Quick Hits – More Canes roster cuts at training camp, the D-dilemma in Raleigh

REALLY quick hits:

  • The Hurricanes trimmed their roster by an additional six players yesterday, returning players to their junior teams in Canada, or in the case of Mattias Lindstrom and Gregory Hoffman, back to their European squads.
  • Of the players returned to the WHL, Brody Sutter is one that many had speculated could play for the Checkers this season.  Sutter, a 2011 draft pick who turns 20 in a few days, is eligible to play in the AHL this year.  Instead, it appears the Hurricanes decided that his junior team, the Lethbridge Hurricanes, was a better place for him to continue developing.
  • Victor Rask was also returned to his junior team, the Calgary Hitman.  Rask, a Swedish prospect, had three options before camp started.  He could play in his home country of Sweden, or either play in the AHL with Charlotte or a CHL team.  There was much speculation which of the three scenarios would occur, with the Hurricanes hoping he would at least choose to stay in North America.  It appears like Brody Sutter, the Hurricanes decided the CHL was a better development league for Rask.
  • Hurricanes camp began with the big story of “Which forward makes the big club” and speculations including Zac Dalpe, Zach Boychuck, Jerome Samson and Drayson Bowman, all vying for one or two roster spots.  Now, another debate is centering on what defenseman might make the squad.  Justin Faulk, who joined the Checkers during their playoff run, is a frontrunner for a roster spot in Raleigh, as is first-round 2011 draft pick Ryan Murphy.  The Hurricanes already have seven players under contract on defense, including big-name offseason signings such as Tomas Kaberle, but with a couple of injuries and illnesses on the blue line, there’s a good shot either Murphy or Faulk could stay in Raleigh.  Here’s a piece from today’s Observer about the defensive dilemma.

Quick Hits- NHL Camp underway, Checkers camp starts Monday!

A few quick hits:

  • At Hurricanes camp yesterday, Justin Soryal (who will most likely be with the Checkers this season, he signed a two-way contract over the summer with the Hurricanes) dropped the gloves with Hurricane-regular Tim Gleason.  People have been wondering who the Checkers will have as their tough guy, and I think it’s pretty clear Soryal’s the man!
  • The Hurricanes have only made one cut to their camp roster so far, sending OHL Goaltender Matt Mahalak back to his team, the Plymouth Whalers.  I would anticipate a big cut on Saturday, following the Friday night game against Nashville, and in anticipation of Checkers camp starting on Monday here in Charlotte.
  • For the best Hurricanes camp coverage, the two best sources are the Hurricane’s Tracking the Storm Blog and of course Canes Country.  
  • Chasing Checkers is heading to Raleigh early Friday morning for Hurricanes practice and the game against the Predators. I’m anxious to see the Hurricanes hopefuls in action, not to mention Nashville is the parent club of the Milwaukee Admirals, a team the Checkers will face eight times this season!
  • Only a few days remain before Charlotte fans have the opportunity to see the Hurricanes in action in OUR house at TWCA!  It’s going to be a fantastic game, and if you haven’t bought tickets, it’s not too late (I convinced four casual fans to call ticketmaster just this morning!)