With the Carolina Hurricanes falling 4-2 in Boston today, they wrapped up a season full of impressive wins and even more disappointing losses. They started out terrible, rebounded some by spring, but ended up falling just short of the playoffs by just three or four wins.
The 2009-2010 campaign for the Hurricanes also included a captaincy change, a youth movement, a nomination for the 2011 NHL All-Star Game, and 82 unpredictable, rollercoaster games.
Carolina ended up finishing the year 35-37-10, with 80 points in 82 games played. However, that's not too bad for a team that had 20 points in their first 32 games on Dec. 12th in a terrible 10-week stretch to begin the season that also included a franchise record-tying 14-game losing streak. They actually managed to finish with 60 points in their last 50 games and a 25-14-3 record since New Year's Day.
However, the Hurricanes' season went deeper than just the surface statistics: for each individual player, it was a season unique on its own. There were breakout stars, disappointing, injury-laden seasons, emerging rookies, and under-performing keystones. Each 'Cane has a different story for the 2009-2010 NHL season...and here we are to give out the 20 hand-picked, seasonal awards for the Carolina Hurricanes, whether each medal be honor...or not.