The Canes' arrived home Sunday morning after an all-night, 8 hour trip from Tri-City. They lost to Spokane on Friday and in Tri-City Saturday by a combined score of 15-4. Despite the struggles as of late, the Hurricanes know they aren't out of the playoff race and at the same time are very aware they've got a serious fight on their hands with about four other teams for that final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
As Assistant Coach Chris Chisamore said on the CJOC post-game show Saturday night, the Hurricanes are ultimately the ones who control things. Their destiny, if you will, is in their own hands. Games in hand on Prince Albert, Brandon, and Regina not to mention they play the Wheat Kings twice, Regina once, and Calgary three times all within the next two and a half weeks.
Today is also WHL trade deadline day. It's certainly nothing like the NHL's trade deadline day where media types are answering text messages and cell phone calls live on-air in televised events. It's a little more low key here in the Dub, but I think still equally as fun to keep track of for fans of this great league. There are still some big names being floated around. A huge deal was done yesterday when Swift Current sent Cody Eakin to Kootenay for a number of players and draft picks. No doubt with that trade as well as the ones involving Carter Ashton to Tri-City and Craig Cunningham to Portland over the past few weeks, the price is very high for the top-end players this year. A lot of Hurricanes fans are wondering what the Canes' are going to do? Good question. Rich Preston and Brad Robson have been talking to teams for weeks now. We should find out a lot more as this day along. If the Canes' do make a move today, I don't think it'll be a huge one. Any deals that Hurricanes make will be posted here on the blog.
HURRICANES THIS WEEK
Our weekly Hurricanes talk show is back on CJOC Monday night at 6:00 (MST) for our second show of 2011. Expected on the program tonight: Hurricanes defenceman Reid Jackson as well as WHL insider and blogger Gregg Drinnan from the Kamloops Daily News. Just a footnote on the Drinnan interview. As many people know, Gregg's access as a reporter has been cut off by the Kamloops Blazers hockey club. It's become a huge story across the WHL and has even made headlines in the Globe and Mail. Because a meeting is scheduled for Tuesday between the newspaper, the Blazers, and WHL to try and find a solution, Gregg is unable to discuss the situation with us on-air. Just to let you know, this interview was scheduled long before this issue cropped up between the Blazers and Drinnan. I just want to make that clear and that's why Fred and I won't be discussing this when Gregg is on the show. Also, we hope to have a little open-line calling as well for about 15 minutes.
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