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‘Canes waive Nestrasil

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After claiming Ty Rattie from the Blues and getting Elias Lindholm back from injury, Carolina has placed forward Andrej Nestrasil on waivers.

From the club:

Nestrasil has logged 17 goals and 31 assists (48 points) in 137 NHL games from 2014-17. Carolina claimed Nestrasil on waivers from Detroit on Nov. 20, 2014, and he has since played in 114 games with the Hurricanes over parts of three seasons.

Nestrasil has recorded five points (1g, 4a) in 18 games this season, but has played just twice since Dec. 10 and has been a healthy scratch in 22 games.

After being picked up from Detroit, Nestrasil was a fairly good contributor for the ‘Canes. He scored seven goals and 18 points in 41 games while averaging over 14 minutes per night in his first campaign, which led to Carolina signing him to a two-year, $1.85 million extension.

The 25-year-old had his ’15-16 season cut short due to a fractured vertebrae, but still managed to post career highs in goals (nine) and points (23). As mentioned above, he was in and out of the lineup this year as Carolina had more options at forward, most notably with additions like Rattie, Lee Stempniak, Teuvo Teravainen and Sebastian Aho.

‘Canes claim Rattie off waivers from Blues

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St. Louis tried to pass Ty Rattie through waivers, and it didn’t work.

On Wednesday, Sportsnet reported that Carolina claimed Rattie, one day after the Blues exposed him and over a month since his last game action at the NHL level. Rattie has been out of the Blues lineup since Nov. 29 and, all told, has appeared in just four games this year, registering no points.

He also played three more on a conditioning stint in the AHL, registering one assist.

The 32nd overall pick in the 2011 draft, Rattie was once a highly touted prospect. He put up huge numbers in the WHL with the Portland Winterhawks, and he continued to produce after he graduated to the AHL.

Last season, he had 46 points in 62 games for the Chicago Wolves.

Rattie’s always had issues breaking into the St. Louis lineup, however. He made his big league debut back in ’13-14, but has never appeared in more than 13 games in a single season.

With Carolina, he should have more of an opportunity.

The club has suffered some losses up front this season. Power forward Bryan Bickell has been sidelined since his multiple sclerosis diagnosis, and Elias Lindholm is currently sidelined with an upper-body injury.

This move also fits with GM Ron Francis’ penchant for taking waiver fliers on other team’s prospects. Previously, the ‘Canes scooped Detroit’s Martin Frk and Arizona’s Klas Dalhbeck; two years ago, Francis claimed Andrej Nestrasil from the Red Wings and Nestrasil has turned out well, scoring a career-high 23 points in just 55 games for the ‘Canes last season.

“We feel that Ty has a high skill level,” Francis said in a statement, confirming the Rattie acquisition. “We believe that he can help improve our team.”

He’s a natural: Cammalleri’s hat trick leads the Devils over Hurricanes

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Michael Cammalleri made up for lost time Sunday night.

Cammalleri got his first three goals of the season, lifting the New Jersey Devils over the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1 for their first road victory.

“It was nice to get them to hit the back of the net,” Cammalleri said.

Cammalleri scored twice in the second period and again midway through the third for his sixth career hat trick. Captain Andy Greene scored into an empty net for New Jersey.

The Devils improve to 1-3-2 away from home. Keith Kinkaid got his first win of the season behind 33 saves.

“Getting the first road win, hopefully it will be like Cami’s first goal and open the flood gates for us,” Kinkaid said. “He had a tremendous game, and it was good to get the win.”

New Jersey had been off to its worst road start since going 0-5-2 in 2013-14. The Devils lost to Florida 4-3 in overtime and then suffered a 4-1 loss at Tampa Bay in their last two outings.

“We didn’t like the way things were going in the last couple,” Cammalleri said. “To be able to nip that in the bud a little bit and now go back home means we can build on something.”

Carolina’s Andrej Nestrasil scored with 6:59 left in the third period. Eddie Lack stopped 17 shots in his first home start.

Cammalleri’s first goal came 4:31 into the second. He took a cross-ice pass from Travis Zajac and scored easily from just inside the left circle. He scored again just over three minutes later, slipping a shot under Lack’s pads on a rush from near the left faceoff dot.

He completed the hat trick on a shot from the left side 8:30 into the third.

Cammalleri has five goals and four assists in his last six games against the Hurricanes. He also had a key blocked shot late as Carolina was pressing.

Carolina pulled Lack for an extra skater with four minutes left but could not generate another goal.

The Hurricanes began the year with one of the league’s top power-play units but have gone four games without a man-advantage goal. They were 0 for 4 in this one.

“It comes down to execution,” coach Bill Peters said. “It comes down to confidence and it comes down to five guys doing their part.”

Hurricanes’ Nestrasil recovering well from fractured vertebra

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Andrej Nestrasil was starting to find a spot in the Carolina Hurricanes lineup in 2015-16.

Then his season came to an unfortunate end in late February due to a fractured vertebra following a check from Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri.

He missed the remainder of the season, finishing with nine goals  and 14 assists in 55 games.

General manager Ron Francis said on Saturday at the team’s summerfest that Nestrasil’s recovery this summer is going very well and that they expect him to fully recover and be 100 percent (via the Hurricanes’ website).

Nestrasil was even back on the ice earlier this week.

The 25-year-old Nestrasil has 16 goals and 27 assists in 109 career games with the Red Wings and Hurricanes.

What stood out the most about his 2015 performance is that because of his strong two-way play he was one of the team’s top possession players when he was in the lineup.

The Hurricanes have a young, talented, up-and-coming roster that could make them a sleeper team when it comes to making the playoffs in the Eastern Conference this season. They’ve always been a top possession team and now have an impressive group of young defensemen just starting to hit their stride in the NHL.

With some solid goaltending this could be a very good team, very quickly.

If Nestrasil is able to fully recover from that injury he figures to be a big part of that.

 

Hemsky, Faksa and the Michalek brothers added to Czech Republic’s World Cup roster

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Team Czech Republic announced their full 23-man roster for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey.

Like every other team, the Czechs named 16 players to their roster back in March. Joining the likes of Jakub Voracek, Tomas Plekanec, Ondrej Palat and David Krejci are Milan Michalek (Toronto), Dmitrij Jaskin (St. Louis), Ales Hemsky (Dallas), Radek Faksa (Dallas), Jakub Nakladal (Calgary), Zbynek Michalek (Arizona) and Michal Jordan (Carolina).

Hemsky posted 13 goals and 39 points in 2015-16 and added a goal and four points during the Stars’ postseason run.

Milan Michalek has represented his country a number of times, including in the last Olympics where he had no points in five contests. The 31-year-old was traded from Ottawa to Toronto as part of the Dion Phaneuf trade, but he didn’t have a good season, as a finger injury derailed his year. He finished the season with seven goals and 16 points in 45 games.

Milan’s older brother, Zbynek, has also represented his nation a number of times at the international level. He took part in each of the last two Olympics.

Nakladal completed his first season in the NHL in 2015-16. The 28-year-old had two goals and five points in 27 contests with the Flames.

Former St. Louis Blues forward Vladimir Sobotka, who was named to the team back on Mar. 2, is the only player on the roster who isn’t currently in the NHL.

Here’s the full roster:

G Petr Mrazek, Detroit Red Wings
G Michal Neuvirth, Philadelphia Flyers
G Ondrej Pavelec, Winnipeg Jets

D Radko Gudas, Philadelphia Flyers
D Michal Jordan, Carolina Hurricanes *
D Michal Kempny, Chicago Blackhawks
D Zbynek Michalek, Arizona Coyotes *
D Jakub Nakladal, Calgary Flames *
D Roman Polak, San Jose Sharks
D Andrej Sustr, Tampa Bay Lightning

F Radek Faksa, Dallas Stars *
F Michael Frolik, Calgary Flames
F Martin Hanzal, Arizona Coyotes
F Ales Hemsky, Dallas Stars *
F Tomas Hertl, San Jose Sharks
F Dmitrij Jaskin, St. Louis Blues *
F David Krejci, Boston Bruins
F Milan Michalek, Toronto Maple Leafs *
F Ondrej Palat, Tampa Bay Lightning
F David Pastrnak, Boston Bruins
F Tomas Plekanec, Montreal Canadiens
F Vladimir Sobotka, Avangard Omsk (KHL)
F Jakub Voracek, Philadelphia Flyers

Earlier this week, Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr announced that he wouldn’t be taking part in the World Cup event.

In a surprising move, Jagr’s teammate in Florida, Jiri Hudler, was left off the roster. The 32-year-old had 16 goals and 46 points in 72 games with the Flames and Panthers in 2015-16. Radim Vrbata (Canucks), Tomas Fleischmann and Andrej Nestrasil (Carolina) also didn’t make the cut.