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.
Do the Canes have a game MVP hat like a few other teams? – Elliot F. (@EJFarrell89)
(Full disclosure: Since I can’t answer every question each week, I save them all. This one was asked in March. How convenient that I’m just now answering it!)
The Canes have new postgame headwear for the player of the game: a fireman’s helmet adorned with the Hurricanes’ primary logo. It made its debut after the Canes’ 3-0 win over the Arizona Coyotes at the beginning of the month.
“We’ve been waiting to crack that out for a while,” head coach Bill Peters said after the game.
Peters awarded the helmet to Cam Ward that night after the netminder posted 25 saves in the 22nd shutout of his career. And that’s probably the last time Peters will touch it.
“I awarded it once, and now whoever has the helmet awards it,” he said. “I’m one and done in that regard.”
So, following a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings the next night, Ward passed it on to Justin Faulk. Faulk packed it away in his bag as the Canes departed for Columbus, and after a 4-2 win over the Blue Jackets on Tuesday night, he handed it off to Jay Harrison, who dropped the gloves with Scott Hartnell in the first period.
From my vantage point, the helmet is a great addition to the locker room, and the guys seem to wear it with pride. Ward was a gratified inaugural recipient.
“What an honor. Coach Peters came in here and said that, when we win a game, it will be passed along to a certain person on the team,” he said after the win against Arizona. “It’s an honor, and I wear it with pride. It’s great to get a win.”
"To me, [firemen] are heroes, right? Everyone’s running from a fire, and they’re going the other way. They’re going in. They save lives. They are people that you need,” Peters explained. “I have a lot of respect for them, and I have some friends that are firemen. When a guy gets that award, he’s the player of the game for me. He’s a guy that’s a big reason we won."
Now the helmet needs a name. What do you think? Or is “the fireman’s helmet” a simple enough descriptor? Let me know in the comments below.
What are the rules about players on emergency recall staying up after everyone comes off injured reserve? Do they hit waivers when they go back? – Shannon C. (@sparkleshorty)
Like much legalese is, the NHL and NHLPA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement is a beast of a document to sift through. But here’s what I gathered.
A player can be recalled on an emergency basis “when the playing strength of the Loaning Club, by reason of incapacitating injury or illness or by League suspension to its Players is reduced below the level of two (2) goalkeepers, six (6) defensemen and twelve (12) forwards.” So, basically, if there aren’t enough players – due to injury or otherwise – to fill out an NHL roster, a player can be recalled on an emergency basis.
Zach Boychuk was an emergency recall on Oct. 12 when injuries to Eric Staal, Patrick Dwyer and Jeff Skinner left the Canes in need of reinforcements. With those aforementioned players having returned from injury, Boychuk’s emergency status had expired; he would either be retained on the lineup as a regular recall or be assigned to Charlotte.
Obviously still with the team, Boychuk is now a regular recall, and as such, he’ll be exposed to waivers like he was following training camp should he be reassigned again.
But, with the way he’s been playing on a line with fellow Checkers’ alumni Victor Rask and Chris Terry – he scored a goal in Columbus on Tuesday night, has points in two straight games and is a plus-5 through nine games with the big club – that situation likely won’t be in play in the near future.
We heard which players are up for Movember. Are we getting a Ricky Mo-lczyk? Or maybe some Hanlin-bars? What about you? – Mason L. (@MasonLyttle)
Movember is back! What a great month of muzzys and raising funds and awareness for testicular and prostate cancers. The Canes have a good crop of player participation with Justin Faulk leading the way.
I haven’t seen Assistant General Manager Ricky Olczyk in a while – I was in Canada with the team and he’s been on the ground scouting in various areas – but I imagine he’s capable of sprouting a nice little mo. You will not be seeing any Hanlin-bars, other than what is already attached to his beard.
My ‘stache is indeed making a return this year. Heading into the month, I had planned a bit (7-10 days worth) of pre-growth. Though some gave this strategy the OK, Canes Movember captain Justin Faulk and many other folks on the Tweety voted no. So, I shaved it all off and began Movember with a barren upper lip. You’re welcome, America.
You can find more information on Movember and join, support or donate to the Canes Movember team right here.
Join me next week for more questions and more answers!
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