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Hurricanes Notebook: Rumors, Lindholm and More

Thursday, 07.11.2013 / 4:00 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Michael Smith
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Hurricanes Notebook: Rumors, Lindholm and More
At a July 5 press conference, a question was posed to Carolina Hurricanes President and General Manager Jim Rutherford about the attractiveness of the Raleigh market to free agents.

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Rutherford answered with an anecdote about “one of the bigger free agents” that pondered signing with Carolina on a one-year contract.

From there, imaginations ran wild and discussion swirled about the identity of this mystery player. Recently, various reports and rumors honed in on 41-year-old winger Jaromir Jagr.

Rutherford confirmed to CarolinaHurricanes.com on Thursday that Jagr was not the player he referenced last Friday.

This isn't to say that signing this unnamed player will not happen. Just don’t hang your hat on it.

“In order to make room for that player who would like to come here, I’d have to make a player trade,” Rutherford said. “That hasn’t come along, and it may not come along.”

Lindholm’s Entry-Level Contract

Less than two weeks after drafting Elias Lindholm fifth overall in the 2013 NHL Draft, Rutherford said the process of signing the Swedish forward to an entry-level contract has begun.

“We’d like to get it done,” he said.

Lindholm, 18, will be one of 24 players to descend upon Raleigh for the team’s Prospects Development Camp next week. Expectations are that July 16-20 won’t mark his only time spent in the Tar Heel State this year.

“I feel that with all the information I’ve seen, he’ll be on our team, he’ll play somewhere in our top six or top nine and he’ll make an impact,” Rutherford said.

Sanguinetti Signs in KHL

According to the team’s website, defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti has signed a two-year deal with Atlant of the KHL.

Sanguinetti, 25, skated in 37 of the Hurricanes’ 48 games last season. He recorded his first NHL point on Feb. 23 against Tampa Bay, and the next night, he scored his first NHL goal in New York, the game-winning goal in the Canes’ 4-2 victory over the Islanders.

The Hurricanes acquired Sanguinetti, an unrestricted free agent this summer, from the Rangers in exchange for a pair of draft picks on June 26, 2010. Since then, the Trenton, NJ, native logged 127 games with the Charlotte Checkers and 40 with the Hurricanes.

UPDATE: Sanguinetti confirmed the report on his Twitter account Thursday afternoon.

Revamped Development Camp Begins Tuesday

What has traditionally been small in size and heavy in off-ice training will take on a bit of a different look, as the Hurricanes host the revamped Prospects Development Camp at PNC Arena July 16-20.

The camp will feature 12 forwards, 10 defensemen and two goaltenders, enough skaters to stage a Friday team practice and mini-scrimmages during Saturday’s Summerfest Celebration.

“We have a very good group of young players. This will be an opportunity for fans to see them on NHL ice,” Rutherford said. “It gives our prospects a better understanding and idea of where they want to get to.”

Each day of camp will feature two evening sessions – one for forwards and one for defenseman – with instruction from the Hurricanes’ coaching staff, and Wednesday’s sessions are highlighted by powerskating lessons.

CanesVision will help launch Summerfest on Tuesday night from 5:30-6:30 p.m. with a live streaming show hosted by Chantel McCabe. In addition, closed morning skates on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10-11 a.m. will stream live on CarolinaHurricanes.com.

A full schedule for Hurricanes Summerfest can be found here.

“I really feel with how it is set up this year where there’s more on-ice activity and the fact that it’s at PNC Arena, it will be exciting for everybody,” Rutherford said.



SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 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