With a break in the Canes game schedule, no better time to get caught up on what's going on in and around the team.
From the top
- On Monday, Hurricanes majority owner Peter Karmanos will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. He says he'll be 'nervous as hell' for the induction ceremony [NHL.com] and talks about his legacy and future plans [Detroit Free Press].
- If you read one link from my clips list, READ THIS ONE. Yesterday Ron Francis sat down with Michael Smith for an insightful conversation about the start of the season, where the team needs to improve, contribution by the rookies, and more [CH.com]. (editorial note, click it if for no other reason than to read what he has to say about Brett Pesce and Brock McGinn).
Welcome to #Noahvember
"We wanted him to be here, be with our coaches and work in our system every single day. He seems like a very mature kid. He’s very willing to work and learn. From a physical standpoint, he’s really not an 18-year-old. He’s a big, strong kid. We felt with all those things, it was important to have him here working with our guys day in and day out." - Ron Francis
- Based on the GM's comments (echoed last week by coach Bill Peters), there seems to have been no doubt Noah Hanifin would be sticking with the big club this season.
- That said, there's nothing to preclude a stint with the Charlotte Checkers if it is deemed necessary for the rookie defenseman's development, and [Canes and Coffee] wonders if now is a good time to do that.
- [Today's Slapshot] admires Hanifin's ability to bounce back like a pro, a characteristic that was also noticed by Rod Brind'Amour when he spoke with Adam and Joe a few days ago [WRAL SportsFan (8:00 mark)].
- If you missed it last week, Hanifin visited the NHL offices where he met with commissioner Gary Bettman, held a fan Q&A [Periscope], and was interviewed by NHL Network where he talked about his confidence in playing at the NHL level [NHL.com].
- Vegas seems to be catching on as well, moving Hanifin into the top ten, albeit still a long shot, in their Calder odds [Yahoo NHL]. This was obviously published before odds-on favorite Connor McDavid was sidelined last night with what is now known to be a broken collarbone [SBNation NHL], and we wish Connor all the best in his recovery.
Canes players in the news
- Newcomer Kris Versteeg leads the Canes in points (10) and assists (8), and he'll be Mike Maniscalco's guest for the first Canes Corner of the season at Backyard Bistro Thursday night. Make the trip over for dinner and a show, or tune in to 99.9 The Fan at 7:00 pm [details on CH.com]. No indication as to whether Verbeauty will be busting out his interpretive dance moves.
- Brett Pesce is showing he belongs in the NHL [CardiacCane]. His Junior A team, the Jersey Hitmen, remember him as "a smooth skater, never got himself into trouble with the puck and made the right play every time," and he has the distinction of being the first Hitmen player to play in an NHL game [USPHL]. Former Hurricanes reporter Chantel McCabe, also an alumnus of the University of New Hampshire, recently caught up with Pesce's UNH coach Dick Umile for a few comments about his former player [Facebook].
- If you leave now, you may make it to Moe's Southwest Grill in Cary in time to be one of the first 100 Hurricanes fans in attendance to be an extra in a video shoot with Justin Faulk. Filming is at 2:00 pm [details on Moes Twitter and Facebook].
- Nine Canes players are participating in Movember this year, growing mustaches to raise awareness and funds for men's cancer research [CH.com]. By the way, if you're curious as to how Movember came to be, here's founder Adam Garone's story and it's a pretty good one [TED].
- The Charlotte Checkers are off to a solid start to their season, 6-4-0 with all their games having been played on the road and with two of their best players now in Raleigh. They finally return to Charlotte Saturday night for their home opener at the newly renovated Bojangles Coliseum [GoCheckers.com]. Check out their twitter page [@CheckersHockey] for photos of the new venue. Here's a look as the players took the ice for the first time at their new arena yesterday.
- For the latest on the Canes prospects in the other minor leagues, including Sebastian Aho's performance in Liiga play, Hayden Fleury in Red Deer, and Warren Foegele's move to the OHL, check out The Pipeline Report [Canes and Coffee],
Other Canes News
- No surprises here, the Hurricanes saw a slump in admissions and suite revenues last season [TBJ] and attendance isn't looking good so far this season [3rdLineGrind].
- Monday night the Canes held an exclusive All Access event at PNC Arena for full season ticket holders; here's a social media recap from fans in attendance [CH.com].
- Finally, if you're familiar with Twitter, you may be aware of a change Twitter made yesterday to the way users bookmark or like tweets from other users. Formerly designated by a 'favorite' feature with a star icon, yesterday Twitter switched to a 'like' feature with a heart icon. This was not a popular change and was met with much grumbling from the social media community. The Canes decided to have a little fun with it as part of their promotion for Friday's game.