Carolina Hurricanes place Marcus Kruger and Josh Jooris on waivers — On multiple levels

Carolina Hurricanes place Marcus Kruger and Josh Jooris on waivers — On multiple levels

Today the Carolina Hurricanes announced that the team had placed veteran fourth-line forwards Marcus Kruger and Josh Jooris on waivers with the intent of sending them to join the Charlotte Checkers in the AHL. Covering two completely different ends of the spectrum, I am both surprised that it took this long and at the same time surprised that it happened at all. Short version The starting point for the season seemed to be building a veteran air tight defensive fourth line. That could work in a scenario where the Hurricanes find enough offense/scoring elsewhere. But there are two problems. First is that the Hurricanes are still struggling offensively and need to find goals wherever they can. Second is that the fourth line really has not proven to be a net positive defensively either. Virtually no scoring puts the ceiling at 0 for plus/minus, and the penalty kill that utilizes the fourth-liners has also been sub-par. The reaction is a bit delayed, but the move aims to put more offense in the lineup at the expense of the offense-lite veterans.     Best laid plans… The move seems to finally scrap plans and strategy laid out and acted upon during the offseason. In the press conference at the conclusion of the 2016-17 season, one of the overriding themes from Bill Peters’ comments was the need to add more NHL caliber players. He talked about this in the vein of higher-end players but was actually equally emphatic when talking about depth slots as well. Peters said, “The pieces need to come in to close that gap. If we think guys from the...
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...
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...