Kivisto staying closer to home
After a disappointing debut in Red Deer last season, Hurricanes seventh round draft pick, Tommi Kivisto, will not be returning to Alberta and will stay in Finland this coming campaign. He signed to play for Jokerit. The offensive minded blueliner is representing Team Finland this week in the U20 Euro Hockey Tour where Finland is playing against Russia, Sweden, and the Czech Republic.
The young defenseman chipped in with an assist in a recent win over the Czechs, 4-2.
As we talked about before, Jakub Petruzalek will also be playing in Finland this year. He is joined by former Florida Everblades goalie, David Leggio.
(glove tap to Markus for this information)
Canes Country participates in Southeast Roundtable
This time of year we are asked by several hockey sites for our input or opinions about the Canes. We try our best to answer everyone's requests. You will even see Canes Country quoted in the most recent printed issue of The Hockey News, (page 30).
A week or so ago, Matt from "View from my Seats" asked us to join in a discussion with some other bloggers from the Southeast.
No, we didn't drop the gloves, but as you know most Washington fans feel like they have the division title wrapped up already, and it's still a month before the season starts. The folk at "On Frozen Blog" are no different. Litter Box Cats, Blueland Blog, and Raw Charge, were the other participants. You can check out the discussion here.
Good rumors gone bad
I got an email this week informing me about a rumor site that I had not heard of before. This guy claims to have an 80% success rate on his rumors. (much better than Eklund's 3%). At least he is not charging for his "expertise" because his rumors are all out on his Twitter account.
He also says that he worked for the NHL front office for one year and has many friends that help him "do what he does today". Check out these previous Tweets. Funny stuff.
- I will go out on a limb and say like i have for awhile now, Manny Malhotra will eventually be a Cane. Talks are going well, should get done.
- I am told Mike Comrie will not sign with the Oilers, and that the Wild, Sabres, Capitals,and now im hearing the Hurricanes are the best bets
Malhotra probably wanted too much money, but how in the world did he come with Mike Comrie in discussions with the Canes? This was after the Yelle signing, so the roster was filled up and the budget was blown, so this guy didn't do much research before throwing that one out there.
I wonder if those two losers counted in his 80% success rate?
(Glove tap to Francisco for the info)
News14 does not do a whole lot with the Canes, but they did take a short video of Eric Staal at the golf event this week. Staal says that "everyone in our room is excited for the year to start."
LTD has been taking more pictures at "precamp". The link to her latest is right here.