Thursday Coffee Shop: The home stretch edition

Thursday Coffee Shop: The home stretch edition

After a few days off, the Hurricanes play another back-to-back set this weekend before launching into the final three games of the 2017-18 season next week. And on Wednesday Valentin Zykov and Warren Foegele were returned to the Charlotte Checkers eliminating arguably the best story line going right now. And with that, the home stretch of the 2017-18 season is upon us. We will save the deeper dives on the full season until it is officially completed, so today’s Coffee Shop instead offers an eclectic mix of polls and discussion questions.   Carolina Hurricanes polls Please remember to click ‘vote’ after each individual poll response.   With only five games remaining, which best describes your level of engagement with the Hurricanes right now? (Select as many as apply.) Baseball season is here! I am mostly gone but not into baseball. I was enjoying the prospect auditions but might now check out if prospects do not return to the lineup. I am still engaged just because I am supposed to be but am in low-enthusiasm mode. I am slowly turning my attention to the Checkers and their playoff prospects. Other (add in comments) View Results  Loading ...   Which milestone is most worth watching over the last five games? Sebastian Aho needing 3 goals to reach 30. Haydn Fleury still seeking his first NHL goal. Jaccob Slavin needing 1 goal to reach 10 with Noah Hanifin. The team needing to finish strong with 9 points to beat last season's point total. Other (add in comments) View Results  Loading ...   Once things settle down after the season, the hope is...
Tuesday Coffee Shop: The AHL brigade edition

Tuesday Coffee Shop: The AHL brigade edition

For whatever reason, getting a Coffee Shop article up on Monday just has not happened of late. At least temporarily we are going to trying doing Tuesday instead.   The last couple coffee shop posts aimed at building a 2018-19 roster yielded some interesting results. You can see where the dust settled in the ‘stay or go’ polls for forwards HERE. And the seemingly harsher poll for goalies, defensemen and coaches which is HERE pretty aggressively votes to usher out the coaching staff and also some players. Today’s Coffee Shop takes full advantage of the recent uptick in the team’s play and the AHL group that has been a feel-good catalyst for it.   Carolina Hurricanes polls Please remember to click ‘vote’ after each individual poll response.   Do you think the team waited too long to reach to Charlotte for AHL call ups? No. Having patience and giving these players time to develop is the right move in the long run. Yes. Early returns from Zykov, Foegele and McKeown suggest it was at least worth a try to jump start a languishing February Canes team. Undecided. There are pros and cons each way and/or it is still too early to tell View Results  Loading ...   Which feel-good story is your favorite right now? Zykov looking like the final puzzle piece for a top scoring line with Aho and Teravainen. McKeown quietly looking like another capable young defenseman. Foegele bursting onto the scene with a goal and an assist while still showing his strong play defending. View Results  Loading ...   Which of the following players do you project...
Thursday Coffee Shop: Stay or go — Part 2: Goalies, defensemen and coaches

Thursday Coffee Shop: Stay or go — Part 2: Goalies, defensemen and coaches

The Thursday Coffee Shop today continues on the theme of considering the Hurricanes 2017-18 roster for building a winning team for the 2018-19 season. It is part 2 for yesterday’s version that had simple ‘stay or go’ polls and more detailed discussions for the Hurricanes forwards.   Please remember to click ‘vote’ before each individual poll response. Goalies Scott Darling Stay Go View Results  Loading ...   Cam Ward Stay Go View Results  Loading ...   Defensemen   Klas Dahlbeck Stay Go View Results  Loading ...   Justin Faulk Stay Go View Results  Loading ...   Haydn Fleury Stay Go View Results  Loading ...   Noah Hanifin Stay Go View Results  Loading ...   Brett Pesce Stay Go View Results  Loading ...   Jaccob Slavin Stay Go View Results  Loading ...   Trevor van Riemsdyk Stay Go View Results  Loading ...   Coaches   Mike Bales -- Goalies Stay Go View Results  Loading ...   Rod Brind'Amour -- Power play and forwards Stay Go View Results  Loading ...   Bill Peters Stay Go View Results  Loading ...   Steve Smith -- Penalty kill and defense Stay Go View Results  Loading ...   Do you agree with the decision to remove Ron Francis from the general manager position? Yes No Undecided View Results  Loading ...     Go Canes!...
Thursday Coffee Shop (a day early): Stay or go — Part 1: Forwards

Thursday Coffee Shop (a day early): Stay or go — Part 1: Forwards

I had good intentions of putting this up for the Monday Coffee Shop, but I hit one of those busy stretches where life got in the way. With the 2017-18 mostly falling to pieces down the stretch, one can bet that the removal of Ron Francis from the general manager position will not be the only change between now and when the 2018-19 training camp opens. In two parts, the Coffee Shop will be holding open auditions for the general manager position via a set of polls and related discussion on the full set of Hurricanes hockey personnel. Part 1 is the forwards with simple ‘stay or go’ polls. Check back on Thursday for a similar set of polls for the goalies, defensemen and staff.   Carolina Hurricanes ‘stay or go’ polls Please remember to click vote after each individual poll response.   Sebastian Aho Stay Go View Results  Loading ...   Phil Di Giuseppe Stay Go View Results  Loading ...   Marcus Kruger Stay Go View Results  Loading ...   Elias Lindholm Stay Go View Results  Loading ...   Brock McGinn Stay Go View Results  Loading ...   Joakim Nordstrom Stay Go View Results  Loading ...   Victor Rask Stay Go View Results  Loading ...   Derek Ryan Stay Go View Results  Loading ...   Jeff Skinner Stay Go View Results  Loading ...   Jordan Staal Stay Go View Results  Loading ...   Lee Stempniak Stay Go View Results  Loading ...   Teuvo Teravainen Stay Go View Results  Loading ...   Justin Williams Stay Go View Results  Loading ...   Broader discussion   1) Which forwards would you...
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...