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5 Carolina Hurricanes Players Who Won’t Be Back In 2014

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Identifying Carolina Hurricanes Players Who Must Go

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The Carolina Hurricanes have been knocked out of contention for the 2014 NHL Playoffs for the fifth straight year. There are many reasons behind the Hurricanes' lack of success this season, with a lack of team wide physicality, an awful power play, and general inconsistency proving the most prominent reasons. Clearly management will try to rectify these issues over the summer, and these five players won't be back in the Fall of 2014 as a result.

5. Radek Dvorak

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5. Radek Dvorak

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Radek Dvorak hasn't been a particularly bad bottom six forward for the Hurricanes this season, but his totals of three goals, eight points and averaging 10:48 on the ice isn't impressive either. At 37 years of age and facing free agency this summer, Dvorak doesn't have many bright days ahead of him, and Carolina should take note. The Hurricanes need a facelift to their offense that ranks 22nd in goals per game, and Dvorak will leave as a result.

4. Ron Hainsey

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4. Ron Hainsey

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Ron Hainsey has been a consistent 20:00 per game player this season, but that seems to be more an indictment of Carolina's defensive depth than anything else. Hainsey simply isn't physical enough to be a real top four defenseman, and doesn't have the offensive acumen to compensate for this. Carolina is better off either signing or promoting a younger play than giving the 33 year old -4 million a year.

3. Mike Komisarek

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3. Mike Komisarek

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Mike Komisarek has been an unbridled failure during the 2013-14 campaign, as he has gone from top four defensive option to only playing 29 games and averaging 11:28 on the ice per game. Komisarek has struggled heavily through injuries in recent seasons, and has even become a healthy scratch at times this season. The 32 year old will never again be an NHL caliber defenseman, and Carolina has clearly moved on from him.

2. Justin Peters

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2. Justin Peters

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Carolina already has two goaltenders on the books for the next two seasons in Anton Khudobin and Cam Ward, which will undoubtedly push Justin Peters out the door. Peters has the mix of size, tenacity and shot stopping ability to at the very least be a backup at the NHL level, and after compiling a 2.50 GAA and 91.9 save percentage in 21 games played, he may even catch on to a bottom feeder club as a starter.

1. Eric Staal

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1. Eric Staal

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Alright, Eric Staal leaving Carolina is a long shot on paper, but it is a move that needs to be made. Staal has seemed to lack the intensity that it takes to win at the NHL level for the last few years, and Carolina has followed suit as a team. Trading the 29 year old would be tough for some to swallow, but it would clear cap space, bring in a decent haul and change things up in the locker room. If only Rutherford would pull the trigger.