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Better than originally thought — Brock McGinn and Teuvo Teravainen (away from Sebastian Aho)

Check out also Canes and Coffee’s Canes March Madness that will feature a series of brackets on the team’s 2018-19 season. Vote on which roster moves were most significant in building the current lineup.    Today’s Daily Cup of Joe offers a short list of Canes things that I like better now than I did initially (not in any particular order).   1) Brock McGinn When McGinn first broke into the NHL, I was skeptical that he would ever be more than a fringe NHL/AHL player. He does not possess high-end scoring type of skill, and he is a bit undersized for the rugged brand of hockey that he plays. Furthermore, in his first run of NHL hockey, McGinn mostly played on a struggling fourth line with Jay McClement that did not make anyone look good. Based on his somewhat low ceiling offensively, challenge with his style of play at the NHL level and his play on a struggling line, I just did not see a regular NHLer in McGinn. Fast forward to today, and I would readily admit that my initial assessment was wrong. McGinn’s ceiling is still likely that of a depth forward. And I think a good and deep version of the Canes ideally pushes McGinn to a regular role on the fourth line. But I think McGinn brings enough to be a good version of an NHL depth forward. Though he maybe will not score enough to play on a higher line, he does finish enough to provide good fourth line scoring. Aside from that, his every single shift motor brings consistent energy to the... read more

Canes March Madness Bracket #1: Biggest moves in building the 2018-19 lineup

In the spirit March Madness and the fun of brackets, Canes and Coffee will be running a series of mini-tournaments on the Carolina Hurricanes 2018-19 season thus far. First up is a bracket detailing the Hurricanes series of moves to build the current lineup. When one considers all of the changes that occurred starting with the end of the 2017-18 season to the current roster, the transformation is stunning. Only 10 players remain less than a full season later. The sheer volume of significant moves. The brackets include eight transactions, but that does not even include the trade of Jeff Skinner, leadership moves naming Brind’Amour coach or Williams captain, moving Sebastian Aho to center or the draft lottery win of Andrei Svechnikov. Early on, the various moves seemed to be a mixed bag, but given time and viewed under the light of the January turnaround, the series of moves looks increasingly close to perfect. Though each and every one of these moves deserves its share of credit in the current winning trajectory, just for fun this bracket takes a shot at determining which were most critical.   Please remember to click vote after each individual poll response.   Biggest roster moves -- Match up #1 Claiming Curtis McElhinney off of waivers to replace an injured Scott Darling. Lucas Wallmark and Warren Foegele making the opening day roster out of training camp. View Results  Loading ...   Biggest roster moves -- Match up #2 Pulling off a blockbuster trade at the end of the draft adding Dougie Hamilton, Micheal Ferland and prospect Adam Fox in exchange for Elias Lindholm and... read more

Carolina Hurricanes: Who’s hot-hot-hot?

Today’s Daily Cup of Joe offers a set of quick hitters on Hurricanes players who have been hot since the team started winning.   Justin Williams as captain clutch Fourteen of Justin Williams 22 goals have come in the 34 games since the start of 2019 (basically when the Hurricanes started winning). More significantly, the vast majority of Williams’ tallies have been the kind that win points in the standings. Eleven of the 14 goals have either tied the game or put the Hurricanes ahead. In addition, six of those eleven swing goals have come in the third period. So if your eye test suggests that Justin Williams has scored a number of game-deciding type of goals, the math backs it up.   Brock McGinn also surging Also in the hot category is Brock McGinn. Seven of his nine goals have come since January 1. In addition, he is a plus 14 since the start of 2019 after being minus 5 prior to that.   Petr Mrazek rising Since the beginning of February, Petr Mrazek’s save percentage is .935. In that same time frame, his record is a scintillating 9-3.   Winning with Brett Pesce on the ice After a very respectable plus 7 through December, Brett Pesce is a whopping plus 21 in the 34 games since the start of January. That makes for a goal differential with Brett Pesce on the ice of 0.62 goals per game. In a sport where games are regularly decided by one or two goals, that is a significant margin. What’s more, Pesce is doing this during a stretch where Brind’Amour increasingly... read more

Gm72 Vs. Pit: Canes continue playoff push with thrilling shootout win over Pens

At one point, the story was that the Hurricanes caught the Penguins at home with Evgeni Malkin out of the lineup and Kris Letang playing in his first game after a long layoff. At one point, the story could also have been that the Hurricanes whose strength has been aggressive play suddenly became too cautious early and late in the game under the pressure of a big game. At one point, the story was how the Hurricanes inability to get to the paint and capitalize on a night when the opposing goalie spit out an endless number of rebounds. And at another point, the story was that the Hurricanes squandered more than two minutes of power play ice time in overtime on the way to giving up a point. But this is not the Hurricanes of years past that too often seemed to let opportunities slip away. Instead, the 2018-19 Carolina Hurricanes are writing their own stories that more often than not end with “…and the Canes found a way to win.” And on this night, the Hurricanes again wrote their own story. Petr Mrazek again dazzled late. The captain Justin Williams scored yet another huge third period goal. Brett Pesce had another huge game defensively. Dougie Hamilton stepped into the spotlight and scored the lone goal in the shootout. …AND THE CANES FOUND A WAY TO WIN! And with that win, the team moved two points closer to returning to the playoffs for the first time in a decade.   Game recap In yet another round of “the biggest game of the year”, the Hurricanes faced off against... read more

Carolina Hurricanes 2019-20 salary cap basics

With another huge game with playoff implications on tap, the game preview is up early for the Canes versus the Pens at PNC Arena on Tuesday night. Today’s Daily Cup of Joe diverts a bit from the here and now and offers an early look at the team’s salary cap situation for 2019-20.   Background The Hurricanes currently rank 31st in the NHL in salary. And with a few moves that seem budget-focused since Tom Dundon bought the team, some have questioned the team’s appetite for spending to build a winner. No doubt, the team could have spent more this season or possibly added at the trade deadline. But some might argue that the time has not been right yet, but that soon the team should consider bumping up spending to fill out the lineup.   Built in salary increase is on the way But here is the thing — The Hurricanes salary spending is scheduled to rise significantly for the 2019-20 without the need for Tom Dundon to make a conscious decision to do so.   Forwards The Hurricanes have five forwards already locked in for 2019-20 at the same price as 2018-19 — Jordan Staal, Nino Niederreiter, Andrei Svechnikov, Warren Foegele and Lucas Wallmark. (5 players — $0 increase) The Hurricanes also have two forwards locked into new contracts at a higher price — Teuvo Tervainen, Jordan Martinook. (2 players — $2.7 million increase) The biggest increase will be Sebastian Aho. He is making only $925,000 on his entry-level contract. If he can finish strong, I think he could play his way into a $10 million contract... read more

‘What I’m watching’ — Gm72 Vs. Pit: Canes battle Pens for 3rd place in the Metro

Technically, the Hurricanes cannot overtake the Penguins for third place in the Metropolitan Division, but with a win the Canes will be down only a single point to the Penguins but have two games in hand. That would put the Hurricanes in the driver’s seat for winning that third playoff slot. Bigger picture, the Hurricanes are now up four points on the Canadiens with one game in hand for at least earning a playoff berth. In that vein, every two points puts even more pressure on the Canadiens who are already fading. Needless to say, Tuesday’s game at PNC Arena is a HUGE one. The Penguins recently found a rhythm, won six out of seven and climbed at least slightly above the wild card fray. But the Penguins have since lost two straight (second loss in overtime) and are now without Evgeni Malkin. Kris Letang who has been out since late February has been practicing with the team but did not play in Sunday’s game against the Flyers. Were he to return to the Penguins lineup on Tuesday, it would be a boost for their blue line. On the Hurricanes front, the team has been in ‘just find a way’ mode of late. Saturday’s 4-2 win over the Sabres did the necessary work but was a ‘meh’ quality effort. The Hurricanes have been plagued by slow starts in a few other games and paid the price for it but continue to be in the winning column more often than not. Timing would be nice for the Hurricanes to start faster and put together a full 60 minutes in a... read more

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