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Do You Consider The Carolina Hurricanes A Playoff Team?

from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer,

Peter Karmanos Jr. turned heads a few days ago when he said the Carolina Hurricanes were a “very good hockey team.”

Karmanos is the Canes’ owner, and a little hubris is to be expected. But the Canes have missed the Stanley Cup playoffs in each of the past five seasons. They were 13th last season in the NHL’s Eastern Conference. They had a woeful power play and were only a little better at home than on the road.

Karmanos’ belief is that a new coaching staff and new system, a healthier team and the continued development of younger players will translate into more wins next season. General manager Ron Francis is another believer, generally standing pat in free agency this past week while other Metropolitan Division rivals made significant signings....

“We didn’t think it was necessary to kind of blow everything up,” Francis said. “We still think we have a lot of good pieces. I know people are going to shake their heads a little bit when you say that. … When you don’t make the playoffs everybody wants to see change.”

Francis said he got a “fresh opinion” on the players from new coach Bill Peters. The management team weighed in. Karmanos, who writes the checks, had his say.

“At this point we felt we had a good enough team to compete and make the playoffs,” Francis said. “Now it’s up to us to get on the ice and start winning hockey games, and I think that’s the best way to convince anyone.”

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topshelf14's avatar

I feel the Hurricanes are lacking in every area. Offense they’re weak down the middle, and have little scoring punch from the wing. Defensively they have to many 3/4 guys and no clear #1, although Faulk is getting there. And there goaltending has been slightly above average.

So no, I do not consider the Hurricanes a playoff team.

Posted by topshelf14 from Detroit, MI on 07/06/14 at 11:13 AM ET

DocF's avatar

As long as the team in Raleigh thinks the Staal brothers are the end all and be all, they will flounder.  When the going gets tough, they disappear.  This is especially true of Eric.  Both of them are trade bait and should bring a serviceable player and a high draft choice from some sucker GM.

Posted by DocF from Now: Lynn Haven, FL; was Reidsville, NC on 07/06/14 at 12:07 PM ET

tuxedoTshirt's avatar

Do You Consider The Carolina Hurricanes A Playoff Team?

You F’ckin lost me.

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 07/06/14 at 11:06 PM ET

Primis's avatar

They might be.  They’re in that awful Metro division.  The #3 team and Wild Card team that came out of there were Philly and Columbus, for crying out loud.  Cam Ward spent a lot f time hurt, only got in 30 games.

They brought Gleason back after trading him for JM Liles, whom they still have as well.  They brought in Drew MacIntyre for goalies depth.

They didn’t make any huge free agent splashes, but they’re young.  If CBS can possibly make the playoffs again, no reason whatsoever CAR couldn’t too if the chips fall right.

The biggest problem is they’re very top-heavy at forward, and w/ Pitkanen not returning they don’t have a legit #1 minute-eating d-man anymore.

Posted by Primis on 07/07/14 at 08:51 AM ET

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