Last Season: 36-35-11 83 pts (6th in Metropolitan Division; Did Not Make Playoffs)
Key Additions: D Calvin de Haan, D Dougie Hamilton, F Jordan Martinook, F Micheal Ferland, F Andrei Svechnikov, and G Petr Mrazek
Key Departures: D Noah Hanafin, F Jeff Skinner, F Joakim Nordstrom, Elias Lindholm, G Cam Ward, and Coach Bill Peters
Top Questions Facing the Hurricanes:
- Who are the Carolina Hurricanes?
With Tom Dundon as the new owner of the Hurricanes, he has made both good and very questionable decisions. Naming Don Waddel, who did an abysmal job with the Atlanta Thrashers, as General Manager raises a lot of questions. Though while he did a great trade with Calgary that brought Dougie Hamilton, and then signing Calin de Haan, however, the trade that sent leading goal scorer Jeff Skinner to the Buffalo Sabres took them a step back.
2. What type of coach will Rod Brind’Amour be?
This will be Rod Brind’Amour’s first opportunity to be a head coach, so one has to wonder what type of systems he implement, and how he will do his lineup. Also being how this is Brind’Amour’s first ever opportunity to be a head coach, how much of his playimg experience really help him? Sure, he’s been an assistant coach, but never a head coach. It’ll be interesting to see how he fares this season behind the Hurricanes’ bench.