The ice is down at PNC Arena and Opening Night vs the New York Islanders is right around the corner on October 10th at 7pm. As the Canes take the ice for training camp on September 19 there will be faces missing and some new ones.
Some key departures that happened this off-season were those of Manny Malholtra (Montreal), Justin Peters ( Washington), and Drayson Bowman (Try-Out Montreal). Some new faces that come to town ready for a fresh start are those of Jay McClement (Toronto) and Brad Malone (Colorado). Tim Gleason and Chad LaRose also signed back with the Hurricanes organization after both taking a year away from the franchise.
|Bill Peters and Ron Francis|
With a new GM in Ron Francis and a new head coach in Bill Peters the horizon for the Hurricanes looks to be bright and make them a contender for the playoffs once again. Both Francis and Peters believe in the core group of talented players that are already within the system and believe there is a contending team in the locker room. Some of the key things that need to be fixed and will be looked at this season is the Power Play, Penalty Kill, Offensive Scoring and Leadership within the locker room. One of things that Coach Peters has spoke about this summer is that he is not afraid to replace a player with someone else who is working harder and deserves the spot.
We know that the top three scoring lines will looking something like this and leave the 4th line to be determined in Training Camp:
Tlusty- Eric Staal- Skinner
Gerbe- Jordan Staal- Semin
Lindholm- Nash- Dwyer
We know that the top three Defensive pairings will looking something like this and leave the 4th pairing to be determined in Training Camp:
There will also be a goal-tending competition in camp that will determine the Opening Night goalie as either Cam Ward or Anton Khudobin.
Some key dates that fans need to keep in mind for beginning of the season:
September 19th: Opening of Training Camp
September 21st: Preseason Game vs. Blue Jackets
September 26th: Canes Carnival
October 5th: Preseason Game Vs. Saber
October 10th: OPENING NIGHT vs. Islanders
October 14th: Game vs. Sabers (National TV)
Thanks for reading the season preview and cant wait for the season of start! The motto we will stick with this season is one that the Canes used back in the 2006 playoffs when they won the Stanley Cup.. Whatever It Takes!!!!