- E.J. Hradek, Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
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Summer Skate -- Carolina Hurricanes
It may not seem like only two seasons ago that this team was competing with the Pittsburgh Penguins for the right to qualify for the 2009 Stanley Cup finals, but that is indeed the case. The Hurricanes have decided to rebuild their club, transforming from an expensive veteran unit to a cheaper, young blend of players. Unlike most rebuilding teams, the Canes won't be tasked with finding a franchise center and netminder since they have Eric Staal and Cam Ward to build around. Unfortunately for fans in North Carolina, hockey is a team game and this team just does not have the depth to compete with the big boys in the Eastern Conference in 2010-11.
The Canes have two franchise players in Cam Ward and Eric Staal, but will these players suffer without any talent surrounding them?