When there was once hope, now there is none and the Hurricanes can go ahead and start making tee times for May. However, this is not a situation where they can just phone it in for the rest of the season.
Of course, there are the inevitable talks about shipping this guy out and that guy out, but that’s not where the attention needs to go. Not to mention, the idea is a little bit laughable. Carolina has very few things they can depend upon, and the big guns of Eric and Jordan Staal, Jeff Skinner, and Alexander Semin are some of those few things. To go about making huge trades like that would be counterproductive.
Of course, faltering goaltender Cam Ward is the exception, as he is likely to be gone.
The stock the Hurricanes need to be taking is what fans have been begging for since February: a change in leadership from the front office and bench. The roster is not where the issues are, which is the scary thing.
The Hurricanes, as many people have been saying, are not a bad hockey team. In fact, they’re an insanely talented hockey team. While there are small personnel adjustments that can be made, the team is talented overall and could be contenders on their own. It’s the people leading them who are the problem.
As it’s been said ad nauseam, no matter what has or is about to happen this season, head coach Kirk Muller and GM Jim Rutherford need to be out, and Ron Francis needs to step into either one of those roles.
When talent like the Staal brothers, Skinner, Semin, and other guys like Nathan Gerbe and Andrej Sekera suiting up and still missing the playoffs, this is not an issue of resources, but rather a mismanagement of those resources.