Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 06/21/12 at 06:31 PM ET
from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,
The big names are coming fast and furious now: Rick Nash, Bobby Ryan, maybe even Jordan Staal.
For years, the Carolina Hurricanes sat in the corner and watched as NHL stars changed addresses, never willing to sit at the high-limit table. They’re sitting there now with a stack of chips, ready to make a play. They’re in the game, and they’re as much a player as anyone.
This sudden relevance on the national scene as the Hurricanes pursue an elite forward to play with Eric Staal has put a refreshing spin on the summer, which is already more exciting than the Hurricanes’ usual laissez-faire, first-do-no-harm crawl toward the new season and may reach a tipping point Friday night.
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