Carolina Hurricanes Trade Deadline-Part 1: Setting the stage

Carolina Hurricanes Trade Deadline-Part 1: Setting the stage

With the 2018 NHL trade deadline now exactly one week away and the Hurricanes sitting right at the playoff cut line but floundering a bit, much of the talk around the team and the NHL will be about the trade market over the next week. This series will walk through various aspects of the trade deadline from a Carolina Hurricanes perspective and as we get deeper into it will evaluate/address the rumblings that appear in the broader media. To keep things interesting for those who just want to cut to the chase, each article will offer a couple quick hitters up front and then followed by another piece of the longer story. Carolina Hurricanes trade deadline quick hitters Martin Necas With the flashes he showed in preseason and also his strong (some say as good as anyone in the tournament) play in the World Junior Championship, Martin Necas has climbed to the top of the prospect pool and created his own tier among the Carolina Hurricanes prospects. I think he is as close to untouchable right now as possible for a player who is not on the NHL roster. I think any and all other Canes prospects could be available for the right deal, and I would not be surprised to see any of them included in a deal. But at a time of year where even the formal North American hockey media are largely just spit-balling, how writers include/talk about Martin Necas is a good indicator of whether someone is just throwing out random stuff or if he/she has a decent understanding of the Hurricanes’ situation. Shorter version:...
Glass half full and playoff math

Glass half full and playoff math

With an odd week off for Canes hockey until Friday and me being a bit behind on writing after trying reasonably successfully to pull in the last of the “Midterms” articles, my tentative plan is to save the Monday Coffee Shop post until Tuesday. Today’s Daily Cup of Joe is two parts. The first part will make a legitimate case (in my opinion anyway) for the glass being half full for the Carolina Hurricanes right now despite it not feeling that way after three straight losses. The second part is not horrible but is a little less sunny since it takes an honest look at the current playoff outlook. You pick what you want for Canes content today. 🙂   Disclaimer Before I break into the argument for ‘glass half full’, I think it is importantly to make it clear that I am not saying that everything is rosy right now. The three-game losing streak is poorly-timed, a waste of the end of the busy home stretch and extra damaging because the losses came to Metropolitan Division opponents. Burning through nearly all of the busy home stretch with a 5-4-2 record is also not good.   But it’s still half full But per a conversation that I had on Twitter shortly after Sunday’s loss, success for the 2017-18 season is nearly 100 percent about making or not making the playoffs. As of right now, the Carolina Hurricanes are tied for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Let me say that again…As of right now, the Carolina Hurricanes are currently tied for the final playoff spot in the...
Gm60 Vs. NJ: Jeff Skinner scores late to net point but Canes fall to Devils in overtime

Gm60 Vs. NJ: Jeff Skinner scores late to net point but Canes fall to Devils in overtime

On Sunday for Military Appreciation Night, the Hurricanes aimed to end a two-game winning streak and finish with a positive before an odd four-day February layoff. The Hurricanes netted a point with a clutch goal by Jeff Skinner inside of two minutes to play and with the goalie pulled, but the New Jersey Devils ultimately prevailed in overtime. The game has an eerily reminiscent ring to it with the Hurricanes significantly outshooting the opponent and arguably deserving better but struggling to put pucks in the net and somehow finding themselves on the losing end of the result. Important to note is that even with the Hurricanes recent struggles, the team sits tied with the New York Islanders (and up one point on the Columbus Blue Jackets who have a game in hand) for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Though the current trajectory is not great. The team’s inability to capitalize on a heavy home stretch going only 5-4-2 in a stretch of 11 games with 10 at home is ominous. But if one simply looks at the standings and does not get bogged down in how the team got here or where it might be headed, nearing the final quarter of the season tied for the final playoff spot is something I and most Canes fans would have accepted in early October. As for the game itself, the start was decent not great. The Hurricanes had the upper hand for shots on goal, but at this point Canes fans know how little that can mean. As in many recent games, the Hurricanes shot advantage in the...
‘What I’m Watching’ — Gm60 Vs. NJ: Canes seek rebound after two losses plus revenge on the Devils

‘What I’m Watching’ — Gm60 Vs. NJ: Canes seek rebound after two losses plus revenge on the Devils

The #CanesCoaster continues it tumultuous ride. After a pair of wins last weekend and a resounding 7-3 victory on Tuesday to rise to new highs, the team has since turned back down with two losses to Metropolitan Division foes and teams also in the playoff chase. What a difference a couple days can make this time of year. With a win over the Devils on Thursday night, the Hurricanes could leap-frogged them into fourth place in the Metropolitan and the first wild card slot. But with a loss and another that followed to the Islanders on Friday coupled with another Devils win on Saturday, the Hurricanes will enter Sunday’s rematch suddenly five points behind the Devils and on the wrong side of playoff cut line. But despite the two-game losing streak, with a win on Sunday the Hurricanes could emerge back in a playoff spot if the Blue Jackets lose on Sunday.   A couple interesting story lines 1) The lineup. Coach Bill Peters has already said that Haydn Fleury will step back into the lineup in place of Klas Dahlbeck which is fairly standard fare with the two swapping in and out fairly regularly. More interesting could be a second development. The Hurricanes returned Patrick Brown to the AHL and recalled Lucas Wallmark. On the one hand, it seems odd that the team would swap AHLers if Peters intends to just healthy scratch the player anyway. On the other hand, I would have guessed that the Hurricanes would have recalled Wallmark in time to practice with the team on Saturday if he was expected to play on Sunday....
Gm59 Vs. NYI: Canes sputter to second consecutive loss versus Isles

Gm59 Vs. NYI: Canes sputter to second consecutive loss versus Isles

On the surface, the Carolina Hurricanes deserved better in their 3-0 loss to the New York Islanders on Friday. The game was sloppy, but the Hurricanes were the better team and won the battle in terms of possession time and shot totals. And then even when they did seemingly score, the goal was wiped away by an offsides that happened earlier and had little to do with the goal But on the other hand, this game was eerily reminiscent of bad Canes teams from years past that chucked bushels of mostly harmless shots at the net but did not fare as well in terms of winning battles to score goals in close or simply in terms of raw finishing ability. The game was a strange with regard to what paths might have been expected for it. After some wild 10-goal affairs during the past two seasons, the Isles who entered the game ranked dead last in goals against tried to patch holes in the ship, play a more defensively-oriented style and slow the Canes offensively. In a strange way, it mostly worked. The Isles seemed to give the puck up at will at times, but were nearly perfect in terms of staying on the right side of the puck and keeping the Hurricanes from generating anything on the rush or unmarked in close. The first period was a sluggish and sloppy one with the Isles apparently focused first and foremost on staying out of trouble and the Hurricanes playing along by dialing down into a slow, methodical and more sideways than north-south approach to advancing the puck. The Hurricanes...