So many needs to address leaves the Carolina Hurricanes with the focus solely on finding the right lineup formula in the next few months.
Witnessing some of the excitement in the air surrounding the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs can put things in perspective as it pertains to the Carolina Hurricanes’ peculiar situation. Unlike most other teams around the NHL, the Canes stayed at a stagnant point between slight playoff contention late in regular seasons and bottoming out in the Metropolitan Division.
A difference maker for the Canes this season came by the front office bringing back veteran winger Justin Williams. Helping the Canes to their only Stanley Cup win in franchise history, Williams knows what it takes to win at the highest level in the hockey world.
It wasn’t just the 2006 Carolina team that Williams found the top level of success in. He won two Stanley Cups during his time with the Los Angeles Kings. Williams also saw a lot of playoff action with a Metro foe in the Washington Capitals.
The point here is that the Canes can thrive off having a few additional veteran voices present in the locker room next season. This is a very fruitful free agent market, and the Canes have a ton of cap space available. The time is now for the organization to make moves to reach the postseason finally.
A heavy need for a veteran defenseman has to be addressed before the Canes can make the most of current defenders like Justin Faulk, Noah Hanifin, and Roland McKeown. That’s the biggest area in which the Canes need veteran help.
Carolina is a very young team with noticeable top notch skill levels on offense. Adding that veteran voice that can push young stars like Sebastian Aho, Teuvo Teravainen, and Jeff Skinner is one thing the Canes can do to steady things out in the grueling months of the regular season.
You could see the Canes had huge troubles finding consistency on offense and defense when it mattered most. That ultimately led to the collapse of the Canes in the final two months of 2017-18. This is just one thing the front office can do that is proven with the team.