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.
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.
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.
Key Additions: Anton Khudobin
Key Departures: Dan Ellis
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.