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.
The Hurricanes will be outfitted in their usual garb this weekend, but you will see 2005-06 alumni wearing the sweaters from that era on Friday and Saturday. The Alumni Fantasy Game will feature the Hurricanes’ current uniform set.
Speaking of the weekend, is everyone ready? It’s shaping up to be quite the celebration, with 13 alumni, including newly-added Chad LaRose (plus Eric Staal and Cam Ward, who have a couple of other things to attend to), now confirmed for the events. And have you seen the commemorative posters being handed out at the doors on Friday and Saturday? They’re sharp, the perfect collectible to add to your Cup memorabilia.
To cap it all off on Sunday, the band will be back together, so to speak, in the Alumni Fantasy Game when they join forces with paying participants in what has become a tremendously fun (and free!) annual event.
We hope you all are able to make it out to at least one of the events this weekend, whether it’s the Tailgate with the Cup, either of the games or the Alumni Game. It’s going to be a great time with some great people, a family reunion of sorts.
As long as the Internet (and people in general, really) exist, so will rumors. But I don’t deal in rumors for various reasons, one of which being that many are wildly inaccurate, the result of misinformed musings or whimsical dreaming.
So, sure, there are probably rumors about the Hurricanes floating around the World Wide Web, but they remain just that.
Last week, I touched a bit on the dilemma the Canes face over the next few weeks. They’re in the thick of the playoff picture, so are they buyers or sellers come deadline time? That’s something we’re going to see play out in front of us as the calendar inches forward to Feb. 29.
It’s going to happen eventually, but as it stands right now, he’s more effective as a winger, and his last five-game stretch is probably the best hockey he’s played all season.
Head coach Bill Peters has talked recently about Lindholm and his progression, noting that he likely wasn’t physically ready to enter the NHL when he did as a young 18-year-old and that early injuries stunted his growth and maturation as a player. But now you’re seeing Lindholm absorb a growing role on the team. He’s a valuable asset on the power play. He’s beginning to kill penalties. He takes faceoffs on the right side.
As it stands now, too, the Hurricanes have solid depth down the middle in the brothers Staal, Victor Rask and Jay McClement. There’s also Riley Nash, currently playing wing, who is more than capable of slotting into the middle.
Lindholm certainly projects as a center, but for now, he’ll continue to play on the right wing.
More often than not, it’s local media types who select the game’s three stars. It’s also information that is typically provided on the league’s official game summaries. For instance, 99.9 FM the Fan currently selects the three stars at Canes home games, and you can find that information in the bottom right hand corner of this game summary. Likewise, in Montreal on Sunday, the French-language sports channel RDS chose the three stars. The three-star selection committee was not listed for the Hurricanes 5-3 win in Winnipeg. Related: those three stars, only one of which was awarded to the Canes, were no good.
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