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Mon. Sep 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Tlusty skated with Eric Staal and Alexander Semin at practice Monday, and this is expected to be the Canes' first line on opening night, the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Impact: At the start of training camp, there was some speculation whether new coach Bill Peters would insert Jeff Skinner in Tlusty's spot on the top line. However, at this point it appears Tlusty will at least open the season as the team's No. 1 left winger, which is good news considering the disappointing 30-point campaign he stumbled through last season. Having said that, Peters will likely not hesitate to switch things up if Tlusty struggles out of the gate, so he remains a somewhat risky fantasy selection in our minds.
Sep 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Staal has been assigned to AHL Charlotte pending waivers, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Impact: Time is ticking away for the youngest Staal brother, who is now 24 years old and has been playing in the AHL for the better part of the last five seasons. Trouble is, despite the fact he was a decent scorer in junior, averaging 50 points a season for the Sudbury Wolves of the OHL, he has just 25 combined points in 164 AHL games. He should not be on anyone's fantasy radar right now.
Fri. Sep 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Nash is the Canes' first option to take over the No. 2 center spot in place of the injured Jordan Staal, according to Luke DeCock of the Raleigh News & Observer.
Impact: This is a great opportunity for Nash to finally be used in more of a scoring role after playing primarily as a checking line center the last few years. So far in the preseason, he has been skating on a line with Elias Lindholm and Jeff Skinner, two of the Canes' more skilled wingers. If this combination sticks, Nash could be primed to take a big step forward this season. At this point, he's worthy of a late-round sleeper pick selection in deeper drafts.
Fri. Sep 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Updating a previous report, the Canes are more in favor of keeping Lindholm on the wing, instead of moving him to the No. 2 center spot in place of the injured Jordan Staal, according to Luke DeCock of the Raleigh News & Observer.
Impact: While Lindholm may still see some time at the center position, the Canes feel moving him there full time will leave them weaker on the wings, where they have even fewer options. The plan instead - at least initially - will be to move third-line center Riley Nash into Staal's spot on the second line, and also give rookie Victor Rask a look anchoring the third unit.
Fri. Sep 26, 2014 | STATS
News: Staal is expected to miss 3-4 months after breaking a bone in his right leg during an exhibition game.
Impact: Staal is scheduled to undergo surgery Friday on his fractured fibula. He was hurt on what appeared to be an innocent play with 6:35 left in the third period of a 2-0 loss at Buffalo on Sept. 23. He was skating up the right boards inside the Sabres zone when he was checked into the boards by defenseman Josh Gorges. Staal immediately fell to the ice and was unable to put any weight on the leg as he left the rink.
Thu. Sep 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dwyer sat out Thursday's practice with a groin injury, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Impact: Dwyer also missed Wednesday's preseason game against the Islanders, presumably for the same reason, after playing the previous night against Buffalo. Dwyer scored a career-high 22 points last season and is expected to reprise his role on the Canes' third line this year, health permitting.
Thu. Sep 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Harrison (undisclosed) sat out Thursday's practice, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Impact: Harrison was apparently "dinged up" during Wednesday's preseason win over the Islanders. It sounds like this is simply a case of bumps and brusies, which should not cause Harrison to miss any significant time.
Thu. Sep 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Staal will undergo surgery to repair a fractured fibula in his right leg and is expected to miss three-to-four months.
Impact: The Hurricanes were bracing for the worst after Staal broke his leg in Tuesday's exhibition game, and it appears they've received just that with the news that surgery will be necessary for the center. Staal will undergo the procedure on Friday, which will likely keep him out until around the All-Star break. Despite Staal's dropoff in production last season with the Hurricanes, his absence still represents a huge hit to the team's depth down the middle.
Thu. Sep 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Terry sat out Thursday's practice with a groin injury, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Impact: Terry is competing for a job on one of the Canes' checking lines this season, after spending most of the last two years playing for the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL. He is considered more of a depth player at this stage of his career, and is expected to open the season back in the minors once he's healthy.
Thu. Sep 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: It has yet to be determined whether Staal will require surgery on his broken leg, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Impact: Staal was set to undergo a thorough evaluation by team doctors Thursday, but the results of those tests may not be available for a few days. If the Hurricanes do decide to go the surgery route, Staal would likely be looking at a long-term recovery period, which could potentially stretch into the second half of the season. Second-year forward Elias Lindholm is expected to receive the first opportunity to fill in for Staal as the Hurricanes' second-line center.
Thu. Sep 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Murphy registered a goal and an assist -- both on the power play -- during Wednesday's 4-2 preseason win over the Islanders.
Impact: Last season, Murphy played in all but eight of the Canes' first 47 games and was looking like he would be a regular member of the lineup. However, he suffered an upper-body injury in January, then spent most of the remainder of the season at AHL Charlotte. This season, Murphy is getting another shot at cracking the roster, but will face stiff competition for a spot on the third defensive pairing. If he can keep putting up points in the preseason while still being responsible in his own zone, he has a pretty good shot at making the team. As Tuesday's results will attest, Murphy is very adept on the man advantage and should see a boatload of minutes on the power play if he wins himself a roster spot.
Wed. Sep 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: With Jordan Staal (leg) out indefinitely, Rask's chances of cracking the Hurricanes' Opening Night roster could get a boost, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Impact: After shining for the Hurricanes during the recent prospects tournament in Traverse City, Mich., Rask has carried over those successes to training camp, making a strong impression on new coach Bill Peters and his staff. The 21-year-old is coming off a quality first professional season for AHL Charlotte, with whom he tallied 16 goals and 23 assists over 76 games. It would still be wise to temper expectations for Rask if he manages to earn a roster spot, since he likely wouldn't be in line for a huge allotment of minutes in his first taste of NHL action.
Wed. Sep 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lindholm will likely be shifted from wing to center, filling in for Jordan Staal who suffered a broken leg during a preseason game Tuesday, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Impact: So far in training camp, Lindholm had been skating on the Canes' top line with Eric Staal and Jeff Skinner, so a move down to the second line would certainly have a negative impact on Lindholm's fantasy value to start the season. Hopefully, the team finds another option for the No. 2 center position between now and Opening Night, allowing Lindholm to shift back up to the top line. Monitor carefully.
Wed. Sep 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Staal (broken leg) will return to Raleigh and receive an evaluation from team doctors Thursday.
Impact: The evaluation should clarify a firmer timetable for Staal's recovery, but it seems likely that he could miss multiple months after fracturing a bone in the lower half of his right leg Tuesday night. Staal was looking to rebound after he posted only 15 goals and 25 assists in 82 games last season, but the significant injury will hinder his chances of reemerging as a 50-point scorer.
Tue. Sep 23, 2014 | STATS
News: Staal broke his lower right leg in a preseason game at Buffalo on Tuesday night, general manager Ron Francis said.
Impact: Staal is scheduled to return to Raleigh, North Carolina, with the team Wednesday after its preseason game against the New York Islanders, and will be evaluated by team doctors the next day. Francis said he didn't have a timetable for Staal's recovery.
Tue. Sep 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Staal sustained a broken bone in the lower part of his right leg during Tuesday's exhibition at Buffalo, Stephen Whyno of the Canadian Press reports.
Impact: A timetable has not been released regarding Staal's return to the ice, but it would seem likely that he'll miss significant time. He needed crutches to move around after Tuesday's preseason contest, and fantasy owners will want to monitor his status in the coming days for a clearer picture regarding how much time he'll miss.
Tue. Sep 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Staal (leg) was spotted using crutches while moving around in the locker room after Tuesday's preseason contest, Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News reports.
Impact: Staal also underwent X-rays after the game, the results of which likely won't be available until Wednesday. While it's possible the Hurricanes just had Staal use the crutches so as not to aggravate his leg injury any further, the scene certainly warrants some concern. There should be more clarity regarding a possible return timetable by the end of the week, but things certainly don't look promising for Staal.
Tue. Sep 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Staal suffered an apparent right leg injury late in Tuesday's exhibition loss against the Sabres and required assistance off the ice, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Impact: The Hurricanes fell to 0-2 in the preseason after Tuesday's defeat, but the health of their second-line center is obviously of graver concern for the club. According to Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News, Staal wasn't able to put any weight on his leg as he exited the ice following a hit from the Sabres' Josh Gorges. The team will reevaluate him after the game, but there seems to be legitimate fear Staal may have suffered a significant injury.
Tue. Sep 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Boychuk will skate on the top line with Jordan Staal and Jiri Tlusty during Tuesday's preseason game against the Sabres, the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Impact: At first glance, Boychuk seems an unlikely candidate for a full-time role with the 'Canes at this stage in his career, given that he has bounced back and forth between the NHL and AHL over the past six seasons. That said, he did score 74 points in 69 games last season with the Charlotte Checkers, so it looks like the 'Canes are giving him a long look in a scoring role during training camp and preseason. However, even if he does crack the roster, it's more likely to be as a member of the third or fourth line.
Mon. Sep 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Semin will be held out of the Canes' second preseason game Tuesday against the Sabres, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Impact: Semin had offseason surgery on his wrist, and the move to limit his preseason game action by new coach Bill Peters is reportedly just a cautionary move. So far, there has been no word of Semin reinjuring his wrist in training camp, so we fully expect him to start the regular season on schedule at this point.
Mon. Sep 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Khudobin will start the Canes' second preseason game Tuesday against the Sabres, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Impact: The Canes lost 4-3 to the Blue Jackets on Sunday with Cam Ward starting in net, however Ward did receive a positive review from new head coach Bill Peters. Given Ward's hefty contract, along with the length of his tenure in Raleigh, Khudobin will likely have to stand on his head in the preseason to have a real shot at opening the season as the team's No. 1 netminder.
Mon. Sep 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ward started the Hurricanes' first preseason game Sunday, allowing three goals on 13 shots in a 4-3 loss to Columbus. He played roughly half the game, giving way to junior prospect Alex Nedeljkovic in the second period.
Impact: The good news is, all three goals came on quality shots by the Jackets, and Ward earned a positive review from his coach, Bill Peters. "I thought ‘Wardo' was good," Peters said. "On the goals we gave up, there's nothing the goalies can do. We've got to be better defensively than that." Overall, this was probably not the preseason start Ward was looking for, but it doesn't sound like it has hurt his chances at starting the season as the Canes' No. 1 goalie. In the meantime, however, Anton Khudobin will get a look in the Canes' second preseason scrimmage Tuesday against the Sabres.
Sep 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Nash will center the second line between Jeff Skinner and Elias Lindholm in the Canes' first preseason game Sunday against Columbus, the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Impact: This looks to be a temporary assignment for now, as coach Bill Peters has decided to rest Eric Staal against the Jackets, meaning second- and third line centers Jordan Staal and Nash move up in the pecking order. Once the regular season begins, Nash is more likely to be back centering the third line with the likes of Nathan Gerbe and either Patrick Dwyer or Zach Boychuk.
Sep 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Staal will be held out of the Canes' first preseason game as a precaution, reports the Raleigh News & Observer.
Impact: According to coach Bill Peters, Staal is not injured, and has not not missed any practice time in camp. However, Staal did have surgery for an abdominal injury this summer, and it sounds like Peters is just being cautious with his star center in the early going. For now, this does not appear to be something that will affect Staal's preseason fantasy value, but it's worth keeping an eye on nonetheless.
Sat. Sep 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Staal has been skating with Alexander Semin and Jiri Tlusty so far in training camp, reports the Raleigh News & Observer.
Impact: Although it's early and new coach Bill Peters will likely experiment with various line combinations before the start of the regular season, Staal could really benefit from inheriting his brother Eric's linemates from the last two seasons. Semin and Tlusty are two reliable, scoring wingers who are used to playing on the same line together, something Staal has often lacked since joining the Canes two seasons ago. One thing is for certain - Staal will once again open the season as the Canes' second-line center, so it's really just a matter of who will be his wingers at this point - likely some combination of Semin, Tlusty, Jeff Skinner and Elias Lindholm.
Sat. Sep 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Staal has been skating with Jeff Skinner and Elias Lindholm so far in training camp, reports the Raleigh News & Observer.
Impact: Staal, who is attempting to rebound from a disappointing 2013-14 season (61 points in 79 games) in which he skated primarily with Alexander Semin and Jiri Tlusty, could be looking at a fresh start this season with a new coach (Bill Peters) and new linemates. And although Peters cautioned reporters on the first day of camp not to read too much into his initial line combination choices, the thought of Staal playing with Skinner and Lindholm - two of the Canes' most skilled forwards - is an intriguing one. While it's still just the first week of training camp, and nothing is written in stone at this point, it's a situation worth keeping an eye on.
Wed. Sep 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: McGinn has been invited to the Hurricanes' training camp despite being slowed by a leg injury at the annual Traverse City prospects tournament, the Raleigh News & Observer reports. GM Ron Francis said McGinn was not at 100 percent during the tournament, and described the injury as a "charley horse".
Impact: Despite the injury, McGinn was one of several Canes prospects to receive an invitation to training camp, even though most, if not all, will likely wind up back in junior or at AHL Charlotte. McGinn is one of the Canes' more promising prospects, having scored 85 points in 58 games last season with the Guelph Storm of the OHL.
Wed. Sep 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Rask has been invited to the Hurricanes' training camp after impressing the coaching staff at the annual Traverse City prospects tournament, the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Impact: The 21-year-old Rask will now compete for a roster spot after finishing the tournament with eight points in four games. "[Rask] played well all four games," GM Ron Francis said. "He has very good hockey sense and was good at both ends of the rink, and on special teams. He was consistent, every shift, every game." Bottom line, despite his strong showing thus far, Rask will face some stiff competition in his attempt to crack the Canes' roster. It will be interesting to see how he fares in camp against seasoned NHL veterans. Monitor closely.