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.
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I've been sitting on this question for some time while we finalized some things but yes - if you haven't heard, the Hurricanes will host a You Can Play Night on Friday, Feb. 24, as a part of the NHL's Hockey is for Everyone initiative.
We'll be able to flesh out more of the finer details surrounding the night as the game draws closer, but here are some elements to expect:
- Canes staff will wear You Can Play pins, as seen in Saturday night's game in Brooklyn
- The Eye will have two shirts available for purchase: a Hurricanes pride t-shirt and a Canes-themed Hockey is for Everyone t-shirt (both pictured below)
- Various in-game recognitions of local LGBTQ initiatives and organizations
Additionally, goaltender Eddie Lack is the Hurricanes' Hockey is for Everyone ambassador.
More information on the league-wide, month-long Hockey is for Everyone initiative can be found here, and keep an eye on our promotions schedule for more information on the Hurricanes' You Can Play Night.
We are exactly three weeks from the trade deadline, which falls on Wednesday, March 1 at 3 p.m. That's actually a gameday for the Hurricanes, as they finish off a back-to-back Florida set in Tampa Bay.
Just how busy the Hurricanes will be remains to be seen. This season feels a bit different because the Canes are right in the thick of the playoff race. In previous seasons, their "seller" status was fairly evident by this point, but I think that could be different this season. That's not to say the team will be buyers, but they're not exactly sellers either; they're somewhere in between, and I'm not sure how that will play out as we inch closer to the deadline. If the right move is available in order to make this team better, I'd have to imagine General Manager Ron Francis would pull the trigger; likewise, if a top team in the league is looking for some veteran depth assistance down the stretch, the Hurricanes have some pending unrestricted free agent pieces who could potentially make sense.
It probably seems like I'm talking in circles with this answer, and that's somewhat accurate. But it's only because I have absolutely no idea what might happen. In the coming weeks, various rumors will circulate the vast quarters of the internet, but reader beware: more often than not, they're just that - rumors.
It's extremely rare to have an extended period of rest during the season, so I'm going to take advantage of it. I'll be headed to New York City for the week, a chance to unplug and recharge before what will be a frantic end to the 2016-17 regular season. March is going to move at a breakneck pace, so the bye week is the perfect opportunity to prepare for that.
Since I'll be out of town during the bye week, #Tweetmail will take a one-week sabbatical before returning on Feb. 22. Join me then for more questions and more answers!
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