Carolina Hurricanes trade Victor Rask for Nino Niederreiter

Carolina Hurricanes trade Victor Rask for Nino Niederreiter

On Thursday afternoon the Carolina Hurricanes announced that they had traded center Victor Rask to the Minnesota Wild for wing Nino Niederreiter. At a basic level, the trade was a ‘change of scenery’ type swap of two mid-priced players who were underperforming relative to their salary and currently struggling to find a role with their current teams.   Victor Rask Less than two years ago, Victor Rask was signed to a six-year contract for $4 million per year. When signed, Rask was 22 years old and coming off of a 21-goal, 48-point season. Equally significantly, at the time he seemed to be still on the rise. That 48-point season was only his second in the NHL and was a nice step up from the 33 points that he scored as a rookie the year before. But the 2016-17 saw him plateau with a similar 45 points and five fewer goals. Then the 2017-18 season saw Rask take a significant step backwards especially in the first half of the season. When the dust settled on the 2017-18 season, Rask had rebounded enough late to offer some hope but was very clearly headed into the 2018-19 season needing to find a higher gear. With Sebastian Aho moving to center, Jordan Staal anchored in the second slot and the team hoping that Martin Necas would be ready for the NHL, Rask slotted as a depth forward ideally to end up in the C4 slot and hopefully rebound and play his way up from there. But then a kitchen accident delayed the start of his 2018-19 season. Now 26 games deep into the...
Introducing Brandon Stanley!  Carolina Hurricanes 2018-19 season preview

Introducing Brandon Stanley! Carolina Hurricanes 2018-19 season preview

Canes and Coffee is thrilled to add another writer to the team to start the 2018-19 season. Please welcome Brandon Stanley and give him a follow at Twitter=@bwstanley26.   Brandon Stanley introduction Welcome to another season of NHL hockey, folks! My name is Brandon Stanley, and some of you may have read an article or two of mine here at C&C. For the majority of you who don’t know me, I am a communication media student at NC State, where I also am on the hockey team (DII Club baby!). I was born and raised right here in Raleigh. I spent a good chunk of my childhood traveling all over North America in youth hockey and spent multiple years in the Jr. Hurricanes organization. So, essentially, I have lived and breathed this game since the age of about 6. Being a Canes fan the last few years hasn’t been the most enjoyable thing in the world. Not exactly a hot take, I know. Since the team’s birth there have been many more painful years than ones that ended with joy, or even moderate overachievement. We are almost trained to expect the worse at this point. I know we’re all tired of being one of the laughingstocks of the league and hearing the Canadian media and their fans troll about relocation and such. The only thing that is going to stop such things is winning.   2018-19 Carolina Hurricanes season preview So, will this be the year things change? At the very least, Dundon and Waddell did not just sit on their hands and hope the team would improve through...
2018-19 Carolina Hurricanes season preview: Part 1-Seeking improvement

2018-19 Carolina Hurricanes season preview: Part 1-Seeking improvement

End of offseason / Beginning of new season coffee drive First, a huge thank you to everyone who has contributed to Canes and Coffee in the past. Your generosity is greatly appreciated, and the site would not exist without your support. With preseason underway, Canes and Coffee is officially starting its fourth year covering Carolina Hurricanes hockey. The site runs on a lean budget and is founded based on a love of our hockey team, but there are still bills and expenses. If you appreciated daily coverage to help get through the long offseason, please consider contributing $4 to a buy a cup of coffee as a thank you. If you are looking forward to another full season of daily Canes coverage, please consider contributing $4 to buy a cup of coffee to help fuel what lies ahead. Tips are welcome too. ? Contribute HERE.   With real Canes hockey only a day away, the site is getting busier. Today check out also the reopening of The Coffee Shop with a set of polls and discussion questions on the team’s 2018-19 performance.   Gauging offseason improvement As a team that found itself out of the playoff chase early again in the 2017-18 season, the Hurricanes were one of 15 teams that entered the offseason needing to improve to return to the playoffs for the 2018-19 season. The true verdict will of course be rendered on the ice, but with the season now only a couple days away, the timing is right to do a first assessment of whether the Carolina Hurricanes improved during the offseason and maybe more significantly whether...
Justin Williams named Carolina Hurricanes captain – A jolt and a bridge

Justin Williams named Carolina Hurricanes captain – A jolt and a bridge

For anyone not away from hockey preparing for the arrive of Florence, it should not be new news that Justin Williams has been named the captain of the Carolina Hurricanes. I could and probably will (electricity permitting) over the next few days come at this announcement from about a dozen different angles, but in the aim of not losing the most important points in the details, this article will focus on only a handful of points that I think are most significant.   First…deja vu back to last October My general thinking on this dates back to this article from October 6, 2017 right after Jordan Staal and Justin Faulk were named co-captains where I said: But I still would have preferred Justin Williams But I still would have preferred Williams, and here is why… I just think the team needs a sudden and stark shift in mindset. A significant part of it is simply personality and communication style, but Francis and Peters tone very much strikes a ‘working to get better’, ‘doing it the right way’, ‘in it for the long haul’, ‘not looking for short-term fixes’, etc. type of style. I think a shift in mentality is in order. The Hurricanes are NOT ‘hoping to be in the mix in March.’ They are not ‘getting better’ or ‘on the right path.’ The Carolina Hurricanes need to make a meaningful shift to something along the lines of ‘We will make the playoffs this year.’ Justin Williams is the embodiment of that shift. When a 34-year old veteran with Cup wins and other options chose to come to Raleigh,...
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...