The Carolina Hurricanes week ahead is a busy one

The Carolina Hurricanes week ahead is a busy one

If you have been away from Canes hockey for 4-5 days for a long weekend, you missed quite a bit. No, the blockbuster trade for top 6 forward did not materialize, but it was still a newsworthy weekend with a trade for Trevor van Riemsdyk on Thursday and eight new prospects added to the organization via the NHL draft on Friday and Saturday. The Trevor van Riemdsyk deal from Thursday has a few interesting angles past the basics. The van Riemsdyk trade is written up in two parts with part 1 HERE and part 2 HERE. Profiles and reading lists for the newest Hurricanes prospects and also Trevor van Riemsdyk can be found in the Sunday Canes Chronicle. There is also a summary-level draft recap from Saturday. And finally, I continue to stand by my Saturday morning mini-novel for being as good of an explanation of the current trade situation as  any. And that catches up on the whirlwind weekend. But the week ahead should be just as busy. NHL transaction deadlines Monday is the deadline for qualifying offers Monday at 5pm is the deadline for teams to issue qualifying offers to their restricted free agents to retain their negotiating rights into the summer. The Hurricanes have a couple players for which the offer will be a formality, namely Brock McGinn and Phil Di Giuseppe. The team also has some decisions to make. Andrej Nestrasil who had a tough year coming off of his February 2016 back injury could be shown the door after grumbling in Czech newspapers. With two young goalies already slated for the AHL, the Hurricanes...
Building 2017-18 Carolina Hurricanes roster (pt18): Carolina Hurricanes’ checklists and priorities update

Building 2017-18 Carolina Hurricanes roster (pt18): Carolina Hurricanes’ checklists and priorities update

For those checking in and looking to catch up, please see our chronological menus of clickable links for all articles for the 2017-18 roster building and also for the 2017 NHL Draft coverage series if you want to catch up. Also, if you missed Thursday’s excitement, I wrote a part 1 and a part 2 discussing the Hurricanes trade for defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk.     In case you missed it yesterday, the big news was a trade for former-Blackhawks defenseman Trevor van Riemsdkyk. But in today’s ‘what have you done for me lately?’ world, we are moving quickly to what’s next.   An inside look at our advanced system work at Canes and Coffee With wheeling and dealing season now in full swing with the unique expansion draft completed and the traditional NHL draft trade weekend now upon us, I figured I would take a quick look at Ron Francis’ progress thus far using the highly sophisticated techniques used in our Canes and Coffee war room.                           I wrote in some detail about the four priorities to kick off the whole summer series back on May 31. And the forward target list comes from a fairly detailed dive into player specifics on June 12.   Recognizing Francis’ progress thus far As one can see from our sophisticated system, Ron Francis has indeed made significant progress on our summer work list. He took out the goalie need very early, and just today he followed up by addressing a tricky need for depth on the blue line. In...
Building 2017-18 Carolina Hurricanes roster (pt17): Shopping the Las Vegas Golden Knights initial roster

Building 2017-18 Carolina Hurricanes roster (pt17): Shopping the Las Vegas Golden Knights initial roster

For quick and simple chronological clickable links, please check out our “2017-18 Carolina Hurricanes Roster Building Central” for roster moves and “Carolina Hurricanes 2017 NHL Draft Central” for coverage specifically for the draft.   On Wednesday night in scorching hot Las Vegas, the formal part of the 2017 Las Vegas expansion draft officially came to an end. There will surely be additional after effects as Las Vegas now enters the trade market with a current roster of about 35 players.   The direct effect for the Carolina Hurricanes The direct effect on the Hurricanes is that the team basically paid a fifth round pick and an AHL forward (Connor Brickley) to get back either Lee Stempniak or Joakim Nordstrom who would most likely have been selected otherwise. That seems like a very reasonable price to keep a good depth forward. The biggest impact of the trade is that the Hurricanes start the rest of the off-season one forward deeper on the depth chart. Stempniak figures to slot somewhere in the top 9 and provide depth scoring again. And Nordstrom figures to play on the fourth line and in a penalty killing role or at a bare minimum serve as a veteran #13 forward who is capable of stepping into the lineup if an injury occurs. Francis did well to give up only a fifth round pick and a good AHL forward to preserve what he has for forward depth.   Shopping the Las Vegas Golden Knights initial roster The other potential upshot Hurricanes-wise is the potential to acquire a player or two from Las Vegas to fill needs in Raleigh....
Building 2017-18 Carolina Hurricanes roster (pt16): Shopping for a defenseman

Building 2017-18 Carolina Hurricanes roster (pt16): Shopping for a defenseman

We have officially hit the busy time of the NHL off-season. On Wednesday night, at least the initial version of the Las Vegas Golden Knights will be revealed. That is basically the starting gun for what will then be frenetic run through the busiest time of the off-season. The trade market will reopen for the other 30 teams on Thursday morning only about 36 hours before the start of the NHL draft. Then the gap between the draft weekend is only week until free agency opens on July 1. The week in between features the chance for teams to begin talking to free agents, the deadline for most buyouts and also the deadline to at least make qualifying offers to restricted free agents. For quick and simple chronological clickable links, please check out our “2017-18 Carolina Hurricanes Roster Building Central” for roster moves and “Carolina Hurricanes 2017 NHL Draft Central” for coverage specifically for the draft.   Prior to the expansion draft roster freeze, I wrote a couple articles focused almost solely on adding a top 6 forward to the Hurricanes’ roster. First I created a top 10 targets list. I followed that with an assessment of the many players (many good) who did not fit my requirements. And I finished with a good-better-best with three deals that could work. The addition of a difference-maker at forward is by far and away the biggest priority remaining with the starting goalie need already addressed, but it is not the only need. At the very beginning of the series on May 31, I included adding a defenseman and possibly a depth forward...
My 2 cents (give or take a penny) on the 2017 NHL Draft from Hurricanes organizational perspective

My 2 cents (give or take a penny) on the 2017 NHL Draft from Hurricanes organizational perspective

With the 2017 NHL draft now only three days away, we are well into couple weeks when many NHL fans hunker down with mock drafts, prospect profiles and draft guides to ingest massive amounts of information on prospects that at best they might have seen play for four minutes on a Youtube highlight video. And from this Google research project, we will form strong opinions about who should go #12 or #20 or whatever. On the one hand, it is a ton of fun in June when the draft is one of the few games going hockey-wise. On the other hand, it is important to remember that the strong opinions that we form are light on important depth such as actually watching the players play. This time last year, Canes and Coffee went a different direction in terms of NHL Draft coverage and followed it up with how we covered the below AHL level prospects during the season. Taking a page from what we try to do at Canes and Coffee which is covering the team at an unmatched level of depth, we shifted our approach to trying to cover the draft and prospects ourselves based on few-hour research projects to leveraging the expertise of people who cover these prospects with the same level of depth, diligence and passion that we cover the Hurricanes. We still provide a summary prospect update here and there, but as much as possible, we aim to get perspective from smart hockey people who are actually watching the players. So lucky for you, I will not pretend to know who the best player is...
Hurricanes’ angles on expansion draft protection lists

Hurricanes’ angles on expansion draft protection lists

If you were busy on Sunday, please bookmark and check in at “Carolina Hurricanes 2017 NHL Draft Central.” Our draft coverage launched officially on Sunday with two expert interviews on Quebec Major Junior Hockey League prospects and will see another round similar articles by mid-day on Monday.   Sunday at 10…errrr…make that 10:30am, the official expansion draft lists for all 30 NHL teams were released. As the majority predicted, the Hurricanes used their last two slots on young depth forwards Brock McGinn and Phil Di Giuseppe and in the process made it fairly likely that Lee Stempniak would join his eleventh NHL team this summer and then also likely that he sees his twelfth either this summer or at the next trade deadline. I am on record as preferring to lose one of McGinn or Di Giuseppe despite their younger ages and keeping the steadiness and decent depth scoring of Lee Stempniak. But at the end of the day, this is a debate about who is the Hurricanes’ eighth or ninth best forward both now and going forward, and the situation is surely something that can be overcome.   Canes get off easy The first thing that jumps out at me is how easy the Hurricanes are getting off. The timing and rules of this expansion draft could not be more perfect with a wave of prospects and also four key NHL players (Slavin, Pesce, Hanifin, Aho) exempt. The total of teams that need to give up a first round pick and still lose a player, just a lesser one, is thought to already number three or four with...