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Derek Ryan Named Finalist for Masterton Trophy

Winner to be named June 21 at NHL Awards in Las Vegas

by Ken Preston / Carolina Hurricanes News Release

RALEIGH, NC - Carolina Hurricanes forward Derek Ryan has been named as one of three finalists for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy. The Masterton Trophy is an annual award under the trusteeship of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association (PHWA) recognizing the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. The winner will be named at the 2017 NHL Awards to be held June 21 in Las Vegas.

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Samuelsson Excelling Behind Checkers' Bench

First-year AHL head coach Ulf Samuelsson seeing success in Charlotte

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

In late May of 2016, the Carolina Hurricanes tabbed Ulf Samuelsson as the new head coach of the Charlotte Checkers.

"We think we got ourselves a heck of a head coach there," Executive Vice President and General Manager Ron Francis said soon after. "He's very detailed, very determined, very driven. I know that he'll work extremely hard to make our prospects and that organization very successful."

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Checkers Edged by Wolves in Game 2

Miller, Robertson score, but Chicago nets game-winner late in regulation

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

The Chicago Wolves edged the Charlotte Checkers, 3-2, to even up the best-of-five first round Calder Cup playoff series, as it now shifts to Chicago. Here are three things to note from Game 2.

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Canes, Dahlbeck Agree to Terms on One-Year Deal

Defenseman played 43 games with Carolina in 2016-17

by Ken Preston / Carolina Hurricanes News Release

RALEIGH, NC - Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Klas Dahlbeck (KLAHS DAHL-behk) on a one-year contract. The deal will pay Dahlbeck $850,000 for the 2017-18 season.

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In the System: Canes Prospects Shine in CHL Playoffs

by Nikki Stoudt @NikkiStoudt / CarolinaHurricanes.com

The Carolina Hurricanes' season may be over, but a number of Canes' prospects are making noise in their respective junior teams' playoff runs.

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Canes Agree to Terms With Steven Lorentz

Forward is among goal-scoring leaders during OHL Playoffs

by Terrell Williams / Carolina Hurricanes News Release

RALEIGH, NC - Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with forward Steven Lorentz on a three-year, entry-level contract. The deal will pay Lorentz $650,000 on the NHL level in 2017-18 and 2018-19 and $700,000 in 2019-20. On the American Hockey League (AHL) level, he would earn $60,000 per year. Lorentz receives a signing bonus of $185,000.

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Checkers Blaze Past Wolves in Game 1

Wallmark nets two goals, McCollum posts 20-save shutout

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

CHARLOTTE - The Charlotte Checkers took Game 1 of their best-of-five first round Calder Cup playoff series against the Chicago Wolves with a commanding 4-0 victory. Here are four things to note from the Checkers' first playoff action in four years.

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Checkers Set to Open Playoffs at Home

Charlotte hosts Chicago Wolves in first two games of first-round playoff series

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

CHARLOTTE - It was just after 9 a.m. on Thursday, and Bojangles' Coliseum was quiet.

Then, signs of life awoke the historical building. Zambonis scraped the ice sheet clean. Players gathered in the hallway for their ritualistic soccer games. Then, skate blades carved into the pristine ice, shots tickled the twine and rang off the post, bodies banged against the glass and whistles blew to signify the beginning of the morning skate.

It was a gameday for the Charlotte Checkers - a playoff gameday, their first since 2013.

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Seven Canes to Participate in World Championship

Tournament takes place May 5-21 in Paris, France, and Cologne, Germany

by Terrell Williams / Carolina Hurricanes News Release

RALEIGH, NC - Seven members of the Carolina Hurricanes will participate in the 2017 IIHF World Championship, to be held from May 5-21 in Paris, France, and Cologne, Germany.

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Tweetmail No. 140: In the System, Teases & Binging

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

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.

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