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The Re-Tooled Carolina Hurricanes

from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,

Now that the dust has settled on two cataclysmic weeks of player movement that turned over a full third of the Carolina Hurricanes’ roster, two conclusions have clearly emerged from the madness.

The Hurricanes still think their core group of young players is good enough to win a Stanley Cup.

They didn’t think the players around them were good enough to win a Stanley Cup.

After three trips through the postseason that saw the Hurricanes win four playoff series before being ultimately derailed by what were unquestionably better teams, combined with the unfortunate but inevitable free-agent departure of Dougie Hamilton, it was time for some retooling.

It’s the hockey equivalent of a 40,000 mile service. Change the oil, rotate the tires, give it new brake pads and rotors, flush the coolant and leave it parked out back.

So while the long-term foundation of the team remains intact — starting with young stars Sebastian Aho, Andrei Svechnikov, Jaccob Slavin, Brett Pesce and Martin Necas — almost all of the complementary pieces on the board have been shuffled.

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That article was written with some rose colored glasses.

Posted by Hootinani on 08/04/21 at 09:07 AM ET

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I hope DeAngelo kills it. I’ve seen one thing about him that was pretty bad, but he apologized profusely and apparently is now friends with the guy, and yet the hysteria surrounding him ceeds a single event, and it feels political…..

Posted by pnwwing on 08/04/21 at 09:41 AM ET

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I glanced at the Canes depth chart yesterday and they don’t
look better. In addition to Hamilton whose loss returned them nothing,
they apparently felt it best to get what they could for Haydn Fleury and
Jake Bean. Even worse, at the time their D was more stacked prior to last season,
they lost Gustav Forsling on waivers to Florida, and he’s now part of their D-core.
They bought low on Ethan Bear, and I suppose DeAngelo could have a major bounce back season. But he was never considered a defensively sound D - more a puck mover and point producer.

They also look a little thinner at forward.

Goal? Raanta is frequently injured and Andersson has
built a rep of being good but not great. Yet this is a team supposedly
committed to winning it all.

Politics are unfortunately invading every last peaceful aspect of daily life and respite of entertainment which used to bring us together. Being loud and crassly, aggressively opinionated on social media is such a poor use of time. I think it’s DeAngelo’s trolling tone and aggressive partisanship as one part, and the he fact he seem like a jerk of a teammate - selfish and insulting and unable to control his temper, as the other. It would be interesting to see how he was received if he expressed his political views in a more thoughtful and dare I say intellectual manner.
He has a right to his opinions of course but it’s the antagonistic, sophomoric tone.
Now way he’d ever lose a sponsorship, let alone be bought out or come in for criticism in the mainstream press, but look at how LeBron James has ruined the general goodwill most wanted to hold toward him, by revealing such sick hypocrisy, greed, lack of principle, ethics, and an almost stunning degree of ignorance, while continually lecturing the public condescendingly.

Posted by lefty.30 on 08/05/21 at 12:06 AM ET

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