It appears that the Carolina Hurricanes are planning on relying less on talent and more on hard work and strategy for the next hockey season. Do not get me wrong, the Canes do have talent, but as we have learned in the past few seasons that it is not enough. As Bill Peters mentioned in his first interview with the Hurricanes, ice time will be given to the players who work hard and are the right ones for the job.
I am pleased to see Ron Francis acquiring players through small one-year and two-year contract plans unlike the expensive and risky long terms deals Rutherford got us used to. Making smaller deals, Francis is showing that he is currently not willing to risk large sums of money on big named players. The Canes overlooked star players in free agency like Thomas Vanek, and Paul Stastny, and signed less valued, but still important players like Tim Gleason and Ben Holmstrom.
The Hurricanes are not in search for raw talent with large contracts attached to them, they are looking for depth in certain areas of the roster. We already have talented players, the tough part is trying to get them to function as a team. With Haydn Fleury now with the Canes, we are starting to move in the right direction with our poor defense situation.
Bill Peters hopes to bring a “culture of winning” to a team who has not seen the playoffs since the 2008-2009 season. He is expecting the same intense work ethic from every player, and if he can get it, I believe that next season will be a great one.