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  2. the Score Don Waddell and Tom Dundon are said to have a mutual agreement in place and are working out details of a formal agreement. I was a skeptic when Waddell was named GM. I just couldn't get past his time with Atlanta and being the GM when the Thrashers left Atlanta for Canada. With all the rumors of the Cane relocation, as baseless as they may have been, swirling around I didn't think we needed a guy with Waddell's history at the helm. I was wrong. Waddell has done a darn good job taking the Canes to the next step. My apologies Don, not that he cares or should care what I think.
  3. I was reading this morning that Pesce was frustrated early in the season at the lack of playing time but as the season wore on his ice time increased and any thought he may be traded dissipated. According to Elliotte Friedman's 31 thoughts Waddell confirmed Pesce's frustration but said it was no longer a concern. Friedman went on to speculate if there is a defenseman to be traded it could be Fluery because his waiver exempt status is ending. My feeling is we would be nuts to even consider moving a player like Pesce. He is the one Dman that can skate 1st,2nd or 3rd pair and do it well. He also seems to have the ability to skate left or right D without losing much if anything. I get his frustration when he was skating less minutes and happy that seems to be behind us. Fluery is so curious to me. He has the tools and seems to be improving but he does struggle at times. Where is his offense? Its like he forgets to pack it when he jumps up from Charlotte. With deHann and TVR recovering from injuries I would be very careful before moving any of our Dmen. It's nice to have Bean and McKeown among others who could grab a spot but until they do they earn it they are unproven at the big club level. I fully realize you need to give to get in a trade so I won't rule anything out.
  4. A Ned and Petr tandem concerns me some. That would be the smallest pair in the NHL.
  5. Currently the Swamp Rabbits roster is composed entirely of players under contract to Greenville. By comparison, Everblades have 2 players under a Canes contract (goalies Helvig and Booth), 2 under a Checkers contract (Pat McCarron and Kyle Platzer), 2 Panthers, and one Cleveland Monster. Less than 2 hours by car to Charlotte; sure does seem like it could be a great match.
  6. Good find. Not only geographically, but they're not currently affiliated with an NHL franchise. Not sure about "Swamp Rabbits" though, lol.
  7. Yesterday
  8. Sounds a bit like a former goalie we took a chance on. No, thanks.
  9. Lehner scares me. His career numbers have been ok, decent gaa numbers and save percentage but his win/loss record in his career is shaky. Yes he has played on some bad teams but for me Lehner is to "emotional".Prior substance abuse issues and mental health issues are a crap shoot imo.
  10. I'm curious to know what's next as well. Unsurprisingly there still isn't any mention of this on the Hurricanes' site, but then they're always a step or three behind the affiliates. Best bet might be to search ECHL team sites and see if any of those have announced being the new affiliate.
  11. I don’t care who does it, just get Aho signed!
  12. I forgot they had so many back to backs in the AHL playoffs. I want the Checkers to win, but I would rather it be with Ned since he is our guy. As far as Ned becoming more consistent in the second half of the year, maybe that makes a case for trying to sign Petr for maybe 3 years and Mac for one to give Ned one more year in Charlotte to solidify his game. If Mac were younger, I’d bet someone would offer him 2 years at backup money, but probably not given his age. I think more than anything else, how we navigate the goaltender situation will determine our success next year. And that includes the possibility we go back to Mrazek and he regresses which he has done in the past. Really, anyone we are likely to bring in comes with some risk.
  13. Yes, he mentioned him too. They have a subcommittee for negotiating contracts. The ex agent, Tulsky, Waddell, TD, at least.
  14. I don’t know his name (someone help me out), but when Dundon assembled the committee, he brought in a former player agent specifically to negotiate contracts.
  15. In terms of Mrazek being back, I had thought that was almost a given. And Waddell said they want both goalies back. But he's generally going to say that to keep options open (unless one was a disaster). Further, Forslund surely didn't think that bringing Mrazek back was a given with his comments after that last playoff game. He's not always right, but he has to have a pretty good hand on what's going on. Mrazek was so lights out down the stretch and seemed so in the playoffs (pre-injury). But his save percentage in the playoffs was .894 and on that he was 16/17 goalies, and his full year ranking was #22 in save percentage (20 games min). So we'd be betting that Mrazek figured something out and gained consistency in the back half of the year that will be more like what he will bring over next year, and that a couple of blowouts, not really on him, marred his playoff save %. Personally I think that this is a pretty good bet. He looked so good, really from December on until the Boston series, where he got too out of position too often. But part of that was Boston too. Thing is, Bad Mrazek is pretty bad. So to me, the key will be that the goalie coach really thinks Mrazek has largely cleaned his game of the bad tendencies. And the Committee surely won't tell us the answer to that until it's over. The thing is, we've really struggled at the "spin the goalie wheel" game. Guys sport outlier save percentages for short runs (admittedly Mrazek could be that too), then come here and MongoLack the place up. Maybe our new goalie coach can help if we go outside. Lehner had a monster year, and would be tempting. He has health issues that could be a little scary, but what an upside. I really can't even pretend to know what's out there because I was psyched about Lack and Mongo, so there. But I do get the feeling that the Committee is openly looking at essentially every possible position where an upgrade (or fine tuning) can be made. Further, with Mrazek and McElhinney both UFA's they really have to look at every option since the player has the choice. That said, Mrazek's full year GAA was only .004 from the middle of the top 31, and such names as Carey Price and Pekke Rhinne. And his end of year was top of the pack. Unless there is a lock for solidly better, my bet is that we try very hard to put the band back together in goal, with Ned getting some starts.
  16. Ned broke out in the back half of the year. He was been solid before that, but didn't bring the big save percentage till the back half, which still left him with .916 for the year. This was good for 9th best on the year, but it was the back half that made him look really ready. The playoffs have been more mixed for Ned. He's at .911. Thing is save percentages really need a pretty good run to even out. Tokarski is .979 in the playoffs, though only 3 games and was .914 in the regular season. Anyways, I think Ned's save percentage in the back half was in the neighborhood of .930 or better. BUT that's just a half of a season with a more pedestrian playoffs. AND that's vs AHL caliber talent. His NHL 'n' value is miniscule. Doesn't mean he can't do it, but I'm sure we'd rather get him some NHL games without him spending most of his time opening the door to the bench. My thinking is that despite Forslund's rosy talk of Ned, I don't think the team wants to put him down as the NHL back up. An ideal situation would be to get McE back here as the back up with the idea that Ned might get some games even if everyone is healthy. This seems so ideal, that I'd be hot on that trail even if Mrazek isn't back.
  17. I think maybe it was Waddell at his press conference with Brind'Amour, but I think they use Tulsky their analytics guy to come up with comparable contracts.
  18. Yeah that was probably the most amazing thing about that game. Even the Checkers announcers said they'd never seen that before. And didn't even need video.
  19. So who’s our ECHL team gonna be be now and what happens to all the Everblades players under contract with us?
  20. Ned's single foray last year was successful, but I just do not have confidence in him? Wonder if it would be possible to leverage this kid Tokarski away from the Rangers, but I doubt it as Lundqvist is going downhill rapidly? And slap, to me Petr, as good as he was performing there at the end, I just am not totally sold on his consistency? Wonder if we could make a play for Lehner?
  21. I think Petr stays. He wanted to be a NO1 and he now has it. There is no guarentee he would be a NO1 elsewhere. Give him a nice raise and he stays....he likes Carolina.
  22. I've finished third. I've finished second. This year, that biscuit belt is mine.
  23. Lol, I am. And cheering like hell for St Louis. Hoping I've got a little bit of that contrarian mojo left in me in spite of stumbling the last round. http://www.espn.com/nhl/story/_/id/23398103/ranking-brad-marchand-top-25-heel-moments
  24. Yeah, that's cool but people will still talk. Your probably picking Boston...
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