Not sure about everyone else, but the Monday after the season ends combined with the first day of the Stanley Cup playoffs tend to be among the toughest of the year for me as a Canes fan (obviously in the years in which the Hurricanes do not make the playoffs). I ride up and down with the team during the regular season, but even if things are not going well, there is always a next game. Until suddenly this week there isn’t.

But I am also one not to wallow in whatever sorrow or frustration I have from our beloved hockey team, so by the time the pucks start flying on TV, I can mostly move past my Canes woes and enjoy the playoffs as a casual observer.


Here is an attempt for a quick guide for the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs with Canes rooting interests. Please ping me in the comments or web form if I missed anything.


Eastern Conference

Washington Capitals

No Canes rooting interest.


Columbus Blue Jackets

No Canes rooting interest.

Pittsburgh Penguins

Last year, Ron Hainsey’s long-awaited playoff debut was big news and a potential Pens rooting interest to go with Matt Cullen. But with both Hainsey and Cullen departed, the Pens have only short-time Canes player Josh Jooris who was a healthy scratch in game 1 and of course former general manager Jim Rutherford.


Philadelphia Flyers

No Canes rooting interest.

Tampa Bay Lightning

No Canes rooting interest


New Jersey Devils

After a brief stop in Calgary, Eddie Lack is now a member of the New Jersey Devils though not likely to see action unless injuries force New Jersey deep into its goalie depth chart.

Boston Bruins

After being part of a fourth line house cleaning a few years back that could repeat itself this summer, Riley Nash has established himself in Boston. His 2016-17 season was nothing too special with only 17 points, but Nash has taken a huge step forward in 2017-18 with 15 goals and a career high 41 points. The Bruins also have former Canes goalie Anton Khudobin.


Toronto Maple Leafs

Suddenly a grizzled veteran after his playoff debut and Cup win with the Penguins last season, Ron Hainsey is back at it but in a new uniform for the 2018 playoffs.


Western Conference

Nashville Predators

If it is Stanley Cup memories that you want, the Nashville Predators can offer that in the of head coach Peter Laviolette who of course coached the Hurricanes to the pinnacle of the hockey world in 2006.


Colorado Avalanche

No Canes rooting interest.

Winnipeg Jets

Again pulling from the coaching ranks, long-time Hurricanes bench boss Paul Maurice makes his first return to the playoffs since leading the Hurricanes in their last post-season run back in 2009.


Minnesota Wild

Making a strong case for being most Canes-worthy is the Minnesota Wild with long-time Canes captain Eric Staal and fellow 2006 Canes Stanley Cup winner Matt Cullen. The Wild also have Ryan Murphy who is on the roster but down the depth chart and a healthy scratch in Wednesday’s series opener.

Vegas Golden Knights

No Canes rooting interest.


Los Angeles Kings

No Canes rooting interest.

Anaheim Ducks

Short-time Canes depth forward Patrick Eaves is the lone former Hurricanes player on the Ducks.


San Jose Sharks

No Canes rooting interest.


What say you Caniacs?


1) Who did I miss?


2) Which former Hurricanes do you most with well in the 2018 playoffs? 


3) Who are you rooting for in general?


Go Canes!




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