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Hurricanes News Recap: Staals, Sutter, Conditioning Camp and More

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As of midnight, the Staal brothers were running a tight horse race in the latest NHL.com poll.
As of midnight, the Staal brothers were running a tight horse race in the latest NHL.com poll.

The last few days have been a storm surge of TV coverage, articles, texts, tweets, analysis, sound bites, and perhaps even a little humor as Canes fans turned our collective attention from draft rankings to blockbuster trades and now on to what happens next with free agency and a CBA negotiations around the corner. So in case you missed anything and need a convenient way to catch up, here's a quick recap.

After the jump:

  • Reaction to "the trade" from around the league, including interview audio
  • Other notes from Draft Day
  • Hurricanes Conditioning Camp begins this week
  • Hurricanes free agents update - who was qualified?
  • What happens next with the CBA?

The Trade

The following news links flow in relatively chronological order as Jordan Staal met with the media on Saturday, followed by media availability from Brandon Sutter, Eric Staal, and Jim Rutherford on Monday.

Mike Sundheim @MikeSundheim: Jordan Staal will wear No. 11 with the Hurricanes, and the brothers will have their initials on their jersey nameplates.

Other Draft-related news and Hurricanes Conditioning Camp
  • Michael Smith (CH.com Tracking the Storm) Day Two Roundup (includes photos and draftee updates from Director of Amateur Scouting Tony MacDonald)
  • Kevin Allen (USA Today) Which teams helped themselves the most at draft? (hint: you'll see a familiar name here)
  • Peter Koutroumpis (Raleigh Examiner) Hurricanes' MacDonald led amateur draft with eye on development
  • On the heels of the draft and starting a couple of weeks early this year, Hurricanes' Conditioning Camp Set for June 26-30 (from CH.com). Thirteen invitees have been selected for this year's camp (roster), including eight of the nine prospects drafted by the Canes this weekend (the ninth prospect, Brendan Woods, will miss camp for medical reasons as explained here). Also joining camp will be forward Jeremy Welsh, who was signed by the Hurricanes to an entry level contract in time to play in the last game of the 2011-12 season. The other attendees are camp invitees, including two sons of ex-player and current NBC Sports Network color analyst Eddie Olczyk.
  • The on-ice portion of Conditioning Camp will be held at Raleigh Center Ice on Wednesday through Saturday from 4:30 - 5:30 pm and is open to the public. Visit the RCI website for directions and other information.
  • From twitter, at least one of the attendees is ready for the experience. And a previous conditioning camp attendee passes on a little encouragement.
Collin Olsen C_Olsen29: Heading to Carolina tomorrow morning. Couldn't be more excited! #canes
Brody Sutter Sutts19: Good luck to all the guys headed to the @nhl_canes summer camp this week. You're gonna need it. Trust me. #HardestWeekOfMyLife #14HourDays

Hurricanes Free Agency Update
  • Hurricanes Qualify Seven Players (CH.com) - On Monday, the Hurricanes extended qualifying offers to restricted free agents Drayson Bowman, Zach Boychuk, Evgenii Dadonov, Mike Murphy, Jerome Samson, Chris Terry, and Jeremy Welsh. The Canes will retain Murphy's NHL rights although he has signed to play in the KHL next season. Dadonov has also been rumored to be considering a move to the KHL, although nothing has been confirmed at this time.
  • RFAs Kyle Lawson, Cedric McNicoll, and Matthew Pistilli did not receive qualifying offers and will become unrestricted free agents on July 1. All three players spent time with the Charlotte Checkers organization last season and were also covered in an article (Go Checkers.com) on Monday.
  • Set to become new unrestricted agents on July 1 are Justin Peters, Justin Soryal, and Brett Sutter. Bryan Allen, Chris Durno, Mathieu Roy, and Jaroslav Spacek are free agents whose contracts have expired and all will test the free agent market.
Collective Bargaining Agreement and Labor Negotiations

The NHL Players Association is meeting this week in Chicago to begin developing the player strategy for CBA negotiations. Executive Director Donald Fehr met with the media for the first time on Monday to lay out the agenda. The current Collective Bargaining Agreement expires September 15. While the framework for the CBA will not likely change substantially, at the heart of the negotiations will be revenue sharing, along with realignment and participation in the Olympics, among other issues.
Finally, the Hockey Hall of Fame will announce its Class of 2012 today. Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy makes his predictions here, who are your predictions?