times this year. The Toronto Maple Leafs should be a that team the Hurricanes can handle, but that doesn't necessarily mean it will happen.
The Leafs come to town with a new interim General Manager, Cliff Fletcher. Depending upon which Canadian newspaper you read, it will just be a matter of time until Fletcher turns the control of the team over to Carolina General Manager, Jim Rutherford. While Rutherford has done the appropriate thing by refusing to address the speculation specifically, he hasn't come out and said that he wasn't interested in the job either, like Brian Burke of the Ducks did. Caniacs will just have to wait until the offseason to see what happens.
I expect the lines for tonight to be the same as Tuesday night. Cam Ward will be in net and will be hoping for another decent effort by the defense. This will be the last home game for a bit as Carolina hits the road for a 5 game swing that starts Saturday night at Pittsburgh.
In other brief news, Jeff Hamilton cleared waivers at noon. It is expected that he will eventually be put on re-entry waivers where some lucky team will get a bargain on their hands. Not only will they get Hamilton for half price for the remainder of this year, but the Hurricanes will be on tap to pick up half of Hamilton's 800K salary next year as well. That doesn't seem like good business, but we have to assume that Rutherford and company know what they're doing.
For those of you who enjoy a bit of nostalgic news, good old 92, Jeff O'Neill is back in the news today. He's working out with the Barrie Colts of the OHL, trying to stay in shape. Maybe he'll get another shot with someone next year if he works his behind off.
Gametime tonight is at 7 and it's broadcast locally on FSN.