Hurricanes Must Improve After COVID-19 Pause

Hurricanes Must Improve After COVID-19 Pause

January 22nd, 2021 The Carolina Hurricanes return home to face the defending Stanley Cup Champions Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday. As expected, COVID-19 has inserted itself and caused numerous changes and postponements, including the Hurricanes' last three contests against the Nashville Predators and the Florida...
Hurricanes' Goalie Prospects Are a Mixed Bag

Hurricanes' Goalie Prospects Are a Mixed Bag

January 19th, 2021 It's no secret to anyone who pays attention to the Carolina Hurricanes that goaltending is a problem that's plagued the team for years - at least much of the last decade. Too much had been thrust on the shoulders of Cam Ward, and in spite of that, inconsistency has always been at the forefront of...
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January 14th, 2021
NHL Rumors

In today's NHL rumor rundown, Columbus Blue Jackets' head coach John Tortorella has confirmed that Pierre-Luc Dubois wants to be traded. How will that affect the player and coaching dynamic? Speaking of Dubois, are the Calgary Flames getting in on trade discussions? In other NHL news, the New York Rangers will be getting back a key player in their lineup tonight, and the Carolina Hurricanes have waived a goaltender they tried to strategically pluck off of the waiver wire a couple of days earlier. Finally, could the Boston Bruins be interested in defenseman Keith Yandle? Tortorella Confirms Dubois Wants Out, Could Complicate Relationship Rumors of Dubois looking to leave the Blue Jackets is entirely accurate. Head coach John Tortorella confirmed as much during an interview on 97.1 The Fan’s Rothman and Ice in Columbus, when Tortorella responded to questions about his disgruntled center and said: “He wants out.” I was dead wrong about Pierre-Luc Dubois. (Amy Irvin / The...
January 13th, 2021
Seattle Kraken

Although we're just a couple of days away from the beginning of the 2020-21 season, I don't think it's ever too early to start looking towards the future, especially with the Seattle Kraken 2021 Expansion Draft just months away. In the Vegas Golden Knights' Expansion Draft back in 2017, the Hurricanes escaped relatively unscathed, as a majority of their desirable players & prospects were exempt from selection. The Canes did trade Vegas a fifth-round draft pick to save Lee Stempniak, which was a questionable move at the time and even worse in hindsight. But considering what some other teams lost, to escape the draft losing just a fifth-round pick was a win.  However, this time around, I can't envision the Canes being as fortunate. With the same protection guidelines in place (either seven forwards and three defensemen, or eight skaters total and a goalie), the team is all but guaranteed to have to expose multiple good players from their lineup, regardless of which...
January 12th, 2021
Carolina Hurricanes

Throughout 47 games last season, Dougie Hamilton was a lead candidate for the MVP of the Carolina Hurricanes. Not only that, but the Toronto, Ontario-born defenseman was in the running for the Norris Trophy as well. However, on Jan. 16, 2020, his blazing momentum was halted when he broke his left fibula in a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. He was ruled out for the rest of the season, but the postponement of the 2020 postseason allowed him to return for a brief five-game playoff appearance. But that's all behind him now. Hamilton now looks to begin a fresh new season, and while he's presumably fully healthy, there are certain factors that will make this upcoming season the most important of his career. Dougie Hamilton, Carolina Hurricanes (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers) The constraints of a COVID-19-impacted season will already add an element of stress, but Hamilton will also be returning from a serious injury, in a key role for his team, while he fights to prove...
January 11th, 2021
Previews and Predictions

The new 2020-21 season realignment has the Carolina Hurricanes in the Central Division. This division also has the Tampa Bay Lightning, Dallas Stars, Chicago Blackhawks, Nashville Predators, Columbus Blue Jackets, Detroit Red Wings, and the Florida Panthers. It will be interesting to see what unfolds over the course of the 56-game regular season for the Hurricanes against their divisional foes. They look to be one of the most competitive teams in the division. The Elites of the Central Division This division has both teams from the 2020 Stanley Cup Final in the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Dallas Stars. These two teams are expected to have a successful 2020-21 campaign since both are largely the same as they were in the 2020 Playoffs. However, one exception is that Nikita Kucherov won’t be playing this regular season due to a hip injury that required surgery. He led the Lightning in points in the 2019-20 regular season and in the 2020 Playoffs. His loss would be felt...