With the phasing out of a lot of Hurricane players, that leaves room for new additions. Through promotion in the minors, unrestricted free agents and trades, Carolina has a lot of potential to either add new talent to its roster or fill the holes that are left.

The Carolina Hurricanes made their best push through the postseason since 2009 this season, though both ended in the same way: a 4-0 sweep by a team in black and yellow. It’s apparent, then, that although the Hurricanes are better than they have been in the last decade, they still need to improve.

In what has already been a remarkable year for North Carolina hockey, the Charlotte Checkers, the Hurricanes American Hockey League affiliate, put the icing on the cake, winning the first Calder Cup in franchise history.

The Carolina Hurricanes’ storybook season has come to a close. With a 4-0 loss to the Boston Bruins in game four of the Eastern Conference Final at PNC Arena Thursday, the Hurricanes were eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs in a sweep.

The Boston Bruins team are presented the Prince of Wales trophy after their win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday, May 16, 2019 in PNC Arena. The Bruins beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-0 to clench the Eastern Conference Final title.

The Carolina Hurricanes finally got to the game they wanted to play in game three of their Eastern Conference Finals series against the Boston Bruins, but it wasn’t enough to solve a red-hot goalie. With Bruins netminder Tuukka Rask stopping 35 of 36 shots he faced, Carolina lost 2-1 at PNC …

Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask looks to stop a puck during game three of the Stanley Cup Eastern Conference Final series on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 in PNC Arena. Rask stopped 35 goal attempts by the Hurricanes.The Hurricanes lost to the Bruins 2-1.