Carolina Hurricanes Player News: All Positions

News: The Golden Knights traded Haula (lower body) to the Hurricanes on Wednesday in exchange for Nicolas Roy, Jesse Granger of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Haula lost the majority of 2018-19 due to a lower-body injury, but he collected seven points (two goals, five assists) over 15 games prior to the season-ending issue. The 2017-18 campaign marked a breakout season for Haula, and the Hurricanes are banking on the 28-year-old pivot returning to the 55-point form he displayed as they look to build off of a postseason run that stretched deeper than most expected.
News: Despite a previous report that suggested otherwise, Wesley was not extended a qualifying offer prior to Tuesday's deadline, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports.
Impact: Wesley will thus become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. The 23-year-old bounced between the AHL and ECHL last year, so he'll likely be looking for an AHL-only deal with a new organization.
News: Di Giuseppe was not extended a qualifying offer by Nashville ahead of Tuesday afternoon's deadline, Adam Vingan of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Di Giuseppe has yet to crack 20 points in a single season, his best year having come in his rookie campaign when he found the scoresheet 17 times in 41 games. While he's sure to receive interest on the open market, the 25-year-old is not guaranteed an NHL roster spot after only managing four points in 2018-19.
News: Wesley received a qualifying offer from the Hurricanes on Tuesday, Chip Alexander of The Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Impact: Considering the 'Canes are sitting with over $24.5 million in cap space, it shouldn't come as a shock to see them tender all 11 of their restricted free agents. The 23-year-old Wesley was limited to just 21 games in the AHL last season due to injury, but apparently the organization is willing to give him another year to prove himself. The blueliner is a long shot to earn an NHL call-up this season and figures to continue playing in the minors.
News: Nedeljkovic received a qualifying offer from the Hurricanes on Tuesday, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Impact: The 2014 second-rounder could be ready to make the move to a full-time NHL role after winning AHL goaltender of the year last season. Regardless of where he ends up this season, retaining Nedeljkovic's rights was an easy decision for the Hurricanes.
News: Forsberg received a qualifying offer from the Hurricanes on Tuesday, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Impact: Carolina just traded for Forsberg a day earlier, so it's no surprise the team opted to retain his rights. Forsberg will likely be AHL-bound come the 2019-20 season, though uncertainty in Carolina's net could lead to him sticking around with the big club should the Swede have a strong camp.
News: Fleury received a qualifying offer from the Hurricanes on Tuesday, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Impact: Fleury has underwhelmed since being selected seventh overall in the 2014 draft, posting nine assists without a goal over 87 career NHL contests. He'll have to fight for a bottom-pairing role in camp and could end up without regular NHL playing time if he doesn't show improvement.
News: McKeown received a qualifying offer from the Hurricanes on Tuesday, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Impact: Alexander notes that Carolina's qualifying all of its RFAs, and McKeown is included among those. McKeown got his first taste of NHL action last season with three points in 10 games, but he'll be fighting an uphill battle to make the roster out of camp.
News: Carrick received a qualifying offer from the Hurricanes on Tuesday, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Impact: Carrick suited up in just one NHL game last season and four in his career, so he'll have a tough time cracking Carolina's lineup out of camp and is more likely to wind up as organizational depth in the AHL.
News: Maenalanen received a qualifying offer from the Hurricanes on Tuesday, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Impact: No surprise here, as the Hurricanes are flush with cap space and opted to qualify all of their RFAs. Maenalanen should return to a bottom-six role, similar to the one in which he totaled eight points over 34 appearances as a rookie last season.
News: Forsling received a qualifying offer from the Hurricanes on Tuesday, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Impact: This move comes as no surprise, as Carolina wouldn't have traded for Forsling just a day earlier if the team didn't intend to sign him. The 23-year-old Swede has 27 points in 122 career NHL appearances with Chicago, and his underwhelming fantasy stock doesn't change much with his new club.
News: Bishop received a qualifying offer from the Hurricanes on Tuesday, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Impact: Bishop will hope to crack Carolina's up-and-coming roster more consistently this season after appearing in 20 games last year and posting just three points. This could turn into a make-or-break campaign for the 23-year-old's future in the NHL.
News: McGinn received a qualifying offer from the Hurricanes on Tuesday, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Impact: McGinn made a lasting memory for both himself and the Hurricanes franchise by scoring the Game 7 double-overtime winner in Carolina's first playoff series this decade. It's no surprise the team wants him back after that accomplishment.
News: Aho received a qualifying offer from the Hurricanes on Tuesday, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Impact: This was a no-brainer for Carolina, as the team will now retain Aho's rights while the two sides attempt to hammer out an extension. After racking up 197 points over his first three NHL campaigns, Aho will get a hefty raise from the $1.75 AAV he was paid on his entry-level deal.
News: Forsberg and Gustav Forsling were traded to the Hurricanes from the Blackhawks in exchange for Calvin de Haan and Aleksi Saarela on Monday.
Impact: A pending restricted free agent, Forsberg spent last season with AHL Rockford, posting a 2.64 GAA and .919 save percentage with a 15-17-1 record. In 35 NHL contests during the 2017-18 campaign, the 6-foot-3 Swede went 10-16-4 with a 2.97 GAA and .908 save percentage. Carolina's goalie situation is very murky at the moment, so it's unclear what the team's intentions with Forsberg will be.
News: Forsling was traded to the Hurricanes along with Anton Forsberg in exchange for Calvin de Haan and Aleksi Saarela on Monday.
Impact: Forsling notched three goals and nine points across 43 NHL contests but struggled to carve out a regular role on Chicago's blue line. He's a restricted free agent this offseason, but with plenty of cap space to work with, Carolina should re-sign him with no issue. Expect the 23-year-old Swede to slot in as a bottom-pair defenseman this season.
News: Fensore was drafted 90th overall by the Hurricanes at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday.
Impact: This is the year of the USNTDP and Fensore is their latest high draft selection. A severely undersized (5-foot-7) rearguard, Fensore played at a listed weight of 154 pounds this past season. It doesn't take a genius to figure out he needs to pack on some serious muscle in order to become a professional player. Fensore is an agile skater with legitimate offensive talent, but until he proves he can add some weight to his lanky frame and still be an effective puck-mover, Fensore's upside will be in question. The New York native is off to Boston University this fall.
News: Honka was drafted 83rd overall by the Hurricanes at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday.
Impact: Absolutely no one doubts Honka's offensive abilities. The talented Finn can take over a game from the back end at any given time. While that's all well and good, Honka's defensive struggles have been well chronicled. In fact, he's more of a rover than a defenseman. It may never happen, and if it does, it's going to take years before Honka is ready to defend within an NHL system. Betting on talent in this sport is always a good idea, but Honka has so many red flags that there are legitimate reasons to be concerned moving forward. The fact his older brother Julius (who has many of the same qualities to his game) is yet to carve out a regular role with Dallas despite getting plenty of opportunities probably doesn't help matters, either.
News: Puistola was drafted 73rd overall by the Hurricanes at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday.
Impact: Taking players with long-term offensive upside in the draft is always a smart play and Carolina added a quality prospect to its stable in Puistola. The Finn is a highly creative and skilled player who can create offense in an instant. Puistola will never be viewed as a power forward, but if he can add a good 15-20 pounds of muscle to his 6-foot frame, he has a chance to develop into a top-six forward as a professional. Puistola is of limited use defensively, so he is going to have to put up points to become a successful pro.
News: Rees was selected 44th overall by the Hurricanes at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday.
Impact: Rees' season was interrupted by a kidney injury that cost him more than two months' worth of time. When all was said and done, he played just 37 games (10 goals, 32 points) for OHL Sarnia. Rees' biggest asset is his ability to make plays at a high speed. He's a legitimate offensive talent, but he didn't produce like one after returning from his injury. That's not really a surprise considering the gravity of it all. Nabbing him at this point in the draft is a definite buy-low opportunity for Carolina. Rees could explode in 2019-20 if he is just able to remain healthy for a full season. He could turn into a nice little jerk.
News: Kochetkov was drafted 36th overall by the Hurricanes at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday.
Impact: Although twice passed over in previous drafts, Kochetkov is the top-rated European goaltender in the draft according to NHL Central Scouting. The 20-year-old (next week) saw his stock explode after a brilliant performance for his native Russia at the World Juniors in which he posted a 1.45 GAA and .953 save percentage in five games. Kochetkov got into a couple KHL games with Sochi, but he spent most of this past season playing for HK Ryazan in the second-division VHL. NHL organizations remain hesitant to draft Russian goaltenders (and Russian players in general) because it is almost always several years before the club sees any sort of payoff. On the other hand, many of these kids are so talented they are worth the roll of the dice. It's difficult to see the downside of Carolina selecting Kochetkov at this point in the draft. Dynasty league owners with deep benches should be all over him.
News: Marleau has been traded to Carolina along with a conditional 2020 first-round pick and a 2020 seventh-round pick for a 2020 sixth-round pick, Lance Hornby of The Toronto Sun reports.
Impact: It appears the purpose of this trade for the Maple Leafs is just to dump some salary, while the Hurricanes may buy out Marleau if he doesn't want to play for them. It's believed that Marleau, who has played all but the last two seasons with the Sharks, is hoping to make a return to San Jose. If the buyout occurs, Marleau would likely be looking at a fairly cheap, short-term contract at his next landing spot.
News: Suzuki was drafted 28th overall by the Hurricanes at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Friday.
Impact: Suzuki's draft stock dropped over the course of the season. The skill is there, especially his playmaking and high hockey IQ. But he only managed 75 points (25 goals, 50 assists) in 65 games with the Barrie Colts (OHL). And scouts thought his compete level lacked intensity and he was too easily pushed out of plays. But Suzuki should eventually ascend to the second line at his peak and could deliver the way Kyle Turris did when he was in Ottawa.
News: Williams said Tuesday that he's unsure whether he'll play next season, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.
Impact: The veteran is set to turn 38 at the beginning of next season, and told reporters that he's been in frequent contact with the Hurricanes about his future. Williams added reliability to a young club last season, racking up 23 goals and 53 points while playing all 82 games. He was also instrumental in the team's Eastern Conference Finals appearance, collecting seven points in 15 playoff games. The winger is set to hit the open market come July 1, and could add a strong veteran presence to any team in the league, should he decide to keep playing.
News: Luostarinen signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Hurricanes on Thursday.
Impact: Carolina selected Luostarinen in the second round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. The 20-year-old forward spent the 2018-19 campaign playing for KalPa of the Finnish Liiga, notching 15 goals and 36 points in 54 contests. The Hurricanes have a lot of depth up front and Luostarinen will likely need time to adapt to the smaller North American ice sheet, so he'll almost certainly spend most of the 2019-20 season in the minors.
News: Sellgren penned a three-year, entry-level contract with Carolina on Tuesday.
Impact: Sellgren notched three goals and 12 helpers in 52 games with Lulea HF (SHL) this season before joining AHL Charlotte on an amatuer tryout for the rest of the 2018-19 campaign. The 20-year-old figures to start 2019-20 in the minors, but could be a call-up option should the Canes' blue line suffer some injuries.
News: Martinook underwent surgery to repair a core muscle injury Tuesday, which will sideline him 4-6 weeks.
Impact: Based on Martinook's timeline, he should be ready for training camp in the fall. The winger played in all 82 regular-season games this season, in which he notched 15 goals and 10 helpers. The 26-year-old should push for a top-six role heading into the 2019-20 campaign, which would set him up well to top his career-high 25 points, a threshold he's reached twice in his career.
News: De Haan will be sidelined 4-6 months after having surgery on his shoulder Tuesday.
Impact: De Haan's recovery time raises doubts about his availability for Opening Night in October, but if he can stay on the short end (four months), he has a chance to be ready for the start of the 2019-20 campaign. The blueliner managed just one point in the postseason, along with 12 shots, 33 hits and 12 blocks. Even when fully fit, the Ontario native's ceiling is likely in the 20-25 point range, which gives him mid-range value at best.
News: Darling will be bought out by Carolina once the league's buyout period arrives, David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period reports.
Impact: Darling is reportedly aware of his team's intentions, and it should come as no surprise considering how poorly he's played since signing with Carolina back in May 2017. This past season, the 30-year-old netminder was demoted to the minors before ultimately deciding to step away from the game entirely in an attempt to regroup mentally. While it would appear likely that another team will give Darling a chance to earn a roster spot in training camp next season, teams will certainly want assurances from him that his head is in the right place before they commit any money or term to him.
News: Niederreiter has been added to Team Switzerland's roster for the IIHF World Hockey Championship in Slovakia.
Impact: Niederreiter's NHL campaign ended on a sour note Thursday when the Hurricanes were eliminated from the playoffs by the Bruins, so he'll now head to Slovakia to try and help Team Switzerland capture gold on an international stage. The 26-year-old winger, who racked up 23 goals and 53 points in 82 games this season, will once again be a solid secondary option in all fantasy formats in 2019-20.
News: Brown was shipped back down to AHL Charlotte on Friday, Lance Hornby of The Toronto Sun reports.
Impact: Brown was an unused depth option for the Eastern Conference finals, but figures to get the opportunity to play versus AHL Toronto in the Calder Cup playoffs. The center didn't appear in any regular-season NHL contests this year, and hasn't since 2016-17, which could have him looking for a new home this summer. He'll become an unrestricted free agent July 1.
News: The Hurricanes reassigned Fleury to AHL Charlotte on Friday, Lance Hornby of The Toronto Sun reports.
Impact: The Hurricanes' season came to an end when they were swept by the Bruins in the Eastern Conference finals Thursday, so Fleury will head to the minors to try and help the Checkers advance to the Calder Cup finals. The 2014 first-round pick only notched one assist in 20 appearances with the big club this season, and will likely once again be deployed sparingly in 2019-20 as Carolina's seventh defenseman.
News: Bean was reassigned to AHL Charlotte on Friday, Lance Hornby of The Toronto Sun reports.
Impact: With the 'Canes knocked out of the postseason, Bean will join Haydn Fleury and Patrick Brown with the Checkers in order to bolster the team's ranks. The minor-league club opens up a best-of-seven series with AHL Toronto on Friday, so Bean may have to wait a day or two to slot into the lineup. The 20-year-old logged just two NHL appearances this season, in which he recorded two PIM, one shot and one hit while averaging 8:28 of ice time. Given Carolina's depth on the blue line, Bean likely will have to settle for a fringe role again next season and could spend most of his time in the minors.
News: Martinook (undisclosed) missed Thursday's series-ending Game 4 loss to Boston and will now turn his attention to 2019-20.
Impact: Martinook's season came to an end with him bogged down in a 24-game goal drought during which he registered a mere 36 shots. On the year, the winger set career highs in goals (15), shots (146) and game-winning goals (five). Assuming his injury doesn't require surgery and he's ready for Opening Night, the 26-year-old should push for the 30-point mark while filling a bottom-six role for the 'Canes next year.
News: McElhinney gave up three goals on 22 shots in Thursday's 4-0 series-ending Game 4 loss to Boston.
Impact: McElhinney was perfect in the first 20 minutes but then saw two pucks beat him in the second period, both coming on Bruins power plays. The visitors would add two more goals in the final frame, one coming with Carolina's net empty. The veteran goalie's contract will expire on July 1, and it remains to be seen where the 35-year-old will play in 2019-20. Rest assured, McElhinney's performance in these playoffs has given teams more than enough reason to entertain signing him this offseason.
News: Martinook (undisclosed) will not play in Thursday's Game 4 matchup against the Bruins, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Martinook missed Game 3 with this undisclosed issue as well. Head coach Rod Brind'Amour hoped that the Manitoba native would recover in time for Thursday's do-or-die contest, but instead it seems that Saku Maenalanen will take his spot in the lineup.
News: McElhinney will guard the cage in Thursday's Game 4 against the Bruins in Carolina, Chip Alexander of The Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Impact: McElhinney was rock solid in Tuesday's Game 3, turning aside 29 of 31 shots, but he ultimately suffered his first loss of the playoffs due to insufficient goal support from his teammates. The journeyman netminder will look to stay sharp and help his team stave off elimination by picking up his third home victory of this postseason Thursday.
News: De Haan recorded his first point of the playoffs Tuesday, scoring Carolina's only goal in a 2-1 loss to the Bruins in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals.
Impact: The Canes defenseman had gone 10 games without a point before finding the scoresheet in Tuesday's loss. Now trailing 3-0 in the series, de Haan and the Hurricanes will look to avoid the dreaded sweep when the two teams reconvene for Game 4 on Thursday.
News: McElhinney made 29 saves in a 2-1 loss to Boston on Tuesday in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals.
Impact: Chris Wagner and Brad Marchand were the only Bruins to light the lamp Tuesday. After watching his team concede 11 goals in Games 1 and 2, McElhinney turned in an admirable performance but still came away on the losing end of things, and the Hurricanes now trail 3-0 in the series. We'd expect to see the veteran return to the crease for Game 4, but no official announcement has been made as of yet.
News: Martinook (undisclosed) won't play in Tuesday's Game 3 against the visiting Bruins.
Impact: Martinook missed Monday's practice due to an undisclosed issue, and will not be able to see the ice for Tuesday's game. In his stead, Saku Maenalanen will take the ice on the fourth line for the Hurricanes.
News: McElhinney will tend the home goal for Tuesday's Game 3 against the Bruins, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports.
Impact: After the team gave up a total of 11 goals in their two-game swing in Boston, head coach Rod Brind'Amour elected to bench his starting goaltender Petr Mrazek in favor for McElhinney. He was stellar when filling in for the injured Mrazek, going 3-0-0 along with a 1.56 GAA and .947 save percentage in three games. The start gives the 35-year-old an opportunity to put pressure on Brind'Amour to ride the hot hand if he performs well Tuesday.
News: Martinook (undisclosed) will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's Game 3 against Boston.
Impact: Martinook missed Monday's practice due to an undisclosed issue, leaving his status for Tuesday's contest up in the air. If he's unable to go, Saku Maenalanen will likely take Martinook's spot on the Hurricanes' fourth line.
News: Maenalanen (upper body) has been cleared to rejoin the lineup ahead of Tuesday's Game 3 against the Bruins, Luke DeCock of The News & Observer reports.
Impact: Maenalanen has been sidelined for over two weeks due to an upper-body injury, but he's finally put that issue behind him, and is expected to return to a bottom-six role for Game 3. The 24-year-old rookie has picked up one assist in seven appearances this postseason.
News: Brown was reassigned to AHL Charlotte on Monday.
Impact: The 26-year-old forward was brought to the big club as some extra insurance with a few lingering injuries on the roster. It appears that the Hurricanes will be at full strength though, as Brown will temporarily head back to the minors.
News: Bean was promoted from AHL Charlotte on Monday, TSN reports.
Impact: Bean's flip-flopping between leagues will likely continue until AHL Charlotte is eliminated from the postseason and the Canes can make their Black Aces promotions. The youngster figures to be the top option to slot into the lineup should Carolina pick up another injury on the blue line.
News: Brown, as expected, was promoted from AHL Charlotte on Monday, TSN reports.
Impact: Brown figures to continue bouncing between leagues as an emergency recall, especially if he remains an observer in the press box. The natural center is likely a long shot to slot into the lineup, though Jordan Matrinook's lingering injury concerns will likely see Brown slot into the fourth line at practice.
News: Williams scored a late goal Sunday in a 6-2 loss to Boston.
Impact: The veteran forward notched his fourth goal of these playoffs, but it meant little in a game that saw the host team score the game's first six goals. Now trailing Boston 2-0, Williams and Co. must find a way to regroup on home ice; otherwise, they'll be golfing earlier than expected.
News: Teravainen scored his seventh goal of the postseason in Sunday's 6-2 loss to Boston.
Impact: With his team trailing 6-1 late in the third period, Teravainen still found a way to reward fantasy owners, beating Tuukka Rask for his seventh goal of the playoffs. The snipe was his 10th point of the postseason, in 13 appearances.
News: Aho notched an assist in Sunday's 6-2 loss to Boston.
Impact: With six points in his last four games, Aho's play has not been an issue for the Cinderella Canes, yet they still find themselves down 2-0 to a formidable Bruins squad. Returning home for Games 3 and 4, Aho and his teammates must find another gear if they're to make up ground in what's been a one-sided series up to this point.
News: Mrazek allowed six goals on 25 shots in a 6-2 loss to Boston on Sunday. The Bruins now lead the best-of-seven series 2-0.
Impact: Mrazek has allowed 10 goals through the first two games of this series, not the level of play his team was hoping for coming off a sweep of the Islanders. While nothing has been confirmed, expect him to remain Carolina's starter moving forward, beginning with Game 3 on Tuesday, but he'll likely have a shorter leash than what he's been used to so far in these playoffs.
News: Bean was reassigned to AHL Charlotte on Sunday.
Impact: Like forward Patrick Brown, Bean is with the big club under emergency conditions, so both are required to be sent down to the AHL when they aren't in the lineup. Bean should rejoin the Hurricanes ahead of Game 3.
News: Brown was reassigned to AHL Charlotte on Sunday.
Impact: Brown continues to serve in an emergency depth capacity for the Hurricanes, which means he has to get sent down every time he sits out as a healthy scratch. Look for Brown to rejoin the big club's roster ahead of Game 3.
News: Mrazek will guard the net in Sunday's Game 2 road matchup with the Bruins, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Mrazek appeared to be a little rusty in Game 1 -- the 27-year-old hadn't played since April 28 after sustaining a groin injury -- but made some nice saves against a hot Bruins team. Mrazek's four allowed goals and .852 save percentage Thursday were uncharacteristic of the solid postseason he's been having -- the netminder went 5-3-0 before Game 1, posting a 2.22 GAA and .913 save percentage. Mrazek and the Jerks face another tough test Sunday -- Boston has won four straight and has averaged four goals per game over those contests.
News: Maenalanen (upper body) remained in a non-contact jersey for Saturday's practice, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Maenalanen has been skating with the team since Tuesday, but he won't be a candidate to return to the lineup until he's able to start taking contact in practice. Another update on the 24-year-old rookie's status should surface once that occurs.
News: Bean was reassigned to AHL Charlotte on Thursday, TSN reports.
Impact: Since Bean was likely brought up under emergency conditions, this move figures to be a paper transaction after the defenseman failed to crack the lineup against the Bruins for Game 1 on Thursday. Fantasy owners should expect the Calgary native to be called up again ahead of Game 2 on Sunday, although he'll likely sit as a healthy scratch for a second consecutive contest.
News: Brown was sent down to AHL Charlotte on Thursday, TSN reports.
Impact: This demotion of Brown is likely a paper transaction, as he was probably called up under emergency conditions, which means the Hurricanes are required to send him down since he sat as a healthy scratch for Game 1. Look for Brown to make his way back onto the roster ahead of Game 2 versus the Bruins on Sunday in order to serve as an emergency depth option.
News: Aho scored a power-play goal Thursday but it wasn't enough, as Boston defeated Carolina 5-2 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.
Impact: After racking up 83 points in the regular season, the 21-year-old has found the scoresheet 10 times this postseason, including three goals and pair of assists in his last three games. Aho also led all Carolina forwards with 19:32 TOI on Thursday and continues to be the straw that stirs the Hurricanes' drink. He and his team will now hope they can even series with a win in Game 2 on Sunday.
News: Ferland recorded an assist and played 11:02 in Thursday's 5-2 loss to Boston in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.
Impact: The Carolina forward had been out of action since April 15, but Ferland made his return in this one, picking up an assist for his efforts. Along with his apple, the 27-year-old fired three shots on goal and dished out two hits in Thursday's Game 1 defeat.
News: Mrazek allowed four goals on 27 shots in Thursday's 5-2 loss to Boston in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.
Impact: Mrazek and the Hurricanes saw their 2-1 lead disappear early in the third period after Boston scored two power-play goals in a 28-second span. Despite his pedestrian stat line, Mrazek's performance deserves recognition, as he made several key saves in the final frame to keep his team within striking distance. However, his teammates couldn't solve Tuukka Rask over the final 30-plus minutes.
News: Mrazek (groin) will start between the pipes for Thursday's Game 1 road matchup with the Bruins, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Mrazek missed Games 3 and 4 of Carolina's second-round sweep of the Islanders after sustaining a groin injury in Game 2. While Curtis McElhinney performed well in his absence -- 2-0-0 record with a 2.00 GAA and .931 save percentage -- the Ontario native will return to the crease to kick off Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. So far in the postseason, Mrazek is 5-3-0, has allowed 20 goals, and boasts a 2.22 GAA and .913 save percentage.
News: Coach Rod Brind'Amour expects Ferland (upper body) to be in the lineup for Thursday's Game 1 against the Bruins, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports.
Impact: Ferland has been sidelined for nearly a month due to an upper-body injury, so it wouldn't be surprising to see Carolina limit his ice time during his return to action. The fact that the 27-year-old winger is expected to skate with Jordan Martinook and Greg McKegg on the Hurricanes' fourth line for Game 1 supports that notion.
News: Maenalanen (upper body) was on the ice Tuesday sporting a non-contact sweater, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports.
Impact: Considering Maenalanen hasn't been cleared for contact, he is unlikely to play in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals, but coach Rod Brind'Amour hasn't provided a specific timeline for the winger's recovery. Once given the green light, the youngster will likely force Patrick Brown back up to the press box.
News: Mrazek (groin) was a full participant at Monday's practice, NHL.com's Kurt Dusterberg reports.
Impact: Mrazek missed Games 3 and 4 of the Hurricanes' second-round sweep of the Islanders after exiting Game 2 due to a groin injury, and while Curtis McElhinney performed admirably in his absence, as long as he's healthy, all signs point to Mrazek taking back his starting gig for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Bruins. The 27-year-old netminder has yet to be officially cleared, but more information regarding his status for Game 1 against Boston should surface in the coming days.
News: Ferland (upper body) is hoping to be available for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. The winger told reporters, "I'd be shocked if I'm not playing Game 1," Chip Alexander of The Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Impact: Ferland was originally targeting Game 4 versus the Islanders for a potential return to the lineup, but instead missed his eighth consecutive game due to his upper-body issue. The Manitoba native figures to slot into a top-six role once cleared to return, likely bumping Warren Foegele off the top line, though putting Ferland in a third-line role would spread out the Canes' scoring options.
News: Van Riemsdyk underwent surgery on his left shoulder Thursday and is expected to be sidelined for four-to-six months.
Impact: Van Riemsdyk's absence won't hurt Carolina offensively, as he went scoreless in eight playoff appearances before suffering a shoulder injury during Sunday's Game 3 against the Islanders, but it will undoubtedly be felt in the defensive end, as he fulfilled a vital role as a trustworthy bottom-pairing defender. The Hurricanes will now be forced to turn to the much less experienced Haydn Fleury and Jake Bean for the remainder of their playoff run.
News: Van Riemsdyk has undergone season-ending surgery on his injured shoulder, Luke DeCock of The Raleigh News & Observer reports. His recovery is expected to take four-to-six months.
Impact: Van Riemsdyk's injury outlook was already pretty bleak, but there was still some hope that he might be able to return at some point this postseason before this report surfaced. Instead, the 27-year-old blueliner, who notched 14 points in 78 games this campaign, will now focus on trying to get back to 100 percent in time for next season's training camp. In the meantime, Haydn Fleury will be tasked with replacing van Riemsdyk on the Hurricanes' bottom pairing for the remainder of Carolina's playoff run.
News: Martinook had an assist and two PIM in Friday's 5-2 win over the Islanders in Game 4.
Impact: Martinook missed three games with a lower-body injury, but has produced four assists and 24 hits over eight postseason outings. His fourth-line deployment makes him unattractive for fantasy owners, however.
News: Staal picked up a helper and four hits in Friday's 5-2 win over the Islanders in Game 4.
Impact: Staal scored a game-winning goal and added two assists in four contests in the second round, as well as posting 17 hits and a plus-6 rating. Staal has been a key component of the Hurricanes' offense with nine points in 11 postseason outings overall, and he's dished 54 hits to provide a heavy physical edge.
News: Niederreiter registered an assist, two PIM and two blocked shots in Friday's 5-2 win over the Islanders in Game 4.
Impact: After being limited to just one assist in seven games in the first round, Niederreiter had three points over four contests as the Hurricanes swept the Islanders. Niederreiter was a revelation with 14 goals and 16 assists over 36 games with the Hurricanes in the regular season after being traded from the Wild, but he's taken a step back in the postseason so far.
News: Pesce provided three helpers and eight blocked shots in four games against the Islanders in the second round.
Impact: Pesce matched his scoring production from the first round in three fewer games, giving him six assists through 11 contests in the postseason. He's gone plus-8 with 23 blocked shots in the playoffs, contributing respectably at both ends of the ice.
News: Foegele provided a goal and two helpers in four games during the Hurricanes' 4-0 series sweep over the Islanders in the second round.
Impact: Foegele has made a statement with five goals and four helpers through 11 games to start the postseason. The 23-year-old winger only had 15 points in 77 regular-season games in his first full NHL season. Foegele will play the last year of his entry-level contract in 2019-20, and if he can replicate his playoff performance, he could be due for a big payday at the end of that campaign.
News: Svechnikov scored a goal on four shots in Friday's 5-2 win over the Islanders in Game 4.
Impact: Svechnikov returned from a concussion in Game 3, and only needed one more game to get back on the scoresheet. The Russian rookie has three goals and an assist through his first five postseason games. While Svechnikov does skate on the Hurricanes' third line, he could be worth a look in fantasy circles.
News: Williams scored a goal in Friday's 5-2 win over the Islanders in Game 4.
Impact: It wasn't a Game 7, but Williams made sure to leave his mark on the scoresheet to help the Hurricanes sweep the Islanders. Williams has three goals and three assists over 11 postseason games during this run, and the 37-year-old winger should continue to be productive in the Eastern Conference finals as he occupies a top-six role.
News: McKegg netted his first goal of the postseason in Friday's 5-2 win over the Islanders in Game 4.
Impact: McKegg's first career postseason goal would stand as the game-winner, and it was also enough to chase Robin Lehner out of the Islanders' crease. The fourth-liner hadn't contributed any offense prior to the goal Friday, and it's unlikely he'll have a fantasy impact in the Eastern Conference finals.
News: Faulk registered two assists and seven hits in Friday's 5-2 win over the Islanders in Game 4.
Impact: One of Faulk's helpers came on Sebastian Aho's power-play goal in the first period. Faulk has provided six points and 38 hits through 11 playoff games, and he's one of the top defensemen remaining for fantasy purposes.
News: Teravainen scored a goal and added an assist in Friday's 5-2 win over the Islanders in Game 4.
Impact: Teravainen produced five points in the four-game sweep in the second round, giving him six goals and three helpers in 11 postseason games. He will be a player high on fantasy owners' lists entering the Eastern Conference finals.
News: Aho scored a power-play goal while adding an assist and four shots in Friday's 5-2 win over the Islanders in Game 4.
Impact: With a chance to advance, Aho and Teuvo Teravainen each posted a goal and an assist to help the Hurricanes sweep the Islanders. Aho has registered four goals and five helpers in 11 postseason games during this run, which continues into the Eastern Conference finals.
News: McElhinney stopped 26 of 28 shots in Friday's 5-2 win over the Islanders in Game 4.
Impact: With Petr Mrazek (lower body) out, McElhinney delivered a third straight victory to help the Hurricanes sweep the Islanders. McElhinney allowed four goals over two-and-a-half games after Mrazek's injury. The Hurricanes will have some time to wait for the winner of the Bruins/Blue Jackets series, and if Mrazek is healthy, he will likely retake the starting job.
News: Ferland (upper body) will not play in Game 4 versus the Islanders on Friday, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Friday's game will be the eighth consecutive contest Ferland has missed due to an upper-body injury he sustained back on April 15. The Hurricanes forward has shown signs of improvement recently, but considering Carolina's commanding series lead, it seems appropriate to give Ferland all the time he needs.
News: Mrazek (groin) worked with the Hurricanes' goalie coach Thursday, but he won't be available versus the Islanders on Friday, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.
Impact: After Curtis McElhinney put together a solid, 28-save performance in Game 3, Carolina shouldn't be worried about rushing Mrazek back into the crease. The 26-year-old is certainly making progress in his recovery, but would no doubt benefit from some extra time off if his teammates can pull off the sweep Friday.
News: McElhinney will patrol the crease in Friday's Game 4 against the Islanders, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.
Impact: McElhinney was rock solid during his first career postseason start in Game 3, turning aside 28 of 30 shots en route to a 5-2 victory. The 35-year-old journeyman will look to stay dialed in and help his team advance to the Eastern Conference finals by picking up a second straight home win and completing the sweep of the Islanders on Friday.
News: Slavin notched two assists during Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Islanders in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference semifinals.
Impact: He helped set up Teuvo Teravainen's tallies in the first and third periods, giving Slavin an amazing 12 points -- all assists -- through 10 playoff games, including four multi-point efforts. The blueliner has been a huge part of Carolina's success as it stands on the brink of sweeping the Isles in Game 4 on Friday.
News: Aho scored a goal and an assist during Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Islanders in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference semifinals.
Impact: He notched the only helper on Justin Williams' game-winner midway through the third period, then put home the second of Carolina's two empty-netters to close things out. Aho had been held scoreless through the first two games of the second round, but after this performance the 21-year-old now has three goals and seven points through 10 postseason contests.
News: Teravainen scored two goals during Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Islanders in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference semifinals.
Impact: He opened the scoring in the first period, then added one of Carolina's two empty-netters late in the third. Teravainen now has five goals and seven points through 10 playoff games, and the 24-year-old will look to lead the charge Friday when the 'Canes try to complete the sweep on home ice in Game 4.
News: McElhinney turned aside 28 of 30 shots during Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Islanders in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference semifinals.
Impact: When the puck dropped, the 35-year-old became the oldest goalie in NHL history to start his first playoff game, but he certainly didn't play like it. After stopping all 17 shots he faced in relief of Petr Mrazek (lower body) on Sunday, McElhinney is sporting a lot of confidence, and with the 'Canes up 3-0 in the series, they may elect to give him the nod again Friday for Game 4 and let Mrazek continue to convalesce.
News: Martinook (lower body) is in the lineup for Wednesday's Game 3 against the Islanders.
Impact: Martinook has missed both games of the series with a lower-body injury, but will make his return to the ice Wednesday. The 26-year-old has hardly been a fantasy asset in the playoffs, collecting just two assists, but 20 hits in six games. Martinook will slot in on the fourth line with Greg McKegg and Patrick Brown.
News: Svechnikov (concussion) is in the lineup for Wednesday's Game 3 against the visiting Islanders.
Impact: This is certainty huge news, after the Russian was medically cleared from his concussion before the game. The 19-year-old was solid in his first three career playoff games, collecting two goals and three points in that span. Svechnikov will slot in on the third line with Lucas Wallmark and Brock McGinn. Svechnikov will likely resume his usual spot on the second power-play unit.
News: Martinook (lower body) may be ready to return to the lineup for Wednesday's Game 3 against the Islanders, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Martinook missed Games 1 and 2 due to a lower-body injury, but he was on the ice for Wednesday's morning skate, which was the first sign that he might be an option for the evening's contest. Confirmation on his status for Game 3 should surface once the Hurricanes take the ice for pregame warmups.
News: Mrazek (groin) was on the ice for Wednesday's game-day skate, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.
Impact: While Mrazek was already ruled out for Game 3 -- Curtis McElhinney will get the start -- the fact that the Czech netminder is already back skating bodes well for a potential return for Friday's Game 4 clash with the Islanders. The 26-year-old has been solid in the postseason, as he is sporting a 2.22 GAA and .913 save percentage.
News: Svechnikov (concussion) has been medically cleared ahead of Wednesday's Game 3 clash with the Islanders and will be on the ice for warmups before making a final decision on his availability, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Svechnikov's status remains up in the air, though coach Rod Brind'Amour told reporters it will be up to the winger to see how he feels. If the Russian does suit up, it figures to be in a bottom-six role and his minutes could be limited in order to ease him back into action. Prior to getting hurt, the 18-year-old notched three points in his last three games and will no doubt be eager to pick up where he left off.
News: Ferland (upper body) doesn't expect to be ready to return Wednesday for Game 3 against the Islanders, but he could be ready to rock for Friday's Game 4, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports.
Impact: Ferland will miss a seventh straight contest Wednesday, but he's clearly made significant progress in his recovery, and shouldn't be sidelined for much longer. Another update on the 27-year-old winger's status will undoubtedly surface prior to puck drop for Game 4.
News: McElhinney will get the starting nod at home for Game 3 against the Islanders on Wednesday, Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal reports.
Impact: McElhinney was perfect in relief of Petr Mrazek (lower body) in Game 2, stopping all 17 shots he faced. The veteran and career backup set new bests in games played (33) and wins (20) this season and will now be tasked with keeping the Canes' Stanley Cup dreams alive. Once Mrazek is given the all-clear, McElhinney figures to find himself back on the bench.
News: Mrazek -- who is day-to-day with a suspected groin injury -- won't be available for Wednesday's Game 3 against the visiting Islanders, Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal reports.
Impact: Carolina has a comfortable 2-0 lead in these conference semifinals, but Mrazek is the team's No. 1 goaltender, and now Curtis McElhinney will need to step up and prove that he can fill the void. Mrazek's day-to-day label suggests that the injury isn't a significant one, though Alex Nedeljkovic is on hand as the emergency backup in the interim.
News: Bean was promoted from AHL Charlotte on Monday.
Impact: With Trevor van Riemsdyk (upper body) facing a potential lengthy absence, the Canes wasted no time calling in reinforcements on the blue line. The 20-year-old Bean likely won't break into the lineup -- Haydn Fleury figures to slot into the third pairing -- but will provide some emergency depth.
News: Nedeljkovic was recalled from AHL Charlotte on Monday.
Impact: After starting goaltender Petr Mrazek left Game 2 with a lower-body issue, the team elected for a reinforcement in the form of Nedeljkovic. The 23-year-old was recently crowned AHL goaltender of the year, recording 34 wins along with a 2.26 GAA and .916 save percentage. If Mrazek can't go Wednesday, expect Nedeljkovic to serve as the backup behind Curtis McElhinney.
News: Head coach Rod Brind'Amour said Monday that Ferland (upper body) is day-to-day, but was able to practice Monday, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports.
Impact: Ferland has missed the past six games with the upper-body injury but is considered a game-time call for Wednesday's Game 3. Brind'Amour did say that the team would re-evaluate the 27-year-old following Tuesday's practice, which could inspire some confidence for his availability. His return would be a huge boost to a forward group that is currently dealing with a slew of injuries.
News: Head coach Rod Brind'Amour said Monday that Svechnikov (concussion) is day-to-day but was able to practice Monday, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports.
Impact: Svechnikov has now missed six straight playoff games due to the injury he sustained from fighting Alex Ovechkin in the first round. The fact that he was able to practice bodes well for his Game 3 availability. Brind'Amour also said they'd re-evaluate the Russian following Tuesday's practice, as he will be a game-time call for Wednesday's Game 3.
News: Head coach Rod Brind'Amour said Monday that Martinook (lower body) is day-to-day and won't practice Monday, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports.
Impact: Martinook took warmups ahead of Sunday's Game 2 but ultimately didn't play in the 2-1 victory. The 26-year-old hasn't suited up in the second-round series and will be a game-time decision for Game 3, but this evidence suggests he may not be ready. Brind'Amour said Martinook would test the injury in practice Tuesday, so more definitive news should be available following the skate.
News: Head coach Rod Brind'Amour said Monday that Maenalanen (upper body) won't be available for the remainder of the series against the Islanders, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports.
Impact: Maenalanen saw 9:35 of ice time and recorded his first point of the playoffs before he was forced to leave Sunday's Game 2. This news certainly doesn't bode well for the team, which has a laundry list of injuries to its forward group at the moment.
News: Mrazek (lower body) was labeled day-to-day by coach Rod Brind'Amour heading into Wednesday's clash with the Islanders, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports.
Impact: Mrazek was forced to leave Game 2 on Sunday after sustaining his lower-body issue, but appears to have avoided serious injury. Still, the bench boss didn't provide any additional details, so it remains unclear whether it will be Mrazek or backup Curtis McElhinney between the pipes for Game 3 on Wednesday.