Jan 13, 2014; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes defensemen Justin Faulk (27) tries to knock Calgary Flames forward Mikael Backlund (11) off the puck during the 1st period at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Tuesday Carolina Hurricanes Report

Carolina Hurricanes News

  • The Hurricanes got shutout for the second game in a row last night, this time to the Calgary Flames. Read the recap here.
  • Justin Halbersma gives his thoughts on solving the goalie problem (The Hockey Writers)
  • Andrew Luistro looks at the diminishing role of an enforcer in the Canes’ organization (Sunbelt Hockey Journal)

My Opinion: I’ve never been a fan of a player that brings nothing else to a team besides fighting. It just has never made sense to waste a spot on the roster with someone that you can’t play more than 10 minutes a game.

Andrew makes note that an enforcer was needed a few years ago when other teams were taking liberties on the Hurricanes’ players, but that doesn’t seem to happen that often anymore, hence the healthy scratches of Kevin Westgarth and eventual trade.

I don’t mind a player that fights, but can also make a difference in the game such as David Clarkson, Milan Lucic and Wayne Simmonds and that’s how the modern day fighter is likely evolving. At the end of last season, I thought Nicolas Blanchard would have a chance at being the Hurricanes’ enforcer. He played strong, while also having the ability to fight.

Blanchard was not the answer, but the Canes may add a player like that in the future.

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