Mar 25, 2014; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes forward Alexander Semin (28) is congratulated by teammates after his second period goal against the New York Islanders at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes: Productive Offseason

People have openly stated on all forms of media that they expect the Carolina Hurricanes to yet again fall short of the playoffs. Remember, the Hurricanes have not made the playoffs since the 2008-2009 season, so fans are becoming extremely restless. ESPN’s well-known power rankings have this team coming in 30th place out of 30 teams.

“A bad team from a year ago has done nothing to make itself better.”

These predictions honestly do not mean anything. Say what you want about the uneventful offseason, but it is undeniable the Hurricanes look like a much better team going into the 2014-2015 hockey season. It is not always necessary for a team to make radical lineup decisions when faced with failure. Healthy players, a new coaching staff, and short-term and less risky contracts with players who add depth to the lineup make this team stronger and more intimidating. The short-term contracts will prevent future dilemmas with players who have not played up to their value.

The Hurricanes are indeed in the middle of an unusual offseason due to the relieving of both their Coaching staff and General Manager. They may not have made significant player changes, but the team does look different. With the season less than 44 days away, the process of player movement will be replaced with player improvement.

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