While we might not be reigning Stanley Cup Champions as we were heading into 2007, we still have plenty of things to celebrate from the past season, despite missing the playoffs for the third year in a row. For instance, the Canes signed Alex Semin and Jordan Staal in the off-season. Two players that are sure to provide offensive depth to an already stacked front-line team. With the hope that a season could start as soon as January 19, depending on how today’s negotiations talks went, we need to establish a few resolutions.
Resoution #1: Give a Short Season a Chance
While the fact that the Carolina Hurricanes have yet to set foot on the ice this season totally bombs, there are benefits to them having a shortened season. How? Think of it this way. We are looking at essentially an entirely different team this season. While it is true that all of the teams around the league are going to have a short-term training camp, set to begin on the 12th if an agreement is made, the Canes new additions in Semin and Staal may or may not need a little time to get used to Kirk Muller’s style. You also have the young guns Zach Boychuk, Drayson Bowman and Zac Dalpe who will be fighting for a spot on the roster as well, forcing Muller to make quick decisions in a small time frame. However, the comforting feeling with all of this is that every single team in the league is dealing with the same issues, some obviously more than others. The Hurricanes are fortunate enough to have a fairly young team. While the Canes history of rough starts leaves room for concern, a different coach and new players should be enough to offset the habit.
Resolution #2: Stop Worrying About Semin
A majority of the forums floating around show Caniac fans questioning the status of Alex Semin. While he did tell R-Sports in late October that he was mulling over the idea, he is signed to a one-year deal and would most likely follow through with that obligation. The only way that Semin will not be back is if there is absolutely no season and his contract will then be null and void as he would be a free agent once again.