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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 re-injuring 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.
Wed. Sep 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis has indicated that he expects Semin (wrist) will be ready to go for training camp, NHL.com reports.
Impact: There was speculation about a month ago that Semin hit a wall in his recovery from offseason wrist surgery, but the winger has apparently experienced no lingering issues to this point. After signing a five-year, $35 million extension prior to last season, Semin's 22 goals and 20 assists in 65 games qualified as a disappointment. He'll probably need to get back to producing around 60 points per season in order to justify the Hurricanes' huge financial outlay.
Wed. Sep 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Sekera said Wednesday that he's fully recovered from his April abdominal surgery, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Impact: Despite missing eight games due to injury, Sekera turned in the best season of his career in his first campaign in Carolina, netting 11 goals and 33 assists to go along with a plus-4 rating. Though he'll seemingly enter 2014-15 with his health intact, Sekera's modest offensive output during his prior six seasons in Buffalo should give fantasy players pause in paying for last season's numbers. It's probably within his abilities to make another run at 40 points, but there's an equally good chance he played over his head last season based on what his larger career sample size would suggest. He'll open the year on the Canes' top pairing alongside Justin Faulk.