Open forum for Carolina Hurricanes draft day discussion

Open forum for Carolina Hurricanes draft day discussion

If you are just checking in, you can find part 4 of my 4-part 2018 NHL Draft week series (and links to the first 3 parts) HERE. This post will be left open for reader discussion and updates during the draft. ——————————–   Saturday 8:40am  update On Friday, the Canes avoided overthinking a good thing, picked Andrei Svechnikov and in the process added a player with a high probability of being a high-end scorer. Otherwise, the first day of the draft was a quiet one in terms of actual activity for the Hurricanes and the league as a whole. Jeff Skinner’s name reared up again. Elias Lindholm also joined the fray, but both players are still on the Hurricanes roster as of Saturday morning. Most interesting on the trade front was a deal that sent Philipp Grubauer and Brooks Orpik (salary dump) to the Colorado Avalanche for a second-round pick. A few minutes after the deal was announced, I said on Twitter: That's an interesting deal, and one that could have made sense for #Canes. Orpik at $4.5M (actual) is a salary dump it's only 1 year and might another grizzled veteran help with the locker room reset? And then Grubauer costs only a 2nd-rounder. Interesting… https://t.co/5agvUXQbxT — Canes and Coffee (@CanesandCoffee) June 22, 2018 A few hours later in his parting comments at the end of the night, Luke DeCock said not only was it interesting, but that the Hurricanes were actually in on this deal. Canes offered earlier second-rounder than Colorado for Grubauer and were willing to take Orpik's contract (not permanently, presumably, for obvious reasons) — but...
Rod Brind’Amour named head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes

Rod Brind’Amour named head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes

  One of the challenges of running a daily hockey site in my free time is the seemingly uncanny ability for big events to happen when they do not fit with other obligations. For the paid media, they just shift whatever else they are doing around because it is part of their job. Hence the delay covering today’s big news. I mostly covered the topic in my article addressing the pros and cons of Brind’Amour as an option on April 25. But Rod Brind’Amour officially named as the head coach, let me add a bit to my thoughts from a couple weeks ago.   He is the right type of player to be a good head coach The NHL like pretty much every other sport is littered with stories of great players who were not even remotely successful at coaching. Playing and coaching are two completely different skill sets despite being within the same profession. As such, it is a risky move to put a player with no head coaching experience or success at any level in a head coaching role at the NHL level. No doubt, there is a chance that this move fails. But risk noted, I do think that because of the type of player that Rod Brind’Amour was that he is the right kind of player to succeed as a coach. His strength as a player was not raw skill. His strengths were his work ethic and effort and also his leadership. Those traits, especially the latter, translate well to coaching. The work ethic thing is tricky because even if Brind’Amour leads well, it just...
Couple smaller deals that make sense

Couple smaller deals that make sense

Part 6 of my 2018 NHL Trade Deadline series went big game hunting. While admittedly unlikely, I think those deals actually make sense and are the kind that General Manager Ron Francis should at least be exploring today. This article steps back from the drama and looks at a couple more likely, small potatoes, type scenarios.   Derek Ryan First, to be clear, I am not in the camp that wants to vilify Derek Ryan for the latest Canes woes. On Twitter a few days ago, I said: I think Derek Ryan has officially become the latest underdog story turned scapegoat in the series…LaRose=>Dwyer=>Gerbe=>Ryan. #Redvolution — Canes and Coffee (@CanesandCoffee) February 25, 2018 My starting point for the previous offseason was adding a starting goalie and a playmaking/offensive catalyst type first or second line center. So slotting Derek Ryan with a cadre of defense-leaning centers not surprisingly has proven to be light on offense to the tune of the Canes now falling to 26th in the NHL in scoring. But that is a problem with the lineup and utilization and should not be hung on Derek Ryan. That said, I think he is the player most likely to be traded today. He brings decent depth scoring and a serviceable second unit power play forward to a team that is strong at the top of the lineup and just needs depth. The place that makes the most sense is probably Winnipeg though there are other places that could make sense too. With Pittsburgh winning the Derek Brassard sweepstakes and Tomas Plekanec off the table and already in Toronto, Ryan should...
Carolina Hurricanes place Marcus Kruger and Josh Jooris on waivers — On multiple levels

Carolina Hurricanes place Marcus Kruger and Josh Jooris on waivers — On multiple levels

Today the Carolina Hurricanes announced that the team had placed veteran fourth-line forwards Marcus Kruger and Josh Jooris on waivers with the intent of sending them to join the Charlotte Checkers in the AHL. Covering two completely different ends of the spectrum, I am both surprised that it took this long and at the same time surprised that it happened at all. Short version The starting point for the season seemed to be building a veteran air tight defensive fourth line. That could work in a scenario where the Hurricanes find enough offense/scoring elsewhere. But there are two problems. First is that the Hurricanes are still struggling offensively and need to find goals wherever they can. Second is that the fourth line really has not proven to be a net positive defensively either. Virtually no scoring puts the ceiling at 0 for plus/minus, and the penalty kill that utilizes the fourth-liners has also been sub-par. The reaction is a bit delayed, but the move aims to put more offense in the lineup at the expense of the offense-lite veterans.     Best laid plans… The move seems to finally scrap plans and strategy laid out and acted upon during the offseason. In the press conference at the conclusion of the 2016-17 season, one of the overriding themes from Bill Peters’ comments was the need to add more NHL caliber players. He talked about this in the vein of higher-end players but was actually equally emphatic when talking about depth slots as well. Peters said, “The pieces need to come in to close that gap. If we think guys from the...
Menu for “MIDTERMS” series — Carolina Hurricanes prospects below the AHL level

Menu for “MIDTERMS” series — Carolina Hurricanes prospects below the AHL level

Below is a clickable menu for the “Midterms” articles checking in on the Carolina Hurricanes’ prospects below the AHL level. Players highlighted in red are posted updates with clickable links.   NCAA David Cotton — 2015 Round #6 — Forward — Boston College Matt Filipe — 2016 Round #3 — Forward — Northeastern University Jack LaFontaine — 2016 Round #4 — Goalie — University of Michigan Luke Martin — 2017 Round #2 — Defenseman –University of Michigan Luke Stevens — 2015 Round #6 — Forward — Yale University Max Zimmer — 2016 Round #4 — Forward — University of Wisconsin   Europe Martin Necas — 2017 Round #1 — Forward — HC Kometa Brno/Czech League Eetu Luostarinen — 2017 Round #2 — Forward — KalPa/Finnish Elite League Eetu Makiniemi — 2017 Round # 4 — Goalie — Jokerit U20/Finland Ville Rasanen — 2017 — Round #7 –Defenseman — RoKi/Mestis-Finland   Ontario Hockey League Noah Carroll — 2016 — Round #6 — Defenseman — Sault Ste. Marie Jeremy Helvig –2016 — Round #5 — Goalie — Kingston   Western Hockey League Jake Bean — 2016 — Round #1 — Defenseman — Tri-City Brendan De Jong — 2017 — Round #6 –Defenseman — Portland Hudson Elynuik — 2016 — Round #3 — Forward — Spokane Morgan Geekie — 2017 — Round #3 — Forward — Tri-City Stelio Mattheos — 2017 — Round #3 — Forward — Brandon  ...
Arturs Irbe and the Carolina Hurricanes goalie curse

Arturs Irbe and the Carolina Hurricanes goalie curse

This article is one of two dueling Daily Cup of Joe posts that aim to address the serious goalie situation but also try to add a bit of levity to the situation. The heavier article can be found HERE.   Fellow Caniacs, Today I will share something that I have kept under wraps for more than 13 years. Though the day it all started left an indelible mark on my memory, I initially questioned the legitimacy of it all and maybe even more so just shied away from sharing it for fear of being called a charlatan, conspiracy theorist or just plain liar. But in the years that have unfolded, the reality and significance of day in March of 2004 has become increasingly meaningful to our plight as Canes fans and something that I must finally share. Hopefully, revealing the event of that day will help fans understand what is happened, possibly provide some solace and maybe even help change our course. It all started back in 1998, more precisely on September 10, 1998 when Carolina Hurricanes General Manager Jim Rutherford signed Arturs Irbe. At the time, the team was still in the midst of a challenging transition playing its second season in Greensboro before moving to Raleigh for the start of the 1999-00 season and there were legitimate concerns about whether the hockey thing could work in North Carolina. But three years later it became clear that it could. The Hurricanes pushed into the 2000-01 playoffs and gained the hearts of a small contingent of fans in the process. Then in the 2002 NHL playoffs, the course of...