What a difference a week makes! Last Monday, the Coffee Shop had to open its doors to grumbly Canes fans. The All-Star break weekend offered a well-timed break but the mood for me anyway was still fairly ‘blah’ with 5 straight losses. A week later, the team just did well (not perfect) on a 6-point checklist entering the weekend and more significantly went 3-0 for the week and will ride that 3-game winning streak into a new week.

Have to celebrate when you can, so I am cheating and posting the Monday Coffee Shop post early.


If you just want to get to the polls and the chatter, scroll down…but then please come back and read my preamble later. 🙂


Thank you, welcome and please come on in

First, a huge thank you to everyone who chimes in at Canes and Coffee!

There are a couple angles to the “Coffee” theme chosen for the site name, but a primary point was the hope that the site would gradually take on a bit of a neighborhood coffee shop feel over time. I (Matt) obviously yammer much more than my fair share at CandC and have been told that I can be opinionated (passion isn’t a bad thing right? :-)), but in often writing from a stream of consciousness, “here is my random thoughts right now” angle, I very much recognize that most times there are differing viewpoints that are equally smart and valid. As more of those viewpoints are shared and debated (in a friendly and respectful way…like a neighborhood coffee shop) and as my role shrinks some, Canes and Coffee will become better for all of us.

For those who just care to read that is fine too, but for those who are conversation-inclined but just do not feel like they have anything worthwhile to contribute, I encourage you to chime in. Questions are a great way to spur conversation. Alternative viewpoints are valued and needed. And if you are new to the debate, please say so when you start. Hopefully others will help too, but I promise to do my part to make sure we grow as a welcoming group that has a “more the merrier” feeling.


Routine and schedule (Monday and Thursday)

First, to be clear, nothing is changing with the ability for people to comment and for sporadic conversations to pop up on any and all posts. But with the aim of spurring conversation and making it easy for everyone to pop in and see what people are talking about, the short-term (and maybe longer depending on how it goes) plan is to keep a routine and a calendar with a new “Coffee Shop” post on Monday and then again on Thursday(ish) each week. I figure Monday most often follows a couple games over the weekend and also gives us Caniacs something to do to get through the first work or school day of the week. And by Thursday, we will have beaten Monday’s discussion topics to death and need something new. The Coffee Shot is pegged to the top right corner of the main grid, so the most recent is always right there in front of you on the main page.



Finally getting to the point to the relief of those who hate the long preambles that sometimes precede the meat of my posts, here is a set of polls and also discussion questions for this week’s Coffee Shop (up a day early simply because of the excitement with a winning week and also because 4 hours of football is enough).

Remember to click ‘vote’ for each individual poll question.


What are the chances that Sebastian Aho continues to surge and challenge Toronto rookies Marner and Matthews for the Calder Trophy?

  • 21-40% - He has ground to make up which puts the odds low, but it's possible. (54%, 33 Votes)
  • 0-20% - He is having a great season but is not quite in that tier for 2016-17. (23%, 14 Votes)
  • 41-60% - He is close now and surging giving him a 50/50 shot. (13%, 8 Votes)
  • 61-80% - He has ground to make up but is playing as well as anyone with plenty of games left. (10%, 6 Votes)
  • 81-100% - He is better than the field and is destined to emerge at the top come mid-April. (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 61

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With a tough week ahead with road games against the league-leading Capitals and then the Stars on the road, how many points is enough?

  • I know it's tough, but the Canes need 3 to keep gaining ground. (43%, 26 Votes)
  • A solid 1-1 mark with 2 points is enough this week. (39%, 24 Votes)
  • The team needs a winning streak, and the time is now. Must get all 4. (18%, 11 Votes)
  • I'd begrudgingly settle for 1. (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 61

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On a scale of 1-5 (with 1 being bad and 5 being good), how do you feel with the Canes road play heading into a week with 2 road games?

  • 2 (45%, 27 Votes)
  • 3 (33%, 20 Votes)
  • 4 (17%, 10 Votes)
  • 1 (not good at all) (5%, 3 Votes)
  • 5 (incredibly good) (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 60

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With Ward playing both halves of the back-to-back this weekend, when now do we next see Eddie Lack?

  • Tuesday. Caps on the road is tough anyway, so rest Ward and give Lack a no-pressure start. (45%, 27 Votes)
  • Not until the next back-to-back set on February 28 and March 1. (30%, 18 Votes)
  • Not until the run of home games in late February. (22%, 13 Votes)
  • Never. (3%, 2 Votes)
  • Not until sometime in March. (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 60

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Over coffee discussion questions

1) General topic: Which player(s) have most upside to fuel February-April push: If the Hurricanes are to take the next step up above the playoff cut line, which players have the most to give in terms of finding a higher gear for the last 31 games of the season? And what do you think they are capable of?

2) General topic: Trade deadline if the canes are still in the playoff chase: As a fan who probably desperately wants a return to the playoffs but likely also respects what Francis is doing in building the team from within with an increasingly stocked pool of young players, how much if anything would you be willing to give up in trade if the Hurricanes are still in the playoff hunt at the trade deadline at the end of February? Would you be willing to add a short-term rental player or 2? If so, what position/role/skill set would you target?

3) General topic: Yammer randomly like Matt: 100 words or less (or cheat if you want to) random thought on the Carolina Hurricanes right now. Go!


If anyone has suggested polls or discussion questions, please either email them or put them in the comments below. With a twice per week cycle, we can include some of them next time around, and I could probably use help coming up with enough material.


Go Canes!

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