The Carolina Hurricanes re-sign Derek Ryan for one year at $1.425 million

The Carolina Hurricanes re-sign Derek Ryan for one year at $1.425 million

Today it was announced that the Hurricanes had re-signed Derek Ryan to a one-year (one-way) deal at $1.425 million. It is a good thing that the Daily Cup of Joe article was posted early since Ron Francis started early. 🙂 I had this deal among those that I expected this week to go with a few other decisions to be made by Francis.   Derek Ryan’s contract As noted, I expected this deal to happen. There is no surprise there. Though I am a little surprised by the price.  I expected Ryan to get a raise but would have pegged this deal at $900,000 – $1.1 million. In that regard, I am incredibly happy for Ryan. His long journey and perseverance are well-documented. I am more than happy to see people like him get rewarded for hard work. So financially, the deal does eat up $300,000-400,000 more than I expected, but in the big picture, that is not overly significant. In addition, the one-way deal does commit another NHL roster slot.   Derek Ryan’s fit with the Hurricanes Despite the fact that neither side said much of anything too promising at the end of the season, I always figured this deal as close to a sure thing. As an unrestricted free agent, Ryan had the chance to shop the open market, but I just think the situation was too perfect for both him and the Hurricanes. Ryan had carved out a place on a team that still needs forward depth. Further, his greatest asset is his offensive ability which is something the Hurricanes are still light on. Finally, partly...
Ville Rasanen: Hurricanes 2017 seventh-round draft pick (#197 overall)

Ville Rasanen: Hurricanes 2017 seventh-round draft pick (#197 overall)

A menu of profiles and reading lists for the other eight players drafted in the 2017 NHL Draft is HERE.   Ville Rasanen profile and history Rasanen is a 6 feet 2 inch and 168-pound defenseman out of Finland. Like many final round draft choices, profiles and other detailed scouting information on Rasanen is sparse. In the article on CarolinaHurricanes.com, he was described as “He’s a great, tremendous skater. Explosive.” Being a tremendous skater is obviously a great starting point, after leaning offense in the early rounds, Rasanen adds another defenseman to the mix.   Ville Rasanen reading list Elite Prospects profile page for Rasanen at least provides a chronology and statistics for Rasanen’s career thus far.   Articles and more detailed information will be added as found.   Go Canes!...
Menu of reading lists for 2017 Carolina Hurricanes draft selections

Menu of reading lists for 2017 Carolina Hurricanes draft selections

The Carolina Hurricanes 2017 draft class To help everyone get up to speed on the newest Hurricanes prospects drafted on Friday and Saturday, Canes and Coffee offers a profile and reading list for each player (last two still in process). Martin Nekas — First round (#12 overall) — Czech Republic Eetu Luostarinen — Second round (#42 overall) — Finland Luke Martin — Second round (#52 overall) — University of Michigan Morgan Geekie — Third round (#67 overall) — Tri-City Americans (WHL) Stelio Mattheos — Third round (#73 overall) — Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL) Eetu Makiniemi — Fourth round (#104 overall) — Finland Brendan De Jong — Sixth round ( #166 overall) — Portland Winterhawks (WHL) Ville Rasanen — Seventh round (#197) — Finland   Go Canes!...
Initial reading list for Hurricanes 2017 second-round draft pick Eetu Luostarinen

Initial reading list for Hurricanes 2017 second-round draft pick Eetu Luostarinen

  With their first second round pick, #42 overall, in the 2017  NHL Draft, the Carolina Hurricanes followed a familiar pattern in taking a Finnish forward in Eetu Luostarinen. (2015 was Sebastian Aho and 2016 was Janne Kuokkanen.)   Eetu Luostarinen profile Luostarinen is a player who rose rapidly during the 2016-17 season starting from being a lower-round draft pick and ultimately being rated as a second-round pick by Bob McKenzie at TSN. Even with the rapid rise, the Hurricanes took Luostarinen early obviously not wanting to risk not getting him later. Luostarinen projects to be a good all-around center. He has projectable size at 6 feet 2 inches tall and is smooth skater. He is credited for having soft hands and also a high hockey IQ. Sounds a little bit like Sebastian Aho and Janne Kuokkanen which is encouraging.   Eetu Luostarinen preliminary reading list Clickable links to articles on Eetu Luostarinen. Marco Bombino at Finnish Junior Hockey recently profiled Eetu Luostarinen HERE. The team from Draftin Europe like Luostarinen in the third round in their article scouting Europe for Canes and Coffee earlier this week. Ben Kerr at Last Word on Hockey captured Luostarinen’s recent rise and buzz and heading into the draft. Luostarinen has only recently risen rapidly up the rankings, but TSN’s Bob McKenzie was early and aggressive in boosting him and had him at #56 in his final rankings. TSN’s draft profile has Nick Bonino as a comparable. Have you seen other good articles on Eetu Luostarinen? If so, please give us a heads up on Twitter, via email or using our comment form,...
Building 2017-18 Carolina Hurricanes roster (pt19): Speculating on draft floor trade situation

Building 2017-18 Carolina Hurricanes roster (pt19): Speculating on draft floor trade situation

If you are checking in with Canes hockey for the first time in awhile during the 2017 NHL Draft weekend and can use some reading to catch up, check out one or both of our clickable menus of Hurricanes hockey reading. First up is a long series of articles focused on building the Carolina Hurricanes 2017-18 roster building. Second in line and timely for today is our 2017 NHL Draft coverage series if you want to catch up. If you just want the latest and greatest, on the draft front, here is a preliminary reading list to get acquainted with the Hurricanes 2017 first-round pick, Martin Necas. And here is an expert panel free form mock draft. On the trade and roster-building front, here are part 1 and part 2 analyzing the Hurricanes’ trade for defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk on Thursday.   That trade and roster-building front is the subject of this Saturday NHL Draft day article.   What we know 1) The Hurricanes are still in the market for a difference-maker at forward. I pegged this as priority #2, behind adding only a goalie, back on May 31. Exactly who Francis likes and is targeting, what discussions he is in, etc. is obviously not public information. But the fact that he is shopping or at least trying to shop is public information. He identified this need in his post-season press conference, and Michael Smith from the team website tweeted late Friday night: ” Francis said trade talks ongoing, especially re: acquiring a forward. “Hopefully if we get something that we like we can do that tomorrow.” Of course there are no...
Matt’s mock draft — Cheating off the smart kids

Matt’s mock draft — Cheating off the smart kids

If you have time to read only one 2017 NHL Draft article at Canes and Coffee today, you are in the wrong place. You should instead spend your time reading the expert panel article HERE. Or even better, stop by “Carolina Hurricanes 2017 NHL Draft Central” where you can find a clickable, chronological list of our series of NHL draft articles that ran all week.   But if you have some extra time leading up to the draft which starts at 7pm Eastern Time, I decided to have some fun trying to do my own mock draft, ‘cheating off the smart kids’ style. I do NOT track NHL prospects all year round and because I have other hockey hobby obligations this year, I do significantly less than even the fans who spend a week or so reading through draft guides and watching Youtube highlight videos. But by by virtue of managing an NHL hockey web site, I was able to pull in a number of smart kids this week with 9 total articles broken out by geography — QMJHL, OHL, WHL, Europe and US. So my attempt at a mock draft is basically borrowing answers (it’s not plagiarism if I note sources right?) from the 9 articles that ran this week. Also note that in browsing some other mock drafts on Friday morning, some of my selections seem to optimistically put players in later rounds than many have them. So if it helps me get at least one pick right, I reserve the right to just move all of my picks forward one round. 🙂   First Round #12:...