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Storm Advisory for October 4th: NHL News, Rumors, Links and Daily Roundup

Slavin an analytics darling, Vegas donates and Bryan Bickell returns to the Blackhawks for one more day.

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Jamie Kellner

Good morning. Your 2017-18 Carolina Hurricanes roster is now set. It’s opening night for four teams, and only a few more days until the start of the season for the Canes, so buckle in.

The Canes Country Podcast is recording Episode 11 today and will be offering an extensive season preview of the Canes. Do you have any questions for the guys that you want answered? Leave it in the comment section below or hashtag #CCPod on Twitter. Other NHL topics are also welcome.

Reading Assignments

  • Congratulations to Bryan Bickell, who will sign a one-day contract today to retire from the NHL as a Chicago Blackhawk. [Second City Hockey]
  • Ron Francis stated his confidence in his team’s speed yesterday to the Sports Shop. [WRALSportsFan audio]
  • TSN listed its analytics darlings and duds. A certain Canes defenseman with an extra C in his name made the cut. [TSN]
  • The Vegas Golden Knights are teaming up with the NHL and making a joint donation to first responders and victims’ families after the terrible tragedy that occurred in Las Vegas this week. [NHL]
  • Our parent blog, SB Nation NHL, makes a bold prediction about the Hurricanes. [SB Nation]
  • The Ringer is also on board. [The Ringer]
  • The News & Observer questions if Haydn Fleury is the weak link on defense. (Ron Howard voice: he’s not.) [News & Observer]
  • Justin Faulk talked Twins vs. Yankees, defense partners, locker room leadership, and optimism for the upcoming season in a conversation with Adam & Joe of 99.9 FM The Fan. [WRAL Sports Fan]
  • Craig Custance’s annual goalie tiers survey is out, and it’s Carey Price and everyone else. Scott Darling checks in as a Tier 4 goaltender. [The Athletic ($)]
  • Jack Eichel signed a big extension with the Buffalo Sabres last night. [Buffalo News]
  • Tom Wilson was suspended four games for his hit on the Blues’ Sammy Blais. Guess that preseason suspension had some teeth after all. [Washington Post]
  • Is hockey’s culture of toughness worth the hidden costs? [Stanley Cup of Chowder]
  • Justin Peters’ time at Dinamo Riga in the KHL came to a swift end yesterday:
  • Former Canes TV host Michelle McMahon is back in hockey again while still staying with her day job at the Big Ten Network:
  • NHL Network answers five key questions about the Eastern Conference: