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Post by StormCloudsGathering » Sun Jun 17, 2018 5:47 am

Free Agency

The Canes were looking to have an active offseason this year, with a projected $14,350,000 in cap space to go ham with. The GM had traded AHL players Joel Vermin and Austin Czarnik to further clear up cap space to coincide with the retirement of goaltending legend Marc-Andre Fleury, but things did not go nearly as planned. Bottom 6 winger Mike Vecchione and the Carolina club could not come to a contract agreement, despite Vecchione's emergency 1st line play having been instrumental in the Canes 2nd round success against the Capitals. Additionally, deadline veteran pickup Ryan Kesler and Carolina longtime Blueline staple Noah Hanifin went into free agency, Kesler later signing in Philadelphia, and Hanifin (RFA) returning to Carolina via arbitration agreement. This foiled the teams plan of trading the young blueliner for a better second line center for another cup run, although he is still RFA and the team may have the chance to do so the following year. Things did not get any better from here, however, as young Czech star Filip Zadina was reported to be asking for contract money upwards of $9,000,000. It is reported the GM, O'Quinn, spent an entire night drinking after speaking with the young winger's agent. We are currently into late August, and while contract talks are reported to be still happening, nothing has been agreed. Some fans have feared the young star may be KHL-Bound, as 2021-2022 KHL Champions HC Sochi own his European rights, and it may seem to be an attractive option for the winger. After the Hanifin arbitration agreement and signing of veteran defenseman Mark Giordano, team is reported to only have around 6,000,000 to sign the young star.

In: Mark Giordano, Zack Dorval, Joseph Snively
Out: Mark Vecchione, Eric Isreal, Adam Canpanneli, Marc-Andre Fleury, Fabian Zetterlund, Ryan Kesler, Chris Martenet, Tony Calderone,

The Draft

Having previously traded their 1st in a rental deal for TJ Oshie, and their 2nd in a similar deal for Derrick Bressard, the team lacked any picks until the 3rd round. As a result of the aformentioned, the team had a relatively inactive draft. Some European fans seem to be excited over the teams first pick of the draft, sniper Vojtech Ruzicka. Though no serious fan outlet has joined this excitment, the team has already signed the young Czech winger to an entry level contract, and are reportedly assigning him AHL duty for the upcoming season.

Canes Draftees from the 2022 draft
-Signed: Vojtech Ruzicka
-Unsigned: Jyrki-Petteri Antila, Ed Bartlett, Alexei Chernov

The Prospect Cup

The annual prospect cup was particularly popular among general managers this year, as two separate cups were held. The Carolina u24 team won the 1st Prospect Cup, with noticable occurrences being

-Simon Krekula
A Canes draftee of 2019, this Swedish center has spent the previous four seasons playing pro hockey, going from the SHL's MODO Hockey, the KHL's HC Kunlun Red Star, then into the Carolina Hurricanes affiliate system, playing for the Florida Everblades (ECHL) and Charlotte Checkers(AHL). During the prospect cup, he was slotted in on the 4th line during even strength play, and as the center on the second powerplay unit(although he registered all his points during even strength play). For a lack of better terms, he went "nuts", registering two goals and five assists, along with a +/- rating of +7 over the two games in the cup. He also registered a rather ridiculous 82% FO%

-Overall performance.
Despite playing against two cheating teams, the Hurricanes managed to smash the Ducks 8-5 and narrowly beat out the Flyers 4-3 to win the 1st Prospect Cup. Team favourites Julien Gauthier and Jake Bean definitely carried the team, but the team won nonetheless.

Prospect Development

Despite having a meager draft and a meager prospect pool in totality, the team still holds on high end prospect in it's system.

-Antoine Coloumbe, a Quebec born goaltender has spent the last four years playing for the Sherbrooke Phoenix, having won the Memorial cup in his first year there. He has developed significantly as a goaltender over the past four years, enough infact that there is talks of him stealing the backup position from Czech prospect Jakub Skarek, who has been vying for it for years. The GM has not commented on this, so we will have to wait until training camp to see how the team feels about Coloumbe, but one thing is for sure, he will either be starting in the AHL or backing Carey Price in the NHL. Though on a sadder note, it is widly accepted that he is the only prospect Carolina has with any real claim to the title of "Bluechip prospect"

The upcoming season

Assuming Filip Zadina will be signed, this upcoming season is looking like a decent one for the Hurricanes, who made it to the ECF the year previous. If the team can exorcise its demons in the Boston Bruins, the team just might be able to make the push for the cup. But without any significant improvements to the team over the offseason, only time will tell.

-Reporter Rogers Pennies.

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Post by StormCloudsGathering » Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:55 am

The Carolina Midseason Report
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The Record

With a record of 24-13-1, the team boasts the leagues 7th highest win percentage (.645). While nothing to scoff at, it isn't up to par with the teams president-trophy winning season of the year previous, where the team ended the year with a .732 win percentage. Part of this can be attributed to the games between November 11th and November 28th, where the team went 4-4 whilst starting goaltender Carey Price was injured, and additionally December 9th and 14th, where Price was again injured, the team going 0-3. With the veteran goaltender in net, the team has gone 20-6-1, counting for the majority of the teams wins and minority of its losses.

The Numbers

When it comes to the raw numbers, the team holds up with some of the other top teams in the league, holding right in the the middle of the league with goals for with 3.84 a game, alongside the Capitals and Predators. Defensively, the team is second to one with an impressive 2.97 Goals against average, almost a whole goal below the league median. The team has been trending up in both areas, as the team has been at it's healthiest in the past 8 games, going 7-1.
On the downside, the team has struggled with special teams for the entire year, with average PIMs and PP opportunities, the teams average performance in PP is worrying, though seemingly not hurting the team too much. To note, the teams powerplay has risen by 1% over the last month, and if the trend up continues the team will be middle of the pack or higher by seasons end.

The Players

The season has come with many individual surprises, from fan favorites not performing to standard and unexpected explosions of production from others. Let's go over it.

Underpeforming Players

Teuvo Teravainen (C) (Captain) - 34 GP, 11 G, 24 A, 35 Pts
While a PPG rate is surely nothing to scoff at, having spent previous years 10 or more points above PPG leaves something to be desired with the teams Captain and Star Center.

Austin Beaulieu (RW) - 38 GP, 3 G, 5 A, 8 Pts
A far call from American wingers rookie season where in 44 games he had 26 Points, Beaulieu has been trending down, and is speculated to not be returning next year.

Overperforming(?) players

Filip Zadina (LW) - 28 GP, 13 G, 15 A, 28 Pts
Although not represented in his offensive stats, his observed on-ice play has been the best observed by any player on Carolina this year. The young Czech Star has been playing so unexpectedly well that it is reported that contract negotiations are now going in his favour, and GM O'Quinn, who was previously said to have drank over the ridiculousness of Zadina's contract ask, is now considering giving him near-exact to what he's asking for.

Oskar Stål Lyrenäs (RW) - 38 GP, 10 G, 14 A, 24 Pts
Before the beginning of the season, no one was even sure where this Swedish winger would be playing, be it AHL or in Sweden. He earned his chance in training camp, but that isn't what's most impressive. During the beginning of the season Star winger Julien Gauthier was sidelined by an injury, and in that a spot on the PP was left open. Stål Lyrenäs was given a chance, and he took it with force, performing at a point-per-game pace while on the second powerplay unit. While his future with the club isn't entirely certain, the team signed Oskar to a one year, $1,260,000 (AAV) bridge deal, so it seems the club has been impressed with his play.

Mark Giordano (RD) - 38 GP, 4 G, 16 A, 20 Pts
Signed during free agency as a experienced helping hand, no one expected the Canadian veteran defenseman to be leading the teams back-end in points midway into the year, alongside a 3:1 Takeaway-Giveaway ratio. While his speed has suffered, there is younger defenseman slower than him and those who get exhausted faster. Alongside with impressive statistics for his age, he is reported to be a highly positive influence in the locker room, and this could possibly be a reason for the resurgence of winger Jeff Skinners production, along with the teams highly impressive defensive play, which he has no doubt contributed to with his own play.

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Post by StormCloudsGathering » Sun Jan 13, 2019 2:35 pm

The Carolina Midseason Report, 2025-2026

The Record
39-17-5


58 Games into the season, the night before the deadline, the Canes surprisingly have the 6th best record in the league, despite placing 7th in the east. This holds a tribute to the fact that the Metro in the SBHL is without a doubt the leagues best division. The Hurricanes have been on an up-trend for 25 games now, but so to has the rest of the conference, and it's a battle to keep up with them, one that the Hurricanes are currently winning.

The Numbers

The stat sheet is as is always has been for Carolina, with a slightly above average goals for of 4.49/g, and a below average 35.40 shots on goal/g, but with a top 5 goals against/g and 8th best shots against/g. All the aforementioned stats have been on the uptrend as Carolina has been dominating in the last 25 games. Although the team again struggles with special teams, the Coach has publically stated that he's honestly not worried, as a win is a win.

The Players

This year as a whole looks like it'll be leading to career years for players, so just like last time, let's go over them.

Underpeforming Players

Jake Bean (LD) - 44 GP, 2 G, 16 A, 18 Pts
A very far cry from Beans outstanding 2021-2022 season, while he's been on the uptrend, this still young defenseman has reportadely been asking for more money than he's been playing for, and while a third of the season remains, his underperformance and high ask may see him leaving Carolina.

Overperforming(?) players

Filip Zadina (LW) - 58 GP, 32 G, 39 A, 71 Pts
While Zadina has always played well, he's now really showing it on the scoreboard. Not much to be said, he's the team's leader on ice right now, and four goals away from a career high in goals.

Oskar Stål Lyrenäs (RW) - 58 GP, 17 G, 27 A, 48 Pts
Three seasons ago, Stål Lyrenäs was featured in a very similar article, stating how he was overperforming in a breakout year after it wasn't entirely sure he'd make the team. The year following, he had a down year, but again this year he has proven why he's here. Playing alongside Malkin and Borgstrom, Stal Lyrenas has blossomed and is 4 pts away from a career high.

Evgeni Malkin (C) - 58 GP, 25 G, 25 A, 50 Pts
Picked up in free agency, man fans called Malkin "slow", "not what he used to be"... while this may be true, he's still an effective part of the team and an anchor on the third line, fifth on the team in goals.

Players in
Evgeni Malkin [Free Agency]
Roman Josi [Trade]
Leon Draisaitl [Trade]

Players out
Brian Dumoulin [Trade]
Benoit-Olivier Groulx [Trade]
Brain Marino [Trade]
Louis-Marc Pierog [Trade]
Victor Rask [Trade]
Gordon Janik [Trade]

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