In addition to all of the activities to build the roster for the 2017-18 Carolina Hurricanes roster which seems to be nearing completion, there is also work to be completed within the roster. Coach Bill Peters and his staff will need to figure out line combinations, defense pairings, special teams units, adjustments to the system and a number of other things with the aim of having the Hurricanes come out of the gate faster and finish at or above .500 in October for the first time in Peters’ tenure as the Hurricanes bench boss.

In addition to sorting out the lineup, there is also this lingering situation with a couple letters. Since the departure of Eric Staal in February of 2016, the Carolina Hurricanes have gone with a collection of  “A”s but no “C” for its captains. There was some thought that it might be resolved during training camp before the 2016 season. There was some thought that it might be resolved during the 2016-17 season. But as of now, nothing has been decided (at least that has been announced publicly).

The addition of Justin Williams last week undoubtedly adds another leader regardless of what his official role is and also makes for an interesting time to reopen the discussion of the Hurricanes captaincy. And that is the subject of the Monday Coffee Shop.

If you have not stopped there already, please also check out today’s Daily Cup of Joe which addresses the same topic of Justin Williams and the Hurricanes’ captaincy.


Carolina Hurricanes polls

Please remember to click ‘vote’ after each individual poll response.


Who WILL wear the "C" for the Hurricanes during the 2016-17 season?

  • Justin Williams (33%, 49 Votes)
  • Jeff Skinner (22%, 33 Votes)
  • No one. The team will again go with only alternate captains. (20%, 30 Votes)
  • Jordan Staal (16%, 23 Votes)
  • Justin Faulk (6%, 9 Votes)
  • Someone else (add in comments) (3%, 4 Votes)
  • Victor Rask (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 148

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Who SHOULD wear the "C" for the Hurricanes in 2017-18?

  • Jeff Skinner (31%, 34 Votes)
  • Justin Williams (27%, 30 Votes)
  • Jordan Staal (20%, 22 Votes)
  • No one. A group of "A"s is the best option. (12%, 13 Votes)
  • Justin Faulk (6%, 7 Votes)
  • Someone else (add in comments) (5%, 5 Votes)
  • Victor Rask (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 111

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What will Justin Williams' formal role be in terms of leadership?

  • "A" (49%, 69 Votes)
  • "C" (32%, 45 Votes)
  • No letter on his jersey. He will help informally. (20%, 28 Votes)

Total Voters: 142

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Who will be the Hurricanes' captain in four years?

  • Jaccob Slavin (44%, 60 Votes)
  • Jeff Skinner (19%, 26 Votes)
  • Sebastian Aho (15%, 20 Votes)
  • Jeff Skinner (7%, 9 Votes)
  • Jordan Staal (6%, 8 Votes)
  • Someone else not currently in organization (4%, 5 Votes)
  • Elias Lindholm (2%, 3 Votes)
  • Noah Hanifin (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Justin Faulk (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Brett Pesce (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Victor Rask (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Justin Williams (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Someone else currently in the organization. (add in comments) (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 136

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Discussion questions


1) Do you think Justin Williams was identified for and brought in specifically for a formal leadership role and effect on the team? Or do you think that is just one of many positives and a nice bonus to add to the mix?

2) Beyond the simple ‘pick a player’ poll, how do you think the Hurricanes’ captaincy situations resolves itself for the 2017-18 season? 

3) If Williams does wear the “C” for two years, do you think this significantly increases the probability that a young player comes from off the board currently to claim that role? If so, who do you like?


Go Canes!


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