Re-sign or replace Brock McGinn?

Re-sign or replace Brock McGinn?

Today’s Daily Cup of Joe continues a series of posts considering options for re-signing or letting go the team’s group of players scheduled to become unrestricted free agents this off-season. First up was Dougie Hamilton. Yesterday was Jordan Martinook.   Comparing/contrasting McGinn and Martinook Up next is Brock McGinn. If one starts from an assumption that improving the team requires keeping some but letting some go from the middle/bottom half of the roster players with unrestricted free agents the easiest to move on, I think it is interesting to compare Jordan Martinook and Brock McGinn. Both players are coming off $2 million contracts. Both players have mostly slotted in the bottom half of the forward group but also been bumped up to higher lines when Brind’Amour shuffles the lineup a bit. And both score high marks for their every shift intensity that can be helpful when when the team is flat and needs a lift. But despite the similarities, I see two significant differences. First, I think McGinn brings more in terms of scoring upside and ability to slot even if only intermittently on a scoring line. In 2020-21, McGinn had eight goals in only 37 games for an 18-goal pace over a full 82-game season. The peak was the burst he had catching fire on a lower line and then riding it for awhile longer on Aho’s line. In terms of raw production, I think McGinn brings more. Like Martinook, McGinn is a good locker room presence, but I think the difference, per the post on Martinook, is that McGinn is more of a lead by example foot...
Carolina Hurricanes re-sign Brock McGinn (before arbitration) for 2 years at $2.1 million per year

Carolina Hurricanes re-sign Brock McGinn (before arbitration) for 2 years at $2.1 million per year

On Saturday, the Carolina Hurricanes announced that the team had re-signed Brock McGinn to a two-year contract at $2.1 million per year ($1.9 million 2019-20 and $2.3 million in 2020-21). The deal came before the arbitration hearing which was scheduled for Saturday. Below are a few levels of thoughts on Brock McGinn’s signing.   Brock McGinn’s contract I had McGinn at $1.75 million per year and would have been fine with one year or two at that price. In a salary cap world, every dollar counts, but $350,000 will not be what determines if the team is successful going forward. And as far as comparables go, the salary is a reasonable middle ground between a bargain and a higher end that could possibly be justified by McGinn’s 16 goals and 30 points in 2017-18. So if one considers McGinn to be a pure fourth-liner, $2.1 million would be a modest premium. If instead one considers McGinn to be a top 9 forward, that same price is a discount. So if one puts him somewhere in the middle, the price is probably a fair one for his role somewhat similar to Jordan Martinook’s $2 million salary.   Brock McGinn’s role/slot As alluded to above, I view McGinn as a tweener line-wise. Ideally on a good team, I think he gets pushed down to a fourth line role. At the same time, I think McGinn can make a legitimate case for being a physical component in the top 9. When you add in his role on the penalty kill and the fact that he is Nathan Gerbe-like in terms of consistent every...
Brock McGinn: 2016-17 Carolina Hurricanes report card

Brock McGinn: 2016-17 Carolina Hurricanes report card

If you are catching up, the menu for the previous ‘report card’ articles is at the bottom. Brock McGinn’s starting point for the 2016-17 season After step-wise development that saw Brock McGinn play two seasons in Canadian juniors and a full season in the AHL before getting his first taste of NHL action, McGinn received his first chance as an NHL call up during the 2015-16 season. His NHL debut was nothing short of magnificent when he scored a goal on his first shift and finished the game with a goal and an assist playing on the Hurricanes’ top line. But he was pointless in his next 5 games and found his way down the lineup and into a depth role. In 21 games at the NHL level in 2015-16 McGinn would finish with only 3 goals and a lone assist (so only 2 more points after the big debut) and like everyone else who tried to help fill out the fourth line in 2015-16, he would struggle to help keep the puck out of the Hurricanes’ net when he was on the ice. He was a minus 14 in only 21 games. But along the way, McGinn did collect his first batch of NHL experience that had potential to be a spring board for the 2016-17 season.   Brock McGinn’s 2016-17 season with the Carolina Hurricanes Brock McGinn again began the season at the AHL level where he started strong as part of a top scoring line. He collected 5 goals and 3 assists in 9 games and earned a promotion to the NHL in the process. On...
Hurricanes recall Brett Pesce and Brock McGinn (part 2-Brock McGinn)

Hurricanes recall Brett Pesce and Brock McGinn (part 2-Brock McGinn)

Earlier I posted my thoughts on the Brett Pesce half of the Canes recalls today.  You can find that HERE. Brock McGinn could also see his first NHL action on Friday or Saturday depending partly on Coach Bill Peters’ plan and partly on the status of Joakim Nordstrom who is dinged up. The timing and situation could not be better for Brock McGinn to use a single game to make an impression and carve out a role.  The Hurricanes are coming off a lackluster effort that saw Coach Bill Peters fuming in his post-game press conference.  He desperately wants more fire.  The team desperately needs more fire.  Brock McGinn’s style of play when it is going is all about fire and jam.  If McGinn gets into the lineup and manages to fly around, bring some rough and tumble and hit stuff like he is capable, that alone could win him additional ice time right now.  Scoring (yeah, the Canes need more of that too) would only be a bonus. Best guess is that he will slot into the lineup on the left side of Jay McClement on the fourth line, but that is not a bad entry point.  First of all, it was actually one of the team’s better lines on Tuesday which should earn some ice time on Friday.  And there are enough players in the top 9 who are not getting it done right now that a good couple shifts on the fourth line could be enough to jump to a higher spot quickly right now. Go...