The march through the regular season is in full swing, and thusfar it’s been a roller coaster ride for Canes fans. Once you think the team starts playing poorly and you get ready for a horrible season (but potentially a date with Connor McDavid), they reel off a few wins in a row and look like a team that’s clicking. Then, when you start to get excited that the team is better than you imagined and Jim Mora’s least favorite “P word” starts to get mentioned by some, Paul Maurice comes by and slaps you down. This is the type of thing that turned Brutus Beefcake into the Zodiac.
Here’s the reality, though. By the end of February, it’s unlikely that the Carolina Hurricanes roster will look like it does today. Players get dealt, whether it be because they’re not working out, they’re pending free agents, or a deal comes around that’s just too good to pass up. As the days and weeks pass, there will be a lot of discussion about dealing players, and what the team could get from them. I thought it’d be helpful to put together a list of “value” of the players on the Canes roster. For right now, I’m sticking to players on the current NHL roster, but this list will eventually expand to all the players the Hurricanes organization currently has under contract, or retains the rights to. Continue reading Name Your Price And Save: Hurricanes Trade Value Rankings→
At the beginning of the season, most “experts” predicted the Hurricanes to be near the bottom of the standings. That was before Jordan Staal, Jeff Skinner, and Eric Staal all got hurt. Thankfully for Canes fans, games aren’t played on paper, right? Wellllllll…. We all know the outcomes: October was a dumpster fire, Novermber started strong, and has recently become a hodgepodge of outcomes.
Now 20 games into the season, this Carolina Hurricanes team is the most wonderfully frustrating edition of the Canes I can remember. Start the season on a horrible losing streak and visions of McEichel appear. Then they go and kick ass for 6 straight games and it’s early enough to wonder if that’s sustainable? Or, they could bottle up all the good and the bad of the previous 19 games, cook it down into one 60 minute contest and leave Canes fans with their mouths agape, breathing like Tyler Hansbrough.
Terrapin is one of my favorite breweries (not necessarily top 3 or anything) and their Wake-N-Bake Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout has been probably my favorite coffee beer the past few years. They also make a chocolate milk stout called Moo Hoo, which is usually pretty good (and really good mixed 50/50 with WNB). So when I saw this Moo Hoo-Chiato which is described as a “chocolate espresso milk stout” I had to bolt to the shop to pick one up to enjoy on this week’s podcast. Why one? Simple, that was the limit set by the local bottle shop.
Us, ramble…never! In this weeks episode, we welcome VP of Communications for your AHL Charlotte Checkers Paul Branecky to tell us about the Checkers struggles on the ice, and the promising play of some future Canes. Doc Driftwood stops by to regale us with a great story of the Dominator and provide a McEichel update, and we talk about the week that was and the litmus test road trip ahead. Thanks for listening, and as always, this episode of Cheaters Never Win is brought to you by our friends at Taxi Taxi Raleigh.
Last night’s game in Dallas ran the gamut of emotions and scenarios that hockey has to offer: there was early frustration, elation that bordered on befuddlement in the middle, with urgency and relief at the end. Simply a fun 60 minutes of hockey from a group of guys who played with a lot of visible G.A.S. (Give A Shit) last night.
YOUR Carolina Hurricanes kick off their second 5-game road trip of the season tonight against the Dallas Stars. Currently the Canes are last in the division, and only ahead of Buffalo in the NHL standings. For the optimists, Carolina is only 5 points out of third place – and a playoff spot- in the Metro. With non-eastern time zone games against a struggling Dallas club, a Kings squad that just added McBain (LOL), and an Avalanche team that is as predictable as Patrick Roy’s emotions, the Canes will bookend Thanksgiving with matchups against the surprisingly decent Panthers, and the absurdly good Penguins.