Thursday Coffee Shop: Holiday gift list

Thursday Coffee Shop: Holiday gift list

With the holidays end of year approaching, we are continuing our combination holiday sale/year end fundraiser. If you are a regular reader of Canes and Coffee and appreciate what we do, please consider a Canes and Coffee cup (if you want one) or otherwise a small $5-10 donation to help fund our mission at Canes and Coffee to provide local, daily coverage of our hockey team. $18.75 in state or $17.50 out of state (sales tax difference) nets you a coffee cup. Small, simple donations are also appreciated. It’s as simple as making a credit card or PayPal contribution by clicking on the PayPal link HERE and being sure to include your mailing address if you order a coffee cup.   With the busy holiday season upon us and most people working on gift lists and shopping, the Thursday Coffee Shop will take on a mostly lighthearted holiday shopping theme.   Carolina Hurricanes polls Please remember to click ‘vote’ after each individual poll response.   If you could have only one Carolina Hurricanes gift for the holiday season, what would it be? An announcement that the sale of the team to Tom Dundon is officially completed finally putting that long-running saga in the rear view mirror. A 3-game winning streak over the holidays that brings joy to PNC Arena and concludes with a lopsided win over the Pens that quiets the visiting contingent. An at least medium trade that sends a clear message heading into the new year that this team is very clearly aiming to make the 2018 playoffs. A BIG gift card for The Eye that sets off...
Monday Coffee Shop: Where are we and what should we expect for the rest of 2017-18?

Monday Coffee Shop: Where are we and what should we expect for the rest of 2017-18?

Quick reminder about our ongoing holiday sale/fundraiser. Donations of any size are greatly appreciated but $18.75 in North Carolina and $17.50 outside North Carolina also nets you a really cool Canes and Coffee cup. It’s as simple as making a credit card or PayPal contribution by clicking on the PayPal link HERE and being sure to include your mailing address if you order a coffee cup.   Suddenly into the second third of the season, we have seen enough 2017-18 Carolina Hurricanes hockey to evaluate the team and also project what is in store for the rest of the season. The Daily Cup of Joe is a companion article that shares my thoughts on the same subject, but I hope everyone votes/comments here first so that we get unbiased opinions and the diversity of viewpoints that is easily the best thing about Canes and Coffee articles right now. With that…The 2017-18 Carolina Hurricanes…Where are we? Where are we going?   Carolina Hurricanes polls Please remember to click ‘vote’ after each individual poll response.   Through one-third of the season, how do the 2017-18 Carolina Hurricanes compare to what you expected entering the season? The team is outperforming my preseason expectations. The team is doing about as I would have expected. The team is underperforming my preseason expectations. View Results  Loading ...   Based on what you have seen thus far, what do you expect for the remainder of the 2017-18 season? Similar to 2017-18 thus far and also 2016-17 -- Ups and downs during the learning process and no playoffs. Mostly ups and downs but enough up to squeak...
Thursday Coffee Shop: Ownership rumblings and a sense of urgency on the ice

Thursday Coffee Shop: Ownership rumblings and a sense of urgency on the ice

With the NHL Board of Governors meeting today, I held off on posting the Thursday Coffee Shop in hopes that we might have something substantive to discuss coming out of those meetings. That has happened, but the official news and details are a bit slow coming, so Friday or possibly even later might be the better time to bandy around details. But by no means should that prevent or regularly scheduled chat about Canes hockey over coffee as happens here every Thursday. I will possibly add another poll or question for ongoing debate on Friday if/when more details emerge.   Carolina Hurricanes poll questions Please remember to click ‘vote’ after each individual poll response.   What is your initial reaction to the fairly sudden progress on selling the team to Tom Dundon? (Choose as many as apply.) I am surprised at how quickly things seemed to move once news was out about a new suitor. The Board of Governors meeting timing makes a lot of sense. I am just happy that something has happened such that we can move forward into the next era of Hurricanes hockey. I think Chuck Greenberg was a better fit for what the franchise needs. Other (add in comments) View Results  Loading ...   What will be most interesting in the details to follow? (Choose as many as apply.) What Karmanos' role is going forward. Any early clues from Dundon in terms of changes in how the team will be run on and off the ice. Specific comments on the relocation rumblings that just will not go away. Seeing what Dundon's first impression/move is...
Monday Coffee Shop: The “road” ahead

Monday Coffee Shop: The “road” ahead

We are at that time of year, when it would be great to pull in a few $ to sort of catch up for 2017 financially and have at least a little bit extra (which will be put to good use) heading into 2018. Plus if you hurry, you can have your new coffee cup in time for most of the coming run of 10pm TV starts out west. If you have no use for another coffee cup, please consider a simple one-time $5-10 one-time contribution. Everything helps. To receive a Canes and Coffee coffee cup and equally significantly support our local, daily Carolina Hurricanes hockey coverage, simply… 1) Contribute either $17.50 (out of state=>no sales tax) or $18.75 (in state=sales tax) via credit card or PayPal. 2) Make sure you include your mailing address in the payment notes. 3) Help support Canes and Coffee and get a cool coffee cup in the process. Go HERE and click on the PayPal link at the bottom of the page.   After a couple of great weeks of hockey in mid-November, the Hurricanes have taken a small step back the past two weeks. The team’s 1-2 mark in three home games during Thanksgiving week was obviously sub-par. The team’s 1-1-1 mark last week was more of the treading water variety. Before the start of the Thanksgiving week home stand, I wrote about the importance of the next two legs of the 2017-18 season in terms of deciding the Hurricanes’ level of success. As noted above, the first leg, the short home stand, was a downer with a 1-2 record. The second...
Thursday Coffee Shop: Sizing up the Metropolitan Division

Thursday Coffee Shop: Sizing up the Metropolitan Division

The Thursday Coffee Shop is a partner for today’s Daily Cup of Joe which offers an early assessment of the Metropolitan Division. As many predicted before the start of the 2017-18 season, the Metropolitan Division is shaping up to be the NHL’s best. As of right now, both Eastern Conference wild cards would come from the Metropolitan and as of right now seven teams are clearly in the playoff mix. Today’s polls and discussion will focus on the division competition. Carolina Hurricanes polls Please remember to click ‘vote’ after each individual poll response.   How many teams from the Metropolitan Division will make the 2017-18 playoffs? The maximum 5, claiming both wild card slots. 4. The Atlantic Division will ultimately rise up and claim 1 of the 2 wild card slots. The minimum 3. The Metro Division will fade after a fast start and be overtaken by the Atlantic. View Results  Loading ...   Which teams from the Metropolitan Division will make the playoffs? (Choose up to 5.) Carolina Hurricanes Columbus Blue Jackets New Jersey Devils New York Islanders New York Rangers Philadelphia Flyers Pittsburgh Penguins Washington Capitals View Results  Loading ...   Which team(s) that missed the playoffs in 2016-17 but is surging early is prone to flopping as the season progresses? (Select up to 2.) New Jersey Devils New York Islanders Neither. Both are for real. View Results  Loading ...   Which of the traditional playoff entrants from the Metropolitan Division is in jeopardy and a team the Canes could catch this year? (Select up to 3.) New York Rangers Pittsburgh Penguins Washington Capitals None of the...
Monday Coffee Shop: Looking backward…looking forward

Monday Coffee Shop: Looking backward…looking forward

Cyber Monday, which is the biggest online shopping day of the year is here! In between chucking tens or even hundreds of dollars at Amazon and other big retailers with whom you have no ties, please also consider spending a mere $18.75 at Canes and Coffee to buy a coffee cup and to help fund our daily local coverage of Hurricanes hockey. Simply… 1) Contribute either $17.50 (out of state=>no sales tax) or $18.75 (in state=sales tax) via credit card or PayPal. 2) Make sure you include your mailing address in the payment notes. 3) Help support Canes and Coffee and get a cool coffee cup in the process. Go HERE and click on the PayPal link at the bottom of the page.   We hope that everyone had an enjoyable Thanksgiving week and maybe had schedule conflicts that kept them away from PNC Arena on Wednesday and maybe even Friday before closing out the week watching Sunday’s win. Before last week’s three-game home stand started, I said that the next two legs of the schedule could be critical for the Hurricanes 2017-18 season. First up was the three-game home stand that just wrapped up. Next up is a road-heavy stretch that sees the Hurricanes play 10 of their next 12 games on the road before another burst of home games during the holidays. The Monday Coffee Shop will hone in on both the positives and negatives for the Hurricanes right now and consider both the home stand and the next stretch of schedule.   Carolina Hurricanes polls Please remember to click ‘vote’ after each individual poll response.  ...