I’ve assigned grades to the forwards and defensemen, and now it’s time for the netminders! It was certainly an interesting year in the blue paintFor the second time in as many years, Cam Ward did not lead the team in games played, but for the first time since 2006, his spot as #1 goalie on the team was seriously challenged.
I’ve graded out all the forwards who played at least 20 games here, so now it’s time to do the same for defensemen. One big difference: every d-man who finished the season in Carolina played at least 20 games, so there’s no one to omit… even Komisarek! Without further adieu, I present letter grades for the 2013-14 Hurricanes defensemen.
In the end, this series of exit interviews for the Carolina Hurricanes were more of the same… or were they? During this episode, we dig a little deeper into Peter Karmanos’ now infamous interview in NY, as well as some of the exit interviews by the team. Did Cam Ward really mean to drive that bus? Does Eric Staal need a C to succeed? We cover these issues, talk Playoffs and the Section 328 Bracket Challenge, and close it out as always with a couple of swigs of Allagash Black.
So, what do you think? Is Cam Ward justified in his thoughts that he was mishandled? Was Eric’s interview an ultimatum that he doesn’t want to be part of a rebuild? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter @section_328 as we begin THE OFFSEASON OF CHANGE (trademark pending…)
Based on how poorly I predicted the Hurricanes season (I picked them to make the playoffs, when will I learn?), I’m going to predict playoffs one round at a time in an effort to minimize my losses. Despite the Hurricanes not being in the postseason, a lot of these matchups look like fun, and we’ll get to hear the dulcet tones of John Forslund on national broadcases, so at least there’s that. And now it’s time for a breakdown.
With the 2013-14 season
mercifully coming to a close, it’s time to grade the players on their performances. Since this evaluation is nearly equal parts objectivity and subjectivity, there’s plenty of room for discussion. Also, my expectations for a 4th line player are far less than Eric Staal, so points don’t equate directly to grades. Additionally, I’m only grading skaters who played at least 20 games (and finished the season with the Canes), so there will be no grade for Aaron Palushaj, sorry. Let’s get to it, because who doesn’t love seeing report cards?!
Another NHL season has come and gone for the Hurricanes and we’re once again going to be finding another team to pull for in the playoffs. With all that’s been said about changes needing to be made from fans and front office folk alike, it’s time to put the pen to paper and make some changes around here. While no change can be made in a vacuum, let’s look first at the crop of free agents on the team and see who should stay, and who should be seeking alternative employment.
Last night’s game was the final home game of the season, and it couldn’t come soon enough. Not just for us as fans who are tired of yet another disappointing season, but apparently a lot of the players didn’t want to be there either. Top to bottom, the Carolina Hurricanes turned in an effort that did nothing to inspire the smattering of fans that stayed for the full 60 minutes.