With a busy week of headline news, a couple Carolina Hurricanes news items slipped by without making it into an article at Canes and Coffee.
If you want to catch up on the busy week or ever just need a chronological list of articles to see what you missed, you can always find that HERE.
The broadcast team returns – Chuck Kaiton, John Forslund and Tripp Tracy
Right before the free agent frenzy launched, the Hurricanes announced the re-signing of the broadcast team. Mike Maniscalco also remains part of the group as the team’s TV/Web host and part of the television broadcast team.
We, as Hurricanes fans, should be thankful that we have the best local game coverage of any team in the entire NHL.
AHL signings – Zack Stortini, Nick Schilkey and Martin Ouellette
Earlier this week, the Checkers announced the addition of three players. These players are on AHL contracts, so they are not technically in the Carolina Hurricanes organization.
Forward Zack Stortini adds a veteran enforcer to the Checkers’ roster. He of a league-leading 299 penalty minutes in 2013-14 can do do work with or without his gloves on.
Forward Nick Schilkey might be a familiar name, as he just participated in the Hurricanes’ prospect camp last week and must have impressed. Schilkey just wrapped up his college career in fine fashion finishing third in the NCAA with 27 goals. He also served as captain of his Ohio State Buckeyes twice.
Goalie Martin Ouellette rounds out the group. With veteran AHL goalie Jeremy Smith added last week to bring the group to three, to be honest I am not sure what the team is up to adding a fourth goalie. It might just be that the Hurricanes scouting staff sees something in Ouellette and used an AHL contract to get a closer look. I guess we will learn more as the AHL goalie situation unfolds.
The free agent list dwindles
Jaromir Jagr is still out there. Andrei Markov surprisingly has yet to officially return to Montreal. And I guess Thomas Vanek could provide inexpensive offense, but in general the free agent list is mostly depleted now almost exactly a full week since it started.
Yesterday, one of the players that I and others still liked as a depth forward addition was eliminated. Jussi Jokinen was signed to a bargain $1.1 million, one-year deal by the Edmonton Oilers. Paint me jealous on that one. Even in his mid-30s, I see Jokinen as a versatile player with decent depth scoring ability. I would easily add Jokinen to my ‘deals I would steal’ list from earlier this week.
We are nearing the desert of the long NHL off-season, but the ‘mug half full’ version is that we are now within two months of the start of training camp.