No one on the Carolina Hurricanes deserves the Captaincy more than Jeff Skinner. Critics of “Captain Jeff Skinner” will point to his past tendencies of drawing frustration penalties, playing too emotional, and his inconsistent play. Before 2016 these critics may have had a point. But last year Canes fans saw a different side of… Continue reading Carolina is Jeff Skinner’s Team.
For a majority of last season, the Hurricanes were spectacular in shorthanded play. Through December of 2016, Carolina had given up only seven goals when down a man. With tepid goaltending and the departure of Ron Hainsey and Viktor Stalberg, the penalty-kill faltered down the stretch. However, the team still managed to finish sixth in… Continue reading Canes Look to Ice League’s Best PK
The infamous brand specialist and fast food connoisseur, Canes Ombudsmith, tweeted a provoking thought last Sunday which got me thinking. https://twitter.com/CanesOmbudsman/status/894241582135873536 Why isn’t anyone talking about Aleksi Saarela? The twenty-year-old tallied 10 points (6g, 4a) in his first nine games with the Charlotte Checkers. Saarela went on to be named AHL player of the… Continue reading The Forgotten Finn: Aleksi Saarela
And now....we wait.
On Wednesday, Carolina reached an agreement with Jaccob Slavin on a seven-year contract extension. The extension, which kicks in after the 2017-2018 campaign, is worth $5.3 million a year and will carry the Denver native through his prime years to the age of thirty-one. Last season, Slavin proved to be an elite defensive talent… Continue reading So How Good is Jaccob Slavin? Pretty F’ing Good.
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Another year. Another middling first round pick. The Carolina Hurricanes selected Martin Necas from HC Kometa Brno of the Czech Extraliga with the twelfth overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft. Draft pundits have touted the young Czech. Could Carolina’s first round pick could have been put to better use elsewhere? More than likely. With… Continue reading Too Conservative: A Ron Francis Draft Saga.