The Hurricanes signed Eddie Lack to a two-year deal worth $5.5M ($2.75M AAV) on Saturday.
Lack, 27, was acquired from the Canucks for a third and seventh round pick this summer and he will challenge Cam Ward for the starting job this season. In his first two seasons in the NHL, Lack has gone 34-30-9 with a 2.43 GAA, .917 SV% and six shutouts. During the preseason he posted a 1-0-0 record, a 2.21 GAA and .932 SV% in three games (136 minutes played). Those number were substantially better then Ward’s preseason stats.
Hanifin has made the Hurricanes opening night roster.
Hanifin was the fifth overall pick in this summer’s draft and had an impressive enough training camp to make the Hurricanes opening night roster. Carolina could elect to give him an extended nine game look to start the season, before making the decision to burn the first year of his entry level deal.
The Hurricanes have acquired Joakim Nordstrom, Kris Versteeg and a 2017 third-round pick for Dennis Robertson, Jake Massie and a 2017 fifth-round pick.
Nordstrom, 23, had three assists in 38 games with the Blackhawks last year. In 23 contests with the Hawks’ AHL affiliate in Rockford he had 16 points (9G / 7A). He will likely land a bottom six role with his new club.
The Hurricanes have acquired Kris Versteeg, Joakim Nordstrom and a 2017 third-round pick for Dennis Robertson, Jake Massie and a 2017 fifth-round pick.
Versteeg had 14 goals and 20 assists (34 points) in 61 games with the Blackhawks last season. He has amassed 275 career points (116G / 159A) in 473 career NHL games between the Blackhawks, Maple Leafs, Flyers and Panthers. This trade should help Versteeg's fantasy value as he will likely land a top six role in Carolina.
The Hurricanes have signed Michal Jordan to a one-year contract extension worth $625K.
Jordan, 24, had the best professional season of his young career in 2014-15. He had six points (2G / 4A) in 38 games with the Hurricanes and added 11 points (2G / 9A) in 30 games while playing for Charlotte (AHL).
Versteeg (lower-body) will travel to Minnesota for Game 3 on Wednesday.
Versteeg has missed the first two gamers of the series wither a lower-body injury, but he is in Minnesota with the team and is expected to take part in the morning skate. He has been replaced by Teuvo Tervainen, who has one goal and one assist in the first two games against Minnesota.
Versteeg is expected to be a healthy scratch in Game 1 of the second round.
Versteeg had one goal in six games during the first round and it looks like he will be a healthy scratch in Game 1 on Friday. With Versteeg likely out, Teuvo Teravainen is expected to get back into the lineup.
Lack will be between the pipes for Vancouver in Game 4.
Lack allowed four goals on 28 shots in the Canucks 4-2 loss to the Flames in Game 3. The loss has the Canucks trailing 2-1 in the series and facing a must-win situation on Tuesday. Lack has posted a 2.36 GAA and .914 SV% in the first three games of the series.
Lack stopped 22 of 23 shots in the Canucks 4-1 win over the Flames in Game 2. After a loss in Game 1, the Canucks bounced back in a big way. Lack has stopped 53 of 56 shots (.946 SV%) in the first two games of the series. He will look to give the Canucks a 2-1 lead in the series tonight.