Canes catch up: Contracts for Valentin Zykov, Lucas Wallmark, Greg McKegg and Daniel Renouf

Canes catch up: Contracts for Valentin Zykov, Lucas Wallmark, Greg McKegg and Daniel Renouf

With the run of transactions last week, I never commented on Valentin Zykov’s contract. In the time that has passed since, the Hurricanes have also re-signed Lucas Wallmark and Greg McKegg. Today’s Daily Cup of Joe catches up on these contracts and discusses the team’s NHL contract status in general.   Valentin Zykov Despite having only 12 games of NHL experience, Zykov parlayed a strong AHL season with 33 goals in 64 games and a strong 10-game audition at the NHL level into a two-year, one-way contract that pays $650,000 in 2018-19 and $700,000 in 2019-20. With limited NHL experience, the Hurricanes could maybe have pushed for a safer two-way contract with a higher AHL salary. Instead, the Hurricanes offered a one-way contract to get two years at pretty close to the league minimum. The deal also sees Zykov signing his next contract as a restricted free agent and significantly without arbitration rights. The one-way deal increases the chance that Zykov will stay at the NHL and also provides a strong indication that that is what management expects. My 2 cents: While there is some risk signing an unproven players to a two-year, one-way contract, there is also some risk mitigation in the other direction for the Hurricanes by locking Zykov into a bargain basement salary.   Lucas Wallmark Coming off of a strong season in the AHL in 2017-18, Lucas Wallmark signed a two-year deal that is a two-way contract in the first year and a one-way contract in the second year. Like Zykov, Wallmark has minimal NHL experience, but also like Zykov, Wallmark had a strong 2017-18...
Five initiatives for early in the Hurricanes early in the 2018-19 season

Five initiatives for early in the Hurricanes early in the 2018-19 season

In case you missed it, the first set of articles in a summer series that looks at the newest Hurricanes prospects went up quietly yesterday afternoon. Finnish forward Lenni Killinen who was drafted in the fourth round of the 2018 NHL Draft was up first. You can find an article with short interviews from two scouts based in Finland HERE, and you can find a short reading list of external articles on Killinen HERE.   In writing the two most recent Daily Cup of Joe articles that looked at roster battles for training camp, I could not help but look forward to the start of the regular season just a bit. Over the course of a long NHL season, the roster, line combinations, defense pairings and many other things will shift multiple times. So getting too bogged down in opening day combinations can sometimes be overdone. But in thinking about the front part of the year, there are a few things that I would like to at least take a look at.   1) Valentin Zykov with Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen Micheal Ferland, who was obtained in the trade with Calgary, possesses a skill set that could fit well with Aho and Teravainen. Like Zykov, he brings a crease-crashing style of play and an ability to score in close. But where Ferland could be superior is as a forechecking disruptor who turns the puck over and creates quick transition opportunities. So it would not surprise if Ferland eventually lands on that line. But I really think the team needs to give Valentin Zykov a reasonable run of games...
Summer School – Class of 2018: Lenni Killinen (Finland – Assat, Liiga)

Summer School – Class of 2018: Lenni Killinen (Finland – Assat, Liiga)

With a new round of prospects on the team, timing is perfect to thank Jamie Kellner for providing the vast majority of the photo content used at Canes and Coffee. You can find Jamie on Twitter at @jbkellner and can visit her photo site HERE.   This article starts into what will be an intermittent series that will ultimately provide ‘from the rink’ insight on all of the newest Carolina Hurricanes prospects. In addition to this article, please also check the companion ‘Reading List’ article for Lenni Killinen that includes links to external articles about Lenni Killinen.   Lenni Killinen Killinen was selected by the Carolina Hurricanes in the fourth round of the 2018 NHL Draft. Killinen continues the Hurricanes run of selecting a Finnish forward in the draft in each year dating back to an auspicious start with Sebastian Aho’s selection in the second round of the 2015 NHL Draft. As a good skater with a projectable NHL frame and enough skill, Killinen is maybe a bit raw at this early stage of his development, but he has a high ceiling for a mid-round draft pick.   Interviewees Marco Bombino (Twitter=@marco_bombino) is a Finnish prospect analyst for McKeen’s Hockey and FinnProspects. He also has his own website finnishjuniorhockey.com that provides information on Finnish prospects playing in juniors and at the pro level. He has previously worked for Future Considerations, Over The Boards and Dobber Prospects. Jokke Nevalainen (Twitter=@JokkeNevalainen) is a Junior Associate Editor at DobberProspects.com. There he focuses mostly on European prospects, especially the ones playing in Finland and Sweden.   Interviews on Lenni Killinen Canes and Coffee:...
Summer Reading List – Lenni Killinen (4th round of 2018 NHL Draft)

Summer Reading List – Lenni Killinen (4th round of 2018 NHL Draft)

Below is a reading list for Carolina Hurricanes prospect Lenni Killinen who was drafted in the fourth round of the 2018 NHL Draft. See also Canes and Coffee’s ‘Summer School’ article on Killinen which features ‘from the rink’ insight/interviews from two Finland-based scouts who see Killinen regularly.   Lenni Killinen Killinen was selected by the Carolina Hurricanes in the fourth round of the 2018 NHL Draft. Killinen continues the Hurricanes run of selecting a Finnish forward in the draft in each year dating back to an auspicious start with Sebastian Aho’s selection in the second round of the 2015 NHL Draft. As a good skater with a projectable NHL frame and enough skill, Killinen is maybe a bit raw at this early stage of his development, but he has a high ceiling for a mid-round draft pick.   Lenni Killinen reading list FinnProspects offers this profile with some scouting details on Killinen’s 2017-18 season in Finland. Finnish Junior Hockey included Killinen in its top 15 Finnish players last summer. Andrew Schnittker from Canes Country profiled Killinen in this article that also includes a quote from Hurricanes Scouting Director Tony MacDonald.   Go...
Dark horses for the Carolina Hurricanes 2018-19 training camp

Dark horses for the Carolina Hurricanes 2018-19 training camp

Yesterday’s Daily Cup of Joe highlighted some potential roster battles for training camp in a look at players “on the spot.” The goalie position had Scott Darling and Petr Mrazek on the spot but only because both will be battling for the starting role. And no other goalie entered the picture in yesterday’s article. The blue line was similarly pretty tidy counting six NHLers plus Justin Faulk who makes seven if he is not traded. And though the article did acknowledge that there was room for a #7 if Faulk departs, the position is also pretty tidy. But the forward position is a different story altogether. In that section, I highlighted 10 players battling for roster spots, higher line role and ice time in addition to 6 sure things. That makes for a sizable group of 16 players battling for 13 slots. In writing this article, I included a number of players, especially at the forward position, who seem mostly likely to compete for an win 2018-19 NHL ice time. One thing that is encouraging is the number of players who were not included who might be longer shots but are not entirely out of the question. Today’s Daily Cup of Joe looks at a few dark horses who were not included in yesterday’s article who could surprise.   Goalie Alex Nedeljkovic Nedeljkovic’s development path is an interesting one. He checked pretty much every box while playing at the junior level including steady play over the long haul and also big game success in both the playoffs and international play. Then he arrived at the AHL level for the...