Teuvo Teravainen as Ray Whitney or Cory Stillman?

Teuvo Teravainen as Ray Whitney or Cory Stillman?

The first star in Tuesday’s 6-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings was Teuvo Teravainen. Despite the fact that numerous Canes players had strong games in the lopsided win, Teravainen was easily the best playing Tuesday’s win. First, he read a pass and intercepted it. The result was Aho’s breakaway goal. Then in the second period, Teravainen put the puck in Staal’s wheelhouse three times. The result for the third of those three plays was Ferland’s goal deflecting Staal’s shot. Teravainen added another assist and also a goal of his own. Teravainen was the offensive catalyst for the team’s best line on the night. As much as any other current trend or development, Teravainen’s success playing with Staal and Ferland caught my attention. With the goaltending and defense playing so well right, the potential exists for the Hurricanes to achieve success by grinding out tight-checking 2-1 type games. But the Holy Grail for this team if it can simultaneously keep the defensive strength but at same time dial up scoring. In that regard, Teravainen is in my opinion the single most important player. The reason is because the team and its scoring balance could greatly benefit from Teravainen becoming the catalyst/driver for a scoring line.   Hurricanes history Watching Teravainen distribute the puck from the right side of the ice brought back fond Canes memories. On the Stanley Cup Championship team roster were Ray Whitney and Cory Stillman. Stillman played wing but was the primary play maker/puck distributor for a scoring line that featured two power forward forwards. Stillman’s role was to put the puck on the sticks of...
Hurricanes re-sign Teuvo Teravainen for 5 years at $5.4 million per year

Hurricanes re-sign Teuvo Teravainen for 5 years at $5.4 million per year

On Monday morning, the Carolina Hurricanes announced that the team had extended Teuvo Teravainen for five years at $5.4 million per year. Scroll down a bit for more details if you already read my initial reaction on Twitter: 2/? Teravainen is still only 24 years old and is established as top half of roster player. $5.4M/year for 5 years through his prime is a low-downside deal with upside to boot. — Canes and Coffee (@CanesandCoffee) January 21, 2019 3/? Especially with chemistry with Aho, making Teravainen a permanent part of the mix was a no-brainer and gives you 2/3 of a true 1st scoring line. #TakeWarning — Canes and Coffee (@CanesandCoffee) January 21, 2019 4/? Interesting timing in that deal highlights the risk of the Ferland situation. Ferland has a stretch of 40ish games and a stretch of 25ish games as legit top 6 scoring forward and possibly prices at north of $6M per year. #TakeWarning — Canes and Coffee (@CanesandCoffee) January 21, 2019   The deal itself The term and price are very fair in today’s NHL. William Nylander is a couple years younger and might arguably have a bit more upside because of that, but if you simply look at them head to head for the 2017-18 season, Teravainen had 64 points to Nylander’s 61 with Teravainen having an edge in terms of power play scoring (20 points to 12) and Nylander an edge otherwise (49 points to 44). When one considers how much better Toronto’s offense was in 2017-18, the gap could be considered a tiny bit higher in Teravainen’s favor. Both are similarly good second...
Carolina Hurricanes re-sign Teuvo Teravainen for two years at $2.86 million per year

Carolina Hurricanes re-sign Teuvo Teravainen for two years at $2.86 million per year

This morning it was announced that the Hurricanes had re-signed restricted free agent Teuvo Teravainen to two-year contract for $2.86 million per year. The deal was mostly an inevitable with a reasonably well-defined range for his salary given his restricted free agent status, but it is nice to have another item taken care of early.   Teuvo Teravainen’s contract I am on record as having expected a two-year deal in the neighborhood of $2.5 million, so the price came in a little bit higher than I expected and hoped. But in the big picture, the extra $386,000 will not make or break Francis’ effort to build an improved 2017-18 roster or will it inhibit his ability going forward.   Teuvo Teravainen in the bigger Hurricanes’ financial picture Teravainen has reached the baseline level of what Francis hoped for when acquiring him and fits in the financial structure accordingly. The team that Francis inherited was 2-4 players short in terms of being able to build out a top 9 with scoring depth, skill and offensive upside even if it came in spurts. Teravainen added one more legitimate top 9 forward to the mix and broad good depth scoring. Since it is not possible to have 9-10 $6 million forwards, having a few players like Lee Stempniak and Teravainen to fill out the top 9 is critical. Interesting and potentially challenging but mostly in a good way is that Francis just put another potentially key player up for contract renewal inside of a two-year window. From the top half of the roster, next summer’s restricted free agent list includes five players...
Teuvo Teravainen: 2016-17 Carolina Hurricanes report card

Teuvo Teravainen: 2016-17 Carolina Hurricanes report card

In case you missed it going up quietly in the middle of the afternoon on Monday, I started down the path of posting individual player evaluations, ‘report cards’ if you will, for the 2016-17. First up was Victor Rask who you can find HERE. Shortly after the conclusion of the 2016-17 NHL regular season, I already posted an evaluation for General Manager Ron Francis. Part 1 is HERE, and part 2 is HERE. Today’s report is for Teuvo Teravainen and is part of a grouping of Hurricanes forwards in the second half of the top 9.   Teuvo Teravainen’s starting point with the Chicago Blackhawks Teuvo Teravainen became a Hurricane on June 15, 2016 when he was acquired as the centerpiece of a deal with the Chicago Blackhawks that saw Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis give up two draft picks (second and third-rounders) and also take on Bryan Bickell’ $4 million salary to give the Blackhawks some salary cap flexibility. Teravainen arrived as an experienced NHL forward who had logged 115 games in about one and a half seasons at the NHL level despite being only 21 years old when acquired. In Chicago, Teravainen had shown promise and flashes of potential to be a good NHL scorer but had yet to put it all together. He had bounced up and down in the lineup between tremendous opportunities with elite scorers lesser roles in the bottom half of the roster. His 2015-16 total of 35 points in 78 games represented reasonable depth scoring but not the numbers of a top 6 forward. Along the way, his Teravainen’s expected role as a...