February 26, 2013; Tampa FL, USA; Buffalo Sabres defenseman Andrej Sekera (44) skates with the puck against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period at Tampa Times Forum. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes: Grading The Offseason: Part Two

Yesterday, Cardiac Cane graded the moves made by the Carolina Hurricanes to improve the offense.

Today, we’ll look at the defense and goaltending, which had a few more major moves than the offense did.

Defense

Key Additions: Andrej Sekera, Mike Komisarek, Mark Flood and Matt Corrente

Key Departures: Jamie McBain, Joe Corvo, Marc-Andre Bergeron, Bobby Sanguinetti and Marc-Andre Gragnani

The quest to find a top-four defenseman was filled with Sekera. Some have questioned whether he is a legitimate second-pairing defenseman, but with his ability to play over 20 minutes a game and play defensively, he’ll be a welcomed addition to the Canes blue line.

Mike Komisarek was signed to a one-year/$700k deal by the Canes. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Komisarek will most likely take the sixth spot on the defense, bringing some grit and experience, but will also need to play sheltered minutes.

Flood and Corrente will be valuable call-ups and replaces some of the organizational depth that was lost when three Charlotte Checkers’ defensemen signed overseas earlier in the summer.

The defensemen the Hurricanes did lose to free agency have easily been replaced with players that will help the team more.

A borderline top-four defensemen was added along with depth at a good cost for the Hurricanes. For that I’ll give the team a B+. The defense is definitely improved, but perhaps not as much as it could be to garner a higher grade.

Goaltending

Key Additions: Anton Khudobin

Key Departures: Dan Ellis

Dan Ellis signed with the Dallas Stars on the first day of free agency. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

In his short time with the Canes, Ellis played well in a back-up role, but faltered when it came to the starting job after being injured.

I thought the Canes would re-sign him and was surprised and worried when they did not.

Instead the Hurricanes went out and signed arguably the best back-up on the market in Khudobin.

Khudobin will be able to give Cam Ward plenty of breaks this season and if there is another injury, the Russian netminder will be a better starter than Ellis or Peters.

The Canes needed a back-up and surprised with Khudobin on a great contract. The loss of Ellis was surprising, but quickly made up for. For that, I’ll give the team a grade of an A+ for improving the goalies.

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