Hurricanes trade Marcus Kruger to Coyotes for Jordan Martinook

Hurricanes trade Marcus Kruger to Coyotes for Jordan Martinook

Today, the Carolina Hurricanes announced that the team had traded center Marcus Kruger to the Arizona Coyotes for depth wing/center Jordan Martinook. As part of the deal, the Hurricanes retained 10 percent of Kruger’s salary, and the teams swapped draft picks with the Hurricanes giving up a third-round draft pick and receiving a fourth-round pick in return.   Closing the book on last summer’s strategy to build an experienced fourth line The trade closes the door on an ill-fated attempt to build a solid, veteran fourth line that could play behind Jordan Staal’s line and solidify things defensively. The strategy failed on multiple fronts. Somewhat as expected, the line primarily comprised of Joakim Nordstrom and additions Josh Jooris and Marcus Kruger scored virtually nothing. But more significantly, the line did not excel in areas that figured to be its strength. The Hurricanes penalty kill took a significant step backward with Kruger in a leading role, and the line was fair, not great as an even strength shutdown unit. When one nets it out, the line was light on scoring even for a fourth line. The players also led to a step down for the penalty kill. After waiting it out for a long time, the original plan was finally jettisoned when Josh Jooris was traded at the trade deadline and Marcus Kruger was demoted to the AHL. In his short stint with the Hurricanes, Marcus Kruger scored only a single goal on an odd forechecking deflection that found the net and five assists for a total of six points in 48 games. To his credit, he was a class...
Sunday Canes Chronicle: The Ron Francis, general manager edition

Sunday Canes Chronicle: The Ron Francis, general manager edition

With a busy news week centered around Ron Francis’ removal from the general manager position of the Carolina Hurricanes, the Sunday Canes Chronicle returns with a roundup of articles on the move and the start of the process of replacing Francis. Certainly, this reading list is not complete. If you happened upon another good article on the subject, please send a quick heads up via our web form, Twitter or email.   If you want something to listen to while reading the other articles, Jeff Marek joined Laughlin & O’Sullivan to discuss the move.   Local articles on Ron Francis’ transition to President of Hockey Operations Tom Edwards from Section 328 offered a detailed chronicle of Francis’ history as general manager in terms of trades and the NHL draft before offering his thoughts on why Francis was removed from the general manager role. In case you missed it, we at Canes and Coffee covered a couple different angles including the timing, the beginning of a potentially tumultuous offseason, the biggest fear and more. Chip Alexander chimed in on Saturday for the News & Observer. The article is light on providing much new information or depth, but does offer a few more quotes from Dundon that offer hints at his direction and role. Jonathan Wagner at CBTS Blog penned this article that started looking forward to what is next for the team after Francis’ transition.   Broader NHL coverage of Ron Francis’ transition Elliotte Friedman from Sportsnet started his must-read 31 thoughts with an insightful interview with Tom Dundon on Wednesday’s move. Tom Gulitti from NHL.com penned an article on...
Sunday Canes Chronicle: All-Star edition

Sunday Canes Chronicle: All-Star edition

After an extended hiatus for the Sunday Canes Chronicle, I figured a weekend with no Canes hockey would be good timing to queue up a batch of Carolina Hurricanes reading from across the web. With it being the NHL All-Star weekend, there are a couple articles on that topic but also a random collection of other stuff too.   Noah Hanifin at the NHL All-Star game Michael Smith from the team website did a great job of capsulizing Noah Hanifin’s Saturday at the All-Star game in this article. Hanifin’s comments about his gradual development offensively are interesting and match up with his fairly sudden transformation.   Another All-Star with Hurricanes ties – Eric Staal Sarah McClellan from the Star Tribune wrote a cool off-ice feature on Eric Staal both looking back at his childhood family and also at his family of five today. More on owner Tom Dundon Tom Gulitti from NHL.com wrote another article about Tom Dundon, providing another round of insight on the Canes new owner. Closer to (Tom Dundon’s) home, Karen Robinson-Jacobs from The Dallas Morning News wrote an article on Tom Dundon with a good number of quotes from Dundon and also others.   The physics of hockey UNC-TV did an interesting segment on the physics of hockey involving Hurricanes’ players that you can find here.   Bill Peters The Coaches Site recently ran an article with insight into how Bill Peters worked his way up to the NHL level and a couple other topics.   Max Pacioretty On January 17, Andrew Berkshire at Sportsnet offered a detailed statistical break down for Max Pacioretty and...
Sunday Canes Chronicle: North Carolina State Fair road trip edition

Sunday Canes Chronicle: North Carolina State Fair road trip edition

After a couple weeks off, the Sunday Canes Chronicle makes it triumphant return providing extra Canes reading for fans who are missing Hurricanes hockey while the team is away for its annual North Carolina State Fair road trip. This week’s reading list is a small sampling (had really busy week away from Canes hockey) of articles spanning a handful of topics.   Carolina Hurricanes prospects Kevin LeBlanc at Canes Country checked in Canes prospects Stelio Mattheos, Matt Filipe, Morgan Geekie and Jake Bean. Earlier this week, Canes and Coffee took a shot at updating its informal prospect rankings and shared a few thoughts on various players in the process.   Jaccob Slavin Adam Gold at WRALSportsFan.com has Jaccob Slavin at the top of the list in his article and video commentary entitled, “At 23, Jaccob Slavin stamps himself as Carolina’s best.”   The Charlotte Checkers Paul Branecky from the team website details the Charlotte Checkers most recent win which pushed the team to the hottest start in team history. Here at Canes and Coffee, Jordan Futrell’s first edition of ‘Checking In’ offered a similarly glowing report from the Queen City.   Miscellaneous Cory Lavalette from the North State Journal shares an interesting read on two younger brothers of Hurricanes players who are playing together in the USHL.   Go Canes!...
Sunday Canes Chronicle: The calm before the 2017-18 Canes hockey storm

Sunday Canes Chronicle: The calm before the 2017-18 Canes hockey storm

With Friday’s 3-1 win against the Washington Capitals, the Hurricanes wrapped up their preseason schedule. That sets the table for seven more days to prepare and work on details in practice before the season opener next Saturday. Unless something has changed, the week could prove to be a newsworthy one with a decision pending on Martin Necas and a couple other players roster-wise and also the possibility that a captain is named this week. But looking backward instead of forward, here is a decent collection of Hurricanes hockey reading for the week.   Martin Necas Chip Alexander at the News & Observer wrote about the impending decision on Martin Necas and the Hurricanes opening day roster. At Canes and Coffee, we assessed Martin Necas and his situation a couple levels deep earlier this week.   Carolina Hurricanes 2017-18 season previews Justin Lape looked at the Hurricanes all-important goalie position in his part of the season preview at Canes Country. Chuck Gormley previews the Carolina Hurricanes 2017-18 season at ESPN.com. The Hockey News also chimes in with a 2017-18 Carolina Hurricanes season preview. Emily Sadler penned the Hurricanes season preview at Sportsnet.ca. Finally, Cody Benjamin previewed the 2017-18 Hurricanes season for CBS Sports.   Canes and Coffee’s 2017-18 season preview series will kick off Monday, so be sure to check in this week as anticipation builds for the season on opener at PNC Arena on Saturday.   Go...
Sunday Canes Chronicle: Hockey is here!

Sunday Canes Chronicle: Hockey is here!

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.   Erik Cole 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...