Mike Maniscalco

Everybody needs evaluating during long offseason for Canes

Posted April 10, 2014

Carolina Hurricanes head coach Kirk Muller. Carolina Hurricanes host the St. Louis Blues at PNC Arena on Friday January 31, 2014. The Hurricanes played a solid game and ended with an Alex Semin open net goal for a 3 to 1 victory. (Chris Baird / WRAL Contributor)

— Another year without playoff hockey in the Triangle is bringing even more angst, anger and apathy than usual to the fan base of the Carolina Hurricanes.

Changes are certain to come to the hockey team that occupies the PNC Arena, but will they be changes that turn the franchise into a perennial playoff contender?

Simply hearing the owner of the team, Peter Karmanos, say, “tweaks or major tweaks and attitude adjustments are needed,” doesn’t make the concerns of the fan base go away. What “tweaks” exactly can we expect and what attitudes need changing?

When the fans hear that the owner likes the team, it does not instill any more confidence in a dwindling season ticket holder base. It is clear that steps are needed to put the team on the right path – and they are inevitably coming this off-season.

Asking the fans to be patient again as the team tries to figure out what tweaks will come, has puts the outrage meter in the red. Patience is just about worn thin.

What needs to happen might be drastic to fans, but nobody can look at the last five years and say it has been working. No department - from the GM to the last player in the organization - should avoid the magnifying glass. From draft philosophy to the culture of the team, all of it has to be reviewed this off-season.

If that means fan favorites are dealt in favor of putting a better product on the ice, then make the deal. There is a universal truth in pro sports: you have more fan favorites on a playoff team.

For too long it seems like the answer has been ownership assuring fans the team is “a few tweaks away from being the playoff team.” The reality is that the team should not be trying to go for the quick fix of chasing the playoffs year-to-year, but instead chasing the playoffs year-after-year. Yes, the team has been close to making the playoffs these past four years, but close does not get a franchise into the post season and the “one player away” excuse has long been exhausted.

Therein lies the rub for the fans and organization. The parts of this team on their own are good. Good yes, but not great - great parts generally get into the playoffs. This is not a franchise that is a No. 6-12 draft pick or just one or two normal free agents away. It does start with identifying the players that have the make up to lead a postseason team, though.

The scouting department has to constantly be evaluating if the current players that are good enough to carry the team on a nightly basis. Is the draft philosophy producing enough players, not just first-round talent, but the depth that pushes players to improve? What is the plan for how the team will look in five years?

This offseason, the Hurricanes from top to bottom have to stop treating the symptoms and do what needs to be done cure the main problem of missing the playoffs. It might be painful for some in the organization and for the fans that cheer for it, but not as painful as a sixth season without playoff hockey in Carolina.

13 Comments

Please to add a comment.

Oldest First
View all
  • wlcat609 Apr 13, 10:48 a.m.

    Perhaps the Cans disorganization should take a page from what the Colorado AVs did a year ago - they went from last to near the top in the Western Division with a total management and coaching change. And in the process the AVs were a team that was 'fun to watch' this season in spite of injuries to several key players.

    With Mr K as owner and JR hanging around as president, the Canes will never put a winner on th ice - all the current management wants to do is get YOUR MONEY and put a so-so team on the ice and let you know that they are world beaters!

  • JACKSON SAWYER REVENGE Apr 13, 9:22 a.m.

    a loser organization led by a bunch of losers- guess what they lost again this year
    LOSERS

  • natsfan1965 Apr 11, 2:44 p.m.

    This team need a house cleaning from top to bottom. A new GM and coach are needed to set a tone and style of play that will be the standard for the team. More toughness and grit is needed as well as a quarterback for the power play. Anyone other than Lindholm, Faulk and Khoudobin should be available if the right trade value comes along. Cam Ward and that contract need to be gotten rid of by any means necessary. Time to rebuild from the ground up

  • mlhill22 Apr 11, 10:40 a.m.

    The whole organization, from top to bottom, is a mess. Because of the poor performances year after year, they have had top draft picks. These have basically not worked out. The team definitely hasn't improved with them. Their minor league teams fail to produce any quality depth.
    The owner isn't local and has no clue how to properly run a hockey organization. After missing the playoffs 7 of 8 years, he has the gall to say we need more patience?! Is he that stupid or just ignorant?
    The team, night after night, has poor puck handling, consistent breakdowns, no offensive flow and poor attitudes. I think we generally like most of the players, but a major overhaul is required.
    Season ticket sales will be at all time low, maybe Karmonas will understand that!

  • StunGunn Apr 11, 7:06 a.m.

    I don't see Muller returning - he seems like a good guy, but I'm not sure the players have every bought into his system. Wonder if they'll give Jeff Daniels a shot this time around, not that he would be the answer, though. The Canes woes go deeper than the guy behind the bench; there's a lot rotten in Raleigh.

  • kheffn Apr 10, 9:07 p.m.

    Its just like politics, people cry and cry for change, but when a candidate runs that might... View More

    — Posted by thomasew

    Agree. In the draft, Rutherford has focused on picking small skating forwards like Skinner and small offensive-minded defensemen like Murphy. AT some point, they need to get some grit. For the life of me, I don't know why he can't see that. The answer isn't Ron Francis as GM. They need experience.

  • StunGunn Apr 10, 7:47 p.m.

    The Canes have already dealt fan favorites, so they may as well do what they have to do to be a consistent playoff team - if that is possible. I somehow think E Stall will be with the team next year while Muller will be shown the door. Not sure what they'll do with Ward, considering his contract.

  • a sports fan Apr 10, 5:17 p.m.

    Despite all these years of non-playoff hockey the team has not been able to draft competently to refresh the roster....that falls on the GM and the scouting organization.

    Couple that with an owner that is not as wealthy as others in the league (and sources of revenue are below league averages) and as such you get an investment profile that is below what this team needs.

    GM is gone....best case for Canes fans is to get a new owner as well.

  • JACKSON SAWYER REVENGE Apr 10, 4:55 p.m.

    just like guys on the radio- a wholesale change would do everyone good.

  • leighleclair Apr 10, 4:26 p.m.

    Yep.. agree.. and then some.

More...

 

 

  • ACC: NC State at Georgia Tech

    Today at 12:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • SEC: Arkansas at Florida

    Today at 2:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • PGA: Waste Management Phoenix Open

    Today at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • Big 10: Michigan at Michigan State

    Tomorrow at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • ACC: NC State at Georgia Tech

    Today at 12:00 pm on WRAL-FM

  • ACC: Duke at Virginia

    Tonight at 7:00 on 620am

  • NHL: Hurricanes at NY Rangers

    Tonight at 7:00 on 99.9 The Fan

  • Super Bowl: Seattle vs. New England

    Tomorrow at 6:30 pm on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
Final
CAR 2
STL 3
12:00pm Today
GT
NCSU
 
4:00pm Today
LOU
UNC
 
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
CAR
 
7:00pm Tonight
UVA
DUKE
 
7:00pm Tonight
ETST
NCCU
 
9:00pm Tonight
DEN
CHA
 
Final
PHI 103
MIN 94
Final
BOS 87
HOU 93
Final
ATL 105
POR 99
Final
CLE 101
SAC 90
Final
BRK 122
TOR 127
Final
MIA 72
DAL 93
Final
NOP 108
LAC 103
Final
UTA 110
GSW 100
Final
PHO 99
CHI 93
7:00pm Tonight
ORL
DAL
 
7:00pm Tonight
IND
SAC
 
7:00pm Tonight
WAS
TOR
 
7:30pm Tonight
DET
HOU
 
7:30pm Tonight
ATL
PHI
 
8:00pm Tonight
MIN
CLE
 
8:00pm Tonight
MEM
OKC
 
8:30pm Tonight
MIL
POR
 
9:00pm Tonight
DEN
CHA
 
9:00pm Tonight
SAN
LAC
 
10:30pm Tonight
GSW
PHO
 
Final
PRIN 72
HARV 75
 
Final
CORN 57
BRO 49
 
Final
PENN 58
DART 51
 
Final
NIAG 61
MAR 65
 
Final
CAN 63
QUIN 57
 
Final
MAN 87
SIENA 79
 
Final
WILL 63
IUPUI 59
 
Final
FAIR 59
MON 60
 
Final
ARST 67
OREG 68
Final
CLMB 59
YALE 63
 
Final
BUF 80
KSU 55
 
Final
ARZ 57
ORST 34
12:00pm Today
TENN
AUB
 
12:00pm Today
CLEM
BC
 
12:00pm Today
STJOE
DAVID
 
12:00pm Today
GT
NCSU
 
12:00pm Today
PITT
ND
 
12:00pm Today
STJ
PROV
 
12:00pm Today
UNH
USB
 
12:00pm Today
WVU
TTU
 
12:00pm Today
TEMPL
TULA
 
12:00pm Today
EMICH
WMICH
 
12:00pm Today
IOWA
WISC
 
12:00pm Today
SHU
XAV
 
1:00pm Today
UF
ARK
 
1:00pm Today
STET
LIP
 
1:00pm Today
ILL
PSU
 
1:00pm Today
TULSA
SFLA
 
1:05pm Today
INDST
BRAD
 
2:00pm Today
MAINE
GTDNS
 
2:00pm Today
UGST
ARKST
 
2:00pm Today
LEH
BU
 
2:00pm Today
MARQ
BUT
 
2:00pm Today
DEL
COC
 
2:00pm Today
CREI
GEOR
 
2:00pm Today
CLST
UWGB
 
2:00pm Today
NEOM
MAST
 
2:00pm Today
LOYC
ILLST
 
2:00pm Today
KU
KYST
 
2:00pm Today
JVU
KNST
 
2:00pm Today
MSST
LSU
 
2:00pm Today
SHU
MNTER
 
2:00pm Today
VCU
RICH
 
2:00pm Today
ISU
TCU
 
2:00pm Today
BING
MLOWELL
 
2:00pm Today
HART
VERM
 
2:00pm Today
DEP
VILL
 
2:00pm Today
WAKE
VT
 
3:00pm Today
FAM
COOK
 
3:00pm Today
NDAK
IDST
 
3:00pm Today
ARMY
GHND
 
3:00pm Today
BEL
TENT
 
3:00pm Today
TXSA
UAB
 
3:00pm Today
ILLCH
VALPO
 
3:05pm Today
DRAK
EVAN
 
3:15pm Today
IND
RUTG
 
3:30pm Today
UMO
BST
 
4:00pm Today
RMU
BRY
 
4:00pm Today
WAGN
CCST
 
4:00pm Today
GWEBB
CCAR
 
4:00pm Today
MDES
COPST
 
4:00pm Today
RFLSH
FD
 
4:00pm Today
RIU
GWU
 
4:00pm Today
SCAR
UGA
 
4:00pm Today
Terriers
LIU
 
4:00pm Today
PAC
LMU
 
4:00pm Today
STLU
UMASS
 
4:00pm Today
HOW
MRGST
 
4:00pm Today
DREX
UNCW
 
4:00pm Today
LOU
UNC
 
4:00pm Today
MIZZ
MISS
 
4:00pm Today
ALCOR
SOUTH
 
4:00pm Today
NIOWA
WICHS
 
4:00pm Today
JMU
WMARY
 
4:00pm Today
RAD
WINT
 
4:15pm Today
EILL
SIUE
 
4:30pm Today
UNCA
CAMP
 
4:30pm Today
MORE
EKENT
 
4:30pm Today
NICST
INCWORD
 
4:30pm Today
CMICH
OHIO
 
4:30pm Today
TEXAM
VANDY
 
5:00pm Tonight
UWMIL
DET
 
5:00pm Tonight
LAMON
SALA
 
5:00pm Tonight
UNCG
WCU
 
5:05pm Tonight
EWASH
IDAHO
 
5:30pm Tonight
SDKST
DEN
 
5:30pm Tonight
SHSU
HOUB
 
5:30pm Tonight
MVSU
JST
 
5:30pm Tonight
TXST
LALAF
 
5:30pm Tonight
LATU
MARS
 
5:30pm Tonight
SD
ORU
 
6:00pm Tonight
PVU
ALAAM
 
6:00pm Tonight
GRAM
ARKPB
 
6:00pm Tonight
PRIN
DART
 
6:00pm Tonight
SCST
DELST
 
6:00pm Tonight
COLST
FRES
 
6:00pm Tonight
NORST
HAMP
 
6:00pm Tonight
MINN
NEB
 
6:00pm Tonight
WYO
NEV
 
6:00pm Tonight
SAV
NCAT
 
6:00pm Tonight
GAELS
PEPP
 
6:00pm Tonight
NW
PURD
 
6:00pm Tonight
BAY
TEX
 
6:00pm Tonight
CHAT
CITA
 
6:00pm Tonight
SMISS
WKENT
 
6:00pm Tonight
CORN
YALE
 
7:00pm Tonight
LAM
ABCHRIST
 
7:00pm Tonight
BGU
AKR
 
7:00pm Tonight
KENT
ALA
 
7:00pm Tonight
CLMB
BRO
 
7:00pm Tonight
LIB
CSOU
 
7:00pm Tonight
BUCK
COL
 
7:00pm Tonight
UVA
DUKE
 
7:00pm Tonight
NE
ELON
 
7:00pm Tonight
CHAR
FIU
 
7:00pm Tonight
ODU
FATL
 
7:00pm Tonight
SAMF
FUR
 
7:00pm Tonight
DUQ
GMAS
 
7:00pm Tonight
PENN
HARV
 
7:00pm Tonight
LBSU
HAW
 
7:00pm Tonight
BONA
LAS
 
7:00pm Tonight
NAVY
LAF
 
7:00pm Tonight
PBY
LONG
 
7:00pm Tonight
WOFF
MERC
 
7:00pm Tonight
ETST
NCCU
 
7:00pm Tonight
MCNST
NO
 
7:00pm Tonight
FLGC
NKENTUCKY
 
7:00pm Tonight
IONA
PETE
 
7:00pm Tonight
STEPH
TAMCC
 
7:00pm Tonight
UNF
USCU
 
7:30pm Tonight
GSOUT
ARKLR
 
8:00pm Tonight
UCR
CSNO
 
8:00pm Tonight
SELA
NWST
 
8:00pm Tonight
OKST
OKLA
 
8:00pm Tonight
UNT
RICE
 
8:00pm Tonight
SDU
USF
 
8:00pm Tonight
NMU
SJST
 
8:00pm Tonight
PEAY
SEMIZ
 
8:00pm Tonight
NILL
TOL
 
8:00pm Tonight
HOF
TOWS
 
8:00pm Tonight
SMU
UCF
 
8:00pm Tonight
MURST
TENNM
 
8:00pm Tonight
SDST
UTST
 
8:05pm Tonight
MIZST
SILL
 
8:15pm Tonight
TXARL
TROY
 
8:30pm Tonight
TXSOU
ALAST
 
8:30pm Tonight
TENST
JVST
 
8:30pm Tonight
WASU
STAN
 
9:00pm Tonight
GRCN
CHIST
 
9:00pm Tonight
UTEP
MTST
 
9:00pm Tonight
SUTAH
NARZ
 
9:00pm Tonight
BYU
SCU
 
9:00pm Tonight
NMST
TXPA
 
9:00pm Tonight
NCOL
WEBER
 
10:00pm Tonight
UNLV
AFA
 
10:00pm Tonight
UCD
CPSL
 
10:00pm Tonight
GONZ
MEM
 
10:00pm Tonight
CALST
SEAT
 
10:00pm Tonight
UCI
UCSB
 
10:05pm Tonight
SACST
MONT
 
10:05pm Tonight
PORST
MNTST
 
10:30pm Tonight
UCLA
COL
 
10:30pm Tonight
WLVRN
UMKC
 
Final
NJD 1
PIT 2
Final
CAR 2
STL 3
Final
COL 3
NAS 0
Final
ANA 1
CHI 4
1:00pm Today
MON
WAS
 
2:00pm Today
DET
NYI
 
3:00pm Today
OTT
ARI
 
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
CAR
 
7:00pm Tonight
WIN
DAL
 
7:00pm Tonight
NJD
FLA
 
7:00pm Tonight
BOS
LOS
 
7:00pm Tonight
PHI
TOR
 
7:30pm Tonight
TAM
CLB
 
10:00pm Tonight
CAL
EDM
 
10:30pm Tonight
SJS
CHI