The Carolina Hurricanes re-sign Derek Ryan for one year at $1.425 million

The Carolina Hurricanes re-sign Derek Ryan for one year at $1.425 million

Today it was announced that the Hurricanes had re-signed Derek Ryan to a one-year (one-way) deal at $1.425 million. It is a good thing that the Daily Cup of Joe article was posted early since Ron Francis started early. 🙂 I had this deal among those that I expected this week to go with a few other decisions to be made by Francis.   Derek Ryan’s contract As noted, I expected this deal to happen. There is no surprise there. Though I am a little surprised by the price.  I expected Ryan to get a raise but would have pegged this deal at $900,000 – $1.1 million. In that regard, I am incredibly happy for Ryan. His long journey and perseverance are well-documented. I am more than happy to see people like him get rewarded for hard work. So financially, the deal does eat up $300,000-400,000 more than I expected, but in the big picture, that is not overly significant. In addition, the one-way deal does commit another NHL roster slot.   Derek Ryan’s fit with the Hurricanes Despite the fact that neither side said much of anything too promising at the end of the season, I always figured this deal as close to a sure thing. As an unrestricted free agent, Ryan had the chance to shop the open market, but I just think the situation was too perfect for both him and the Hurricanes. Ryan had carved out a place on a team that still needs forward depth. Further, his greatest asset is his offensive ability which is something the Hurricanes are still light on. Finally, partly...
Local Hockey Saturday: UNC Hockey closes out 2016-17 with steady improvement

Local Hockey Saturday: UNC Hockey closes out 2016-17 with steady improvement

In rounding up articles for Canes and Coffee’s “Local Hockey Saturday,” I reached out to Trevor Lenzmeier who covers UNC Hockey for Carolina Hockey Central with the hope of having him write a guest article summarizing the Tar Heels’ season on the ice. He pointed me to a great article doing exactly that at Carolina Hockey Central. And after reading it and recognizing that it was an A effort, I did not have the heart to ask him to write it again. So for a great recap of UNC Hockey’s 2016-17, please check out Trevor’s article HERE. Canes and Coffee congratulates the Tar Heels on a great 2016-17 season and also extends a big thank you to Trevor for his help for “Local Hockey Saturday” and also covering the “Backyard Brawl” against NC State at PNC Arena.   For more on our day of local hockey, please also check out today’s recap of the Junior Hurricanes playing in the Quebec Pee Wee tourney and also a season summary for NC State...
Local Hockey Saturday: NC State Hockey shows resilience and finishes 2016-17 season strong

Local Hockey Saturday: NC State Hockey shows resilience and finishes 2016-17 season strong

The first dose of NC State men’s hockey came in covering the phenomenal “Backyard Brawl” event that saw UNC and NC State square off at PNC Arena in front of an energetic college sports crowd. Canes and Coffee recapped the game and the event HERE. We check in with Wolfpack hockey at the end of a season that concluded with the ACCHL tournament last weekend. Canes and Coffee would like to extend a huge thank you to Drew Blevins for providing his in-depth, ‘from the rink’ insight into North Carolina State’s 2016-17 season on the ice. Drew Blevins is the play-by-play voice of the NC State Wolfpack hockey team. He is in his fourth season with the Pack. After playing 13 seasons with the Carolina Jr. Hurricanes, Blevins is happy to be calling games because it’s a way to stay around the sport he loves. ———————————— Article by Drew Blevins There is little comfort that comes with the end of the N.C. State Wolfpack hockey season. Once again a solid State lineup made the ACCHL Admirals Cup championship game, and once again the team lost. This season’s runner-up finish feels much different from last year’s disappointment though. There’s a silver lining through the bitterness of another championship loss, and that ray of light is the fact the Wolfpack got a chance to develop young players in their system and will reap benefits from their young guns as soon as next year In 2015-16, N.C. State was a red terror who steamrolled their way through the ACCHL, going 9-1 against competition in the league and earning a regular season title. The...
READER ARTICLE: Eastern Winds-Canes on the other side of the world by @IronCaniac

READER ARTICLE: Eastern Winds-Canes on the other side of the world by @IronCaniac

Our short series of articles submitted during the bye week continues today with an interesting look at hockey far, far away in a market significantly more untraditional than the southern United States. ———————————- Submitted by @IronCaniac I’m an attorney living in the Washington, DC area.  I first started following the Canes just before the start of the 2002 playoffs after my parents won tickets to a game at a work party raffle.  My family and I have been Caniacs ever since.  The Canes inspired me to learn to skate and play hockey, which culminated in winning a league championship with my university club team a few years ago. ——————————– Recently, I took a vacation to Beijing, China, the home of the Kontinental Hockey League’s newest expansion team, the Kunlun Red Star.  I wanted to attend a game because, as a fan of an NHL team in a nontraditional hockey market, I have a soft spot in my heart for efforts to grow the game in new places.  Also, as it turns out, the Beijing KHL team has some connections to the Carolina Hurricanes. Ex-Canes in the “K” Serendipitously, two former Canes—Brett Bellemore and Alexei Ponikarovsky—are on the inaugural Kunlun roster.  After departing the Canes as a free agent during the 2015 offseason, Bellemore signed with the Red Star when he later was not able to crack the NHL lineup in the Rangers’ and Bruins’ systems.  He’s been interviewed as saying that the chance to travel factored into his decision since he’s never left North America prior to joining the team.  Ponikarovsky has been in the KHL a bit longer,...
READER ARTICLE: What the Faulk should we do? by Michael Perlmutter

READER ARTICLE: What the Faulk should we do? by Michael Perlmutter

I am a bit behind on posting them, but after receiving and posting some great reader articles this summer, we decided to do it again for the Hurricanes’ bye week. Below is the first of a short series of reader posts on different Hurricanes hockey topics. A huge thank you to everyone who submitted articles! ——————————————————————— Submitted by Michael Perlmutter My name is Michael Perlmutter and I’ve been a Canes fan my whole life. This was easy to do considering how I’m from Greensboro, NC so I saw the Canes in their inaugural season and have followed them ever since. But I didn’t start following them religiously until 05-06. From then on my family became mini-season ticket holders until I went off to college at NC State in the fall of 2011. It was then I made the condition to my parents if they wanted me to attend school in-state (NC State’s College of Design), they’d have to become full season ticket holders to keep me around. And for some silly reason they listened and now here I am- a post-grad graphic designer/animator living in Raleigh. I am still attending as many Canes games as I humanly can from season to season in hopes to see our boys in red rise to the glory of making the postseason once more.  Funny enough, I now happen to work at the sign company that does all of the signs for PNC Arena, and there I have become widely known as an unpaid Canes representative which is made plain by how decked out my cubicle is with Caniac memorabilia of seasons present...
Your turn: Seeking guest posts for bye week fun at CandC

Your turn: Seeking guest posts for bye week fun at CandC

Expect a fairly active bye week at Canes and Coffee Next week should actually be a fairly busy week at Canes and Coffee despite the 5-day lay off for the team. Cory Fogg and Andrew Schnittker are both working on feature articles that should be interesting. Jordan Futrell will have his usual weekly ‘Checking In’ article from Charlotte and also possibly a series that takes a deeper dive on the Canes prospects in the AHL if Jordan and I can get our ducks in a row. Another set of ‘Midterms’ that check in on Canes prospects below the AHL should also appear throughout the week. And surely we will find something to bandy around in the Coffee Shop in Monday and probably Thursday too. And with a break in the hockey action, I am promising myself that I will send another email newsletter and think of some kind of sneak preview to include on the trade deadline or something else. So despite the lack of action on the ice, the site should still be pretty active.   Also another round of user articles! Also, with a 5-day respite from the day-to-day upkeep of previews, watching games and post-games, I wanted to do another short round of reader submitted articles. We did this in the summer with some wonderful results: “How I became a Canes fan” by Matt Somma “Faulk’s World Cup snub was stupid, but should we care?” by Justin Ryan “My favorite year” by Bill Dowey “Is it Julien Gauthier time in Raleigh?” by Cory Fogg “5 things every Caniac should have or get” by @IronCaniac   So...