It’s pretty much all Jaccob Slavin all the time today.
- First off, kudos to Justin for nearly nailing this signing; two weeks ago, he said the following: “Slavin seems the likeliest to receive a long term contract with the highest raise so expect a new contract with a cap hit of around $5.5 million for him, maybe a bit less if he signs long-term.” He’s now offering consultation on winning lottery numbers.
- Everything Slavin does, he does well, so it was an easy decision for Ron Francis to skip over a bridge contract and go straight to a long-term deal. [Hurricanes]
- Plenty of folks around the league did a double-take on seeing Slavin’s new deal, but it won’t be long before the discussion moves from “Jaccob who?” to “I’m sorry, you said his cap hit is what now?!”. (P.S.: the second C is there for continuity’s sake; Jaccob and his siblings all have six-letter first names that start with J. The more you know.) [theScore.com]
- When you’re using “grand larceny” in the second paragraph of a story about a new contract, it means one of two things: either a team has a bargain on their hands, or Dan Girardi just signed a deal to take good money from an unsuspecting NHL team. I think we know where this one falls. [Puck Daddy]
- “Nothing will bring the fans back in Carolina like winning will and the way GM Ron Francis is operating these days, the Hurricanes are giving themselves every chance to do just that.” [The Hockey News]
- And now for multimedia! First, the man himself joined Adam and Joe yesterday afternoon. [WRALSportsFan]
- Then, in the next hour Ron Francis made his way onto the airwaves. [WRALSportsFan]
- Francis was also a guest on the David Glenn Show yesterday (start of the hour through about 13:00). [David Glenn Show]
- If you missed Slavin and Francis’ press conference yesterday afternoon, watch it here:
- In the ostensibly non-Slavin department, Down Goes Brown looks at what current players could spend their entire careers with one team. (I know at least one; he wears number 74 and just signed a new contract yesterday.) [Sportsnet]
- Today’s entry in the ongoing series “The Hurricanes Are A Team To Watch, You Guys” comes from Jon Lane of NHL.com. [NHL.com]
- Last but not least, it’s Throwback Thursday so here’s a look back at July 2012 when a young Jaccob Slavin attended Canes Development Camp at Raleigh Center Ice: