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Everything posted by Munson15

  1. After eight years of being a fan, I finally got the chance to see the Canes at the RBC and I have to agree with this ESPN poll. In fact, I saw two games in three weeks back in November. They got whipped in both (Edmonton and Washington), but we had a great time. I bet there are people around the country who read this poll and remarked, "I didn't even know there was a hockey team in North Carolina." Way to go, Canes!
  2. After getting mopped up by the Wings a few years previous, this was sweet, sweet redemption. As a former Islanders fan (I grew up on L.I.), this Cup was the first one I had seen raised since 1983. Still gives me goose bumps.
  3. 2-2-1-1-1 is the best way because it keeps the playing field (wrong metaphor for hockey!) even throughout the series. The higher seed can lose a game early and still retain a "home ice" advantage.
  4. I agree that Ruutu is a keeper. I doubt he's going to pull in $3.5 million, though.
  5. We need Ruutu. He and LaRose were two reliable sources of energy throughout the season and the playoffs. I've always been a Cole fan but the dude disappeared in the playoffs. I sure hope his lousy Oilers stint and lackluster time with us in the playoffs is no indication of what we have to look forward to.
  6. From where we were back in January, I never thought I'd see such an awesome two rounds of playoff hockey. What memories. Still hate that we laid over and died in round 3, but c'mon. Who thought we'd be in the Conference Finals? Hats off to the Canes.
  7. Mo or Lavy, it just doesn't matter. I'll love the Canes, no matter what. I just want them to reflect on the ice the passion that all of us here on the message boards bring to the games. If Mo can do that, so be it. Only time will tell.
  8. Please! I agree that soccer is a "tough" game, but there's nothing worse in sports than watching an international soccer match and seeing those weenies throw their arms in the air and roll around in "agony" only to pop up and snidely smirk when the guy who "hurt" them is given a yellow card or a red card. The women play a tougher game than the guys. "The only thing that hold guys back is knowledge of ejection." HA! They don't fight back because they're largely histrionic drama kings who wouldn't last a minute against a hockey player. European soccer fans are tough. The players, not so much. As for the idiot who head-butted his opponent. Typical coward. Should've pushed the guy first to let him know what was coming and then squared off. And to Bag12day...AMEN, brother!
  9. We didn't need a new coach. What we need is for this team to toughen up, pick some fights, and bash some people's skulls into the boards. We are a light team. No one fears the Canes. I vote for the Reggie Dunlop method of turning a team's fortune around. I want to see Staal get in someone's face (like Crosby did). I want to see some hockey! Right now, their play resembles soccer players on ice. WEAK!
  10. I agree that this is Staal's team, but right now, the spark plug is Ruutu.
  11. I'm pissed about this change, but in 1996, I was pissed when the Yankees hired that loser Joe Torre. I felt so compelled that I actually wrote George Steinbrenner a letter about what an idiot he was for such a move. Torre had no success to speak of as a manager and look what happened. Maybe we'll look back at this one after they reel off 11 wins, but right now, this sucks!
  12. We're not talking about rehiring a coach like, say, Scotty Bowman. Paul Maurice?!? I continue the puzzlement on this one. I'm all for shaking things up, but not like this.
  13. As far as Trip Tracy goes, in today's era of polished talking heads, he's unpolished but 100% authentic. Forslund is the more polished of the two which works well against Trip's goofiness. They are a strong team and make watching the games enjoyable. I grew up watching Phil Rizzuto do his thing on WPIX in New York and never tired of his "Rizzuto-ness." Sure, Trip isn't bound for ESPN anytime soon, but he's perfect for us. Homers can get tiresome, but would the Sabres get rid of Rick Jeanneret? The Phillies, Harry Kalas? Trip's not in a league with Jeanneret and Kalas, but he's unique to the Canes, and that makes him great.
  14. Awesome advice. Everything said in here was dead on correct. We had an awesome time at the RBC. The only two things that dulled the experience were the harpies who sat behind us in section 318 and yapped the whole stinkin' game adding their own horribly annoying commentary to the entire game. The ENTIRE GAME!!! For crying out loud. It's a hockey game, not an opportunity to annoy those around you with your idiocy! Oh yeah, and that softy goal with just about a minute left sucked, too. No regrets, though. We'll be back. Loved the arena, loved the experience. Loved today's game even better. GO CANES. But to those who buy tickets, stay away from row A, section 318, the ladies behind you will drive you INSANE!!!
  15. Much appreciation for all the advice on here. The four of us are psyched for tomorrow. The Palin thing better not screw this up!
  16. How in the world did we get a Caniac in beautiful Vancouver, B.C.?
  17. As much as I would love to have the Canes down here in Charlotte, it will never happen as long as the lame Bobcats are here. We are not big enough for three teams (four if you count NASCAR). There's only so much corporate cash to go around and if you've watched any news lately, you know the banks are floundering. I'd have to agree with the post that commented that if the Canes left, they'd leave the region, which I hope never happens. I think Raleigh is a perfect fit for them; the love that city has with them is similar to what we had here way back when with the Hornets. Let's not count out the Canes or the Raleigh market, yet.
  18. Great point. All GMs make mistakes, but what I like about JR is that there is NO question that he wants this team to be successful and has the team's best interest in mind. He will do what it takes to make a winner.
  19. Why not have both? I know he was full of issues, but Bob Probert had both skill and toughness. Are there any free agents out there who can skate, score, and knock the occasional tooth out every once and a while?
  20. Not a problem for us to shut down one line. Tampa is a one dimensional team. We have much more depth than they do.
  21. How does anyone know that the Bobcats will be the ones booted to another channel? When I heard this announcement (I live just outside Charlotte), I felt my gut sink because though we are all goofy about hockey, we're are among a small minority, people. Even lackluster NBA games get many times more viewers than the best NHL matchups. NHL ratings are scary low when compared to other sports. I cannot stand the NBA and though I appreciate the athleticism of basketballers, hockey is THE best sport in the world. I emailed FSN to see what was going to happen to Canes games in the Charlotte market, but I think I already know the answer. As someone already posted, I bet Raleigh gets the Canes and we in the Charlotte metro will be stuck watching the sorry Bobcats. First, the playoff choke, now this. Can it get worse?
  22. Those who argue in favor of keeping Cole are absolutely correct. Look at what a lack of grit meant to the Sabres. If they had more players that played like Cole, the Cup may have ended up in Western New York instead of the West Coast. As a Charlotte resident and huge Carolina Panthers fan, Cole's injury issues can be slightly compared to those of Dan Morgan, but unlike Morgan (who misses huge chunks of seasons), Cole misses games here and there, but always seems to come back with a vengeance. A long time hockey fan, I've always been a fan of tough players (John Tonelli, Wendel Clark, Darren McCarty) and Cole who play hockey the way it was meant to be played. Other players feed off the intensity these players bring. How many times did a big Cole hit, breakaway, or effort pay dividends for the Canes? You can't get rid of a player like that.
  23. The cap is a concern. Weren't the soaring salaries the reason we lost an entire season in '04-'05? Without a huge television contract, the NHL seems to be heading down the same dangerous path it fought to avoid during the lockout. You got to remember, the cap is based on REVENUE. If the money ain't there then the cap won't rise, if the cap rises without the revenue to support it then the players all have to cough up money at the end of the season. True, true, true. I forgot about the agreement that has been in place. Thanks, dude.
  24. The cap is a concern. Weren't the soaring salaries the reason we lost an entire season in '04-'05? Without a huge television contract, the NHL seems to be heading down the same dangerous path it fought to avoid during the lockout.
  25. It's a bit scary for all of us in smaller markets to watch the dismantling of the Sabres. I'm no Sabre fan, but we could easily be in the same spot as them or worse, as the Preds. I'm just happy to see our core group staying together. Hamilton seems like a smart, money-conscious move. Even if we don't sign a big name, let's not forget that we have a good team. After that mediocre season they produced last year, the Canes are going to be hungry again. If we could just add some pop on defense, we'll be dangerous again.
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