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Jeff Skinner had a lot of things go his way during his rookie season. At the age of 18, he emerged as a dynamic forward with a 31-goal, 63-point season and managed to stay away from any injury concerns. Since then, his luck has dried up in regards to both goal-scoring and injuries. Despite being one of the Hurricanes more active forwards, he has scored only 33 goals in 106 games since his rookie season and to make matter worse, he has also suffered two concussions while having a few other scary moments in addition to that.
Explaining Skinnner's struggles this year is difficult because after most games, many would agree that he was one of the Hurricanes better forwards and did just about everything but score. This is the reality of hockey and goal-scoring, though. Sometimes a player can go through periods where he has absolutely no puck luck and this was the case for Skinner from March onward. He was averaging around 3.5 shots per game, was creating chances at a higher rate ...
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A couple weeks ago, Chip Alexander broke the news that the Hurricanes will let their potential unrestricted free agents test the market and they aren't going to lose a ton of value by doing this. The only player who will be difficult to replace is back-up goaltender Dan Ellis and even then, they might be able to find someone of equal talent for a low cost with goaltender performance...
With the NHL Draft being on the horizon, now would be a good time to evaluate the Hurricanes farm system and look at some areas they should consider addressing with their picks this year. When it comes to draft discussion, most people focus on the first round because that is where you are most likely to land a future star or an NHL player in general. However, the rest of the draft...
The Carolina Hurricanes desperately need a top 4 defenseman and GM Jim Rutherford has called that the top priority this summer. With a shallow UFA pool, it might take some creativity. There are 4 paths to landing a top 4 dman this summer:
1) Signing an unrestricted free agent.
2) Collecting this as part of the kingâs ransom for moving down from the #5 draft pick.
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By Dylan Howlett (@DylanHowlett)
If he should need any further reminder of his profession’s tenuous nature, its unwieldy expectations, its capricious journey, Carolina Hurricanes head coach Kirk Muller need look no further than to his immediate left and right. There stand Dave Lewis and John MacLean, current Carolina assistants and cautionary tales...