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Frustrated Muller rips ‘Canes: ‘Losing is for losers’


The Carolina Hurricanes are primed to miss the playoffs for the fifth straight season — the second under head coach Kirk Muller — and, on Monday, Muller voiced his frustration about the lack of winning.

From the Raleigh News & Observer:

At the end of the team practice at Raleigh Center Ice, Muller gathered his players around him on the ice for a few words. He was loud and his message clear.

Muller talked of “wanting guys who want to make a difference.” He said “losing is for losers” and that too many of the players were cheating and “playing their own way.”

Too many, he said, were “playing for the scoresheet” and worried about getting theirs. Some were more worried about new contracts, he said, and others about somehow holding on and playing another year in NHL.

Carolina has been one of the NHL’s biggest disappointments over the last two seasons, especially given all the money GM Jim Rutherford has spent on talent acquisition. Nearly $130 million was committed to the Jordan Staal, Alex Semin and Jeff Skinner trio and while all three have had their moments, it hasn’t been enough to keep the ‘Canes in the playoff hunt.

Looking ahead, it’ll be interesting to see what happens with the players Muller suggested were playing for new deals.

Carolina only has 13 players under contract for next season, and has decisions to make on a number of key UFAs — including veteran defensemen Joni Pitkanen and Ron Hainsey, and veteran forwards Manny Malhotra and Radek Dvorak.

There are also a number of RFAs the team will need to decide on as well: Jiri Tlusty, Andrei Loktionov, Drayson Bowman, Nathan Gerbe, Brett Bellemore and, most importantly, Olympic defenseman Justin Faulk, who figures to be in line for a sizable raise on the $840,000 he made this season.

For all the players with uncertain futures, one thing is clear — Muller and the ‘Canes are using the final few games of this season as an audition for next year and beyond.

“We’re moving forward,” Muller said. “If you want to fit in, show it. Do it with work. I don’t want guys who don’t show up, who have bad body language. We’re going to practice hard, we’re going to play hard and we’re going to win games.”

PHT Morning Skate: OHL Spitfires beat Spirit in outdoor game

DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 29 : A general view of the Windsor Spitfires against the Saginaw Spirit in Game One of the OHL Winter Classic at Comerica Park on December 29, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan, USA.

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.

As part of the pre-Winter Classic festivities, the Windsor Spitfires earned a 6-5 victory over the Saginaw Spirit at Comerica Park. It was the Ontario Hockey League’s first ever outdoor regular season game. (NHL.com)

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New York Islanders coach Jack Capuano thinks forward Kyle Okposo is worthy of an Olympic spot on Team USA. (Newsday)

Meanwhile, defenseman Mark Giordano would classify himself a “long shot” to make the Canadian squad. (Flames.nhl.com)

A look back at the New Jersey Devils up-and-down first half. (The Star-Ledger)

Drayson Bowman has been given a chance to move up in the Carolina Hurricanes’ depth charts while Jiri Tlusty is sidelined. (News & Observer)

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Rob Scuderi didn’t feel his conditioning was an issue as he returned from an ankle injury last night. He had been sidelined for a little over two months. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Fleury wins in 500th game, Neal nets OT goal

Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (87) celebrates his goal with teammates James Neal (18), Chris Kunitz (14), Olli Maatta (3), and Matt Niskanen (2) during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Carolina Hurricanes, Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, in Raleigh, N.C. Pittsburgh won 4-3 in overtime. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)

The Pittsburgh Penguins are still winning, despite missing key players like Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang, and Pascal Dupuis.

Pittsburgh went into the third period of tonight’s contest against the Carolina Hurricanes with a one-goal deficit. However, they got help from some unlikely sources when Chris Conner and Deryk Engelland each found the back of the net for the Penguins.

Carolina’s Drayson Bowman fired back with just 2:29 minutes remaining in the third period to tie the game, but James Neal handed them a 4-3 overtime victory:

That brought a milestone night for Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury to a pleasant conclusion. He became the first netminder to play in 500 games with the Penguins tonight and earned his 271 win in the process. At the age of 29, he became just the 63rd netminder to ever reach the 500-contest mark.

Pittsburgh has now won 13 of its last 15 matches to give them a staggering 13-point lead in the Metropolitan Division.


GM Shero: Dupuis injury would hurt more after trade deadline

Video: Hurricanes win despite trio of injuries

Carolina Hurricanes v Nashville Predators
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Jeff Skinner recorded the hat trick and the Carolina Hurricanes recorded a 5-2 win on the road over the Nashville Predators on Thursday.

But the win came with a price.

According to the Raleigh News & Observer, a trio of Hurricanes players – Patrick Dwyer, Drayson Bowman and Mike Komisarek – all left the game in the third period due to injuries.

Bowman and Komisarek both suffered lower-body injuries, although there was no update given on the condition of any of the three following the game.

Skinner, 21, now has nine goals in 18 games this season.

Gleason, Ruutu travel with ‘Canes, could debut on road trip


The Carolina Hurricanes could be getting some lineup reinforcements for a big two-game trip through Pittsburgh and Washington.

Defenseman Tim Gleason (concussion) and forward Tuomo Ruutu (lower body) are traveling with the team and could make their season debuts, depending how the next 24 hours go.

“We’ll see how (Ruutu) feels and where he’s at tomorrow,” ‘Canes head coach Kirk Muller told the Raleigh News & Observer.

Ruutu returned to practice on Monday in a non-contact capacity and while Gleason did travel with the club, Muller said the 30-year-old rearguard still remains sidelined.

Despite missing two of their more veteran presences, the ‘Canes have gotten off to a good start this year. They’ve captured three of a possible four points after an OT loss to Detroit and a 2-1 win over Philly on Sunday, the latter cementing Peter Laviolette’s fate as the Flyers turfed him early Monday morning.

Should Ruutu return to the lineup, it’s possible that Drayson Bowman will be dropped. The 24-year-old plays the wing but has only averaged 8:27 TOI through two games thus far. Of course, it’s also possible the club could drop one of its younger forwards — Elias LIndholm or Brett Sutter — to make room for Ruutu.