2010 NHL Offseason: Carolina Hurricanes Position Battles to Watch For

July 23rd, 2010 by Mark Jones Leave a reply »

As a summer of surprises around the NHL rolls on, the Carolina Hurricanes have begun to quietly fill out their roster.

All of the Hurricanes' restricted free agents heading into the offseason have been signed. In addition, 15 players have been inked to one-way contracts for the upcoming season. However, with nearly $12 million left in cap space, Carolina has plenty of room to fill the remaining holes in their depth chart.

Many of the new-look Hurricanes players are also younger than those who were starting in their places last season. Carolina has moved up from the second-oldest team in summer 2009 to the seventh-youngest team in the NHL today. Additionally, only four contract holders for the 'Canes are above the age of 30 (Erik Cole, Sergei Samsanov, Tom Kostopoulos, and Joe Corvo).

This plethora of prospects translates into a number of position battles as the youngsters fight for their NHL jobs during training camp, which begins September 17th. While that date is nearly two months off, competitions like these are already ...

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