February 21, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes left wing Jussi Jokinen (36) carries the puck against the Winnipeg Jets at the PNC center. The Jets defeated the Hurricanes 4-3. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Sunday Hurricanes Report

Carolina Hurricanes News

  • Zac Dalpe was ranked sixth yesterday in the Hurricanes top prospects. The story can be found here
  • Yesterday’s preview of the Pittsburgh Penguins can be found here
  • Victor Rask was ranked #6 on Corey Sznajder’s Top 25 Under 25. Ryan Murphy was ranked #5 (Shutdown Line - Rask -Murphy)
  • Chip Alexander looks at key questions for the upcoming season (Raleigh News & Observer)

My Opinion: The question of being healthy is a major one that has gone under the radar this summer. Joni Pitkanen and Cam Ward needed surgery during the 2012-13 season, Tuomo Ruutu had surgery after the season and Eric Staal had a major knee injury in the World Championships. Injury could play a big role in the beginning of the season.

The problems of Jeff Skinner and a lack of toughness on defense were obvious problems last season. The additions of Andrej Sekera and Mike Komisarek should help, but we’ll see what’s going on with Skinner at the start of the season.

The Canes continue to be top-heavy with two great lines on offense and then mediocre players throughout. The team should be better this year than last, but I’m not too sure how much better. Players will need to step up next season for the Canes to get into the playoffs.

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