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.
What unique perspective will you be bringing us from the road this season? – Jamie K. (@jbk_ltd)
If you haven’t heard, I’ll be traveling with the team this season to provide fans with unrivaled daily coverage of the Hurricanes both at home and on the road.
What you’ll see on CarolinaHurricanes.com while I’m on the road will be similar to what you’ve come to expect while the team is in Raleigh: gameday blogs, practice updates, injury updates, feature stories, Tweetmail and more. Both at home and on the road, we plan to deliver a bit of a revamped gameday online experience, one that will combine everything you need to know – from off-ice details such as special promotions or TV notes to on-ice details such as lines, starting goaltenders and locker room quotes – into one handy hub. Keep an eye out for that as we approach the regular season.
In addition to all of that above, because this is the first time CarolinaHurricanes.com is traveling with the team, I do plan on giving fans a deeper, behind-the-scenes look at road trip goings-on. Have something you want to see? Or, have an idea of how you’d like it to be presented? Let me know in the comments section below, or give me a shout on Twitter.
Being able to deliver our fans complete coverage of the team from game one to game 82 is really exciting stuff, and I can’t wait to take you all along on the journey.
Who do you think will stand out the most at training camp? What are you looking forward to seeing these next few weeks? – Matt S. (@Mattchoo12)
I think one player worth keeping an eye on is Elias Lindholm. The 19-year-old forward is entering his sophomore year, and he’s going to be bigger and stronger – and healthier – than he was during his rookie campaign. He also comes into this season with one year of knowledge and learning at the highest level under his belt, and I think he’s poised to be that much better because of it.
As far as what the next few weeks hold, I’m first looking forward to covering the Traverse City Prospects Tournament, which begins on Friday. Getting a look at most of that group at Prospects Development Camp was one thing; this tournament steps it up a notch and throws them straight into game situations.
It sets the table nicely for training camp, which is also something I think we’re all looking forward to seeing with head coach Bill Peters running the show. We got to see a brief glimpse of what that would be like with Prospects Development Camp in July, but even that won’t match the competition and intensity I expect to see beginning next week.
Speaking of …
When will the roster for Canes training camp attendees be published? – Doug A. (@dabrams2021)
Earlier this week, the Canes announced the training camp schedule. It opens on-ice on Friday, Sept. 19 and continues through the end of a seven-game preseason schedule in early October. All sessions (with the exception of a couple Saturday dates due to NC State football) are open to the public.
As for the roster, expect to see that released next week, likely after the Traverse City prospects tournament has wrapped. I’ll be there with the team as well to jump start our road coverage for the season. You can find more information on that, including a roster and schedule, here.
Any insight as to why PNC Arena wasn’t featured in NHL 15, and will it be in future installments? – Will L. (@wluper)
I’ve gotten a few questions about this, so we’ll first set it up with just a little back story.
One of the headlining features of NHL 15, EA Sports’ latest installment in their hockey franchise, is authentic arenas from around the league. A few weeks ago, Sean Ramjagsingh, producer for the game, tweeted this information:
PNC Arena responded with this news, stating it is working with PNC Bank to correct this moving forward:
So, maybe next year!
Join me next week for more questions and more answers!
If you have a question you’d like answered or you have a Traverse City restaurant suggestion, you can reach out to me on Twitter at @MSmithCanes.