2013-14 In-Season Canes News, Updates and Talk in Hurricanes Talk Posted October 20, 2013 · Report reply winger thats a good discussion as long as it doesn't turn into a lets bash Joni debate. Our defense does seem to be more responsible and playing well together. We are still giving up a lot of SOG. Murphy has shown he can bring the offensive side when needed and our D always seems to be looking at moving the puck forward. Overall I like the look of this defense more then in the last few seasons. Before pinning it all on Joni we also replaced Corvo and McBain. My feeling is Joni would have had a difficult time fitting into this defensive scheme but last season pre-injury Joni looked better then I had ever seen him. Overall I like our defense. Nice post OBXer. On the shots against, things are moving in the right direction, the Canes currently rank 17th in the league, versus 25th & 27th in the previous two seasons.Ah, the great Joni debate! Your point to not overlook the supporting cast changes is key. All of them, from a defensive play side, seem to be improvements so far. From a play style standpoint, I think Murphy had been tagged when a prospect as a Joni successor and he seems to have that flair on the o-side. Positionally the d-unit are playing sound--a lot less random puck chasing and a lot more effort to keep themselves between the puck and the goal.