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Will The Carolina Hurricanes Shake Things Up After Another Disappointing Post-Season?

The Carolina Hurricanes set franchise records this season but still came up short. The team's front office could shake things up after they failed to advance beyond the second round for the third straight season.
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The Carolina Hurricanes set franchise records with 54 wins and 116 points to this season third in the overall standings. However, the front office could shake things up after they failed to advance beyond the second round of the playoffs for the third straight season.

ESPN.com's Greg Wyshynski believes the Hurricanes' championship window remains wide open. Key players Sebastian Aho and Andrei Svechnikov and rising star Seth Jarvis are 24-or-younger. Their defense core remains in its prime and they have one of the league's top coaches in Rod Brind'Amour.

Wyshynski observes they have some notable free agents to consider. Forwards Nino Niederreiter and Vincent Trocheck are eligible to become unrestricted free agents in July. Restricted free agents include forward Martin Necas and defenseman Tony DeAngelo.

Luck DeCock of the Raleigh News & Observer struck a pessimistic tone about the play of the Hurricanes' young forwards, saying they failed to deliver when it mattered most. Aho scored twice and had three points in the first two games against the Rangers but was held to just three assists after that. Necas had just two assists throughout the series and Svechnikov just one goal.

That doesn't mean the Hurricanes intend to move Aho and Svechnikov. However, DeCock suggests cutting bait with Necas and letting Trocheck depart as a free agent. He admits figuring out what to do with Niederreiter and DeAngelo could be trickier decisions.

Perhaps Necas can be used as a trade chip to bolster their offense. The Athletic's Sara Civian pointed out Brind'Amour saying his club lacked elite goal scorers during his post-series press conference. With leading scorer Aho sitting 30th overall among the league's points leaders, she suggested exploring the market for a scoring forward.

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