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NHL Notebook: Carolina Hurricanes sign Brendan Perlini to professional tryout and inaugural PWHL season takes shape

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Zach Laing
7 months ago
Lamborgini Perlini to Raleigh.
Former Edmonton Oilers forward Brendan Perlini has inked a professional tryout with the Carolina Hurricanes, the club announced Monday night.
The 27-year-old, who spent the 2021-22 season in the Oilers organization, will look to regain his footing in the hockey world after playing only 67 pro games over the last two years.
In that season with the Oilers, he appeared in 23 NHL games scoring four goals and five, but had more success in the AHL scoring 11 goals and 18 points in 18 games with the Bakersfield Condors.
Last year, Perlini played with the AHL’s Chicago Wolves scoring 10 goals and 15 points in 26 games.
The Hurricanes also announced that forward Cory Conacher to a PTO.
Here’s more from Daily Faceoff’s Vasili Gianarakos:
Conacher, 33, signed a one-year deal on June 1, 2023, with the AHL’s lone independent franchise, the Chicago Wolves. The former AHL MVP is looking to secure an NHL contract for the first time since 2019-20. During the past few seasons, the forward has played in the National League for Lausanne HC, Bern SC, and Ambri-Piotta in Switzerland. Conacher also had brief AHL stints with the Belleville Senators and Charlotte Checkers in 2022-23 on PTOs.
The 5-foot-9 center has been one of the most accomplished scorers in the American Hockey League over the course of his career, notching 340 points in 371 games. With a total of 193 NHL games played Conacher is looking to re-establish himself at the NHL level with the Hurricanes moving ahead.
Perlini, 27, is currently an unrestricted free agent after spending last season with the Chicago Wolves in the AHL. The former 12th overall pick in 2014 had 15 points in 26 games for the Wolves last season. In a total of 262 NHL games, Perlini has amassed 81 points while suiting up for the Coyotes, Blackhawks, Red Wings and Oilers.

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PWHL building up

Details have started to leak out about the start of the new PWHL — a professional women’s hockey league combining talents from the two former women’s leagues, the Professional Women’s Hockey Player Association (PWHPA) and the Premier Hockey Federation (PHF).
Six franchises have been announced with none in the facility of Alberta: Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Boston, Minneapolis-St. Paul, and the New York City area.
Here’s more from Daily Faceoff’s Matt Larkin:
 Starting in January, teams will play a 24-game schedule that will overlap with the Women’s World Championship in April, with playoffs running into June, albeit the schedule in subsequent seasons will be 32 games and will start in November. As reported by The Athletic’s Hailey Salvian, Teams will be able to sign free agents for the first 10 days of September. A 15-round draft will also take place Sept. 18. Players will have until Sept. 3 to declare for the draft. Teams can sign up to a maximum of 20 players before the commencement of training camps in November.
While the PWHL is privately owned, backed by Los Angeles Dodgers owner Mark Walter and tennis legend Billie Jean King, it will collaborate on some cross promotion with the NHL for tentpole events. As reported by ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski, The PWHL will play some neutral-site regular season games and should have a presence at events such as the NHL All-Star Game and Winter Classic.
As widely speculated, longtime NHL executive Brian Burke was confirmed for a major leadership role Tuesday. He has signed on as executive director of the PWHL players’ association. He previously served on the now-defunct CWHL’s board of advisors.
In July, the PWHPA unanimously ratified a collective bargaining agreement running through 2031. Included in it: a salary range or $35,000 to $80,000 for players on active rosters, including at least six players on every franchise signed for three or more years at no less than $80,000.

Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at zach@oilersnation.com.

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