Record: 54-20-8 116p (1st in Metropolitan)
Playoffs: Lost in Semi-Finals to NYR
D – Tony DeAngelo (Trade – PHI), F – Steven Lorentz (Trade – SJ), F – Vincent Trocheck (NYR), D – Ian Cole (TB), D – Brendan Smith (NJ), F – Nino Niederreiter (NAS)
D – Brent Burns, F – Ondrej Kase, F – Max Pacioretty, D – Dylan Coghlan, F – Ryan Dzingel, F – Paul Stastny
Coming off another second round failure, the Carolina Hurricanes made some moves with the hopes that they will push the Canes to the promised land. Gone are veterans like Vincent Trocheck and Nino Niederreiter, as well as headache Tony DeAngelo, and in are Brent Burns, Ondrej Kase, Paul Stastny, and Ryan Dzingel. Also acquired over the summer is forward Max Pacioretty, but he will be missing time due to knee surgery and may not be available to the team until the second half of the season. With these moves the Hurricanes will most likely stay atop the Metropolitan Division.
Question for the Hurricanes will once again be in net this season. After doing the overhaul and bringing in veterans Frederik Andersen and Antti Raanta the previous offseason, injuries would doom the Canes going into the playoffs. Biggest question is will Andersen, the 1A goalie, be able to stay healthy, and more importantly, stay healthy for a potential long playoff run? Raanta played solid for the Canes but injuries also slowed him down, and took him out of a few playoff games as well.
Just a wish on my end, but I would love to see Ethan Bear get a larger role this season with the Canes. He has the potential, but his first season in Carolina was disappointing due to not getting the opportunities he should have gotten.