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It’s Carolina Hurricanes day on PHT

Aug 8, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

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Welcome to our offseason initiative — 30 teams in 30 days.

From July 16 until Aug. 14, we’ll be dedicating each day to a new team by recapping the offseason and looking ahead to 2012-13.

There will also be a series of posts looking at key stories, player profiles and burning questions regarding each squad.

Today, that squad is the Carolina Hurricanes.

Last season, the Hurricanes were a storm of disappointment. They spent last summer spending money on Tomas Kaberle and Alexei Ponikarovsky only to trade them away later on. Meanwhile the team finished out of the playoffs while leaving goalie Cam Ward hung out to dry. GM Jim Rutherford admitted his mistake on Kaberle, he was determined to make a splash this offseason.

Boy did he.

During the NHL Draft they traded Brandon Sutter and a first-round pick to Pittsburgh for Jordan Staal. They signed Alexander Semin. They’ve now, reportedly, locked Jeff Skinner up to a six-year extension.

Is that enough to make the Hurricanes a playoff team in 2012-13 though? Stick around with PHT throughout the day as we’ll break down a team looking to get back to the postseason for the first time since 2008-09.

  1. broadstbully33 - Aug 8, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    Carolina will win the division as long as ward is healthy and playing like ward, their core is good bit could use another winger or 3rd line center and a couple of dmen…they should have locked up allen

  2. Phil Young - Aug 8, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    It’s OK losing Allen. We’re pretty crowded with young talent there and they need to see what they have in those guys.

  3. mclovinhockey - Aug 8, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    I am not sure the canes will… I think the bolts got a lot better. The canes do need a bit of help of D and some depth of O, they are playing in a hard fought division even though it could be the weakest in the east. They should put up a lot of points but the D really makes me wonder if they will win the division.

  4. broadstbully33 - Aug 8, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    the D is a big ? as for tampa their top 6 isnt as good overall granted they have the best sniper in the game but their goaltending is a gamble right now and as a flyers fan who has seen multiple shots at a cup destroyed by goaltending its not a ? to have

  5. slammincamnewton - Aug 8, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    Kirk Muller will be the difference in getting this team together. We’re geared up for a cup run. Any of those holes will be addressed come the trade deadline. This team has to stay healthy. Something about sports teams in Carolina having issues staying on the field. Must be something in the water.

  6. Phil Young - Aug 8, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    So this is “Carolina Hurricanes Day” but they don’t really have much for us, huh?

    • semnsportsfan - Aug 8, 2012 at 3:14 PM

      Same thought I had regarding the Minnesota Wild yesterday…it was “Minnesota Wild Day” and there were stories like “Happy Birthday Sindey Crosby”, only 2 stories all day about the Wild. Don’t expect much on the ‘Canes today either…unfortunately.

      • Phil Young - Aug 8, 2012 at 4:28 PM

        Yeah that’s crappy. Funny they waited so long the few stories they had…

      • theawesomersfranchise - Aug 8, 2012 at 5:35 PM

        The entire month of July was Wild Day

    • theawesomersfranchise - Aug 8, 2012 at 5:35 PM

      The Canes are not relocating soon story didn’t seem appropriate?

      • Phil Young - Aug 9, 2012 at 9:40 AM

        I didn’t see that. I find it funny that two stories were posted late evening. Seems like a real half-assed attempt at “diving in” on the team. I hope the coverage for other teams was better.

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