2018 NHL free agent frenzy preview from a Carolina Hurricanes’ angle

2018 NHL free agent frenzy preview from a Carolina Hurricanes’ angle

Sunday kicks off open season for teams looking to use heavy ammo in the form of bunches of dollars to attract free agents. For the longest time, the Hurricanes have been small players in these yearly festivities mostly quietly adding depth players while the fireworks were going off across the league. The team did add Justin Williams on the opening day of 2017’s free agency, but even medium size additions have been few and far between otherwise. With new management in place that already made a blockbuster type trade during draft weekend, might this year be different? At a minimum, the Hurricanes are definitely in the market for a goalie and per comments by Don Waddell at the prospect camp Summerfest, that addition could be made within 24 hours. As you settle in for what can be an interesting day on Sunday, here are a few articles from earlier this week that set the stage for today’s deal-making article. Part 1 shopped the goalie options that will likely come into play. Part 2 assessed and slotted the team’s forwards. And coming out of the Dougie Hamilton/Micheal Ferland trade, I talked about the likely next steps on defense.   So by position, here is a quick guide to Sunday’s NHL fun…   At goalie This is one area where the team is certain to make a deal at some point. Cam Ward seems destined for the Chicago Blackhawks which leaves one opening for a goalie with the Hurricanes. The article above handicapped the primary options. My 2 cents says this: 1) I want a goalie on a one or two-year...
Insight from Calgary on Dougie Hamilton, Micheal Ferland and Adam Fox

Insight from Calgary on Dougie Hamilton, Micheal Ferland and Adam Fox

As is the case with any big trade, the immediate question is what the team is getting in the players that were obtained. I offered my thoughts on the deal already in two parts. Part 1: Evaluating the deal Part 2: The side effects But oftentimes, the more interesting perspective is that of writers, scouts and others who track the players on the same 82-game basis that I track the Hurricanes. Canes and Coffee is incredibly fortunate to have two very good contacts who track the Calgary Flames on an every-game basis and were generous enough to share their insight on Dougie Hamilton, Micheal Ferland and Adam Fox.   About the interviewees Todd Cordell Todd Cordell (@ToddCordell) is active on many fronts as an NHL scout, analyst and writer. He covers the Calgary Flames and New Jersey Devils for Hockeybuzz. He also writes for My NHL Trade Rumors and scouts the OHL for HockeyProspect.   Darren Haynes Darren Haynes (@DarrenWHaynes) has covered the Calgary Flames for The Canadian Press since 1990 and is a fixture at all home games. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers Association. In addition to his game stories and other features that can be found on the CP news wire (will also appear on the AP news wire in the United States), he also maintains a blog in which he posts stories that are more Calgary-centric and not newsworthy enough to be of national interest. His blog is called Flames From 80 Feet, which is named after his press box view, which is 80 feet above the ice surface at the Saddledome....
Carolina Hurricanes re-sign Phil Di Giuseppe and qualify four others

Carolina Hurricanes re-sign Phil Di Giuseppe and qualify four others

Monday was the deadline for teams to extend qualifying offers to restricted to retain their rights. Players who were not given their qualifying offers are set to become unrestricted free agents on July 1. The Hurricanes initially qualified Trevor van Riemsdyk, Lucas Wallmark, Valentin Zykov and Greg McKegg. Of that group only veteran AHLer Greg McKegg was a player who could have gone either way. The Hurricanes chose not to qualify Joakim Nordstrom, Phil Di Giuseppe, Sergey Tolchinsky, Keegan Kanzig and Tyler Ganly. Working through the group…   Signed Phil Di Giuseppe Di Giuseppe was actually not qualified probably for fear of arbitration risk, but later in the day the team announced that it had signed him to a one-year, one-way contract for $750,000. On Twitter before after not being qualified and before he was signed, I said: Will be interesting to see if #Canes actually try to re-sign Di Giuseppe and/or Nordstrom. Could just be that team is not willing to risk bad arbitration decision. https://t.co/sYlBtijiEG — Canes and Coffee (@CanesandCoffee) June 25, 2018 As a player who could have been cut to make room like Nordstrom (likely), he was definitely a could stay/could go player. What surprises me a bit is the fact that he received a one-way deal. On the one hand, he has paid some dues and probably earned it. On the other hand, with the volume of young players in the mix, he has his work cut out to earn an NHL roster slot, so having him on a two-way contract would have been more flexible financially. I have long liked Di Giuseppe a...
Hurricanes trade Elias Lindholm and Noah Hanifin for Dougie Hamilton, Micheal Ferland and prospect Adam Fox (Part 2: The side effects)

Hurricanes trade Elias Lindholm and Noah Hanifin for Dougie Hamilton, Micheal Ferland and prospect Adam Fox (Part 2: The side effects)

In case you missed it, after a bunch of trade rumors and rumblings on Friday but not activity through the front part of the day Saturday, the bomb dropped on Saturday afternoon when the Carolina Hurricanes announced that the team had traded Elias Lindholm and Noah Hanifin to the Calgary Flames for Dougie Hamilton, Micheal Ferland and prospect Adam Fox. Part one of this two-part series covered the trade itself. And on the 2018 NHL Draft itself which fell into the background Saturday afternoon, Canes and Coffee compiled a reading list on #2 overall draft pick Andrei Svechnikov. Part two has a quick update on multiple other things that follow from Saturday’s trade.   Update on Adam Fox In doing a few check ins, Adam Fox who is the blue line prospect included in the detail is an interesting situation. The positive is that he is a much higher-end prospect than his third-round draft pedigree would indicate. When one reads articles about him, he sounds like Jake Bean on offensive steroids which is saying something since Bean is a higher-end offensive blue line prospect himself. The negative is that apparently the reason he was available is because he was not going to sign with the Flames. So when you net it out, Fox represents a high risk, high reward addition to the trade. The burning question is what was keeping him from signing with Calgary and is it something that the Canes can remedy? If he just wants to pick where he goes like a free agent, the Hurricanes might be out of luck. But if instead, he just...
Hurricanes trade Elias Lindholm and Noah Hanifin for Dougie Hamilton, Micheal Ferland and prospect Adam Fox (Part 1: Evaluating the deal)

Hurricanes trade Elias Lindholm and Noah Hanifin for Dougie Hamilton, Micheal Ferland and prospect Adam Fox (Part 1: Evaluating the deal)

Just when it looked like the 2018 NHL Draft might close out fairly quietly for the Carolina Hurricanes after a noisy Friday in terms of rumors….KABOOM!!! The Hurricanes traded restricted free agents Noah Hanifin and Elias Lindholm to Calgary for defenseman Dougie Hamilton, forward Micheal Ferland and defense prospect Adam Fox. Down below are my initial Twitter-size thoughts on the deal from when the news broke. Here is the the more detailed version.   The crux of the deal This deal is an incredibly complex one in terms of the number of things to be considered. There is of course the simple player swap but behind that are multiple other layers. The trade represents a pair of high stakes crystal ball player evaluations for Noah Hanifin and Elias Lindholm. The deal includes an intertwined element of performance relative to salary with Lindholm and Hanifin both restricted free agents who will command sizable sums based at least as much on draft pedigree and potential as past performance. And the trade also requires decision-making related to the balance between building a winner for today versus having patience for young players to develop. But when I sort through all of the angles as I will do in more detail below and try to boil the deal down to basics, it goes like this… 1) The Hurricanes traded two players with high-end ‘potential’ for one player who is a ‘now’ player at or near that high end. 2) The team addressed what I termed the second biggest need (first is always goaltending) by adding a top 4 defenseman to help solidify the second...
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...