Feb 26, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) makes a save on a shot by Carolina Hurricanes right wing Alexander Semin (28) at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Saturday Hurricanes Report

Carolina Hurricanes News

  • Corey Sznajder ranked Aaron Palushaj 12th on his Top 25 Under 25 (Shutdown Line)
  • Luke DeCock got in connection with Chad LaRose after having a hard time doing it before (Raleigh News & Observer)
  • Andrew Williams looks at what the League of Nations would be the Canes, picking the best player from each country that has played for the Hurricanes (Puck Daddy)
  • Corey Sznajder looks at the problem of team toughness (Shutdown Line)

My Opinion: I called for more gritty players for the Canes roster at the start of free agency because it was obvious the bottom six was soft. I wanted players that could play a mean game, but also could play a regular shift.

Corey compares team toughness to the Edmonton Oilers who added a host of fighters to add team toughness. It’s obvious why the Oilers failed. A team should have only one fighter at maximum, which the Oilers did not do. It was a good choice for the Hurricanes to do nothing similar.

Corey makes a point that adding players that only fight is not the way to win games. That much I agree with. But there’s also a need for players that can play a gritty game, especially to a team that is soft up front.


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