Are the Carolina Hurricanes done this offseason?
The Carolina Hurricanes have had the most productive offseason in the team’s history this summer. Not only did the Hurricanes resign core offensive and defensive players from last season, like Jay Harrison, Jamie McBain and most recently Jeff Skinner, but they also bolstered their offense by trading for star center Jordan Staal and signing dynamic winger Alexander Semin.
These offseason moves have made the Carolina Hurricanes a top contender in both the Southeast Division and the Eastern Conference, but should Carolina Hurricanes’ fans look for their team to make any more offseason transactions?
On the offensive side of the puck, the Hurricanes have accomplished their offseason goal of acquiring a top-line forward who can, and will, make an immediate impact. In fact, they signed two forwards who fit that profile: Jordan Staal and Alex Semin. Adding Staal and Semin to the top scoring line, with current Canes’ captain Eric Staal, will give the team one of the best top scoring lines in the National Hockey League. The team also inked forwards Jeff Skinner and Jiri Tlusty this summer, both of whom are players that will have great impacts on the second and third scoring lines this upcoming season.
The Hurricanes’ also improved their defensive unit by adding Joe Corvo to a one-year deal after Corvo spent last season playing for the Boston Bruins, and also resigning Jamie McBain and Jay Harrison to new multi-year contracts. Both McBain and Harrison emerged as blueline leaders for the Hurricanes this past season, and fans should look for them to continue to be strong on the blueline while also providing needed offensive support next season. Corvo provides the team with veteran savvy and gives the Hurricanes another offensive threat on the blueline that will benefit the team greatly in the 2012-2013 season.
With all of the activity the Carolina Hurricanes have had this offseason, it is not likely that the team will make any more offseason moves. They already succeeded in signing two needed top-line offensive threats out of a shallow UFA pool, added depth to the defense and retained some key players like Jeff Skinner and Jamie McBain through contract extensions, and because of these successes it is unlikely that the team will make any other offseason moves this summer.
But if the team is going to continue to make moves this offseason, they would probably be best off adding an enforcer to their third or fourth line. Almost every NHL team has one player that the team calls upon to both protect players and provide needed energy for the team and fans through fighting. The Hurricanes have players on their roster like Tim Gleason, who do not mind dropping the gloves, but do not posses a true enforcer that can step up the physical play when needed. With the star power that has been brought to the team this offseason, the Hurricanes will need someone who can step up and protect those players if need be.
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