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LaRose Brings Game-Night Energy to Offseason Workouts

Tuesday, 09.13.2011 / 1:03 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Michael Smith
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LaRose Brings Game-Night Energy to Offseason Workouts
Like every player who finished the 2010-11 season with the Carolina Hurricanes, Chad LaRose had a long summer.

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And while those long summers certainly aren’t ideal, they do allow for some much needed time off before another grueling season begins.

“Never like those long summers,” LaRose said. “But I got to see some family and rest up some body parts. Now we’re back at it.”

Before LaRose could get back at it with the Canes, however, he had to sign a new contract. As an unrestricted free agent, he could have tested the waters on July 1, as he did two years prior before re-signing with Carolina on July 2.

That summer, LaRose was coming off the most productive season of his career that saw him net 19 goals and record 12 assists for 31 points. Last season, despite a glaring -21 plus/minus rating, he again totaled 31 points (16g, 15a).

This time around, however, the decision was much easier for him. He agreed to another, nearly identical two-year deal with the Canes on June 29, avoiding hitting the market as a free agent.

“It’s a really good organization. I like it here, and the fans are great,” he said. “We’re going to win here, and that’s the main reason I’m back.”

Since the retirement of Rod Brind’Amour, LaRose has been the unofficial organizer of the informal skates that take place before the start of training camp. This morning, he led a group of around 15 players in an on-ice workout.

In running these workouts, he tries to bring the same energy he exudes night in and night out during the regular season.

“It feels good being back here and woopin’ it up on the ice,” he said. “Getting the boys going makes it feel good knowing that the season is right around the corner. It’s a good feeling.”

LaRose, while obviously disappointed with the outcome last April, sees a lot the team can build on heading into this season.

“We’ve got a good group of guys, and we’re going in the right direction,” he said. “I think we’ll be in the playoffs and we’ll go well into them, and we’ll see what happens from there.”

The fans can catch Chad LaRose in action in the annual Red-White game on Sunday, Sept. 18 during the Caniac Carnival. With that friendly match a short five days away, it’s a sure sign that the season is fast approaching.

“You know it’s that time of year,” LaRose said. “Training camp can be tough, but it’s all part of the season. We’re excited to get it going here Friday.”

Other tidbits from the informal workouts at the RBC Center:
  • Jeff Skinner was back in the house today. He didn’t participate in the skate between 10:30 a.m. and 12 noon.
  • As was the case yesterday, there was plenty of work going on in the weight rooms, in addition to what was happening on-ice.
  • Justin Peters and Mike Murphy were in net for the informal skate.
  • LaRose ran the drills this morning. Jussi Jokinen and Tuomo Ruutu were among the other notables that participated.
  • LaRose was one of the players CanesVision was slated to shoot today, so he left the ice before the skate began to wrap up.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
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
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
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

STATS

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