Going into the offseason, many Canes fans were expecting new General Manager, Ron Francis, to make significant changes to the team as a whole. The problem is you cannot rebuild a long-term, successful team in just one offseason, especially with the money that this franchise has available to spend. This type of process will take years to accomplish.
Most teams struggle to stay within the confines of the salary cap when acquiring players and coaches. While many try to stay under the limit, the Hurricanes always have the unfortunate problem of trying to reach the league minimum. We simply do not have the money that other teams have.
Our last General Manager, Jim Rutherford, did an outstanding job by bringing hockey into a southern market, but let’s face it, we do not have a massive fan base that teams like Toronto, Chicago, and Pittsburg have. Since we do not have the privilege of having an abundance of money, we are forced to make smaller and less risky deals, like we have seen all offseason.
The Canes’ development camp starts on the 21st of July and we can expect to see recently drafted players, including this years 7th overall draft pick, Haydn Fleury, looking for a spot in the roster.
I am pleased by the progress the Hurricanes are showing. They were looking for depth, and depth is what they got. With many other teams in the Metropolitan Division improving, it is crucial that this team is prepared by the time the season rolls around. I find Bill Peters as a good fit for head coach, but only time will tell if he has a system that works.