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Helminen, Rodney to Albany; Injury Notes

Friday, 10.3.2008 / 10:59 AM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Helminen, Rodney to Albany; Injury Notes
Two more roster cuts were made Friday morning, with forward Dwight Helminen and defenseman Bryan Rodney returning to Albany.

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Helminen, signed this past summer after a productive season with JYP Jyvaskyla in Finland, did very well at camp and has a good chance to make his NHL debut with the Canes this season in the event of an injury.  The 25-year-old stayed in camp longer than other potential call-ups, seeing significant time on scoring lines and on the power play while players like Ray Whitney and Rod Brind'Amour were injured.

Rodney, 24, impressed the team enough to stay longer than Casey Borer and Brett Carson, who were thought to be higher in the pecking order before camp.  Having risen rom ECHL regular to NHL prospect in a matter of months last season, it will probably be good for him to develop more slowly in the AHL, where he's played only 50 career games.

"He looks awfully good," said coach Peter Laviolette.  "He's smooth, he' s got a high threshold of patience, he's poised out there, he didn't do anything wrong defensively and he looked good offensively.  He left a very, very good impression on the organization."

The Canes' training camp roster now stands at 28, with 23 the target number for opening night.  That doesn't necessarily mean the Canes will have to cut five more people, because Justin Williams at the very least will be put on injured reserve and won't count against that number.

Notable non-regulars still in camp include Zach Boychuk ,Tim Conboy, Joe Jensen, Dan LaCouture, Trevor Gillies and Brandon Sutter.

Injury update: Boychuk and Conboy skated by themselves before Friday morning's practice, while Niclas Wallin joined Rod Brind'Amour and Ray Whitney in the full session.  Still no sign of Tuomo Ruutu.

Patrick Eaves also didn't suit up, but Laviolette said it was just a minor bruise - "nothing really to report."  Joe Jensen had to be carried off the ice midway through practice with what is believed to be a hip pointer.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
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14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 77 23 31 -13 54
J. Faulk 82 15 34 -19 49
E. Lindholm 81 17 22 -23 39
V. Rask 80 11 22 -14 33
J. Skinner 77 18 13 -24 31
N. Gerbe 78 10 18 -14 28
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. Staal 46 6 18 -6 24
J. Liles 57 2 20 -9 22
J. McClement 82 7 14 -7 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 22 24 5 .910 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 17 6 .900 2.72