Stats-based analysis of the Hurricanes blue line — By Corey Sznajder

Stats-based analysis of the Hurricanes blue line — By Corey Sznajder

Canes Art provided by Chris Clark. Matt’s Introduction: If you are catching up and want to see the other articles for Canes and Coffee’s reader/guest week, you can find links in the other Wednesday article HERE. Wednesday’s guest article for reader/guest week at Canes and Coffee is another great one that lives at the cutting edge of today’s NHL and at the same time harkens back to Canes hockey coverage from years past. The author, Corey Sznajder, is busy working on an NHL microstats project to collect and publish a database of microstats for the 2016-17 season, but I figured it couldn’t hurt to ask if he would be interested in writing a guest post. Somewhat to my surprise, he agreed. Corey’s formal bio is below, but please also allow me to introduce him from my Hurricanes hockey fan viewpoint. Nowadays those of us who are passionate hockey fans see quite a bit of statistical information, analytics and visual representations for players. It has become common enough that it almost seems like this analysis has always been commonplace when in fact the reality is that the advent (or at least the surge) of fancy stats, analytics and similar in the public domain is really only about 4-6 years old. And back in the early pioneering days of this movement, Hurricanes fans were incredibly lucky to have a knowledgeable tour guide in Corey Sznajder. He started incorporating Corsi, other shot total and other analysis in his writing at his blog The Shutdown Line early on. I have always viewed Corey as the first leader and teacher on this front in...
‘The future is bright’ prospect camp player evaluations — By Brandon Stanley

‘The future is bright’ prospect camp player evaluations — By Brandon Stanley

Today Canes and Coffee’s reader and guest website takeover moves forward into day three. If you missed Monday and Tuesday, reader articles include David Miller with a deep dive on the Canes salary cap through 2019-20 and Randy Yale’s top five plays of the 2016-17 season. Guest writer articles include Bob Wage from Canes Edge writing about the potential attendance benefits of an ownership change and Ben Pope sharing the incredible cool start to his writing career as Mark Jones at the age of 12. Today’s reader article rewinds about one month and provides another viewpoint on individual players at the the Hurricanes’ prospect camp.   About the Author Brandon Stanley (Twitter=@brandon_stan63) is a Raleigh native dating back to 1994, which also happens to be his birth year. He is also Carolina Jr. Hurricanes alum and massive stats/prospects/all things Canes nerd. Hockey has been a huge part of his life since about 5 years old, and he really enjoys in-depth looks at whatever is available, such as the Hurricanes’ prospect camp.   Scouting day two of the Hurricanes’ prospect camp My pop was in town and we had an open afternoon, so we hit PNC Arena to have a look at day two of the Hurricanes’ prospect camp practice. This is a write-up I put together that day, and I hope it helps give a little insight from one (self-proclaimed knowledgeable) fan as to what is in store for the future of our Carolina Hurricanes. Count me as excited about the group of talent GMRF has put together. The size, skill, and competition at this year’s Carolina Hurricanes’ Prospect Development...
The Story of Mark Jones — By Ben Pope

The Story of Mark Jones — By Ben Pope

If you missed it earlier today, check out Randy Yale’s reader article that lists his top 5 plays of the 2016-17 season and the optimism each provides for 2017-18   About the Author Ben Pope (Twitter=@CanesReport) is a former Hurricanes columnist and beat reporter for the News & Observer, Today’s Slapshot and Bleacher Report. He is now a student at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and the summer editor-in-chief of The Daily Northwestern student newspaper.   The story of Mark Jones One of the best compliments I’ve ever received came while standing at a urinal in the United Center in Chicago. It was January 6th, 2017, moments after the Blackhawks had defeated the Hurricanes 2-1 in a game that, as the Chicago postgame radio commentators openly acknowledged to the crowds as they ventured into the 10-degree night, the Hurricanes deserved to win. A drunken man peeing next to me noticed my extremely out-of-place Carolina jersey and asked why I had left the warm weather. I said I went to Northwestern. He replied, slurring, “Oh, so you’re one of those smart motherf**kers.” I, admittedly, left out one key detail — urinal talk and details, after all, don’t often mix. I left out that the only reason I was at smart, motherf**king Northwestern was because of the team he had just watched his Blackhawks beat. (I also left out that the only reason I did not buy the fifth-row seat I sat in, but rather maneuvered there through careful Stubhub monitoring, evasion of ushers and ignoring a very urgent need to visit a urinal, was because of the exponential, motherf**king Northwestern tuition,...
My five favorite Hurricanes plays of the 2016-17 season and why they have me excited for 2017-18 — By Randy Yale

My five favorite Hurricanes plays of the 2016-17 season and why they have me excited for 2017-18 — By Randy Yale

Canes Art on main page generously provided by Chris Clark.   In case you are catching up, this week at Canes and Coffee is “tap takeover” week if you will with both reader and guest articles filling up the website. Things kicked off in earnest on Monday with a great detailed analysis of the Hurricanes salary cap situation out to 2019-20 by reader David Miller. That article was followed up by a guest post by Bob Wage from Canes Edge in which he offered his thoughts on the potential attendance boost that an ownership change could yield. We even melded the two together for a Monday Coffee shop with polls and discussion questions also focused on the Hurricanes’ financials looking forward.     About the Author Randy Yale (CandC=ctcaniac) grew up in Raleigh, received his undergraduate degree from NC State, attended graduate school at UNC-Chapel Hill, and earned a graduate degree from Duke in 2005. His job then relocated him to Connecticut in 2006 (I was actually interviewing as the Canes were winning the Stanley Cup). So while I made the team’s move in reverse, my family (wife Tracy, son Jacob, and daughter Marcos) and I remain committed Caniacs.   First, let me say that one moment surpassed all last season: Bryan Bickell putting the puck in the net in the shootout the last time he touched it in the NHL.  But I am not eloquent enough to say more about that moment.   The list below reflects plays when I thought to myself “that was special.”  I have re-watched all of them, most more than twice.  As the new...
New ownership would be game-changer for Hurricanes attendance — By Bob Wage from Canes Edge

New ownership would be game-changer for Hurricanes attendance — By Bob Wage from Canes Edge

Reader and guest week is off and running at Canes and Coffee. In addition to this great guest article, the first reader article from David Miller today can also be found HERE.   About the Author Bob Wage (Twitter=@CanesEdge) has been writing hockey-related articles for over 10 years and has contributed to sites such as The Hockey News, The Fourth Period, and Fadoo.com.  He is most noted for his creation and management of CanesCountry.com as well as its successful partnering and alliance with SBNation.com.  Wage is currently working on Canes Edge, a new project he hopes will be another respectable and go-to source of news for hockey fans.     New ownership as a game-changer in terms of attendance Understandably, much has been said recently about the pending sale of the Hurricanes to an investment group led by lawyer, Chuck Greenberg.  We can all assume that there will be some changes coming for the Canes when/if the sale is completed, internally and externally. In one article, the News & Observer mentioned possible changes like a new practice rink and more effort in growing the game in the area.  While these things are important, I believe that the last thing mentioned in the article is the most significant.   The Hurricanes need to rebuild their bond with the community as well as with their former season ticket-holding fans. A positive relationship between the ownership of any sports franchise and the corresponding fan base is vital to its success.  That has been missing here in Carolina for some time now. While Caniacs have always been grateful to Peter Karmanos for moving this...
The Hurricanes Salary Cap Situation through the 2019-2020 Season — By David Miller

The Hurricanes Salary Cap Situation through the 2019-2020 Season — By David Miller

Canes Art on main page generously provided by Chris Clark. This article kicks off what should be a fun week with some reader articles and also some special guest articles. A few schedule challenges exist, but the general goal is to try to post morning and mid-day articles most days, so please check back regularly.   About the Author David Miller (Twitter=@dmilleravid) grew up in North Carolina, now lives in Charlotte, and has always followed the Stanley Cup Playoffs but didn’t start following the Canes much until recently – maybe the 2011-12 season – drawn in by John Forslund and Tripp Tracy. He has gradually ratcheted up his fandom until becoming, like many other readers, a little too obsessive over the past two seasons. David claims to lack many other’s knowledge of Canes history and asks that you please don’t hold that against him.   It’s an honor for me to write this guest post for Canes & Coffee. I want to thank Matt for this opportunity and for setting a high bar for quality content and analysis. Hurricanes fans are lucky to have this resource and, we owe Matt a great deal of gratitude for his energy and dedication to Canes hockey.   Setting the stage and key assumptions Leading up to the Expansion and Entry Drafts and Free Agency, there have been quite a few comments on this site regarding GM Ron Francis’ salary budget for the 2017-18 season and any salary cap issues that may befall the team over the coming years. Elias Lindholm, Sebastian Aho, Brett Pesce, Noah Hanifin, and Jeff Skinner all have contracts...