Welcome Caniac’s to my blog Cardiac Cane. Unfortunately it comes at the worst time since the franchise moved to Carolina in 1997. However, that is not where the bad news ends. During another embarrassing loss the Hurricanes have lost their franchise player, Eric Staal, for the next couple of games. So where does this leave the Hurricanes now that they are 0-6-3 in their last nine games. Well lets start with a couple of positives.
First there is Cam Ward, granted he played terrible against San Jose Sunday, but without Ward the Hurricanes would most likely only have two points. Ward has been the one true rock on the team that is in such disarray. The other bright spot in the last week has been the call up of Brandon Sutter. Sutter looks like he will stay with the team for now and fully deserves it as he scored the only 2 goals for the Hurricanes this weekend. Outside of Sutter and Ward the team is a complete mess. The best way to describe it is that the Hurricanes seem one step slower than whomever they are playing.
The Hurricanes biggest problem seems to be the lack of confidence on the ice, goals seem to be coming in succession. For instance the Hurricanes got a great goal from Sutter against the Sharks before giving up a two bad goals in less than two minutes after taking the 1-0 lead. With the group of veterans the Hurricanes have confidence would have been the last thing I was concerned about. Jim Rutherford announced today that he has heated up talks on a trade, but does not expect much will happen due to the new CBA and the difficulty of matching up contracts early in the season. The more likely option will be to bring up the young talent such as Boychuk or Bowman.
If the Hurricanes are going to get back on track this could be the week. The Hurricanes play Florida and Toronto, which are at the bottom of the Eastern Conference with the Hurricanes. We should be able to see what kind of resilience the Hurricanes have after this week. Here’s to hoping we will be in the playoffs and not looking forward to the draft. If you missed the game on Sunday, I have posted a video link below. What do you think the problems are and where do we go from here.