RALEIGH, N.C. -- Standing in the Carolina Hurricanes locker room one recent April night waiting for a player to come out for another series of questions about what went wrong made January seem like eons ago. Three months ago, when the teams practice facility was as cold inside as it was outside, optimism fueled the Hurricanes seven-day training camp. The franchise was ready to put on the ice a collection of players it felt could lead the team to a memorable season.
Instead, Carolina has six games remaining in a dismal campaign that cant be discarded too quickly on April 27.
Its been difficult, not doubt, defenseman Jay Harrison said a few weeks ago before the Canes ship had fully taken on water. But back in January, Harrison and his teammates couldnt have imagined their current plight.
It wasnt supposed to be this way.
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