Couple Hurricanes’ angles on the Edmonton Oilers re-signing Leon Draisaitl

Couple Hurricanes’ angles on the Edmonton Oilers re-signing Leon Draisaitl

If you are catching up this week and wanting to look forward to training camp, I just completed a quick two-part training camp sneak preview that first looked at roster battles for the last three forward slots and then followed up with a look at the potential roster battle for the last slot on the blue line.   About a month ago, the Edmonton Oilers re-upped a year early with Connor McDavid signing him to might 8-year contract that will pay him $12.5 million annually. Today the other shoe dropped, so to speak, when Leon Draisaitl was re-signed to an 8-year contract that will pay him $8.5 million annually. In the process, the duo just became the Sidney Crosby/Evgeni Malkin of their generation at least contractually, and the process has begun to see if the Oilers can build a Stanley Cup winner around the two cornerstones. Below are a couple Carolina Hurricanes’ angles on today’s contract announcement   No offer sheet (no surprise) The deal with Draisaitl officially puts to rest any hope or speculation that the Hurricanes could or should extend an offer sheet to Draisaitl. Despite being a fun offseason discussion point, an offer sheet was never in the cards to begin with per an article on offer sheets all the way back on June 1.   A possible reference point and ceiling for Sebastian Aho’s next contract Sebastian Aho is still two years away from being a restricted free agent like Draisaitl was this summer; nevertheless, he could serve as a reference point when the time comes. Draisaitl’s 77 points in 2016-17 set a pretty high...
Training camp sneak peek: Carolina Hurricanes last defense slot

Training camp sneak peek: Carolina Hurricanes last defense slot

Though it was hidden from the main page by some weird ordering logic, there was a Daily Cup of Joe article for Tuesday for those who found it through the link on Twitter or simply went into the DCoJ tab. It was ‘sneak preview’ part 1 of 2 previewing potential roster battles for the last three forward slots. Today’s Daily Cup of Joe takes on the somewhat more straightforward battles possible to fill out the Hurricanes blue line to start the 2017-18 NHL season.   The assumed starting point for the blue line My math (and I think virtually everyone’s) says that Jaccob Slavin, Brett Pesce, Justin Faulk, Noah Hanifin and Trevor van Riemsdyk are pretty much penned into the lineup. One of the big story lines to watch in preseason is how Peters decides to set his top 4 at least to start the season.   Penciled in right now Despite not having played an NHL game yet, I am on record as thinking that Haydn Fleury enters training camp as the player hoped and expected to seize the sixth and final defense slot in the lineup. Though Fleury will be given every opportunity to win this slot, I do not see Peters and/or Francis forcing the issue if he just is not ready yet. The goal for 2017-18 is to win, and Peters will build the lineup most capable of doing that whether it includes Fleury or not.   The potential battle for the final slot in the lineup If Fleury does not look ready in preseason, the door cracks open for a few other players to...
Training camp sneak peek: Carolina Hurricanes last three forward slots

Training camp sneak peek: Carolina Hurricanes last three forward slots

If you missed it yesterday, I recommend checking out the interesting collection of comments in the Monday Coffee Shop. The open forum offers an interesting collection of comments spanning a number of Hurricanes comments from the Canes and Coffee Community.   I will undoubtedly dig into this and other similar topics in more detail as we get closer to the start of training camp and then again after we see preseason action, but in a fit of missing hockey, I took to scribbling out the Hurricanes forward situation over the weekend. Things can change, but I view nine slots as pretty fixed. Barring an injury, I would be very surprised not to see all of Jeff Skinner, Sebastian Aho, Teuvo Teravainen, Jordan Staal, Victor Rask, Marcus Kruger, Elias Lindholm, Justin Williams and Lee Stempniak in the opening day lineup. That makes nine forwards and at least based on what position the nine played in 2016-17, it leaves one opening for each forward position. In addition, the lineup has a few players with positional flexibility such that they could move to make things work.   The assumed starting point Despite being the third center nearly assured of a roster spot, I actually view Kruger as being the anchor of a checking-focused line that is one of the bottom two lines (a 3A and 3B if you will) that is used somewhat situationally. So my starting point is that there is a hole at center on a 3A scoring-focused line and that the two openings at wing are on Kruger’s 3B checking-focused line. So math has the openings as a scoring-capable...
I think…

I think…

Nearing the midway point of hockey nothingness known as August, Hurricanes fans actually have something to track in the ongoing process to sell the team. If you were away for the weekend, I offered my thoughts on recent events in this article on Friday. You can also find links to other recent local coverage in the Sunday Canes Chronicle. The ownership situation receives top billing on any day that there is even a small blip of news. Past that there is not much, but with the aim of helping the Hurricanes faithful trudge through another hockey-less day in August, I managed to accumulate a list of what I am calling “I think…” type of thoughts similar to the more regular “random notes” that I occasionally post. The Monday Coffee Shop opens the floor for everyone else to offer their own “I think…” comments on anything Canes hockey.   I think… I think that it will be interesting to see where Coach Bill Peters slots Sebastian Aho position-wise in training camp and if Aho sees at least a short trial run at center. Peters was pretty firmly on record as seeing Aho staying at wing for the 2017-18 season when he spoke to the media in April shortly after the season ended. But at that point in time, there was at least some possibility and maybe even a likelihood that Francis would add a top 9, scoring-capable forward over the course of the summer. That did not happen. So if there is still potentially a need there and since Peters does still see Aho moving to center at some point, might...
Sunday Canes Chronicle: Kids and ownership edition

Sunday Canes Chronicle: Kids and ownership edition

More news bubbled up on the ownership transition front in the middle of an otherwise quiet week in mid-August. Despite the slow time of year, some digging still yielded a decent mix of Hurricanes hockey reading to help pass another slow day in the dead of the offseason.   Carolina Hurricanes prospects Brock Otten from OHL Prospects shared a deep dive on the five Hurricanes prospects who played in the OHL in 2016-17 (scroll to August 12 if you check this later) and shared Martin Necas’ likely destination for 2017-18 along the way. Kevin LeBlanc from Dobber Prospects did his annual 31-in-31 on the Hurricanes prospects from a fantasy hockey angle. Tom Gulitti from NHL.com also chimed in with a 31-in-31 update on the Hurricanes prospect pool.   2017-18 Carolina Hurricanes projections Also from NHL.com, Rob Vollman dug into the statistics and suggested that the Hurricanes could be much-improved. Finishing the trifecta, Pete Jensen from NHL.com shared an early fantasy hockey look at the 2017-18 Hurricanes.   Chuck Greenberg, Peter Karmanos and the ownership situation Chip Alexander provided his latest update on the ownership situation in his August 9 article at the News & Observer. Also on August 9, Cory Lavalette at the North State Journal chimed in with an article that shared unprecedented detail on the team’s financials for the 2016-17 season. Here at Canes and Coffee, we shared our thoughts on possible angles on the most recent batch of news to break.   Go...