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Storm Advisory 4/2/20: NHL News, Links and Daily Roundup

Everybody loves John and Tripp, a former Hurricane hangs up his pads, and what is Rod Brind’Amour binge-watching on Netflix these days?

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Good morning and happy April! March was one of the weirdest months in the history of ever, but I fear April is going to say “hold my beer.” This writer has a feeling things are going to get worse before they get better. With that, here is your COVID-19 free news roundup. Thanks for hunkering down with us.

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Program note: You may notice I included quite a few articles from The Athletic today. Typically when I pull together a Story Advisory, I try to avoid overloading folks with paywall articles since I know not everyone subscribes. That said, The Athletic continues to put out a ton of relevant content, plus they’re currently offering a 90-day free trial. So if you’ve considered subscribing or just want access to more articles while we’re in downtime mode, now is probably a good time.

  • Speaking of which, hockey writers across The Athletic asked readers to weigh in with opinions on the best and worse local NHL broadcast teams. The results were published yesterday, and not to play spoiler but it should come as no surprise that the Hurricanes broadcast team of John Forslund and Tripp Tracy were rated pretty well.
  • As it should be, after the article was published Tripp had a story to tell.

Steve Perry. HUGE Caniac.

  • Meanwhile, Forslund joined Mike Maniscalco and Michael Smith for this week’s CanesCast.
  • In case you were wondering which shows Rod Brind’Amour is binge watching on Netflix, he joined Joe Ovies and Joe Giglio Tuesday on the OG (Mar. 31 episode, first 12 minutes). [WRALSportsFan]
  • Some accolades for Rod’s son. Is anyone surprised by his faceoff prowess?
  • Let’s take a look into the future, 2020-something, and another Stanley Cup championship for your Carolina Hurricanes. [The Athletic $]
  • “Always an Eagle.” Team captain David Cotton shares his thoughts as he wraps up his college career. [Boston College]
  • Former Hurricane Eddie Lack officially called it an NHL career this week, in typical Eddie fashion.
  • Eddie led the Vancouver Canucks to the playoffs in 2015 and was traded to the Hurricanes during the off-season. He had more than a few interesting memories about his time in both places. [The Athletic $]
  • Who is the Hurricanes’ fantasy MVP? Unsung hero? Biggest surprise? Here’s a snapshot. []
  • Each team had a feel-good story this season. Let’s remember them. [ESPN]
  • Those crazy kids from the Canes social media team were at it again on Wednesday.
  • Hey, remember that time an EBUG beat the Leafs? [ESPN]
  • It would be super cool if the NHL and NHLPA could find a way to approach their upcoming labor talks with a long-term view. [The Athletic $]
  • In honor of April Fools Day (which came and went uneventfully), Charlotte Checkers players dish about their favorite pranks.
  • If you want to be the best, you have to beat the best, and here’s your chance. Register for a chance to show off your Fortnite skills against Checkers expert Alex Nedeljkovic. []
  • The ECHL and Professional Hockey Players’ Association (PHPA) announced a relief fund to assist ECHL players and their families suffering financial hardship following cancellation of the 2019-20 season. [ECHL]
  • Go behind the scenes to see how a manufacturer makes the switch from hockey gear to frontline safety medical gear. [The Athletic $]
  • Finally, if you’re in need of a little stress relief: