Apr 1, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Carolina Hurricanes center Andrei Loktionov (8) carries the puck as Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Deryk Engelland (5) defends during the third period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Carolina Hurricanes won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Wednesday Carolina Hurricanes Report


Jan 19, 2014; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes forward Jiri Tlusty (19) takes a 3rd period shot against the Tampa Bay Lightning at PNC Arena. The Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 5-3. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

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My Opinion

I don’t think there’s any doubt Andrej Sekera will be back next year. There’s no reason for the Hurricanes to get rid of him and has arguable played better than Justin Faulk all season.

Jeff Skinner and Nathan Gerbe are options I agree with to keep. Skinner is too valuable and Gerbe has shown his worth and could probably do more with a better bottom six around him.

But from this point on, it gets a little shaky for me. I believe one of the Staal brothers, possibly both, will be gone next year. It’s just that they make too much money and while I like both of them, it’s too much of a dent in the salary cap.

I think Jiri Tlusty should be gone just to force the team to bring in someone else for the top six.

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