Chad LaRose 2011-12 Projection

Guys like LaRose are typically fan-favorites on many teams. He doesn’t score a lot but he does a lot of the little things that help you win games like killing penalties and winning battles along the boards. He is a regular fixture on the Canes third line and has provided solid secondary scoring for them […]

Tomas Kaberle 2011-12 Projection

I’ve already analyzed Tomas Kaberle a bit this off-season and determined that he should provide a slight upgrade on the powerplay compared to what Joe Corvo brought (keyword there is “slight”) but may need to be protected if he is going to be effective in this system. Kaberle is 33 and most defensemen tend to […]

Training Camp Battles: 6th Defenseman

Training camp has begun in Raleigh and I think it’s safe to say that the first five starting spots on the defense are set in stone. Unless a terrible injury happens, those five spots consist of Joni Pitkanen, Tim Gleason, Tomas Kaberle, Bryan Allen and Jamie McBain. The question is who will play the sixth […]

Joni Pitkanen 2011-12 Projection

Joni Pitkanen’s reputation among Carolina fans is a mixed bag. On one hand, I’ve heard a lot of people call him the “back-bone” of the team’s defense and a big offensive threat. Others have called him a liability in his own zone and someone that plays way more minutes than he should. Then you have […]

Jussi Jokinen 2011-12 Projection

One of Jim Rutherford’s better trades came in early 2009 when he acquired Jussi Jokinen from the Tampa Bay Lightning for Josef Melichar, Wade Brookbank and a 2010 fourth round draft pick. Not much thought was put into this at first because Jokinen was a low round draft pick and in the middle of his […]

Tuomo Ruutu 2011-12 Projection

The Ruutu projection will be interesting because he is a player whose role has changed over the last few seasons. In Chicago, he was a fringe top-six player for the most part and struggled mightily before being traded to Carolina. The year after, he started to flourish as a winger on the first line scoring […]

Jeff Skinner 2011-12 Projection

Continuing with our 2011-12 player projections, we move onto Jeff Skinner. He had a wonderful rookie season where he recorded 31 goals, 63 points and took home the Calder Trophy for his efforts. The general idea among fans is that he is only going to get better, build on his strong rookie campaign and shatter […]

Eric Staal 2011-12 Projection

One thing I have been looking forward to doing all off-season is individual player projections. I know that it’s difficult to do this in hockey but us bloggers make use of player comparables, shooting percentages, a player’s past history and how his scoring patterns have changed over time to give an idea of what to […]

Examining Our Organizational Depth

A couple of weeks ago, I added an organizational depth chart to the menu at the top of the page so that everyone can see how deep the Canes are at a certain position. Most of that is subject to change with training camp being just around the corner and there’s a few roster spots […]

Zach Boychuk’s “Big Year”

Carolina’s 2008 first round pick Zach Boychuk was quoted in a Canes Now article saying that this coming season is a “huge year for him” and that he wants to “make that next big step” by making the Hurricanes right out of camp and permanently joining the Hurricanes. Boychuk has played 56 games with the […]

Carolina Vs. Southeast Division: Goaltenders

I’ve already looked at where Carolina’s forwards and defensemen stand in comparison to their Southeast Division foes and determined that they sit at the middle of the pack in both categories. Goaltending should be a different story because the Canes rank near the top in this category thanks to Cam Ward’s play over the last […]

Carolina Vs. Southeast Division: Forwards

I got the defensemen covered the other day, so now it’s time to see how Carolina’s forward corps matches up against the Southeast Division. The Canes have one of the best centers in the league in Eric Staal and an extremely promising rookie in Jeff Skinner but the rest of the cast looks kind of […]

Carolina Vs. Southeast Division: Defense

As I continue to preview the upcoming season, I’m going to take a look at how the Hurricanes size up against their Southeast Division adversaries starting with each team’s respective defense corps. Why am I starting with the defense, you ask? Because it seems that every team in the division has a lot of great, […]

Training Camp Questions

With training camp being just around the corner and players are already beginning practice, I think it’s just about time to get excited for the start of another NHL season. This is a pretty big camp coming up for the Hurricanes because there are a lot of roster spots up for grabs and there’s a […]

Who Is Anthony Stewart?

One of the lower key signings the Canes made on July 1st was signing right winger Anthony Stewart to a two-year deal worth $1.8 mil (worth about $900k a year). Some may know him as the brother of St. Louis Blues winger Chris Stewart but what’s more relevant to us is that he netted 14 […]