Carolina Hurricanes sub-NHL depth by position: Part 1-Goalies and defensemen

Carolina Hurricanes sub-NHL depth by position: Part 1-Goalies and defensemen

Yesterday’s Daily Cup of Joe took an early look at the Carolina Hurricanes salary situation for the 2018-19 season. One side thing that jumps out from looking at the salary situation is how many slots are open for AHLers as of right now. No doubt, some of those slots will be filled by re-signing free agents or adding a few proven NHLers, but there should be room for a couple rookies to play their way onto the roster. That segues into today’s Daily Cup of Joe which takes a quick look at organizational depth below the NHL level by position. If you missed it during the winter or just want to reread them for more Canes content on a slow offseason day, you can find a clickable menu of 15 check ins on Canes prospects who were below the AHL level in 2017-18 in our ‘Midterms’ series HERE.   Goalie Under Ron Francis, the Carolina Hurricanes stocked a decent goalie prospect pool with draft picks and patience. For 2018-19, the Hurricanes figure to have three prospect goalies who moved up from the Canadian Hockey League manning the nets in the minor leagues. Alex Nedeljkovic, Callum Booth and Jeremy Helvig will enter the season with two, one and zero years of professional experience. Nedeljkovic rebounded and made positive strides in 2017-18 after a tough transition year to the professional ranks in 2016-17. Booth and Helvig are tracking behind Nedeljkovic, but both excelled closing out their Canadian juniors play. Below them are Jack LaFontaine and Eetu Makiniemi who are both a couple paces back development-wise. At the goalie position, it is more...
An early look at Carolina Hurricanes 2018-19 salary cap math

An early look at Carolina Hurricanes 2018-19 salary cap math

CapFriendly which is the go to source for all things NHL salaries/contracts officially rolled forward to 2018-19 recently, and with the 2018 Stanley Cup Finals set to begin, the offseason is near. As such, it is a good time to set the initial baseline for the Carolina Hurricanes’ 2018-19 salary commitments and projects.   The short version Right now, the Hurricanes show as having only $47.7 million committed for the 2018-19 season. Some will see that and jump to the conclusion that the Hurricanes will need to add salary to reach the cap floor which is projected to be about $59 million, but once one works through the math in some detail, hitting the cap floor is pretty much a done deal unless the team trades away significant salary without taking a similar amount back. For next season, the team sees its first round of increases with Jaccob Slavin and Brett Pesce’s new contracts kicking in and Noah Hanifin also scheduled for his second contract. The next wave of increases arrives next summer when Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen are due for new contracts.   The longer version Under contract The $47.7 million that shows committed on CapFriendly is for only 12 players including one goalie (Darling), three defensemen (Faulk, Slavin, Pesce) and eight forwards (Staal, Skinner, Aho, Teravainen, Rask, Williams, McGinn, Martinook). Haydn Fleury who is not included only because he was dropped to the AHL roster brings the total to 13 players and $48.6 million.   Restricted free agents certain to be re-signed Noah Hanifin: He is probably the restricted free agent with the widest potential price...
Canes catch up: Jeff Skinner, Chuck Kaiton, Klas Dahlbeck and Saku Maenalanen

Canes catch up: Jeff Skinner, Chuck Kaiton, Klas Dahlbeck and Saku Maenalanen

Despite it being a slow part of the offseason with the playoffs still ongoing, recent days have offered a decent collection of Canes hockey news which is the subject of today’s Daily Cup of Joe.   1) Klas Dahlbeck is headed to the KHL Canes' Don Waddell confirms Klas Dahlbeck has gone to the KHL. — Chip Alexander (@ice_chip) May 22, 2018 Initially just filling the role of an expansion draft shield for Justin Faulk, Klas Dahlbeck had a solid 2017-18 in a limited role as a #7 defenseman. Multiple times he was capable of stepping into the lineup after long layoffs and not looking out of place or rusty. That said, I could have gone either way on bringing him back to fill a similarly limited role versus just letting him go to free up the roster slow. The move creates the possibility that the Hurricanes add an inexpensive, experienced #7 defenseman to keep the youth out of the press box.   2) Jeff Skinner continues his extended turn in the trade rumor mill Bob McKenzie on Jeff Skinner: “The feeling is he will almost certainly be traded.” Full quote from the Bobcast: pic.twitter.com/PHOKZFHne8 — Platinum Seat Ghosts (@3rdPeriodSuits) May 17, 2018 The Carolina Hurricanes have a number things to be sorted out on the player/roster front this summer, but a decision and action on Jeff Skinner’s long-term future with the team will likely be the new GM by committee’s biggest decision this summer. Because of the wide difference between ceiling and floor for what Skinner might be in the right or wrong situation, the resolution of this...
Five Carolina Hurricanes’ hockey opinion quick hitters — Jeff Skinner, Noah Hanifin, Aho/Teravainen and more

Five Carolina Hurricanes’ hockey opinion quick hitters — Jeff Skinner, Noah Hanifin, Aho/Teravainen and more

Today’s Daily Cup of Joe takes a minute to offer up a batch of Canes hockey opinion quick hitters. (Not in any particular order)   1) I think the fan base is greatly overestimating the probability that the team will trade the #2 draft pick and the chance to draft Andrei Svechnikov.  Every year, the same thing happens. Teams with the top few picks say that they would consider trading their high pick for the right deal. The right deal is something crazily exorbitant. As such, while their might be some maneuvering with mid-late first round picks, the top few picks are never moved. In addition, talking about draft trades is fun, so it is significantly overblown in the media. I feel like our fan base thinks this is a 50/50 chance. I think the reality is more like 99/1 that the Canes keep and use the #2 draft pick.   2) I think the Hurricanes fan base underestimates how sizable the gap was between high-end “scorer” and high-end “player” as relates to Jeff Skinner’s 2017-18 season and therefore prospects for the future. Yes yes…The team needs scoring, and even in a down season, Jeff Skinner notched 24 goals to finish second on the team for the 2017-18 season. But as his scoring stalled a bit and he regressed in terms of risk/reward decision-making and attention to detail without the puck, he became a minus player in terms of winning hockey games. The team could replace the 2017-18 version of Skinner with a reasonably sound 18 goal scorer and be better off. The question is whether Skinner can both...
Do the answers lie within? Part 2B: Seeking gains from returning players (forwards)

Do the answers lie within? Part 2B: Seeking gains from returning players (forwards)

Today’s Daily Cup of Joe is part 2B of what became a three-part series that suggests that the path higher in the standings and up into the playoffs could very well be hiding within the current roster. Part one took a somewhat painful look backward into a 2017-18 season that on average did not see the team improve from the 2016-17 campaign.  Part 2A considered a possibilities at goalie and on the blue line for the team to improve from within as young players continue to grow and veterans who slipped in 2017-18 look to rebound. Today’s part 2B considers forwards currently on the roster who could have more to give in 2018-19.   Forwards Jeff Skinner Arguably at the top of the list whose production was down in 2017-18 but rise and be a gain in 2018-19 is Jeff Skinner. Skinner surged late to reach 37 goals in 2016-17 but then fell to 24 goals in 2017-18. At a basic level, the Hurricanes 24th ranked offense would benefit from a rebound and his 2016-17 goal total. But the Holy Grail would be if Skinner found chemistry with a pair of line mates and could boost not just his production but that of an entire line. The questions with Jeff Skinner run the gamut. Could the coaching change be all he needs to reach a higher level? Would he benefit from better line mates, or is he just an independent offensive entity? Would higher scoring actually help his defensive play like in 2016-17 because he presses less to score? Or is he destined to be a good up and down offensive...