It's been 17 games since the Carolina Hurricanes GM Jay Williams pulled the trigger on a big goaltender trade with Los Angeles.
The Canes dealt struggling Sergei Boborovsky and All Star Forward Sidney Crosby for Brayden Schenn and Carey Price and since that trade the Canes have flourished.
"I was very hesitant to even make that trade because you only get so many opportunities to have a player like Sidney Crosby on your roster," Carolina GM Jay Williams said at a recent interview.
Carey Price has helped the Canes go 13-1-3 in his stint with the team and appears to have been that spark that was needed to turn this team around. Price's numbers have been amazing with a Save PCT of .929 and a GAA of 2.34.
Another move that seems to have helped the Canes has flown a bit under the radar is that which brought in veteran behemoth defender Zdeno Chara. Chara has posted 6 assists in 15 games but is sitting with a +/- of 15.
Chara adds that stability on the back end that obviously makes Price's job a little easier in nets and seems to have helped shut down the opposition.
Also helping the Canes along has been the All Star play of Team Captain John Tavares. Tavares currently leads the team with 53 points (21G and 32A) in 44 games. Tavares was also voted into the All Star game and will be the Hurricanes only representative at the festivities.
Will the Hurricanes be able to ride this storm into the post season? Carolina now sits in the first wild card spot in the Eastern Conference and is currently riding a win streak of 8 games.
Morale in the locker room and in the stands is at a season high and the team and the fans are hoping to put that miserable start behind them and have high hopes to finish the season strong and challenge for the Stanley Cup.