On Monday, the Carolina Hurricanes re-signed Teuvo Teravainen for five years. I covered that deal HERE. At the same time, debate rages on about whether the Hurricanes should re-sign or trade Micheal Ferland. That topic was the subject of Monday’s Daily Cup of Joe. This week the Hurricanes also parted ways with Victor Rask to add Nino Niederreiter which I addressed HERE.
All of this follows an off-season that saw the Hurricanes bring in six new players.
The team is working hard to find a winning combination that can forge a playoff return.
All of the turnover and to some degree the success that 2017-18 Hurricanes are having elsewhere this season begs the question of whih players should form the core that the new team is built around.
Today’s Daily Cup of Joe offers my two cents in terms of identifying the centerpieces that the team should be building around.
He has become the offensive leader on this team and in my opinion will be the team’s next captain. He is 21 years old and on pace for 90+ points and would be the player I would start with the build a core.
Partly because of how well he meshes with Aho but also partly because of his versatile skill set and reasonable contract that now has him signed up for five more years, I think Teravainen is also part of the core.
I will start by saying that Svechnikov has not yet played his way up to a level where he would be considered a core player. But he is untouchable as far as trades go and will be given every opportunity to play his way up to that designation over the next couple years.
Others to consider
With the departure of Victor Rask, Martin Necas being sent to the AHL and lack of immediate top half of the roster help at the center position, I think Jordan Staal could also be considered part of the core or at least trading him would require that another center replace him. I also think that Jordan Martinook is an interesting player to consider making a commitment to. He is a bottom half of the roster player, but he has captain-like qualities in terms of helping the whole team dial things up with his physical play and a great locker room presence. It does not fit to pay too much of a premium for even a good depth forward, but rather than collecting a mid-round draft pick at the trade deadline I would consider re-signing Martinook for a modest raise over his 2018-19 salary.
He is 24 years old with a very reasonable contract and capable of defending other teams’ best lines. For that reason, I put Slavin on my short list of core defensemen.
Like Slavin, Pesce is young, signed to a reasonable contract and solid defensively. Despite having multiply other options on the right side of the blue line, I would still consider Pesce to be a core player
Others to consider
In listing only two core defensemen, I am not in any way suggesting that the Hurricanes should consider trading the other three (Faulk, Hamilton, de Haan) with top 4 capabilities – quite the opposite in fact. I do think the Hurricanes would do well to trade a defenseman to add one more scoring forward and in the process balance the salary commitment across position. I really like what de Haan has done since he settled in, and as a left shot, I would be inclined to keep him and make him part of a secondary core if you will. I would also be curious to see him play a run of games next to Hamilton to see if he can have the same calming influence that he seemed to have on Faulk. Then I would consider trading one of Faulk or Hamilton depending on what the possible return is for each.
So when I net it out, my core is Aho, Teravainen and Svechnikov at forward with Staal and Martinook possibly part of a secondary group. On defense, my core is Slavin and Pesce with de Haan and whichever of Faulk or Hamilton that stays as the secondary group that gives the team a top 4 comprised of solid veterans.
What say you Canes fans?
1) Who would you include on a short list to be the core/foundation of the team?
2) Which players would you consider as secondary core players that you would be inclined to also keep?