After a couple weeks off during the holidays, Sunday Canes Chronicle returns with a nice collection of clickable links to external Canes’ articles to hep you get through the blizzard…snow storm…errrr….light dusting of snow that fell on the Triangle/Raleigh area overnight on Friday and into Saturday. In all seriousness, be careful on Sunday and even into Monday. Underneath the undersized amount of snow is all of the water that fell before the snow and is now in ice form.
Public service announcements aside, here is this week’s collection Hurricanes hockey news and articles from around the internet.
Matt Duchene (or Gabriel Landeskog)
On January 4, Lyle Richardson from The Hockey News included Duchene in his regular rumor roundup and went so far as to name the Hurricanes as 1 of the teams who had both the cap space and the blue line assets necessary to do a deal for Duchene.
After the rumblings from December but starting early on January 2 before the avalanche (pun intended :-)) of articles speculating on deals, I offered a series of 3 articles leading up to Duchene – Part 1 assessed the Canes’ lineup; Part 2 considered trade options & Part 3 detailed what I would offer for Duchene.
If a trade for Matt Duchene did come to fruition, this article from December at The Denver Post by Terry Frei talking with Duchene about playing his natural center position versus wing could come into play fitting him into the Hurricanes’ lineup.
Hurricanes play versus elite competition (despite losses) show Peters’ transformation making progress
In the past 2 weeks, the Hurricanes have gone toe to toe with elite power houses on multiple occasions including Chicago twice, Pittsburgh once and also Tampa Bay (though the Lightning are still trying to put it all together in 2016-17). A quick glance at the results suggest that the Canes still have a long way to go to be competitive against the league’s best, but if you watched the games and also dig into the statistics, a different story emerges. The Canes can skate with and trade punches with these skating teams.
My recap from the 3-2 loss to the reigning Stanley Cup Champion Penguins offered a less stat-sy review of another game that saw the Canes match a skilled, scoring, elite team but just not quite get the deserved results.
Cam Ward and the Hurricanes’ goalie situation
Hurricanes prospects abound at world juniors tourney
Nicolas Roy, Julien Gauthier and Jake Bean played for Team Canada, and Janne Kuokkanen for Team Finland, making the Carolina Hurricanes prospect pool well represented in the tourney. Canada’s run through the tourney was a who’s who of Hurricanes’ prospect efforts led by Julien Gauthier.
A bonus article