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[Consol Energy Center, home of the Pittsburgh (#Pgh) Penguins, by www.UprootedPhotographer.com]

I hail from the rolling hills and Three Rivers of Western Pennsylvania. My athletic allegiances are easy to spot given that black and gold(*) are the only two colors I need to represent three pro franchises and their 14 world championships, spanning from 1909 and baseball’s Pirates winning the World Series(**), to the NFL’s Steelers and NHL’s Penguins both hoisting their respective trophies in 2009. I cheer for Pittsburgh.

(*) – Yes, I’m well aware that the Penguins’ current “Vegas gold” is no longer an easy match to the good ol...

Hurricanes Turn Eye to Signing for Depth and Future

After their first week of free agency focused on replacing scoring from the wing and swapping one accomplished defenseman for another, the Carolina Hurricanes  turned in-house with signings of some younger players (all 24 or under) who have started making an impact in the NHL.

Five players inked deals starting July 8, with center Brandon Sutter and blue-liner Derek Joslin on the NHL roster while forward Brett Sutter and defensemen Brett Bellemore and Bobby Sanguinetti all signed two-way deals and will likely start the season with the AHL-affiliate Charlotte Checkers. The signings, even those only for one year, continue a pattern of instilling solid depth and development ...

Hurricanes Look to Gain Strength Over Off-season

It feels a bit odd that my first thoughts at The Checking Line are not about my beloved Penguins of Pittsburgh, but Chuck Gaston, Jr., did such a good job discussing their off-season to date that it’s best for me to look a little closer to my current home of Charlotte, NC, and the Carolina Hurricanes. For those relatively unfamiliar with the Canes, they landed in Raleigh, NC, in 1999 after moving from Hartford, CT, in 1997 and spending two seasons playing in Greensboro, NC.

They’re the only pro team from the four major North American sports in Raleigh, and they’ve cultivated a devoted following (Caniacs) and an in-house atmosphere at the RBC Center that’s ver...

Blue Is The Colour Of The Cane Draft

Carolina Hurricanes – Blue Is The Colour Of The Cane Draft The Carolina Hurricanes have never missed the playoffs in three consecutive seasons. In the 2001-02 season they lost in the Stanley Cup finals to the Detroit Red Wings. They missed the playoffs for the next two seasons. Right after the lockout, they won the Stanley Cup in the 2005-06 season. Once again they missed the playoffs for the next two seasons. In 2008-09, they made another deep run only losing to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Conference finals. And once again, they missed the playoffs for the next two seasons finishing ninth and two points out of a playoff spot last season. Are you as confused as the fans of the...

Patrick NO' Sullivan

Photo Credit : LTD Patrick O' Sullivan is on the move yet again. This will be the 4th team and his 5th time changing organizations for this young NHL hopeful. Earlier today he was snatched up by the Wild from a waiver claim. Sully can be pleased that the Wild were not the only team attempting to claim him from waivers. A few others were putting calls in, but because of the Wilds record, they had waiver priority and landed him before the others. After being drafted in the 2nd round by Minnesota in 2003, O' Sullivan never played a game with the big team. He headed out to LA, where he found some success. In his second year with the team he finished the season with 22-32-82. ...

Change In Forecast : Carolina Hurricanes Trade

I'll start off with letting you all know I'm torn about this one. November 17th 2010, the Carolina Hurricanes make a 4 player trade with the Calgary Flames. A good trade? Hmmmm, depends how you look at it. Carolina picked up Ian White. I'll be honest with you, when White was on Toronto, he was one of my favorite Leafs. I have a few Leaf fan friends who would also agree. He was a leader and a never quit type of guy. When he was shipped over to the Flames I found he lost some of his "Pazaaz" and sort of got lost in the mix. I guess you can't blame him entirely, I mean he was traded to a team that lacks, well, just about everything a team needs. Will he fit in Carolina? Who knows, ...

Helsinki Wrap Up : Carolina Hurricanes

Photo Credit: CHRIS SEWARD - CSEWARD@NEWSOBSER Who stole the show this afternoon. That guy! Jeff Skinner wrapped up the series in Helsinki scoring the lone goal in shootouts. On top of that, he assisted on the only Carolina goal of the night, and undressed the Minnesota defense late in the game turning a nothing chance into something worth watching. With his ability to skate very well at his age, and his confidence with the puck, this 1st round pick is really starting to look promising to the club. Yesterday's game was equally thrilling seeing as Brandon Sutter decided the focus was going to be on him. Stealing the show with 2 goals ( Game Winner ) to give the Hurricanes the w...

Quick Notes : Carolina Hurricanes

Season opener versus the Minnesota Wild kicks off October 7th in Helsinki Finland, home of 'Canes stars Joni Pitkanen, Jussi Jokinen and Tuomo Ruutu. For Ruutu and Pitkanen this is especially meaningful as they won Bronze medals representing Finland last year in Vancouver at the 2010 Winter Olympics. No idea why the Juice didn't make the team, but thats an issue for another day. Carolina will start the season without their Russian winger Sergei Samsonov as he was put on Injury Reserve earlier this week. Samsonov injured his neck (sprain) in a pre-season game and will not be making the trip to Europe with the team. Depending on how long this injury keeps him out, expect to see the nam...

Hurricane Relief - Jeff Skinner Signs

The wait is over, the deal is done. Jeff Skinner is officially a Carolina Hurricane. They did however take their sweet time in dealing with this kid. Despite the 'Canes slow and uneventful summer, this deal brings something to Carolina fans that has been lacking the past few years. Young talent. Skinner enjoyed two years in the OHL playing for the Kitchener Rangers. In his rookie year, he walked away with 27 goals, 24 assists and 34 PIMS in 63 games. In his , what looks to be , final year with the Rangers he nearly doubled his stats. Finishing the season with 50 goals, 40 assists and 72 PIMS in 64 games. On top of his over-achieving 2nd season, he added 20 goals in 20 games in the O...