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Report: Canes shopping Skinner, working on extensions for Eric Staal and Cam Ward


According to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, the Carolina Hurricanes have made it known that forward Jeff Skinner is available.

Skinner is set to enter the third year of his six-year, $34.35 million deal next season. He does have a no-trade clause in his contract, but it does not activate until the 2017-18 season.

The 23-year-old, who has battled concussion issues, scored 18 goals and 13 assists in 77 games last season. His deal carries a cap hit of $5.725 million.

Meanwhile Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports that Canes GM Ron Francis is in the process of working on extensions for both Eric Staal and Cam Ward.

Francis told reporters on Thursday that both players have given him “every indication” they want to remain in Carolina.

Neither can sign extensions before July 1.

Both players are heading to the final year of their respective deals and will become unrestricted free agents next summer. Agent Rick Curran also represents both players.

Staal his heading into the final year of his seven-year, $57.75 million contract while Ward has one year remaining on his six-year, $37.8 million deal.

Alexander also reports that Carolina will part ways with pending unrestricted free agent defensemen Jack Hillen and Brett Bellemore.

Additionally, the Canes won’t re-sign forward Patrick Dwyer

According to Generalfanager.com, Francis has $13.95 million of cap space to work with heading into free agency.

Hurricanes ink Chris Terry to one-year deal

Chris Terry

The Carolina Hurricanes and forward Chris Terry have agreed to a one-year, $875,000 contract extension, per the team’s website.

Terry had the option of becoming an unrestricted free agent this summer after completing his one-year, $600,000 deal for the 2014-15 campaign.

After recording at least 59 points in four straight campaigns in the AHL, Terry had 11 goals and 20 points in 57 contests with the Carolina Hurricanes last season. He logged 12:43 minutes per game, including an average of 1:11 minutes with the man advantage.

Patrick Dwyer, Jack Hillen, and Brett Bellemore are among the players within the Hurricanes’ organization that are still eligible to test the UFA waters this summer. Carolina also has restricted free agents to re-sign, including forwards Riley Nash and Andrej Nestrasil.

Canes’ Murphy (lower body) to have an MRI

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The Carolina Hurricanes will be without defenseman Ryan Murphy tonight when they visit the San Jose Sharks.

Murphy was injured midway through the first period during Carolina’s 2-1 shootout victory on Thursday night in Arizona.

The 21-year-old took a high stick to the face from Arizona forward Lauri Korpikoski during his fourth shift of the game and appeared to get his left knee twisted on the way down.

According to Canes’ coach Bill Peters, Murphy will undergo an MRI on Monday in Carolina. He is currently listed as day-to-day with a lower body injury.

Brett Bellemore is expected to take Murphy’s spot on the Canes’ blue line.

Murphy has a goal and seven points in 21 games this season with the Canes while averaging 18:01 in ice time.

Blues extend win streak to four with victory in Carolina

Cam Ward, Kevin Shattenkirk

St. Louis squandered an early 2-0 lead, but Kevin Shattenkirk scored the lone goal in the shootout as the Blues edged the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 Friday night.

With the win, the Blues have won four straight and have points in 10 consecutive games (9-0-1).

The loss saw Carolina’s three-game win streak come to an end.

Ryan Reaves and David Backes scored on the Blues first three shots of the game chasing Canes’ starter Anton Khudobin 3:25 into the first period.

Justin Faulk and Ryan Murphy scored for the Canes tying it 2-2.

Cam Ward, who picked up the loss, made 29 saves in relief of Khudobin.

The game nearly didn’t get to overtime.

With 6:34 remaining in the third, Brett Bellemore caught Jake Allen napping and put his dump-in off the post.

Allen made 26 saves and improved to 14-5-2 on the season.

Fleury returned to junior, won’t crack ‘Canes blueline this year

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For Hadyn Fleury it was close, but no cigar.

Fleury, Carolina’s first-round pick (seventh overall) at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, was sent packing from camp on Thursday and returned to his WHL team in Red Deer.

The second d-man off the board in June behind Florida’s Aaron Ekblad, Fleury was thought to have a decent chance of making the ‘Canes this year, especially with Carolina’s lack of depth on defense — and at 6-foot-3, 203 pounds, Fleury does possess the requisite size to compete in the NHL straight away.

That said, he’s still just 18 years old — won’t turn 19 until next July — and pretty inexperienced, having only played two full seasons in the Western League with the Rebels.

The ‘Canes also cut nine players aside from Fleury on Thursday, bringing their camp roster down to 25 players. On defense, eight skaters remain: Ron Hainsey, Tim Gleason, Andrej Sekera, Ryan Murphy, Brett Bellemore, Jay Harrison, Justin Faulk and John-Michael Liles.