Monday Coffee Shop: Recapping the weekend and looking forward

Monday Coffee Shop: Recapping the weekend and looking forward

Pull up a chair. Grab a cup of Joe. Share your thoughts. After some slow days when we needed to manufacture things to bandy about, today offers a larger batch of real Hurricanes hockey moves and news. And that in itself is something to be thankful for. The team’s prospect pool is now 9 players deeper. Maybe equal in terms of significance  is that the count of draft picks numbered nine which means that the Hurricanes used each and every one of the draft picks with which the team started the weekend. If you were away and want to catch up on the weekend activities, profiles and reading lists for the newest Hurricanes prospects and also Trevor van Riemsdyk can be found in the Sunday Canes Chronicle. There is also a summary-level draft recap. And finally, I continue to stand by my Saturday morning mini-novel for being as good of an explanation of the current trade situation as  any. In addition, Monday’s Daily Cup of Joe details a few items on the schedule for the week ahead starting with a 5pm deadline on Monday. With that, here are at least starting points for front of the week discussion that looks backward and forward.   Carolina Hurricanes polls Please remember to click ‘vote’ after each individual poll entry.   Which Hurricanes draft picks (pick 2) are you most excited about? Martin Necas Eetu Luostarinen Luke Martin Morgan Geekie Stelio Mattheos Eetu Makiniemi Brendan De Jong Ville Rasanen View Results  Loading ...   On a scale of 1-5, how disappointed were you that Francis was unable to pull off a draft...
Special Saturday Coffee Shop for 2017 NHL Draft Saturday discussion as the day unfolds

Special Saturday Coffee Shop for 2017 NHL Draft Saturday discussion as the day unfolds

I know that much of the discussion happens on Twitter, but we wanted to also open up the shop for a special Saturday Coffee Shop edition for the draft on Saturday. We will add a few comments here and there and would also appreciate the chance to hear others’ thoughts on Saturday’s festivities.   Carolina Hurricanes polls Please remember to click ‘vote’ after each individual poll response.   What are your thoughts on the Hurricanes #12 selection of Martin Necas? I like it. I preferred someone else. I have no idea. View Results  Loading ...   What are the odds that Francis pulls off a deal for a top 6 forward today? Almost a certainty. Francis has named it as a priority and now is the time to get it done. A reasonable possibility. It depends on if there is a fair deal to be had, but there might not be. Low. The prices being asked are just too high. Other (add in comments) View Results  Loading ...     Discussion questions   1) Who do you like at #42? 2) What are your thoughts on the trade front?   Go...
Thursday Coffee Shop: New threads, the 2017 NHL Draft and more!

Thursday Coffee Shop: New threads, the 2017 NHL Draft and more!

We are definitely inside of the busy and at least sometimes exciting part of the NHL off-season. I feel like I could just open the doors to The Coffee Shop without anything in the article and the discussion would just go on its own. But in the name of work ethic, I will offer the usual set of polls followed by some discussion questions. It’s a reopening of trade wires at 8am Thursday followed by the start of the draft Friday evening. It could be an interesting couple of days.   Carolina Hurricanes polls Please remember to click ‘vote’ after each individual poll response.   What are your thoughts on the new Carolina Hurricane uniforms (home anyway) which were released on Tuesday? Home run! The return of the warning flags and the design in general are just phenomenal. 'Meh'. They are okay but not worthy of the hype and buzz surrounding them. Blah! I don't like them at all. Give me either the retro jerseys or even the most recent vanilla red version. What new uniforms? View Results  Loading ...   With the trade market back open at 8am on Thursday, what is the likelihood that Ron Francis does a deal before the end of the weekend? Low. There is plenty of time left in the off-season and remember that after high expectations, Francis did not do a draft weekend deal last year. Medium. There is a decent chance, but I would not be surprised either way. High. Francis has some assets (draft picks) that expire on Saturday and will move aggressively to get a deal done. View Results...
Monday Coffee Shop: Drafting and drafting again

Monday Coffee Shop: Drafting and drafting again

Though activity was actually disappointingly light this past weekend, the NHL off-season is still scheduled to hit a higher gear this week with a couple days of Las Vegas speculation, the announcement of their team on Wednesday night and then the reopening of trade on Thursday morning only one day in advance of the 2017 NHL Draft which starts on Friday. If you are returning to Canes and Coffee after a Hurricanes hockey hiatus at the conclusion of the regular season, the best places to catch up are our “2017-18 Carolina Hurricanes Roster Building Central” which has chronological list of all articles covering the building of the lineup for next season. Also check out “Carolina Hurricanes 2017 NHL Draft Central” which will be filling up this week with articles on the 2017 NHL Draft. The Monday Coffee Shop features a mix of polls and discussion questions all focused on these activities.   Carolina Hurricanes Polls Please remember to click ‘vote’ after each individual poll response.   On a scale of 1-5, how surprised were you with how quiet protection deadline day was on Saturday? 1-Not surprised at all. This was what I expected. 2-Slightly surprised. I was not expecting a bunch of trades but did think a few more would occur. 3-I am firmly on the fence. 4-Quite surprised. I expected a reasonably high number of trades. 5-Very surprised. I was firmly in the camp that expected massive fireworks and was shocked by the lack of deals. View Results  Loading ...   Last time around before we finally get an answer. Who do the Hurricanes lose to Las Vegas...
Thursday Coffee Shop: Big game hunting at the forward position

Thursday Coffee Shop: Big game hunting at the forward position

It has been an oddly quiet week across the NHL. The league putting the muzzle on teams in terms of announcing any expansion draft deals with Las Vegas surely makes it seem quieter than it really is. And certainly there are a good number of conversations going on. Finally, deals for players that teams cannot protect are likely to push right up against the deadline as teams negotiate back and forth with Las Vegas and at least consider trading a player or two away to avoid losing them to the expansion draft. Canes and Coffee’s long series of articles hit a crescendo this week with an article naming and ranking 10 targets to add a difference-maker at the forward position followed today’s Daily Cup of Joe which mostly through cold water on a whole bunch of other pretty good players because in my opinion, they do not fit what the Hurricanes need. In the name of keeping The Coffee Shop lively during a long off-season, we have bandied around many of these names already, but with the post-season officially upon us, the Thursday Coffee Shop will use today’s daily post as a basis for considering a big list of potential top 6 forward additions.   Carolina Hurricanes polls Please remember to click ‘vote’ after each individual poll response. Don’t forget the discussion questions way at the bottom.   Which of the 10 top 6 forward targets named in Tuesday's DCoJ do you think would best fit the Hurricanes' needs? (Choose up to 3.) Jonathan Drouin Matt Duchene Jordan Eberle Alex Galchenyuk Tyler Johnson Evgeny Kuznetsov Nathan MacKinnon Ryan Nugent-Hopkins...
Monday Coffee Shop: The NHL expansion draft lead up

Monday Coffee Shop: The NHL expansion draft lead up

With the conclusion of the Stanley Cup Finals on Sunday night, the off-season officially begins today, and hockey fans are slated for three consecutive weeks of off-season excitement. First up is the expansion draft which officially concludes next Monday. That gives rise to the regular draft and the trading ground that it can sometimes provide. And then there is a week until the start of free agency on Saturday July 1. Needless to say, the next three weeks are certain to be the busiest ones of the off-season. The primary subject of today’s Coffee Shop polls and discussion will be the expansion draft. We will recall a couple polls that most already voted on and add a layer of new expansion draft-related polls, and the discussion questions will take on the same theme.   Carolina Hurricanes polls Please remember to click ‘vote’ after each individual poll response. Originally from March 30, 2017. Who do you think the Carolina Hurricanes will lose in the expansion draft in June? Whichever of Klas Dahlbeck, Matt Tennyson or some other depth defenseman is acquired/signed to be exposed. Phil Di Giuseppe Eddie Lack Brock McGinn Joakim Nordstrom Lee Stempniak Cam Ward Other (add in comments) View Results  Loading ...   Originally from March 30, 2017. Which 2 forwards do you think the Hurricanes will protect (in addition to Staal, Skinner, Rask, Lindholm, Teravainen, (assumed to be protected) and Aho (exempt) in the expansion draft? Patrick Brown Phil Di Giuseppe (restricted free agent who will be re-signed) Brock McGinn (restricted free agent who will be re-signed) Jay McClement (unrestricted free agent who would need to...