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Hanifin stays in Carolina; Fleury heads back to junior

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The Carolina Hurricanes have returned Haydn Fleury to the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League.

The club also announced that they have assigned Brett Pesce, Jaccob Slavin, Brock McGinn, and Derek Ryan to the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL.

Fleury was selected seventh overall by the Hurricanes in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

The 19-year-old scored six goals and 28 points in 63 games with Red Deer last season, and also added a goal in his only AHL contest with the Checkers.

The move means that Noah Hanifin will be sticking around.

The 18-year-old was the fifth overall selection in last June’s draft, and the ‘Canes must feel like he can contribute right away.

Hanifin had five goals, 23 points and plus-12 rating in his only season at Boston College.

The rookie skated on Carolina’s third pairing with Michal Jordan at practice earlier today.

They will enter the season with a young group of defensemen, as four of the team’s seven blueliners are 25-years-old or younger.


Theo Fleury, country music star?

Theo Fleury/eOne Music Canada

You know, Theo Fleury has a point: his life really has been a lot like a country song.

Granted, most people don’t associate country music with former Calgary Flames All-Stars, but he’s experienced the sort of hardships that go far beyond the cliche of losing your dog.

Either way, Fleury is embarking on a career in country music, as his album “I Am Who I Am” will be released via eOne Music Canada on Oct. 23.

His reps released the single “My Life’s Been a Country Song” on Thursday:

Not bad, right? (We’ll leave deeper analysis to country fans/experts/critics.)

“We wanted this to be a real grassroots album — ‘Let’s get back to fiddles and steel guitars and accordions and honky-tonk pianos, but put our own stamp on it,’ ” Fleury said, via eOne Music Canada. “We’re a bunch of guys who love that old-school country sound.”

It should be intriguing to see where this lands on the scale of athletes trying their luck at recording music.

Here’s a guess: Fleury will rank somewhere between Shaq’s misadventures and Wayman Tisdale’s triumphs.

PHT Morning Skate: Marc-Andre Fleury does a pretty good Denis Lemieux


PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Marc-Andre Fleury channeled the spirit of Charleston Chiefs goalie Denis Lemieux in his Slapshot send-up, with Root Sports’ Dan Potash playing the role of of Jim Carr:

Flames power forward Michael Ferland said he’s not worried about the lack of a new contract, even though training camp looms. (Calgary Herald)

Jeremy Roenick and Derek Plante have been named head coaches for this year’s All-American prospects game in Buffalo. (Buffalo News)

Denis Gurianov, taken 15th overall Dallas at this year’s draft, will miss the next 2-3 weeks with a shoulder injury suffered while playing in the KHL. (Stars Inside Edge)

In addition to Ray Emery, Tampa Bay is also bringing former Oilers and Panthers farmhand Ryan Martindale to camp on a PTO. (Tampa Bay Times)

Isles forward Frans Nielsen, who was hobbled by an ankle injury over the final two months of last season, says he’s fully recovered and feeling great. (Newsday)