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.
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|
|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 Hurricanes.com.
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.