Monday Coffee Shop: Looking back on 2017-18 and forward to the NHL playoffs

Monday Coffee Shop: Looking back on 2017-18 and forward to the NHL playoffs

With the passing of Easter weekend, the 2017-18 NHL season for the Carolina Hurricanes now has only one week and three games remaining before another long offseason ensues. The Monday Coffee Shop dabbles a bit in the Canes 2017-18 season and looks forward to another round of NHL playoffs without the Hurricanes for the ninth straight season.   Carolina Hurricanes polls Please remember to click ‘vote’ after each individual poll response.   When we look back on the organizational changes (and non-changes) from the 2017-18 season in 5 years, which will be most significant? (Select up to 2.) Chuck Greenburg's failed bid to purchase the team. Tom Dundon's acquisition of the team. Ron Francis' removal from the GM role. The hiring of a new GM. The decision to retain Bill Peters (if he stays). The decision to fire Bill Peters or his decision to resign (if he leaves). Other (add in comments) View Results  Loading ...   Paired with today's Daily Cup of Joe article on the same topic, which 'what if' is most significant? What if Francis had opted for another goalie instead of Scott Darling? What if Francis had added a higher-end scoring forward to the mix last summer? What if the team had named Justin Williams captain? What if the team had reached to the AHL level for help earlier and more often? What if Peters had shifted Sebastian Aho to the center position earlier in the season? Other (add in comments) View Results  Loading ...   Which potential playoff entrant(s) are you pulling for in the 2018 NHL playoffs? (Select up to 2.) Boston Bruins...
Thursday Coffee Shop: The home stretch edition

Thursday Coffee Shop: The home stretch edition

After a few days off, the Hurricanes play another back-to-back set this weekend before launching into the final three games of the 2017-18 season next week. And on Wednesday Valentin Zykov and Warren Foegele were returned to the Charlotte Checkers eliminating arguably the best story line going right now. And with that, the home stretch of the 2017-18 season is upon us. We will save the deeper dives on the full season until it is officially completed, so today’s Coffee Shop instead offers an eclectic mix of polls and discussion questions.   Carolina Hurricanes polls Please remember to click ‘vote’ after each individual poll response.   With only five games remaining, which best describes your level of engagement with the Hurricanes right now? (Select as many as apply.) Baseball season is here! I am mostly gone but not into baseball. I was enjoying the prospect auditions but might now check out if prospects do not return to the lineup. I am still engaged just because I am supposed to be but am in low-enthusiasm mode. I am slowly turning my attention to the Checkers and their playoff prospects. Other (add in comments) View Results  Loading ...   Which milestone is most worth watching over the last five games? Sebastian Aho needing 3 goals to reach 30. Haydn Fleury still seeking his first NHL goal. Jaccob Slavin needing 1 goal to reach 10 with Noah Hanifin. The team needing to finish strong with 9 points to beat last season's point total. Other (add in comments) View Results  Loading ...   Once things settle down after the season, the hope is...
Tuesday Coffee Shop: The AHL brigade edition

Tuesday Coffee Shop: The AHL brigade edition

For whatever reason, getting a Coffee Shop article up on Monday just has not happened of late. At least temporarily we are going to trying doing Tuesday instead.   The last couple coffee shop posts aimed at building a 2018-19 roster yielded some interesting results. You can see where the dust settled in the ‘stay or go’ polls for forwards HERE. And the seemingly harsher poll for goalies, defensemen and coaches which is HERE pretty aggressively votes to usher out the coaching staff and also some players. Today’s Coffee Shop takes full advantage of the recent uptick in the team’s play and the AHL group that has been a feel-good catalyst for it.   Carolina Hurricanes polls Please remember to click ‘vote’ after each individual poll response.   Do you think the team waited too long to reach to Charlotte for AHL call ups? No. Having patience and giving these players time to develop is the right move in the long run. Yes. Early returns from Zykov, Foegele and McKeown suggest it was at least worth a try to jump start a languishing February Canes team. Undecided. There are pros and cons each way and/or it is still too early to tell View Results  Loading ...   Which feel-good story is your favorite right now? Zykov looking like the final puzzle piece for a top scoring line with Aho and Teravainen. McKeown quietly looking like another capable young defenseman. Foegele bursting onto the scene with a goal and an assist while still showing his strong play defending. View Results  Loading ...   Which of the following players do you project...
Charlotte Checker check ins 2018: Warren Foegele

Charlotte Checker check ins 2018: Warren Foegele

The original plan was to launch into a series of check ins on Carolina Hurricanes players playing with the Checkers in 2017-18 either late this week or possibly early next week. But with the call up of Warren Foegele on Sunday and the potential for his NHL debut on Monday, the first in the series just became incredibly timely. Continuing with the theme from the recently completed series of 16 articles that checked in on Hurricanes prospects below the AHL level, the AHL series will similarly gather input from hockey people who watch/track the players on a regular basis.   About the interviewee: Mike Solarte from Spectrum News Mike Solarte (Twitter=@MikeSolarte) is the NC Sports Director for Spectrum News.  Mike has been in Charlotte for 15 years, and before that was in Raleigh for 7.  You can see him Monday-Friday on Chevrolet Sports Night at 10pm.   Charlotte Checkers check in on Warren Foegele Canes and Coffee: What was your first impression of Warren Foegele in terms of skill set and strengths upon first seeing him with the Checkers early in the 2017-18 season?   Mike Solarte: Initially, my impression of Foegele was that of a kid trying to find his way, but after watching him, he showed that he was more than a kid looking around.  Foegele has good puck poise for a rookie, and remarkably, hasn’t scored a power play goal this season. He has 26 (to date), and 4 of those are short-handers. Coach Vellucci told me that because Foegele gets so much ice time as it is that he hasn’t used him on the power play...
Thursday Coffee Shop: Stay or go — Part 2: Goalies, defensemen and coaches

Thursday Coffee Shop: Stay or go — Part 2: Goalies, defensemen and coaches

The Thursday Coffee Shop today continues on the theme of considering the Hurricanes 2017-18 roster for building a winning team for the 2018-19 season. It is part 2 for yesterday’s version that had simple ‘stay or go’ polls and more detailed discussions for the Hurricanes forwards.   Please remember to click ‘vote’ before each individual poll response. Goalies Scott Darling Stay Go View Results  Loading ...   Cam Ward Stay Go View Results  Loading ...   Defensemen   Klas Dahlbeck Stay Go View Results  Loading ...   Justin Faulk Stay Go View Results  Loading ...   Haydn Fleury Stay Go View Results  Loading ...   Noah Hanifin Stay Go View Results  Loading ...   Brett Pesce Stay Go View Results  Loading ...   Jaccob Slavin Stay Go View Results  Loading ...   Trevor van Riemsdyk Stay Go View Results  Loading ...   Coaches   Mike Bales -- Goalies Stay Go View Results  Loading ...   Rod Brind'Amour -- Power play and forwards Stay Go View Results  Loading ...   Bill Peters Stay Go View Results  Loading ...   Steve Smith -- Penalty kill and defense Stay Go View Results  Loading ...   Do you agree with the decision to remove Ron Francis from the general manager position? Yes No Undecided View Results  Loading ...     Go Canes!...