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  2. In Season 2017-18 Talk

    I guess 300 wins isn’t special, seems to happen every night...! 😄
  3. In Season 2017-18 Talk

    I think the truth lies somewhere between these two. I have no doubt that Ronnie hates to lose, and that it extends to the minutiae of his life. Landeskog should have been here a loooooong time ago, that was an easy deal to make, and that fact that it was not suggests Ronnie is holding too tight to "his" draft picks. True, the barn-mucking is over. But until somebody is willing to ask Ronnie when Dundon's money becomes available for making deals - a question apparently not even on the radar of Raleigh's crack hockey beat press - and to keep asking until he spits out an answer, we can't know when adding studs to the newly hayed barn might happen. The lack of a real hockey press in this town is a bigger problem than I think many Canes' fans appreciate. Teams whose moves are not constantly scrutinized and criticized (when warranted) have little incentive to improve. Chip is anemic, Luke wrote a nice piece the other day but does so much too infrequently, and Adam is just without any clue. It'd be nice to get a little Philly into the Canes' press corps.
  4. In Season 2017-18 Talk

    I disagree in one sense: Our guys are a lot younger. They - TT, Aho, Lindy, Rask, McGinn - are in the process of becoming those "different" players. Is it painful to watch? Absolutely. But how many more games will we win once they get there? Another aspect: They are buying time for the guys developing in the AHL to step in and be difference-makers the moment they come up. Eliminating on-the-job training at the NHL level is crucial to long-term success. The struggles we're seeing now were always going to be necessary for that to happen, and for (both) better and worse, we're witnessing them, game-in and game-out. Big wins like Vegas will ultimately make a difference, driving home what it takes to win. But like the old saying goes, it's a marathon, not a dash. None of which makes watching the team win one and lose three, win two and and lose one, etc., any easier. But this is undeniable: Just one-third of our top nine are what any of us would call seasoned NHL vets: Skinner, Willy and Jordo. Ryan is a role player who really should be a fourth-line wing/healthy extra on this team. I'm hoping to see Rask between Willy and Skins very soon (should have happened already), and Lindy parked net-front, centering Aho and TT. Those two lines have "goals" written all over them. Let's see what Jordo can do for McGinn and Jooris; worst case, they'd be an effective traditional second (checking) line, but both Ginner and Josh can find the twine too, so that group could cash in some chips as well.
  5. In Season 2017-18 Talk

    I am sooooo over Eric. Of course, that was true about five years ago. But it's still fun to analyze. I have a slightly different take. I think some guys who have success early can become content, particularly when they are enabled to do so. I think that when Eric insisted he needed Cole on his wing to succeed and JR went out and got him, that was an enabling moment: it allowed Eric to call the shots. He was still a kid at that point, and what he needed was a good talking to, i.e., "you're being paid to make it work with whomever the coach puts with you." Then, when Cole wasn't re-upped, it was the turning point. Eric knew his contract essentially meant that he "owned" JR, and I think he decided he just wasn't going to bust his balls for an org that refused to find the couple million needed to keep the winger he wanted. When it finally did spend that kinda coin on HWSNBN, I think Eric got a fresh taste of what a top winger could do for his game, and for six glorious weeks, he, Sasha and Tlusty were the best line in hockey--and it wasn't even close. I think he probably had more fun during those weeks than he had since Cole's departure. In short, Eric was allowed to get away with not making his wingers better thanks to playing in a market with a casual interest in hockey. His attitude around Cole's departure would have been called out early and often in any traditional hockey market, purely on grounds that he wasn't doing what he was being paid to do. . It's an argument with a lot of merit, one borne out by his brother's quiet ability to make everyone he plays with much better--at two-thirds the price.
  6. Carolina @ Vegas 10PM 12/12

    I am a Cam fan and have been when most here wanted him out of town. I felt, and still feel that since he has been our starter, we have rarely had a credible backup, resulting in Cam being overworked year after year. That being said, I’m all for giving him a few starts because I think he has earned it and to settle Darling down. In the off-season, the consensus was that the one move we made that had to work out for us to be playoff contenders was the acquisition of Darling. I agreed then and I think it is still true. He has not been what we hoped he’d be, but there is time for him to turn that around. As a long-term starter, the last couple of years have shown us what Cam can give us, and it is no longer enough to compete for a playoff spot. Cam does have streaks where he plays really well, and it would be very timely if he could give us one now. But the success of this team ultimately is going to rise or fall with Darling as a #1, and Cam hopefully as a solid backup. If Bristol/Mongo is a bust, I think we are done. It’s not too late for him to find his groove.
  7. To Trade, or not to trade

    I don't see it happening but if it could, where do i sign up?
  8. In Season 2017-18 Talk

    Yeah, i'd have to say those 9 years with no playoffs speak pretty loudly in any discussion about spending or not spending money on a hockey team. If the Hurricanes are coming off a Cup year then yeah, but with no playoffs in so long it's pretty obvious what the result of not spending is.
  9. In Season 2017-18 Talk

    RF’s comments do make me wonder if he is seeing the same thing that pretty much everyone on these boards sees-that this team is stuck in neutral, and so far for the last 3 years, we have mostly just been rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. Till now, I’ve suspected that he has been severely limited in what he could do by PK’s finances. If that’s the case, he really can’t come out and say I’d like to make bigger trades, sign more free agents, etc. but my boss, the owner, can’t or won’t pay. So he keeps saying we have the players to do the job, they just need to be more consistent, or whatever. It will be interesting if and when the sale closes. I don’t take it as a given that Dundon will let PK continue to call the shots. He could come in and clean house from Francis down. Or he could say “I like our budget and I like our team.” Probably somewhere in the middle, but we just don’t know. The sooner the sale closes, the better. We should get some clarity pretty soon thereafter.
  10. To Trade, or not to trade

    With Ottawa potentially selling the big names how about some options: Hoffman for Faulk allows Ottawa to move Karlsson without much angst. They also dont want to suck too bad or Colorado gets a good pick in the 2019 draft. Maybe get Ceci as well if we include a good prospect, Ryan, and a 2019 1st.
  11. In Season 2017-18 Talk

    If PK said that to me and I was JD I'd say, PK how did that work out for Ya? If you don't want to spend I'll buy you out because I am moving forward.
  12. In Season 2017-18 Talk

    The only thing I'm worried about the new owner is PK being in his ear, teaching him about being an owner and saying, don't spend too much. Ronnie has been hog-tied by PK's reluctant to spend to bring in even mid-tier talent to bolster this team.
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  14. Florida Everblades 2017/18

    Well i was wrong
  15. Florida Everblades 2017/18

    Anyone know what happened to Spencer Smallman? He was thought to end up in Charlotte but got sent down to Florida. There are stats for one pre-season game then...can't find him. Was he injured? Not listed on the roster of Florida or Charlotte. Still listed as in our system.
  16. In Season 2017-18 Talk

    RF is too conservative. Can't make big trades.
  17. In Season 2017-18 Talk

    Well at some point Ronnie has to be held accountable. He's had a cozy life in Raleigh for what, about 19 years or so? No position in pro sports is permanent nor should it be. His record since becoming GM is nothing to write home about. Darling, Rask given contracts well beyond what they're worth at this point. Yes, he had to muck the barn after JR left but that is no longer a excuse. He has built a low budget stripped gear team; a bit of traction every now and then with a couple of back to back wins, and then the gear slips and its 2 or 3 losses, then it engages again and so on. With a new owner who will spend (I hope) Francis will now get another 3 years to show what he can do with money. As for this years edition of the Canes, they'll not make the playoffs. They are too inconsistent, lack finish in the worst way and play too poorly against the Metro teams.
  18. Carolina @ Vegas 10PM 12/12

    Should I say there: I am a Caniac, and it's TOP Time!?
  19. In Season 2017-18 Talk

    Someday I'll tell ya a story of Ronnie when he was director of Hockey Operations. Yes he wants to win every battle no matter how small. Not always easy or pleasant to work with.
  20. In Season 2017-18 Talk

    I almost posted this earlier...
  21. In Season 2017-18 Talk

    When it comes to trades, my theory is that RF has the type personality that wants to win every battle. Sometimes that can get in the way of winning the war.
  22. Florida Everblades 2017/18

    I just pulled up ECHL stats and both have skated 12 games. Ouellette is ranked 3rd in the league and Booth 8th Martin Ouellette W 10 L 1 OTL 0 SOL 1 GAA 2.15 SV% 0.926 Callum Booth W 8 L 2 OTL 1 SOL 1 GAA 2.38 SV% 0.909 Booth does have one shutout
  23. In Season 2017-18 Talk

    Good week to be a goalie. https://puckprose.com/2017/12/13/dallas-stars-kari-lehtonen-33rd-goalie-300-wins/
  24. In Season 2017-18 Talk

    Possible, Possible.
  25. In Season 2017-18 Talk

    I'm certainly open to winning the lottery. Ahhhh but those taxes!!
  26. In Season 2017-18 Talk

    As I think about this -- stew about it actually -- I can't help but think that maybe RF is just as stubborn and crazy as Sakic.
  27. Carolina Hurricanes Sold (or not)

    You guys are joking about $10k initiation fees, but man, don't give them ideas. In the NFL it is called a PSL.
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