Sunday Canes Chronicle: “The Boys Are Back in Town” edition

Sunday Canes Chronicle: “The Boys Are Back in Town” edition

The second half of August has been usual second half of August slow in terms of Carolina Hurricanes or NHL news. But the good news out of Raleigh Center Ice is that we are getting closer as regular reports continue to surface on Twitter about players taking part in informal skates leading up to the start of training camp. News-wise things have been light, but if you were away from Canes and Coffee for the week, we can at least offer you a batch of six (once Sunday’s goes up) articles in our ‘Back to School’ series that is checking in on Hurricanes prospects below the AHL level. You can find a clickable, up to date menu of all of articles posted thus far HERE. On the news front, there is more prospect-centric content, something for those who just want to see something hockey at this point and a few more articles.   Carolina Hurricanes’ Traverse City Prospects Tourney roster announced At CarolinaHurricanes.com, you can find the news release on the Traverse City roster including a link to the full roster. Here at Canes and Coffee, we also offered a couple layers of thoughts about the Traverse City roster. This article by Nicholas Niedzielski at the Charlotte Checkers’ website on the announcement on Mike Vellucci being named the Charlotte Checkers’coach is a bit dated (July 13) but fits well with the Traverse City theme since he will coach that team and then many of the players from it when they arrive in Charlotte.     Looking forward to the 2017-18 season JT at CBTS Blog shares his thoughts on...
Sunday Canes Chronicle: Solar eclipse edition

Sunday Canes Chronicle: Solar eclipse edition

Just as Tuomo Ruutu (and too few Hurricanes players since) used to block the entirety of the goalie when screening on a point shot, the moon will completely block the sun not too far from Raleigh. Due largely to lack of much for hockey news in mid-August, this week’s Sunday Canes Chronicle is the eclipse edition. Despite the slow week and quiet on the ownership front, we did manage to collect a batch of articles to help Canes fans get through another slow hockey day in August.   Edmonton trade rumors again – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins From the category of ‘rumors that will not die’, Lyle Richardson at Spector’s Hockey puzzle-pieced together comments from Chiarelli in the Edmonton newspapers and an article from Chip Alexander from the News & Observer to make yet another try to deal Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to the Hurricanes.   Top 25 OHL prospects – Two Hurricanes make honorable mentions From the category of ‘almosts’, Brock Otten at OHL Prospects has two Hurricanes prospects listed as honorable mentions for his top 25 OHL prospect list. (Scroll to August 18, 2017 if you find this later.)   Alternate reality – The Sergei Federov offer sheet From the category of ‘what ifs’, Derek Roessler and Mike Flanagan from Section 328 made a guest appearance at Yahoo!’s Puck Daddy blog and rewrote history for if the offer sheet for Sergei Federov had brought him to Raleigh in 1998.   No pressure – Scott Darling From the category of ‘no pressure, Adam Gretz named new netminder Scott Darling as a key to the Hurricanes 2017-18 season as part of Carolina Hurricanes day at...
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...