Despite their last Stanley Cup Playoff appearance and win occurring in May 2009, the Carolina Hurricanes have made changes that have them back on track for a return trip to the postseason. The man playing architect of the Canes’ rebuild is general manager Ron Francis, who was handed a contract extension by the organization on Tuesday that will keep him there through the 2018-19 NHL season. “Ron has rebuilt our organization the right way, stocking our team and system with young players who will help this franchise compete for the Stanley Cup year in and year out,” said Peter Karmanos Jr., Chief Executive Officer, Owner and Governor of the Hurricanes.
With NHL teams preparing for the start of training camp, here are 10 players whose performances could make or break their team during the 2016-17 season: 1. Kari Lehtonen (Dallas Stars): The Stars are a high-scoring Stanley Cup contender, and Lehtonen hasn’t proven that he is the right netminder to lead them to a championship. 2. Brian Campbell (Chicago Blackhawks): He can do for the Blackhawks’ defense what Johnny Oduya did before he jumped to the Dallas Stars. Campbell has the potential to make the Blackhawks whole again. 3. Frans Nielsen (Detroit Red Wings): With Pavel Datsyuk now in the Kontinental Hockey League, the Red Wings need Nielsen to be a significant offensive contributor as a No.
Former Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Adrian Aucoin and his wife, Caroline, on Aug. 3 sold a five-bedroom newly built house in Hinsdale for $2.875 million. During a 17-year National Hockey League career, Aucoin skated for the Blackhawks from 2005 until 2007. Now 43, he works in player development for the Blackhawks. The Aucoins paid $1.2 million in mid-2014 to buy the land that holds the house they just sold. The home they had built has an octagonal cupola, board and batten siding, a cedar shake roof, 6-1/2 baths, 10-foot ceilings on the first floor, 9-foot ceilings on the second floor, a study, a sunroom and a lower level with an entertainment room, an exercise room and a sports bar. Outside