My Puck: A Story of the Carolina Hurricanes New Identity

My Puck: A Story of the Carolina Hurricanes New Identity

Matt’s editorial note: With the buzz and optimism around Canes hockey this summer, Cory could not help but return from his summer break way early. There are no guarantees in professional sports (Canes fans know that too well lately), but I hope you share his optimism and energy. I do.   A storm is coming. Can you feel it? Disclaimer: Author is 100% allowed to use cheesy clichés in his ridiculous excitement for the coming of hockey season The Carolina Hurricanes have had one of the best offseasons in recent memory this summer. The problem is, the offseason means nothing and we all are just bouncing in our seats in anticipation of seeing if the 2017-18 Canes can deliver on the ice. But seeing as that’s two months off, let’s just keep distracting ourselves with the bright situation, shall we?   Yay, Our First Real Post-Cup Identity! Let’s embrace the fact that, for the first time in years, the Carolina Hurricanes have an identity. For years, it seemed like the team had none, or at the very least, was something like “They Whom Are Beholden to Family Staal.” (There are worse identities.)  The truth as we’ve all come to painfully know, is that we coasted on our Cup win for about 8 years. As names like Brind’Amour, Whitney, Cole, and Williams disappeared, so did the identity. For years it was just sitting there hoping Eric Staal and Cam Ward could turn it back to their Cup days and bring us a taste of the playoffs. Then for several more years, it was the painful process of rebuild, a gigantic...
Assessing Trevor van Riemsdyk addition a couple layers deep (Part 2)

Assessing Trevor van Riemsdyk addition a couple layers deep (Part 2)

At roughly 12pm today, news broke on Twitter (Frank Saravelli from TSN was the first I say) that the Hurricanes had acquired defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk from Las Vegas. Even with a deal in place and mostly announced, the tight clenches of Ron Francis at 1400 Edwards Mill Road was able to hold the details in for another hour. Somewhere close to 1pm, it became know that van Riemsdyk was acquired in exchange for the Penguins 2017 second-round draft pick (acquired in Hainsey trade) with the Hurricanes also netting a seventh-round pick in 2018. When Bob McKenzie spoke about this deal the night before, I took his word at face value and wrote up a mini-novel on the deal that goes multiple layers deep. In short, I think there are many more intricacies and complexities to this deal than are readily apparent, and I think the deal is more than shows up on the surface and more than Francis can talk about in media availability. In short, I think the deal is a move to make the best addition possible to create more options for building out his top 4 on defense. Sure, Hanifin/Faulk starts the year slated to be the second pairing, but I also think that Francis (like me in my ‘priorities’ article to kick off my off-season series on May 31) wants to build the best he can for a plan B. Francis will say absolutely nothing to this effect when he speaks to the media about the van Riemsdyk addition near-term or about the lineup as the summer progresses. Either directly or indirectly, it makes...
Assessing Trevor van Riemsdyk addition a couple layers deep

Assessing Trevor van Riemsdyk addition a couple layers deep

If you are checking in to read about today’s trade after time away from Canes and Coffee, please also check out our “Carolina Hurricanes 2017-18 Roster Building Central” for a clickable menu of all articles building team and also “Carolina Hurricanes 2017 NHL Draft Central” for our series on the NHL draft which starts Friday. When Bob McKenzie talks, I listen. And also write into the wee hours of the night trusting that what he says has meaning. So when he mentioned Trevor van Riemsdyk to Carolina on Wednesday night, I scribbled away late into the night and then went to bed ready to post this on cue on Thursday. And sure enough… In my article after the expansion draft, I had Trevor van Riemsdyk in a set of four possible defenseman targets from Las Vegas after last night’s announcements. That is a good starting point for understanding where he could fit and why I think he could make sense. Not long after the trade wires reopened, Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis was quickly back to work building his 2017-18 roster. At lunchtime, it was announced that the Hurricanes had acquired defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk from the Las Vegas Golden Knights for the Penguins second round pick. (The Hurricanes also received a sixth-rounder back.)   Addressing the second biggest priority remaining The move does not address the biggest need remaining which is to add a top 6 difference-maker at forward, but it addresses the need right below that on my priority list from my first roster building article way back on May 31. In that article I wrote: While it...