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Canes get together on Raleigh ice after NHL reaches deal

Posted January 7, 2013

— After a very long off-season that was extended by a 113-day lockout, the Carolina Hurricanes got back on the ice Monday as they went through an informal workout at Raleigh Center Ice.

With a new collective bargaining agreement tentatively reached, and training camp still a few days away, Canes players continued to hold their own workouts. The difference now is that they have been assured a season – something that was not so certain just a few days ago.

“Watching it day-by-day and being excited that we had potential to get back on the ice, to maybe seeing that there wouldn’t be any hockey at all, it was up and down at times,” said captain Eric Staal. Checkers vs. Admirals Hockey fans take in Checkers game in Raleigh

For the nearly two dozen die-hard fans that showed up Monday at RCI to watch the skate, the wait is now over as well.

“I'm just excited,” said Hurricanes fan Tony McCoy. “I saw that they signed. I'm ready for hockey to be back.”

Goaltender Cam Ward is excited to be back on the ice too and said Monday that the fans like McCoy are keeping the game moving in the right direction despite the hiatus.

“I had to believe that eventually things would get done and we would get back on the ice,” said Ward. “Our game is going in the right direction with the fan base and it would be a huge mistake to miss the whole season.”

But not all fans are on the same page and insist that with the shortened season, it will take more than just showing up to win them back. Canes players get back on the ice in Raleigh Medlin: Canes players get back on the ice in Raleigh

“They're going to have to show me something that makes it worth hanging in there long term,” said Canes fan Edith Creasy.

“I'm not sure if I'll be attending any games this year,” added Kohl Schultz. “I'm not very happy with both owners and players. It was a rough go, I didn't appreciate it.”

Nearly seven months after the Canes made their deal for Eric Staal’s younger brother, Jordan, the two can now honestly say they’re on the same team.

“It feels like it’s just been a long visit here,” said Jordan Staal. “I’m excited just to be part of this organization and get to know the guys better and get to be part of a great team.”

Training camp could start as soon as this weekend with the season starting a week later. That presents a short amount of time to build a team – and rebuild a fan base

“I feel like we have a game that can grow,” Eric Staal said. “I feel like we have personnel in our league, with the help of ownership and the league, that can help bring the game to new heights.”

The details of the CBA still have to be formally signed onto by the league and the players association, but the basic parameters call for a strict salary cap, an extension of player benefits and a 50-50 split in revenue between the players and owners. The season will be no less than 48 games but could reach 50.

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  • evenflow2005 Jan 8, 1:09 p.m.

    you small-minded people......I was referring to "Carolina" because that is where we... View More

    — Posted by tired2

    So, lets say you started watching hockey when the Icecaps were here, 1991-1998, all the way up to now with the Hurricanes. That's a total of 21 years. Does that qualify a person from N.C. to know hockey ? Coming from your statements, it's probably longer than you are old.

  • tired2 Jan 8, 9:49 a.m.

    tired2... Just because we live here, doesn't mean we don't know anything about hockey... I'm... View More

    — Posted by shanemane1986

    ....seriously doubt it....kid....seems you need a real lesson

  • tired2 Jan 8, 9:08 a.m.

    you small-minded people......I was referring to "Carolina" because that is where we are....there are newby fans in every city that fit this same description "but don't act like you know the game or the players"....a new fan to hockey certainly can become knowledgeable....did not say that...in fact that is how the sport grows....many new fans in Carolina are knowledgeable about the game...but because you know the rules does not mean you know the strategy and intricacies (hope the word is no too hard for you)of the game...

  • caniacman Jan 8, 8:35 a.m.

    I understand those that want to boycott because they are mad, I really do, but just remember you boycott too long you take a chance of this team leaving! The NHL wants another team in Ontario, Quebec just built a rink and 2 cities in the US are building arenas big enough for the NHL. For whatever reason the league continues to sink money into Phoenix and unless they expand, that means any team that does not draw for a long period of time could be moved. Just something to keep in the back of your mind when you decide to boycott.

  • caniacman Jan 8, 8:30 a.m.

    Who really cares about hockey. They do not work hard enough to earn even 1/1000th of what they... View More

    — Posted by -f

    spoken by someone who has never skated or played the game for a second, because if you did you would know how false that statement is!

  • tired2 Jan 8, 8:30 a.m.

    soooo funny to get the masses excited

  • aschmidt11 Jan 8, 8:27 a.m.

    yahoo....now we get to listen to all those in Carolina who think they know hockey....no problem... View More

    — Posted by tired2

    Half of the people that live here are transplants like myself and we know hockey. However, one of my best friends never saw a puck drop until the Canes came. Now he knows the game better than most. Your statement was ignorant.

  • pbourey Jan 8, 7:37 a.m.

    Will still resent what took place but I love the sport way too much to not watch so I am looking forward to the return.

  • shanemane1986 Jan 8, 6:19 a.m.

    tired2... Just because we live here, doesn't mean we don't know anything about hockey... I'm from Hawaii and I bet I could lay you out on the ice, deke your skates off and deny you like Mr. Quick! And I'm talking about actually on the ice, not on your xbox ;-) You don't have to be from the North or Canada to know something about hockey, kid..

  • evenflow2005 Jan 8, 3:40 a.m.

    Has nothing to do with BB in NC and who invented it.,....there are many knowledgeable hockey... View More

    — Posted by tired2

    You said..."don't act like you know the game or the players". Nowhere did I see that... View More

    — Posted by kornfan2448

    Gee, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to learn the game of hockey. What's their to know that anybody who has ever watched sports can't learn by going to one game ? What off-sides, or icing ? The penalties ? What are you referring too ?

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