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  1. May not seeing it but nothing on the Calder Cup Champion Charlotte Checkers? What a colossal win for our guys. I’m hard pressed to think we don’t see 3 of the lads skating with the big team next season. Congrats Checkers. Great reg season at 51-17-7 and rolled their playoff opponents.
  2. Would trade TVR before any of the above 3 D. No offensive upside whatsoever with him and just a good not great D man. On the other hand you got to give to get and that’s not TVR. Happy for Skinner making $9m a year and close to home. He was badly mis-managed in Raleigh with multiple coaches and being asked to do different things against his strengths. He’s obviously chosen the money route over the Cup route. His choice. When this contract expires he’ll have made over $112m in the NHL. Not too shabby.
  3. I wish Connor McDavid had refused to play in Edmonton. Absolute wasteland for talented players and a wasteland for marketing the best NHL player. The NHL would have figured a way to stick handle through that scenario if he had balked - and he should have. My impression of his dead face look when they picked him said it all. Although twice it has not turned out well for the Canes with Johnson and Fox I blame management and not the player. They obviously didn't know them like they thought they did. The collective bargaining agreement allows for this and a player takes advantage of it, its his right. Hope the kid has a decent career. Same as when a player signs an obscene contract he cannot live up to who blames the player? Get as much as you can get (Darling) because it may be your only chance. That too is on management and not the player.
  4. About 10-15 games ago John was talking about eating something and Tripp responded “I cant eat that I’m halfway through a cleanse” John just groaned. Tripp does good play breakdowns. Be happy we have them both. If anyone has NHL network and surfs around some of the duo’s are just dead meat propped up.
  5. I’m out of the loop. How much did Dundon lose on his football faux-pas? Any chance he spends a measly 15-20m or so and starts building a respectable practice facility?
  6. Nice job Canes. Finally extended hockey in April. And the fact is upsets are what the playoff picture is always about so let’s do it. Also a good thing we’re confined to the boards here and not actually making decisions. When Canes we’re going 3-8-1 in Dec and 10 points back of last playoff spot us pro’s we’re talking about the need for a new coach, just blow the team up, and jettison Mrazek. Good thing no one in mgmt took our knowledgeable advice.
  7. I always get a few dissenters when I say this but the games in Oct/Nov are as important as in Mar/Apr. I'm sure any of the stats guys here could point out some games where we imploded/burned available points on sure wins that turned to losses or ties that should have been wins. Winning 'those two or three games' (in the Metro) we should have won but lost in October or November would be the comfortable 4/6 point cushion we need now. Like Smith Barney making money, the Canes will have to make the playoffs the old fashioned way, they'll have to earn it. They control their destiny. Win them all and they're in.
  8. I'm living in Prague. The hockey crowd here is bigly. Whenever a Czech hockey fan in a bar see's my Canes touque or scarf they're like: "You are a Caroleena' hockey?" Followed by: "They like Mrazek?" The Czechs are proud of their boy. They're following along...They also want Necas on the big team now. I tell them I'll talk with Don see what I can do. My Canes wear's gotten me a few free Staropramen's (Czech 'lemonade') since last December.
  9. Dundon has the cap space by a mile to keep Ferland even if it means overpaying him some. Trading him between now and the deadline for yet another draft pick with nothing more than potential, will indicate the team isn’t serious about building themselves into a contender this year which will bite them when UFA season begins; Why would Tier 1 UFA’s sign on with a team full of youngsters when they will get the same money signing with a team who is only a quality player or two away from playing in the Finals? For this team it always seems to be about next season.
  10. The only ice these guys want to see for the next week is in a high ball glass.
  11. How long’s Staal been out? Doesn’t look to be missed. Trade value better than staying value?
  12. Rod getting some coaching help?
  13. Martin Necas tearing it up at the Worlds: 3 games, 2 assists, 4 minor’s and a misconduct.
  14. I’m too far away to see the detail. Anyone anticipate this team, this season would be done before the new year? TD has waited too long. Why bother now? The teams issues look deeper than trading for one sniper at this point. Rod looks to be out of answers behind the bench and it seems JW is now the same. The win dance at home looks more hollow every week.
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