RBC CENTER/ RALEIGH—Patrick O'Sullivan will have that Thanksgiving turkey to go.
Continuing his roster tweaking at the quarter-turn of the season, Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford waived O'Sullivan, the first North Carolina native to play in the NHL, on Tuesday. The Minnesota Wild claimed the winger, who scored only one goal in 10 games with the Hurricanes this year.
O'Sullivan watched as many games from the press box, as the emergence of rookie Jeff Skinner and consistent play from Jussi Jokinen and Sergei Samsonov afforded him little opportunity to crack the top three lines on the team. He should have a better shot to stick on the roster of the goal-starved Wild.
The division-leading Caps have dropped three straight, and are coming off a 5-0 embarrassment at the hands of the New Jersey Devils. After that game, during coach Bruce Boudreau's press conference, star forwards Alex Ovechkin and Alexander Semin were noisily laughing with countryman Ilya Kovalchuk of the Devils. The snaggletoothed face of the franchise is goalless in four games, and spent time on the third line in New Jersey. What's Russian for "doghouse?"
There was no laughter on Tuesday morning at RBC as Boudreau put his team through a bag skate, a ritualistic practice in which a coach attempts to wake up his team by making them sprint up and down the ice until they drop like Thanksgiving relatives felled by a triple helping of tryptophan. Expect Washington to be frisky and physical.