Carolina Hurricanes

Trade: ‘Canes send Tlusty to Jets


Jiri Tlusty has been traded to Winnipeg, with a third-round pick in 2016 and either a fifth- or sixth-round pick in 2015 going back to Carolina. (If the Jets make the playoffs, it’s a fifth-round pick. If not, sixth.)

Tlusty, 26, has 13 goals and 10 assists in 52 games for the Hurricanes this season. A pending unrestricted free agent, he fully expected he could be dealt prior to Monday’s deadline.

In Winnipeg, Tlusty figures to be a second- or third-line winger. With Mathieu Perreault out, his addition could allow Dustin Byfuglien to return to defense.

And cue the Chicago Blackhawks trade rumors


It didn’t take long for Patrick Kane’s injury to spark speculation over how the Chicago Blackhawks may use the long-term injury relief to add to their roster prior to Monday’s trade deadline.

From ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun:

And from Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman:

The Blackhawks have been linked to Curtis Glencross, Andrej Sekera and Antoine Vermette, but does it make any sense to give up the assets without Kane? That’s still a really good team, but he’s been their best player.

And one more, from’s Brian Hedger:

A major factor in all this will be Kane’s recovery timeline. What if he could be back in time for the first round of the playoffs? There’s no salary cap in the postseason, remember. So Kane’s injury could, theoretically at least, actually end up helping the Blackhawks.

Again. Theoretically. We’re pretty sure there aren’t any celebrations planned for Blackhawks HQ today. If Kane is out 10 weeks, that puts his timeline past the start of the first round (Apr. 15).

At any rate, it’s going to be extremely interesting to see how GM Stan Bowman handles this. Lots of balls in the air right now. Lots of variables to consider.

Related: PHT interviews Don Maloney, who knows he has a big trade chip in Vermette

Trade target Tlusty: ‘I know the deal and know what they expect to do’ in Carolina


With the Carolina Hurricanes all but admitting they’re going to sell off unrestricted free agents prior to Monday’s trade deadline, one of their youngest UFAs is trying to play through the uncertainty.

“Obviously I know the deal and know what they expect to do,” Jiri Tlusty said, per the Raleigh News & Observer. “I’m trying to block it out of my mind and just play the game I know how to play. You need stay really focused on the game and that’s what I’m trying to do.

Tlusty is one of the more intriguing names available on the trade market. At 26, he’s pretty young for a pending UFA and could been seen as more than just a rental, assuming the acquiring team is open to extension talks.

He’s also got some serious offensive upside.

During the lockout-shortened ’13 campaign, Tlusty scored 23 goals in 48 games and tied Steve Stamkos, Jonathan Toews and John Tavares for the NHL lead in even-strength markers, with 19. This year, he’s shown his prowess on the power play, tying Eric Staal for the team lead in goals (six).

(Tlusty’s defensive play is solid enough to have garnered some Selke votes in ’13.)

In light of all this, the Czech forward sounds like someone that knows he’s probably on the move.

“It’s kind of hard but it is what it is,” he explained. “Other guys go through it in their careers and I’m going through it right now.

“It’s a part of the business and you have to understand as a player what’s the management plan.”

Video: Flyers fail to move up Eastern Conference standings after loss to Hurricanes


The Philadelphia Flyers certainly had a chance, especially since the Boston Bruins lost at home to the Vancouver Canucks on the same night.

But having a chance and taking it are two different things. The Flyers lost to the Carolina Hurricanes, who sit at the bottom of the Metropolitan Division, by a final score of 4-1 on Tuesday.

The Flyers, with a win, could’ve moved to within two points of the struggling Bruins for the final Wild Card spot in the East. Didn’t work out that. The window to make the playoffs is closing by the game. They remain four back of Boston.

The Flyers, who beat Nashville and Washington over the weekend and were praised by their owner for not giving up, can ill afford to give up points, especially to teams well below them in the standings.

Rob Zepp was the busiest of the two goalies. He faced 35 shots, making 31 saves. But the Flyers, needing wins and goals, manufactured only 24 shots on Carolina goalie Cam Ward.

Get your game notes: Flyers at ‘Canes

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Tonight on NBCSN, it’s the Carolina Hurricanes hosting the Philadelphia Flyers at 7 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:


• Philly gathering points, making a playoff push: The Flyers have won 2 straight games, with those wins coming against teams currently in the playoff picture (3-2 SO win vs. NSH on Saturday and a 3-2 win vs. WSH on Sunday).

• While not known for having a successful penalty kill this season (76.5% – 28th in NHL), the Flyers PK was 5-for-5 vs. WSH. PHI has not allowed a PP goal in the last 3 games (10-for-10 on PK). On the flip side, PHI went 2-for-4 on the PP vs. WSH. The Flyers are 3rd in the NHL on the PP (23.6%).

• After PHI’s loss to NYI on Jan. 19, the Flyers were 11 points behind the 2nd Wild Card spot with 35 games remaining. Now, having gone 8-1-4 since, the Flyers have trimmed that deficit to 4 points.

• The Hurricanes are last in the Metro, second to last in the East, and look to be sellers as the March 2 trade deadline looms. It has long been rumored that 28-year-old defenseman Andrej Sekera (45 hits, 98 blocked shots) is on the trading block, and center Jordan Staal’s (3G-11A in 22 GP) name has recently been brought up in trade rumors with PIT. However on Monday, Chip Alexander of the News & Observer tweeted that CAR GM Ron Francis said: “We are not moving Jordan Staal.”

• Staal has a full no-trade clause in his contract, which is in the 2nd year of a 10-year/$60M deal.

• With 2 assists vs. WSH on Sunday, Jakub Voracek set a new career high in points with 63 (19G-44A in 60 GP). His previous career high was 62 points (23G-39A in 82 GP), which he set last season. It was his first multi-point game since Jan. 19 @ NYI (also 2 assists). He now has 3 points (1G-2A) in his last 3 games.

• Voracek ranks 3rd in the NHL, 1 point behind Nicklas Backstrom (WSH) and Patrick Kane (CHI).

• PHI has never had a player lead the NHL in scoring by himself in the 46+ seasons of the franchise (in lockout-shortened 1994-95 season, Eric Lindros shared for the NHL lead in pts w/ Jaromir Jagr, but he did not share the Art Ross Trophy title, as Lindros lost the goals scored tiebreaker to Jagr).

• Claude Giroux snapped an 11-game goal drought and 4-game point drought with 2 pts (1G-1A) vs. WSH.

• Since the start of the 2011-12 season, Giroux has the most points in the NHL (284 in 266 GP)

• He has 21 points (6G-15A) in 21 career games vs. CAR.

• Wayne Simmonds is catching fire after a 14-game stretch in which he had just 1 goal and 3 assists from late December leading into the All-Star Break.

• Since the All-Star Break ended, Simmonds has 14 points (8G-6A) in 12 games including an active 8-game point streak (6G-4A), the longest of his career.

• Leads PHI with 24 goals (13 on PP; 3rd in NHL); 3rd time he’s reached 20+ goals in 7 NHL seasons.


• Steve Mason hurt his knee on Feb. 8 vs. WSH, and had arthroscopic surgery on Feb. 10

• Ray Emery started the next 5 games going 1-1-3 with a 2.53 GAA. On Monday, PHI announced that he suffered an undisclosed lower-body injury in practice, and is listed as day-to-day. He did not make the trip to Raleigh with the team.

• With the injury to Emery, PHI recalled goalie Anthony Stolarz from the Lehigh Valley Phantoms (AHL).

• This season he is 7-11-3 in 25 games played with a 3.17 GAA and .908 SV%.

• Robb Zepp has started the last 2 games for PHI, posting a 1.92 GAA and a .911 SV%.

• This season he is 5-1-0, with a 2.63 GAA and a .894 SV%.

• With his next start, Cam Ward will become the fifth active NHL goalie to play 500 games.

• This season he is 15-19-4 with a 2.39 GAA (career best), and a .913 SV%.

• Anton Khudobin has lost his last 3 starts (all in regulation) and is winless in his last 5 starts overall (0-3-1 record, 4.55 GAA, .829 SV%).

• This season he is 6-11-3 with a 2.73 GAA, and a .901 SV%.