Coffee Shop polls: Build the Hurricanes forward lines (polls and discussion)

Coffee Shop polls: Build the Hurricanes forward lines (polls and discussion)

With the start of training camp upon us, we will dust off The Coffee Shop category and given everyone a chance to build out the Hurricanes 2019-20 forward lines. To keep there from being too many variations, the starting point is assuming that Sebastian Aho, Jordan Staal, Erik Haula and Lucas Wallmark start the season at center. If injuries do not disrupt things, I think that is highly likely to hold true. The Hurricanes do have a couple other options at center, but I view Aho, Staal and Wallmark as locks and Haula as the preferred choice for the other slot. So with no further ado, who plays where come opening night? Polls are below, but even better would be to hear everyone’s reasoning in the comments for why they would build the lines as they would.   Who will play on Sebastian Aho's wings? Clark Bishop Ryan Dzingel Warren Foegele Saku Maenalanen (unsigned) Jordan Martinook Brock McGinn Martin Necas Nino Niederreiter Andrei Svechnikov Teuvo Teravainen One of the AHL young guns rising up View Results  Loading ...   Who will play on Jordan Staal's wings? Clark Bishop Ryan Dzingel Warren Foegele Saku Maenalanen (unsigned) Jordan Martinook Brock McGinn Martin Necas Nino Niederreiter Andrei Svechnikov Teuvo Teravainen One of the AHL young guns rising up View Results  Loading ...   Who will play on Erik Haula's wings? Clark Bishop Ryan Dzingel Warren Foegele Saku Maenalanen (unsigned) Jordan Martinook Brock McGinn Martin Necas Nino Niederreiter Andrei Svechnikov Teuvo Teravainen One of the AHL young guns rising up View Results  Loading ...   Who will play on Lucas Wallmark's wings? Clark...
Carolina Hurricanes sign defenseman Jake Gardiner for 4 years at $4.05 million per year

Carolina Hurricanes sign defenseman Jake Gardiner for 4 years at $4.05 million per year

Four days after the announcement that Justin Williams would not be returning at least for the start of the 2019-20 season, the Hurricanes spent the $4M-ish available salary cap in signing defenseman Jake Gardiner to a four-year contract with an average salary of $4.05 million per year. My initial Twitter-size comments are way at the bottom for anyone who cares to start with those. In my article about Justin Williams’ decision, I devoted an entire paragraph to the possibility of targeting Jake Gardiner with the salary cap freed up when I wrote: Also in a Leafs vein, could Jake Gardiner be a bargain basement add. To be clear, I do not see the Hurricanes adding a higher cost defenseman with term to the mix. The team has decent depth for the third pairing. But if Gardiner suddenly becomes available on a one-year ‘prove it’ type deal for say $2 million, he could help the Hurricanes get back to five top four defenseman like 2018-19 and also add much-needed power play help. I missed on the fact that the Canes would not be willing to commit to term, but the basic thesis of continuing to opportunistically add players who are discounted for whatever reason came to fruition.   On Jake Gardiner Gardiner is a proven NHL defenseman who has filled a top 4 role for the Maple Leafs for multiple years. He is a left shot who is capable of playing an offensive game but has at times times been much-maligned for his defensive play. The burning question with Gardiner is whether his defensive play is that problematic or if...
Hurricanes trade Calvin de Haan and Aleksi Saarela to Blackhawks for Anton Forsberg and Gustav Forsling

Hurricanes trade Calvin de Haan and Aleksi Saarela to Blackhawks for Anton Forsberg and Gustav Forsling

On Monday night, it was announced that the Carolina Hurricanes had traded Calvin de Haan and AHL level prospect Aleksi Saarela to the Chicago Blackhawks for goalie Anton Forsberg and defenseman Gustav Forsling. I offered my Twitter-sized thoughts shortly after the deal the was announced and will add a layer or two of detail to them below.   First and foremost a financial move 1/? More than anything this is a financial restructuring deal. At some point, team needed to cut some salary on blue line. #TakeWarning https://t.co/yNcd5AM8vR — Canes and Coffee (@CanesandCoffee) June 25, 2019 The crux of this deal is making a move to take a step toward restructuring the team’s salary costs. My best guess has always been that the original plan last summer was to trade both Justin Faulk and Jeff Skinner last summer. The moves to add both Calvin de Haan and Dougie Hamilton in my opinion presupposed that Faulk would eventually be dealt. When that did not happen because the market just was not there, the Hurricanes entered the season with five top 4 defensemen and salaries to match. For the 2018-19 season it worked. The team did not yet need extra salary cap space, as it was barely above the salary cap minimum, and the depth proved to be a positive. But longer term, the math will not work. Raises for Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen will take the Hurricanes’ salary up a notch. The team still needs to add at least one goalie and might not get off as cheap as last summer. There are additional players who will be up...
Canes March Madness Bracket #1: Biggest moves in building the 2018-19 lineup

Canes March Madness Bracket #1: Biggest moves in building the 2018-19 lineup

In the spirit March Madness and the fun of brackets, Canes and Coffee will be running a series of mini-tournaments on the Carolina Hurricanes 2018-19 season thus far. First up is a bracket detailing the Hurricanes series of moves to build the current lineup. When one considers all of the changes that occurred starting with the end of the 2017-18 season to the current roster, the transformation is stunning. Only 10 players remain less than a full season later. The sheer volume of significant moves. The brackets include eight transactions, but that does not even include the trade of Jeff Skinner, leadership moves naming Brind’Amour coach or Williams captain, moving Sebastian Aho to center or the draft lottery win of Andrei Svechnikov. Early on, the various moves seemed to be a mixed bag, but given time and viewed under the light of the January turnaround, the series of moves looks increasingly close to perfect. Though each and every one of these moves deserves its share of credit in the current winning trajectory, just for fun this bracket takes a shot at determining which were most critical.   Please remember to click vote after each individual poll response.   Biggest roster moves -- Match up #1 Claiming Curtis McElhinney off of waivers to replace an injured Scott Darling. Lucas Wallmark and Warren Foegele making the opening day roster out of training camp. View Results  Loading ...   Biggest roster moves -- Match up #2 Pulling off a blockbuster trade at the end of the draft adding Dougie Hamilton, Micheal Ferland and prospect Adam Fox in exchange for Elias Lindholm and...
The Coffee Shop Reopens! 2b of 2: Over/under for Carolina Hurricanes 2018-19 season

The Coffee Shop Reopens! 2b of 2: Over/under for Carolina Hurricanes 2018-19 season

After a bit of a delay for the burst four games in six nights to kick off the season, here is part 2b of 2 predicting over or under for individual Canes players for the 2018-19 season. We also challenge everyone to log one outlandish prediction in the comments below, so we can look back in May or June and mostly chuckle but also hopefully find a couple brilliant predictions. Part 1 which is HERE was more team focused. Part 2 had players Sebastian Aho through Martin Necas.   Carolina Hurricanes over/under polls Please remember to click ‘vote’ after each individual poll response.   Petr Mrazek -- 40 starts -- With the opening available, can he establish himself as the Canes #1? Over Under View Results  Loading ...   Brett Pesce -- 28 points -- In his fourth season, does he find a higher gear offensively (or just continue to be a stalwart stay-home D which is fine too)? Over Under View Results  Loading ...   Victor Rask -- Depth or Return to Significant Role -- Where does Victor Rask fit into the new lineup once he returns? He plays a significant role playing center and anchoring a solid line. He is passed by the youth and returns only as forward depth. View Results  Loading ...   Jaccob Slavin -- 40 points -- Like Pesce, can Slavin find a higher gear offensively in his fourth year, or is he destined to just be top-end on the defensive side of the puck? Over Under View Results  Loading ...   Jordan Staal -- 50 points -- Is he destined to continue...
The Coffee Shop Reopens! 2a of 2: Over/under for Carolina Hurricanes 2018-19 season

The Coffee Shop Reopens! 2a of 2: Over/under for Carolina Hurricanes 2018-19 season

Today’s Coffee Shop is the second of two parts to officially reopen The Coffee Shop for the 2018-19 season. If you missed it yesterday, you can find part 1 which includes a set of polls which are focused mainly at the team level (and you can see if readers think the team will make the playoffs). Today’s polls focus primarily on individual player performance for the 2018-19 season.   Carolina Hurricanes over/under polls Please remember to click ‘vote’ after each individual poll response.   Sebastian Aho -- Points=68 -- Is he ready now to take the next step up scoring-wise? Over Under View Results  Loading ...   Scott Darling -- .910 Save Percentage -- Can Darling rebound at least to respectable levels? Over (over means beats .910 and is >.910) Under (under means misses .910 and...