Thursday Coffee Shop: Leon Draisaitl and the run of impending Hurricanes’ contracts

Thursday Coffee Shop: Leon Draisaitl and the run of impending Hurricanes’ contracts

Using a rare piece of mid-August hockey news in Leon Draisaitl’s re-signing yesterday, the Thursday Coffee Shop polls and discussion questions will use that as a jumping off point for today’s coffee chatter. The Daily Cup of Joe for today is a companion article with a couple Hurricanes’ angles on the Oilers’ deal. David Miller’s article projecting the Hurricanes’ financial situation out a few years is also great companion reading for today’s financial discussion. So get your calculators and Wall Street math models ready, and let’s go…   Carolina Hurricanes polls Please remember to click ‘vote’ after each individual poll response.   How relevant do you think Draisatl's new contract will be when the Hurricanes re-sign Sebastian Aho either next summer or the one after? (Select as many as apply.) I think it will become a close comparable as Aho's offensive product rises and looks pretty similar to Draisaitl's. I think it will establish a ceiling and reference point and help push Aho into a range in a tier below. Between two more years passing and the two players being different, I do not believe Draisaitl's contract will be especially relevant in pricing Aho's next deal. Other (Add in comments) View Results  Loading ...   What do you expect for the price range (for annual salary) for Sebastian Aho's next contract? Less than $3 million $3.0 - 3.9 million $4.0 - 4.9 million $5.0 - 5.9 million $6.0 - 6.9 million $7.0 - 7.9 million $8 million or more View Results  Loading ...   What do you expect for the price range (for annual salary) for Noah Hanifin's next...
Monday Coffee Shop: Open reader forum with “I think…”

Monday Coffee Shop: Open reader forum with “I think…”

Today we sit right in the middle of the slowest day of the hockey year. In true ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ form, the Monday Coffee Shop will mostly be taken over by the patients today (and that is meant in the nicest possible way). Following the theme from today’s Daily Cup of Joe, the game is for readers to put forward an “I think…” statement on Hurricanes hockey to be considered. Cool would be if we could get an ‘agree’ and/or ‘disagree’ comment on each one. Critical here is obviously to maintain the friendly coffee shop atmosphere that is respectful and considerate in disagreement. Without further ado, a couple quick polls to officially meet the regular Coffee Shop format, then the floor is open.   Carolina Hurricanes polls Please remember to click ‘vote’ after each individual poll response.   Based on the continued reports on the team sale process, what is your updated estimate for a closing date for the sale of the team? By the end of August. Not before the end of August but before the start of training camp in mid-September. Not before the start of training camp, but in time for Chuck Greenberg to sound the siren on opening night on October 7. Not by the start of the season, but before the end of the year. Not until the second half of the NHL season. Never. This deal will ultimately fall through. Other (add in comments) View Results  Loading ...   What are the chances we receive new news other than the ownership situation in August? 0-20% -- Slim...really slim. 21-40% --...
Thursday Coffee Shop: Assessing 2017-18 Hurricanes’ expectations

Thursday Coffee Shop: Assessing 2017-18 Hurricanes’ expectations

The Daily Cup of Joe today is entitled, “The double-edged sword of optimism.” The aim is not to squash the good vibe that has been building over the summer. Rather, the aim is to question whether the dial could flip too far into the positive, maybe a little bit too soon and pave the road for another even bigger round of disappointment. The Thursday Coffee Shop opens the floor to bandy around whether the expectations being built for the 2017-18 Carolina Hurricanes are underdone, overdone or maybe just right and also take the temperature of the fan base in terms of where the bar is set for the current season to be a positive one. Without further ado, to the polls we go…   Carolina Hurricanes polls Please remember to click ‘vote’ after each individual poll response.   Where do you think the broader NHL hockey media prognostications will land for the Hurricanes for the 2017-18 season? Underrated. The rest of the hockey world will still see the Hurricanes as a lottery contender and will not believe until AFTER the team wins. Just right. I think most are starting to get that the Hurricanes are rising but rightfully will not anoint them as much more until they prove it. Overrated. The Hurricanes are destined to become the 2017-18 everyman's dark horse such that the buzz grows and they really are not a dark horse anymore. View Results  Loading ...   What, for you, are reasonable expectations for the Carolina Hurricanes for the 2017-18 season? An easy playoff berth (Top 3 in the division) and at least one playoff series...
Monday Coffee Shop: Carolina Hurricanes prospects

Monday Coffee Shop: Carolina Hurricanes prospects

Monday’s Daily Cup of Joe was the sixth and final article evaluating and even taking a shot at ranking the Hurricanes’ promising prospect pool. The Monday Coffee Shop is the companion for that article. The prospects have been discussed along the way with the series, but especially with the dog days of August upon us, another round of bandying around something so promising seems like a great way to spend a Monday.   Carolina Hurricanes polls Please remember to click ‘vote’ after each individual poll response.   Which of the the top 5 rated prospects do you think has the most promising future? Julien Gauthier Martin Necas Haydn Fleury Janne Kuokkanen Jake Bean View Results  Loading ...   Which prospects ranked #6 to #16 do you think have the most promising future? (Select up to 3.) Lucas Wallmark Nicolas Roy Aleksi Saarela Warren Foegele Roland McKeown Matt Filipe Valentin Zykov Alex Nedeljkovic Callum Booth Eetu Luostarinen Luke Martin View Results  Loading ...   Which prospect(s) do you think are most underrated per the rankings? (Choose up to 3.) Haydn Fleury Janne Kuokkanen Jake Bean Lucas Wallmark Nicolas Roy Aleksi Saarela Warren Foegele Roland McKeown Matt Filipe Valentin Zykov Alex Nedeljkovic Callum Booth Eetu Luostarinen Luke Martin Other unranked player (add in comments). View Results  Loading ...     Discussion questions   Which prospects will play a role in the Hurricanes 2017-18 season either right out of the gate or possibly as injuries create opportunities later in the season? Of the prospects ranked below the top 10 or not ranked at all, who do you really like to move up...
Thursday Coffee Shop: Brett Pesce day

Thursday Coffee Shop: Brett Pesce day

The big news of the week was obviously the Brett Pesce’s six-year contract extension. In my second article on Pesce and the signing (with link to my initial thoughts too), I called Pesce a “sixth star” in positive sense like Glen Wesley from Hurricanes’ history or Niklas Hjalmarsson from NHL success more recently. As a 22-year old with only two years of professional experience under his belt, Pesce could well find a higher gear offensively and gain more notoriety, but if he does not, he seems destined just to be a really good hockey player who makes his team win. The Thursday Coffee Shop makes sure that Brett Pesce gets his share of attention at least this week.   Carolina Hurricanes polls Remember to click ‘vote’ after each individual poll response.   Where did you expect Brett Pesce's extension to come salary-wise (per year)? $3.5-3.9 million per year. Basically a medium, bridge deal type of price. $4.0-$4.4 million per year. Right where it did; somewhat on the low end for a restricted free agent top 4 defenseman. $4.5-4.9 million per year. Just a notch below his partner Jaccob Slavin. $5.0-5.4 million per year. A matching (or very close deal) to Slavin's $5.5 million or more. At a premium even to Slavin. View Results  Loading ...   With regard to building out the top 4, how would you do it? 'If it ain't broke, don't fix it' -- Leave Slavin/Pesce together. 'Balance wins' -- Separate Pesce and Slavin to solidify the second pair and the entirety of the top 4. View Results  Loading ...   What do you expect from...