Hurricanes claim forward Ty Rattie off waivers – Quick thoughts

Hurricanes claim forward Ty Rattie off waivers – Quick thoughts

Today it was announced that the Carolina Hurricanes had once again used the waiver wire to add to its NHL roster. Ron Francis has been a waiver wire regular since taking over as general manager just less than 3 years ago. The most notable example and modest win was the acquisition of Andrej Nestrasil from Detroit. Nestrasil became a Canes’ regular and is obviously still on the roster.   Ron Francis becoming a waiver wire regular At the very tail end of the past summer, Francis made a big reach to the waiver wire when everyone was finalizing their rosters. He claimed Klas Dahlbeck from Arizona and also Martin Rrk from Detroit. Defenseman Dahlbeck has been in and out of the lineup but is still with the team. Forward Martin Frk had a very short, unsuccessful trial before going back on waivers. The beauty of waiver wire acquisitions is that the cost/risk is tiny. In the case of Rattie, the Hurricanes are now on the hook for his 1-way contract even if he does not work out (unless they put him on waivers only to be claimed again), but the cost is only $650,000 through the end of this season before he becomes a restricted free agent.   Ty Rattie quick assessment Rattie is a 2011 second round draft pick with 4 years of professional experience primarily at the AHL level with a few short NHL stints mixed in. He is a right shot who has primarily been a right wing, but he can also play on the left side. His skill set is that of a skilled playmaker...
2016-17 Carolina Hurricanes Season Preview-Part 4: What it takes to make playoffs and predictions

2016-17 Carolina Hurricanes Season Preview-Part 4: What it takes to make playoffs and predictions

This article is part 4 overall for my ongoing series of 2016-17 Carolina Hurricanes season preview articles and also part 2 of 2 for player profiles: Part 1 looked at the roster transition from 2015-16 to the opening day roster for 2016-17. Part 2 identified 5 keys for the Hurricanes to improve upon the 2015-16 season. Part 3A of my 2016-17 Carolina Hurricanes season preview goes player by player through about half of opening day roster looking at roles and goals for players that I grouped as “the core foundation” and “the role players”. Part 3B of 2016-17 season preview went player by player through the second half of the roster with players categorized as “moving up,” “young guns,” and “something to prove.” After a bit of delay because of other obligations and also real hockey with the season underway, this final part of the preview will wrap up CandC’s Carolina Hurricanes 2016-17 season preview with thoughts on what it takes to make the playoffs and a few predictions.   What does it take for the 2016-17 Carolina Hurricanes to make the playoffs? I touched on this to some degree in part 2 that noted 5 keys to improving upon the 2015-16 campaign. 1) Youth must rise up At the most basic level, for the Hurricanes to even contend for the playoffs, the young part of the roster (a BIG part of it) must continue its rise. Everyone is rightfully thrilled with the development of 3 young defensemen who stepped into the lineup last season and did incredibly well for rookies with no AHL seasoning. And everyone is rightfully...
2016-17 Carolina Hurricanes Season Preview-Part 3B: Player by player (Young guns, something to prove and moving up)

2016-17 Carolina Hurricanes Season Preview-Part 3B: Player by player (Young guns, something to prove and moving up)

This article is part 4 overall for my ongoing series of 2016-17 Carolina Hurricanes season preview articles and also part 2 of 2 for player profiles: Part 1 looked at the roster transition from 2015-16 to the opening day roster for 2016-17. Part 2 identified 5 keys for the Hurricanes to improve upon the 2015-16 season. Part 3A of my 2016-17 Carolina Hurricanes season preview goes player by player through about half of opening day roster looking at roles and goals for players that I grouped as “the core foundation” and “the role players”. The second set of players is heavy on youth but also and also includes a small set of players moving up to face a big challenge.   Moving up Last season, the good part of the Carolina Hurricanes season featured a top line led by Eric Staal that drove possession and played break even or better hockey despite never really finding a scoring groove. The second line was an elite checking line centered by Jordan Staal. And that left the duo of Jeff Skinner and Victor Rask, mostly with Phil Di Giuseppe but also with a smaller mix of Elias Lindholm, sitting in an important but maybe not focused upon third line. With the departure of Eric Staal and Kris Versteeg at the trade deadline, Victor Rask and Jeff Skinner packed up their stuff from the third line and basically jumped to first line responsibilities. (I actually see this line and Jordan Staal’s line as equal 1A and 1B of different styles, but I do think it is fair to call the line with Skinner...
2016-17 Carolina Hurricanes Season Preview-Part 3A: Player by player (Core and role players)

2016-17 Carolina Hurricanes Season Preview-Part 3A: Player by player (Core and role players)

For those catching up on Canes reading heading into the weekend… Part 1 looked at the roster transition from 2015-16 to the opening day roster for 2016-17. Part 2 identified 5 keys for the Hurricanes to improve upon the 2015-16 season. Part 3 of my 2016-17 Carolina Hurricanes season preview goes player by player and identifies role and goals for each player.   The core foundation With a young roster and so many players still trying to play their way up to their full potential, there are likely to be setbacks, lulls and maybe even failures with some of the young players. That makes it even more important for Coach Bill Peters to have a few veterans who are steady and solid on a nightly basis and can eat up minutes when he needs to down shift a bit on the youth. If the key veterans lack consistency, I think it will certainly drip into the overall play of the team and make it really hard to play the consistent brand of hockey necessary to avoid droughts and consistently collect points. Jordan Staal He needs to do exactly what he did from early December through late February which is to lead a #1/#2 line that can log 20 minutes per night, take as many of the tough match ups as Peters can get them into (easier at home) and at least break even on the night. He was the Hurricanes best player when they were winning in 2015-16, and he needs to be that again in 2016-17. I actually do not get too bogged down with Staal’s scoring totals,...
2016-17 Carolina Hurricanes Season Preview-Part 2: Keys to improving upon 2015-16 season

2016-17 Carolina Hurricanes Season Preview-Part 2: Keys to improving upon 2015-16 season

Part 1 of this series detailed the roster changes from 2015-16 to the start of the 2016-17 season. Part 2 briefly highlight the successes and failures over the course of the 2015-16 season as a lead in to what the 2016-17 Carolina Hurricanes must do to improve upon the 2015-16 season.   2015-16: A treading water type start followed by a collapse The 2015-16 season featured the more normal routine of doing the North Carolina State Fair road trip after squeezing in a couple quick home games to start the season. The team actually went a respectable 4-3 on the 7-game road trip and returned with the season still alive at 4-6 (also lost first 3 games including 2 at home before departing for trip). The season actually died mostly at home in November. After winning an October finale at home to pull to 5-6, the Canes proceeded to go 3-6-4 in November despite playing 9 of the 13 games at home. The team hit its low point of the season with a miserable 5-1 home loss to New Jersey to start December.    2015-16: The youth-infused surge On Friday December 5, Jaccob Slavin, Brock McGinn and Phil Di Giuseppe were called up from Charlotte. That day marked a bottom and a youth-infused path upward. From December 5 through February 28 (game in which Andrej Nestrasil was injured and just before trade deadline that saw Eric Staal, Kris Versteeg and John-Michael Liles traded), the Hurricanes stormed to a 20-11-6 mark. Those 37 games represented nearly half of a full season at a playoff-worthy 102-point pace. The run also provided...
2016-17 Carolina Hurricanes Season Preview-Part 1: Roster changeover from 2015-16 to 2016-17

2016-17 Carolina Hurricanes Season Preview-Part 1: Roster changeover from 2015-16 to 2016-17

Now just a single day away from the start of the 2016-17 season for the Carolina Hurricanes, it is time to look forward to what the new season might bring. An important starting point for understanding the 2016-17 team is to take a look back at the 2015-16 season and its roster, its successes and failures and what it might mean for the new season. If you missed it and want a detailed rundown of the final cuts and moves to get to the 23-player opening night Hurricanes roster, you can find that HERE. I also encourage everyone to read Canes and Coffee’s 2016-17 coverage preview which includes some site changes, new writers and a few new coverage initiatives both started and still in process. Comparison of opening day rosters When one looks back to this exact point in 2015-16 season, the volume of changes are immense. The goalie position looks exactly the same but otherwise the teams are quite different at all levels of the lineup. On defense, the opening day roster included John-Michael Liles and James Wisniewski as the second pairing, Noah Hanifin making his NHL debut and Michal Jordan as ready depth. When you fast forward to today, 3 of those players are gone completely, and I think one could make the case that Noah Hanifin could be a completely different player in year 2 after a sink or swim full immersion into the NHL at the age of 18. At forward, the lineup has changed just as dramatically. The forward combinations were changed so frequently in October and November of 2015 that I am not...