Carolina Hurricanes: Ranking every season in the history of the franchise

RALEIGH, NC - JUNE 19: Rod Brind'Amour #17 of the Carolina Hurricanes kisses the Stanley Cup after defeating the Edmonton Oilers in game seven of the 2006 NHL Stanley Cup Finals on June 19, 2006 at the RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Hurricanes defeated the Oilers 3-1 to win the Stanley Cup finals 4 games to 3. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
RALEIGH, NC - JUNE 19: Rod Brind'Amour #17 of the Carolina Hurricanes kisses the Stanley Cup after defeating the Edmonton Oilers in game seven of the 2006 NHL Stanley Cup Finals on June 19, 2006 at the RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Hurricanes defeated the Oilers 3-1 to win the Stanley Cup finals 4 games to 3. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /
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TORONTO – FEBRUARY 23: Defenseman Niclas Wallin #7 of the Carolina Hurricanes skates on the ice during the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre on February 23, 2004 in Toronto, Ontario. The Hurricanes defeated the Maple Leafs 2-1. (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images)
TORONTO – FEBRUARY 23: Defenseman Niclas Wallin #7 of the Carolina Hurricanes skates on the ice during the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre on February 23, 2004 in Toronto, Ontario. The Hurricanes defeated the Maple Leafs 2-1. (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images) /

18. 2003-04

The last season before the lockout of 2004-05, this was a rough one for the Canes. The two- season stretch between 2002-2004 was one that saw the Canes win less than 50 games combined.

They finished with a 28-34-14-6 record as overtime continued to be a problem for the Canes. Even when they made it to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2002, there were still a lot of games ending in overtime in Raleigh.

Those problems lagged under Paul Maurice as fans started to get impatient with a Canes team that seemingly could not convert on any opportunity. A team from the Southeast Division would end up winning the Stanley Cup this season as the Tampa Bay Lightning won the first in their franchise history.

Hope would start to arise with young talents like Eric Staal and Justin Williams starting to emerge. Both Staal and Williams would play a huge role in the emergence of the Canes under Peter Laviolette after the lockout ended.