The New Defense: Part One
Hurricanes General Manager Jim Rutherford spent most of the offseason retooling the team’s defense. While the goal of getting younger accomplished itself when Glen Wesley (39) retired and Bret Hedican (38) departed soon after the season ended, adding some mobility and offensive skill was still an issue.
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Through those two trades, the Canes went from having no defensemen with that skill set to having two can cause as much havoc on the offensive end as they prevent in their own.
To demonstrate that change in dynamic, consider that Corvo’s 21 points as a Cane were just one less than the Hurricanes’ next most prolific scorer from the blue line, Frantisek Kaberle. Corvo played only 23 games with
“Our transition game will be much stronger,” said
Corvo ended up with a career high 48 points with
While such things won’t be made certain until training camp is well underway, Corvo and Pitkanen, along with Matt Cullen (36 assists in 59 games), should cause other teams plenty of trouble while running the point on the power play.
”We’ve got Pitkanen and Corvo ahead of him on the power play, but if he’s playing well there’s no reason he couldn’t be on the second unit and do well there,” said Rutherford.
At any rate, the days of the five-forward power play seem to be over.
We'll be back starting Monday with parts 2 and 3 as well plenty more content to preview the coming season.