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Tweetmail No. 100!

by Michael Smith / Carolina Hurricanes
One hundred!

A sincere thank you to all the readers who digest this feature on a (mostly) weekly basis. It’s been fun, and I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I have. Cheers!

If you’re new here, Tweetmail is a weekly feature on 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.

Prior to the trade deadline, team rosters are capped at 23 players and player movement with American Hockey League affiliates is unlimited. After the trade deadline, team rosters are no longer capped but AHL recalls are limited to four. I’m not sure why it’s limited to just four or where that number originated. It’s like the Heart of the Island in LOST. That’s just the way it is.

The Hurricanes burned two of their four post-deadline recalls on paper transactions in assigning and recalling Phil Di Giuseppe and Noah Hanifin on Feb. 29 to ensure they can compete for the Charlotte Checkers in the playoffs.

To my knowledge, the recalls since have been designated as emergency, thus not counting against the limit. With Andrej Nestrasil’s season-ending back injury, the Hurricanes have had to pull a skater from Charlotte – and they’ve experimented with a number – to fill out their forward lines. Similarly on defense, Justin Faulk’s absence has left an emergency requirement so that the team can ice three pairs of blueliners.

I’ve also seen the question about Nestrasil and Faulk and why they haven’t been placed on injured reserve. It simply goes back to the fact that there is no roster limit after the trade deadline; the Canes don’t need to place them on IR to free up a roster spot.

Even though it has been in no-contact fashion, Justin Faulk has practiced with the team twice this week. As long as he progresses as he should, he should then begin to take some contact in practice and then draw back into the lineup. With a shade over two weeks and nine games remaining in the regular season, I think he jumps back into action before we reach game 82.

James Wisniewski, on the other hand, is coming off a major knee injury that required surgery. Following extensive off-ice rehab, he returned to the ice and has been skating on his own for a while now. The hopeful plan is to get him back practicing with the team before the season’s end, but head coach Bill Peters cautioned that the team wants to be smart about it.

So, in short: Faulk likely, Wisniewski not likely.

Without a doubt. He was the team’s longtime captain and the face of the franchise for years.

One element you’ve probably seen on social media in the last week: Staal will be greeted by a photo wall when he returns to PNC Arena, a crowd-sourced project featuring photos submitted by you, the fans, commemorating his 909-game, 12-year career with the team.

I’ll get the chance to speak with him for the first time since the trade to gauge his thoughts and feelings on the last few weeks, so expect to see something written about his return.

And, of course, you will see various in-game #ThankYouEric elements, as well.

I’ve watched a few Rangers games this month, and it’s still weird to see him in a color other than red. It will be even weirder seeing No. 12 in blue at PNC Arena skating for the other team, but he will be properly welcomed home.

Canes Players Try Girl Scout Cookies Episode II: Attack of the Cookies. I Still Know What You Ate (Girl Scout Cookies) Last Summer. 2 Girl Scout, 2 Cookies. The ideas are endless. But there are no immediate plans for a sequel this season. Next? Perhaps so.

A video feature that is returning this season: Canes players reading tweets, and you’ll see it in-game on Social Media Night (March 31 vs. Rangers, which will also have plenty of other cool events and goodies) and on our website and various social channels after that, of course.


Join me next week for more questions and more answers!

If you have a question you’d like answered or you have a good pitch for syndication (we made it!), you can find me on Twitter at @MSmithCanes or drop an email here.

Michael Smith
MICHAEL SMITH is the Web Producer for the Carolina Hurricanes.

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