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Hurricanes training camp open to the public

hurricanespuckThe Hurricanes have invited 51 players to their main training camp, including five goaltenders, 18 defensemen and 28 forwards.

All training camp practices are open to the media. See the training camp schedule by clicking here.

Seventeen players who represented the Hurricanes for the last five days during the NHL Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, MI, will join the main camp: forwards Phil Di Giuseppe, Patrick Brown, Clark Bishop, Victor Rask, Brock McGinn, Brendan Woods, Sergey Tolchinsky, Brent Pedersen and Carter Sandlak; defensemen Haydn Fleury, Josh Wesley, Dennis Robertson, Trevor Carrick, Kyle Jenkins and Tyler Ganly; and goaltenders Alex Nedeljkovic and Daniel Altshuller.

The Hurricanes will open training camp with player physicals on Sept. 18, and then hit the ice for their first official practices at PNC Arena on Friday, Sept. 19., beginning at 8:55 a.m. The team will play its first preseason game at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21, at PNC Arena against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Carolina opens its 2014-15 regular season against the New York Islanders on Friday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. at PNC Arena.

The Carolina Hurricanes open their 2014 exhibition schedule at PNC Arena on Sept. 21 against the Columbus Blue Jackets, and will kick off the 2014-15 regular-season campaign on Oct. 10 against the New York Islanders. For information about 2014-15 Hurricanes ticket packages, please call 1-866-NHL-CANES (1-866-645-2263) or visit www.CarolinaHurricanes.com/tickets.

- From news release

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Red Wings assistant named Hurricanes head coach

Bill Peters.

Bill Peters.

Bill Peters, assistant coach for the Detroit Red Wings, has been named the Carolina Hurricanes’ head coach. Peters will be the 13th man to serve as head coach for the franchise, and the fourth since the team’s arrival in North Carolina.

GM Ron Francis will introduce Peters during a news conference on Friday at noon in PNC Arena’s Varsity Club, which will stream live on CarolinaHurricanes.com.

Peters, 48, has served as assistant coach for the Red Wings for the past three seasons, working primarily with Detroit’s defensemen and penalty kill units.

For more on the announcement, please click here.

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Hurricanes’ head coach Kirk Muller and two assistants fired

Kirk Muller

Kirk Muller

Carolina Hurricanes head coach Kirk Muller and assistant coaches John MacLean and Dave Lewis have been fired.

“We thank Kirk, John and Dave for their time and effort during the past three seasons,” said Canes’ GM Ron Francis. “Kirk and his staff worked very hard, but we feel that the team is in need of a fresh start at this time.”

Muller, 48, compiled a record of 80-80-27 during three seasons with Carolina after being named head coach on Nov. 28, 2011. It was his first head coaching position in the NHL.

The Canes reassigned goaltending coach Greg Stefan to the pro scouting department. Assistant Coach Rod Brind’Amour remains part of the coaching staff.

But who will be named head coach. Stay tuned.

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Sloppy end to the Hurricanes home schedule

canesReality smacked the Carolina Hurricanes square in the face on Thursday, as the team faced its first game after being mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. It also happened to be the team’s home finale.

The visiting Washington Capitals got the better of the two divisional foes with a 5-2 win.

“It wasn’t a good game overall,” Canes coach coach Kirk Muller said. “To me, it looked like two teams that pretty much, in the last few days, were mathematically out of the playoffs It looked like a sloppy game, and I don’t think it was a good hockey game by either team. But for our last game at home, we were hoping for more.”

Captain Eric Staal said the team’s effort wasn’t clearly not good enough. “We had breakdowns, and it ended up in our net. It just wasn’t good enough. There’s not much else to say. We need to be better.”

The Hurricanes have two away games left before the season ends. There are sure to be some big changes before next season.

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Hurricanes now an amazing 20-3-4 when scoring first

Jiri Tlusty.

Jiri Tlusty.

Jiri Tlusty scored twice for Carolina, including a goal midway through the first period, to lead the Hurricanes to a 3-0 victory at Florida.

The Hurricanes, who are now eight points out of the second of two Eastern Conference wild-card spots for the Stanley Cup Playoffs with 10 games remaining, are now 20-3-4 when scoring first.

Goalie Anton Khudobin made 35 saves for his third career shutout, first this season. Carolina completed a three-game season sweep of Florida, and Khudobin was in net for all three games.

Jeff Skinner had the other goal for the Canes.

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Canes come from behind in third period to move above .500

Alexander Semin.

Alexander Semin.

In one of the most exciting home games of the year, the Carolina Hurricanes came from behind to defeat the Buffalo Sabres 4-2. Alexander Semin and Jiri Tlusty scored third-period goals to give the Hurricanes the win at PNC Arena on Thursday.

Carolina goalie Cam Ward made 21 saves for the Hurricanes for his eighth win of the season. The win moved the Canes above .500 at 29-28-9.

For more on the game, please click here.

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Hurricanes sideline reporter speaks at Raleigh Sports Club

Chantel McCabe.

Chantel McCabe.

Carolina Hurricanes sideline reporter Chantel McCabe will be the luncheon speaker at the Raleigh Sports Club meeting Wednesday, March 12. She will discuss the Hurricanes in general, recent roster moves and playoff projections.

The RSC will honor Hunter Kuehn, Sanderson basketball player, as the student athlete of the week for outstanding achievement in the classroom, community and on the field.

Meetings are held in Bradley Hall in Highland UMC, 1901 Ridge Road at the intersection of Lake Boone Trail, just inside the Raleigh Beltline. Buffet lines open at 11:30 a.m. and the meeting starts at 12 noon. See http://www.raleighsportsclub.org/ for details.

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Hurricanes deal Ruutu to New Jersey for young center, conditional pick

Andrei Loktionov.

Andrei Loktionov.

The Carolina Hurricanes today announced that the team has acquired center Andrei Loktionov (ahn-DRAY lawk-too-OH-nawf) and a conditional draft pick from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for forward Tuomo Ruutu.

“Andrei is a young, skilled forward who will play on our power play,” said Jim Rutherford, Canes President and General Manager. “Tuomo was a good player for the Hurricanes and we thank him for his contributions to our organization over the past seven years.”

Loktionov, 23, has totaled four goals and eight assists (12 points) in 48 games with New Jersey during his first full NHL season.

The Hurricanes save a huge amount of cap hit (up to $4 million) while acquiring a younger player who fits the team while also tacking on an above-median draft pick as well.

Loktionov, a Voskresensk, Russia native, made his NHL debut for Los Angeles during the 2009-10 season before suffering a shoulder injury. He returned to action the following year, and was a member of the Kings’ Stanley Cup Championship team in 2011-12. Los Angeles’ seventh pick, 123rd overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Loktionov (5’10”, 180 lbs.) has totaled 38 points (19g, 19a) and 20 penalty minutes in 135 career games with Los Angeles and New Jersey. His career statistics are below.

The Hurricanes return to Raleigh today and host the New York Rangers at PNC Arena on Friday (7 p.m., SportSouth, Hurricanes Radio Network).

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Hurricanes recall goaltender Cam Ward

Cam Ward.

Cam Ward.

The Carolina Hurricanes today announced that the team has recalled goaltender Cam Ward from the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Ward, 29, was 1-1 with a 2.02 goals-against average and .937 save percentage in two AHL games for the Checkers during his conditioning stint. The Saskatoon, Sask., native has missed the Hurricanes’ last 14 games due to a lower-body injury and the conditioning assignment. Prior to the injury, Ward (6’1”, 185 lbs.) had posted a 6-7-5 record, a 3.15 goals-against average and an .895 save percentage in 19 games with Carolina this season. He is the Hurricanes franchise’s all-time leader in games played by a goaltender (450), wins (220) and shutouts (21). The Hurricanes drafted Ward in the first round, 25th overall, in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

The Hurricanes host the Winnipeg Jets at PNC Arena on Tuesday at 7 p.m. (FOX Sports Carolinas, Hurricanes Radio Network) in the second game of a four-game home stand.

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Hurricanes get complete game win over tough St. Louis Blues

Jeff Skinner.

Jeff Skinner.

The Carolina Hurricanes may very well have played their best, most complete game of the year in a 3-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues Friday night in a game with a playoff atmosphere.

The Blues, which has the best record of a western conference team against the east teams, fell behind early as the Canes’ Nathan Gerbe scored four minutes in but managed to tie it on a power play goal.

In the second period, the Hurricanes’ Jeff Skinner scored after a face off in front of the Blues net to put the home team up 2-1.

Late in the third period, the Canes’ Alexander Semin wrapped it up with a contested empty net goal.

“We knew we had to come out strong against them but we carried it all the way through 60 minutes,” Skinner said. “It’s a big win but we want to focus on the next game, keep picking up points.”

The win, which kicks off a four-game home stand, puts the Hurricanes at 59 points, four behind the second-place New York Rangers. The Hurricanes are now 11-4 since Dec. 31.

Goalie Anton Khudobin, subbing for injured Cam Ward, improved to 12-4 with 26 saves against the second-highest scoring team in the NHL.