When Michael Peters had to give up football because his vision was so bad he couldn’t focus on the ball he decided to become an optometrist. His work with athletes, including those who play for the Carolina Hurricanes and Durham Bulls, has helped him come up with guidelines to diagnose and treat the damage caused by concussions.
The Carolina Hurricanes didn’t get lucky like the Edmonton Oilers, didn’t win the NHL draft lottery and won’t have the No. 1 pick this year. The Canes will pick fifth in the NHL Draft, which may or may not be such a good thing.
Earlier this week in Ottawa, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman made a few comments that passed mostly unnoticed around these parts but could have implications for the long-term future of the Carolina Hurricanes. The important part: Bettman once again said no franchises are moving in the immediate future.
The Carolina Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis assesses the team's competitiveness during the 2014-2015 season as he speaks to reporters during the end-of-season press conference held at PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC on April 15, 2015.
As a Hall of Fame player, Ron Francis ability to see plays develop set him apart. As a general manager, he’s less worried about the Carolina Hurricanes missing the playoffs -- again -- than he is building a foundation for the future.
Carolina Hurricanes coach Bill Peters has learned Canes fans care about the team and want to support it. It’s now up to general manager Ron Francis to see that the Canes are better next season and up to team president Don Waddell to see more people are watching.
On the day the Stanley Cup playoffs began, Ron Francis sat on a raised platform at a press conference explaining why the Carolina Hurricanes won’t be in them. Francis, completing his first year as general manager, was joined by Canes coach Bill Peters in fielding the “what-went-wrong” questions.
The Carolina Hurricanes players gathered Monday for end-of-season interviews, some showing off beards that had nothing to do with the Stanley Cup playoffs. Much of the talk again was about what went wrong this year and about next year.
Andrej Nestrasil no longer has the only gap-toothed smile on the Canes. Victor Rask has been missing one of his front teeth since Saturday but played that night against the Detroit Red Wings and capped a strong rookie season.
For the fifth straight year, Jeff Skinner will end his NHL season without a playoff game. For the first time, the Carolina Hurricanes forward may hear his name mentioned more often in offseason trade speculation.
The Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday reassigned defenseman Keegan Lowe to the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League. Lowe made his NHL debut and played two games for the Canes, whose season ended Saturday.
Eric Staal helped the Carolina Hurricanes win a Stanley Cup and has served as team captain since 2010, saying he embraces that role. He also wants to be a part of the future and help the Canes return to the playoffs.
The Carolina Hurricanes’ season comes to an end Saturday, soon to be followed by what could be an uncertain, perhaps surprising offseason. The Canes finish things up with a game against the Detroit Red Wings and will be out of the playoffs for the sixth straight season.