Checking In with Brandon Stanley: Getting to know the new guys for the Charlotte Checkers

Checking In with Brandon Stanley: Getting to know the new guys for the Charlotte Checkers

Canes and Coffee is thrilled to announce that Brandon Stanley will again be offering regular updates on the Charlotte Checkers and with it the good group of Canes prospects playing at that level. You will find Brandon’s longer thoughts here, but please also consider following him on Twitter at @bwstanley26. Welcome back, Caniacs!   Charlotte Checkers departures After their thrilling run to the Calder Cup championship last spring, the Checkers saw a significant amount of changes heading into the 2019-20 season. Let’s just take a peep at this list of key players from last year’s roster no longer in Charlotte.  Andrew Poturalski – alternate captain, playoff MVP with 12 goals and 23 points in 18 games, leading scorer with a 70-point regular season, signed with Anaheim. Aleksi Saarela – team-leading 30 goal-scorer (and yes, I’m still salty about it. I hope the kid can figure out how to get his head right soon, if the reports are true, because the talent level is immense), traded to Chicago. Martin Necas – 52 point rookie season, looking great in the Canes lineup.  Trevor Carrick – 47 points from the blue line while serving as alternate captain. Traded to San Jose, where he’s finally getting a shot at some NHL ice time.  Nick Schilkey – really solid AHL player, responsible two-way game while chipping in 15 goals and 37 points and playing all over the lineup, in all situations. Now with Bridgeport, the Islanders AHL affiliate.   Patrick Brown – 19 goals and 35 points while being one of the team’s top penalty killers, and serving as captain. Signed by Vegas.  Nicolas Roy,...
Julien Gauthier recalled by the Carolina Hurricanes

Julien Gauthier recalled by the Carolina Hurricanes

On Wednesday, it was announced that Julien Gauthier was recalled from the AHL. While it is possible that he is just an extra because one of the 12 forwards already on the roster is dinged up, but I think more likely he is set to get the NHL chance that he earned with a strong preseason. With the Hurricanes off to a 4-0 start, one might ask what Gauthier could possibly do to improve the team. But even with the red hot start, a team should never be content, especially in early October. Today’s Daily Cup of Joe considers what could make sense for Julien Gauthier’s NHL debut and audition.   What Julien Gauthier brings He is obviously unproven at the NHL level, but if he can make the transition to the NHL level, Julien Gauthier brings a rare ‘today’s NHL’ power forward skill set. At 6 foot 4 and 226 pounds, Gauthier can be a physical force. In a modern NHL where decent speed between the blue lines is table stakes to be able to play, pretty much any team can use another big body who can match pace and score goals like an old school power forward. Julien Gauthier has the potential to be exactly that and showed signs in preseason that he just might be ready to do so at the NHL level.   His preseason Gauthier won/earned this NHL audition with his strong preseason play. There is an odd mismatch between his level of score sheet production and level of play, but he was easily among the team’s best forwards during the preseason. I am...
Canes trade Justin Faulk to St. Louis for prospect RW Dominik Bokk and D Joel Edmundson

Canes trade Justin Faulk to St. Louis for prospect RW Dominik Bokk and D Joel Edmundson

On Tuesday night, Justin Faulk was a non-attendee for a season ticket holder event. On Wednesday morning, he was mysteriously not on the ice for practice though he had not been noted as injured. And then a couple hours later it was announced that Justin Faulk and a fifth-round pick had been traded to the St. Louis blues for forward prospect and 2018 first-rounder Dominik Bokk, physical defenseman Joel Edmundson and a seventh-round draft pick. The trade closes the book on the longest-tenured player on the Hurricanes roster, and I think finally completes the intended restart that the team tried to effect last summer. What follows is a look at this deal on multiple levels   The final piece of work for effecting a restart After Tom Dundon’s acquisition of the team early in 2018, the changeover was rapid and at times tumultuous. Before the 2018 NHL Playoffs were completed, the team had relieved General Manager Ron Francis and Head Coach Bill Peters of their duties. They were replaced from within by Don Waddell and Rod Brind’Amour respectively. On June 8, 2018 before the 2018 NHL Draft, I wrote an article that used the term ‘harsh realities’ in discussing a number of key players. I stopped short of calling this a potential trade checklist for shaking up the culture for a restart, but that is what this article was. By the end of the summer 4 of 6 players discussed (Ward, Skinner, Hanifin, Lindholm) had been traded. Faulk would have been the fifth with only Jordan Staal remaining. The changeover on the roster were even more significant. Added over...
Thoughts on Justin Faulk trade rumblings on Monday

Thoughts on Justin Faulk trade rumblings on Monday

In the wee hours of the morning late Sunday night dripping into Monday morning the elves at Canes and Coffee posted a mini-novel on the Hurricanes blue line situation and suggested that at some point adjustments would need to be made to clear the backlog both short-term and long-term. You can find that article entitled, “Deeper dive into Hurricanes blue line situation both short-term and long-term” HERE if you missed it. That article became especially timely when about 10 hours later news broke that talks were ongoing for a possible Justin Faulk trade to the Anaheim Ducks. Something to keep an eye on: there have been ongoing conversations between CAR and ANA about a Justin Faulk trade, but there are still details to be worked out (1/2)… — Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) September 9, 2019 Elliotte Friedman followed up by noting that Faulk’s no-trade clause could be an obstacle. Faulk has a partial NTC — which lists the Ducks — and it is believed ANA wishes to pursue an extension. No one will comment on the likelihood of it occurring, but it has been intensely discussed — Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) September 9, 2019 Maybe a bit late to the party, Luke DeCock chimed in for the local media suggesting a possible return in the trade. Believe the Hurricanes have a deal in place with Anaheim for Faulk. Anaheim is not listed among his 15 preapproved teams, so it’s in Faulk’s hands now. Hurricanes have had a longstanding interest in Ondrej Kase, would be surprised if he isn’t involved. — Luke DeCock (@LukeDeCock) September 9, 2019 Carolina Hurricanes blue line situation...
Hurricanes acquire Erik Haula for Nicolas Roy and a conditional 5th round draft pick

Hurricanes acquire Erik Haula for Nicolas Roy and a conditional 5th round draft pick

Late Wednesday night, it was announced that the Carolina Hurricanes had acquired forward Erik Haula in return for prospect Nicolas Roy and a conditional 2021 fifth round draft pick.   A positive addition 1/? Generally great trade. #Canes get versatile middle 6 forward who can play LW or C, can kill penalties and has speed/pace that fits Brind'Amour's system. #TakeWarning https://t.co/8DbRXyRirU — Canes and Coffee (@CanesandCoffee) June 27, 2019 As noted above, I like the move in general. Erik Haula is an upgrade for the middle part of the lineup and has the speed to be a good fit for Brind’Amour’s system. He is a versatile player who can play left wing or center. He is also another capable penalty killer with the type of speed that can lead to shorthanded breakaway chances. Haula also brings a decent balance of two-way play but with offensive ability. All in all, he at a minimum should be an upgrade to the bottom half of the lineup. In some ways, I see him as being a Ryan Nugent-Hopkins-lite in terms of versatility being able to play two positions and also reasonably well on different types of lines.   Upside versus downside production-wise 2/? Big question with Erik Haula is if he offensively is 2017-18 version (29G/ 55 pts) which is roughly C2 production #Canes need, or if broader history as 40ish-point player is what to expect. The latter looks bit too much like more capable depth which is not really the need. — Canes and Coffee (@CanesandCoffee) June 27, 2019 The big question for me with regard to what Haula brings has...
Carolina Hurricanes acquire Patrick Marleau from the Toronto Maple Leafs

Carolina Hurricanes acquire Patrick Marleau from the Toronto Maple Leafs

Patrick Marleau deal terms Before the 2019 NHL Draft restarted on Saturday, it was announced that the Carolina Hurricanes had traded a 2020 6th round draft pick for Patrick Marleau, a conditional 2020 1st round draft pick and a 2020 7th round draft. The condition on the first-round pick is that if it becomes a top 10 pick, then the Hurricanes will instead receive Toronto’s first-round pick in 2021.   The essence of the Patrick Marleau deal In essence, the Maple Leafs compensated the Hurricanes with a partially protected first round pick in return for $6.25 million of salary cap relief.   Canes GM Don Waddell confirms they hope to sell Patrick Marleau on playing in Carolina. Obviously if that doesn’t succeed then they will buy him out. — Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) June 22, 2019 The most likely ending seems to be that the Hurricanes buy Marleau out per a gentleman’s agreement, so he can sign an inexpensive deal to return to San Jose to finish out his career. If that happens, the Hurricanes will be on the hook for $2.8 million in actual salary spread over two years and will also incur a salary cap hit of $2.1 million per year over the next two years. In essence, the Hurricanes will have paid $2.8 million cash to buy a mid to late round draft pick. There is also a salary cap impact but that should not affect the team in 2019-20 or probably even 2020-21. ADDED NOTE: WILL TRY TO VERIFY BUYOUT TERMS: DMILLERAVID SUGGESTS BELOW THAT CANES AVOID 2019-20 BONUS OF $3 MILLION AND WILL PAY ONLY...