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Canes aware of Hagemo's latest arrest

The Hurricanes were aware of Nate Hagemo's latest arrest when they invited the one-time prospect to their prospect conditioning camp.

"We were made aware of it and told what happened," Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said.

(You can read Hagemo's story -- an N&O exclusive -- in today's paper.)

River Rats Q&A with Conboy

Tim Conboy is the subject of the latest offseason Q&A on the River Rats' Web site.

Among the highlights, his take on the atmosphere at the RBC Center:

Yeah, it’s unbelievable. Going out there, you throw the littlest body check--it doesn’t even have to be a big check, you can just be rubbing out a guy--and the place goes nuts. It’s a pretty intense atmosphere to be in and something I think every kid dreams of when they step on the ice for the first time.

30 seconds with Jamie McBain

With all the fuss over recent draft picks Zach Boychuk and Zac Dalpe and soon-to-be Hurricanes fourth-line center Brandon Sutter, Jamie McBain has kind of slipped through the cracks this week.

Brind'Amour signing autographs Saturday

Hurricanes captain Rod Brind'Amour will be signing autographs at Marbles on Saturday (11 a.m.-noon) at the grand opening of Marbles' new sports exhibit, which includes a considerable Hurricanes component.

(For younger fans, Stormy will be there from 9-11 a.m.)

The "Center Ice" portion of the exhibit, funded by the team's charitable foundation, includes a synthetic ice rink and replica of the Hurricanes' locker room.

'Canes Summer Fan Fest' set for July 24

Tags: Canes Now

This is a first for the Canes as far as I know:

The Carolina Hurricanes will host the Canes Summer Fun Fest at the RBC Center on Thursday, July 24 at 6 p.m. Admission and parking are free and there will be plenty to do for the whole family, including street hockey, various interactive inflatables and live music. Food will be offered at discount prices and we will re-live the famous "Miracle at Molson" game at 9 p.m. Hurricanes players and coaches are scheduled to appear.

This will also be a first chance for the general public to view the available seats for our 2008-09 ticket plans. Fans will have the opportunity to pick out seats for full season tickets and 26-game plans. Hurricanes players and coaches are scheduled to appear.

The schedule should be out by then (I'd expect to see it Wednesday, the 16th) so you'll at least know who's coming to town. And believe me, if you missed the Miracle at Molson the first time around, it's totally worth seeing.

And in case you missed it the first two times: Hurricanes players and coaches are scheduled to appear.

Dalpe still headed to Ohio State, but not certain

Zac Dalpe paid his own way to this week’s prospect conditioning camp as an Ohio State recruit, to maintain his eligibility per NCAA rules. But he admits his mind isn’t fully made up yet.

The update Dalpe's tug-of-war between Ohio State and Plymouth (OHL) was one of several interesting notes from Wednesday's first day of Carolina's prospect conditioning camp.

And then there were two

One little piece of overlooked fallout from last week's Erik Cole deal: Rod Brind'Amour and Niclas Wallin are the only players remaining from the 2002 Eastern Conference championship team.

(Technically, David Tanabe is the third, but "buyout pending" keeps him off the list.)

In addition to Cole, Glen Wesley and Bret Hedican have also left the team this summer, while Craig Adams left during the season.

LaRose signs one-year deal

Cross Chad LaRose off the list. Carolina's last restricted free agent at the NHL level signed a one-year, $875,000 contract on Wednesday as the Canes avoided arbitration for the eighth straight summer.

Mormina signs with Penguins

Minor-league defenseman Joey Mormina, who played one game for the Canes last season, has signed with the Penguins.

This isn't big news at the NHL level, but Mormina's departure is big news for Albany (AHL).

Conditioning camp starts Wednesday

Don't forget: The on-ice portion of this week's prospect conditioning camp starts at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday at the RecZone.

They'll be out there Thursday, Friday and Saturday as well. That group includes Brandon Sutter, Jamie McBain, Zach Boychuk and seven others who will get a crash course in Canes trainer Pete Friesen's lofty fitness expectations.

Michael Leighton is also a possibility to participate, harkening back to a different goalie at a different prospect conditioning camp. In August 2001, after taking a year off of hockey, a 36-year-old Tom Barrasso celebrated his return to the NHL by outrunning a bunch of kids almost 20 years his junior on the track at Cardinal Gibbons.


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