RALEIGH, N.C. --- If you didnt know any better, you would have thought the Carolina Hurricanes were in the midst of a hot streak the way Chad LaRose was belting out the lyrics to a country song blaring out of the speakers late Wednesday morning.
Of course, that there was no training or coaching staff around and barely more than a handful of players changing was a dead giveaway that there was little about the get-together that was official. It was just LaRose and some teammates after a workout among themselves.
That scene is probably played out in 29 other NHL towns around North America these days, as teams slowly come together to prepare for the 2013 season, which finally has life with the recent agreement between players and owners, ending a lengthy lockout that as of this writing has cost the Hurricanes 44 games from their original schedule.
But LaRose and his Carolina teammates were all smiles working out at Raleigh Center Ice. They went through myriad of drills, building a d...