Hurricanes Open 2008 Season Tonight


Matt Cullen is back in the Carolina
Hurricanes' dressing room, and he's hoping to relive the scene he
enjoyed the last time he was there -- the 2006 Stanley Cup
The Hurricanes hope Cullen, the third-line center who was a key
member of the 2005-2006 team that won the Cup, will fill a critical
vacancy and help them return to the NHL's upper echelon. That bid
starts tonight as the Hurricanes host the Montreal Canadiens.
After Cullen signed a free-agent deal last year with the New
York Rangers, Carolina spent the entire season trying to find an
adequate replacement.
In part, because of that gap, the Hurricanes became just the
third team in the modern era to slip from Cup champions to playoff