Former captain already working with team’s top offensive prospects
"It is important for our team to have its most-accomplished players like Rod stay with the organization," said GM Jim Rutherford. "Rod is already displaying the same work ethic and dedication in his new role as he did with us as a player."
For the full announcement made this morning, click on the title of this post. Brind`Amour is in Traverse City this weekend where he spoke a bit with NHL.com's Mike Morreale. Morreale tweeted:
Rod Brind'Amour on new role with 'Canes in player development: "I'm looking forward to this next stage of my life."
Goodbye, Jeff Skinner.
The Kitchener Rangers will carry on without your 50-goal heroics at centre.
Maybe for a while. Perhaps for good.
"He has the strength to play at the NHL level," Carolina Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said on Thursday, a day before Skinner, 18, reports to prospects camp in Traverse City, Mich., as Carolina’s seventh overall pick in June’s NHL draft.
"He’s got a very powerful lower body. He has a high skill level. On top of that, he’s so determined. I would suspect, with his determination and the way he plays the game, he’s going to figure out how to make it right in his first year."
So the Rangers better make plans for Ontario Hockey League life without No. 53