Hurricanes name Jordan Staal and Justin Faulk co-captains

Hurricanes name Jordan Staal and Justin Faulk co-captains

After a full season without a captain after Eric Staal’s departure, a summer of questions and then suddenly a sense of urgency and a schedule even with Bill Peters’ comments at media day on September 5, the situation was resolved today. The team announced that Jordan Staal and Justin Faulk would be alternating captains and Jeff Skinner would be the lone alternate captain. Not mentioned directly but also newsworthy is the fact that Victor Rask will no longer be an alternate captain and also the fact that Justin Williams is not an alternate captain. I find the announcement today numerous on multiple levels.   The public relations and first impression angle Reactions were mixed but my conversations and browsing of Twitter seemed to suggest that many were not thrilled with the non-decision decision that is still leadership by committee despite the ‘C’ being back in the locker room. My initial reaction which I posted on Twitter was thus: Initial reaction to .@NHLCanes announcement: Big fuss was made (accidentally?) about picking a captain only to not actually pick a captain. — Canes and Coffee (@CanesandCoffee) October 5, 2017 After some time to contemplate the announcement today, I still stand by this initial reaction. When Coach Bill Peters suddenly stated that the team would have a captain by the start of the season, the hype engine was fueled. Would it be Skinner? Staal? Newcomer Williams? A surprise? What would the decision be. The fact that the team has two co-captains and that the expected version of a decision was not made does have a ‘What?! That’s it! (sigh)’ type of feel...
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...
Sunday Canes Chronicle: Caniac Carnival edition

Sunday Canes Chronicle: Caniac Carnival edition

For anyone who has not already had it on their calendar for a couple months, Sunday is the Caniac Carnival which is an official rite of passage out of the offseason and into preseason hockey. The team will enter its third day of practice when the first group steps on the ice at PNC Arena at 10:30am on Sunday. Today’s batch of external reading has a few articles on the Caniac Carnival and preseason action so far plus a mix of other articles.   The Caniac Carnival For anyone who is not already scheduled to be there but is looking for inexpensive fun mid-day on Sunday, the schedule and details for the Caniac Carnival can be found at CarolinaHurricanes.com. Canes and Coffee offered a ‘what I’m watching’ style preview for the Sunday practices and included a ‘best food truck options’ poll to help people plan lunch.   Carolina Hurricanes training camp Tom Edwards from Section 328 offers a who’s who of the full list of players at the Carolina Hurricanes training camp. The second part of Canes and Coffee’s training camp preview (with links to the first part) takes and early look at sorting out the forward lines and defense pairings.   Looking forward to the Hurricanes 2017-18 season Ron Francis recaps the offseason and previews the 2017-18 season in an interview with Michael Smith at CarolinaHurricanes.com. Jonathan Wagner at CBTS Blog pulls out his crystal ball and suggests three potential breakout players for the 2017-18 season. Jim Cerny from Sporting News previews the Hurricanes 2017-18 season and suggests that the team could be on the cusp of ending...
Sunday Canes Chronicle: Thank you Michigan for the Hurricanes hockey appetizer

Sunday Canes Chronicle: Thank you Michigan for the Hurricanes hockey appetizer

After another long offseason, hockey is here. As I write this, the Carolina Hurricanes are off to a 2-0 start and are on pace to defend their 2016 championship. Alas, it is not at the NHL level, but what’s not to like about the latest draft classes setting a precedent that when they pull a Hurricanes sweater over their head, they win and claim championships. Closer to home and at the NHL level, hockey is also very close. The annual media day was Monday which offered a decent amount of content this week to go with the Traverse City tourney news. Without further ado, here is the final summer reading list before hockey starts up in earnest on PNC Arena ice later this week.   Carolina Hurricanes media day If you missed it this week and want the maximum dosage, the best thing to do is to head over to CarolinaHurricanes.com where you can find a bunch of short interview videos, but here are a couple of my favorites for those who want a shorter list. Probably the biggest news to drop on media day was Coach Bill Peters saying the team would have a captain for 2017-18. The News & Observer article with the video clip with Peters’ comments is HERE, and  Canes and Coffee discussed that subject HERE. Here are links to the interviews with newcomers Scott Darling and Justin Williams. From either you can scroll across using the arrows for the CanesVision boxes just below. Traverse City Prospects Tournament For Game 1, a 6-2 win over the Red Wings on Friday, Michael Smith’s recap at CarolinaHurricanes.com...
Sunday Canes Chronicle: The “holiday before hockey” edition

Sunday Canes Chronicle: The “holiday before hockey” edition

Does anyone else think of Labor Day as the “holiday before hockey?” That is what I termed years ago since the start of training always sits roughly a week behind Labor Day weekend. We are getting close to finally having more real news once training camp starts, but this week is still a bit quiet on the news front.   Carolina Hurricanes prospects Dave McCarthy from NHL.com checks in on Jake Bean and his goals entering training camp. If have not kept up, Canes and Coffee’s ‘Back to School’ series on Hurricanes prospects below the AHL level finished up the 2017 draft class and started on the 2016 draftees. You can find a clickable menu of all of those articles HERE.     Carolina Hurricanes veterans Josh Beneteau from Sportsnet in Canada writes about Cam Ward’s likely reduced role behind Scott Darling. Chip Alexander has both a video interview and written article on Justin Williams and his thoughts on the Hurricanes and his return.   Other Hurricanes news Andrew Schnittker from the Technician has five numbers that need to change for the Hurricanes to make the playoffs.   The tentative plan is to kick off Hurricanes training camp preview coverage a bit early. The Hurricanes faithful have endured another long offseason, so I figure everyone is chomping at the bit to get started with the 2017-18 season in whatever way possible.   Go...