Carolina Hurricanes General Manager Jim Rutherford announced this morning that defenseman Tim Gleason and forward Brandon Sutter will be named the alternate captains for the 2010-11 season. These two will join captain Eric Staal as the leaders of this year’s team.
Gleason, a seven year NHL veteran, is a shut down defenseman that plays a fundamentally sound game. A gritty blueliner, the Michigan native is set to begin his fifth season in Raleigh. Known for his defensive prowess and ability to kill penalties, Gleason is also capable of contributing to the offense, scoring five goals and racking up fourteen assists during the 2009-10 campaign.
Sutter, at the young age of 21, will take on this leadership role with only two years of NHL experience under his belt. The 2007 first round draft pick accumulated 21 G, 19 A, and only two penalty minutes in 72 games last year.
With these two becoming alternate captains, the Hurricanes are blending veteran influence with an injection of youth into their team’s leadership. Gleason has the experience, track record, and tenacity that is required of an alternate captain. Sutter brings a lot of energy to the table, and should lead by example as he continues to blossom into an impressive goal-scorer.
News and notes:
-Forward Zach Boychuk was sent down to Charlotte of the American Hockey League yesterday, as the team continues to trim its roster. After playing 31 games for the Hurricanes last year, Boychuk was expected to compete for a roster spot. Unfortunately, the former first round pick was unable to register a single point in three pre-season contests, recording only four shots over that span. Boychuk will have an opportunity to work on his game in the minors, and should be called up at some point during the season.
-Veteran Sergei Samsonov was injured in Saturday’s preseason contest in Atlanta, and has been placed on injured reserve. The Russian winger injured his neck in a collision along the boards, and is being treated for concussion-like symptoms. There is no timetable set for Samsonov’s return, but the Hurricanes plan on re-evaluating his condition once the team returns from Finland.
-The Hurricanes will be hosting the Atlanta Thrashers tomorrow at the RBC Center at 1:30 p.m. Admission for this contest is free (that’s right, free). Details on how to obtain a ticket for the game can be found on the Hurricane’s official website.