First of all, I would like to apologize for not getting this up sooner. I got hit with some family news a couple days ago that was, to say the least, shocking. But, you don’t really want to hear about that, so without further ado, I give you…
The Carolina Hurricanes PostSeason Review
Well folks, it’s been a long and difficult season for the Hurricanes and their fans, but the journey has finally come to an end, leaving us with the always formidable question of “What went wrong?” This season however, that question has a very simple set of answers:
1) Injuries: Eric Staal missed 10 games early in the year, and appeared to be playing hurt. Cam Ward was out for nearly two months with various injuries, including a freak skate accident. The result of this was an ugly one to say the least.
2) TOO SLOW: To start the season, the Hurricanes were slow. Period. Anyone who remembers the games earlier this season remembers watching what was possibly the most speed-challenged Hurricanes team in a very long time.
Now, put both of those together, and it results in #3) Too Little Too Late.
The Hurricanes struggled early out of the gate, and their frustration with their struggles led them to simply lose even more, culminating in a 14 game losing streak.
As a result of their titanic struggles, the Hurricanes saw several players moved, including Niclas Wallin, Matt Cullen, Stephane Yelle, Joe Corvo, Scott Walker and Aaron Ward, recieving a bevy of draft picks and prospects.
On January 20th, Rod Brind’amour was replaced as team captain by Eric Staal who led the team on a tremendous run and culminating in a 21-9-3 (45 points in 33 games) record after the captaincy change. However, prior to the change, the team had only amassed a 14-28-7 record (35 points in 49 games) and the late season charge was simply not enough.
There were some positives to take from this, however. The young guys got plenty of playing time and several of them ( Zach Boychuk, Jamie Mcbain, Justin Peters and Bret Carson) proved that they are ready for a full-time NHL job. This will free up some cash for J.R. during the offseason to go out and potentially grab that big winger to play on a line with Staal.
The end result of all of this, is another year without the playoffs and another long off-season for the Hurricanes and their fans. Don’t worry though, these guys won’t be out of the post-season for long… here’s to a great 2010-2011 season!…. I hope.
Through the next couple of months along with regular blogs, I will be posting a 5-part series called “Guiding The Storm” on the history of Hurricanes Captains. Each part will feature on one player who has worn the “C” for the Canes, how they got there, what they contributed to team culture, team success with that particular captain, what colour socks they wore, etc. I hope to have part 1 on Kevin Dineen up sometime in the next week or so, so check back soon!
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...