Bryan Allen finally made it. The defenseman, traded to the Canes on Monday afternoon, had his flight delayed by thunderstorms in the Raleigh area but said he arrived at his hotel at 4:30 a.m.
Six hours later, he was on the ice at the RBC Center for the morning skate. Wearing No. 5, he will be paired with Jay Harrison tonight against his former team, the Florida Panthers. Derek Joslin will be a scratch.
Allen needed to only look across the locker room to see a familiar face: Cory Stillman, traded to the Canes by the Panthers last week. Allen, with a smile, noted they called Stillman "Gramps" in Florida. Stillman, in turn, said Allen should be a good addition for a team fighting to make the playoffs.
"He's going to give us a physical presence, that's for sure," Stillman said. "He's a big man, he plays the body, he plays hard."