Carolina Hurricanes sign forward Ryan Dzingel for two years at $3.375 million per year

Carolina Hurricanes sign forward Ryan Dzingel for two years at $3.375 million per year

On Friday, the Hurricanes announced that the team had signed forward Ryan Dzingel to a two-year contract for $3.375 million per year. I will add details to my initial thoughts/comments on Twitter from Friday morning.   Good signing in terms of price vs. value vs. risk 1/? Really good signing by #Canes. Price/risk/caliber of player math is incredibly good for proven middle 6 player. #TakeWarning https://t.co/BlHgo9P1mn — Canes and Coffee (@CanesandCoffee) July 12, 2019 At the simplest level, the signing is a solid non-flashy signing. In Ryan Dzingel, the Hurricanes added a proven middle 6 forward who is coming off a strong season with 26 goals and 56 points. A bit like Erik Haula, Dzingel is another capable forward who at a minimum is above the third line replacement level offensively. Also like Haula (if he recovers to 100 percent after leg injury), Dzingel is another player who is a perfect fit for Brind’Amour’s style that emphasizes pace, pressure and forechecking. Dzingel can fly and naturally plays and aggressive style of hockey. He naturally slots at left wing but could also play on the right side if needed. On a financial level, one has to like this deal. He adds another player with two-term and a reasonable $3.4 million that is the going rate for good third-line forwards in today’s NHL. Dzingel offers upside from a third-line salary as evidenced by his 2018-19 offensive production. The two-year term pegs the risk at an absolute minimum. And the lack of any no-trade/no-movement clauses maximizes flexibility going forward.   Another component for building a second scoring line 2/? Ryan Dzingel is...
Thoughts on the Sebastian Aho offer sheet

Thoughts on the Sebastian Aho offer sheet

Today an NHL rarity occurred, and it involved the Carolina Hurricanes. A few hours into the kick off of NHL free agency, it was announced that the Montreal Canadiens had signed Sebastian Aho to an offer sheet. The headline terms were a five-year deal at $8.454 million per year. But the headline numbers do not tell the whole story. Breakdown of Aho offer sheet: $11.3M SB plus 700k salary in Year 1; $9.87M SB plus 700k salary in Year 2; $6.95 SB plus 750k salary in Year 3; $5.25 SB plus $750k in each of Year 4 and Year 5 — Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) July 1, 2019 The situation is interesting on many levels. Let’s step through at least most of them.   An odd move by the Canadiens By pegging the salary where it is, the Canadiens would have to give up first, second and third round draft picks. Had they gone a bit higher another first round pick would have been added. In that regard, the salary offered looks like a steal for the Canadiens, but that only matters if the Hurricanes do not match it. There are issues with the payment structure (see below), but I would be utterly shocked to see the Hurricanes not match this. So that begs the question of what Montreal was up to. Did they really think that there is a chance that the Hurricanes would decide not to match this fairly modest offer in return for a ‘meh’ set of draft picks? Or did Montreal perhaps just see an easy chance to stick it to another Eastern Conference team? Montreal...
Carolina Hurricanes trade Scott Darling to Florida for goalie James Reimer

Carolina Hurricanes trade Scott Darling to Florida for goalie James Reimer

The same will not likely be true for free agency, but the Carolina Hurricanes have staked a legitimate claim for being the #1 mover and shaker in the trade market in the week between the 2019 NHL draft and the start of free agency on July 1. Not counting trading down in the draft twice, the Hurricanes have now made four trades this week. Sunday’s entry was yet another that had a huge financial angle to it. Rather than buying out Scott Darling, the Hurricanes managed to deal him to Florida (who then bought him out) with a sixth round draft pick for goalie James Reimer.   The financials which again rule the deal This will be the third out of the four deals that are primarily about the math and dollars. Scott Darling was not going to play again in the Hurricanes organization, so had this deal not happened, it most certainly would have been the Hurricanes buying him out. The cost in actual dollars of buying him out would have been $1.183 million for for years with a slightly higher salary cap hit spread oddly over the same four years. So the total cost would have been $4.73 million. Instead the Hurricanes added James Reimer who is due $3.1 million per year for each of the next two years for $6.2 million total. In essence, measured in actual dollars the Hurricanes added about $1.4 million in cost, but in the process added a goalie who can actually slot into the lineup. The one wild card is that Reimer has a lockout-shielded contract that pays him $2.25 million...
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...

Quick thoughts on Anton Forsberg and Gustav Forsling from John Jaeckel at The-Rink.com in Chicago

Yesterday, I posted detailed thoughts on Monday’s trade that sent Calvin de Haan and Alekski Saarela to the Chicago Blackhawks for goalie Anton Forsberg and defenseman Gustav Forsling. If you missed it, you can find that HERE. John Jaeckel who is the Chicago Blackhawks Head Writer and Podcast Co-Host for The-Rink.com was kind enough to share his insight on Forsling and Forsberg.   John Jaeckel’s thoughts on Anton Forsberg and Gustav Forsling Canes and Coffee: What do you see as Gustav Forsling’s strengths and weaknesses as an NHL defenseman? In what type of role could you see him thriving? In what type of role might he be in over his head? John Jaeckel: Good skater, very good point shot, pretty physically willing for his size. Tended to overhandle the puck in his end when he first came up—often with disastrous consequences. Seems behind his man a lot yet he is mobile, so it appears his issues are often positioning-related. He has physical ability, needs more time and perhaps a new coaching voice.   Canes and Coffee: How would you assess Forsling in terms of being a capable NHL power play player? John Jaeckel: Possible, but more of a shooter (he can blast it) than an innate QB/setup guy.   Canes and Coffee: Do you have any thoughts on how Forsling’s skill set might or might not fit with Trevor van Riemsdyk on a third pairing? John Jaeckel: TVR, with his relative skills, could be a decent complement to Forsling.   Canes and Coffee: How would you evaluate Anton Forsberg in terms of being a capable NHL backup? John Jaeckel: That...
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...