The NHL is back. After a long wait, you can watch hockey again with friends in your apartments in Raleigh.
After their first official practice Sunday, many of the Carolina Hurricanes skated toward the center of the ice and raised their sticks to thank the fans who came out to watch the opening day of training camp.
With the lockout over, the Hurricanes and their fans can finally look forward to a season that will begin Saturday at Florida with an elevated level of anticipation.
After missing the playoffs for three straight seasons, Carolina acquired Jordan Staal in a trade with Pittsburgh and signed free-agent forward Alexander Semin from Washington before the lockout put a temporary delay on the enthusiasm.
“There was definitely a little bit of excitement around here in the offseason with all the deals that we got done,” said center Jeff Skinner, who signed a six-year contract extension in August.
“I think for now, it even makes it more exciting. Having a tighter schedule and having less time to get ready for camp to jell together – I think it adds to the excitement even more. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”
Carolina continued its wheeling and dealing Sunday by making a pair of trades and signing a backup goalie.
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