5 big questions for the Hurricanes

Updated: October 2, 2013, 12:31 PM ET
By Craig Custance

Carolina Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller was hired at the end of November 2011, which seems like a long time ago in the hockey world when you consider all that has happened since. Two teams have been crowned Stanley Cup champs. A lockout shut down the league for months. Tim Thomas took a season off, then came back.

Yet Muller is just now concluding his first real training camp as the coach of the Hurricanes.

"Basically, it's the first time we've had a chance to really give guys a real fair opportunity to do what they do. Put them in positions they can succeed," Muller said. "Just really assess our personnel."

Maybe he has reached conclusions about his team, but, as the Hurricanes wait to begin their season Friday against the Detroit Red Wings, more questions pop up about Carolina than answers. We examine the five biggest questions facing the Hurricanes:

1. Can they avoid more injuries?

"The biggest question is our health," Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said in a Tuesday evening phone conversation. Every team deals with injuries, but they seem to have hit the Hurricanes hard the past couple of seasons.