Sunday Canes Chronicle: Kids and ownership edition

Sunday Canes Chronicle: Kids and ownership edition

More news bubbled up on the ownership transition front in the middle of an otherwise quiet week in mid-August. Despite the slow time of year, some digging still yielded a decent mix of Hurricanes hockey reading to help pass another slow day in the dead of the offseason.   Carolina Hurricanes prospects Brock Otten from OHL Prospects shared a deep dive on the five Hurricanes prospects who played in the OHL in 2016-17 (scroll to August 12 if you check this later) and shared Martin Necas’ likely destination for 2017-18 along the way. Kevin LeBlanc from Dobber Prospects did his annual 31-in-31 on the Hurricanes prospects from a fantasy hockey angle. Tom Gulitti from NHL.com also chimed in with a 31-in-31 update on the Hurricanes prospect pool.   2017-18 Carolina Hurricanes projections Also from NHL.com, Rob Vollman dug into the statistics and suggested that the Hurricanes could be much-improved. Finishing the trifecta, Pete Jensen from NHL.com shared an early fantasy hockey look at the 2017-18 Hurricanes.   Chuck Greenberg, Peter Karmanos and the ownership situation Chip Alexander provided his latest update on the ownership situation in his August 9 article at the News & Observer. Also on August 9, Cory Lavalette at the North State Journal chimed in with an article that shared unprecedented detail on the team’s financials for the 2016-17 season. Here at Canes and Coffee, we shared our thoughts on possible angles on the most recent batch of news to break.   Go...
Sunday Canes Chronicle: Brett Pesce and an early August Caniac grab bag

Sunday Canes Chronicle: Brett Pesce and an early August Caniac grab bag

As I write this, we have inched almost a full week into August and closer to September when we can see the light at the end of the tunnel with training camp leading fairly quickly into real hockey. Yet again, Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis generously offered up a bit of significant hockey news this week, when he inked defenseman Brett Pesce to a six-year contract extension. Today’s batch of reading from around the internet includes a few articles on Pesce and his new contract and also a couple other Canes reading items to get us through another hockey-less day in August.   Brett Pesce contract The Hurricanes website has audio from the phone interview with Brett Pesce after signing his new deal. Jared Clinton at The Hockey News chimed in on the Pesce contract in this article. Here at Canes and Coffee our second article on the Pesec contract went a level deeper looking at his role, the merits of keeping him and Slavin together and finally his offensive upside.   Peter Karmanos and Hank Greenberg Chip Alexander at the News & Observer offered the latest update on the potential sale of the Carolina Hurricanes to a Chuck Greenberg-led group.   More Hurricanes goodness Shayna Goldman at FanRag Sports has Jaccob Slavin at #22 in their top 25 under 25 rankings and includes a statistics and a few good visuals to show why. Dan Rosen from NHL.com is the latest to join a growing herd of people who are optimistic on the Hurricanes 2017-18 season. I predict that by late September, the Hurricanes will have cemented the #1...
Sunday Canes Chronicle: Anniversary edition

Sunday Canes Chronicle: Anniversary edition

On a slow hockey Saturday in late July, Canes and Coffee’s second anniversary came and went yesterday. If you missed it, check out the article posted on the site’s second birthday. In terms of hockey news, the last week of July was not surprisingly a slow one. Canes fans who checked in did get two news bits. Probably most noteworthy from a Hurricanes’ standpoint is the fact that Chuck Greenberg was in town and spotted touring the Hurricanes’ practice facility per Chip Alexander at the News & Observer. And on Friday, the Hurricanes re-signed their final restricted free agent, Phil Di Giuseppe, to a one-year, two-way deal. The anniversary edition of the Sunday Canes Chronicle has articles on the two news points, a couple other articles and a directory of sorts for set of eight articles for reader/guest week this past week at Canes and Coffee.   Phil Di Giuseppe Canealytics article at Section 328 on Phil Di Giuseppe is actually a couple weeks old but good for this week with his re-signing on Friday. Our article here at Canes and Coffee on Friday looked at his contract and also offered a fairly deep dive considering where Di Giuseppe might fit in a suddenly crowded Canes forward lineup.   Early assessments for Ron Francis Andrew Schnittker at North Carolina State’s Technician offered a favorable mid-summer review of Francis’ work in his article entitled, “Francis sends clear message with busy Canes offseason.” Satchel Price at SBNation also gave Francis high marks for the offseason in his article on July 13. Finally, see where fans rank Ron Francis among the 30 NHL...
Sunday Canes Chronicle: Trekking through the hockey desert

Sunday Canes Chronicle: Trekking through the hockey desert

Both in terms of temperatures outside and volume of hockey news, I think we have officially entered the desert of the hockey off-season. Sitting three weeks after the opening of free agency and still five or six weeks from even the start of informal skates, there really just is not much going on most days for Hurricanes hockey or any other hockey for that matter. Despite the lack of new news, the upcoming week should be a fun one at Canes and Coffee where we will have an eclectic mix of reader week articles and also a few fun guest articles. And despite the generally slow week news-wise, we did manage to accumulate a pretty good reading list for Hurricanes fans desperately scavenging for whatever Canes hockey reading they can find.   Justin Williams returns to PNC Arena Justin Williams met with the media at PNC Arena on Monday. Jeff Gravley at WRALSportsFan offered video from the media availability. Bob Wage from Canes Edge also detailed Williams return to PNC Arena in this article.   The Carolina Hurricanes potential sale Jeff Gravley at WRALSportsFan provided an update on the team’s potential sale in the Wednesday newscast. On July 21, Luke DeCock from the News & Observer offered some additional insight into Chuck Greenberg who is thought to be the leader of the buying ownership group.   Nicolas Roy Kurt Dusterberg from NHL.com has an update on Hurricanes prospect Nicolas Roy and his development as a goal scorer.   North Carolina FC and the Hurricanes This was a big week for North Carolina FC soccer, its fan base and the...
Sunday Canes Chronicle: Big deals (Jaccob Slavin) and then maybe BIGGGG deals (Chuck Greenberg?)

Sunday Canes Chronicle: Big deals (Jaccob Slavin) and then maybe BIGGGG deals (Chuck Greenberg?)

Waking up Monday a full week past the start of NHL free agency, the off-season seemed very clearly headed into the desert of the off-season when news is sparse and many days are just better designed for taking a small break from Canes hockey to recharge for the next season. Monday and Tuesday met that expectation, but after that things became interesting and then downright wild. On Wednesday, the Hurricanes announced a deal that extended Jaccob Slavin and stretched his commitment to a Carolina Hurricanes uniform to eight years counting the one year remaining on his existing contract. Then just when the Hurricanes hockey community was coming off the high from Wednesday and dialing back down to mid-July hockey nothingness, even bigger news or almost news anyway lit Canes Twitter up like Fourth of July fireworks. In the middle of the afternoon on Thursday, a rumor popped on Twitter saying that the Hurricanes were close to being sold to Chuck Greenberg for something in the neighborhood of $500 million. Not surprisingly this week’s version of Sunday Canes Chronicle features a heavy dose of Jaccob Slavin, Chuck Greenberg and the possibility of the team being sold.   Jaccob Slavin and his seven-year extension NHL.com’s NHL Tonight appropriately featuring the owner of the greatest save in Hurricanes history, Kevin Weekes, discussed the Slavin deal and finished with a short video interview with Slavin from his car. Cory Lavalette from the North State Journal wrote about the Slavin signing including a few quotes from both Jaccob Slavin and Ron Francis. Andrew Schnittker at NC State’s Technician shared his thoughts on why he...
Chuck Greenberg and a Carolina Hurricanes potential sale — Round 2: Re-handicapping the situation after Friday

Chuck Greenberg and a Carolina Hurricanes potential sale — Round 2: Re-handicapping the situation after Friday

On Thursday, about 4-5 hours after the rumor of a Carolina Hurricanes sale popped on Twitter, I wrote a fairly detailed article that covered the Carolina Hurricanes ownership and Chuck Greenberg on multiple levels mostly focused on the business impact inside the organization if the deal occurred.  Since then the Friday work day has passed without any definitive conclusion to the situation. But we do have new information to consider since the original article. To be clear, I do not have any inside information, nor do I pretend to be capable of predicting the current details or ultimate end point based on a partial set of information that includes significant unverified details. Disclaimer aside, there are new clues to consider that do shed a tiny bit more light on the situation.   Peter Karmanos speaks Toward the end of the day Thursday only hours after the rumor broke, Peter Karmanos responded in a written statement that read: “Since an offer has been made to purchase the team, Mr. Karmanos intends to evaluate that offer and also will continue to evaluate his other options, including retaining his ownership of the team.” Matt’s take: Most significant at the top level is the fact that Peter Karmanos formally acknowledged that there is a deal on the table. That, in itself, is significant. Exactly what the situation is became murkier (see below), but publicly-known fact that the team is for sale coupled with the fact that Karmanos now has an offer is a necessary start to a deal happening. In terms of the specifics of Karmanos’ comments, I guess the “…including retaining his...