NHL.com offers an in-depth list and analysis of probability and fantasy for each of its 32 teams from August 8 to September 8. 8. Today’s Carolina Hurricanes.
The Carolina Hurricanes are entering this season with an added sense of urgency, and without one of their major off-season acquisitions.
Hurricanes won the Metropolitan Circuit but the second consecutive season failed to get past the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. They got a defense man Brent Burns In trade with San Jose Sharks and forward Max Priority Of the Vegas Golden Knights, but it was announced on August 9 that Passuretti needed surgery to rupture his Achilles tendon and is expected to continue until February.
Despite missing more than half of last season with a broken foot and an injury to his hand, Pasurietti scored 37 points (19 goals and 18 assists) in 39 games. The 33-year-old scored 77 power-playing goals in 850 regular season games, and when he’s healthy, he should boost a power game that finished 13th (22.0 percent) in the NHL.
It’s tough, especially for someone new coming in,” Burns told News & Observer August 10. Best foot ahead and be around the guys, meet the guys, and be in the trenches with them.
“The main thing is knowing he’s going to be okay, and that he’s being taken care of. You just want him to be in a good place, the best place he can be. There’s no silver lining to something like that. The time for it.”
Burns scored 54 points (10 goals and 44 assists) last season and played 679 consecutive games. The 37-year-old characters who will play with the best defensive duo Jacob Slavin.
“I’m coming to a time when winning and having a chance to win is all that really matters,” Burns said after the deal on July 13. “I know I am an older man. I have played for a long time. The time, but I feel great. I still feel very competitive. I know I can contribute at a high level.”
Burns said he’s excited to play with coach Rod Brend Amour, who has led Carolina to the playoffs in each of his four seasons.
“This is a great team that competes for a championship every year,” Burns said. “With Rod there, I’ve heard nothing but incredible things about him and the way he’s going about his business. I think it’s been very easy for us. For me, it’s just an excitement to join a new team, and I know what they’ve been doing in the past couple of years. This excitement just took hold.”
Once Pacioretty joins the squad, he will complete a core group of attackers that includes Sebastian Aho (81 points; 37 goals, 44 assists in 79 games), Tiofu Terrafenen (65 points; 22 goals, 43 assists in 77 games) and Andrei Svichnikov (69 points; 30 goals, 39 assists in 78 games). non-veteran Seth Jarvis13 in the 2020 NHL Draft, he appeared in his first professional season with 40 points (17 goals, 23 assists) in 68 games.
The Hurricanes averaged 3.38 goals per game last season, ninth in the National Hockey League and fourth-best in the Eastern Conference. That dropped to 2.64 in the playoffs, as they blew a 3-1 lead over the New York Rangers in the second round of the Eastern Conference Best of 7, scoring nine goals in the last five games.
“This team is very close,” Pasurietti said. “You’ve been in teams that are close, and you’re a piece or two away when you’re close. If you’re one match away, you just need to add a player or two, and that helps your depth tremendously.”
Carolina signed free forward agent Ondrej Casey to a one-year contract having netted 27 points (14 goals, 13 assists) in 50 regular season games and three assists in seven playoffs with the Toronto Maple Leafs last season.
The acquisitions of Burns, Pacioretty and Kase offset the free agents leaving the center Vincent Trochek (Rangers) and striker Nino Niedretter (Nashville Predators) and the Defense Men’s Trade Tony D’Angelo To the Philadelphia Flyers for a fourth-round pick (Simon Forsmark) in the 2022 NHL Draft, a third-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft and a second-round pick in the 2024 NHL Draft.
Another story will be the future of the captain Jordan Stahl. The 33-year-old striker announced on June 1 that he will not be seeking a contract extension as he enters the final season of a 10-year, $60 million contract he signed on June 22, 2012. He has 611 points (258 goals, 353 assists) in 1,092 appearances. In the regular season for the Pittsburgh Penguins and Hurricanes, he scored 60 points (33 goals, 27 assists) in 121 playoff games, and helped the Penguins win the Stanley Cup in 2009.
Last season, Stahl scored 36 points (17 goals, 19 assists) in 78 regular season games and six points (one goal, five assists) in 14 playoffs.
“It was a blast,” Stahl said. “I’m going to end this contract. Eleven years is a long time here and it was a special thing. I’m going to do it next year and I hope to finish this contract with a big hit and go from there.”