Justin Faulk is returning to Charlotte from the Hurricanes. After playing in the first three games of the season (and registering about 18 minutes a game!), but being a -6, the Hurricanes chose to play other Defenseman instead.
Ryan Murphy, the Hurricanes 2011 first-round draft pick, and the ninth defenseman, was returned to his Kitchener Junior team last week.
Faulk’s return to Charlotte leaves the Hurricanes with seven healthy defenseman, and the Checkers have eight healthy defensemen
Other random thoughts and observations
- I have said it before, but will say it again, that when it comes to hockey in North Carolina, I’m a Checkers fan first. With that in mind, I still follow the Hurricanes, especially since they are so closely linked to Charlotte (and with the exception of the occasional game on Versus, the only NHL team I can see on TV at home!) Last night, I watched the Bruins-Hurricanes game with a special interest since it was Brett Sutter’s first appearance with the team this year. If you missed the game, wow, you missed a very intense third period. Captain Sutter was a goal away from a Gordie Howe hat trick after he had an assist on the first goal of the night, and then dropped the gloves with Chris Kelly. Aside from the obvious fight and point on the score sheet, he had an incredible game. He was consistently going into the corners, making room in front of the net, and playing a physical, intense kind of hockey. While Brett Sutter might never score as many goals as his cousin Brandon, or win the Rocket Richard trophy, but he could definitely make his way into a third or fourth line grinder role in the NHL.
- Speaking of the Boston game…. I kind of wish I could have heard their announcers. Mostly I think the guys at NESN are tools (I was debating between calling them D-bags, but thought tool was more PC) so I’m sure they said a lot of asinine things. Close friend to Chasing Checkers observed that the organ played Cee Lo Green’s “F* You” after one of the (many) Boston Penalties. It is a bit amusing, but also maybe slightly classless.
- This weekend brings another Western Conference team to Charlotte for the first time, with two games against the Houston Aeros, and one against our foes to the north, the Norfolk Admirals. Should be a fun weekend to be a hockey fan!