Hurricanes trade Elias Lindholm and Noah Hanifin for Dougie Hamilton, Micheal Ferland and prospect Adam Fox (Part 1: Evaluating the deal)

Hurricanes trade Elias Lindholm and Noah Hanifin for Dougie Hamilton, Micheal Ferland and prospect Adam Fox (Part 1: Evaluating the deal)

Just when it looked like the 2018 NHL Draft might close out fairly quietly for the Carolina Hurricanes after a noisy Friday in terms of rumors….KABOOM!!! The Hurricanes traded restricted free agents Noah Hanifin and Elias Lindholm to Calgary for defenseman Dougie Hamilton, forward Micheal Ferland and defense prospect Adam Fox. Down below are my initial Twitter-size thoughts on the deal from when the news broke. Here is the the more detailed version.   The crux of the deal This deal is an incredibly complex one in terms of the number of things to be considered. There is of course the simple player swap but behind that are multiple other layers. The trade represents a pair of high stakes crystal ball player evaluations for Noah Hanifin and Elias Lindholm. The deal includes an intertwined element of performance relative to salary with Lindholm and Hanifin both restricted free agents who will command sizable sums based at least as much on draft pedigree and potential as past performance. And the trade also requires decision-making related to the balance between building a winner for today versus having patience for young players to develop. But when I sort through all of the angles as I will do in more detail below and try to boil the deal down to basics, it goes like this… 1) The Hurricanes traded two players with high-end ‘potential’ for one player who is a ‘now’ player at or near that high end. 2) The team addressed what I termed the second biggest need (first is always goaltending) by adding a top 4 defenseman to help solidify the second...
Open forum for Carolina Hurricanes draft day discussion

Open forum for Carolina Hurricanes draft day discussion

If you are just checking in, you can find part 4 of my 4-part 2018 NHL Draft week series (and links to the first 3 parts) HERE. This post will be left open for reader discussion and updates during the draft. ——————————–   Saturday 8:40am  update On Friday, the Canes avoided overthinking a good thing, picked Andrei Svechnikov and in the process added a player with a high probability of being a high-end scorer. Otherwise, the first day of the draft was a quiet one in terms of actual activity for the Hurricanes and the league as a whole. Jeff Skinner’s name reared up again. Elias Lindholm also joined the fray, but both players are still on the Hurricanes roster as of Saturday morning. Most interesting on the trade front was a deal that sent Philipp Grubauer and Brooks Orpik (salary dump) to the Colorado Avalanche for a second-round pick. A few minutes after the deal was announced, I said on Twitter: That's an interesting deal, and one that could have made sense for #Canes. Orpik at $4.5M (actual) is a salary dump it's only 1 year and might another grizzled veteran help with the locker room reset? And then Grubauer costs only a 2nd-rounder. Interesting… https://t.co/5agvUXQbxT — Canes and Coffee (@CanesandCoffee) June 22, 2018 A few hours later in his parting comments at the end of the night, Luke DeCock said not only was it interesting, but that the Hurricanes were actually in on this deal. Canes offered earlier second-rounder than Colorado for Grubauer and were willing to take Orpik's contract (not permanently, presumably, for obvious reasons) — but...
2018 NHL Draft week preview: Part 4 – Playing general manager

2018 NHL Draft week preview: Part 4 – Playing general manager

Today’s Daily Cup of Joe is part 4 in a series leading up to the 2018 NHL Draft weekend and the offseason frenzy that begins in earnest with it. If you missed the first three parts, you can find them here: Part 1: Potential wheeling and dealing Part 2: Potential targets (Teams A-M) Part 3: Potential targets (Teams N-Z) Today’s Daily Cup of Joe takes a turn at being the Carolina Hurricanes general manager.   Deals I would do Disclaimer: I am not going to get bogged down in specifics of the trades past the principal players. Jeff Skinner to Los Angeles for Jake Muzzin (or another top 4 defenseman) As I have said multiple times, I think the time is now to make a long-term decision on Jeff Skinner and either sign him to an extension or trade him rather than risking a Tavares-like white knuckler late into the next season. By no means would I trade Skinner for pennies on the dollar, but if a reasonable offer arose, I would take it. In a nutshell, I just do not think Jeff Skinner is a player who is worth what his next contract will cost. He is a top-end player offensively but never really did figure out the balance also be at least an adequate two-way player. Ready to enter his ninth season in the NHL, at some point you have to evaluate a player based on what he is not what he might become.   Scott Darling to Chicago for Marian Hossa’s contract Rumors and rumblings have offered a number of more sizable deals between the the...
Rod Brind’Amour named head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes

Rod Brind’Amour named head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes

  One of the challenges of running a daily hockey site in my free time is the seemingly uncanny ability for big events to happen when they do not fit with other obligations. For the paid media, they just shift whatever else they are doing around because it is part of their job. Hence the delay covering today’s big news. I mostly covered the topic in my article addressing the pros and cons of Brind’Amour as an option on April 25. But Rod Brind’Amour officially named as the head coach, let me add a bit to my thoughts from a couple weeks ago.   He is the right type of player to be a good head coach The NHL like pretty much every other sport is littered with stories of great players who were not even remotely successful at coaching. Playing and coaching are two completely different skill sets despite being within the same profession. As such, it is a risky move to put a player with no head coaching experience or success at any level in a head coaching role at the NHL level. No doubt, there is a chance that this move fails. But risk noted, I do think that because of the type of player that Rod Brind’Amour was that he is the right kind of player to succeed as a coach. His strength as a player was not raw skill. His strengths were his work ethic and effort and also his leadership. Those traits, especially the latter, translate well to coaching. The work ethic thing is tricky because even if Brind’Amour leads well, it just...
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...