The Carolina Hurricanes are a team to watch this off-season with a lot of valuable assets to shop around on the trade market.
The Carolina Hurricanes have a big question on their hands as to what to do with players like co-captain defender Justin Faulk and assistant captain forward Jeff Skinner. Other Canes like promising defenseman Noah Hanifin, forward Victor Rask, and 31-year-old center Derek Ryan could each potentially be on the move too. It’s hard to tell where the mindset of new owner Tom Dundon is at, considering his inexperience around the hockey world before taking over in Raleigh.
We could be looking at a completely new Canes squad come the start of the upcoming regular season. Or, things could be the same if a level-headed general manager comes to town soon. What happens with four-year head coach Bill Peters, and his contract situation, also plays a factor in the shaping of the roster itself.
However, the focus here falls on one player, and that’s Skinner. He’s been probably the core piece of Carolina’s offense within the past seven seasons. It wasn’t until Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen broke out this season that the attention turned to other Canes in the scoring department.
Skinner saw a 13-goal drop between the 2016-17 and 2017-18 regular seasons. He’s known as a streaky scorer throughout his NHL career, and that might stay the same for the years upcoming too. That could also mean good things for his production next season.
The recent rumors surrounding a possible Skinner trade, really only in the world of NHL media outlets, are hopefully shunned by the front office. Unless the Canes can pull in a heck of a return for Skinner, he’s a player that should return to the PNC Arena locker room for at least 42 home games in 2018-19.
There’s a few players that most fans hope are gone this summer, and Faulk is one of them. Skinner should be on the opposite list of talented forwards that the Canes should bring back next season. Anything else (again unless a huge return is in store) is a massive disappointment on the part of Dundon, the front office, and coaching staff.