Winds of Change: Carolina Hurricanes 2010-11 NHL Season Preview

September 28th, 2010 by Benjamin Benya Leave a reply »
As part of a continuing series, writer Benjamin Benya will be previewing all 30 NHL teams over the next two weeks in preparation for the 2010-2011 regular season.

As we continue towards the playoff picture, let's check in with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Key Additions: D Anton Babchuk, D Joe Corvo, C Patrick O’Sullivan, D Bobby Sanguinetti, RW Jared Staal.

Key Subtractions: LW Ray Whitney, RW Tim Conboy, D Brian Pothier, D Alexandre Picard, C Rod Brind’Amour.

It seemed like as good a time as any for the Carolina Hurricanes to shed the age and sprout out with youth, and that’s exactly what they did this offseason. After a considerably disappointing regular-season finish, the Hurricanes reevaluated their roster in an effort to determine just how playoff-ready they actually were.

Long-time leader Rod Brind’Amour retired from the game while 35-plus unrestricted free agent Ray Whitney headed west to the Phoenix Coyotes. Carolina seized the opportunity, replacing cornerstones of the franchise with up-and-coming youth as well as bolstering the blueline. What follows could be a coming of age season for the ...

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