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Sunday Canes Chronicle: Playoffs edition

Since the last Sunday Canes Chronicle two weeks ago, the NHL playoffs have kicked off and even concluded already in the case of a couple first round series. For Canes fans, we have Charlotte Checkers’ playoffs and also a number of Canes prospects still active in the Canadian juniors playoffs. And for some Canes fans who are not into the AHL or prospects, they are already looking past the 2016-17 season that is over at least at the NHL level for the Hurricanes and are instead are looking forward to the summer. Today’s Sunday Canes Chronicle covers all bases with articles on Ron Hainsey in the NHL playoffs, the Checkers first round of the playoffs, Canes prospects active in the Canadian juniors playoffs and even an early look forward to the 2017 NHL draft.   Hurricanes prospects in the Canadian juniors playoffs Thus far, the Hurricanes prospects in the Canadian juniors playoffs have been on fire. Nikki Stoudt at CarolinaHurricanes.com recaps the Hurricanes prospects playoff success and offers some great video highlights. Michael Smith’s Tweetmail also at CarolinaHurricanes.com also covers the Hurricanes prospects and includes a short interview with Assistant General Manager Mike Vellucci that is worth watching. Here at Canes and Coffee Cory Fogg updated his top 10 list for Hurricanes prospects play thus far in the OHL and QMJHL playoffs. The week culminated with Steven Lorentz signing his entry-level deal on Friday. We wrote that up in some detail HERE.   2017 NHL playoffs and the playoff debut for Ron Hainsey As anticipated when he was traded to the Penguins at the trade deadline, after more than... read more

Checking In: Charlotte Checkers vs. Chicago Wolves — Splitting it up

The Checkers started out their best of five, first-round playoff series with the Chicago Wolves at home this past Thursday night (Apr. 20). The Checkers put forward a fantastic defensive effort in game one and shut out the potent Wolves offense for a 4-0 victory. Game two on Friday (Apr. 21) played out as a more intense and physical affair with the Wolves not wanting to head back to Chicago down two games to none and on the brink of elimination. The Checkers would eventually give up a go-ahead goal to the Wolves with a little more than five minutes to go in the contest, and lose the game 3-2.   Charlotte Checkers three stars Third Star: Valentin Zykov played some of  his best hockey for the Checkers in the past few weeks, and it could not have come at a better time. The big forward from St. Petersburg, Russia recorded an assist in both games and he looked outstanding playing the dirty areas of the offense. Zykov did a terrific job of using his body to box out opposing defenders from the puck in the corners of the offensive zone. That allowed him time to find open teammates out in front of the net for shots or teammates open at the point for shots through traffic. He also did a solid job of getting pucks to the net whenever he had a chance and that led to him registering five shots in game two. The Checkers need him to continue his constant physicality with the Chicago defenders in hopes of maybe wearing them down for later games in... read more

Hurricanes sign Steven Lorentz to entry-level contract

Today it was announced that the Carolina Hurricanes had signed 2015 seventh-round draft pick Steven Lorentz to a pretty standard 3-year entry-level contract. After the signing of Callum Booth awhile back and then Warren Foegele and Spencer Smallman on the same day, there had been a buzz around Steven Lorentz and whether the team would end up offering a contract. It is just my hunch, but I do not think it was ever in question. My best guess is that he had done enough in the two years since being drafted and especially in the 2016-17 season to earn a contract and that the delay was just some combination of administrative and/or negotiating the deal. Lorentz has actually been featured quite a bit on Canes and Coffee in recent weeks: Just yesterday, my timely post with 5 predictions for the Hurricanes offseason had a Lorentz signing #1. (The article includes a bit of detail as to why.) This week Cory Fogg had him ranked a close second in his top 10 list of Hurricanes prospects for Canadian juniors playoff performance thus far. Steven Lorentz’s ‘Midterms’ update on February 11 and a couple side conversations at that time are what started me on the path to figuring he had done the work to progress to the AHL level.   Steven Lorentz scouting report and development path Based on his style of play, current skill set and progression over the past two years since being drafted, Steven Lorentz projects to be a third or fourth line depth forward with size, a physical edge and enough skill and scoring ability to fill... read more

Early look at 2017-18 Carolina Hurricanes financial and salary cap situation

When you pull up the Carolina Hurricanes on CapFriendly (which is my go-to site for NHL salary stuff), the team ranks dead last in the NHL for salary cap expenditures for the 2016-17 season. CapFriendly shows the Hurricanes final salary cap hit as $56.8 million which is a full $7 million below the next 2 lowest teams, and greater than $16 million below the salary cap maximum. Outsiders or people who are not aware of the Hurricanes financial situation might thing improvement is just a matter of spending the remaining $16 million and improving a team that was reasonably close to the playoffs in 2016-17. But that is not the reality of the situation. In addition to being last in salary (expenses), the team was also last in attendance (revenue). The team has an interesting chicken and egg situation where it needs a better team to fill the arena and at the same time needs a full arena to justify spending on the players needed to improve. Fortunately for Ron Francis and the Carolina Hurricanes, it is possible to improve and even push into the playoffs while still spending significantly below the salary cap ceiling and adhering to an internal budget. This is possible because of 2 things. First, the Hurricanes are almost completely devoid of bad contracts that inflate salary cap expenditures without a comparable increase in a team’s level of play. Second, with a number of top half of the roster players (Slavin, Pesce, Aho, Lindholm, Teravainen, and possibly Hanifin) still on either entry-level or second contracts, their role and value is significantly higher than their $1... read more

Checking In: Charlotte Checkers vs. Chicago Wolves playoff series preview (part 2)

If you missed it last night, part 1 of my preview for the Charlotte Checkers vs. Chicago Wolves playoff series provided an update on the Checkers playoff push and the team’s key players. Part 2 will dive into the match up versus the Chicago Wolves.   Charlotte Checkers vs. Chicago Wolves regular season results The Checkers had a rough time against the Wolves during the regular season. They went a below average 2-5-1 vs. the Central Division’s top team, and they allowed Chicago to average 3.75 goals per game during the regular season series. Conversely, the Checkers only averaged 2.5 goals per game and had a hard time stopping the Wolves stars Wade Megan and Kenny Agostino. Both Megan and Agostino finished top five on the AHL scoring list during the regular season. Megan finished with an outstanding 11 points in 8 games vs. the Checkers, and Agostino had 10 points in 6 games against Charlotte. The Checkers lack of answers to stopping Chicago’s key players was the main story of their games during the season.   The Chicago Wolves Don’t let the name confuse you. Even though they are based in Chicago the Wolves are the AHL affiliate of the NHL’s St. Louis Blues. Last season the Wolves finished with a 33-35-5 record, which was good enough for one spot below the Checkers in the Central Division. Things drastically changed this year as they improved with a 44-19-8 record and produced the AHL’s leading scorer. Kenny Agostino played 65 games during the year and he finished with a whopping 83 points, a 24-point improvement from the season prior... read more

Thursday Coffee Shop – The future is bright!

Now 11 days past the conclusion of the Carolina Hurricanes 2016-17 season, the clouds of another playoff miss have parted a bit and the sun of a bright future is shining down on Hurricanes hockey land. Last Saturday, the Charlotte Checkers squeaked into the playoffs with an overtime win. We have AHL playoff hockey in Charlotte on Thursday and Friday night! (Read part 1 of Jordan Futrell’s Charlotte Checkers vs. Chicago Wolves playoff series HERE.) At the same time, a number of Hurricanes prospects in Canadian juniors are thriving. (Read Cory Fogg’s update on that HERE.) Please also excuse us for making another plea for everyone to take a short survey to hep us prepare the 2017-18 season and also consider making a modest financial contribution to help provide a small budget for summer additions.   Carolina Hurricanes polls Please remember to click ‘vote’ after each poll question. How will you be taking in the Charlotte Checkers home playoff games on Thursday and/or Friday? I will be listening to the radio broadcast available for free on the Checkers website. (34%, 13 Votes) I will just check in when its over. (32%, 12 Votes) I will follow along on Twitter. (21%, 8 Votes) I don't do Checkers hockey, so it doesn't matter to me. (8%, 3 Votes) I will be hooting and hollering inside Bojangles' Coliseum. (5%, 2 Votes) I have the AHL TV package and/or will do 1-time pay per view and watch on TV. (5%, 2 Votes) Other (add in comments) (0%, 0 Votes) Total Voters: 38  Loading ...   Who leads the Checkers in the playoffs? (Select... read more

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