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Sunday, February 05, 2006

Canes presence on team USA quadruples.

With the Doug Weight trade, an injury, and the unofficial announcement of Team USA's taxi squad, the Hurricanes went from having one member of team USA to having four.

On Monday, the Canes acquired Doug Weight. You know all about that by now.

On Saturday, team USA indicated that Hurricanes defenseman Bret Hedican will replace injured Aaron Miller of the Los Angeles Kings.

Also, Team USA made a preliminary announcement about the taxi squad. The three players to be named will be Buffalo's Ryan Miller, Carolina's Matt Cullen, and defenseman Paul Martin of the New Jersey Devils.

None of this is official, but according to this NHL.com report, the announcements will be made Monday morning.

Ryan Miller has had a sensational rookie season between the pipes for the Sabres. The only thing that prevented him from making the big roster was an early season injury, from which he returned quicker than anticipated. As the "emergency" fourth backstop, it isn't likely that Miller will even travel to Turin, but there's still time for some developments that would lead to a roster spot for him.

Speaking of speedy injury recovery, there's more good news for the Canes. Matt Cullen did not need surgery on his jaw. He was expected to miss six weeks, but is now penciled into the lineup for Thursday's game at Tampa.

1 comment:

CasonBlog said...

Just don't want to see our boys worn out or injured in pursuit of a Bronze medal. You know how Colesy has a tendency to collide with walls...


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