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Notes at Noon: Eric Staal Makes Appearance in TB, Checkers Sign Muse

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Carolina Hurricanes captain Eric Staal. (file photo by Jamie Kellner)

(Notes at Noon, late edition:)

Carolina Hurricanes captain Eric Staal was in the news recently.  The All Star center made an appearance last week in Thunder Bay for his midget team's alumni game.  The News Watch of Thunder Bay was there to ask him a few questions after the event.

When asked about the recent additions to his team, Staal sounded positive.

"But those additions will help," Staal said. "Stewart had a good year last year and Tim Brent had a good first year in Toronto. Ponikarovsky, I think he could be a really good player for us. I think last season he had an up-and-down year being injured, but given the right opportunity, he can play well."

"Obviously Tomas is an all-star player who has been very consistent and very good for a lot of years now in the league. He’s definitely going to help our power play and have that calming influence on our defence, so I’m really excited about that."

Staal was also asked about Jeff Skinner and NHL hockey returning to Winnipeg.  Check out the entire article here:

Staal confident in Hurricane's future - (thunderbay)

Skinner tied for 11th in even-strength scoring

Speaking of Jeff Skinner, the Rookie of the Year's name came up recently in a "Top 50" list.  TSN's Scott Cullen published the top 50 scoring forwards in the NHL last season at even strength and Skinner finished tied at number 11.  He was the only Carolina forward to make the list.   

The top Carolina defenseman was Jamie McBain, who placed 19th among the league's top even strength scoring blueliners. 



Muse Signs Two-Way With Checkers

It looks like Mike Murphy and Justin Peters will have some competition for the coveted position between the pipes in Charlotte next season.  The Checkers announced the signing of Boston College standout, John Muse yesterday to a two-way contract.  Muse guided the Eagles to two National Championships during his college career and finished with a 27-6-1 record last season as well as a .920 save percentage. 

Here's a quote from our friends at the SBN Boston College Blog, BC Interruption:

Muse backstopped the Eagles to two National Championships in college, and was 8-1 in the NCAAs, 21-2 in postseason play and holds the Eagles' records for games played (144) and saves (3,696). So yeah, he's pretty good.

If the goalie does not make the Checkers out of camp, he will be assigned to the Florida Everblades. 

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