Puck Talk

Jordan Staal: Quietly Doing Everything

by Canealytics •  @Cane_alytics •  Sep 26, 2016  •  0 comments

Prior to a game late in the season of 2013, Jordan Staal lined up with his brothers, Eric and Jared, to start in a game that held great meaning to the Staal family, but none to the already squashed playoff hopes of the Hurricanes. A nice moment for the Staal family, a family completely devoted to hockey and, for a long time, to this franchise. Things have changed since then and, as the team takes gradual steps to move away from icons of the past in its effort to regain former glories, only one Staal remains. The good news? We've got the best one in the league.

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2016 Carolina Hurricanes Training Camp Cheat Sheet

by Tom Edwards •  @MrWorkrate •  Sep 23, 2016  •  1 comment

Training camp opens TODAY, and between the excitement of that and the NEW Section328.com, I thought it was time to get off my butt and give the people some content. And, in true Workrate fashion, it's damn near 5000 words.As training camp can get confusing with not only all the Hurricanes but Checkers and guys from junior and random tryout guys, you may end up watching the Red & White game at the Canes Carnival and thinking "I don't know who that guy is but if I admit that I lose all my Canes street cred!"WORRY NOT. Below is a little bit of information about everyone in camp, from Cam Ward to Ben Gleason. Print this out, memorize it (or just reference it from your smartphone), and when #78 does something cool at the Red & White and everyone is scrambling to figure out who he is, you can drop your Steven Lorentz knowledge on them. Bam.Enjoy!

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The Top Ten Lazy 16-17 Hurricanes Season Narratives

by Canealytics •  @Cane_alytics •  Sep 23, 2016  •  5 comments

Everyone likes a good story. Stories create shared experiences and bring groups of people together. We like stories so much we even create them when they aren't really there. If the stories are there, sometimes they are over-inflated and discussed ad nauseum. This is especially true in sports, and hockey is no exception. For example, were you aware that Jordan Staal had a brother and they used to be on the same team? Throughout a game and NHL season there is so much going that our brains make sense of it all by creating these scripts, patterns, narratives, or plain old bullshit about what happens out there on the ice.In sports we create narratives for the players we love, the players we love to hate, the teams that visit PNC and bring the entire city of Cary with them, and so on and so on. It helps us create a shared culture as fans and come together as a group. Bloggers and journalists rely on narrative to make their stories compelling and relatable.  Sometimes they're relied on a bit too much and don't work out. Phil Kessel likes hot dogs. Maybe that old guy free agent pick up has a great compete level, or he's a good locker room guy, or maybe he has the drive to win. Eventually we're all guilty of creating or using a tired narrative. I know I am.

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The Voices We Grow Up On

by Mike Flanagan •  @mflanagan00 •  Jun 23, 2016  •  3 comments

Sometimes, when you are in the middle of something very special each and every day, you don’t know how very good you have it.  Too often, only when a layer of security that has been part of the fabric of your day to day life…

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Francis Robs Chicago Blind by Acquiring Teuvo and Bickell

by Tom Edwards •  @MrWorkrate •  Jun 15, 2016  •  2 comments

On Sunday, the eyes of hockey watched Jim Rutherford's Pittsburgh Penguins (so weird to say that) lift the Stanley Cup, and snickered as they wrote their feel-good narratives about Rutherford showing he still has value. Those dumb Hurricanes - what were they thinking when they ran JR out of town? It doesn't matter - they'll be in Las Vegas/Quebec City/Seattle/Bismark soon anyway.It took three days for Ron Francis to offer up a Costco-size can of STFU to anyone who was questioning the Canes decision to move on from Rutherford, as the team (and Francis) took another huge step forward, dealing a second and third round selection to the Chicago Blackhawks for forward Teuvo Teravainen and Bryan Bickell's contract (Bickell himself may also come).

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The Resurgence of Jeff Skinner

by Canealytics •  @Cane_alytics •  May 10, 2016  •  4 comments

Old man Skinner. Our ever-smiling scorer has seen a lot during his days as a Carolina Hurricane. He has weathered concussions, trade speculation, and the departure of every player, save one, on the team that was there before him. He has endured criticisms about his…

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Grading the 2015-15 Canes: The Ones with Masks

by Derek Roessler •  @droessl •  Apr 29, 2016  •  0 comments

In parts 1 and 2 of Grading the Canes, Mr. Workrate handed out marks to the forwards, and Mr. Alytics dove into the defense.  With that, it's my turn to examine the work put in by both Cam Ward and Eddie Lack this season. Lucky me, eh?Cam WardCould you please repeat the question?Coming into the season, Cam, like most returning players, talked at length about being better in season 2 of the Peters regime. In 2014-15, Ward posted a 2.40 GAA and .910 SV%, and boy oh boy, improve he did(n't so much as do).This past year, Ward's GAA actually went up to 2.41 and his SV% came down to .909. #WelpDrink. Ward actually started off the season with respectable numbers in October. However, the .886 sv% in 10 November starts is going to drag down even the most promising of Octobers. 

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Grading The 2015-16 Canes – The Forwards

by Tom Edwards •  @MrWorkrate •  Apr 27, 2016  •  2 comments

After going to my cubicle in the Section 328 World Headquarters and finding Michelle McMahon using my phone and the nameplate changed to "VISITOR", I realized maybe it has been a while since I've written anything for the site, and it's time to get off my ass and start writing about the Canes again.And, hey, what better way to do that then by dishing out some letter grades for the players, since that's simple and people seem to like it. We'll do this in three parts - I'll take the forwards and use the English/creative lit method of grading where I eyeball and use my opinion of what I like and don't like to assign a letter grade. We all know how much Cane-alytics  loves the D, so he'll grade them, I'm sure using a purely mathematical formula that involves the quadratic equation, the pythagorean theorem, and a slide rule that was made in "East Germany". Derek will handle the grading of the goaltenders in a method that's veiled in secrecy, but I'm assuming it's somewhere in-between Cane-alytics method and labeling a bunch of bananas with letter grades and seeing which one a random chimp at the zoo goes to first.So let's roll, starting with...Phil Di GiuseppeWho knew what to expect from PDG going into this season? A second round draft pick in 2012 (and the team's first pick that season), PDG had a mixed college career, and his first professional year with the Charlotte Checkers didn't exactly set the world on fire. The flashes of potential were there, but there's limited patience for a 22-year-old to convert into a prospect, especially a higher draft pick. The club would have been happy with a second season in the AHL building on what he learned in his first pro year, with an opportunity to challenge for ice time in 2016-17.What the Canes ended up getting was the player they hoped to get in 2016-17 a season early. Called up after the New Jersey-game-that-will-not-be-discussed, PDG was eased into the lineup, where he became the grinding, ass-in-front-of-the-net presence that the Canes had been lacking for several seasons. After putting up 30 points in 76 AHL games last season, PDG put up 18 in 25 AHL games this season, then added 17 more in 41 games for the Canes. PDG is a streaky scorer and will probably be the player most prone to a sophomore slump next season, but his playing style was sorely needed at this level, and was a key factor to the Canes turning it around in December.GRADE: A-

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