The Hurricanes continued to roll last night, improving to 9-2 in their last 11 games, and winning their 5th in a row, but unfortunately, the NHL is taking a break because of something called the Olymmpics.
Just as the Canes have reached their best streak of the season and are playing their best hockey of the year, the NHL has shut down for the olympics….
Now, don't get me wrong, I love the Olympics. I think they're absolutely fantastic and I'm intensely proud that they're being held here in Canada. But for the Hurricanes, they couldn't have come at a worse time. The Canes are on fire right now, and are getting closer to a position where they almost have a legitimate shot at the post season.
As of right now, they sit 9 points out of a playoff spot, with 21 games left to play. They just finished chasing Martin Brodeur out of his net, and, almost more amazingly, are the hottest team in the NHL right now. Combine all of this with the emergence of Jussi Jokinen and Zach Boychuk, and all of a sudden this season is looking a hell of a lot more exciting than it used to.
It will be very interesting to see how the team goes after the break…
On Matt Cullen:
While you hate to lose a guy like Matt Cullen, unfortunately the reality is we're still mired near the bottom of the standings and changes needed to be made. Matt is the epitome of a secondary scorer and always filled his role well. I'm sure I speak for all Caniacs when I say that we wish him all the best, and hope that maybe someday we'll see him wearing the Red, White and Black of the Hurricanes once again.
So far, Jim Rutherford's trade standings this season look like this:
IN: Jiri Tlusty, Alexandre Picard, 2nd rnd. Pick, 2nd rnd. Pick
OUT: Philippe Paradis, Matt Cullen, Niclas Wallin, 5th rnd. Pick
Finally, congrats to all of the Hurricanes olympians and best of luck in what looks to be the most exciting Hockey tournament in a long time.
Hurricanes representatives at the Olympics:
Team Finland: Tuomo Ruutu, Joni Pitkanen
Team Canada: Eric Staal
Team U.S.A: Tim Gleason
Congrats to Zach Boychuk who scored his first NHL goal last night against Martin Brodeur, making him the second current Hurricane who has achieved that feat, the other being Chad Larose.
Enjoy the Olympics and adieu, Caniacs!
About the Author
Written by Chris Cote
Originally from Cadillac, Saskatchewan, I've been a Hurricanes/Whalers fan for as long as anyone can remember. I have completed two years of Journalism studies from the University of Regina and love to write...