The Carolina Hurricanes need to make some key changes to their lineup. They don’t have that many Unrestricted Free Agents that are extremely important, but they need to make some smart decisions on a few of them. The Hurricanes have a handful of older players that they should probably drop for their own good, but the question is will they?
After three different stints with the Hurricanes, Joe Corvo should be on his way to another team or retirement. While he has been a decent player in the past, at 35 he is past his prime and can’t provide the Hurricanes with what they need. Corvo is often caught in the offensive zone which leads to many defensive zone breakdowns. If Ryan Murphy can make the team this year, he will be more than capable of taking over Corvo’s power play abilities. The Canes would be wise to drop Corvo for the final time.
Although he has always been a fan favorite, Chad LaRose no longer provides the Hurricanes with what they need. LaRose only put up two goals and two assists this season and was a large reason the team struggled to get depth scoring. He also posted a minus eight and decided to skip the exit interview which would definitely not help his case to get re-signed.
Marc-Andre Bergeron only played 13 games for the Hurricanes this season after being added at the trade deadline. He did provide the Hurricanes with much needed skill on the point of the power play but struggled in his own end. Bergeron wasn’t that bad, but they won’t need him anymore because there is a strong chance Murphy will make the team and takeover his offensive abilities. The Hurricanes should work on strengthening their play in the defensive zone and drop Bergeron.