As a reminder, for anyone with a desire and willingness to share longer thoughts on Canes hockey, Canes and Coffee will be opening up the floor for a few guest posts during the bye week. See details HERE.
Last week the Hurricanes stumbled into another break losing both games last week and falling a bit farther behind the pack.
On the goalie front, we saw Eddie Lack struggle in his return on Tuesday in Washington, Cam Ward struggle to only a slightly lesser degree in Dallas on Saturday and Andrew Hammond from Ottawa fly across the waiver wire (I voted to claim Hammond in this Saturday article) on Sunday without the Hurricanes claiming him.
On the 2016-17 season front, the Hurricanes 2 losses last week have them precariously close to falling out of the 2016-17 playoff chase. But the Canes also resume play with 5 straight games in Raleigh where the Hurricanes are 17-6-1 and a chance to make up some ground before March.
And then with the March 1 trade deadline now within view, the rumors and discussions are swirling with the Hurricanes continuing to show up in every article discussing the Colorado Avalanche. I did a deep dive on the pros and cons of a Justin Faulk for Matt Duchene deal for today’s Daily Cup of Joe.
Against that back drop, grab a cup of coffee, pull up a chair and let’s hash out which way to proceed for our beloved Carolina Hurricanes hockey team.
Remember to click ‘vote’ after each poll answer.
1) What do you make of the whole Matt Duchene (or possibly Gabriel Landeskog) rumblings that seem to be growing by the day? Is it a ‘where there’s smoke, there’s fire’ thing? Or is it more likely just to be lumped in with the volumes of mostly BS that pops up everyone gets excited about the trade deadline?
2) What would you do about the goalie situation? Is it just a matter of actually trusting Lack? If not, do you think it is something Francis needs to address now? Or is it something better addressed during the whole draft, expansion draft, free agent frenzy when more options might become available?
3) What are your thoughts on the massive scoring slumps engulfing key players including Jeff Skinner, Victor Rask and Lee Stempniak and also depth forwards? Should Peters break up the Aho/Staal/Lindholm line to try to get more working, or it just a matter of those players finding the ‘on’ switch again?
4) Pick your own random topic and…….GO!