The Canes hosted media day at PNC Arena on Tuesday, Sept. 1. With training camp fast approaching, CarolinaHurricanes.com and the local media sat down with a number of players for wide-ranging, informal chats.
Here are five questions with Canes forward Nathan Gerbe.
CarolinaHurricanes.com: Does the fact that you’re entering into a contract year add any more motivation to your offseason preparation?
Nathan Gerbe: I think it does. It pushes you more but it’s something you don’t think about. If you get caught thinking about that stuff then you won’t be as focused during the game, so I think that’s what’s most important to kind of just push it aside. It is what it is. It’s a business. I’ve been in it before with Buffalo, and I know how this game goes. For me, it’s just go out and doing my job and just showing people what I can do every day.
CH.com: There's a certain learning curve for a team in year one under a new coach. Heading into year two under Bill Peters, what's different?
Gerbe: I think it’s very important to know what your coach expects of you and what you expect to give coach, his standard of a team and what he wants to play every night. That’s big to have that already out of the way. Last year was a feeling out process and now you just want to come in, play and be one of the guys that coach thinks is very valuable to the team and would like to help the team win.
CH.com: How do you think three-on-three overtime will play out?
Gerbe: I’m excited. I want to be out there. I think it will be great for the game – the skill level, the speed, it’s going to be pretty entertaining to watch.
CH.com: You go about your offseason training, and this summer you add a baby. How have you adjusted to that new lifestyle?
Gerbe: It hasn’t changed the routine much. She’s been awesome. She sleeps through the night. We’re very lucky with a good baby. My wife, she’s been a rock. She’s been doing everything when I’m training. It’s been very helpful to me to stay on course with training and skating throughout the summer.
CH.com: You and Noah Hanifin have that Boston College connection. Are you excited to have another BC product in the pipeline?
Gerbe: I’m excited. I’ve heard nothing but great things about him as a player and also as a person. From who I’ve talked to at BC, his character is pretty high and he seems like a really good kid, so I’m excited. We’re excited to have him. I know he can help our team. He’s going to be a good player, and it’s all about directing him in the right way as older guys on the team have to do for an 18 or 19-year old stepping into the league. I think that’s important.