Thoughts on Patrick Marleau possibility

Thoughts on Patrick Marleau possibility

In case you missed it, I put of a special summer ‘what I’m watching’ in two parts for the Carolina Hurricanes prospect camp which takes to the ice tonight at PNC Arena. Part 1 previews the 2017 draftees, and part 2 looks at the returning players.   Craig Custance (who is a pretty reliable NHL source) from The Athletic-Detroit has Patrick Marleau in play and listed the Hurricanes among 5-6 teams that have expressed interest. I will write up the free agent frenzy more thoroughly in the next couple days but figured I would talk about Marleau specifically and also use him to talk about the Hurricanes’ current situation more broadly. If you missed it during the draft weekend, I still think my best guess for the trade market still applies. And at least in terms of priorities, I am admittedly expanding the options a bit but only depending on market price but still hoping to stick with original priorities as much as possible.   On Patrick Marleau as an addition I like Marleau as a player. He reminds me of Joni Pitkanen from years past as an effortless skater who never really seemed to age int that regard. He will be 38 years old when the 2017-18 season starts and is clearly a short-term solution. Further, I would not classify him as the pure playmaking center that I desire, but he is a proven veteran who can play center or wing and who is coming off 48 and 46-point campaigns during the past two seasons. In short, looking narrowly at building a 2017-18 roster to make the playoffs,...
Three situations where my thoughts differ from what I am seeing elsewhere

Three situations where my thoughts differ from what I am seeing elsewhere

Tonight starts one of the best runs of hockey during the off-season. On Wednesday night, the Carolina Hurricanes prospects take to the ice for the on-ice start of the team’s prospect camp. Practices on Wednesday and Thursday night at 5:30pm are free to attend as is a 12pm scrimmage on Saturday that wraps up a full morning of events. I posted a ‘what I’m watching’ series that covers the new 2017 draftees in one article and the returning prospects in another article. Today’s Daily Cup of Joe will go a different direction. On June 15, I wrote an article entitled,“Things I seem to like more/less than most…”  Today’s Daily Cup of Joe in a similar vein identifies three areas where my opinion differs significantly from what I see elsewhere either on social media for the Hurricanes fan base or in the broader NHL media.   Eddie Lack I am on record back April (before the Scott Darling trade) as thinking that Eddie Lack would be gone before the start of the 2017-18 season. I stand by that but think I differ from many’s opinion in a few significant ways. Trade potential for Eddie Lack: Unlike some, I do not think Lack has any trade value right now. He had a tough 2016-17 season in total following a 2015-16 season that was even rougher. Sure there is a chance that he rebounds, but I think there is no way that a team will bet $3 million (Lack’s 2017-18 salary) and a roster spot on an Eddie Lack rebound. For a lower price, a team could have its pick of multiple...
Hurricanes sign Patrick Brown and Jake Chelios to bolster AHL roster and NHL depth

Hurricanes sign Patrick Brown and Jake Chelios to bolster AHL roster and NHL depth

Today it was announced that the Hurricanes had signed defenseman Jake Chelios (who was qualified yesterday) and forward and captain Patrick Brown to new contracts. Both players were key veteran components of the team that surged and broke the playoff drought for professional hockey in North Carolina when the Charlotte Checkers surged late and pushed into the playoffs. Combined with Monday’s Hurricanes’ moves that saw Trevor Carrick re-signed and Daniel Altshuller and Andrej Nestrasil turned loose when they were not qualified, the Charlotte Checkers’ roster is starting to take shape. I wrote about the set of decisions for Francis for the AHL level back on May 16. I also wrote about the changing of the guard at forward with so many players moving up from the junior ranks on May 8.   Patrick Brown When Derek Ryan departed, Patrick Brown took over as the captain of the Charlotte Checkers. He is a solid example of a good fringe AHL/NHL player. He is a good example, strong leader and productive player at the AHL level. And he has enough experience that he can be a serviceable #14 or #15 forward available from the AHL ranks in the event that a rash of injuries hits. With the Hurricanes forward depth increasing and the fourth line likely to be stocked with more scoring, I do not see Brown being in the mix at the NHL level unless injuries necessitate it.   Jake Chelios Like Brown, Jake Chelios was a key part of the Checkers’ 2016-17 success. He is a solid partner for a young player and a good experienced AHL defenseman. Like Brown,...
‘What I’m watching’ for Hurricanes prospect camp – The old guys (2016 and prior draftees)

‘What I’m watching’ for Hurricanes prospect camp – The old guys (2016 and prior draftees)

In case you missed it, part 1 of 2 with ‘what I’m watching’ for the 2017 draftees is HERE. Part 2 will offer the same for the returning players. This set has a bit more meat and depth to it since they are players whose history and development we know more about and whom we have seen in Raleigh during prospect camp and/or training camp already. In addition, links are included for the players’ ‘Back to School’ articles from last fall to provide an idea of where they were this time last season, and links are also provided for the players’ ‘Midterms’ check ins toward the end of the 2016-17 season.   Defensemen Jack Bean (First round in 2016, Calgary Hitmen/WHL) Jake Bean ‘Back to School’ from September 19, 2016. Jake Bean ‘Midterms’ from January 30, 2017. Put bluntly, now another year older, I would like to see Jake Bean stand out at this prospect camp. Now a year older and with top of the team draft pedigree, he should be one of the best players in camp. And despite the fact that his game is the cerebral variety and not that of a physically dominant player, he should still be able to rise above the crowd this week.   Noah Carroll (Sixth round in 2016, Sault Ste. Marie/OHL) Noah Carroll ‘Back to School’ from September 16, 2016. Noah Carroll ‘Midterms’ from February 7, 2017. I was high on Noah Carroll after seeing him at the 2016 prospect camp. I thought he stood out in terms of his ability to play with the puck on his stick in his...
‘What I’m watching’ for Hurricanes prospect camp – The new guys (2017 draftees)

‘What I’m watching’ for Hurricanes prospect camp – The new guys (2017 draftees)

If you were busy and away from Canes hockey on Monday, you missed a busy day. First, Derek Ryan was re-signed for one year at $1.425 million. Then the Hurricanes opted in on Trevor Carrick (signed), Brock McGinn (qualified), Phil Di Giuseppe (qualified) and Jake Chelios (qualified) and opted out on Andrej Nestrasil and Daniel Altshuller who will now become unrestricted free agents.   Highly recommend attending the Hurricanes prospect camp this week The Carolina Hurricanes prospect camp kicks off (the public part anyway) on Wednesday with a practice at 5:30pm at PNC Arena. Also open to the public and free of charge are the Thursday practice at 5:30pm and the Summerfest finale on Saturday morning that ends with a scrimmage at 12pm. The prospect camp is easily my favorite non-real game event of the season, and I highly recommend attending as much as your schedule allows. The week-long represents one of very few opportunities to see the younger prospects before they head off to play a regular season far, far away. The players come in with expectations tagged to them to some degree, but if you are able to clear your mind of what you supposedly know and just watch the potential exists to be ‘wowed’ by the next Warren Foegele who comes in with relatively low draft pedigree relative to some of the others. The prospect camp also represents the first chance to see the newest batch of Hurricanes prospects from the most recent draft. Mostly, I just try to watch the newest players without too much bias from preconceived notions based on what I know from...