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‘CANES HIRE MICHAEL FUTA AS CONSULTANT

RALEIGH, N.C. – Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has hired Michael Futa as Senior Consultant to the General Manager.

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‘CANES ANNOUNCE 2021-22 MEDIA ACCESS AND CREDENTIAL POLICY

RALEIGH, N.C. – Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced the team’s 2021-22 Media Access Policy. In accordance with the NHL’s media policies, fully vaccinated and masked members of the media will be able to conduct in-person interviews this season. Additional information regarding locker room and Zoom access opportunities will be outlined prior to the team’s first exhibition game.

The Hurricanes will hold practices and morning skates at both PNC Arena and Wake Competition Center during the 2021-22 season. All practices, morning skates and games will be open to the media regardless of vaccination status, but only fully vaccinated members of the media will be permitted to conduct in-person interviews with Hurricanes players and hockey operations personnel. Additionally, only fully vaccinated members of the media will be permitted to access Arena Level at PNC Arena, which includes the media workroom and press meal. All media, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to wear masks at all times inside PNC Arena and Wake Competition Center.

Credentials

The Carolina Hurricanes are now accepting requests for full-season credentials for the 2021-22 season. Requests for full-season credentials must be received by Friday, Sept. 24. No full-season credential requests will be accepted after that date.

In order to formally request full-season media/photo credentials, please fill out the online form at http://CanesPR.com. You will find the form on the right side of the site under the “Pages” header, or you can link to it directly by clicking here. All full-season credential applicants who wish to have in-person interview access must email a copy of their vaccination card to David Piper at davidp@carolinahurricanes.com after completing the form. If you are a new credential applicant, or would like to change the photo used on last year’s credential, please also email a recent head shot or other clear photograph of your face to David Piper after completing the form. Photos will be printed on all full-season credentials.

When picking up a single-game credential, media members who wish to have in-person interview access will be required to provide proof of vaccination.

If a media member has a COVID-19 symptom or has had exposure to someone with COVID-19 or COVID-19 symptoms, they will not be admitted entry to PNC Arena or Wake Competition Center. Media members who meet any of these criteria will need to follow up with their own physician for care and will require a letter from their physician providing written medical clearance before they will be admitted entry to PNC Arena or Wake Competition Center.

‘CANES ACQUIRE FORWARD JESPERI KOTKANIEMI

RALEIGH, N.C. – Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has acquired forward Jesperi Kotkaniemi. Last Saturday, Kotkaniemi signed a one-year contract with Carolina, which pays a salary of $6,100,015 for the 2021-22 season and carries a $20 signing bonus. The Montreal Canadiens declined to match the offer and will receive a first-round pick and a third-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft as compensation from the Hurricanes.

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‘CANES NAME TIM GLEASON ASSISTANT COACH

RALEIGH, N.C. – Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that Tim Gleason has been hired as an assistant coach. The Hurricanes also announced the following changes to the team’s hockey operations department: Peter Harrold will lead defensemen development, Nick Roy has been named equipment manager, Zach Abdou has been named hockey operations coordinator, Mark Craig has been named director of pro scouting, Trace Linton has been named pro scout, Rhys Jessop and Ian Meagher have been named amateur scouts, Christoph Wyss has been named Chicago Wolves strength and conditioning coach and Cody Ward has been named Chicago Wolves video coach.

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‘CANES TENDER OFFER SHEET TO JESPERI KOTKANIEMI

RALEIGH, N.C. – Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has tendered an offer sheet to restricted free agent forward Jesperi Kotkaniemi. The one-year contract, which Kotkaniemi has signed, pays a salary of $6,100,015 for the 2021-22 season and carries a $20 signing bonus. The Montreal Canadiens have seven days to match the offer. If the Canadiens do not match the offer, they will receive a first-round pick and a third-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft as compensation from the Hurricanes.

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‘CANES AGREE TO TERMS WITH ANDREI SVECHNIKOV

RALEIGH, N.C. – Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with forward Andrei Svechnikov on an eight-year contract. The deal will pay Svechnikov an average-annual value (AAV) of $7.75 million per season through 2028-29.

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‘CANES ANNOUNCE PROSPECTS SHOWCASE ROSTER

RALEIGH, N.C. – Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced the team’s roster for the 2021 NHL Prospects Showcase, which takes place from Sept. 18-21 at AdventHealth Center Ice in Wesley Chapel, Florida.

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‘CANES SIGN VILLE KOIVUNEN TO ENTRY-LEVEL CONTRACT

RALEIGH, N.C. – Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has signed forward Ville Koivunen to a three-year, entry-level contract. At the NHL level, the deal will pay Koivunen $750,000 in 2021-22 and 2022-23 and $775,000 in 2023-24. The deal will pay Koivunen $80,000 at the American Hockey League (AHL) level for all three seasons, and he will receive a signing bonus of $277,500.

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‘CANES SIGN ALEKSI HEIMOSALMI TO ENTRY-LEVEL CONTRACT

RALEIGH, N.C. – Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has signed defenseman Aleksi Heimosalmi to a three-year, entry-level contract. At the NHL level, the deal will pay Heimosalmi $750,000 in 2021-22 and 2022-23 and $775,000 in 2023-24. The deal will pay Heimosalmi $80,000 at the American Hockey League (AHL) level for all three seasons, and he will receive a signing bonus of $277,500.

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NHL ANNOUNCES 2021-22 REGULAR-SEASON GAME TIMES

RALEIGH, NC – The National Hockey League today released the 2021-22 regular-season start times for its 32 member clubs. The Carolina Hurricanes will open the season against the New York Islanders at PNC Arena on Thursday, Oct. 14 at 7:00 p.m.

2021-22 Schedule