Joe Corvo D OTT Aug 14 '12

The Hurricanes may have had one of the busiest offseasons, but Raleigh News & Observer columnist Luke DeCock warns that their defense may still be lacking.

The 'Canes certainly improved their offense by acquiring Jordan Staal and signing Alexander Semin and Joe Corvo, yet DeCock worries that there hasn't been enough change on defense, an area where Carolina has struggled since the 2002 and 2006 teams have moved on. Corvo is underrated defensively, though he's more of a replacement for Jaroslav Spacek than the departed Bryan Allen, who provides "bulk and a physical edge that has been missing from Carolina's defense." DeCock thinks the "blue line [is] heavy on finesse and light on heaviness" and therefore it's too early to make any guarantees about this coming season.

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