Carolina Hurricanes Offseason Preview: Plenty of Cash To Spend

April 5th, 2010 by Mark Jones Leave a reply »
With just three games left in the NHL 2009-2010 regular season, the Carolina Hurricanes are going to miss the playoffs for the third time in four years since their Stanley Cup victory in 2006.

Following last year's run to the Eastern Conference Finals, the 'Canes started off this year on a low note, tying a franchise record with 14 consecutive losses in October and November, and were unable to fully recover despite going 24-13-3 after New Year's Day.

Leading up to this concluding '09-'10 season, the Hurricanes went ahead and added plenty of grit to their roster, signing newcomers Tom Kostopoulos, Stephane Yelle, Aaron Ward, Andrew Alberts, and Jay Harrison.

...And then they proceeded to trade them all away again at the trade deadline, just eight months later. Now, in early April, only Kostopoulos and Harrison remain in the Hurricanes organization.

However, because of this spring cleanup and an array of fairly unknown players through the second to fourth lines, Carolina enters the summer 2010 offseason with plenty of salary cap room and not many "needs" to deal with. According to and, at the moment, t ...

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