After another long offseason, 2017-18 hockey arrived this week. Practice started last Friday. The Caniac Carnival followed on Sunday. And the Hurricanes played four preseason games this week.
With the start of preseason comes gradually more news which means the volume of articles from around the internet should begin to pick up again.
On Tuesday, the Hurricanes signed Erik Cole to a one-day contract such that he could announce retirement as a Carolina Hurricane. He was also named a team ambassador.
Luke DeCock at the News & Observer shared his perspective on Erik Cole’s career as a Carolina Hurricane.
Canes and Coffee’s ‘Memory Lane’ article on Erik Cole from awhile back covers the 2002 playoffs and his epic battle against Gary Roberts in the 2002 Eastern Conference Finals in addition to chronicling his Hurricanes career.
Carolina Hurricanes roster cuts
As expected, the team trimmed its roster on Saturday cutting 13 players to get down to 40. The team news release detailing the cuts is here.
On Friday, Canes and Coffee went out on a limb attempting to predict the cuts and also including rationale for stay or go on many players.
September optimism abounds
Brett Finger at Canes Country asks if Martin Necas can play his way onto the opening day roster.
In case you missed it on Saturday, Cory Fogg made his return to Canes and Coffee for the 2017-18 season in an article entitled, “Six ‘If’s’ Holding the Keys to a Carolina Hurricanes Playoff Run in 2017-18.”
JC Bobbitt at Section 328 offers a regular does of his ‘Puckin Sunshine’ detailing a number of reasons that Caniacs should be happy right now.
And in case you missed it last week, some guy named Matt penned a guest article at CanesEdge that was also rosy on the future of the Carolina Hurricanes. (Scroll down to September 13 and check out the other articles that you see on the way.)