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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5 Nov 1999: Jeff O”Neill #92 of the Carolina Hurricanes moves for the puck during a game against the Detroit Red Wings at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. The Red Wings defeated the Hurricanes 3-2.
5 Nov 1999: Jeff O”Neill #92 of the Carolina Hurricanes moves for the puck during a game against the Detroit Red Wings at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. The Red Wings defeated the Hurricanes 3-2. /

13. 1999-2000

Only the third season in franchise history, this was an important step forward for the Canes right in between three of the best seasons in team history. Carolina finished with a 37-35-10-0 record. Interestingly enough, the Canes did not lose a single game in overtime that season.

That was also a welcome sight after a franchise-record would be set in ties in the 1998-99 campaign with 18. Ron Francis, Jeff O’Neill, and Gary Roberts led the team in points that season, with Sean Hill making significant contributions on defense.

The formation of a very good team could be seen as this was just a down season in between four seasons where the Canes were making it at least to the second round of the playoffs every year. Arturs Irbe also had one of his best years of his career with the Canes.