The Coffee Shop: Which unrestricted free agents to re-sign?

The Coffee Shop: Which unrestricted free agents to re-sign?

Yesterday’s Daily Cup of Joe on the goalie position completed a series of articles considering what to do with seven Hurricanes players scheduled to become unrestricted free agents. The Coffee Shop puts those same choices in front of you in the form of a couple polls. Feel free to also comment below.   Please click ‘vote’ for each individual poll.   Which pending unrestricted free agents would you re-sign? (Select as many as you wish.) Jani Hakanpaa Dougie Hamilton Jordan Martinook Brock McGinn Petr Mrazek Cedric Paquette James Reimer None of the above View Results  Loading ...   Which best describes your thoughts in terms of making changes for 2021-22? Make very few. The team is good; patience is in order. Middle of the road. The core is in place, but I would selectively try to make upgrades. Be aggressive. No doubt the team has improved, but there is still need for significant changes to reach the next level. View Results  Loading...
‘What I’m watching’ — 2021 Playoffs —Gm3 @Tam: Backs against wall, Canes seek rebound

‘What I’m watching’ — 2021 Playoffs —Gm3 @Tam: Backs against wall, Canes seek rebound

After two pretty evenly played games but no results in the win column, the Carolina Hurricanes head to Tampa Bay with the season on the line. A loss on Thursday does not officially end the series, but it represents whatever the closest thing to that is. With two tightly-contested affairs in which you could make a reasonable case that the Canes deserved better in either or both games, so there is a reasonable case for just staying the course. But in today’s Daily Cup of Joe pondered what, if anything, Brind’Amour should do to stir things up. With Vincent Trocheck likely out of the lineup, some change is necessary regardless. Aside from the lineup watch points, the drama is full force tonight. Is this a Hurricanes team that deserved better in games 1 and 2 and will dig down and get what it deserves in game 3? Or is it the group that struggled with basic puck-handling late in game 2 and suffering from waning confidence? Can a team that was at times an offensive juggernaut during the regular season find a higher gear after struggling mightily to put the puck in the net? Can Brind’Amour and his staff make adjustments to generate more offensive inside the offensive zone with Tampa Bay playing a conservative defensive style that offers very little for offense off the rush? After a season full of regular season heroes, can the team find one or two players to don a cape when the team desperately needs such a hero in the playoffs? Against that backdrop, my watch points follow:   ‘What I’m watching’ for the...
Coffee Shop: Carolina Hurricanes and broader 2021 NHL Playoffs polls

Coffee Shop: Carolina Hurricanes and broader 2021 NHL Playoffs polls

To kick off the playoffs, here is a set of polls for the 2021 NHL playoffs.   Remember to click ‘vote’ for each poll.   What is the result of the Hurricanes versus Predators series? Canes in 4 Canes in 5 Canes in 6 Canes in 7 Predators win View Results  Loading ...   How far do the Canes advance? Lose in a first round heartbreak Beat the Preds but lose to either Lightning or Panthers Win division but lose in semifinals Advance to Stanley Cup Finals but fall short Hoist the Cup! View Results  Loading ...   Who is the Hurricanes best player in the first round? Petr Mrazek Alex Nedeljkovic Sebastian Aho Andrei Svechnikov Teuvo Teravainen Vincent Trocheck Martin Necas Nino Niederreiter Jordan Staal Warren Foegele Jaccob Slavin Dougie Hamilton Brett Pesce Brady Skjei Other (add in comments) View Results  Loading ...   Who wins? Florida Panthers Tampa Bay Lightning View Results  Loading ...   Who wins? Washington Capitals Boston Bruins View Results  Loading ...   Who wins? Pittsburgh Penguins New York Islanders View Results  Loading ...   Who wins? Colorado Avalanche St. Louis Blues View Results  Loading ...   Who wins? Vegas Golden Knights Minnesota Wild View Results  Loading ...   Who wins? Toronto Maple Leafs Montreal Canadiens View Results  Loading ...   Who wins? Edmonton Oilers Winnipeg Jets View Results  Loading ...   Go...
Thursday Coffee Shop: 2020-21 Carolina Hurricanes predictions (polls and discussion questions)

Thursday Coffee Shop: 2020-21 Carolina Hurricanes predictions (polls and discussion questions)

Canes hockey is back!!!!! Check out also part 2 of 2 for our Canes season preview HERE. With the start of the 2020-21 season now only hours away, today’s Coffee Shop polls and questions ask for your predictions for the Carolina Hurricanes 2020-21 season.   Carolina Hurricanes polls Remember to click ‘vote’ for each individual poll.   In what place will the Hurricanes finish in the regular season? 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th View Results  Loading ...   How far will the Hurricanes advance in the 2021 NHL Playoffs? Will not make the playoffs Will lose in the first round. Will win one round. Will win 2 rounds and emerge from the Central Division Will advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. Will win the Stanley Cup. View Results  Loading ...   Which (relative) newcomer to the lineup will have the biggest impact? Jake Bean Jesper Fast Morgan Geekie Alex Nedeljkovic Brady Skjei Vincent Trocheck Other (add in comments) View Results  Loading ...   Who will be the Hurricanes 2020-21 most valuable player? Sebastian Aho Dougie Hamilton Petr Mrazek Brett Pesce James Reimer Jaccob Slavin Jordan Staal Andrei Svechnikov Teuvo Teravainen Vincent Trocheck Other (add in comments) View Results  Loading ...   Which player will have the biggest rebound in 2020-21? Ryan Dzingel Jake Gardiner Nino Niederreiter None of the above View Results  Loading ...   Carolina Hurricanes discussion questions   1) What do you predict for the 2020-21 Carolina Hurricanes as a team?   2) Pick a couple players and share your predictions?   3) What is one longshot prediction for the Hurricanes 2020-21 season?  ...
Monday Coffee Shop: Assessing the new division foes (Polls and discussion)

Monday Coffee Shop: Assessing the new division foes (Polls and discussion)

Our second set of Coffee Shop polls with discussion focuses on the Hurricanes newly-minted division and its new set of foes. See also the two-part preview that profiles each team. Part 1 from Friday features the Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars and Nashville Predators. Part 2 from today features the Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning.   Carolina Hurricanes polls Remember to click enter for each individual poll. Who do you think will win the Discover NHL Central Division? Carolina Hurricanes Chicago Blackhawks Columbus Blue Jackets Dallas Stars Detroit Red Wings Florida Panthers Nashville Predators Tampa Bay Lightning View Results  Loading ...   Which four teams do you predict will make the playoffs? (Select 4) Carolina Hurricanes Chicago Blackhawks Columbus Blue Jackets Dallas Stars Detroit Red Wings Florida Panthers Nashville Predators Tampa Bay Lightning View Results  Loading ...   As a Hurricanes fan, which team do you most dread playing? Chicago Blackhawks Columbus Blue Jackets Dallas Stars Detroit Red Wings Florida Panthers Nashville Predators Tampa Bay Lightning View Results  Loading ...   For entertainment value, which division foe do you most look forward to watching? Chicago Blackhawks Columbus Blue Jackets Dallas Stars Detroit Red Wings Florida Panthers Nashville Predators Tampa Bay Lightning View Results  Loading ...   Carolina Hurricanes discussion questions   1) Who wins the Discover Central Division and why?   2) Which team, if any, do you think will surprise by being significantly better than many expect?   3) What do you think it takes for the Hurricanes to secure a playoff spot or better yet challenge for the division crown?  ...