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Opening Night opponent announced

As you read here first, the Hurricanes will face the Florida Panthers at the RBC Center to open the season on Friday, Oct. 10.

All quiet on trade front … for now

In the famous-last-words department, it doesn't look like there's anything happening on the trade front, where the Canes are shopping Frantisek Kaberle in a cost-cutting move.

O'Neill back in Canes' plans — maybe

Monday's re-signings of three players for Albany (AHL) more or less completed the restocking of the River Rats, but the Canes would still like to add one more center for organizational depth.

One name under consideration? Jeff O'Neill.

Yes, that Jeff O'Neill.

Boychuk needs surgery after all

Zach Boychuk said after the draft that the left wrist injury that knocked him out of the WHL playoffs was healing nicely and expected no further problems, but the Canes' first-round draft pick had surgery to repair the break Tuesday and will miss the next three months.

Three prospects re-sign

Three of Carolina's restricted free agents at the minor-league level agreed to new one-year contracts Monday: forwards Pat Dwyer and Joe Jensen and defenseman Mark Flood. Only Jensen played for the Hurricanes last season, appearing in six games.

Dwyer will make $55,000 in the AHL and $500,000 in the NHL; Jensen will make $50,000 in the AHL and $522,500 in the NHL; and Flood will make $60,000 in the AHL and $500,000 in the NHL.

Monday debate: Parking at the RBC Center

For the second in what I hope will be a series of Monday debates, reader Bill Camp raises some (frequently asked) questions about the parking situation at the RBC Center.

I'd like to do this every Monday, so send your questions/issues to ldecock@newsobserver.com and I'll throw them up here.

See you Monday

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The blog staff (of one) is taking the weekend off, so barring any breaking news we'll be back Monday with a new topic for reader debate, a salary update and the other usual good stuff.

Look for stories on Brandon Sutter (Saturday) and Zach Boychuk (next week) in the N&O. 

Murphy takes on (gulp) Francis

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Staff photo by Robert Willett

For a few fleeting moments, goaltender Mike Murphy could pretend he was Martin Brodeur or Dominik Hasek rather than one of the Hurricanes' prospects.

During a two-on-one hot-shot drill today at the RecZone, the Canes' Ron Francis jumped into the mix, firing shots at Murphy. It was Francis, a Hall of Famer and assistant general manager, against the 19-year-old Murphy, the Canes' sixth-round draft pick this year.

"It was a phenomenal experience and a surreal feeling," Murphy said with a big smile. "He's still got it. It's just an unbelievable feeling to be in a camp that you dreamed of making your whole life."

The CBA, three years later

Veteran hockey writer Al Strachan, formerly of the Toronto Sun, has a lengthy analysis of the flaws in the NHL's CBA on Fox Sports' Web site.

While I don't agree with everything he says, he makes one very cogent point.

Preseason sked; home opener Oct. 10?

The Hurricanes released their preseason schedule today, with two games each against Washington, Philadelphia and Nashville.

One tidbit that wasn't in the release, and you read it here first: I'm hearing the Canes will host the Florida Panthers at the RBC Center on Oct. 10. Not sure whether that's Opening Night or their home opener, but mark your calendar.

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