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Canes Begin Locker Room Renovations

Walls coming down to open up space

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

When the Carolina Hurricanes begin training camp in mid-September, their locker room will sport a new layout for both the players and coaches.

Demolition began earlier this week, the first step in revamping the look and flow of the team's room.

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Tweetmail No. 193: Assistant Coach, Goal Horn & Goal Song

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

Hello and welcome to Tweetmail, 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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De Haan a Statement Signing for Canes

One of the league's best defenses gets better

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

One of the best defensive corps in the National Hockey League just got better - again.

After acquiring Dougie Hamilton from Calgary in a five-player, draft-day trade, the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday signed defenseman Calvin de Haan to a four-year contract worth $18.2 million.

It's a statement signing for the Canes, snagging one of the top defensemen on the unrestricted free agent market to bolster what's already one of the league's most formidable blue lines.

"I get to play with one of the best, young blue lines in the NHL," de Haan said on a conference call. "I feel like I can step in and help this team win. I'm aware that the Hurricanes haven't made the playoffs in the last nine years, and to be honest, I really want to be part of the solution here."

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Mrazek out to Prove Himself

Czech goaltender enjoys pressure of one-year contract

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

Petr Mrazek has something to prove.

The Czech goaltender signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Carolina Hurricanes shortly after free agency opened on Sunday, July 1.

It's a relatively low-risk, high-reward signing for the Hurricanes, who rounded out their goaltending duo of Scott Darling and Mrazek for the 2018-19 season. For Mrazek, the one-year term is a chance to prove his worth in the NHL.

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End of an Era

Ward leaves indelible mark on Hurricanes, community

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

April 4, 2004.

That was the last time the Carolina Hurricanes played a game in which, injuries aside, Cam Ward was not on the team's roster.

Oct. 4, 2018 -- exactly 174 months or 5,296 days later -- will be the next.

As free agency opened at noon on Sunday, curtains fell on an era in Raleigh. Ward, an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career, signed a one-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks.

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Canes Ink Mrazek on First Day of Free Agency

Plus, more notes & quotes from Canes GM Don Waddell

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

The Carolina Hurricanes didn't make a big free agency splash - they've historically never been a team to do so - but they did check off another box on their offseason to-do list.

The Hurricanes signed goaltender Petr Mrazek to a one-year contract worth $1.5 million to round out their duo of Scott Darling and Mrazek between the pipes for the 2018-19 season.

"At 26 years of age, we felt there's still upside," President and General Manager Don Waddell said. "The age was a big factor for us. He's still a young player with a lot to prove, and he's determined to prove it."

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Five Takeaways: Day 3 of Prospects Development Camp

More on-ice work plus team building with Fortnite at Epic Games

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

Friday marks the end of the traditional workweek, but Carolina Hurricanes Prospects Development Camp rolls on.

Here are five takeaways from the third day of Prospects Development Camp.

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Five Takeaways: Day 2 of Prospects Development Camp

Canes continue to get read on group of prospects

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

Prospects Development Camp returned to PNC Arena for a day full of on- and off-ice action on Thursday.

Here are five takeaways from the second day of Prospects Development Camp.

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Five Takeaways: Day 1 of Prospects Development Camp

Necas, Svechnikov stand out on first day of camp

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

The future is now, as Carolina Hurricanes Prospects Development Camp kicked into gear on Wednesday with the first on-ice session of the week.

This year's camp features a group of 28 prospects, including all six players selected in the 2018 NHL Draft, 14 returning players and six camp invitees.

The players arrived in Raleigh on Tuesday and gathered as a group for the first time at a team dinner. Wednesday featured a full schedule of both on- and off-ice activities.

Here are five takeaways from day one of Prospects Development Camp.

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Tweetmail No. 192: Draft Picks, Trades & Centers

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

Hello and welcome back to Tweetmail, presented by our friends at Tijuana Flats!  

Tweetmail is 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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