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  1. Maybe this was commented on but I have always thought that Jason being in the org was a good thing because it meant PK had something to pass down through the family. As long as it remained in the Karmonos family, Raleigh stood a greater chance of the team always being in Raleigh.. PK sold somewhere around 10% - 15% of the org to local people but that still leaves a large chunk for an outsider to come in and purchase. The lease with C-Authority lasts until 2024 and there could be talk of the need for another arena by that time, but an outside investor might care less about Raleigh vs a possible other market. Not saying that would happen but PK is getting old and he is on the outs with his son. Without passing to a family member, most likely he would sell his large portion. Who knows, maybe he gives the cash to his kids (other kids) or possibly funds a charitable organization in PKs name with the receipts of a sale. This could look like what Ralph Wilson has stated with the Buffalo Bills. RW is not handing the team to this kids and has said when he dies, the team will be sold.
  2. It is like dating in your teens and twenties......About trading up until you can not trade up anymore.
  3. this is the first year in 14 years that I did not go through SAS. I went down the 12 games since the NHL changed Ticket Exchange and I am unable to sell any tickets. Will have to see where they seat me for 12 games this year. I have always had good luck on getting the seats I want
  4. No way signings are kept quiet. Does not happen in pro sports? Should JR be telling people what he is looking for? Of Course he should. He is telling the fan base, after a terrible year, that he is working to get players, that are needed? How many companies and STHs are telling themselves, "Not sure if it is worth it". Or how many sponsors are questioning the money spent for sponsorships? One must think farther than the guy sitting up in the 300s who comes to this board twice a day Player X is going to get "this much $$". Especially at this time of free agency. He is not giving away anything and he is not going to pay "Player X" over what he wants to. Not to mention how many phone calls he has made already to GMs and agents.
  5. Question: Has anyone been able to sell tix on Ticket Exchange this year/2013. In the past, I would sell some tix to help pay for the tickets (a silent partner). This year, the way Ticket Master has it set up, it appears to be virtually impossible to find Ticket Exchange if someone comes to the Canes site looking for tickets. I know the NHL/Canes want to sell their tix first but right now, only single seats availale for Pens game and I don't see how a prospective buyer could find TE tix. Just wondering if other STHs have had better luck?
  6. I thought the Ellis interview at games end last night was very good. She did a great job.
  7. Geeezz some people are such a critic. Typical internet crabs complaining behind an avatar. Let me criticize you after 2 hours on the job !! I thought she did more than OK and it will only get better. I like Bob or what ever his name was last year and I will like Chantel. The game scores was hard for the first time...no way to time it right. I can read and it will get better. Again, it was very OK and it will get better.
  8. The thing to remember about Whitney was I beleive he had a NTC and he wanted a 3 year deal. JR had a deal with the Kings but Whitney would not release his NTC because it was not a 3 year deal. Deadline passed and nothing JR could do. Then when Free agency rolled around in July, Whitney went out and signed a 2 year deal which expires this year. That is not JR's fault. Blame if any should go to Whitney for holding out and causing the Canes to loose a good 2nd rounder at least. Williams was a play to get Cole back, Cole got overpaid but good for him, bad for the habs. I like Ruutu, but he is one hit from spending 2 months in the stands and if we can get something, let's get it. You can bet JR is talking to his management and if they can make a deal, good. But if not, he has 4 more weeks in Raleigh and I will welcome the new guy.
  9. Have a family member who was behind the scenes on this and the word is, the truck broke down that was bringing them. That is how they knew it could be there by 3rd. Big kudos for the way it was handled. Sometime stuff just happens. People would say, well they should have had it a week ago? Where do you store 10,000 plus Bobbleheads and why pay for a trailer to sit in the parking lot. Business runs this way. If people complain about this, there is a big telephone pole outside your house, go argue and complain to it.
  10. I don't think any pre-season game is included with STH. The reason the orignal poster was contacted was because of a email blast to which most people who bought tickets in Charlotte live in Charlotte. I have been to games in San Jose, PHX, LA, Anaheim, Denver and others and I get all their email offers including deals on upcoming concerts. All part of ticketmaster. Canes did have a deal on tickets for Canes STHs in an email. Not sure if it is still valid. Tickets were fairly cheap I thought. I plan on driving down on Sunday and driving back for several reasons but to support the canes. On that note, I have no problem with the Canes playing in Charlotte to create new fans but more importantly....Charlotte Sponsors !!!!! (Hey Lowes and Bojangles !!!!!!! ). Not to mention others Good business move
  11. Yes, that is because seats A-E are portable seats in the sideline section and only fit for hockey. NCSU BB has thier config. I believe row F starts behind the white wall and a permament part of the arena.
  12. Raleigh/Triangle is barely a $50M payroll market. Need about $85-$90 millon revenue package to make that salary work. That is why when I hear suppoive Canes fans complain about not spending and then complaining about ticket/parking/beer prices, I cringe. Canes will get more in TV rev with new deal and with Charlotte coming on board, need to pull in some of those charlotte corps to become sponsors. This is where the fan base needs to step up, go to games, support the team. Raleigh is at that critical point of which way do the fans go. I aslo agree on a good minority owner but not sure who signs up to pay $$ loses especially with no control. I followed the ATL purchase and at the last moment, a family from NC was looking at buying the Thrashers. Wonder who they were and have talked to PK.
  13. It may have been mentioned as I did not read all pages but they did play the BLACK KEYS the other night. Had not heard them play before. So they do play new music.
  14. Have one ticket to Rangers game in Sec 122. Priority Section Reg cost is $85. Will sell for $60 Might even throw in a parking pass Will have to meet for exchange I am in RTP area during the day SOLD
  15. I follow this stuff very closely and especially Winnipeg. This has been hot reads in Canada since it looks like the PHX deal will close so all eyse are moving to the Thrashers, which 70% of the Canadians think will be in Winnipeg next year which I promise you will not happen. This article is aimed at Canadians who eat this stuff up. Now, not to say PK would not sell the whole team. By the little he has said, he wanted to sell 49% and he stated people were not interested in buying a minority part at 49% but he might sell less than that. But I am sure there are people who have looked at owning more since they would have control. Does it worry me...you bet. I thiink PK is a good owner and has done well with this area after some rough years. The issue is Raleigh is not a $60M payroll hockey city. If you look at the rev numbers that have come out, buying this team is not a profitable venture and with the mid-term CBA coming up, not sure what the players will want and what will happen with rev sharing. the issues with the current CBA is the floor which is $40M and going up. The Canes have a petty rock solid lease for 14 more years which is good. The NHL would fight any attempt to moce but after the PHX battle and then what looks like the Thrasher battle coming, not sure how much fight the NHL will have. Winnipeg wants a team on the cheap and the only way they can make it work. QC has to have an arena built which is still open and not certain at this point. There is still FLA, St Louis, NY Islanders along with Dallas and others. I would like to see some locals look at it but most of them are older. It helps their business to have a pro team here to help draw talent but when you look at GOodnight (SAS), Gillings (Quintiles), Goodman (Capital Brodcasting) Sloan (General Parts/Carquest) and Lonnie Poole (Waste Industries), they all have moeny but are older and have enough to leave their kids. Need young near billionaires but not sure the Triangle has many of those. The NHL has been able to find owners but what scares me is when just a few to go around, NC and Raleigh might be one location they give up instead of ATL or FLA or Dallas or StL. But not sure. I use to worrry but no longer. The Canes will be here for a while and as the economy gets better, so does Canes Rev which is good for the canes. Winnipeg's chanses go down as they are looking for team on the cheap. Winnipeg backer is one of the richest guys in the world but the business case requires buying a team on the cheap or in total disrepair. As Salary cap goes up, the Pegs chances go down. And to be honest, QC is a corp wasteland but either the NHL/Quebec thinks it can work or the NHL is using them as a pawn. I just don't see QC filling suites and great corporate support but you really don't it see that in the sunbelt either. But at least the corps are in the sunbelt to mine.
  16. Yes tell him that the first 2 games for the Canes this year was in Helsinki, Finland. The number stated was over 400 Canes fans went to the games in Finland. More fans travel than any other team playing overseas for season openers including the Wild from the State of Hockey. Not die hard enough for him? Then there is no way to convince him otherwise and don't even try.
  17. Having been to St. Petersburg and Helsinki, I have walked many of the areas they did in StPb. Great city. I also bought the dolls with Hurricanes players on them but that was back in 2005 or so. Wish I was there but could not make it.
  18. Thought I posted this but had issues with signing on. Visa is needed as stated to get to St. Petersburg and you need to be exact on your dates of when you enter and exit. This is not China where you can buy a tourist visa at the Hong Kong airport and party in Hong Kong for a day and half while it is processed in 6 hours. I have been to St Petersburg and you also need to make a hotel reservation. Not as many hotels that are centrally located but might have improved since I was there in 2007. Was in Helsinki last November so anyone has questions on the city or how to get around (TRAM !!!!!) or general areas, I can help. Also went to Estonia while i was there. Easy trip. PM me with any questions.
  19. Just got back from Helsinki so if anyone needs any travel info, I got it. Great city but not full of historical gothic places. Good drinking city but expensive to drink. Easy to get around with the tram system and good airport. Also, good Rock 'n' Roll city with tons of local bands. They party hard on weekends. Also, not as nordic as Sweden due to influences of Russia and Baltic states. So, in Sweden, I was not mistaken for some Sweede guy, but in Finland, people thought I could be Finish.
  20. If you are a new fan or have not followed NHL or other sports at trading date, reread SuperDave's post over and over until it sinks in. This is the business of sports. I once told a Canadian who had said that southern hockey fans don't understand pro hockey and players leaving. I told him in Raleigh /NC we do because we have seen it for years in college basketballl. I said "if Michael Jordan can leave without much noise, fans will move on when xxxxxxx leaves" He said "good point" You don't hear people screaming over player decisions made in CH or Durham. There is always a new team on the horizon and must happen. Maybe a bad comparison but players usually don't stay more than 3 or 4 years unless they have been stamped a superstar.Again, you trade your UFAs like Whitney because you get a lot for them and if you don't , he takes the big deal he wants in 2 months. Canes get nothing. Might as well get a 1st rounder and a prospect" which JR is shopping. Then the Canes get back in the race for Whitney at a reasonable contract term.. No to 3 years. You can bet Ray would like to be here but he has one chance and one more contract in his hockey life and he is going to go for what he can and what works best for his family. Living in Raleigh will be one decesion point but because Canes fans love him will be at the bottom of the list. If he can make $3M extra over contract term in another city, he is gone. He is not going to say "Fans like me in Raleigh, I will give up $3M." No way No how !!!!
  21. I have a good friend in San Jose and we talk hockey all the time. He is from Pittsburgh and a pretty smart guy when it comes to the game. He was not happy with the trade and wanted Corvo. After 3 games, he actually said, "SJ underpaid for Wallin, he is going to be a very good add to the team"
  22. Caniac247 wrote: "So are you ready to roll with Gleason, Carson, Rodney, and Alberts as our Top 4 next year? And that makes us better how. Trading Pitkanen for picks/prospects now is not making this team better. That's why I say go with him into next season and see where we are at. Talk to his agent this time next year and see what his asking price is. Going into next year with the defense I listed above is suicidal. I'm willing to be cellar dwellers this year, but this org can't take another 1-2 years at the bottom.And as far as saving money, JR should have thought about that before he overpaid guys named Walker, Samsonov, Cole, LaRose, and the list goes on. Pitkanen is actually WORTH his price and it will be a darn shame to trade him to save some money because you screwed up and and can't get rid of these guys who are in fact overpaid. ETA: I'm not sure how long you have been following the team, but this franchise (Canes) has needed a defensemen like Pitkanen since they were born in 1997. The likes of Pitkanen don't come around very often, that's why there are tons of teams right now trying to get their hands on him. They come once in a blue moon and trying to find someone to replace him is going to be very hard." ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- I am a little late on the response here but..... Wow, lets see how long I have followed the team. STH since 2000, and followed the team since they move to NC. Been a hockey fan well before that. I agree Pitkanen is what JR has looked for and worked hard to get him. I go back to the pre-Ozolish days of JR searching for the mobile D man he wants so you questioning my "time supporting the team" is laughable. I would not have thought of trading Pik until I hear teams want him and the one thing I have learned about JR in the last 10plus years is HE WILL trade a player. It is a deep draft this coming year and I still say JR is looking to stock up on picks. For you comment on overpaying and money. Sorry bud but it is about salary cap and what done is done. Complain all you want about those guys but no one is listening ......heard it all before and heard it all before about players you may never had heard of that played here. Again, I would love for Pik to stay but if JR gets something for him and any combo and gets soemthing like the Boston/Toronto #1 pick, (which I doubt but you never know) and he picks up Cam Fowler in the draft, we will see how attached JR is to Pik and his choice for a mobile D-man. JR will not get that deal but one can wish. Again, I support Pik being here next year but I will believe it on March 4th.
  23. I don't see any player being traded for other players unless they are prospects or added to a draft pick. My opinion, Pitkanen would drive maybe a 2nd round draft or a 2nd and a prospect to some team that is hungry, especially with another year left on his contract. Maybe JR is holding out on a first and just driving interest among the other GMs. They will not trade Whitney for anything less than a draft pick. The Canes are not looking to bring on other people for these guys (Corvo, Pitkanen, Whitney, Cullen) but looking for draft picks in a strong overall draft in 2010. The Canes are going young and cheap the next couple of years. Especially cheap with revenues being so low. Bring up some rats and get a couple of free agents. I never thought I would see Pitkanen traded so early but if someone offers a #1 draft pick for him or a high #2 with a possible added prospect, pack his bags. You save $3M and get a young guy. Was talking to my buddy out in SJ who is a smart hockey guy and told him I would trade Corvo for a 2nd rounder and he said, "call JR and get the papers ready." Guys, we are selling assets and not looking to make a trade to get more assets. It is about dumping and running.
  24. Agree on support. I hear a lot of people going around saying "they sux" and all and I guess they do but all that negativity goes to the average fan who goes to 3 games a season. Now they are less likely. Canes and Canes org need all the support they can get. Anyone can complain. That is too easy. Like the 2 mid-20s age guys in the upper rows of 106 last night. You think you are being funny by keep making comments about the team so everyone can hear you, but a snarky jerk never gets anywhere. JMHO
  25. Foothills brewery has their own bar around Sec. 113 or so. They also have foothills at the 2nd floor bar. I like Big Boss but not many will drink it and it would take up a tap that sells slow. I also buy Car. Brewing products at the game. Just have to look for it. Foothills is a sponsor but Bud pays some decent sponsor bucks so of course they are going to be in more taps.......and should. I do support Bud outside of the arena because they are a sponsor although I don't drink that much domestic pilsner. I do drink Foothills where ever it is sold outside of the arena since they are a Canes sponsor.
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