Puck Talk

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 •  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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Grading the 2015-16 Canes: Defense First

by Canealytics •  @Cane_alytics •  Apr 25, 2016  •  0 comments

Here we are again. The seventh summer where, for many, interests may veer off from hockey, or where others root and adopt other teams with a safe, short term commitment. Unlike many of the previous playoff-less Canes summers this one is different: our Hurricanes were actually fun to watch this year. They were above .500 with numerous memorable wins and had a revolving door of young, exciting talent that wasn't the questionable, perhaps AHL-level talent that call-ups may have had in the past. Oh yeah, this team also had Noah Freakin'™ Hanifin. AND Jaccob Slavin AND Brett Pesce.All photos within credited to Jamie Kellner, unless otherwise noted. Thanks!This year was the foundation year. Things are starting to be built here, and built well. The core of that foundation comes from a trio of first year pro defensemen, an Olympian, and their weird Uncle Ron. It's hard to believe that in just a year's time we've moved on from the well-liked Tim Gleason, Jay Harrison, and Brett Bellemore, who were a touch too slow for this speed-driven era of the NHL. Remarkably, looking to the future the solid defensemen options keep on coming and possibilities abound. Stud juniors defensemen Haydn Fleury and Roland McKeown are close, and there's an AHL all-star down in Charlotte with Trevor Carrick, and, although he may not have the same level of pedigree, we can't forget about Danny Biega, injured for most of the year in Charlotte, but who was solid in post-Sekera trade relief last season. It's certainly an unusual and new feeling to have so many defensive chips on the table as a Hurricanes fan, but at least we can be assured we won't be pulling Joe Corvo out of retirement anytime soon.So let's look at this past team's defensive group and see how the young core did in their formative NHL year, but first let's look at the guy who logged more minutes than anyone.Note: All data comes from Corsica.hockey. I used a minimum of 500 minutes played at 5v5 and 100 minutes on special teams when comparing the entire NHL field. Score-adjusted.The Ronster The Canes sure put some miles on Ron Hainsey this season. He logged the 14th most minutes in the NHL at 5v5 with 1451.26 minutes. The next highest Cane after Hainsey--not counting the traded Liles--is Noah Hanifin at 100th. On the penalty kill, Hainsey again played the most (218 minutes) and had nearly 83 minutes more than the next highest Canes defensemen, Jaccob Slavin. From those numbers alone the Hurricanes got significant value from Ron especially when you factor in that Hainsey played against the opponent's top six forwards for greater than 60% of his shifts.

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Section 328 Round 1 Playoff Predictions

by Derek Roessler •  Apr 13, 2016  •  0 comments

Well well well, it’s playoff time again. In addition to hosting our Bracket Challenge (please join, pw is Hanifin) where there will be prizes, we’re sharing our predictions for the sake of eventual mockery. Enjoy, and feel free to use these for any…

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Numbers for Next Year

by Canealytics •  @Cane_alytics •  Apr 4, 2016  •  4 comments

This season was much needed. From the seemingly never-ending string of talented young hockey players who have made an immediate impact on this season, to the stellar seasons many of our newly drafted prospects have enjoyed, this season has been a breath of fresh air for many Carolina hockey fans. As we all know, and all have probably said at least once, the future is bright. And that feels damn good.So we look forward to next year's Carolina Hurricanes with anticipation, a glimmer of playoff hope, and, maybe for the first time in a while, a strong sense of pride in our boys. There's still work to be done, sophomore slumps to be avoided, and I'd expect some Draft Day / Free Agency Day deals to be made.But as it stands now, what should we look at within this group? Where can things improve to get this team into playoff hockey? Here are 5 fancy stats from this season that I believe are important in this team's identity and to their success going forward. -6.21 Justin Faulk's 5v5 Goals For % Relative to TeamThis statistic describes the effect Justin Faulk has on the Canes Goals For %. When Faulk is on the ice the Canes score 44.19% of the goals that occur, dropping from 50.4% when he is not out there.

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How Do Canes STH.. err.. STM Costs and Perks Compare?

by Derek Roessler •  Mar 22, 2016  •  1 comment

Now that Canes fans have had a chance to digest some of the changes in the 2016-17 season ticket renewal packet, I thought it was time to see how being a season ticket holder member with the Canes compares to other teams with similar markets or levels of demand.All the information I've gathered is from public-facing pages within each team's official website. In the interest of fairness, I have not gathered any additional information from any team, including the Hurricanes. I wanted this to be what Joe/Jane hockey fan would see were they looking for season tickets across the league.Another note: the prices and perks I found and compared are only for each team/venue's equivalent to section 328. Almost every team offers greater perks for front row and club seats, I did not include those. Also, I only looked at full season ticket benefits here. The perks and pricing for partial season tickets will likely be different from the information I assembled.So how do the offers from the Canes stack up? Are they a good value? Great value? Greatest value? GreatestEST value? Well, let's take a deeper dive.

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I Took it Staal for Granted

by Canealytics •  @Cane_alytics •  Mar 14, 2016  •  0 comments

It's always weird seeing big name players in their new sweaters after they've been traded. I remember the initial shock of seeing Gretzky in a Blues jersey, then a Rangers. It just doesn't feel right.  The impact of trades hit harder when I was a kid. I hadn't seen much of the annual trade deadline carousel of stars and, in my head, there were strong, unbreakable links between the captains and their teams. My most jarring cases of "new jersey shock" came when Ray Bourque swapped the black and gold for the Colorado Bigfoot, and when Mark Messier left New York for Vancouver. They were both captains, likely the first person most people thought of when thinking of their respective teams, and, perhaps most importantly, devoted to their longtime teams. Of course time does its thing, heals all wounds, and washes those feelings away and things like Ron Francis in a Leafs' jersey begin to make sense. Okay, maybe not that last part.Obviously, I now have a new trade to add to the list. We all do. Our captain has gone to New York to wear the blue shirt that so many mid-to-late career NHL stars seem to do. Most people knew a Eric Staal trade was likely and even expected it.What I didn't expect was how it made me feel. Without much hyperbole I can easily say I don't think a NHL trade has ever affected me in such a way.Not even recent trades of some of my favorite Canes players,  John Michael Liles or Andrej Sekera, come close. After Eric got dealt I was pretty bummed out, maybe a little shell shocked that the BIG move had FINALLY happened, and *cough* perhaps even a bit weepy. Over the last week or so, while trying to reconcile why the trade had jacked me up so much, I came to one certain conclusion: I had taken Eric Staal for granted.

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