Today’s Daily Cup of Joe will likely be the last for 5-10 days. It is mostly slow time right now anyway and still a bit early to launch things like training camp previews. What I might try to do is re-ignite the original Coffee Shop posts and just offer a short list of questions each day for those who do not want a short break. I will also re-emerge if any news breaks on Justin Williams or other fronts.
Today’s Daily Cup of Joe offers a short checklist for the Hurricanes before the start of training camp.
Sign or do not sign Justin Williams
If the Hurricanes do not re-sign Williams, it will be interesting to see if the team redeploys the money. There are still a few capable free agents available, and the price should be right in terms of salary and also probably being willing to take a one-year deal.
Hire a goalie coach
This is another open item that is still lingering. There is not any huge urgency. Ideally, the coach needs to be here for the start of training camp, but there is not really much he would do prior to then.
Sign (or maybe not sign but still keep?) Don Waddell
Seemingly, NHL rules require the Hurricanes to actually have a general manager under contract which would seem to also imply that the team does need to officially ink Waddell to a one-year contract. Though maybe it is possible that, if put into contract form, employment at will with two weeks notice for either side meets the contract requirement? Who knows for certain…We are in uncharted territory with this one.
Sort out the jerseys
Also lingering and attracting intermittent attention during the dog days of summer is the expectation that the team is going to make a change to its set of jerseys possibly with a new away jersey. This one could definitely wait until the start of training camp when it will get more attention from the masses and therefore provide a bigger initial sales spike.
What say you Canes fans?
1) Is there anything else that should be added to this checklist?
2) How and when do you think each of these items will ultimately be resolved?