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News Recap: Hurricanes sign Chris Terry, Checkers win PR award, Select-a-Seat, and more

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Chris Terry (shown here in a preseason game against the Nashville Predators on September 23, 2011) was signed to a two-year, two-way contract by the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday (author's photo, all rights reserved).
Chris Terry (shown here in a preseason game against the Nashville Predators on September 23, 2011) was signed to a two-year, two-way contract by the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday (author's photo, all rights reserved).

On Friday, the Carolina Hurricanes announced Chris Terry has been signed to a two-year, two-way contract. The contract will pay Terry $525,000 at the NHL level, and a guaranteed $105,000 at the AHL level. Terry, who was drafted in 2007 but has not yet played in an NHL game, was the leading scorer for the Charlotte Checkers in 2011-12 with 59 points. Per the team press release:

RALEIGH, NC – Jason Karmanos, Executive Vice President and Assistant General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with forward Chris Terry on a two-year, two-way contract. In the first year, Terry will receive $525,000 at the NHL level, or $90,000 at the American Hockey League (AHL) level, with a guarantee of $105,000. In the second year, he will receive $525,000 in the NHL, or $105,000 in the AHL.

Terry, 23, completed his third full professional season in 2011-12, leading the AHL’s Charlotte Checkers in assists (43) and points (59) while playing in 74 games. The Brampton, Ont., native ranked tied for seventh in the AHL with a career-high 43 assists, and tied for fourth with 26 power-play assists. Terry (5’10", 190 lbs.) has scored 67 goals, earned 103 assists (170 points) and accumulated 166 penalty minutes in 235 career regular-season games with Carolina’s AHL affiliates in Albany and Charlotte. The Hurricanes drafted Terry in the fifth round, 132nd overall, in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

Read on for news on a prestigious honor for the Charlotte Checkers organization, catch up with a few Canes players on their summer vacation, select your seat, and grab some popcorn as NHL owners fire the opening salvo in CBA negotiations...

Lappan wins Ken McKenzie Award

  • On Thursday July 12, the American Hockey League announced that Mike Lappan, Charlotte Checkers director of public and media relations, was named the winner of the 2011-12 Ken McKenzie Award. The McKenzie Award is given in recognition of outstanding club promotion. Lappan was lauded for his work in increasing attendance and visibility in the market and also for his implementation of community service programs and social media presence. Canes Country extends its hearty congratulations to Mike on this well-deserved award.
  • Select-a-Seat for Hurricanes season ticket holders begins today. Full-season ticket holders have the option to renew their existing seat locations or to attend scheduled appointments for new seats today and tomorrow. 26-plan ticket holders begin seat selection on Wednesday and Thursday.
  • On Friday, the team closes out the week with its fifth annual Canes Fun Fest at PNC Arena, starting at 5:30 pm. New this year, the event will be held indoors (so expect good weather in contrast to previous events). Fans will have an opportunity to view available seats for the 2012-13 season. There will be plenty of interactive games, inflatables, food and beverage. Since the event is inside the arena, this year fans will be able to pose for photos at the bench, in the penalty box, on the Olympias, and with team banners including the Stanley Cup banner and those of retired players Francis, Wesley, and Brind'Amour. The event continues with guest speakers (TBA) and audience Q&A and wraps up with a video board presentation. Full details can be found on the Canes website: 2012 Summer Fun Fest
  • During Fun Fest, the Hurricanes Kids 'N Community Foundation will be on hand selling team "Mystery Magnets" attached to prizes including signed pucks and sticks. Also new this year, fans are encouraged to bring school supplies to benefit the Wake County Boys & Girls Clubs. All fans bringing donations will be registered to win a 2011-12 team-signed replica jersey. Donations of pencils, pens, crayons, notebooks and notebook paper are all welcome and appreciated.

Canes Summer Vacation

  • It's Staal good - Eric Staal 12 says it's been a pretty good summer so far (Luke DeCock/News & Observer), and Jordan Staal 11 talks up his new home with Adam Gold and Joe Ovies (99.9 The Fan audio). Hey, while you're at Select-a-Seat don't forget to stop by the Eye to pick up a Jordan Staal t-shirt (now in stock, in related news, all Brandon Sutter gear is 50% off).
  • Zac Dalpe talks about the frustrations of an up-and-down season as he tells the Brantford (ON) Expositor 'I just have to have a big summer'.
  • Brett Sutter, who signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Hurricanes on July 1st, tells Paul Branecky ( he'll continue to fight hard for a permanent position on the Canes roster - in between weddings and Stanley Cup celebrations with his dad, Los Angeles Kings head coach Darryl Sutter.
  • PNC Arena gets a facelift over the summer, as the Triangle Business Journal reports the locker rooms are being upgraded (along with a few other improvements).
  • Really, this needs no words:

Seminal Event

There's been a lot of chatter about the future of Washington Capitals forward Alexander Semin, much involving Canes General Manager Jim Rutherford. So assuming that the Canes aren't on the Rick Nash short list, and assuming hopes are fading that Shane Doan can be lured from the Western Conference (although GMs haven't stopped trying), what is up for the enigmatic and much-maligned Russian? Here's the latest:

This Week in CBA Negotiations - NHL Owners fire first shot

@RenLavoieRDS NHL Proposal to players: 1-reduce players hockey related revenues to 46% from 57%. 2-10 seasons in NHL before being UFA

@RenLavoieRDS 3-contracts limites to 5 years 4-no more salary arbitration. 5- entry-level contract 5 years instead of 3.

As the saying goes, you don't get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate. It appears the fireworks show may last long past July.

Sunshine and Lollipops ;)

Not one to end on a sour note, here are a few stories to hopefully bring a little ray of cheery sunshine to your day.