The Carolina Hurricanes: Four Offseason Issues That Doomed Their Season

November 29th, 2009 by Mark Jones Leave a reply »
There's no doubt in the minds of any Carolina Hurricanes fan that the first two months of this 2009-2010 NHL season have been among the worst stretches in 'Canes history since moving to North Carolina from Hartford.

At 5-16-5, the Canes have already tied the franchise record for most consecutive losses (14), are starting yet another losing streak this week (0-4), are last in the league in goals scored, have been nailed by injuries, and are also among the lowest in most other categories.

But why are they so bad? That's fairly hard to figure out, considering this was a team that went on a 19-7 run to end the 08-09 season as the sixth seed, and then won two road game sevens to advance all the way to the Eastern Conference finals.

It was a fairly quiet but confident summer for Carolina, who went into October feeling ready for another breakthrough year.

As you can see, it was definitely breakthrough. Just not in a good way.

So, what was the problem? What changed the 'Canes from a top-10 NHL team into perhaps the worst in the entire league this season?

Here are five reasons that could identify just what&nbs ...

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