Next up to bat on our list of teams is the Carolina Hurricanes. The Canes made a few moves this summer which appear to be lateral at best. They parted ways with Joe Corvo and Erik Cole and added Tomas Kaberle, Anthony Stewart, and Alexei Ponikarovsky. Returning will also be Calder Trophy winner Jeff Skinner, who will be looking to avoid a sophomore slump.
Since their Stanley Cup championship season of 2006, the Canes have made the playoffs only once. Success didn’t shine on Cam Ward in the years following his unlikely 2006 postseason performance, but he’s improved annually. Last year was his best regular season in the NHL, but the Canes still narrowly missed the playoffs, finishing with 91 points. If Ward continues where he left off in 2011, the Canes might be able to postpone their spring tee time reservations, but if not, they look to be an 85-90 point team at best.
FanSided’s Cardiac Cane writers gives us their take on this year’s team:
"Our day has come. Cardiac Cane writers provide their thoughts on the Carolina Hurricanes 2011-12 season. I think we covered it all, from leadership to netminders, to bridesmaids to Scarlet O’Hara. Enjoy!Tuesday belongs to the Chicago Blackhawks, so check back tomorrow. Until then…Let’s Go Canes!Up first, the ever entertaining Sally M. Brown…I’m a gut feel kinda gal so my predictions for 2011-2012 aren’t based on those fancy things like science, math, and history. I am also really superstitious so pretend I am typing this with my fingers crossed as to not upset any hockey gods. ESPN is warning of a sophomore slump for Jeff Skinner. I don’t buy it. I think he is going to break 30 goals this season. With the off-season training he has put in combined with a year’s experience under his skates, I think his game will get better. ESPN does not love hockey."