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Tweetmail No. 99: Zykov, Hanifin & Faulk

by Michael Smith / Carolina Hurricanes
Hello and welcome to 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.

Valentin Zykov, acquired along with a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft from Los Angeles in exchange for Kris Versteeg, was injured prior to the trade. As the Charlotte Checkers website mentions, his availability moving forward this season is uncertain.

“I’ve heard everything from two weeks to six weeks,” Morris told “I think he just got operated on a couple days ago. I always kind of hinge on the side of caution. If six weeks is it, I don’t know how much of him we’ll see. But hopefully he heals quickly and we’re able to utilize his skill set and his talent to try and get into the playoffs.”

Zykov was playing in his first professional season with the Ontario Reign, posting 14 points (7g, 7a) in 43 games. Zykov was a highly-touted prospect heading into the 2013 NHL Draft, and the Kings traded up in the second round, also parting with their third and fourth round picks, to snag Zykov at 37th overall. The Hurricanes are hoping a change of scenery helps reignite the talented Russian forward.

Zykov visited with the Canes front office and coaching staff on Monday.

A fair guess!

I asked Hanifin today how many friends and family he expected to have in the building, and he estimated “around 40 or 50.” Basically, his own personal cheering section.

“I’m excited. It will be good,” Hanifin said. “I’m going to dinner tonight with my family down in Boston. It will be good to see them all and play in front of my family and friends tomorrow. It will be a lot of fun.”

Nothing new to report just yet. He hasn’t practiced since Feb. 24, the day after returning to game-action against the Flyers. As it turns out, that was probably too quick of a return, and he hasn’t felt quite right since, so he’s remained off the ice.

“He’s rehabbing and getting closer,” Peters said Wednesday. “He’s done a real good job working hard on other things that he can do: upper body and cardio. He’s going to do everything he can to get back and be ready to play.”

At this point, his status should be considered week-to-week.

Let’s go to the rulebook!

Rule 6.1 states: “Either one Captain and no more than two Alternate Captains, or no Captain and no more than three Alternate Captains are permitted.”

Further, in Rule 6.2: “Only when the Captain is not in uniform, the Coach shall have the right to designate three Alternate Captains.”

So, basically, there cannot be a fourth. Jordan Staal and Justin Faulk, even though he is currently out with an injury, will keep the A’s on their sweaters, while Ron Hainsey wears the third. The plan currently is to name a new team captain and two alternates at the outset of the 2016-17 season.


Join me next week for more questions and more answers!

If you have a question you’d like answered or you have a good idea on how to celebrate Tweetmail reaching syndication next week, 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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