Ranking the Carolina Hurricanes prospects — Part 3C: Forwards (#11-23)

Ranking the Carolina Hurricanes prospects — Part 3C: Forwards (#11-23)

After a brief delay from Brett Pesce’s contract extension pushed the final segment into the weekend, our tour of the entirety of the Carolina Hurricanes’ prospect pool wraps up today with the third segment on the forward group. For anyone catching up after a week away, part 1 featured the five goalie prospects, part 2 assessed the 15 defensemen in the Hurricanes organization, part 3A had the forwards ranked #1-5, and part 3B detailed the next set of forwards ranked #6-10. Today’s finale looks at the remaining forwards. I think the biggest takeaway is just how deep the team’s forward prospect pool is. The volume of players with NHL potential who did not crack the top ten is very high, and there are players here who have fairly significant upside. And now that I am assessing players ranked fairly far down the depth chart, it is important to remind everyone that success for these prospects will be determined more by how much they improve than their starting point on August 4, 2017. Somewhat like I did with the goalies and defensemen, I view the remaining forwards in reasonably defined categories with a few players who straddle a couple of them.   Trying to push up the depth chart First are three separate groups of three players each who are trying to push up the depth chart. Important to note is that all nine players have met the check boxes thus far in this development and are in this category because they have moved up, NOT because they have fallen to get here.   The long shots who earned a...
Hurricanes sign Brett Pesce to six-year contract extension – Initial thoughts

Hurricanes sign Brett Pesce to six-year contract extension – Initial thoughts

As happens sometimes, my personal schedule does not line up so well with breaking news Canes coverage today. If someone could tell Ron Francis to check with me before making any announcements, it would be appreciated. (Hah!) I will follow up probably late tonight with more detailed thoughts on the transaction and what it means for the Carolina Hurricanes blue line, but here are my initial thoughts.   Brett Pesce contract extension The contract — $4 million annually for six years is a fair price for Brett Pesce. The number is about what I would have expected at teh front part of the summer, but then I adjusted upward slightly when Jaccob Slavin was re-signed for $5.3 million annually. $4 million is a fair price for a defensively sound top 4 defenseman and is a discount if he remains solid as more of a #2 and/or he boosts his offensive production. As a pair — If you assume that Slavin/Pesce is a long-term thing (which is not at all unreasonable), the Hurricanes have a good young top defense pairing signed long-term for a modest total of $9.3 million per year. That is a really good price in a league that is seeing more individual players pushing up to $8 million per year by themselves. Jaccob Slavin’s deal as a ceiling — As I wrote way back in early April before the 2016-17 season even ended, I think Slavin’s deal established the ceiling for the other contracts to follow. In short, I viewed him as the Hurricanes best defenseman in 2016-17 and quite likely going forward. As such, Slavin’s salary has...
Canes catch up: The potential sale, the Metro and the risk of optimism

Canes catch up: The potential sale, the Metro and the risk of optimism

Behind the scenes work is underway for what should be a fun ‘tap takeover’ week at Canes and Coffee that offers and eclectic and interesting mix of reader submitted articles and also a couple of interesting guest posts. If you have been on the fence about writing an article, I encourage you to take the plunge. If I end up with an extra article or two, my hope is to do another mini-round sometime in August. Details are HERE.   In the meantime, here are a couple Saturday thoughts… The Hurricanes potential sale Things have quieted down on the team sale front. What exactly is happening is speculation, but my best bet is that the quiet is good news. Though it was written early before more news came out, I still stand by the vast majority of the thoughts in the two articles I wrote shortly after the rumor broke. My first article on July 13 on the potential sale offered a few thoughts on the initial rumors, talked about the significance of Chuck Greenberg as fan/marketing-based leadership and (indirectly) pulled Jim Cain’s name into the conversation. My second article on the potential Hurricanes sale on July 14 incorporated the small amount of new information on Friday, and offered my thoughts on the deal itself, the ownership group, etc. Luke DeCock’s article in the News & Observer on July 21 strikes up a similar fan-focused/marketing tone from my July 13 article and interestingly pulls Jim Cain into the situation somewhat more directly with some quotes, and DeCock also confirms that Greenberg is the leader of an ownership group as...
My Puck: A Story of the Carolina Hurricanes New Identity

My Puck: A Story of the Carolina Hurricanes New Identity

Matt’s editorial note: With the buzz and optimism around Canes hockey this summer, Cory could not help but return from his summer break way early. There are no guarantees in professional sports (Canes fans know that too well lately), but I hope you share his optimism and energy. I do.   A storm is coming. Can you feel it? Disclaimer: Author is 100% allowed to use cheesy clichés in his ridiculous excitement for the coming of hockey season The Carolina Hurricanes have had one of the best offseasons in recent memory this summer. The problem is, the offseason means nothing and we all are just bouncing in our seats in anticipation of seeing if the 2017-18 Canes can deliver on the ice. But seeing as that’s two months off, let’s just keep distracting ourselves with the bright situation, shall we?   Yay, Our First Real Post-Cup Identity! Let’s embrace the fact that, for the first time in years, the Carolina Hurricanes have an identity. For years, it seemed like the team had none, or at the very least, was something like “They Whom Are Beholden to Family Staal.” (There are worse identities.)  The truth as we’ve all come to painfully know, is that we coasted on our Cup win for about 8 years. As names like Brind’Amour, Whitney, Cole, and Williams disappeared, so did the identity. For years it was just sitting there hoping Eric Staal and Cam Ward could turn it back to their Cup days and bring us a taste of the playoffs. Then for several more years, it was the painful process of rebuild, a gigantic...
Chuck Greenberg and a Carolina Hurricanes potential sale — Round 2: Re-handicapping the situation after Friday

Chuck Greenberg and a Carolina Hurricanes potential sale — Round 2: Re-handicapping the situation after Friday

On Thursday, about 4-5 hours after the rumor of a Carolina Hurricanes sale popped on Twitter, I wrote a fairly detailed article that covered the Carolina Hurricanes ownership and Chuck Greenberg on multiple levels mostly focused on the business impact inside the organization if the deal occurred.  Since then the Friday work day has passed without any definitive conclusion to the situation. But we do have new information to consider since the original article. To be clear, I do not have any inside information, nor do I pretend to be capable of predicting the current details or ultimate end point based on a partial set of information that includes significant unverified details. Disclaimer aside, there are new clues to consider that do shed a tiny bit more light on the situation.   Peter Karmanos speaks Toward the end of the day Thursday only hours after the rumor broke, Peter Karmanos responded in a written statement that read: “Since an offer has been made to purchase the team, Mr. Karmanos intends to evaluate that offer and also will continue to evaluate his other options, including retaining his ownership of the team.” Matt’s take: Most significant at the top level is the fact that Peter Karmanos formally acknowledged that there is a deal on the table. That, in itself, is significant. Exactly what the situation is became murkier (see below), but publicly-known fact that the team is for sale coupled with the fact that Karmanos now has an offer is a necessary start to a deal happening. In terms of the specifics of Karmanos’ comments, I guess the “…including retaining his...
The Carolina Hurricanes ownership and Chuck Greenberg

The Carolina Hurricanes ownership and Chuck Greenberg

Today in the middle of the afternoon Canes Twitter lit up like a Christmas tree with rumblings that the Carolina Hurricanes were in the process of being sold for $500 million to Chuck Greenberg. BREAKING: Former @Rangers CEO Chuck Greenberg close to ~ $500M deal to buy @NHL's @NHLCanes, who'll stay in Carolina, sources say #sportsbiz — Scott Soshnick (@soshnick) July 13, 2017 While everyone was scrambling around to figure out who Scott Soshnick (original Tweet I saw) and Chuck Greenberg were, some amount of validation arrived in the form of a report locally from Jeff Gravley locally at WRAL and from TSN.ca. Important to clarify is that the deal has not been reported as completed. As of my starting to write this, the team has not announced anything. But based on who has now reported the deal, it seems reasonable to classify this is significantly more than run of mill mid-July rumor garbage. I posted a few quick thoughts on Chuck Greenberg and the deal shortly after the initial Twitter blip. What follows is a more detailed analysis of the possible transaction on multiple levels. I will follow up with more on Chuck Greenberg bio-wise at a later time, but I figure enough of the mainstream media will cover that maybe I do not need to and am better off just skipping that and jumping in a level or two deeper. Very important disclaimers: The deal is NOT official or final, so there is a chance that nothing happens at all. In addition, there has not yet been any indication of what the ownership group looks like. That...