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NHL realignment to come next season?

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: NHL, Rumors

Winnipeg JetsTo say the geographical situation in the NHL is less than desirable would be an understatement. With the move of the Atlanta Thrashers to Winnipeg (to play as the Winnipeg Jets) means that the Jets will have some of the most arduous travel schedule in history, but NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman thinks he has a solution to the problem, and he’ll spend the next two and a half months reviewing the situation.

 

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Carolina Hurricanes tweak roster hoping to get back to playoffs

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, NHL

Eric StaalThe Carolina Hurricanes won the Stanley Cup in 2006. Since then, it’s been almost exclusive misery for the fans and team in Raleigh. The Hurricanes have failed to make the playoffs in four of the past five seasons. In that fifth season, they finished sixth and won two seven-game series before bowing out of the Conference Final in four games. This season, Carolina hopes that a few roster tweaks will mean the difference between a playoff berth and early tee times on the golf courses.

 

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Cam Ward keeping Carolina Hurricanes playoff hopes alive

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, NHL

Cam WardIt appears as though Cam Ward needs to be flawless. In his last two games, he was exactly that for all but 12 seconds, and it cost his team two points as a result. Ward stopped all 40 shots in a win against Buffalo on Tuesday, but his Carolina Hurricanes fell 3-1 to the Maple Leafs on Wednesday night. In that game, he stopped 16 of 19 shots, but was also utterly useless for a brief moment in the second period when he let in a pair of weak goals a dozen seconds apart.

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Jeff Skinner welcomes himself to the NHL

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, NHL

Jeff SkinnerThe Carolina Hurricanes may put in a request to play all of their games in Finland. The ‘Canes won their second game in Helsinki in as many tries – and as many games this season – with a 2-1 shootout victory over the Minnesota Wild. Last year, Carolina only won two of their first 18 games; which was directly responsible for their finishing with just 80 points. By November 13 of last season, the Hurricanes had eight points total.

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Guillaume Latendresse scores the first goal of the 2010-11 NHL season

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, NHL

Guillaume LatendresseThe NHL season does not start with the first drop of the puck; it starts with the first puck in the net. Minnesota’s Guillaume Latendresse had the honors of kicking off 2010 when he netted a wrist shot over Carolina’s Cam Ward at 3:33 of the first period in their game in Helsinki, Finland. Although the goal came in a 4-3 losing effort, it served as official notice that the talk is over; hockey is back.

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The worst teams have more than that in common

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Front Office, NHL

Ron WilsonAre there any coaches liked less than Ron Wilson? His comments about Team Canada after their Olympic victory against his American squad have put him under the spotlight and fans are calling for his head. Now back as the head honcho of the last-place team in the Eastern Conference, Wilson is once again just the most recent of a string of Leaf coaches who are going through rough times. The three worst records in the NHL belong to the Hurricanes, Leafs, and Oilers. With a combined record of 63-100-24, all three have more than just that in common. The three coaches are the three most recent heads of the Maple Leafs.

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