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The Carolina Hurricanes re-sign Derek Ryan for one year at $1.425 million

Today it was announced that the Hurricanes had re-signed Derek Ryan to a one-year (one-way) deal at $1.425 million. It is a good thing that the Daily Cup of Joe article was posted early since Ron Francis started early. 🙂 I had this deal among those that I expected this week to go with a few other decisions to be made by Francis.   Derek Ryan’s contract As noted, I expected this deal to happen. There is no surprise there. Though I am a little surprised by the price.  I expected Ryan to get a raise but would have pegged this deal at $900,000 – $1.1 million. In that regard, I am incredibly happy for Ryan. His long journey and perseverance are well-documented. I am more than happy to see people like him get rewarded for hard work. So financially, the deal does eat up $300,000-400,000 more than I expected, but in the big picture, that is not overly significant. In addition, the one-way deal does commit another NHL roster slot.   Derek Ryan’s fit with the Hurricanes Despite the fact that neither side said much of anything too promising at the end of the season, I always figured this deal as close to a sure thing. As an unrestricted free agent, Ryan had the chance to shop the open market, but I just think the situation was too perfect for both him and the Hurricanes. Ryan had carved out a place on a team that still needs forward depth. Further, his greatest asset is his offensive ability which is something the Hurricanes are still light on. Finally, partly...

Ville Rasanen: Hurricanes 2017 seventh-round draft pick (#197 overall)

A menu of profiles and reading lists for the other eight players drafted in the 2017 NHL Draft is HERE.   Ville Rasanen profile and history Rasanen is a 6 feet 2 inch and 168-pound defenseman out of Finland. Like many final round draft choices, profiles and other detailed scouting information on Rasanen is sparse. In the article on CarolinaHurricanes.com, he was described as “He’s a great, tremendous skater. Explosive.” Being a tremendous skater is obviously a great starting point, after leaning offense in the early rounds, Rasanen adds another defenseman to the mix.   Ville Rasanen reading list Elite Prospects profile page for Rasanen at least provides a chronology and statistics for Rasanen’s career thus far.   Articles and more detailed information will be added as found.   Go Canes!...

Brendan De Jong: Hurricanes 2017 sixth-round draft pick (#166 overall)

A menu for similar profiles and reading lists for the other eight players drafted in the 2017 NHL Draft is HERE.   Brendan De Jong profile and history Brendan De Jong is a defenseman who played the 2016-17 season with the Portland Winterhawks. He was eligible for the draft in 2016 but was not selected, so he was an overage player in 2017. De Jong has a big frame at 6 feet 5 inches tall but is very raw in a number of respects. First is that he needs to fill out his frame to have a chance to play at the NHL level someday. In addition, though he is said to possess offensive upside, he also needs to round out his game defensively. Finally, he is an average at best skater which is a tough starting point for any NHL defenseman. The upside is that he made significant progress from the 2015-16 and 2016-17 season which begs the question of he can continue the upward trajectory.   Brendan De Jong reading list Brandon Rivers from DUBNetwork profiled De Jong toward the end of the 2016-17 season and documented the progess that De Jong had made. Marshall Mackinder from Hockey Now discussed De Jong in an article prior to the NHL draft. Sam Cosentino from Sportsnet.ca listed De Jong among ten players with a chance to increase their stock during the 2017 CHL playoffs.   Go...

The Carolina Hurricanes week ahead is a busy one

If you have been away from Canes hockey for 4-5 days for a long weekend, you missed quite a bit. No, the blockbuster trade for top 6 forward did not materialize, but it was still a newsworthy weekend with a trade for Trevor van Riemsdyk on Thursday and eight new prospects added to the organization via the NHL draft on Friday and Saturday. The Trevor van Riemdsyk deal from Thursday has a few interesting angles past the basics. The van Riemsdyk trade is written up in two parts with part 1 HERE and part 2 HERE. Profiles and reading lists for the newest Hurricanes prospects and also Trevor van Riemsdyk can be found in the Sunday Canes Chronicle. There is also a summary-level draft recap from Saturday. And finally, I continue to stand by my Saturday morning mini-novel for being as good of an explanation of the current trade situation as  any. And that catches up on the whirlwind weekend. But the week ahead should be just as busy. NHL transaction deadlines Monday is the deadline for qualifying offers Monday at 5pm is the deadline for teams to issue qualifying offers to their restricted free agents to retain their negotiating rights into the summer. The Hurricanes have a couple players for which the offer will be a formality, namely Brock McGinn and Phil Di Giuseppe. The team also has some decisions to make. Andrej Nestrasil who had a tough year coming off of his February 2016 back injury could be shown the door after grumbling in Czech newspapers. With two young goalies already slated for the AHL, the Hurricanes...

Monday Coffee Shop: Recapping the weekend and looking forward

Pull up a chair. Grab a cup of Joe. Share your thoughts. After some slow days when we needed to manufacture things to bandy about, today offers a larger batch of real Hurricanes hockey moves and news. And that in itself is something to be thankful for. The team’s prospect pool is now 9 players deeper. Maybe equal in terms of significance  is that the count of draft picks numbered nine which means that the Hurricanes used each and every one of the draft picks with which the team started the weekend. If you were away and want to catch up on the weekend activities, profiles and reading lists for the newest Hurricanes prospects and also Trevor van Riemsdyk can be found in the Sunday Canes Chronicle. There is also a summary-level draft recap. And finally, I continue to stand by my Saturday morning mini-novel for being as good of an explanation of the current trade situation as  any. In addition, Monday’s Daily Cup of Joe details a few items on the schedule for the week ahead starting with a 5pm deadline on Monday. With that, here are at least starting points for front of the week discussion that looks backward and forward.   Carolina Hurricanes polls Please remember to click ‘vote’ after each individual poll entry.   Which Hurricanes draft picks (pick 2) are you most excited about? Martin Necas Eetu Luostarinen Luke Martin Morgan Geekie Stelio Mattheos Eetu Makiniemi Brendan De Jong Ville Rasanen View Results  Loading ...   On a scale of 1-5, how disappointed were you that Francis was unable to pull off a draft...

Menu of reading lists for 2017 Carolina Hurricanes draft selections

The Carolina Hurricanes 2017 draft class To help everyone get up to speed on the newest Hurricanes prospects drafted on Friday and Saturday, Canes and Coffee offers a profile and reading list for each player (last two still in process). Martin Nekas — First round (#12 overall) — Czech Republic Eetu Luostarinen — Second round (#42 overall) — Finland Luke Martin — Second round (#52 overall) — University of Michigan Morgan Geekie — Third round (#67 overall) — Tri-City Americans (WHL) Stelio Mattheos — Third round (#73 overall) — Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL) Eetu Makiniemi — Fourth round (#104 overall) — Finland Brendan De Jong — Sixth round ( #166 overall) — Portland Winterhawks (WHL) Ville Rasanen — Seventh round (#197) — Finland   Go Canes!...

Sunday Canes Chronicle: New faces edition with 2017 draft class and Trevor van Riemsdyk

An eventful week for the NHL is nearly completed. First, we went through a few iterations of the expansion draft before it finally yielded a preliminary Las Vegas roster. Then before the smoke had even cleared on the expansion draft, the regular draft and the wheeling and dealing that it brings was only a couple days away. On a Hurricanes front, the team simultaneously avoided losing a player and brokered a deal for Trevor van Riemsdyk who Las Vegas selected from Chicago. Then on Friday and Saturday, the Hurricanes used all of its eight draft choices. Today’s reading list focuses on this week’s group of Hurricanes newcomers including Trevor van Riemsdyk and the new draftees.   Trevor van Riemsdyk Scott Cullen from TSN looks statistically at van Riemsdyk and suggests that the Hurricanes received good value in him. Brett Finger from Canes Country assesses the van Riemsdyk acquisition here. At Canes and Coffee, we offered our initial thoughts on van Riemsdyk and where he fits on the Hurricanes roster. And a second article on the van Riemsdyk acquisition offers a few additional Hurricanes’ angles on the trade.   The Carolina Hurricanes 2017 draft class To help everyone get up to speed on the newest Hurricanes prospects drafted on Friday and Saturday, Canes and Coffee offers a profile and reading list for each player (last two still in process). Martin Nekas — First round (#12 overall) — Czech Republic Eetu Luostarinen — Second round (#42 overall) — Finland Luke Martin — Second round (#52 overall) — University of Michigan Morgan Geekie — Third round (#67 overall) — Tri-City Americans (WHL)...

Eetu Makiniemi: Hurricanes 2017 fourth-round draft pick (#104 overall)

With the #104 overall pick in the fourth round of the 2017 NHL Draft the Carolina Hurricanes selected Finnish goalie Eetu Makiniemi from the Finnish junior league.   Eetu Makiniemi profile and history The Hurricanes went off the board a bit when they selected Makiniemi in the fourth round. In a deep goalie class, he was not near the top of the list. The 6 foot 2 inch Makiniemi has a good combination of size, quickness and athletic ability and has as good of a chance as any to progress to the NHL level somewhere down the road.   Eetu Makiniemi reading list Clickable links to articles on Eetu Makiniemi. The Draft Analyst had Makiniemi as the 20th-ranked goalie in a deep draft class for the position and slated to be picked in the sixth round.   Have you seen other good articles on Eetu Makiniemi? Please give us a heads up on Twitter, via email or using our comment form, so we can add to our reading list.   Go Canes!...

Stelio Mattheos: Hurricanes 2017 third-round draft pick (#73 overall)

With the #73 overall pick in the third round of the 2017 NHL Draft the Carolina Hurricanes selected right wing/center Stelio Mattheos from the Brandon Wheat Kings from the Western Hockey League.   Stelio Mattheos profile and history The 6 foot 1 inch, 194-pound right wing/center had strong season stepping a bigger role for the Wheat Kings. Mattheos has a good mix of size and smooth skating ability and very much reminds me of the Hurricanes 2016 forward draft class that included a group from a similar mold with above average size and also above average skating ability. Mattheos projects to be a good two-way forward, but his offensive ability should not be discounted either. On an undermanned Wheat Kings team that lost Ivan Provorov to the NHL and Nolan Patrick for much of the year due to injury, Mattheos rose up. He collected 61 points in 69 games and also represented Canada’s U18 team in the Ivan Hlinka tournament.   Stelio Mattheos reading list Clickable links to articles on Stelio Mattheos. Jackson McDonald from Canucks Army offers a deep profile dive that includes some analytical information and also quotes from a couple scouting services. Kevin Olexson from McKeen’s Hockey provides a detailed scouting report on Mattheos. Ryan Pike from The Hockey Writers offers this profile for Mattheos. Ben Kerr from Last Word on Hockey profiled Mattheos slightly before the draft. Brayden Sullivan from DUBNetwork rated Mattheos as the 14th best WHL prospect for the 2017 NHL draft. Ted Wyman from the Winnipeg Sun interviewed Mattheos from Chicago after he was drafted on Saturday. Have you seen other good articles...

Morgan Geekie: Hurricanes 2017 third-round draft pick (#67 overall)

With the #67 overall pick in the third round of the 2017 NHL Draft the Carolina Hurricanes selected center Morgan Geekie from the Tri-City Americans from the Western Hockey League.   Morgan Geekie profile and history Geekie is an overage player who was eligible for but not selected in the 2016 NHL Draft. After a massive leap from 25 points in 2015-16 up to 90 points in 2016-17, he climbed up the draft rankings and earned his third-round selection by the Hurricanes. Geekie’s rapid rise makes many wonder if he is a player just hitting stride and beginning a significant upward trajectory or a player due to regress back to something closer to his 2015-16. But one thing is clear, the young center’s 2016-17 season was impressive enough that he went from off the draft radar for 2016 to being a third-round selection in 2017. Geekie’s significant improvement in 2016-17 is credited to across the board improvement in skating, offensive play and defensive play. Despite his scoring outburst, he is still a strong player defensively and in face-off circle.   Morgan Geekie reading list Clickable links to articles on Morgan Geekie In his draft profile, Marshall Mackinder from Hockey Now called Geekie one of the most underrated players available. Brandon Rivers from DUBNetwork has a great article on Geekie that includes bits and pieces from an interview quotes from Geekie. The official website of the Tri-City Americans offers a neat interview style profile of Geekie heading into the draft. Ryan Pike from The Hockey Writers wrote this profile for Geekie for the 2017 NHL Draft. Ben Kerr from Last...

Carolina Hurricanes 2017 NHL Draft recap

After being out of commission Canes and Coffee-wise for the rest of the day after the draft concluded, I have some catching up to do in terms of covering the individual players. There are final or at least partial reading lists up for the first three draft picks. Luke Martin is HERE (with links to the other two.) The remaining draft picks should appear fairly soon.   Addressing the elephant in the room Might as well get it out of the way first. The full draft weekend came and went for the second year in a row without Hurricanes general manager making a trade. Francis is on record as trying to make a deal to land an upgrade at forward. The fan base is clamoring for such a move and leaning about all the way the way off their chairs hoping for it during big weekends like this one. Yet nothing happened. To say that part of me is not disappointed would be a lie. I am pretty firmly in the camp that thinks the path upward offensively comes not so much from incremental gains but rather from one difference-maker capable of being a catalyst for a scoring line. But at the same time, I do not put the Hurricanes in dire straights based on the lack of trade activity this weekend. First, it is important to note that the Ron Francis has made three moves to improve his team and most significantly addressed the biggest need when he made an upgrade in net. He more or less made a trade to keep Lee Stempniak who otherwise seemed destined...

Initial reading list for Hurricanes 2017 second-round draft pick Luke Martin

With their second pick in the second round at #52 overall, the Hurricanes selected University of Michigan defenseman Luke Martin. Martin a hulking defenseman.   Luke Martin profile Luke Martin is a University of Michigan defenseman and also a product of the United States Development Program. The first thing that jumps out about Martin is his size. At only 18 years old, Martin already stands 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 216 pounds. He has work to do to round out and develop his game, but if he does so successfully, he projects to be a big, physical stay-home defenseman who plays with an edge.   Luke Martin preliminary reading list Clickable links to articles on Luke Martin. Zachary Devine from The Hockey Writers profiled Martin on May 12 with a good detailed read. Here is another article from Zachary Devine on Martin before he headed off to the University of Michigan this fall. Winging It In Motown’s ‘coreyWIIM’ profiled Luke Martin on June 2. Avi Sholkoff at The Michigan Daily wrote about Martin’s work with coach Red Berenson. Chris Dilks at SBNation College Hockey assessed Martin on many dimensions for the 2017 NHL draft. Have you seen other good articles on Luke Martin? Please give us a heads up on Twitter, via email or using our comment form, so we can add to our reading list.   Go...

Initial reading list for Hurricanes 2017 second-round draft pick Eetu Luostarinen

  With their first second round pick, #42 overall, in the 2017  NHL Draft, the Carolina Hurricanes followed a familiar pattern in taking a Finnish forward in Eetu Luostarinen. (2015 was Sebastian Aho and 2016 was Janne Kuokkanen.)   Eetu Luostarinen profile Luostarinen is a player who rose rapidly during the 2016-17 season starting from being a lower-round draft pick and ultimately being rated as a second-round pick by Bob McKenzie at TSN. Even with the rapid rise, the Hurricanes took Luostarinen early obviously not wanting to risk not getting him later. Luostarinen projects to be a good all-around center. He has projectable size at 6 feet 2 inches tall and is smooth skater. He is credited for having soft hands and also a high hockey IQ. Sounds a little bit like Sebastian Aho and Janne Kuokkanen which is encouraging.   Eetu Luostarinen preliminary reading list Clickable links to articles on Eetu Luostarinen. Marco Bombino at Finnish Junior Hockey recently profiled Eetu Luostarinen HERE. The team from Draftin Europe like Luostarinen in the third round in their article scouting Europe for Canes and Coffee earlier this week. Ben Kerr at Last Word on Hockey captured Luostarinen’s recent rise and buzz and heading into the draft. Luostarinen has only recently risen rapidly up the rankings, but TSN’s Bob McKenzie was early and aggressive in boosting him and had him at #56 in his final rankings. TSN’s draft profile has Nick Bonino as a comparable. Have you seen other good articles on Eetu Luostarinen? If so, please give us a heads up on Twitter, via email or using our comment form,...

Special Saturday Coffee Shop for 2017 NHL Draft Saturday discussion as the day unfolds

I know that much of the discussion happens on Twitter, but we wanted to also open up the shop for a special Saturday Coffee Shop edition for the draft on Saturday. We will add a few comments here and there and would also appreciate the chance to hear others’ thoughts on Saturday’s festivities.   Carolina Hurricanes polls Please remember to click ‘vote’ after each individual poll response.   What are your thoughts on the Hurricanes #12 selection of Martin Necas? I like it. I preferred someone else. I have no idea. View Results  Loading ...   What are the odds that Francis pulls off a deal for a top 6 forward today? Almost a certainty. Francis has named it as a priority and now is the time to get it done. A reasonable possibility. It depends on if there is a fair deal to be had, but there might not be. Low. The prices being asked are just too high. Other (add in comments) View Results  Loading ...     Discussion questions   1) Who do you like at #42? 2) What are your thoughts on the trade front?   Go...

Building 2017-18 Carolina Hurricanes roster (pt19): Speculating on draft floor trade situation

If you are checking in with Canes hockey for the first time in awhile during the 2017 NHL Draft weekend and can use some reading to catch up, check out one or both of our clickable menus of Hurricanes hockey reading. First up is a long series of articles focused on building the Carolina Hurricanes 2017-18 roster building. Second in line and timely for today is our 2017 NHL Draft coverage series if you want to catch up. If you just want the latest and greatest, on the draft front, here is a preliminary reading list to get acquainted with the Hurricanes 2017 first-round pick, Martin Necas. And here is an expert panel free form mock draft. On the trade and roster-building front, here are part 1 and part 2 analyzing the Hurricanes’ trade for defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk on Thursday.   That trade and roster-building front is the subject of this Saturday NHL Draft day article.   What we know 1) The Hurricanes are still in the market for a difference-maker at forward. I pegged this as priority #2, behind adding only a goalie, back on May 31. Exactly who Francis likes and is targeting, what discussions he is in, etc. is obviously not public information. But the fact that he is shopping or at least trying to shop is public information. He identified this need in his post-season press conference, and Michael Smith from the team website tweeted late Friday night: ” Francis said trade talks ongoing, especially re: acquiring a forward. “Hopefully if we get something that we like we can do that tomorrow.” Of course there are no...
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