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.
Will Erik Karlsson or Lucas Wallmark come to Charlotte to play in the AHL next season? – Doug A. (@dabrams2021)
Hurricanes Executive Vice President and General Manager Ron Francis said he expects that Karlsson will play in North America next season. The organization wanted their fourth-round draft pick from 2012 to make the transition last summer, but Karlsson opted to remain in Sweden, as he had the opportunity to play with Frolunda’s men’s team. His role was ultimately rather limited, though, as he tallied three points (1g, 2a) in 53 games.
With Wallmark, expect to see the team work to get him signed to his entry-level contract in the coming months.
So, to succinctly answer your question, don’t be surprised if one of Karlsson and Wallmark, if not both, make the move to North America in the coming season.
What is the status of Evgeni Dadonov? Will he return to play with the Canes? – @JustListenen
This is a timely question, considering as of the morning of Wednesday, May 6, Dadonov ranks tied for first in IIHF World Championship scoring with six points (2g, 4a) in three games. Francis spoke with Dadonov’s agent recently, and the 26-year-old Russian forward still has two years remaining on his contract in the KHL, so a move back to North America likely wouldn’t happen any time soon. The Canes still retain his rights, should that day come.
Speaking of Worlds, you can keep track of all the preliminary round action here.
I’m traveling 2,000 miles for the Canes home opener. It’s my first Canes home game. What should I expect or do? – Chris C. (@RealChrisCote)
Great! Hope you can make this happen, and hopefully it becomes a memorable trip. So, here it goes: The Out-of-Town Beginner’s Guide to Attending a Hurricanes Game.
Firstly, secure your tickets. I’m of the opinion that there really isn’t a bad seat in the house; the sightlines and perspectives are solid from pretty much any section in the building. Being as this is your first venture to PNC Arena, you can use this handy 3D Seat Selector to help pinpoint your seat of choice.
After the travel, welcome to North Carolina! Enjoy your stay.
The day of the game is here. You’re excited. Hockey season is here, and you’re here to see it begin. The team’s morning skate, unless an unforeseen event conflicts, will be open to the public at PNC Arena. I definitely recommend checking this out, if only for the peek behind the curtain that you can’t typically get as an out-of-town fan. After the skate wraps, it’s probably time to grab some food, and lunch spots abound in the area.
Following lunch, I’d recommend venturing back to PNC Arena to either begin tailgating yourself or join an already well-established tailgate, of which there are plenty. It’s a rather unique experience in the league and is a must if you’re visiting. The weather in early to mid-October should be perfect for a long afternoon tailgate. Have fun.
Since it’s your first time coming to a game, I suggest making your way inside the arena in time for warm-ups. Again, it’s about absorbing the whole experience from start to finish. Who knows what sort of pregame festivities we’ll have in store for Opening Night?
You might be jonesing for some more food by now, and there is no shortage of options inside the arena. Barbecue nachos? Get after it. Sinfully Sinnamon cinnamon buns? Oh yeah. Wash it all down with a Cheerwine or the adult beverage of your choice.
Finally, the puck will drop, and it’s game on!
Caniacs – any additional advice for our Saskatchewanian friend? If you have a helpful tip, leave it in the comments below.
Join me next week for more questions and more answers!
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