Carolina Hurricanes preview

In 2006, the Carolina Hurricanes have just won the cup. They are lead there by captain Brind’Amour, 100 point scorer Eric Staal, and the playoff hero rookie sensation Cam Ward. Ten years later, Brind’Amour’s #17 is in the rafters retired as a Canes great and Cam Ward and Eric Staal are both in their early thirties and are going into the final year of their contracts. The final playoff appearance was 6 years ago for Carolina being in 2009(swept in Eastern Conference final by Pittsburgh). Hurricanes fans are left disappointed year after year. “Trade Eric!” or “Cam Ward is awful” are words you can often see in the comments of any Canes social media. These statements are far from right and I personally think both should be resigned and stay in Carolina. Eric Staal is Carolina’s captain and point/goal leader. Cam Ward has just been banged up recently, but when on top of his game and healthy, he can still be a top goalie in this league. Then there’s Skinner, Nestrasil, Lindholm, Rask, Faulk, Fluery, Murphy, and recently drafted defenseman Noah Hanifin all under 25. It’s a great core and definitely a great start, but there’s no depth here. Faulk can’t do it all on defense as he’s being pushed to, now. Wisniewski’s addition will surely help and if Hanifin can crack the roster he will be a big help this year and many more to come. Old guys like Liles and Hainsey continue to decline though, and turn the puck over every shift it seems. It looks as if Carolina is taking one step forward then two back in this “rebuild”. It’s frustrating to the fans, and attendance levels continue to soar down lower every year. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve loved what Francis has done as GM so far acquiring Wiz and Lack and buying out Alexander Semin, but there needs to be more change here. One more trade or a free agent or two signed to bring the bottom 6 into NHL form.

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