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Carolina Hurricanes’ Jim Rutherford to Resign as General Manager After Season

March 24th, 2014 at 10:05 PM
By Donald Lappe

Carolina Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford is expected to resign after the season. Jim Rutherford has been with the team since 1994 and helped assemble the 2006 Stanley Cup Champions. Things haven't been nearly as rosy lately and this move is belated in the eyes of many Hurricanes supporters.

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Jim Rutherford will not serve as the general manager of the Carolina Hurricanes following the completion of the 2013-2014 season, reports the Raleigh News & Observer. While Rutherford will forfeit his post as general manager, he is expected to remain with the franchise. Reports indicate that Jim Rutherford could become team president.

As for the succession plan, Ron Francis is expected to become the next general manager for the Hurricanes. Francis spent 23 seasons in the NHL, including six with the Hurricanes and 10 with the Hartford Whalers. He won back-to-back Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1991 and 1992. Francis finished his career with 549 goals and 1,249 assists.

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Nathan Gerbe Enjoying Second Chance with Carolina Hurricanes

February 26th, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Anthony Custode Jr

Nathan Gerbe was always told he was too small to play in the NHL.

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He answered that criticism by being drafted by the Buffalo Sabres, where he played the first five years of his career. However, since the Sabres bought him out of his contract this past offseason, Gerbe has found new life in Carolina.

"It's been nice. All I wanted was an opportunity, and Carolina gave me that," Gerbe said after Carolina's loss to the Buffalo Sabres Tuesday. "It's my job to seize it and show them what I can do."

What Gerbe has done, is score 12 goals on the season, which is just four shy of his career high (16) that he scored in the 2010-2011 campaign with the Sabres. His 26 points on the year is just five points shy of his career high (31) that he also registered with Buffalo that season. 

While Gerbe continues to excel for the Hurricanes, he is happy for the opportunity to play, and was taken back when Buffalo exercised their buyout option on him last season.

"It always comes as a shock," Gerbe said. "But it's a business. You don't put anything, I guess, against it. I just want to carry on and have a good career."

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Carolina Hurricanes Stumble Out of Olympic Break, Lose to Buffalo Sabres

February 25th, 2014 at 10:31 PM
By Anthony Custode Jr

It wasn't a result of a lack of effort, but the Carolina Hurricanes let a win slip away against the Buffalo Sabres tonight, dropping a 3-2 decision.

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The Hurricanes never led in the game, and only beat Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller with two, perfect shots. Carolina out-shot Buffalo 38-18, but Miller proved to be up to the task, as he has been all season for Buffalo.

"It's a tough pill to swallow right now for everybody," Huricanes captain Eric Staal said after the game. "We definitely had the better of the chances pretty much every period. But we gave up some good ones, and they capitalized. Miller was good. You want to bear down on some of the chances you got, but he got the better of us on some of those grade-A chances."

Staal scored a goal in tonight's loss to tie the game at one in the second period as a Buffalo power play was expiring. Alexander Semin also scored a goal late in the third period to tie the game at two, but Buffalo's Christian Ehrhoff scored with less than a minute to go in the game, which proved to be deciding goal. 

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Carolina Hurricanes to Begin Offseason with Unveiling of New Jerseys Today at Noon

June 4th, 2013 at 9:00 AM
By Chris Warner

The Carolina Hurricanes are beginning their offseason by unveiling their new jerseys today at noon inside the PNC Arena in Raleigh. The jerseys will keep the same colors (red, white and black) and primary logo as the old sweaters, but will alter the designs of the away jerseys, home jerseys and socks for the first time in the team's 15-year history. This will be the first offseason change that will get the Hurricanes moved past last season's disappointing finish, and into preparation for the 2013-2014 season that will see them in a new, more competitive, division.

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Despite being atop the Southeastern Division by one point midway through this past season, the Hurricanes finished a disappointing 19-25-4 (42 points) which earned them third in their division and left them 13 points outside of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Next season, the Hurricanes will transition from a division they have played in since the 1998-1999 season to a new division in the realigned conferences.

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Six Carolina Hurricanes Represent Nations in 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships

May 20th, 2013 at 9:00 AM
By Chris Warner

The Carolina Hurricanes sent six players to represent their respective countries at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Championships which began Friday, May 3 and ended last night in Stockholm, Sweden and Helsinki, Finland. Jordan Staal, Eric Staal and Jeff Skinner all represented Canada, while Justin Faulk and Jamie McBain represented the United States and forward Jiri Tlusty represented the Czech Republic.

This is the third time Eric Staal has participated in this particular event, winning gold in 2007 and silver in 2008, the second time Jordan Staal has participated, winning gold in 2007, and the third consecutive year that Jeff Skinner has participated. Skinner was the leading scorer of the three Hurricanes representing Canada, scoring two goals and two assists (four total points) in eight games played, while Eric Staal tallied no goals and three assists in eight games played and Jordan Staal netted one goal and added two assisted in eight games.

Canada finished fifth after losing in the opening round of the IIHF playoffs 3-2 to host nation Sweden, and during the game Eric Staal suffered a third-degree MCL sprain after sustaining a knee-to-knee hit from Sweden's Alexander Edler. Edler was given a five-minute major kneeing penalty, a game-misconduct and was ejected for the hit and was subsequently suspended for the remainder of the tournament. Despite the injury, Staal will be ready for the beginning of the 2013-2014 National Hockey League season.

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