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George Floyd, the Canes and Coffee COVID-19 hiatus and a re-kick off of Canes coverage

George Floyd and a vote against racism in any form From its very beginning, Canes and Coffee has with incredible consistency been solely focused on Carolina Hurricanes hockey. Both the site and the Twitter handle have stayed the course of being a reprieve from the problems and contentious issues in our world. I challenge any of the long-time readers to count more than a handful of digressions into social issues, politics or anything else that was not related to Canes hockey. In general, that will not change. Social, political and other world topics will not become a regular entry here. That is not because those issues are not important but rather because that is not what this site is for. But with my wife out of town and my kids mostly occupied with their own stuff, I spent a significant part of my weekend thinking about the George Floyd murder and the resulting chaos that has unfolded over the weekend across our country. Though it is off-topic for this site, I feel personally compelled to say something because I feel like we all have a role to play in building a better world. Per my comments below, increasingly not saying anything actually says something too. In very simple terms, racism in any form is wrong. Though it is not pleasant to consider, the volume and effects of racism are much more significant than those of us who are white and privileged care to recognize especially if we do not wish to spend time being troubled with something that does not too often affect us directly. If there has been... read more

Dreaming of max Hurricanes

With the 2019-20 season hanging in doubt, the season could potentially become a missed opportunity for older teams whose potential to hoist the Cup will decrease in the coming years. But the Carolina Hurricanes are very much a team whose future chances will likely be better than the team’s chance in 2019-20. For that to become true requires the Hurricanes to improve from being a team battling at the edge of the playoff cut line to being a team in the next tier. Today’s Daily Cup of Joe speculates on what it takes mostly from the current roster for the Hurricanes to rise into the top tier of teams in the NHL that are expected to compete for the Stanley Cup.   On defense A tiny bit more offensively is always welcome, but for defensive anchors Brett Pesce and Jaccob Slavin, I think they really just need to keep doing what they have been which is be stalwart defenders and the leaders for two capable defense pairings. I question whether Dougie Hamilton’s scoring pace from 2019-20 is sustainable, but I think simpler for Hamilton is just repeating the basics of what he did in 2019-20. He boosted the offensive from the bak line at even strength, on the power play and as a bonus in overtime, and equally importantly his lapses defensively were minimal such that he was a bona fide top 4 defenseman defensively while being elite offensively. Exact goal and point totals for Hamilton are not as important as just being a difference-maker offensively and defensively. Hamilton is only signed through the 2020-21 season, so being part... read more

Carolina Hurricanes sign forward David Cotton + update on upcoming prospect decisions

Today the Carolina Hurricanes announced that they had signed 2015 six-round draft pick David Cotton to a two-year entry-level contract. The team also signed his brother Jason Cotton who is an undrafted free agent graduating from Sacred Heart University.   On David Cotton David Cotton is an interesting prospect. As a sixth-round pick, he is the type that is a long shot to make the NHL when drafted, but he has made steady progress over the course of his college career. He possesses the size and skating ability to have a chance at the NHL level and has developed a decent power forward scoring tool bag over the four years since being drafted. He also developed as a leader being the captain of his Boston College team as a senior in 2019-20 and also one of two veteran leaders (along with Matt Filipe) for the most recent Carolina Hurricanes prospect camp. My big question with him is how he will look against NHL preseason competition and then at the AHL level. As an NCAA player, he has not been able to participate in the prospect tourneys or preseason action, so the only reference points for him are against prospect camp and NCAA competition. He looked very good at the most recent prospect camp, but playing against mostly 18-20-year olds most of whom will not see the NHL is not a great reference point for a player drafted four years ago. But in giving credit where it is due, Cotton did stand out in that group and had a strong senior season with 39 points in 32 games. He figures... read more

Greatest sources of upside going forward

Today’s Daily Cup of Joe has a similar theme as my Daily Cup of Joe from Tuesday that looked at the 2020-21 Canes roster from a high level.  Today’s Daily Cup of Joe makes a short list of players who offer the most upside (and potential risk as the flip side) looking forward into the 2020-21 season.   In goal Alex Nedeljkovic (if he sticks at the NHL level as I expect for the 2020-21 season) If the Hurricanes make room for Alex Nedeljkovic at the NHL level for the 2020-21 season as I expect, he represents both significant upside and risk at the same time. Recent times in the NHL have seen many rookie or young goalies be given an opportunity, seize it and boost an entire team. Jordan Binnington is top of the list, but in addition Elvis Merzlikins has capitalized on Sergei Bobrovsky’s departure in Columbus, Carter Hart has burst onto the scene in Philadelphia, Tristan Jarry has risen up in Pittsburgh, Pavel Francouz has challenged in Colorado, Ilya Samsonov has done the same in Washington and Igor Shesterikin has accelerated the transition to the next generation. At least 25 percent of the NHL had goalies who were not even in the mix two years ago lead the way. So with Nedeljkovic, the upside is the potential that he is part of a revolution in the crease which increasingly seems to be a young man’s position. The downside is that the Canes clear space for him only to learn that he is not ready. In today’s NHL, a #2 goalie is generally expected to shoulder about one-third... read more

An early look at building the 2020-21 Carolina Hurricanes

Today’s Daily Cup of Joe takes an early look at building the 2020-21 Carolina Hurricanes. To be clear this is not commentary on the likelihood of the 2019-20 season resuming. It is just an interesting topic for discussion in my opinion.   The budget Before the world changed, estimates were that the NHL salary cap would increase significantly by $4 to $7 million. Increasingly, a flat salary cap seems more likely with most, if not all, of 18 percent of the regular season lost and likely the playoffs to be abbreviated if they occur at all. As noted in my Daily Cup of Joe yesterday that looked at impacts from the suspended 2019-20 season, the Hurricanes are actually positioned well for this and could actually benefit from it. The Hurricanes will net some salary cap relief from clearing Patrick Marleau’s salary and the small portion of Justin Faulk’s that was retained. Those two contracts clear almost $7 million without the need to replace a player. And the vast majority of the team’s top players are already under contract. From the current roster, the Canes have only Warren Foegele to re-sign and Justin Williams to re-sign or replace. On defense, the Hurricanes already have five defensemen under contract for the 2020-21 season with the need to re-sign Haydn Fleury who is a restricted free agent. Only Joel Edmundson and Trevor van Riemsdyk are unrestricted free agents. When one nets it out, the Hurricanes will not need much of the $7 million freed up to maintain the status quo. Most of it should be available to either add players outright or... read more

Checking In with Brandon Stanley: Welp (February/early March update)

The roller coaster of a year continues. Last time out I spoke of a wild ride that had skyrocketed heading down the stretch. The Checkers were playing at an extremely high level, showcasing their depth, flexing their muscle as one of the best teams in the AHL. Then, well, we all know what happened: NHL Trade Deadline Day. Gone are Kuokkanen, Gauthier, Priskie, and Luostarinen, plus veteran defenseman Fredrik Claesson. Geekie was called up (and made a huge splash, eh? Love the kid, but didn’t see this coming). Both goalies spent time in Raleigh, though Ned is now back. And now, I’m looking around the roster, and on many occasions asking… who? This is a business, and competing for a Calder Cup is a long way from Waddell and co.’s mind when trying to maneuver to bring a Stanley Cup back to Raleigh. I think the team has successfully put itself in better position moving forward, as Skjei is going to fit in nicely on an already-deep blue line with his grit and skating ability, Trocheck is a good middle-six center that fits the Canes’ system and is a rock-solid placeholder for when (if?) Necas moves to the middle, and Vatanen is going to add a much-needed offensive dynamic from the back end when (… if?) he finally gets on the ice, while also providing a balancing effect as a right-hand shot. But we aren’t here to talk about the big club; I guess, maybe, this has just been my way of avoiding talking about the losses of my large adult children. It stings a bit to watch so... read more

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