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.