The Carolina Hurricanes Look Good On Paper


Canes fans should be excited as momentum is building in Carolina for the first time since 2006. The Canes were awesome that year and had a team full of talent that kept the fans on the edge of their seats all season in route to a NHL championship.

The Hurricanes appear to be headed down the same path in the 2012 – 2013 season as the rebuild process is starting to look like Jim Rutherford has rekindled his magic touch. JR appears to have succumbed to the pressures of finishing last in the division last year and has been wheeling and dealing to put a better product on the ice for the upcoming season.

For the fans, it is just in time as patience was wearing thin on fans in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Everyone was excited when the Staal brothers were reunited as the Canes made the trade luring Jordan from the Penguins. The good thing about the move is that the brothers practice together in the offseason and have played together most of their lives so there won’t be a need to get bonding time on the ice. These guys learned the game together back in Canada and fans Cane fans should be in for some highlight roll hockey.

The latest addition of Alexander Semin will prove to be well worth the wait in free agency. Semin has a ton of talent but was overshadowed by Ovechkin in Washington. Now he can become a force in Carolina and put a stamp on his own label as a star in the league.

If he scores like he did for the Caps three seasons ago; NHL opponents are going to have fits.  The playoff experience earned by Staal and Semin with their former teams will help their younger teammates in Carolina grow and grow quickly.

The additions to the talent already on the team has people in the area buzzing about where the Hurricanes are going and has people excited for this upcoming season. If Cam Ward can continue to deliver strong in the net and the defense can continue to improve, these moves can be exactly what the doctor ordered.

You can rest assured that everyone is taking notice to what Rutherford is building. The potential is definitely in place but let me be the first to remind everyone that no one has ever won a championship on paper. The fans will be excited and the city of Raleigh has a product that they can stand by. Now it’s time to add the final pieces to the puzzle and watch it unfold.

If the Canes look as good on the ice as they do on paper big things are ahead for the franchise.