Canes come closer to trade deadline
Posted March 4
The Carolina Hurricanes’ road trip Olympic break comes to an end Tuesday as they play the San Jose Sharks at 10:30 p.m.
“The rain in California looks like a metaphor for what’s been happening with the Hurricanes’ road trip,” team play-by-play man Chuck Kaiton said. “It’s just mind boggling that for not even one second of this road trip the Hurricanes have been ahead in a game.
“They have just not played well enough to come up with wins.”
The Canes have lost lost the four games they have played since the Olympic closing ceremony and are looking for a win before they travel back to Raleigh.
On Sunday, the Canes came back to lose 5-3 at Anaheim after a 5-0 deficit halfway through the game. They will try to take that momentum into the game against San Jose.
“The only thing I take from their comeback on Sunday is that they didn’t quit,“ said Kaiton. “It doesn’t mean anything that they had a franchise-high shots on goal in the third period because the Sharks played in cruise control after the 5-0 lead.
“Some of the goals we scored, especially Alexander Semin’s goal on a breakaway, were just because the Sharks laid back.”
The Sharks have just come off a win in New Jersey.
“The Canes have to be prepared for the game tonight and at least come up with something before they travel back to Raleigh,” Kaiton said.
With the looming trade deadline, it is possible that some players could play their last game in a Hurricanes uniform.
“I don’t know what the marketability is for any of the players the way things are going right now,” Kaiton said. “Obviously unrestricted free agents have the best chance.”
The Hurricanes are seven points out of the final wild card spot, and that’s not insurmountable, but it is going to be hard for them to clinch a playoff spot.
If the season is over for the Canes, maybe they should evaluate the organization and see if there are some players in Charlotte who can contribute for the second part of the season, Kaiton said.
“We can add players to a list so they can play the playoffs with you, but the teams don’t have regular season permission to add more than 23 players to their roster,” said Kaiton. “The only way you can give players from the Checkers a chance is if you open up roster spots.
“And you have to ask yourself the question if the Checkers have players who can help the Hurricanes, because they are struggling this year as well.”
The power play, a weakness all season, is no longer a focus, Kaiton said.
“They have to forget previous power plays and try to use every opportunity to score a goal,” said Kaiton. “They have to keep trying getting shots through, move the puck quickly and hope they get lucky.
“They don’t score five on five so they are under pressure in the power play to score a goal.”
The Sharks, Tuesday’s opponent, are one of the many NHL teams that struggle with the power play as well.
“They have other aspects of their game that carries them,” Kaiton said.