Joakim Nordstrom: 2016-17 Carolina Hurricanes report card

Joakim Nordstrom: 2016-17 Carolina Hurricanes report card

Joakim Nordstrom’s starting point for the 2016-17 season Joakim Nordstrom arrived just before the start of the 2015-16 in a deal with Kris Versteeg as the more notable part of the deal. After bouncing in and out of the lineup early in the 2015-16 and then from line to line as the season wore on, Nordstrom found a home in early December. With the Hurricanes sputtering mightily and Coach Bill Peters searching daily for working line combinations, he happened up the combination of Joakim Nordstrom, Jordan Staal and Andrej Nestrasil. The trio was the team’s best during a winter surge from early December through late February when the trade deadline and a couple injuries shook up the roster. The Nordstrom/Staal/Nestrasil became Peters’ shutdown combination and especially at home was tasked with lining up shift after shift against the other teams’ scoring line. The line was not lights out offensively, but it gave up so little defensively that it was a net positive and helped build a top 9 from a roster light on forward depth.   Joakim Nordstrom’s 2016-17 season with the Carolina Hurricanes Andrej Nestrasil was felled by a serious back injury in late February during the 2015-16 season which made his status questionable entering the 2016-17 season. Regardless of Nestrasil’s status, one had to figure that Peters would try to again build a line around Staal likely to include Nordstrom to again be used as a shutdown line. Nordstrom did play on Staal’s line early in the season, and Nestrasil made it back into the lineup. But the trio was unable to rekindle its magic from 2015-16....
More detailed thoughts on Joakim Nordstrom re-signing

More detailed thoughts on Joakim Nordstrom re-signing

Today the Carolina Hurricanes announced that they had re-signed restricted free agent Joakim Nordstrom for 2 years at $2.55 million ($1.25 million in 2016-17 and $1.3 million in 2017-18).   Favorable circumstances for GM Ron Francis The signing is a good 1 that offers nice flexibility. The price tag is a bargain for a player who was a key component of a top 6 line that drove the bus when the Canes found a higher gear from early December through late February. The lucky thing for the Canes and GM Ron Francis is that despite its importance in making his line go, Nordstrom’s measurable production was still modest at 10 goals and 24 points in 70 games. That combined with his short NHL tenure and limited restricted free agent negotiating leverage made this a fairly easy deal to get done and 1 at a very reasonable price. Because the dollar amounts are modest, Francis was able to do more than the hardball minimum without taking on any financial risk.   Low risk with possible upside The Canes get the best of both worlds for 2 years. At about $1.25 million, Nordstrom is priced at only a modest premium to a run of the mill veteran fourth-liner could who might cost as low as $700-800k. Worst case, Nordstrom slips to being a decent fourth line player which is about how he is priced anyway. But if instead Nordstrom is valued as a contributing second line player, the price is dirt cheap. If Nordstrom can score at the pace he did while playing with Andrej Nestrasil and Jordan Staal (about 40...