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Tweetmail No. 9: Jerseys, Bellemore & Picks

Wednesday, 04.2.2014 / 10:15 AM ET / Tracking the Storm
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Tweetmail No. 9: Jerseys, Bellemore & Picks
Answering your Twitter questions about third jersey rules, Brett Bellemore\'s contract status and more!
Michael Smith
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Hello and welcome to a weekly feature on CarolinaHurricanes.com in which I take your Twitter questions about the Carolina Hurricanes or other assorted topics and answer them in mailbag form. Hopefully, the final product is insightful to some degree, and maybe we have some fun along the way.

Let’s get to it.

Could you explain the rules around wearing the alternate jerseys and also the away jerseys at home? – Jamie K. (@jbk_ltd)

Sure!

NHL teams are permitted to wear their alternate uniforms 12 to 15 times a season. The Canes wore their black thirds 12 times in 2013-14, including once on the road in Florida. In this case, the team had to receive permission from the Panthers to do so.

Similarly, the Canes had to receive permission from Tampa Bay and Columbus to wear their new white sweaters at home.

When planning out and submitting the alternate schedule to the league, a few caveats are considered. The Canes prefer to wear their black third uniform set against opponents who do not wear black pants. Looking at current uniform combinations, that eliminates Anaheim, Boston, Calgary, Chicago, Colorado, Dallas, Los Angeles, New Jersey, Ottawa, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and San Jose. Out of 12 third jersey dates this season, 11 were against non-black teams; the Canes wore their thirds versus New Jersey on Nov. 29 – also Black Friday.

As far as wearing black on the road, as the team did on March 27 in Florida, a one-off trip is ideal since wearing both white and black on a multi-game trip would require lugging two sets of equipment.

For the same reason, wearing white at home is ideal against a team who is on a one-off trip, like Columbus was on March 29 in Raleigh.

Stick tap to Doug Warf, the Canes Vice President of Marketing, for clarifying the finer details.

Is Brett Bellemore a restricted free agent (RFA) or unrestricted free agent (UFA) after this season? – Laura (@PippyTarHeel)

Short answer: he will be an unrestricted free agent.

For the longer answer, stick with me on this one as I’ll try to explain it as best I can without it getting too confusing. Bellemore will qualify as a group six UFA. Here are the criteria for group six status:

1) Age 25 or older. Bellemore is currently 25 and will turn 26 prior to the opening of free agency on July 1.

2) Has completed three or more professional seasons under an NHL contract. This is Bellemore’s fifth professional season and first full season in the NHL.

3) Has played in fewer than 80 NHL games as a skater. Bellemore has skated in 66 NHL games, including 58 this season. Should he play in the team’s remaining six games, he will total 72 NHL games. Note: Due to the shortened 2012-13 season, there are transitional rules for this criterion. Even still, Bellemore’s games played total will come in under the required marker (74).

For all things contracts, be sure to bookmark our regularly-updated contract chart.

What picks does Carolina have at this year’s draft? – Kyle W. (@mosby2622)

Currently, the Canes hold seven picks in this year’s draft. The team is slated to pick once in rounds one, two, three, five and seven and twice in round four. The Canes acquired a fourth-round pick from the Vancouver Canucks in the trade that sent Zac Dalpe and Jeremy Welsh northwest in exchange for Kellan Tochkin. The Kings hold Carolina’s sixth-round pick, which was shipped to Los Angeles with Anthony Stewart and a fourth-round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft for Kevin Westgarth.

Obviously, what is left to decide is the Canes’ positioning. Assuming the team does not qualify for the playoffs, that will be done via the 2014 NHL Draft Lottery, which will take place on Tuesday, April 15 at 8 p.m. on NBCSN, according to Steve Lepore. As a refresher, the lottery now gives the opportunity to land the No. 1 overall pick to all 14 teams that do not qualify for postseason play. The likelihood of each team gaining the coveted first pick ranges from 25 percent for the 30th-place team in the league to 0.5 percent for the 17th-ranked team in the league. More details can be seen here.

NFL or MLB? – Doug A. (@dabrams2021)

This is an easy NFL for me. Though spending the night at the ballpark on a nice summer night is a wonderful pastime, it can’t beat the exhilaration and intensity of the NFL, a sport and a league built for television.

But I do hope my fantasy baseball team does well this year.

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Join me next week for more questions and more answers!

If you have a question you’d like answered, you can reach out to me on Twitter at @MSmithCanes.



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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