RALEIGH, NC - MARCH 7: Eric Staal #12 of the Carolina Hurricanes is greeted by excited hockey fans as he makes his way to the ice prior to an NHL game against the Montreal Canadiens on March 7, 2013 at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Phil Ellsworth/NHLI via Getty Images)
They said, 'You're going to love the city. It's smaller than Philadelphia, but you're going to love it. You're going to love the fans. Just watching the playoffs last year, the fans seemed louder there than they did anywhere. I'm really excited about that.
— Forward Scott Hartnell on his upcoming season with the Columbus Blue Jackets