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 2015-16 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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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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Prospect Watch: 2016 Trade Deadline

by Tom Edwards •  @MrWorkrate •  Mar 2, 2016  •  0 comments

The 2016 NHL Trade Deadline has come and gone, and while the names leaving the Hurricanes are familiar, the players coming back to the organization may not be. Let's take a look.Aleksi SaarelaPosition: center How Acquired: from the New York Rangers in the Eric Staal deal Drafted: 3rd round (89th overall), 2015 NHL Draft Current Level: Liiga (highest professional level in Finland) Current contract status: unsignedSaarela had been considered a strong prospect, potentially even a first round selection, but injuries and a weak 2014-15 season in Finland's Liiga (12 points in 51 games) dropped his draft stock. Saarela's play in Finland has improved greatly this season (19 goals, 32 points in 47 games) and his play in the U20 World Juniors (with fellow Canes prospect Sebastian Aho) earned him a gold medal.

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Season Predictions Revisited- Come Laugh At Us

by Derek Roessler •  Feb 5, 2016  •  0 comments

Making season predictions is a time honored tradition in sports. Getting them laughably wrong is equally common. To see just how right or wrong we are to this point, I went back to the season preview episode of Cheaters Never Win and took notes of Mike's and my predictions for the 2015-16 season.As of today, some could still be right. Others... oh boy... others are way the hell off. We picked full order for the Metro division, and only picked division winners for other divisions.

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Canes Trade Odds – 2016 Edition

by Tom Edwards •  @MrWorkrate •  Feb 3, 2016  •  5 comments

Winning teams buy. Losing teams sell. Those teams in the middle? A lot can be learned about their direction by watching their movement at the trade deadline. All too often in recent seasons, the Carolina Hurricanes under Polonius Rutherford operated under the principle of "neither a buyer nor a seller be", seemingly afraid to sell off any good pieces of a team that almost maybe possibly was so so so close to the playoffs, but at the same time not willing to make the bigger move by mortgaging the future for that one player that might secure that playoff spot (or, realistically, not having the prospects to pull it off.)Under Ron Francis last season, the team ripped off the Band-A adhesive bandage and went into full-blown seller mode, dealing off free agents to be Andrej Sekera, Jiri Tlusty, and Tim Gleason for four draft picks, a good defensive prospect in Roland McKeown, and human being Jack Hillen. But those trades were simple - the Canes in mid February were closer to the #1 overall pick than they were to the playoffs. This season is different, for several reasons. Last season's free agents to be were a good defenseman who spent a year and a half with the team, a popular third liner, and a reclamation project whose best days as a Cane were behind him. This season, it's two guys who helped raise the Stanley Cup for the Hurricanes in 2006, and two of the biggest faces of the franchise - if not potentially the biggest. Add that to a team that hasn't been to the playoffs in six seasons and is going in the "right direction" - if the team continues to push for the playoffs the closer it gets to the trade deadline, it's going to make it harder and harder to sell.But you didn't come for that. You came for wagering*. You want to know whether or not your favorite player is going to be around for Canes Casino Night (since it takes place after the trade deadline this year, meaning no drunken last goodbyes and inadvertent slips of potential trade destinations). You want to know whether or not you should invest in that $35 shirtsey. You need to know FACTS about ABSOLUTELY** what's going to happen to your favorite players!I can do that.[*please, no wagering] [**yeah, I'm totally guessing - like you know better.]

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Sadly, This Feels Familiar

by Derek Roessler •  Jan 18, 2016  •  2 comments

Greetings, Canes fans. It's me, your ol' pal Derek. You may be wondering if I've stopped writing for this fine blog. While I've put game recaps to bed, at least #ForNow, until recently, I haven't felt all that inspired to put fingers to keys.  But that's changed with the rollercoaster of the last 10 or so days.

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