After a tremendous run of 13 games with at least a point, the Hurricanes hit a bump on Saturday and then again on Sunday. If my math is right, wins by both Toronto and Ottawa on Monday night would eliminate Carolina from playoff contention before they even took the ice for their next game on Tuesday.
There are things to watch and root for in the final 4 games, but it is also a time for starting to look forward to a 2017-18 season which has more potential than any in recent history to push the team over the hump and into the playoffs. And at Canes and Coffee, it is also time to think about (and hopefully generate a small budget for) the site’s coverage over the summer and for the 2017-18 season.
Mostly with the aim of looking forward to a bright future and less about commiserating over the 2016-17 season, here is some stuff to bandy around the coffee shop on this fine Monday.
Carolina Hurricanes Polls
Remember to click ‘vote’ after each individual poll response.
To see game recaps to refresh your memory, click on the ‘Blog’ tab at the top of the page and go to ‘The Drive Home’ where you can scroll through all of the game recaps.
Carolina Hurricanes discussion questions
1) Is anyone concerned that the late-season surge might make GM Ron Francis more content than he should be to just roll into the 2017-18 season with the same roster without any upgrades?
2) What are your thoughts on the top 4 defensemen next season? With Faulk’s strong last quarter of the season and Noah Hanifin stepping into Ron Hainsey’s slot, is this the top 4 you would run with for 2017-18? Would you consider adding a proven #4/#5 to provide veteran depth if you could get him for a reasonable price?
3) What was your favorite part, event, occurrence, etc. for the 2016-17 season?