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...
2018-19 Carolina Hurricanes season preview: Part 1-Seeking improvement

2018-19 Carolina Hurricanes season preview: Part 1-Seeking improvement

End of offseason / Beginning of new season coffee drive First, a huge thank you to everyone who has contributed to Canes and Coffee in the past. Your generosity is greatly appreciated, and the site would not exist without your support. With preseason underway, Canes and Coffee is officially starting its fourth year covering Carolina Hurricanes hockey. The site runs on a lean budget and is founded based on a love of our hockey team, but there are still bills and expenses. If you appreciated daily coverage to help get through the long offseason, please consider contributing $4 to a buy a cup of coffee as a thank you. If you are looking forward to another full season of daily Canes coverage, please consider contributing $4 to buy a cup of coffee to help fuel what lies ahead. Tips are welcome too. 🙂 Contribute HERE.   With real Canes hockey only a day away, the site is getting busier. Today check out also the reopening of The Coffee Shop with a set of polls and discussion questions on the team’s 2018-19 performance.   Gauging offseason improvement As a team that found itself out of the playoff chase early again in the 2017-18 season, the Hurricanes were one of 15 teams that entered the offseason needing to improve to return to the playoffs for the 2018-19 season. The true verdict will of course be rendered on the ice, but with the season now only a couple days away, the timing is right to do a first assessment of whether the Carolina Hurricanes improved during the offseason and maybe more significantly whether...
Justin Williams named Carolina Hurricanes captain – A jolt and a bridge

Justin Williams named Carolina Hurricanes captain – A jolt and a bridge

For anyone not away from hockey preparing for the arrive of Florence, it should not be new news that Justin Williams has been named the captain of the Carolina Hurricanes. I could and probably will (electricity permitting) over the next few days come at this announcement from about a dozen different angles, but in the aim of not losing the most important points in the details, this article will focus on only a handful of points that I think are most significant.   First…deja vu back to last October My general thinking on this dates back to this article from October 6, 2017 right after Jordan Staal and Justin Faulk were named co-captains where I said: But I still would have preferred Justin Williams But I still would have preferred Williams, and here is why… I just think the team needs a sudden and stark shift in mindset. A significant part of it is simply personality and communication style, but Francis and Peters tone very much strikes a ‘working to get better’, ‘doing it the right way’, ‘in it for the long haul’, ‘not looking for short-term fixes’, etc. type of style. I think a shift in mentality is in order. The Hurricanes are NOT ‘hoping to be in the mix in March.’ They are not ‘getting better’ or ‘on the right path.’ The Carolina Hurricanes need to make a meaningful shift to something along the lines of ‘We will make the playoffs this year.’ Justin Williams is the embodiment of that shift. When a 34-year old veteran with Cup wins and other options chose to come to Raleigh,...
Hurricanes trade Jeff Skinner to Buffalo for three draft picks and prospect Cliff Pu (Part 1)

Hurricanes trade Jeff Skinner to Buffalo for three draft picks and prospect Cliff Pu (Part 1)

My Twitter-size comments from shortly after the news broke that Jeff Skinner had been traded are at the bottom of this post. I stand by that initial reaction. What follows are more detailed thoughts on today’s big trade. Because of the magnitude of the deal and the fact that I am not sitting down to write this until after midnight, I will break it into two parts. Today’s first part will focus on the on-ice (and to some degree in locker room) evaluation of the trade. Part two will consider bigger picture things like the effect on the fan base and community.   Preludes Coming out of the Dougie Hamilton/Micheal Ferland trade and before the Calvin de Haan signing, I wrote an article on July 3 entitled, “Is the other shoe about to drop? And if so, what does it entail?” In that article one of two possible series of moves detailed on July 3 was: Justin Faulk is traded for a scoring forward => Calvin deHaan is signed as a free agent => Jeff Skinner is traded primarily for high-end futures possibly with a depth forward or defenseman included By adding de Haan via free agency instead of trade, this version of dealing sees the Hurricanes replace Faulk, replace Skinner and still net a nice pile of futures to boot. Two of those three deals are now a reality. Then on July 4, I followed up with an article entitled, “The next domino is…?” In that article, I wrote: So I think the ideal outcome goes like this: 1) Justin Faulk is traded for a comparable forward who is...
Chuck Kaiton out as Carolina Hurricanes radio broadcaster

Chuck Kaiton out as Carolina Hurricanes radio broadcaster

On Tuesday, the Carolina Hurricanes announced that it would be parting ways with long-time radio voice and Hall-of-Famer Chuck Kaiton. If you wish to read my thoughts on today’s news in chronological order, I recommend scrolling to the bottom first where you can find my initial comments on Twitter and also a comment posted to yesterday’s Daily Cup of Joe article shortly after the news was announced. Please also check out Wednesday’s Daily Cup of Joe that is on topic with a Mount Rushmore list of six from Carolina Hurricanes history.   The business side of Chuck Kaiton and radio coverage As I said briefly on Twitter, this transition was inevitable at some point. Years ago when the team only covered about 60 percent of the games on television, the market for radio broadcasts was significantly larger. In addition to 82-game television coverage, the arrival of DVRs and maybe more significantly smart phones decreases the need for radio coverage. Fans now have multiple ways to track the game in real time from any mobile device. And sure enough, estimates from the News & Observer’s article on the event suggest that fewer than 2,000 people were tuning in for radio broadcasts. And the costs are significant. In his article at WRALSportsFan.com, Adam Gold estimated the annual costs at $500,000 to produce the broadcasts. It is difficult to tell if that is the amount the loss or just a cost to be netted against advertising revenue. Regardless, the amount is enough to be significant for an NHL team, the team is losing money on it and the trend is negative looking...
Carolina Hurricanes re-sign Trevor van Riemsdyk for 2 years at $2.3 million per year — Initial thoughts

Carolina Hurricanes re-sign Trevor van Riemsdyk for 2 years at $2.3 million per year — Initial thoughts

In what has been a busy week building the blue line, the Hurricanes on Thursday announced that the team had re-signed Trevor van Riemsdyk to a two-year contract for $2.3 million per year.   Trevor van Riemsdyk in 2017-18 Shortly after the deal was announced, I said on Twitter that van Riemsdyk was the steadiest of the Hurricanes defensemen in 2017-18. (This is not saying that he was the best defenseman…just most consistent in his specific role.) He was pretty consistent from beginning to end and was the anchor for a much-improved third defense pairing with a young defenseman next to him for virtually every shift. His scoring was modest with 3 goals and 13 assists but virtually nothing for power play ice time contributed to those totals. More significantly, van Riemsdyk stood out as a consistently solid defenseman and was the driving force for the third pairing improving by leaps and bounds over the 2016-17 season.   Trevor van Riemsdyk as a mentor On Twitter after the signing was announced, I said: 4/5 Most impressive was uncanny ability to adapt to what his young partner needed,similar to John-Michael Liles with Pesce. He did heavy lifting with Fleury and initially with Hanifin but then had good knack for when to defer and push puck to Hanifin when he was confident/going. — Canes and Coffee (@CanesandCoffee) July 6, 2018 Trevor van Riemsdyk started the season next to rookie Haydn Fleury. Fleury acclimated quickly to the NHL without any dramatic growing pains. Van Riemsdyk played a significant role in Fleury’s positive start in the NHL. Especially early on, van Riemsdyk did...