For more than a decade, the Carolina Hurricanes seemingly presented an all-or-nothing proposition: they’d either make a deep playoff run or miss the postseason entirely. Consider their remarkable results since losing in the 2002 Stanley Cup Final against the Detroit Red Wings: 2001-02: lost in SCF 2002-03 and 03-04: missed playoffs 2005-06: Won the Stanley Cup 2006-07 and 07-08: missed playoffs 2008-09: lost in ECF 2009-10 through 2013-14: missed playoffs While there have been changes in the organization, the status quo seemed to hold strong in some ways; through 2013-14, this team continued to go as far as Eric Staal, Cam Ward and a group of highly paid players could take them. With the noted exception of some possible rising prospects and the undeniably strong Hurricanes debut by goalie Anton Khudobin, it still seems to hinge upon what a debatable core group can accomplish. Ultimately, it sounds like new GM Ron Francis and new head coach Bill Peters must drive change, then. The question is: how patient will fans be if the team’s struggles continue despite those front office alterations? Earlier this summer, Francis made it clear he believes the “new cooks, not new ingredients” approach is a sound one.
How long can Carolina put off a major makeover?
Pro Hockey Talk | Aug 17