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...
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...