Cannes Weekly: August 17, 2022

RALEIGH, North Carolina. – The last two weeks have not lacked new Canes.

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Signed sealed delivered

Martin Necas and Max Lajoie — the Canes’ last two restricted free agents to accept contracts — have officially put pen to paper and are back in the mix.

For Necas, the coming season will be the first of two on his new bridge contract, the one he hopes will be a rebound after a 2021-22 campaign that fell short of expectations. How will this year be different? 88’s arrival at training camp next month will also come with some questions.

How high will his confidence be? Will he get a chance at center, a chance he was hoping for during his exit interview in June?

As for Lajoie, he becomes the tenth defenseman with NHL experience under contract with Carolina. Whereas it is a two-way dealallowing the team to move him fluidly between the big club and Chicago (AHL), his opportunity to play NHL games may not be far away.

What does the blue line look like on opening night? That remains to be seen, but barring injury, you can expect Jacob Slavin, Brent burns, Brady Skjei and Brett Pesce. The final pair, plus an alleged extra, could be a combination of a re-signed Ethan Bear, Jalen Chatfield, who saw NHL time last year, newcomer Dylan Coghlan and/or Jake Gardiner, who try to get back in shape. after missing the entire 2021-22 season through injury.

But of these, only Slavin, Skjei and Gardiner are left-handed. While it’s not uncommon for a team to have a setup outside of the even distribution of three left-handed shots and three right-handed shots, if the need for a left-handed shot arises, Lajoie’s familiarity with the systems organization can make him the first man standing – if he doesn’t get the team out of camp.

Like Necas though, there are issues that come in for that to happen. What will happen with Gardiner? How will be Guillaume Lagesson fit into their first year in the organization? The 6-foot-2, 207-pound. Swede played 33 NHL games last year, while Lajoie only played five.

Just a few things to think about.

Video: [email protected]: Necas rips bar goal on his birthday

Pacioretty injury

Speaking of questions and things to think about, the team faced some tough news last week when Max Pacioretty tore his Achilles tendon during training.

Acquired less than a month earlier, Pacioretty is expected to be on the shelf for six months, giving him a loose return date of February 9. The Canes will be just two days away from their first game after All-Star Break and then meet the New York Rangers at home on Saturday, February 11.

On the topic of surrounding questions, what impact will this have on programming? Will Pacioretty head to long-term injured reserve? If so, will the Canes use the new salary cap funds available?

5K rods

After a lot of waiting the Canes 5K has been officially announcedwhich will take place on Sunday, September 18.

Starting at 8:30 a.m., the event will begin just before a 10 a.m. puck drop between the Canes and the Nashville Predators at PNC Arena as part of the 2022 prospect showcase (more on that in a second).

Early bird discounts are available until Sunday, August 22, so don’t wait to register.

Prospects Showcase

After years of playing a tournament in Traverse City, Michigan and taking a team to Tampa, FL last year, the Canes are finally hosting the early season rookie tournament.

The Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning and the aforementioned Panthers will each bring a group of developing players to the Triangle for a three-game four-day series. The contests will take place at both Invisalign Arena in Morrisville and PNC Arena in Raleigh, all free of charge, as well as streamed on the team’s official website.

This is where the Seth Jarvis Release party started last season, bursting onto the scene with an impressive streak of games. Who will stand out this year?

World Juniors Update

Speaking of prospects, 2021 draft selection Aleksi Heimosalmi himself has had a pretty good tournament so far for Finland at the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship. In his country’s ouster against Germany on Wednesday afternoon, the defender picked up two assists, now giving him six to five games so far.

The loss means goalkeeper Nikita Quapp’s game schedule is over. While it may not have gone or ended as he hoped, he will be able to represent his country again in December at the next edition of the event.

Ronan Seeley and Canada will look to earn their ticket to the next round against Switzerland on Wednesday night.

New pillows for Piotr

And finally, according to Twitter’s Goalie Gear Nerd, Pyotr Kochetkov’s setup for next season has been revealed. Rather clean.


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