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Quick Hits and Tidbits - August 30

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Carolina Hurricanes Captain, Rod Brind'Amour, is ready to start his 21st NHL season.  (Unique photo from Lalitree's <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/l-dogg/3460415059/" target="new">album</a>)
Carolina Hurricanes Captain, Rod Brind'Amour, is ready to start his 21st NHL season. (Unique photo from Lalitree's album)

Rod Brind`Amour gears up for coming  season

Chip Alexander has a nice article in this morning's News and Observer about "The Captain".  Perhaps Chip saw our recent poll and decided to ask Brind'Amour about the captaincy?

Brind'Amour, 39, is the captain of the Carolina Hurricanes. While saying the team isn't lacking for leaders, wearing the "C" is a designation he takes very seriously, has upheld honorably and intends to maintain.

Many fans seem to agree as the results of the poll indicate over 80% approval for Brind'Amour to keep wearing the "C".  But the Canes need "number 17" to bounce back in a big way this season.

Staal a "10" with The Hockey News

Our friends at The Hockey News continue to give Eric Staal props as John Grigg recently placed him among the "Top 10" Canadian hockey players.  Staal should have no trouble locking up a spot on the Olympic team, but as for Cam Ward?  That is a horse of a different color.   

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Hurricanes unveil new design for homepage

The Carolina Hurricanes revealed a new design for their official website this past week.  Every team in the NHL is undergoing the transformation.  Not too shabby!

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Frantisek Kaberle returns home

The ex-Carolina defenseman, who was bought out by the team last month, recently signed a contract with his home town team, HC Kladno, in the Czech Republic.  Good luck to "Frank the Tank".