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2016/17 Carolina Hurricanes

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1 hour ago, MillionDollarCam said:

The 2017-18 schedule was released yesterday. Either we don't have any nationally televised games this year or those have not been decided yet.



Those generally aren't set until August or so. No way of really telling the games that will be worth being nationally televised beyond the basic rivalries that are big draws anyway (Pens vs Caps, for example) until after all the roster moves get settled and coverage of practices and preseason games start giving everybody an idea of where teams are talent wise. I expect us to get at least a few NBC games, because our division has too many big draws for us to get completely shut out of national games.

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Not Canes related but some pretty big trades went down today.

Columbus Acquires: Artemi Panarin, Tyler Motte, 2017 6th round pick

Chicago Acquires: Brandon Saad, Anton Forsberg, 2018 5th round pick

The Coyotes made a couple big trades as well.

First-

Phoenix Acquires: Niklas Hjalmarsson

Chicago Acquires: Connor Murphey and Laurent Dauphin

Second-

Phoenix Acquires: Derek Stepan and Antti Raanta

New York Acquires: 7th overall pick in the 2017 Draft and Anthony DeAngelo.

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The Hurricanes have selected Martin Necas from the Czech Republic.

Necas is a center with good size and is an elite skater. Reports also say he is a good play maker. Projected anywhere from 10 to 15, Necas slots right in at 12.

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Here are Necas highlights from World Juniors. Doesn't look like he excels in any particular area outside of skating but he works hard and doesn't make mistakes. I could see him projecting as a 3rd line center.

 

 

 

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Francis mentioned in the post-draft interview that they are still evaluating potential trades. 

He stated that they got their d-man, they got their goalie, and are look to add top six help.

This is just my projection but I see us with two open roster spots

Aho - Staal - Lindholm

??? - Rask - Teraveinen

Skinner - ??? - Stempniak

Nordstrom - Wallmark - McGinn

Di Guiseppe

Slavin - Pesce

Fleury - Faulk

Hanfin - Van Riemsdyk

Darling

Ward

The Canes can address that open left wing spot in a trade tomorrow and then add a third line center in free agency, potentially someone like Sam Gagner or Nick Bonino.

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