Needing more from and more in the middle: Rask, Lindholm, Teravainen and Stempniak

Needing more from and more in the middle: Rask, Lindholm, Teravainen and Stempniak

Please bear with us (or help us if you have not yet) make a final push to try to gather as much feedback as possible to plan for 20171-18. If you have already completed the survey, thanks! If not, please help us by taking a reader survey (will be shutting it down soon) and considering a modest financial contribution for our ‘coffee fund.’   The ‘player report’ card series that kicked off on Monday has featured a run of four Canes top 9 forwards – Victor Rask, Teuvo Teravainen, Elias Lindholm and Lee Stempniak. Today you can find Lee Stempniak’s 2016-17 ‘report card’ article here with links to the previous three. In addition, the Thursday Coffee Shop features polls and discussion questions on the same four players and how the Hurricanes fill their top 9 for the 2017-18 season.   My Hurricanes forward math My Hurricanes forward math puts Jeff Skinner, Jordan Staal and Sebastian Aho in a top tier. It also hopes that Francis adds one proven top 6 scoring forward, ideally a center. That leaves the group of Rask, Lindholm, Teravainen and Stempniak ideally filling important roles in the middle of the Hurricanes forward ranks. It also leaves the Hurricanes still looking for one more top 9 forward possibly from a depth forward or prospect already in the system.   Needed: All four to at least match 2016-17 With only seven proven top 9 forwards on the roster right now, there are already gaps to be filled either by players like McGinn, Ryan or Di Giuseppe stepping up or a young player like Gauthier, Roy, Saarela or Kuokkanen...

Pokemon GO diary of a non-video game savvy dad

On day 2-3 of the launch of PokemonGO, I joined the movement and started posting daily rants on my exploits and more so failures in the game. It was friendly, but I did get some push back from people since I was running 8-10 consecutive tweets not even remotely close to hockey topics through Canes and Coffee Twitter. So I shut it down. Then I actually received a reasonable number of messages saying that they missed my rants. So I am setting up this hidden, out of the way post deep in the bowels of CandC for the at least 5 people who found my Pokemon travails interesting. If you have friends who are Canes fans, not yet aware of Canes and Coffee and caught up in the Pokemon craze, please point them here. In the dog days of hockey summer, ‘come for the Pokemon, stay (or at least bookmark) for the hockey’ counts as marketing work for CandC and is potentially a sneaky way to introduce a few more people to the site. 🙂 Days 1-7 were originally posted on Twitter, so if you follow there, you can probably hop down a ways…Also days 1-7 are copy/paste from Twitter, so I apologize if the abbreviations, syntax and other Twitter character limitations make it even harder to read than some of my hockey ramblings. Day 1: So it begin My kids dragged me into it…If Jeff Skinner was a Pokemon which one would he be? I have a Squirtle which I am told by household Pokemon authorities stinks. Seems I’m going to be as bad at this video game as...
Game 27 recap: Canes win wild (but was it really?) one

Game 27 recap: Canes win wild (but was it really?) one

The goal scoring and 5-4 result suggested a high octane, offensive battle between Arizona and Carolina. The Canes win was a wild 1 in terms of back and forth goal scoring, but it was more the result of weak goaltending than legitimate offense. The shot totals were modest at 23 (Arizona) and 18 (Carolina) and the scoring chances too, but both goalies took turns struggling. But when a team is near the bottom of the league in the standings and playing a back-to-back, you take any kind of win you can get and move on. The win marks the end of the home-heavy stretch of hockey that started at the beginning of November and sends the team on the road with a 2-game winning streak. A few player and other notes: Kris Versteeg. He played like he was annoyed in a good way with being healthy scratched on Saturday night. He was pesky around the puck all night, did things with a purpose and kicked in some scoring plays to boot. Only 2 minutes into the game and with his team trailing 1-0 already, he found the puck on his stick and beat Lindback with a shot that leaked through him and into the net. On the first goal scored by Eric Staal, Versteeg won the puck initially in the offensive zone and then flew across the front of the crease creating a distraction and passing lane to Eric Staal right behind him. Jeff Skinner. He did not follow up his 2 goals Saturday on the score sheet on Sunday, but he had a very good first period and...