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Watch points building toward the 2019 NHL Draft weekend

With the start of the 2019 NHL Draft weekend now only four days away, the trade market should be starting to heat up. Most of the deals are usually announced over the weekend, but that does not mean things are not active right now. In that vein, here are some watch points for this week.   The goalie position Most likely for the Carolina Hurricanes at the goalie position for the 2019-20 season is that the team goes with some combination of Petr Mrazek, Curtis McElhinney and Alex Nedeljkovic. But the team has not really tipped its hat to indicate that it for certain is headed in that direction. If the team is looking to go a different direction, the next week could be when it happens. On the possible trade front, probably the biggest name floating around right now is Jonathan Quick. Quick is a proven, elite goalie with a strong playoff resume. But he is also 33 years old with four more years remaining on his contract with an average actual cost of $4 million and a yearly salary cap hit of $5.8 million. I like Quick but consider the four-year at his age to be very risky. But regardless, if the Hurricanes wish to look outside the organization for a goalie, this week could be the time.   The three second round picks Another interesting situation for this week is the three second-round picks that the Hurricanes currently own. On the one hand, it would seem reasonable to trade one or two of these picks to another team looking to move up. On the other hand,... read more

Building the 2019-20 Carolina Hurricanes – Part 3: Potential upside from the existing roster and organization

Parts 1 and 2 of “Building the 2019-20 Carolina Hurricanes” acknowledged the positive trajectory of the team currently but took sort of a devil’s advocate starting point. Today’s Part 3 looks at the more positive side of things and considers potential upside that resides within the existing roster and organization.   Change in mindset The sizable hurdle that the Carolina Hurricanes cleared to climb into the playoffs should not be underestimated. After familiar looking ups and downs with more downs in the first half of the season, the team turned the corner and never looked back. The team’s consistency was high, and each and every one of the rare letdowns was followed up immediately with a rebound win. In the NHL, I do think there is ‘learning to win’ is a legitimate thing. If that is the case, then the 2019-20 Carolina Hurricanes should have an advantage over the 2018-19 team simply because the group now knows what it takes.   Remaining upside for a youthful roster If the Hurricanes were to bring back the exact same roster for the 2019-20 season, there would still be the potential for reasonable step-wise improvement. So many of the leaders on the team are young and still growing as players. Andrei Svechnikov is the most obvious case for future upside, but there are others. Sebastian Aho is still only 21 years old and entering only his second season as a center. His 83 points in 2018-19 would be solid if they proved to be his ceiling, but I think it is possible that he still has one more gear. Warren Foegele and... read more

Organizational topics: ECHL affiliate, Mike Bales resignation and Mike Vellucci

Today’s Daily Cup of Joe addresses a short list of organizational topics.   ECHL affiliate A couple weeks ago, the Florida Everbladed announced that they would no longer be an affiliate for the Carolina Hurricanes. The team was Karmanos-owned, so the ownership changeover seemingly prompted a reevaluation of their Hurricanes relationship. I think this has the potential to be a huge positive if the Hurricanes can land an ECHL affiliate that is closer to home. The obvious candidate is the Greenville Swamp Rabbits. Adding Greenville as an ECHL affiliate could have multiple positive effects. First, at just a two hour drive to Charlotte and a four-hour drive to Raleigh, such a move could extend the team’s reach and add another satellite fan base that is within driving distance of PNC Arena for a weekend of games. The move could have significant benefit development-wise too. The two-hour distance from Charlotte to Greenville could make it possible for development coaches to spend more time with the few Canes prospects who are playing at the ECHL level. It will be interesting to see how this shakes out. Having an ECHL affiliate is not an absolute requirement. The possibility exists that the team could do without an ECHL affiliate and just loan out the couple of those players to whoever needs the help.   Mike Bales On Wednesday, the Hurricanes announced that goalie coach Mike Bales had resigned. Shortly thereafter, Elliotte Friedman from TSN suggested that Bales could be headed to Buffalo. At a minimum, the move is a curious one. Coming off a winning season with a young team, one would figure... read more

Carolina Hurricanes tough decisions and early thoughts

Today’s Daily Cup of Joe takes a break from the more formal series building the 2019-20 Carolina Hurricanes roster but stays mostly on the same topic identifying some difficult choices and offering early reactions.   Justin Faulk His current contract is up after the 2019-20 season which puts him in a similar position to where Jeff Skinner was last summer. Ideally, the time is now to either re-sign Faulk or instead try to net a return for him probably in the form of a scoring forward. Faulk made a good case for staying longer-term with a much-improved 2018-19 season, but that might only have boosted his trade value and his asking price for his next contract. Early thoughts: While I do think there is a legitimate case for re-signing Faulk and maintaining the blue line depth, my leaning is to sell high on Faulk. He will be 28 years old when his next contract starts and would push to 32 years old even if he settled for a relatively short four-year deal. That is not ancient by NHL standards, but as a player who in my opinion has straddled the mobility line already, I just think the risk is higher than the reward if his next contract clocks in higher than his current $5.9 million yearly salary.   Micheal Ferland All seems to be quiet on the western front with regard to Micheal Ferland which suggests he will test free agency. The burning question for me with Ferland is what the salary and term are. I would not be willing to pony up Tom Wilson type money, and I... read more

Checking In with Brandon Stanley: Checkers’ player assessments — Julien Gauthier, Morgan Geekie, Janne Kuokkanen

Only a couple days removed from the Charlotte Checkers being crowned the Calder Cup Champions, timing is perfect for another look down to Charlotte to assess the promising group of young players who could factor into the Carolina Hurricanes lineup sooner rather than later. Part 1 last week looked at Jake Bean, Clark Bishop and Trevor Carrick.   Checking In with Brandon Stanley With the NHL postseason winding down, and the summertime markets looming where the Canes have the horses to be massive players, now seems like the perfect time to look back and get a bit of a refresher on what’s happening down on the farm. An imperative for Waddell’s to-do list will be figuring out which of these players can be used in deals for immediate help, and which ones have parts to play in the Carolina Hurricanes’ future. The Checkers are the champions of the AHL after finishing off a 4-1 dismantling of the Chicago Wolves in the Calder Cup Finals, but here I’ll be focusing on the regular season for the most part (largely because I’ve been so busy the last few weeks that I have barely gotten to watch any of this stellar playoff run). We’ll take a look at how each prospect* playing for the Checkers performed in 2018-19, what skills make them projectable to the NHL level, and what they need to work on in order to reach their ceilings. We’ll also give an NHL outlook of when they’ll be ready to contribute, and what role their NHL future likely holds. *Two criteria: they must still have rookie eligibility (<25 games played... read more

Building the 2019-20 Carolina Hurricanes – Part 2: The risks for downside

Yesterday’s Daily Cup of Joe kicked off what will be a meandering series entitled, “Building the 2019-20 Carolina Hurricanes.” That first article considered the 2018-19 season as a starting point. Today’s Daily Cup of Joe continues on a similar path and considers the risks for downside that could see the team go from playoff darling to back on the outside looking in.   Goaltending The Hurricanes entered the 2018-19 season with two sizable question marks in goal. The starting tandem included reclamation project Scott Darling and other goalie looking for a rebound in Petr Mrazek. In a bizarre twist of fate, the Hurricanes caught arguably their biggest break of the season when Scott Darling was injured late in training camp, and the team was forced to reach to the waiver wire for veteran Curtis McElhinney. At the time, Mrazek was off to a slow start. McElhinney stepped in and provided a calming and stabilizing presence when the team was teetering on the brink of early playoff elimination. That foundation charted a course upward that saw the Hurricanes receive above average goaltending for the first time in years. When a team is successful, there are always multiple contributing factors, but I think that strong goaltending was near the top of the list for the 2018-19 season. With Darling likely set to be bought out, and Mrazek and McElhinney scheduled to become free agents, the Hurricanes do not actually have a goalie under contract right now. Alex Nedeljkovic who is a restricted free agent will certainly be in the picture, but the team has decisions to make past that. If goaltending... read more

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June 20, 2019 at 12:39am
Daily Cup of Joe for Thursday offers a deep dive on @NHLCanes current goalie situation=> #TakeWarning
June 19, 2019 at 8:03pm
@DDBMom10 @AGoldFan @NHLCanes No worries joining. Twitter is open forum conversations.
June 19, 2019 at 6:45pm
@AGoldFan @NHLCanes Think McElhinney is in tough spot. I wouldnt' count on him for more than 25ish games which makes him a poor fit with pushing Nedeljkovic to NHL. Think he only works if willing to push Ned back to AHL (ideally looking to pick spots injury-related or other to get him NHL ice time).
June 19, 2019 at 6:42pm
@AGoldFan @NHLCanes Actually do want your opinion mostly just because it is always measured but partly because of your openness to looking past Mrazek. I am not in the 'MUST re-sign Mrazek' camp, so I am open to what other options people see.
June 19, 2019 at 6:40pm
@JayDeadbolt I do not research individual prospects enough to have more than a 'I read these couple draft ranking articles' type of opinion, but generally speaking...There is nothing wrong with using all 3 2nd round picks. Best available rules, but ideally team finds higher-end D or 2.

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