Tuesday's sports highlights in brief ...
The Carolina Hurricanes add a goalie and a wingman.
Goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic and Josh Wesley, the son of former Hurricanes defenseman Glen Wesley, were among the six players selected Saturday by the Carolina Hurricanes on the second and final day of the 2014 NHL Draft.
CAROLINA HURRICANES GRAB DEFENSEMAN HAYDN FLEURY WITH NO. 7 PICK
The Carolina Hurricanes have picked Canadian defenseman Haydn Fleury (6-2, 203) with the No. 7 overall pick in Friday night's NHL Draft. ...Aaron Ekblad (6-3, 213), 18, was the No. 1 overall pick by the Florida Panthers ...
The NHL’s Central Scouting Service ranks Fleury, 17, ninth among North American skaters and second among defensemen.
“He probably epitomizes the so-called safe pick,” said Tony MacDonald, the Canes lead amateur scout. “He’s probably going to play for you for 10-12 years and give you great service. He’s a very reliable, solid guy.”
The 2013-14 season marked Fleury’s second full season with the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League. As an alternate captain, he paced team defensemen in scoring with 46 points (8g, 38a) in 70 games. That output was more than double the 19 points (4g, 15a) he recorded in 66 games as a rookie, which was still good for third-best among team defensemen.
“He skates very, very well and moves the puck well,” MacDonald said.
Additionally, the 6-foot-3, 203-pound defenseman finished at a team-high plus-15 on a Red Deer squad that had a minus-10 goal differential and failed to qualify for the postseason.
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Bill Peters was introduced Friday as the Hurricanes new coach, the first big hire made by new Carolina general manager Ron Francis. Now it’s up to Peters to prove it was shrewd move. ... Plus: Listing of NHL Draft 1st Round positions. Canes to pick 7th.
The Carolina Hurricanes have hired Detroit Red Wings assistant Bill Peters as their new coach.
The Penguins fired Todd Bylsma, the franchise’s all-time winningest coach, on Friday while hiring Jim Rutherford away from the Carolina Hurricanes to replace Ray Shero as general manager. Rutherford’s first decision was to end the three weeks of limbo for Bylsma, whose star-laden teams had fallen well short of the Stanley Cup since winning it all in 2009.
The Carolina Hurricanes haven't skated in the National Hockey League playoffs in five seasons.
Jim Rutherford stepped down as general manager of the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday, and the team promoted Hall of Fame player Ron Francis to replace him.
The Carolina Hurricanes have entered perhaps their most uncertain offseason since they moved to North Carolina. There are lingering questions nearly everywhere they look: in the front office, behind the bench and on the ice. Finding those answers will be critical as they try to snap the Eastern Conference’s longest active playoff drought. ... Coach Kirk Muller says Wednesday that Canes management has not told him if he will keep his job.
Sunday's regular-season finale felt almost like a playoff game for Carolina Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller.
It's the closest his team will get this year.
After clinching a 23rd straight postseason appearance earlier in the week, the Red Wings lost a regular-season home game to the Carolina franchise for the first time since 1989, falling 2-1 to the Hurricanes on Friday night.
Troy Brouwer scored two goals and the Washington Capitals routed the Carolina Hurricanes 5-2 on Thursday night. All three members of Washington’s third line — Joel Ward, Jason Chimera and Eric Fehr — had a goal and two assists. They helped the Capitals claim an easy win in this Metropolitan Division matchup of teams knocked out of the playoff race.
The Carolina Hurricanes once again will have plenty of free time in April and beyond. They’ve locked up a fifth straight year without making the playoffs — the longest active streak in the Eastern Conference.