Last night, I posted my thoughts on a couple different levels on the return of Eric Staal as a visiting player on Thursday. You can find that article HERE. With Eric Staal’s return being the biggest news going in terms of Hurricanes hockey today, he features prominently in both the polls and discussion questions for today’s Coffee Shop.


Carolina Hurricanes polls

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


How do you feel about the return of Eric Staal to Raleigh playing for an opposing team? (Choose as many as apply.)

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What is Eric Staal's legacy as a Carolina Hurricane player and captain?

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After 2 games,what grade would you give Lucas Wallmark's play at the NHL level?

  • C (52%, 24 Votes)
  • B (35%, 16 Votes)
  • A (7%, 3 Votes)
  • D (7%, 3 Votes)
  • F (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 46

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What are your thoughts on adding at least 1 player to the prospect pool by signing an NCAA free agent?

  • Definitely. Francis should leave no stone unturned; plus the team has room contract/roster-wise at the AHL level. (55%, 27 Votes)
  • Meh. Whatever. These players so rarely work out that I could care less either way. (31%, 15 Votes)
  • Not interested. Would rather save the roster spot and ice time for players with higher ceilings. (14%, 7 Votes)

Total Voters: 49

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Carolina Hurricanes discussion questions

1) Past the ‘check a box’ simplicity, what are your thoughts on Eric Staal’s return to Raleigh on Thursday night? I talked to multiple people about this on Wednesday with answers ranging widely from ‘could completely care less’ to ‘am very excited to see him back’ to angst about the mere mention of Eric Staal.


2) Does anyone have a college free agent that he/she thinks would be an interesting addition based on what they have read or seen?


3) Who has suggested topics for next week? (Or if it just takes off and runs here, that is fine too.)


Go Canes!


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