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Tweetmail No. 151: Checkers, Promotions & Photos

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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Hurricanes Hire Schonfelder as Minor League Goalie Consultant

Has served as goalie coach for several Canadian national teams

by Terrell Williams @NHLCanes / 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 hired Paul Schonfelder as its new minor league goalie consultant.

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Canes Agree to Terms with Martin Necas

Carolina selected the center with the 12th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft

by Terrell Williams @NHLCanes / 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 2017 first-round selection Martin Necas (NEH-chahs) on a three-year, entry-level contract. The deal will pay Necas $832,500 on the NHL level or $70,000 on the American Hockey League level per season. He receives a signing bonus of $277,500.

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The Reviews Are In

Media is on the Canes' bandwagon this summer

by Mike Sundheim @MikeSundheim / CarolinaHurricanes.com

One thing has become abundantly clear in the last week or so. The hockey media is on the Carolina Hurricanes' bandwagon this summer. Writers and broadcasters across the continent are raving about the moves General Manager Ron Francis has made this offeason, and optimistic about the team's chances of success in 2017-18.

A sampler of the positive reviews on the Hurricanes' summer of 2017:

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Lucky Number Slavin

Canes secure integral piece of young, talented defensive corps

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

The Carolina Hurricanes boast one of the most talented, young defensive corps in the National Hockey League, and on Wednesday, they secured a centerpiece of that group to a long-term contract extension.

In an already banner offseason, the Canes agreed to terms with defenseman Jaccob Slavin on a seven-year contract extension that carries an average annual value of $5.3 million.

"We think Jaccob is one of the best young defensemen in the National Hockey League. We think he has tremendous upside in addition to that," said Executive Vice President and General Manager Ron Francis. "He's also a man of extreme character. Both he and his wife, Kylie, do an awful lot in the community already at their young age, and I know that will continue. We are thrilled to have him as part of our organization moving forward."

"It's definitely been a really fun journey and experience so far," Slavin said. "There's eight more years here, and we're definitely looking forward to that."

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Tweetmail No. 150: Roster Spots, Lines & Free Agents

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

Hello and welcome back (again) 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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Canes, Slavin Agree on Seven-Year Extension

Defenseman posted career highs in goals, assists and points in 2016-17

by Terrell Williams @NHLCanes / 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 Jaccob Slavin on a seven-year contract extension. The contract will begin during the 2018-19 season and carries an average annual value (AAV) of $5.3 million.

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Kruger a Strong Add to Canes' Roster

Swedish center brings winning pedigree & bolsters depth

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

On the heels of an active July 1, headlined by the return of Justin Williams to Raleigh, the Carolina Hurricanes continued to retool their roster over the Fourth of July long weekend.

The Hurricanes on Tuesday acquired center Marcus Kruger from Vegas (via Chicago a few days prior) in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.

It was a somewhat quiet and potentially underrated move for the Hurricanes, and the benefits are multifold.

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Canes Acquire Marcus Kruger from Vegas

Forward won Stanley Cup with Blackhawks in 2013 and 2015

by Terrell Williams @NHLCanes / 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 acquired forward Marcus Kruger from the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for a fifth-round selection in the 2018 NHL Draft.

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Francis, Canes Active as Free Agency Opens

Canes land Williams, sign four others

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

The Carolina Hurricanes haven't historically been a July 1 team, but this year, soon after the clock struck noon and the frenzy began, they landed one of the top available free agents on the market.

It was a familiar face, too. The Hurricanes inked Justin Williams, who played 265 regular-season games with the Hurricanes from 2004-09 and helped the team capture its first and only Stanley Cup championship in franchise history in 2006, to a two-year, $9 million contract.

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