Carolina Hurricanes

All Carolina Hurricanes games to be televised this season

calexander@newsobserver.comSeptember 9, 2013 

— The Carolina Hurricanes will have all 82 games televised this season, a first for the franchise in North Carolina.

Fox Sports Carolinas announced Monday it would carry 81 of the 82 games – 64 shown by FSC and 17 games by SportSouth, the sister station of Fox Sports Carolinas. The Canes also will have one national telecast on NBC Sports Network, Nov.5 against the Philadelphia Flyers.

“We’ve certainly made a lot of progress to get to this point,” Canes president and general manager Jim Rutherford said Monday. “We’re very happy about it. It’s better for our fans. We’re thankful for the new deal we have (with Fox Sports Carolinas) that includes all the games. It’s better for the fans, better for everybody.”

The Canes and Fox Sports Carolinas signed an agreement during March 2012 that called for FSCR, beginning with the 2013-2014 season, to carry all regular-season and playoff Hurricanes games not carried by the NHL’s national rights holders. This season is the first of 10 years covered by the FSCR contract.

FSCR carried 65 Canes games in the 2010-11 season and 67 games in 2011-12. The regional network televised all 48 Canes games in the NHL’s abbreviated 2012-13 season.

Now, make it 82-for-82.

“Without question this is significant,” Rutherford said. “Being a smaller-market team, we realize we will not get as many national games as other teams. We don’t dwell on it. It’s more about getting all our games on.”

John Forslund returns as the Canes’ play-by-play man and Tripp Tracy will provide analysis. Chantel McCabe will again be the sideline reporter and will host the 30-minute pregame show.

Still waiting: Rutherford said Monday the team still was awaiting an update on the condition of injured defenseman Joni Pitkanen, who is recovering from a broken heel bone suffered in a game in early April.

Pitkanen had a CT scan last week in Raleigh. Rutherford said Pitkanen’s surgeon was out of the country until early this week and would give his prognosis once he returns.

“We know Joni will miss training camp and the start of the season, but then will it a month, a half the season, the whole season?” Rutherford said. “That’s something the doctor will have to tell us.”

Notes: The Canes will have 48 players participating in their preseason camp, which begins Wednesday – 27 forwards, 17 defensemen and four goaltenders.

Twelve players competed for the Canes in the Traverse City (Mich.) prospects event. They are forwards Elias Lindholm, Brody Sutter, Victor Rask, Brock McGinn, Brendan Woods and Sergey Tolchinsky; and defensemen Danny Biega, Keegan Lowe, Trevor Carrick, Austin Levi and Beau Schmitz.

Radek Dvorek will attend the camp on a professional tryout. The veteran forward, 36, has played 1,200 regular-season NHL games.

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