Carolina Hurricanes fans’ guide to the NHL’s center stage and the coverage that comes with it

Carolina Hurricanes fans’ guide to the NHL’s center stage and the coverage that comes with it

The transition to a bigger North American stage and audience With Boston’s win over Columbus on Monday night, the Hurricanes lead up to the Eastern Conference Finals has officially begun. We are two game sevens out West away from having only four teams remaining in the NHL playoffs. There are exactly zero teams from Canada and really only Boston and possibly St. Louis and/or Colorado as traditional hockey markets. The result is that a mass of hockey media will descend on Raleigh over the next couple weeks both physically to attend Eastern Conference Finals games but maybe even more significantly attention-wise. The attention and presence that is on the way will generate a different environment and have both pros and cons. What follows is an attempt to help make some sense of that for the Caniac faithful.   The Caniac’s guide to optimal usage of hockey energy Since this has the potential to become long and ‘rambly’, let me be kind and put a couple key points right up front. First and foremost, everyone should be a Canes fan in the way that works best for them. That is the theme of what follows but importantly also applies to my well-intentioned opinions and advice. Encouraging, friendly input can be helpful, but at the end of the day, you should do your Hurricanes hockey fandom in your own way.  Second, our hockey team and our hockey community does not need to defend itself from some of the BS that gets spewed in our direction each and ever time the Hurricanes reach a level where those who normally do not care...
Canes vs. Isles Series Preview-Part 2: From the Hurricanes side

Canes vs. Isles Series Preview-Part 2: From the Hurricanes side

Part 1 of my series preview assessed the New York Islanders. You can find that article HERE. Part 2 looks at the series from the Hurricanes side in offering a couple keys to success in the series.   1) Finding/maintaining a high level of compete and play The start of this series includes an interest contrast in starting points physically. The Carolina Hurricanes will be about 40 hours removed from an incredibly physical series that no doubt took a tool. Meanwhile, the Islanders will come in with nine days of rest. To be successful, the Hurricanes will need to quickly let go of past successes and instantly dial the intensity right back up to 100 percent. Part of that is mental transitioning quickly from enjoying success to not being satisfied. Part of that is physical in fighting through whatever bumps and bruises everyone has after the Capitals series. Burning question(s): Can the Hurricanes bounce immediately back to full intensity after just finishing round 1 on Wednesday? Or will it take some time to play their way into the series in which case they could start with a costly deficit?   2) Navigating the Islanders’ layers of defense to earn enough good scoring chances As I noted in the Islanders side of this preview, the Islanders were the top team in the NHL in terms of goals allowed during the regular season. The team just stymied Sidney Crosby in its first-round series win. And the Isles would set up a maze of obstacles for the Hurricanes between the defensive zone and good scoring chances between the face-off circles at the...
Hurricanes re-sign Teuvo Teravainen for 5 years at $5.4 million per year

Hurricanes re-sign Teuvo Teravainen for 5 years at $5.4 million per year

On Monday morning, the Carolina Hurricanes announced that the team had extended Teuvo Teravainen for five years at $5.4 million per year. Scroll down a bit for more details if you already read my initial reaction on Twitter: 2/? Teravainen is still only 24 years old and is established as top half of roster player. $5.4M/year for 5 years through his prime is a low-downside deal with upside to boot. — Canes and Coffee (@CanesandCoffee) January 21, 2019 3/? Especially with chemistry with Aho, making Teravainen a permanent part of the mix was a no-brainer and gives you 2/3 of a true 1st scoring line. #TakeWarning — Canes and Coffee (@CanesandCoffee) January 21, 2019 4/? Interesting timing in that deal highlights the risk of the Ferland situation. Ferland has a stretch of 40ish games and a stretch of 25ish games as legit top 6 scoring forward and possibly prices at north of $6M per year. #TakeWarning — Canes and Coffee (@CanesandCoffee) January 21, 2019   The deal itself The term and price are very fair in today’s NHL. William Nylander is a couple years younger and might arguably have a bit more upside because of that, but if you simply look at them head to head for the 2017-18 season, Teravainen had 64 points to Nylander’s 61 with Teravainen having an edge in terms of power play scoring (20 points to 12) and Nylander an edge otherwise (49 points to 44). When one considers how much better Toronto’s offense was in 2017-18, the gap could be considered a tiny bit higher in Teravainen’s favor. Both are similarly good second...
Carolina Hurricanes trade Victor Rask for Nino Niederreiter

Carolina Hurricanes trade Victor Rask for Nino Niederreiter

On Thursday afternoon the Carolina Hurricanes announced that they had traded center Victor Rask to the Minnesota Wild for wing Nino Niederreiter. At a basic level, the trade was a ‘change of scenery’ type swap of two mid-priced players who were underperforming relative to their salary and currently struggling to find a role with their current teams.   Victor Rask Less than two years ago, Victor Rask was signed to a six-year contract for $4 million per year. When signed, Rask was 22 years old and coming off of a 21-goal, 48-point season. Equally significantly, at the time he seemed to be still on the rise. That 48-point season was only his second in the NHL and was a nice step up from the 33 points that he scored as a rookie the year before. But the 2016-17 saw him plateau with a similar 45 points and five fewer goals. Then the 2017-18 season saw Rask take a significant step backwards especially in the first half of the season. When the dust settled on the 2017-18 season, Rask had rebounded enough late to offer some hope but was very clearly headed into the 2018-19 season needing to find a higher gear. With Sebastian Aho moving to center, Jordan Staal anchored in the second slot and the team hoping that Martin Necas would be ready for the NHL, Rask slotted as a depth forward ideally to end up in the C4 slot and hopefully rebound and play his way up from there. But then a kitchen accident delayed the start of his 2018-19 season. Now 26 games deep into the...
Introducing Brandon Stanley!  Carolina Hurricanes 2018-19 season preview

Introducing Brandon Stanley! Carolina Hurricanes 2018-19 season preview

Canes and Coffee is thrilled to add another writer to the team to start the 2018-19 season. Please welcome Brandon Stanley and give him a follow at Twitter=@bwstanley26.   Brandon Stanley introduction Welcome to another season of NHL hockey, folks! My name is Brandon Stanley, and some of you may have read an article or two of mine here at C&C. For the majority of you who don’t know me, I am a communication media student at NC State, where I also am on the hockey team (DII Club baby!). I was born and raised right here in Raleigh. I spent a good chunk of my childhood traveling all over North America in youth hockey and spent multiple years in the Jr. Hurricanes organization. So, essentially, I have lived and breathed this game since the age of about 6. Being a Canes fan the last few years hasn’t been the most enjoyable thing in the world. Not exactly a hot take, I know. Since the team’s birth there have been many more painful years than ones that ended with joy, or even moderate overachievement. We are almost trained to expect the worse at this point. I know we’re all tired of being one of the laughingstocks of the league and hearing the Canadian media and their fans troll about relocation and such. The only thing that is going to stop such things is winning.   2018-19 Carolina Hurricanes season preview So, will this be the year things change? At the very least, Dundon and Waddell did not just sit on their hands and hope the team would improve through...