The last decade of the 2010s is now within the rearview mirror, which makes it time to mirror on among the gamers who’ve not too long ago come and gone by means of the Carolina Hurricanes group. Aside from the 2018-19 season, the 2010s weren’t notably memorable, however there have been loads of gamers who made a optimistic influence throughout their time in Carolina.
As a substitute of big-name gamers like Eric Staal, Jeff Skinner and Justin Faulk, who’re all nonetheless related, this listing will embody among the guys whose names it’s possible you’ll not have heard in a number of years.
Jussi Jokinen was well-known for taking part in for 9 completely different groups in his 13-year NHL profession, however he additionally had a fame for being a shootout savant, and was on the high of the NHL report books in its first few years along with his typically dazzling strikes.
Solely eight gamers have suited up for extra groups than Jokinen did, however the perfect season of his profession was with the Hurricanes, with whom he spent essentially the most time. He tallied a career-high 30 objectives and 65 factors with the ‘Canes in 2009-10, his second of 5 seasons with the membership.
After the 2017-18 season, through which he was traded 4 occasions, Jokinen left to play in Europe, and has continued his profession in his dwelling nation with Karpat of the Finnish Elite League. The 38-year-old winger remains to be a gentle contributor who brings a wealth of expertise to Karpat’s kids – one in all whom consists of 19-year-old ahead Tuukka Tieksola, a 2019 Hurricanes draft pick.
Alexander Semin had an fascinating story arc in his NHL profession, one in all a harmful marksman who exploded onto the scene in 2006-07 with the Washington Capitals however fizzled beneath criticisms of his effort close to the top of his NHL profession. Semin spent seven seasons with the Capitals, having fun with three seasons of 70-plus factors – together with 40 objectives in 2009-10 – typically taking part in on a lethal line with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom.
The Hurricanes signed him as a free agent to a one-year contract in July 2012, and he produced at a point-per-game tempo within the lockout-shortened season. After simply 30 video games in a Carolina jersey, the Hurricanes signed him to a prolonged five-year extension. For the primary time in his profession, Semin had a long-term contract, and it didn’t take lengthy for unhealthy habits to kind. In his third season with the Hurricanes, he tallied simply six objectives in 57 video games, and his contract was purchased out.
After a short stint with the Montreal Canadiens in 2015-16, Semin once more had his contract terminated after he tallied one objective and three assists in 15 video games. He made the choice to return dwelling to Russia the place he nonetheless performs within the KHL. Up to now three seasons with Podolsk Vityaz, the 37-year-old winger has collected 98 factors in 144 video games. The Hurricanes have felt the lingering results of the Semin buyout, nonetheless. His $2.33-million cap penalty has punished the Hurricanes by means of the years, however it can lastly come off the books subsequent season.
A Thirteenth-overall choose of the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2006, Jiri Tlusty spent a lot of his profession making an attempt to solidify his place within the NHL as he battled by means of quite a few accidents. He loved a breakout season taking part in alongside Semin and Eric Staal within the shortened 2012-13 season with the Hurricanes, scoring 23 objectives and 38 factors in 48 video games. Their line was one of many few vivid spots in an in any other case depressing season – Carolina completed with its second-lowest factors share of the previous 16 seasons.
Tlusty signed with the New Jersey Devils within the 2015 offseason, however accidents restricted him to 4 factors in 30 video games. Even when he transferred to the Karpat in Finland, he continued to be held again by well being points – most notably wrist issues – and was launched after 14 video games within the 2016-17 season.
On June 7, 2018, Tlusty introduced his retirement from skilled hockey on the age of 30. He ended his profession with 89 objectives and 88 assists in 446 video games. He has since stayed out of the highlight, however according to his Instagram page, he not too long ago turned a father to a brand new child woman.
Recognized for being one of many league’s extra interesting Twitter personalities, goaltender Eddie Lack lent his providers to the Hurricanes for 2 seasons from 2015 to 2017, showing in 53 video games as a backup behind Cam Ward. He posted a mixed report of 20-21-9 with the ‘Canes earlier than being shipped off to the Calgary Flames after Carolina penned free agent goalie Scott Darling to a four-year contract.
Since being dispatched from the Hurricanes two years in the past, Lack solely appeared in eight extra NHL video games, as he handled a number of accidents, most notably concussions and a persistent hip drawback.
In August of 2019, the 31-year-old Lack introduced he’d be taking a break from hockey to proceed his rehabilitation. Throughout that point, he turned a goalie coach at Arizona State College. Finally, in March of 2020, Lack announced his retirement after an NHL profession spanning 144 video games.
Darling signed with the Hurricanes in Could 2017, after then-general supervisor Ron Francis acquired him from the Chicago Blackhawks. He was coming off a robust 18-5-5 season, sporting a .924 save share (SV%) and a couple of.38 goals-against common (GAA). Sadly, that success didn’t translate to his first season with the Hurricanes, as he stumbled to a 13-21-7 report, posting a .888 SV% and three.18 GAA.
On Feb. 10, 2019, Darling took a depart of absence from the workforce as he dealt with personal struggles. Carolina finally traded him to the Florida Panthers in June 2019, the place the Panthers purchased out the rest of his $16.6-million contract. Darling performed a 12 months abroad in Austria the next 12 months, earlier than returning to North American hockey in 2021. He signed an expert tryout contract (PTO) with the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs, however was launched after one sport. He’s presently a free agent.
Patrick Dwyer is the longest tenured Hurricane on this listing – with 416 video games over seven seasons from 2008 to 2015, he is likely one of the extra recognizable ‘Canes of the last decade, regardless of his minor function with the workforce. As a bottom-six winger, Dwyer wasn’t a huge effect participant, however performed his half nicely and made a house with the Hurricanes.
Following his departure from the NHL in 2015, he suited up for MODO of the SHL, the Charlotte Checkers within the AHL, in addition to skilled groups in Denmark and the UK. He retired in the summertime of 2019 and took a job as an assistant coach for the Checkers, and now, the Chicago Wolves, the place he lends his data creating the Hurricanes’ future stars.
One of many first stuff you discover watching Nathan Gerbe is his 5-foot-4 body, however his pace, grit and nifty fingers makes him tough to defend.
Now 33 years previous, Gerbe has performed many of the previous 4 seasons with the Cleveland Monsters, the AHL affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets, serving as captain in 2018-19. Within the 2020-21 season, he spent about half the season in Cleveland, and the opposite half taking part in again with the large boys in Columbus.
Gerbe has had a decent profession, scoring 58 objectives and 138 assists in 396 NHL video games. He performed three seasons with the Hurricanes from 2013 to 2016 after he was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres group in 2005.
Matt Cosman is a Sheridan School print journalism graduate from Oakville, Ontario. I’ve been with THW since 2019 masking the Carolina Hurricanes, one in all my favourite childhood groups. After I’m not in my hockey bubble you possibly can most likely catch me jamming out on the piano or shedding cash on the poker tables.