Thursday Coffee Shop: Carolina Hurricanes March Madness #2–Caniac Heritage bracket

Thursday Coffee Shop: Carolina Hurricanes March Madness #2–Caniac Heritage bracket

If you missed while filling out brackets for the basketball version of March Madness, our Carolina Hurricanes tourney of sorts kicked off yesterday with bracket #1 entitled, “The Good Old Days.” Please go HERE to cast your votes on great games in Canes history to decide which ones advance. Bracket #2 offers an eclectic set of match ups of things that are part of our Carolina Hurricanes hockey heritage. Please remember to click ‘vote’ after each individual poll response.   Doing NHL hockey our own way From the very beginning, Caniacs added their own twists to NHL hockey. Capitalizing on friendly outdoor weather and leveraging a tradition from many years of local college sports, it only made sense to add tailgating to Carolina Hurricanes hockey. To borrow a John Forslundism, the late spring playoff version of it is “like none other.” Another unique tradition that started early was meeting the team at the airport after road playoff games. For those who never thought to tally it up, the team’s first four playoff series wins (all three in 2002 and the first one in 2006) were on the road, so it only made sense to celebrate often in the wee hours of the night at RDU. The tradition also fit incredibly well with the team’s mid-afternoon returns from Edmonton during the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals. Caniac Heritage #1 Tailgating before games Meeting the team at the airport after road playoff games View Results  Loading ...   Longstanding and storied broadcast team Sewed into the fabric of the team is the set of broadcasters who were part of Carolina Hurricanes hockey...
Thursday Coffee Shop: Carolina Hurricanes March Madness #1–The Good Old Days bracket

Thursday Coffee Shop: Carolina Hurricanes March Madness #1–The Good Old Days bracket

Great discussions are already ongoing about a number of heavier topics in the Canes universe right now. You can find a wide array of great opinions on the state of the team after the gut-wrenching loss on Tuesday HERE. The article on the dismissal of Ron Francis from the general manager role also has a bunch of great debate which you can find HERE. If you want something current but more positive, check out today’s Daily Cup of Joe which offers a short list of building blocks.    Following the theme permeating the sports world this weekend, the Thursday Coffee Shop offers up the “Good Old Days” bracket for Canes hockey offering four head to head match ups of great moments in Canes history from the first two playoffs in Raleigh way back in 2001 and 2002. Please remember to click ‘vote’ after each individual poll response.   The greatest loss in Canes history? Game 1 features a match up between arguably the two greatest losses in Carolina Hurricanes history. It might sound odd to include a losing effort in a nostalgic look back on great moments in team history, but both of these games were epic despite the outcome. To this day, I rate the loss to the New Jersey Devils in game 6 of the 2001 playoffs among my top 5 moments in Carolina Hurricanes history. That season marked the first playoff appearance by the Hurricanes in Raleigh (after one appearance during the Greensboro years). The Hurricanes were matched up against juggernaut and perennial Stanley Cup contender New Jersey. Games 1 and 2 of the series featured...
Monday Coffee Shop: Comparisons and a search for missing ingredients

Monday Coffee Shop: Comparisons and a search for missing ingredients

Today’s Daily Cup of Joe offers a quick comparison to three of the eight teams currently slotted go from playoff miss in 2017 to playoff participant in 2018. The fact that more than half of the teams that have missed the playoffs during the past two years suggests it is possible. But yet, the transition continues to be a big hump to push over for the Carolina Hurricanes who are currently on the outside looking in and will need a huge push to change their fate for the current season. The Thursday Coffee Shop considers what the Hurricanes need to push over the playoff cut line.   Carolina Hurricanes polls Please remember to click ‘vote’ after each individual poll response.   What do you think is the most-needed ingredient(s) for the Carolina Hurricanes to push over the cut line and into the playoffs? (Select up to two.) A big winning streak in March to make it happen in 2018. Patience. The team is young and improving, but it takes time. A leadership shake up. Something needs to change at the top either with the coach or the captains to change the mentality. Goaltending. The inability to figure out the goalie thing is the only thing holding the team back. Improved defense. The blue line continues to be promising but still is not the true strength it needs for the team to win consistently. More offense. The ability to consistently win the shot battle but still lose the game is a clear sign that there just is not enough true scoring talent in this lineup. Other (add in comments) View...
Thursday Coffee Shop: Marching forward

Thursday Coffee Shop: Marching forward

March is officially here, and the Carolina Hurricanes unfortunately find themselves in a familiar position looking up at the playoff cut line and needing a minor miracle to climb above it. Though the trade deadline has already been discussed in some detail HERE, the Thursday Coffee Shop today offers a couple more polls and discussion points on the trade deadline and what everyone hopes to see in March. Today’s Daily Cup of Joe also has a few discussions related to quick observations on Cam Ward, Phil Di Giuseppe, Elias Lindholm and Warren Foegele.   Carolina Hurricanes polls Please remember to click ‘vote’ after each individual poll response.   How would you evaluate Ron Francis for the 2018 NHL trade deadline? Poor. The team is not good enough, and somehow he needed to find a way to improve it. Fair. The trade deadline is not a great time to add players, so while I deal would have been ideal, it just might not have been possible. Good. He avoided the temptation of paying too much for a rental player and that is a small win. Indecisive. He should have either bought or sold aggressively. Other (add in comments) View Results  Loading ...   What should be the top goal for March? Stay the course in the playoff chase. If the team can rebound, it is still in reach. Use March to audition AHL players to prepare for the 2018-19 season. Use March to give Scott Darling an extended run of starts to try to get him on track. Other (add in comments) View Results  Loading ...   Which NHL level...
Monday Coffee Shop: NHL trade deadline day free for all (open forum)

Monday Coffee Shop: NHL trade deadline day free for all (open forum)

The last article in the Canes and Coffee trade deadline series is HERE in case you missed it. Rather than writing boring and probable, the article goes the route of dramatic big game hunting. While admittedly unlikely, I actually think the deals laid out make sense.   The hope is to put a couple polls up and maybe add discussion questions related to any Carolina Hurricanes deals or possibly other deals if Francis does not broker a deal, more broadly…Pull up a chair and/or check in throughout the day as we hopefully have a fun time bandying about trade possibilities leading up to the afternoon deadline.   Carolina Hurricanes poll questions Please remember to click ‘vote’ after each individual poll response. Tentative plan is to add a few polls as the day progresses and news breaks.   Given the high prices for primarily rental type trades thus far, to what degree is it fair to expect something from Ron Francis on Monday? No excuses. This team needs a shot in the arm, and he needs to find a way to get a deal or two done. Now is not the time. Trade deadline deals are notoriously pricey and often flat out bad when one looks back 3 months later. It's time to be opportunistic. While many teams are limited cap-wise and focused on rentals, Francis should capitalize and seize one of the big names available with contract term. Other (add in comments) View Results  Loading ...     Discussion questions   1) (For before it happens) Will Ron Francis make a trade (or more) today? If so, what?   2)...
Thursday Coffee Shop: Creeping closer to the Monday trade deadline

Thursday Coffee Shop: Creeping closer to the Monday trade deadline

The NHL trade deadline is now just four days away. The rumors and rumblings are increasing and we have seen a few small deals, but we have yet to see one of the big names move. Canes and Coffee’s coverage is now four articles deep. The latest from today looks at the trade deadline from Ron Francis’ angle and also includes links to the first three articles. We also went rogue on Wednesday night and made a case for the Carolina Hurricanes entering and even winning the Erik Karlsson sweepstakes. In the Monday Coffee Shop polls and discussion readers were not optimistic that the Hurricanes would do a significant deal and also prioritized two possible forward additions above all others. Today’s polls and discussion questions, not surprisingly, also take on a trade deadline theme.   Carolina Hurricanes polls Please remember to click ‘vote’ after each individual poll response.   What do you think of the wild case made for the Hurricanes dealing for Erik Karlsson? (Choose as many as apply.) Makes no sense at all. What were you thinking. Actually makes some sense but is still a long shot. I think Ottawa would want significantly more, so it's a no for me. I think that is an overpayment, so I would not do that deal. I believe. Other (add in comments) View Results  Loading ...   Which NHL level (including recent demotions) Hurricanes player(s) is most likely to be traded? (Select up to 2.) Scott Darling (Francis finds a way to restart again at goalie) Justin Faulk (shake up and/or key piece to add offense) Haydn Fleury (key piece in...