Canes look to extend contract on success
A day after their Stanley Cup dreams ended for the season, the Carolina Hurricanes and their fans began looking ahead to the next season.
The team’s over-performance in the playoffs has hopes high that this is the beginning of a long run of success. To return to the postseason, the team will need to recommit to first-year head coach Rod Brind’Amour and a bunch of players working on one-year deals.
Adam Gold, radio host at 99.9 FM The Fan, said he expect the core will be back, but pointed out, “Even if you bring back the same team, you don’t bring back the same team. There is always a difference in chemistry and dynamics.”
The cluster of young players and a first-time head coach kept the Canes’ expenses low in 2018-19. They were $16 million under the NHL salary cap.
Gold said he believes ownership will spend more money if needed, with the focus is on adding value. “This is not a one-year deal,” he said. “They are trying to build something that will last.”
Gold said he expects one of the veterans of the team, 37-year-old captain Justin Williams, to be back as well.
“He has not said this to me, but I would be surprised if he doesn’t play at least one more year,” Gold said. “He’s coming off a great year. He is in great shape.”
Success paid off at the box office as well. A year ago, the Canes did not make the playoffs, and they generated $500,000 in new business. After a playoff run, that total for 2019 is $3.5 million.