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Finding complementary help for Jeff Skinner, Sebastian Aho and Justin Faulk

With the Hurricanes’ offense and scoring seized up right now at an incredibly inopportune time, I have been thinking big picture about what the Hurricanes’ lack at the forward position. First, I think it is important to recognize that things are not quite as bad as they seem right now. Even with his recent slump, Skinner’s scoring pace is still better than last season’s. Sebastian Aho has transitioned quickly to the NHL and should only improve. Elias Lindholm is not scoring a ton, but he has taken a step forward as this season has wore on. But amid the positives, the Hurricanes are still short by a 1-2 top 9 forwards, and as I wrote when I detailed forward situation on February 9, the Hurricanes are really seeking 1-2 higher-end forwards not #7 or #8 types who could complement a few elite players. On the blue line, the Hurricanes desperately need to find a way to solidify the second pairing which at least for 2017-18 could actually require Francis to add short-term help on the blue line despite the volume of players in the system at that position. Since it is so hard to obtain legitimate top 6 scoring forwards without paying a king’s ransom, there is some amount of opportunistically considering anyone who can be had for a reasonable price even if not perfect. But for today’s Daily Cup of Joe, I am going to come at it instead from the angle of identifying specific types of players that I think could be round out the Hurricanes’ lineup and complement the players who are already there.   For Jeff... read more

Monday Carolina Hurricanes playoff chase update: The beginning of the end?

With an 0-2 mark before the bye week followed by an 0-1-1 mark after the bye week, we are treacherously close to seeing the playoff chase update converted to a NHL draft positioning check in. My thoughts on the playoff chances are pretty similar to early voting in the Monday Coffee Shop that is split between ‘it’s over’ and ‘it’s maybe not over but the chance is really slim.’ Hopefully just saying the word ‘playoffs’ will not trigger another round of fiery venom from the Canes and Coffee community (hides behind computer screen :-)).   The standings Before Monday’s action, chase for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference stacked up like this as measured in games above .500 (with last week’s standings in parentheses): Note 1 of Boston, Florida and Toronto would claim the third Atlantic Division playoff berth and the other 2 would compete for the final wild card slot. Bruins +7 (+6) Panthers +7 (+4) Maple Leafs +7 (+7) Islanders +6 (+6) Flyers +4 (+5 ) Lightning +2  (+1) Sabres +2 (0) Devils +1 (+1) Hurricanes +1 (+2) Red Wings (-1) (-2) The Hurricanes basically fell 2 points for the second consecutive week. If you adjust for games played, the gap has increased to 6 points.   The competition It seems to change every week, but I think Florida is the team to watch right now. The trendy pick at the start of the season is finally healthy and seems to be rounding into form for the stretch run. Subject to change again next week, the Panthers seem most likely to seize the third playoff spot... read more

READER ARTICLE: Eastern Winds-Canes on the other side of the world by @IronCaniac

Our short series of articles submitted during the bye week continues today with an interesting look at hockey far, far away in a market significantly more untraditional than the southern United States. ———————————- Submitted by @IronCaniac I’m an attorney living in the Washington, DC area.  I first started following the Canes just before the start of the 2002 playoffs after my parents won tickets to a game at a work party raffle.  My family and I have been Caniacs ever since.  The Canes inspired me to learn to skate and play hockey, which culminated in winning a league championship with my university club team a few years ago. ——————————– Recently, I took a vacation to Beijing, China, the home of the Kontinental Hockey League’s newest expansion team, the Kunlun Red Star.  I wanted to attend a game because, as a fan of an NHL team in a nontraditional hockey market, I have a soft spot in my heart for efforts to grow the game in new places.  Also, as it turns out, the Beijing KHL team has some connections to the Carolina Hurricanes. Ex-Canes in the “K” Serendipitously, two former Canes—Brett Bellemore and Alexei Ponikarovsky—are on the inaugural Kunlun roster.  After departing the Canes as a free agent during the 2015 offseason, Bellemore signed with the Red Star when he later was not able to crack the NHL lineup in the Rangers’ and Bruins’ systems.  He’s been interviewed as saying that the chance to travel factored into his decision since he’s never left North America prior to joining the team.  Ponikarovsky has been in the KHL a bit longer,... read more

Monday Coffee Shop – Grumbling, venting and finding silver linings for March

After the Hurricanes’ second consecutive 0-2 week (though this week was technically 0-1-1), the Monday Coffee Shop will take its chances and open on its normal schedule recognizing that the patrons might be a bit grumpy and needing to vent. Let’s be careful be respectful of the fact that hockey players and management are people, and let’s remember that all of us in here are part of the same hockey community. 🙂   Polls Remember to click ‘vote’ after each poll vote.   Is the Carolina Hurricanes' 2016-17 season officially over in terms of making the playoffs? Yes. 100% over; time to move on. Not quite, but it is close. Playoffs are maybe a 5% chance. Not at all. Stop overreacting. A full one-third of the season remains, and the team is a winning streak away from being right back in it. Other View Results  Loading ...   Which of the following unrestricted free agents will be gone by the trade deadline? (Select as many as you wish.) Ron Hainsey Jay McClement Derek Ryan Viktor Stalberg Matt Tennyson View Results  Loading ...   Aside from the unrestricted free agents, what other deals will Ron Francis make at the trade deadline? A change of scenery swap that sees Ryan Murphy depart in return for a similar age, unproven prospect. A surprise departure by a key member of the current core. A key addition with a contract past 2016-17 to start building for next year. Something involving the goalie position. None. Other (add in comments) View Results  Loading ...   Discussion questions 1) For those who just need to vent, we... read more

5 wishes if we can’t have late April hockey…

To be clear, I am not throwing in the towel on the 2016-17 season. Personally, I do okay with facing the reality of the actual odds but not completely chucking even the smallest morsel of hope until it is truly gone. But with the Hurricanes suddenly 6 points (adjusted for games played) out of a playoff spot, needing to catch multiple teams and trending in the wrong direction, here is a short wish list for if things must go the wrong direction. 1) A deep playoff run for Ron Hainsey Maybe more than anything, if the Hurricanes are not going to make the playoffs, I hope that Francis trades Ron Hainsey to a team assured of making the playoffs and with a chance to go deep and contend. For me, it is unfair that Hainsey is in his 14th NHL season and will likely pass 900 games played but has yet to see a single playoff game. There are some teams that would make it challenging, but my goal, if the Hurricanes miss the playoffs, is to root for Ron Hainsey making his first appearance in them at 36 years old (turns 36 in March). 2) A reasonable run of starts to figure out which end is up with Eddie Lack If the Hurricanes fall out of the playoff hunt, 1 of the big decisions that Ron Francis will need to make this summer is what to do in net for the 2017-18 season. Healthy again, I would like to see Lack get enough starts in the final month of the season such that Francis can see if he... read more

Gm55 Vs. Tor: Ugly 4-0 loss pushes Canes farther from playoffs and closer to trade deadline

After a sluggish 2-1 overtime loss to the lowly Avalanche, the Hurricanes tried again to emerge from the bye week. With the season wearing on the the Hurricanes slowly losing ground in the playoff chase, we are at the point where each game carries increasing urgency until the point when the urgency disappears completely. With a dismal 4-0 loss to the Maple Leafs on home ice on Sunday night, the latter feels like it is rapidly approaching. If I break the game down, the Hurricanes’ level of play was not as horrid as the score would indicate. But we are at the point where minor moral victories do absolutely nothing to lessen the frustration especially when the game is on home ice.   Recap of Hurricanes 4-0 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs The Hurricanes again struggled a bit in terms of cohesion moving the puck from stick to stick. At times, the disjointed play from Friday reappeared. But the Hurricanes played with better pace and at least attacked coming out of the gate. A combination of 2 problems reared their head early and often. First, Curtis McElhinney had a solid night in terms of making first saves. Second, the Hurricanes finishing woes continued. The Canes failed to finish on a few chances and also just could not seem to find a rebound goal on the significant volume of pucks that McElhinney left laying around after successfully fighting off first shots. The Maple Leafs mustered the kind of opportunistic offense that has been a trademark of Hurricanes losses for years. Despite the Hurricanes getting the better of it in... read more

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February 21, 2017 at 5:27pm
ICYMI...Today's DCoJ identifies complementary skill sets to partner with #Canes Skinner, Faulk & Aho=> https://t.co/os9nOooZ5i

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