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It’s Carolina Hurricanes day on PHT

Aug 24, 2013, 10:18 AM EDT

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Throughout the month of August, PHT will be dedicating a day to all 30 NHL clubs. Today’s team? The Carolina Hurricanes.

The Carolina Hurricanes haven’t made the playoffs since 2009, but there was reason for fans to be optimistic going into the 2013 campaign due in large part to the additions of Alexander Semin and Jordan Staal.

Between them, Semin was regarded as a far bigger X-factor given his reputation and underwhelming 2011-12 season, but he bounced back with 13 goals and 44 points in 44 games. That earned him a five-year, $35 million extension in March, but ultimately his efforts were overshadowed by a number of key injuries.

Goaltender Cam Ward missed the final 27 games of the season due to a sprained MCL and the Hurricanes’ alternatives, Dan Ellis and Justin Peters, weren’t able to carry the team in his absence. They also lost gritty forward Tuomo Ruutu and top defenseman Joni Pitkanen for the better part of 2013.

The Hurricanes were able to get off to a 15-9-1 start, but they won just two of their following 17 games. As a result, they didn’t even come close to clinching a postseason birth.

Offseason recap

The Hurricanes didn’t have a lot of cap space going into the summer, but they did make a few noteworthy, low-risk signings. They inked 26-year-old forward Nathan Gerbe to a two-way deal after the Buffalo Sabres bought out the final season of his three-year, $4.35 million contract. They lured another bought out player to their ranks by offering defenseman Mike Komisarek a one-year, $700,000 deal.

Carolina also signed Anton Khudobin in an effort to bolster their goaltending following the 27-year-old’s successful campaign as the Boston Bruins’ backup.

On the trade front, the Hurricanes picked up defenseman Andrej Sekera from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for blueliner Jamie McBain and a second-round pick.

Still, perhaps the most noteworthy event of the summer for Carolina was the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. They had the fifth overall pick and used it on forward Elias Lindholm. After recording 30 points in 48 Swedish Elite League games, Lindholm is likely to make the 2013-14 squad.

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  1. alicesrightfootesq - Aug 24, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Just stay healthy guys.

  2. govtminion - Aug 24, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    I thought for sure this team would win the last Southeast title in mid-March. When Ovechkin started caring again in Washington, along with Cam Ward going down around the same time, that just crushed this team. If Ward stays healthy, I don’t see why this can’t be a playoff team, even with the tougher division foes now- I think they’re in better shape right now than the Capitals are, for sure anyway.

  3. charliereno - Aug 24, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    So I guess I won’t be missing anything if I skip PHT today, yeah? Thanks for the warning.

  4. caniacx4 - Aug 24, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    Ok. On paper this team is STRONG!! If pitkanen can recover and team stays relatively healthy, I might FINALLY in years of frustration be able to get my money’s worth on my season tickets.
    STAY HEALTHY, PLAY STRONG BOYS GOOD YEAR 13-14. GO CANES

  5. blomfeld - Aug 25, 2013 at 1:44 AM

    SERIOUSLY … WHY IS NHL HOCKEY EVEN IN THE CAROLINAS ?

  6. wenzel0232 - Aug 26, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    Blomfeld, maybe you should ask the many players who keep their homes here after being traded, retire here, or just plain move here. It’s an amazing place to live with dollars to capture. (Median household income $180K).
    Also, the fact should be noted that just about everyone that lives here now moved here from the NE United States and Canada…. So we know hockey…. eh?

    • tbrundage - Aug 27, 2013 at 1:41 AM

      Median income $180K? What are you smokin’? The median income is $60K for a family.in Raleigh.

    • blomfeld - Aug 27, 2013 at 1:55 PM

      180 K ? …

      just what in the the hell are you guys doing there ? … selling jewelry or something ? :)

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