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Posted on: September 22, 2011 12:03 pm
Edited on: September 22, 2011 1:22 pm
 

'Canes sign GM Rutherford to four-year extension

By Brian Stubits

The Hurricanes signed general manager Jim Rutherford to a four-year contract extension on Thursday, keeping him in Carolina through the 2015-16 season.

“Jim is one of the premier general managers in all of sports,” 'Canes CEO, Owner and Governor Peter Karmanos said. “In the 14 years since the Hurricanes arrived in North Carolina, his leadership has allowed our franchise to host two Stanley Cup Finals, the NHL All-Star Game and the NHL Draft, bringing tremendously positive attention to the team and the area. This contract will take him through his 30th year with our hockey organization, and I am proud to have been associated with Jim for that long.”

That's right, Rutherford has held his position as the GM of the organization going back to their days as the Hartford Whalers. He is the second-longest tenured GM in the NHL behind only Lou Lamoriello in New Jersey.

Rutherford has had a good run leading the organization, highlighted by the team bringing the Stanley Cup to Carolina in 2006. He has done a good job keeping up a level of success as the 'Canes did make it back to the Eastern Conference finals two years ago and they have been in the playoff hunt every season.

Part of the staff's success in Carolina has been the ability to draft. It isn't as if Raleigh has been a location where players are breaking down doors to play or that they are winning by virtue of a big budget. Instead they are led by home-grown talent such as Eric Staal, Erik Cole, Jeff Skinner, Cam Ward and Chad LaRose.

Twice in his career in Carolina has he been recognized as the Executive of the Year by THN, both years the Hurricanes made it to the Stanley Cup Finals.

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Posted on: April 8, 2011 3:32 am
Edited on: April 8, 2011 4:59 pm
 

Morning Skate: Rangers make it interesting again



A year later, the New York Rangers will really want to avoid a shootout. 

The Blueshirts' final game a season ago was pretty strightforward: A victory -- by any means -- over the Philadelphia Flyers meant a trip to the postseason. That didn't turn out so well as the Flyers skated into the postseason with a shootout victory, but at least the Rangers controlled their own fate. 
The Rangers lost that Thursday with a 3-0 loss to the Atlanta Thrashers, a defeat that allowed the ninth-place Carolina Hurricanes to stay within two points determine which team gets the final seed in the East. 

“We laid an egg,” Rangers coach John Tortorella told reporters after the game. “We need to move by it was quickly as possible.”

Tortorella said next up for the Rangers is some scoreboard watching. And it’s not as simple as wins and losses in this tight of a race, especially with the new tiebreaking rules. 

The Hurricanes will get their shot at the Thrashers tonight in Atlanta and could move into eighth place with a victory , be it in regulation, overtime or the shootout. A shootout victory by the ‘Canes would complicate things slightly since both Carolina and New York currently have 34 victories in regulation or via shootout --- the first tiebreaker. The ‘Canes, however, hold the second tiebreaker since they hold a better record in the season series against the Rangers. 

However tonight goes, it will come down to this Saturday. The New Jersey Devils, whose playoff push petered out a few days back, have a chance to keep the rival Rangers out of the playoffs in a matinee tilt at Madison Square Garden. The Hurricanes host the Tampa Bay Lightning later in the day. 

Instead of a shootout --- which is certainly a dubious way to determine a playoff spot --- we’re doing math. We have Columbus Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson to thank for that. He backed the change to the rule last August and while not many journalists like to pull out calculators, it’s certainly appears to be fairer way to determine who makes the playoffs. 

"We felt this coming for the past three weeks," Tortorella said. 

Here’s an interesting scenario: Hurricanes win in a shootout Friday and the Rangers beat the Devils in regulation or overtime Saturday afternoon. The Hurricanes would only be two points behind Rangers come Saturday night, but they would need to win in regulation or overtime since the Rangers would have the edge with 35 regulation/overtime victories --- that first tiebreaker. 

Knowing that fact, could we see 'Cances gaolie Cam Ward on the bench for an extra attacker in OT since a shootout victory would prove meaningless?

While the ‘Canes and the Dallas Stars enter the weekend as the only teams outside of the top-8 in each conference, it does make for an interesting last few days of the regulation season. 

THURSDAY'S RESULTS
Atlanta 3, NY Rangers 0
Ottawa 3, Montreal 2 (OT)
Dallas 4, Colorado 2
Vancouver 5, Minnesota 0

-- A.J. Perez

Photo: Getty Images 
Posted on: April 8, 2011 3:06 am
 

Morning Skate: Rangers make it interesting again



A year later, the New York Rangers will really want to avoid a shootout. 

The Blueshirts' final game a season ago was pretty strightforward: A victory -- by any means -- over the Philadelphia Flyers meant a trip to the postseason. That didn't turn out so well as the Flyers skated into the postseason with a shootout victory, but at least the Rangers controlled their own fate. 

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  • The Rangers lost that Thursday with a 3-0 loss to the Atlanta Thrashers, a defeat that allowed the ninth-place Carolina Hurricanes determine which team gets the final seed in the East. 

    “We laid an egg,” Rangers coach John Tortorella told reporters after the game. “We need to move by it was quickly as possible.”

    Tortorella said next up for the Rangers is some scoreboard watching. And it’s not as simple as wins and losses in this tight of a race, especially with the new tiebreaking rules. 

    The Hurricanes will get their shot at the Thrashers tonight in Atlanta and could move into eighth place with a victory , be it in regulation, overtime or the shootout. A shootout victory by the ‘Canes would complicate things slightly since both Carolina and New York currently have 34 victories in regulation or via shootout --- the first tiebreaker. The ‘Canes, however, hold the second tiebreaker since they hold a better record in the season series against the Rangers. 

    However tonight goes, it will come down to this Saturday. The New Jersey Devils, whose playoff push petered out a few days back, have a chance to keep the rival Rangers out of the playoffs in a matinee tilt at Madison Square Garden. The Hurricanes host the Tampa Bay Lightning later in the day. 

    Instead of a shootout --- which is certainly a dubious way to determine a playoff spot --- we’re doing math. We have Columbus Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson to thank for that. He backed the change to the rule last August and while not many journalists like to pull out calculators, it’s certainly appears to be fairer way to determine who makes the playoffs. 

    "We felt this coming for the past three weeks," Tortorella said. 

    Here’s an interesting scenario: Hurricanes win in a shootout Friday and the Rangers beat the Devils in regulation or overtime Saturday afternoon. The Hurricanes would only be two points behind Rangers come Saturday night, but they would need to win in regulation or overtime since the Rangers would have the edge with 35 regulation/overtime victories --- that first tiebreaker. 

    Knowing that fact, could we see 'Cances gaolie Cam Ward on the bench for an extra attacker in OT since a shootout victory would prove meaningless?

    While the ‘Canes and the Dallas Stars enter the weekend as the only teams outside of the top-8 in each conference, it does make for an interesting last few days of the regulation season. 

    THURSDAY'S RESULTS
    Atlanta 3, NY Rangers 0
    Ottawa 3, Montreal 2 (OT)
    Dallas 4, Colorado 2
    Vancouver 5, Minnesota 0

    -- A.J. Perez

    Photo: Getty Images 
    Posted on: April 7, 2011 1:41 am
    Edited on: April 7, 2011 2:28 am
     

    Morning Skate: 'Canes, Stars only 2 chasers left

    And then there were two.

    The Dallas Stars and Carolina Hurricanes are the only teams outside the top-8 in each conference who remain mathematically in the hunt for a playoff spot after Wednesday night’s action. Despite a 6-1 victory over the rival Edmonton Oilers, the Calgary Flames didn't get the help they needed elsewhere. Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks -- one of which needed to lose -- both won, although Chicago's OT victory over the St. Louis Blues wasn't without controversy.

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  • Carolina pulled to within two points of the idle New York Rangers with a 3-0 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. It was Cam Ward’s fourth shutout of the season and captain Eric Staal assisted on all three goals. Both the Hurricanes -- Atlanta (Friday) and Tampa Bay (Saturday) -- and the Rangers --- Atlanta (Thursday) and New Jersey (Saturday) -- have two games remaining. 

    The 'Canes and Rangers are currently even in the first tie-breaker, regulation and overtime wins (34). The Hurricanes have the edge in the second tie-breaker, points head to head. Carolina has picked up six over their four meetings to the Rangers’ four points. 

    "Up to this point, no team has done us any favors," Derek Joslin, who scored a power-play goal in the second period, told The News & Observer. "If we can get two more wins we definitely give ourselves a shot at making the playoffs.

    "I know the Rangers are peeking over their shoulders, especially after a big win tonight against a team like that. Maybe they'll be gripping their sticks a little tight."

    Neither the Flames nor the Stars were done any favors either by the referees or the replay officials in Toronto. The Chicago Blackhawks used an iffy  second-period tally to help force overtime, where they eked out a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues. 

    Trailing 2-0, replays appear to show Chicago forward Marian Hossa kick the puck across the goal. (Hossa may very well have tipped it with this stick after he booted it to make it a legal play, but it was hard to tell in the replays.) Even more difficult was determining whether the puck indeed crossed the goal line since Blues goalie Ty Conklin’s catching glove was over top of it. 

    Judge for yourself:




    Here's what Calgary Sun's Scott Fisher, who was live blogging the game, had to say: 
    After a lengthy review, Hossa’s goal is upheld — even though he appeared to kick the puck, which went off the post and never conclusively crossed the line. Considering the Flames’ recent dealings with the NHL’s war room, conspiracy theorists are given added ammunition.

    Either way, the game’s in the books and the Blackhawks finished the night tied for seventh place points-wise with the Anaheim Ducks. Both teams are four points up on the Dallas Stars, who finish with games against the Colorado Avalanche (Thursday and Friday) and the Minnesota Wild (Sunday). 

    PERRY REACHES 50: Corey Perry’s third career hat trick in a 6-2 rout of the San Jose Sharks pushed the Anaheim Ducks forward over the 50-goal mark on Wednesday. 

    He became the third player in franchise history to reach that plateau -- joining Paul Kariya (1995-96) and Teemu Selanne in 1996-97 and 1997-98) -- and extended his points streak to 10 games in the process. 

    Perry, one of the leading candidates for the Hart Trophy, is six goals ahead of Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos in the race for the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy.

    WEDNESDAY'S RESULTS
    Washington 5, Florida 2
    New Jersey 4, Toronto 2
    Boston 3, NY Islanders 2
    Carolina 3, Detroit 0
    Chicago 4, St. Louis  3 (OT)
    Calgary 6,  Edmonton 1
    Anaheim 6, San Jose 2
    Los Angeles 3, Phoenix 2 (SO)  

    -- A.J. Perez
    Posted on: March 16, 2011 3:29 pm
    Edited on: March 16, 2011 3:30 pm
     

    Playoff Watch: Canucks can clinch berth tongiht



    WHO CAN CLINCH: The Vancouver Canucks will become the first team to clinch a playoff berth (via securing the Northwest Division title) by earning at least one point tonight against the Colorado Avalanche.

    GAME OF THE NIGHT: Toronto Maple Leafs (30-30-10) at the Carolina Hurricanes (32-28-10), 7 pm ET.

    The Maple Leafs could all but call off their bid to return to the postseason for the first time in since before the lockout with a loss tonight. Losers of four of their last five entering tonight’s contest at RBC Center, Toronto would slip to 12th in the Eastern Conference and fall to six points back of eighth-place Buffalo if they don't manage to secure at least a point. 

    The Hurricanes are coming off 1-0 victory over the Sabres, Carolina’s first road win in a month, and could pull even with Buffalo (76 points) with a victory. (Buffalo would remain in eighth since it has a game in hand, thus a better winning percentage.) Cam Ward made 44 saves against the Sabres on Tuesday as he made Brandon Sutter’s goal late in the first period hold up.

    ALTERNATIVE VIEWING: Washington Capitals (41-20-10) at Detroit Red Wings (41-20-8), 7:30 pm, Versus.

    There are only four games on the schedule tonight, but Versus will broadcast what should be a high-powered contest against two of the best teams in NHL. The Caps enter on a nine-game winning streak and we’ll get to see two Russian buddies, Washington’s Alex Ovechkin and Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk, go head to head.

    GOLF WATCH: Edmonton Oilers have been mathematically eliminated. 

    PLAYOFF TRACKER

    -- A.J. Perez

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