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Intense First Scrimmage On Friday

Big hits and two fights during first informal scrimmage set tone for training camp.

Mike Komisarek at informal preseason skate, 2013.
Mike Komisarek at informal preseason skate, 2013.
photo by Jamie Kellner

According to multiple sources on Twitter, Friday's practice/scrimmage was an intense one.  (I was unable to attend myself but will be chiming in this weekend.)

Mike Komisarek dropped the gloves with Nicolas Blanchard and Brendan Woods had a go-round with Matthew Corrente.

Jared Staal got some good hits in and Woods nailed Jiri Tlusty along the boards which stunned the first line winger.  Tlusty left the scrimmage and did not return for his squad's practice time after the scrimmage.  (Reportedly, his is fine and should return tomorrow.)

The scrimmage ended up in a 1-1 tie.  Zac Dalpe and Drayson Bowman scored the goals.

Head Coach Kirk Muller was very pleased and Chip Alexander as well as the other attending media got some good quotes.

"We're not a team that made the playoffs or the Stanley Cup finals last year. We don't have our 20 set guys. We're looking for guys who want to play a certain style and play hard."

Muller went on.

"I've been in some camps where people say, hey, no fighting, let's just play," Muller said. "That's great if you're at a certain level. But for me and the staff we just said we didn't make the playoffs last year, we've got to get a more competitive group.

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Most fans would tend to agree with the coach's sentiment.  One of the complaints about the team last season was that they were an easy group to play against.

Chip has more quotes and details on Canes Now.

The team has been split into two groups for now as follows:

Group A Group B
Andrej Sekera Mike Komisarek
Eric Staal Tim Gleason
Jared Staal Ryan Murphy
Jiri Tlusty Kevin Westgarth
Riley Nash Jordan Staal
Drayson Bowman Nathan Gerbe
Jeremy Welsh Tuomo Ruutu
Justin Faulk Elias Lindholm
Alexander Semin Radek Dvorak
Zach Boychuk Zac Dalpe
Matt Corrente Mark Flood
Pat Dwyer Aaron Palushaj
Danny Biega Brett Sutter
Keegan Lowe Jay Harrison
Michal Jordan Trevor Carrick
Brody Sutter Brock McGinn
Victor Rask Jeff Skinner
Justin Shugg Brendan Woods
Austin Levi Sergey Tolchinsky
Chris Terry Rasmus Rissanen
Nicholas Blanchard Beau Schmitz
Brett Bellemore
Anton Khudobin Cam Ward
Justin Peters Mike Murphy


In case you missed the news, the annual Caniac Carnival is this Sunday, September 15.  There will be activities until the headline event, a red/white scrimmage which starts at 1 p.m.  The Eye will be open at 9 and will be selling the new style jerseys.

For more specifics, check out Carolina



Ron Hainsey traveled today and should be at the rink for the first time to practice tomorrow.  Nathan Gerbe has missed camp so far due to personal reasons.