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  1. As much as I wanted someone to light up Thornton, and it appeared Martinook tried to get in there, this is professional sports. You don't retaliate on a play where you're going on a power play in a tie game. I would have liked to see someone take a run at him (legally) later on, just to send a little message, but that is "fan thinking", not "trying to win a championship" thinking. Retaliating there would have been awesome.....as a fan. As a pro, it's stupid and selfish. Teams with selfish players don't win. I'll take the W.
  2. You know, sometimes it seems like a team just has your number....for us, it's the Flyers this year. We simply look terrible against them....always. I mean, sure, we just came off a three game road sweep. And I'd sure take a 3 to 1 win ratio any day, but we can't afford to suck against them since they're in our division and we'll possibly see them in the playoffs. The need to sort this "division thing" out. The only division we are under a .500 winning percentage in is ours!
  3. Wow.....you guys make it sound like we just got swept in the Eastern Conference Finals.... No wait. That actually happened and most of you were much easier on the team than you are right now. So, let's put this in perspective. On Nov 10th of last year, we were 7-7-3 and 10th in the East. We went to the ECF after being 10 points back in JANUARY! That does not happen....ever. Except it did. So, to be in the same place, but with a better record than last year, I'm far from worried at this point in the season. I mean, did anyone realistically think we'd jump out front and lead the conference wire to wire? I guess what I'm saying is care about the team, of course. Ponder changes, and all that good stuff. But relax! It's a marathon, not a sprint. And given our current position, we're okay....for now.
  4. I'm not concerned about the team's play or the leadership. Considering we were 6-7-2 on Nov 6th last year (with the leadership everyone can't seem to let go of in place) and the third worst team in the conference, I have NO issue with how the Canes are doing. So we laid an egg. It happens. It's also a long season. If you told me in September we'd be sitting where we are today, I'd have laughed. I'd have laughed even harder if you told me we'd be 4 games over .500, Haula would be leading the team in points/goals and we'd be doing it without Aho, who would only have 5 goals (2 of those empty netters). I was hoping for a .500 record by the end of October to keep us on pace for the season. This team is good and they're for real. That ridiculous run last year was not a fluke and it's carried into this season.
  5. How soon we all forget that we used to suck...like, really bad, and in recent memory. Now, we're off to the best start in franchise history and here we are talking about "getting to the next level" and whether or not an aging player who is a great leader, but hasn't committed to the team this year is the "leadership answer" to what this club needs. I like that it isn't enough for fans and we want to win really bad. I love it. But consider that we are playing well and haven't even seen production from our top guys yet. So check me if I'm wrong, Sandy, but if we kill the leadership in place, we kill the team. I LOVE JW, but if we can't do it with the squad we have, one player likely isn't the difference. The fact that JW is "on the fence", despite everything he has done for the team, is selfish. He should have started the season if he wanted to play. The fact that he isn't the difference if he plays well (my opinion), what if the worst case scenario happens? What if he joins the team 20 games in and sucks......then what? Are we really going to give minutes to a 38 yr old player who isn't producing when we already have a solid team in place? So, having said that, I'm done with the JW scenario. If he joins, great. If he doesn't, that's fine too because he is not the difference between a Cup and an early exit. You go to war with the Army you have.....
  6. We absolutely, 100% need to stop with the lazy minor penalties! We do that and we'll get even better! We keep letting teams stay in games by giving up PP goals. It's hard to drive the offense down a man. Let's be smarter! Go Canes!
  7. Good game last night! Let's keep it rolling! On a side note, this schedule is the epitome of ridiculousness. LA...then SJ with no rest....then back to LA (Anaheim)? Then 5 days off and they stay on the road for one more game against Columbus? They'll get to go home for a few days in between, but *edit*? Go Canes!
  8. Yes! But this is textbook, fundamental hockey, nothing "special" or "tricky" about it. It's interesting how a relatively recent former player and now coach (HCRB) is making sure his guys are fundamentally sound. If you had to describe to someone with zero hockey knowledge what to do on the ice to score, you would say, "Get the goalie moving and go to the net." On the PP this is a lot easier since you therorictially have an open man. And one thing I've noticed the team doing this year that they weren't doing as well last year is....going to the front of the net. Both on the PP and while even. Nice to see, fun to watch! We will eventually hit a losing streak. Every team does, but this nice little start helps offset that really well.
  9. About 10 years ago.... or however long ago it was that Pittsburgh played at The Igloo.... John: "Here we are at the Igloo getting ready for the second game this season between the Hurricanes and the Pittsburgh Penguins...." Tripp: "(silent pause).....you ever been in a REAL igloo?" The delivery was gold and me and my wife still laugh about it. So random, so Tripp. Have spoken with the guy several times away form hockey. We used to both frequent a certain late night breakfast spot. Super nice guy.
  10. Totally agree. Remember when everyone got all bent about Jack Johnson not signing and staying at Michigan? He is a decent player, but he's a career -114 and was WAY overrated on his upside as an NHLer. He was supposed to be "the next Bobby Orr" or something.... He wasn't even the next *insert good d-man here*, and it likely cost him a cup in 2006.....which he has never won, by the way.....
  11. For what it's worth, there was a carbon fiber knee brace hanging in his locker area behind him during his post game interview last night..... Don't know if that's normal gear for him or not, but I'd never noticed it before.
  12. I'm pretty sure I have a team photo "pre-Rod" with Jeff Brown and someone else (Sean HIll?) doing it.....I think. But either way, hockey players have been reversing gloves in team photos since they started wearing gloves! Haha! And it's still funny for some reason! Go Canes!
  13. I was referring more to the fact that the guy that leaked the Ottawa team guys trashing their coach was an Uber driver......I'd never get into an Uber again if I was a player.
  14. I think we are because I think you also have to look at the parity in the league to make that comparison. This time last season (Nov 1st) we were 11 points behind the top team in the Eastern Conference (Tampa Bay). Right now, we're only 4 points behind the top team (Tampa again, go figure). To me that's a 7 point net gain to this point, not 1 point as you eloquently stated. I just think a direct comparison in relation to the other teams each season is a better look than a comparison against yourself season to season. We did finish 14 points out of a wildcard spot last season, so let's hope we can keep up with the rest of the league!
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