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2018 NHL Draft week preview: Part 3 – Potential targets (Teams N-Z)

Pushing deeper into the week of the 2018 NHL and closer to the potentially busy weekend, yesterday’s Daily Cup of Joe identified potential trade targets from 15 of the NHL’s other 30 teams. Today’s Daily Cup of Joe continues with a similar wish list from the other 15 teams.   Nashville Predators As much as the Nashville Predators are a good team with strong depth on offense and defense, I do not see them as a likely trading partner unless Ryan Ellis or Matthias Ekholm becomes available to address the team’s need to add a top 4 defenseman.   New Jersey Devils As a division rival, the odds of the Hurricanes brokering a sizable deal with the Devils seems unlikely.   New York Islanders If the Islanders lose John Tavares to free agency, might the team consider a deeper dive into rebuilding mode? If that does occur, then perhaps either Jordan Eberle or Anders Lee could become an option for a third forward for the Aho/Teravainen combination.   New York Rangers The Rangers exercised a fairly significant sell off at the trade deadline in March. As such, it is hard to say which remaining players are on the trading block. Couple that with the fact that they are a division rival, and they are less likely to be a Hurricanes trading partner than some other teams.   Ottawa Senators Though the one year term on his contract makes it risky to add Erik Karlsson at a high price, I continue to believe that their could be merit in making Justin Faulk the primary bargaining chip to add Karlsson. The... read more

2018 NHL Draft week preview: Part 2 – Potential targets (Teams A-M)

What is different this year as compared to any other draft week lead up in Hurricanes history is the fact that the Hurricanes (at least allegedly) have a number of big names on the trading block. As such, the price level that the Hurricanes could theoretically be shopping at makes similarly big name additions at least a possibility. So whereas yesterday’s part 1 of my 2018 NHL Draft week preview did bandy around a few names but mostly focused on the Hurricanes’ side of any potential draft week deals, today’s Daily Cup of Joe looks at potential targets for the Hurricanes if they do in fact pull off a blockbuster in trading a high-end player or two.   Reiterating the needs In my article on June 11, I worked through an exercise slotting the Hurricanes forwards and then identifying needs. The short version is:   1) A goalie capable of becoming the starter As has become an annual ritual, the Hurricanes need to do something to upgrade the goalie position. Cam Ward had a strong season in a backup role and only faded a bit when pressed into the starter’s role in 2017-18, but at 33 years old, he is not a starter. And Scott Darling faltered mightily in the first year of his four-year contract. One way or another the team needs to do something at the goalie position.   2) A steady top 4 defenseman who can complement and help boost one of Justin Faulk or Noah Hanifin Another area of concern on the defensive side of the puck is building out a capable second pairing. Noah Hanifin... read more

2018 NHL Draft week preview: Part 1 – Potential wheeling and dealing

The 2018 NHL Draft is now only days away, and that of course means that trade rumors and rumblings are springing up left and right. Unlike most years, the Carolina Hurricanes rank near the top of the league in terms of discussion and rumors. All of Jeff Skinner, Justin Faulk and Noah Hanifin who are taking regular turns in the trade rumor mill would garner a significant return. Scott Darling and possibly Victor Rask could be salary cap dump type of trade candidates. And per comments from owner Tom Dundon at the beginning of the summer, anyone not named Sebastian Aho is open for trade discussion. Today’s Daily Cup of Joe offers another round of my thoughts on potential trades as a means to retool and build a playoff team for the 2018-19 season.   Who is actually available? The rumor mills would have you believe that Jeff Skinner, Justin Faulk and Noah Hanifin are actively being shopped. Oftentimes, where there is smoke there is fire on the trade front, but then there is also an element of random stuff flying around to generate attention. My thinking is that Rod Brind’Amour has the biggest say in who stays and who is at least shopped for departure. I say this for two reasons. First, Brind’Amour is tasked with righting the ship for a team that seemed to be headed in the right direction for the 2016-17 season and then careened off course in 2017-18. At the same time, there is an element of ‘this team is good enough with the right leadership’ and also an element of ‘something is structurally... read more

Canes catch up

Before the offseason kicks into full frenzy mode next week leading up to the 2018 NHL Draft weekend, today’s Daily Cup of Joe offers a short round of Canes catch up that has a collection of thoughts not yet covered (or covered in detail) in other articles.   Jeff Daniels named assistant coach Last week, the Carolina Hurricanes announced that Jeff Daniels was named as an assistant coach to fill the gap left by Rod Brind’Amour’s promotion to head coach. To be honest, I am not thrilled with the move. This is less an assessment of Daniels and more my opinion on the run of transactions filling out the management and coaching staff. I had hoped for someone with more head coaching experience, ideally at the NHL level, for Rod Brind’Amour to be able to lean on during ups and downs of a long NHL season. Instead, the Hurricanes again stayed internal and went with a coach who had a ‘meh’ run at the AHL level and is inexperienced at the NHL level. More significant to me is missing another opportunity to inject new blood into an organization that has not been successful in some time. The team has now passed on opportunities to add from outside the organization for a general manager, head coach and assistant coach.   The preseason schedule The team also announced its 2018-19 preseason schedule which you can find HERE. The schedule is somewhat similar to years past with home and away sets with the Nashville Predators, Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals. The Canes play the usual quick burst of three games on... read more

Quick hitters on many of the rookies who will compete for roster spots

Today’s Daily Cup of Joe offers a set of quick hitters on many of the Hurricanes prospects who are expected to compete for NHL roster spots in 2018-19.   Martin Necas He is a center probably more so than any other young, high ceiling player including Sebastian Aho. I think Aho also belongs at center, but he is more of an ‘either’ as a finishing-capable wing whereas I think Necas’ strengths and skill set lean more strongly toward the center position. Necas either makes the big club at that position or is better off developing in the AHL to start the season.   Warren Foegele Though his game does project to play on a checking line like Jordan Staal’s, he is unlikely to be ready for that role in October. As a forechecker he is ready, but in terms of read/react, I think he will some run time in a slightly lesser role at NHL speed.   Jake Bean I think many overestimate how close he is to being NHL-ready. He is good enough to quarterback a second power play unit at the NHL level today, and with the puck on his stick and a little room to get started, he looks ready. But playing against competition that was two notches below the NHL last summer in prospect camp and in the Traverse City tourney, he still had work to do defensively. He will make some number of offensive plays that capture attention in training camp, but the real tell on his readiness is how he looks defending.   Andrei Svechnikov (if drafted) All indications are that he should... read more

Playing dominoes to dial up the D times 3

Yesterday’s Daily Cup of Joe addressed important decisions with a significant monetary component for Jeff Skinner, Noah Hanifin and Scott Darling. Today’s Daily Cup of Joe goes a different direction with building the 2018-19 roster and looks at the potential for a single move to solidify the defense across three levels. Of the multiple Carolina Hurricanes players making the rounds in the pre-draft weekend rumor mill, Jeff Skinner seems to be getting the most air time. It makes sense. As a player who has twice topped 30 goals, he has value to teams that need to add offense. As a player who has a significant Achilles’ heel in terms of his play without the puck, he is not so perfect that it would be crazy to trade him. And as I said in yesterday’s article, because his contract is up next summer, the time to make a long-term decision and act accordingly is now. One of the teams rumored to be interested in Jeff Skinner is the Los Angeles Kings, and one of the comparable players rumored to be available is Jake Muzzin. I think a theoretical trade with Jeff Skinner and Jake Muzzin as the principal players in the deal is an interesting one to illustrate a potential domino effect.   Needs for Carolina Hurricanes’ offseason improvements 1) Goaltending — Be it from improvement of the existing netminders, the addition of a new goalie or perhaps better play in front of them, the Hurricanes goaltending proficiency must improve in 2018-19 for the playoffs to be reality. 2) The second defense pairing — Possibly related to the goaltending issues... read more

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June 22, 2018 at 7:37pm
@danvincent78 I wouldn't touch Lucic and the 5 years he has left on that ugly deal. That's a $30M albatross of a contract. Orpik would have been 1 year and done sort of like when the #Canes added Bickell with Teravainen.
June 22, 2018 at 7:35pm
Quick insight from a goalie guru on Jack LaFontaine's move from @umichhockey to @PentictonVees in BCHL. Thanks Greg for sharing your insight!
June 22, 2018 at 7:29pm
@GregBalloch Goalie question from a Carolina Hurricanes perspective...What are your quick thoughts on Jack LaFontaine being odd many out at UMich and now headed to Penticton of BCHL. Which is bigger? More ice time a plus? Or level downgrade a potential negative?
June 22, 2018 at 7:25pm
@danvincent78 That is a problem. Bigger one probably would be Caps not wanting him in same division.

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