Scott Darling's first official practice in a Carolina uniform on Friday represented something bigger than a changing of the guard in goal, although it certainly did that. When it comes to size in net, the Hurricanes have caught up with the rest of the league with the 6-foot-6 Darling.
As training camp begins Friday, Sept. 14, 2017, the Hurricanes still have a long way to go to take the next step and become one of the NHL’s “cool” teams – a designation they had their hands around but couldn’t capture in the post-2006 years – but being noticed is a big step forward from being ignored, which was the NHL’s standard posture toward the Hurricanes in recent memory.
Amid all the acclaim surrounding Justin Williams’ return to the Carolina Hurricanes, it’s easy to forget the circumstances that led to his departure eight years ago. How did the Hurricanes let one of the greatest clutch players in NHL history slip out of their hands?
In his first four games with the Charlotte Checkers, center Aleksi Saarela has appeared to make a seamless transition to his new surroundings, tallying four goals and two assists as Charlotte went 2-2.
Charlotte Checkers goalie Tom McCollum (38) posted a .944 save percentage in his first six games. The Checkers went 6-0 during that stretch and now cling to a spot in the American Hockey League playoff chase.
Charlotte Checkers left wing Connor Brickley scored three goals this weekend, leading Charlotte to a pair of wins that extended its winning streak to four games. Brickley has scored the game-winner in the Checkers’ last three wins.