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...
In Rod We Trust

In Rod We Trust

Today at high noon, Rod Brind’Amour was officially introduced as the new head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes in a press conference alongside owner Tom Dundon and now official general manager Don Waddell. The press conference is well worth the investment of your time to gain a little bit of insight into Rod Brind’Amour as a head coach on his first full day officially on the job but more significantly to feel the positive vibe emanating out from the media room at PNC Arena. Especially for those who are negative or on the fence on this move, I encourage you to watch the press conference and suck in some of the positive energy. As a Canes hockey fan, you deserve it. I originally called for Rod Brind’Amour to be named interim coach on March 14 after one of many debilitating losses during the 2017-18 season. To be clear, my intent at that time was simply to make a statement, put a stake in the ground and move forward. One has to wonder if not for the financial situation that ultimately enabled Dundon to see Peters to the door without risking paying him for next season if in fact he would have been on in mid-March. More recently on April 25, I posted a reasonably balanced set of pros and cons on the potential for Rod Brind’Amour to be the next head coach. And yesterday after the announcement that Brind’Amour had been named head coach, I penned some additional notes on the situation. To be clear, I stand by my original preference for a coach with more head coach experience, and...
Canes-centric preview for the Charlotte Checkers playoff series

Canes-centric preview for the Charlotte Checkers playoff series

We will have to wait at least another year before we see playoff hockey in Raleigh, but for the second season in a row, the Charlotte Checkers have provided live playoff hockey to the contingent of Canes fans willing to make the 2 1/2-ish hour drive down I-40 to Bojangles’ Coliseum in Charlotte. The schedule lines up absolutely wonderfully for a road trip with the series starting in Charlotte at 7pm on Friday and then continuing with game 2 at 6pm on Saturday. I will not be able to make the trip but am 100 percent jealous of what should be a sizable group that does for one or both of the games.   Charlotte Checkers vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins series basics The Checkers are actually the lower seed in the #2 versus #3 match up but start at home by virtue of the AHL’s 2-3 format that minimizes travel. The Checkers won three of four games against the Penguins during the regular season and maybe more significantly enter the playoffs red hot with seven straight wins and points in their last 10 games. As long as the four days off does not slow them down, the Checkers should enter the series with a head of steam. As long as the playoffs do not suck the offense out of it, the series has the potential to be an exciting and entertaining one. The Checkers led the entire AHL in scoring with 262 goals, and the Penguins were not far behind with 252. For more details on the Penguins side of the series and great coverage in general, I highly recommend...
Thursday Coffee Shop: Carolina Hurricanes March Madness #1–The Good Old Days bracket

Thursday Coffee Shop: Carolina Hurricanes March Madness #1–The Good Old Days bracket

Great discussions are already ongoing about a number of heavier topics in the Canes universe right now. You can find a wide array of great opinions on the state of the team after the gut-wrenching loss on Tuesday HERE. The article on the dismissal of Ron Francis from the general manager role also has a bunch of great debate which you can find HERE. If you want something current but more positive, check out today’s Daily Cup of Joe which offers a short list of building blocks.    Following the theme permeating the sports world this weekend, the Thursday Coffee Shop offers up the “Good Old Days” bracket for Canes hockey offering four head to head match ups of great moments in Canes history from the first two playoffs in Raleigh way back in 2001 and 2002. Please remember to click ‘vote’ after each individual poll response.   The greatest loss in Canes history? Game 1 features a match up between arguably the two greatest losses in Carolina Hurricanes history. It might sound odd to include a losing effort in a nostalgic look back on great moments in team history, but both of these games were epic despite the outcome. To this day, I rate the loss to the New Jersey Devils in game 6 of the 2001 playoffs among my top 5 moments in Carolina Hurricanes history. That season marked the first playoff appearance by the Hurricanes in Raleigh (after one appearance during the Greensboro years). The Hurricanes were matched up against juggernaut and perennial Stanley Cup contender New Jersey. Games 1 and 2 of the series featured...
Caniac Ice Cream Challenge for St. Baldrick’s

Caniac Ice Cream Challenge for St. Baldrick’s

On February 14, Canes and Coffee posted a short article highlighting a few participants from our local hockey community who are participating in the St. Baldrick’s even at the Carolina Hurricanes game on March 17 to raise money to help end childhood cancer. HERE you can find that article and links to make contributions to volunteers supporting this great cause. With the mood quite sour among the Caniac Nation right now with an ill-timed losing streak and inactivity at the trade deadline, many of us are entering March on a down note and struggling to find the fun in the team and sport that we love.   Ice cream for charity! So with the aim of helping a good cause and putting some fun into March hockey regardless of how our team fares on the ice, I put before our hockey community the “Caniac Ice Cream Challenge”. The concept is simple. Ice cream is fun and along with other over 21 options is a great way to ease any hockey pain. So for each serving of ice cream eaten during a Carolina Hurricanes hockey game in March and documented with a picture, I will personally donate I will donate 25 cents to participants for the St. Baldrick’s event. With an official March 1 start date, there are exactly Rod Brind’Amour days until the St. Baldrick’s event at PNC Arena, so it would be tremendous to have 468 ice cream posts completed by March 17 to make a full $117 donation in time for St. Baldrick’s at PNC Arena.   Simple how-to’s Pictures can be submitted on Twitter using #CaniacIceCreamChallenge, posted...