Using a rare piece of mid-August hockey news in Leon Draisaitl’s re-signing yesterday, the Thursday Coffee Shop polls and discussion questions will use that as a jumping off point for today’s coffee chatter.
The Daily Cup of Joe for today is a companion article with a couple Hurricanes’ angles on the Oilers’ deal. David Miller’s article projecting the Hurricanes’ financial situation out a few years is also great companion reading for today’s financial discussion.
So get your calculators and Wall Street math models ready, and let’s go…
Carolina Hurricanes polls
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1) Which of the contract situations in the polls, do you think has the greatest chance to escalate based on results from the 2017-18 season?
2) Do you think it is possible that any of these players or others including Teuvo Teravainen could price themselves out of the long-term future in favor of less expensive young players on the way if their next contract escalates significantly?
3) How do you see the team managing the impending salary escalation? Will the Hurricanes spend much closer to the cap and be able to keep everyone? Will a clear line between core and non-core players need to be used to pare salary over the next few years? Or…?