News: Lack and the Hurricanes have agreed on a two-year contract extension that will pay the goalie $2.5 million next season and $3 million in 2017-18, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Impact: Lack landed in Carolina this past summer via a trade with Vancouver that involved a pair of draft picks. Cam Ward, the team's veteran goalie, is in the final year of a huge contract worth $6.8 million, so there is reason to believe that Lack will often give way to Ward this season. Of course, Lack could find his way into more regular-season action if he can pick up where he left off with Vancouver last season, when he posted an 18-13-4 record with a 2.45 GAA and .921 save percentage.
News: Hanifin has secured a spot on Carolina's Opening Night roster, Sportsnet's Chris Johnston reports.
Impact: The 18-year-old has apparently shown enough in camp to make the Hurricanes comfortable with him opening the season as one of the team's top-seven defenders. Although it's an exciting development in Hanifin's fledgling career, don't expect the youngster to deliver high-end production as a rookie.
News: Ward will start in goal against the Predators on Opening Night, Oct. 8, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Impact: Ward came up victorious in the team's preseason finale Friday night, stopping 34 shots in the process. Last season, he backstopped his way to a sturdy 2.40 GAA and .910 save percentage through 51 games. The Hurricanes have $6.8 million invested in Ward for the final year of his current contract, so the team will be hoping to get plenty of return on the investment. Eddie Lack figures to be the backup goalie for the Hurricanes this season.