Cory Lavalette

  • joined Jan 22, 2009
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About the Author: I'm a sports fan with a background in sports writing, editing and design. I grew up in Western Massachusetts and graduated from a college in Central New York with my degree in journalism. I moved to the Triangle in early 2000. You can reach me at You can also read some of my work at, where I serve as the Hurricanes team writer.

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  • MLB St. Louis Cardinals
  • NFL Miami Dolphins
  • NHL Carolina Hurricanes
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Game Analysis: Jets At Hurricanes


Alexander Semin and Jiri Tlusty had a magical moment Thursday, but goaltender Cam Ward’s struggles cost the Hurricanes in a 4-3 loss to Winnipeg.

Game Analysis: Hurricanes At Canadiens


The depleted Hurricanes were unable to crack Peter Budaj and the Canadiens defense, falling 3-0 in Montreal.

Game Analysis: Maple Leafs At Hurricanes


A closer look at Carolina's 3-1 win over the Maple Leafs, including Joe Corvo’s big night under pressure, Eric Staal’s continued dominance, and Chad LaRose being a healthy scratch.

Hurricanes Recall Michal Jordan, Could Make Debut


Defenseman Michal Jordan, set to be recalled from the Charlotte Checkers Thursday, could make his NHL debut against the Maple Leafs due to injuries to Joni Pitkanen (out) and Tim Gleason (questionable).

Game Analysis: Hurricanes At Devils


Carolina closed out it's season-long six-game road trip with a 4-2 win in New Jersey, moving the team to 7-4-1 and padding their Southeast Division lead to two points over Tampa Bay.

Game Analysis: Hurricanes At Islanders


The Hurricanes dominated the home team at even strength and overcame special teams issues to top the Islanders, 6-4, to move into first place in the Southeast Division. Jiri Tlusty had a career-high four points.

Game Analysis: Hurricanes At Senators


Good teams get points even when they don't have their "A" game. The Canes one-upped that Thursday. Despite being outshot 47-26, the Canes rallied to force overtime, then Jay Harrison scored the eventual game-winning goal to get a 3-2 win in Ottawa.

Game Analysis: Hurricanes At Maple Leafs


Cam Ward shines, Carolina gets the bounces in 4-1 win over Toronto.

Game Analysis: Senators At Hurricanes


Facing the Eastern Conference's top team at home before heading out on a six-game road trip didn't intimidate the Hurricanes, who toppled the Ottawa Senators, 1-0, behind a great effort from Dan Ellis and Eric Staal's fifth goal of the season.

Penguins Claim Zach Boychuk Off Waivers From Canes


Zach Boychuk, the 14th overall pick by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2008 draft, was claimed off waivers Thursday by the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Canes Recall Andreas Nodl


Andreas Nodl, who was put through waivers and assigned to the Charlotte Checkers before the season, was recalled Wednesday by the Carolina Hurricanes.

Game Analysis: Bruins At Hurricanes


The Bruins dictated the pace early, jumping to a two-goal lead and eventually outlasting a Hurricanes comeback to win, 5-3. Jeff Skinner scored in his fourth straight game for Carolina, and Eric Staal and Alexander Semin each had two points.

Game Analysis: Ellis Shines; Skinner Scores Again


Dan Ellis stopped 40 shots, Jeff Skinner scored again and Alexander Semin notched his first goal with his new team to lead Carolina to a 3-1 win and home-and-home sweep of the Sabres.

Analysis: Canes Earn First Win, Topping Sabres 6-3


Eric Staal registered a hat trick and Jeff Skinner scored twice to give Carolina their first win of the season, 6-3, at PNC Arena. Justin Faulk also scored a shorthanded goal and Cam Ward made 30 saves.

Report: Canes’ Home Opener Offers Rank Best In NHL


Maclean’s gave the Carolina Hurricanes top marks for their discounts and giveaways at their home home opener.

Game Analysis: Lightning At Hurricanes


The Carolina Hurricanes returned to PNC Arena — to a standing room-only crowd — for their first home game in more than nine months, but they could not deliver a win in falling to the Tampa Bay Lightning, 4-1. Here's the good, the bad and the ugly.

Game Analysis: Hurricanes At Panthers


The Carolina Hurricanes didn't start their season as planned, struggling on the penalty kill and looking out of sorts in a convincing 5-1 win Saturday by the Panthers in Sunrise, Fla.

Nodl, Sutter Clear Waivers; Roster Becoming Clear

The Carolina Hurricanes look like they are close to deciding on a starting lineup for Saturday's opener in Florida after assigning Andreas Nodl and Brett Sutter to Charlotte and placing Tim Wallace on waivers for the same purpose.

Closer Look At Canes Schedule; Notes On Mini-Camp

A look at some interesting things from the Hurricanes' schedule, Carolina's shortened training camp, and more as the start of the 48-game regular season approaches.

Tlusty, Nodl Join Player Skates Ahead Of Camp

A small group of players gathered Friday for an on-ice workout — perhaps the last one done without the supervision of the Carolina Hurricanes before the CBA is ratified.

Canes Owner Karmanos Apologizes To Fans In Email


After more than nine months without Hurricane hockey in the Triangle, Carolina owner Peter Karmanos Jr. followed the lead of several NHL organizations in sending a letter of apology to season ticket holders via email.

Ron Francis Set To Be Inducted Into NC Sports HOF


Ron Francis, who has been the face of the both the Whalers and Hurricanes franchises for most of the past three-plus decades, was chosen Monday as the first hockey player to be inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall Of Fame.

Ellis, Dalpe Lead Checkers Past Admirals


Zac Dalpe had a goal and an assist, and Dan Ellis stopped 28 stops Sunday to the lead the Charlotte Checkers past the Norfolk Admirals, 3-1, at PNC Arena in Raleigh.

Checkers Host Admirals At PNC Arena In Raleigh


The Charlotte Checkers make their first ever appearance at PNC Arena, hosting the Norfolk Admirals under the backdrop of a now-looming NHL season.

Ron Francis, Four Others Become Minority Owners Of Carolina Hurricanes


The Hurricanes add five new minority owners, highlighted by Hall of Famer and current vice president of hockey operations Ron Francis.

Hurricanes Re-Sign Jeremy Welsh To Two-Year Deal


The Hurricanes signed RFA Jeremy Welsh -- who led Union to the Frozen Four last spring -- to a new two-year contract that will pay him $700,000/$105,000 next season and $1 million in 2013-14.

Hurricanes Sign Patrick Dwyer To Two-Year Extension


The Hurricanes have signed forward Patrick Dywer to a two-year contract extension that will pay him $900,000 a season starting in 2013-14.

Hurricanes Look To Staal Capitals, Panthers In Southeast Division


SB Nation NHL contributor Bruce Ciskie takes a look at Carolina's offseason and what 2012-13 may bring.

Hurricanes Sign Alexander Semin To One-Year, $7M Contract


The Carolina Hurricanes solidified themselves as this offseason's biggest mover and shaker by signing free agent sniper Alexander Semin to a one-year, $7 million contract. They also added center Jordan Staal during draft weekend.

Drayson Bowman, Zach Boychuk Sign New Deals


Restricted free agents Drayson Bowman and Zach Boychuk agreed to two- and one-year contract extensions, respectively. Bowman's contract is a one-way deal in year two.

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