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  1. The Commish announced at the draft that the new target start date for the 2020-2021 season is January 1st, so I guess it will be just a 2021 season. The press release said they’re still shooting for a ‘full regular season’ but I’m not sure that’s logistically possible to have and still award the Cup before the Summer Olympics start, which seems a fixed season end point due to NBC broadcasting obligations.
  2. I’m not sure where the ‘local boundary’ is for the blackout region either. A little story: I confess I have always had the cord and got for many years the Center Ice package, which was great to see all the league games. Canes games were blacked out, but there were exceptions. It may be hard to believe today, but not all Canes games used to be carried by Fox Sports. About a half dozen or so games had no local TV broadcast, so the only way to get those games was on Center Ice because they would carry the Canes away team broadcast when there was no local TV. Once Fox Sports started carrying all the Canes games, I ended up dropping Center Ice...but do miss it sometimes on nights when there’s nothing to watch and I could be watching hockey!
  3. I agree that, unfortunately, Lavi is a good fit and solid hire for the Caps
  4. Here’s my sales pitch for canesfan1977: If you collect Canes bobbleheads and don’t have the Hardee’s set, that’s the one I’d recommend to get from canesfan1977. Four bobbleheads, a facsimile autographed puck and a cool display stand for them all. I don’t think Canes bobbleheads have had anything like that since.
  5. So are they changing their name to the Chicago WolvesPack? 😜😂
  6. The Miami Herald is reporting Charlotte will become the affiliate for the Florida Panthers. https://www.miamiherald.com/sports/article245507380.html
  7. Those Nike commercials were great, my favorite was the one with the French Canadian goalie who had to become a taxi driver due to Mats Sundin.
  8. Certain parts of the hockey world will NEVER EVER accept Carolina as belonging in the League. Screw them. And frankly some of our fan base are NASCAR-loving rednecks—I can’t be sure of their marital relations!—but I’ve enjoyed meeting and chatting with many of them at tailgates and other Canes events. Most of them embraced the “Redneck Hockey” moniker the rest of the League intended as an insult to Canes fans years ago much like the more recent crop of Canes fans embraced being known as fans of “A Bunch of Jerks.” Having said that, as I mentioned in another thread, I had never heard the expression “Dear Gussie!” before so didn’t know it’s southern roots. I expect a lot of people don’t as it appears an archaic exclamation.
  9. It made me laugh the first time he said it, and the Canes won a big game. Look, it’s no more corn-ball as “Hey, Hey, Whaddaya Say!” but shorter, which is good. I’ll cut Mike some slack and vote “Like it”
  10. I grew up as a Cardinals fan and fell asleep many a night listening to Jack Buck and Mike Shannon call the Cards games. Shannon was known to drink a Busch beer or two...or three or twelve during the games and some of those broadcasts with Buck and a hammered Mike Shannon were most amusing!
  11. Not sure about any of those guys mentioned, to me Anson Carter is still the greatest Cane trade deadline acquisition...!!
  12. Not sure about the “dramatically” part of the production drop for O’Neill, he scored 44 goals in his final two seasons in Carolina and 39 in his subsequent (and final) two years in Toronto, pretty close. Actually, in both seasons with Toronto, he scored more goals each season and about the same number of assists as in his final year in Carolina. His final year in the league, he scored 20 goals, not bad. But I confess, yes, I have a soft spot for O’Neill, he’s one of my early Canes favorites! 😉
  13. I just hope Big Rig isn't reading this and conflating the two and yells something like this for the next goal-- "WELL YOU CAN SHAVE MY BACK WITH A RUSTY RAZOR, JACOB SLAAAAVIN WITH THE GOOOOOOAL!" 😲😂
  14. With my noise cancelling headphones, I sometimes listen to local radio when mowing the grass on the weekends. I usually listen to weekend sports or sports talk but there’s not much of that on of interest these days, so I wandered on the AM dial the other weekend and there was a local financial investment show with three or four people talking about stocks and portfolios and whatnot and lo and behold guess who was one of the panelists? Chuck Kaiton!!! I listened for about 20 minutes and it was sad. Chuck was clearly out of his element, trying to add an anecdote or touch of humor here and there, but it came off as cringe-worthy.
  15. Houston is a more attractive market than Raleigh. Of course, Houston is more attractive than a lot of current NHL cities. What keeps Dundon put? One thing in the short run was the Raleigh market proved that put a decent product on the ice and the fans would return. Attendance this year was way up from last season which was up solidly from the year before. Had the fans not returned in numbers and passion, that could’ve been a green light to bolt, but realizing there was a latent fan base here eager to return buys some time for now. The investment and infrastructure in having a top line practice facility will help anchor the team here, but the arena is an issue that needs addressing.
  16. Well, the Penguins have dealt with a virus rampaging through their team before in the fairly recent past. Arguably the league‘s best player at the time, Sydney Crosby, even came down with the virus. This was a highly infectious virus but it had a very effective vaccine and Crosby had been vaccinated, but still got the virus anyway. Will the initial COVID-19 vaccine be anywhere near as effective as the mumps vaccine? Unlikely, so even when there is a vaccine, figuring out the risk levels and those ‘what if’ contingency plans when someone gets sick will be on-going by the league planners perhaps for years...
  17. And that view of risk changes over time in response to real or imagined changes in the threat. After 9/11 some in the media and many people said there would never be mass gatherings again, no Super Bowl could ever be held, people wouldn’t fly, people would not want to go in tall buildings. Years later, looking at air traffic numbers and mass gathering gate receipts, etc., it was like 9/11 never happened! What changed? A lot had to do with the perception that the risk was less or the realization that the risk of any one mass gathering being attacked and result in death or injury was always small. Also changed was there was at least the appearance of safety, TSA seizing your bottle of water or shaving gel, of course, makes nothing safer, but adds to an illusion of safety, that the risk is less. The same with metal detectors and screenings at PNC Arena. If someone intended to do premeditated harm to PNC Arena attendees, would those security measures prevent it? Doubtful, but the appearance of those checkpoints gives an illusion of reducing risk and making folks feel comfortable, normal. Likewise we’ll see mask wearing by service providers and encouragement for others to wear them, temperature checkpoints at entrances to businesses and workplaces, random testing, sanitizers everywhere, where to stand markings on the floor, etc. Some of these measures will be of dubious ability to actually prevent someone from getting the virus, anymore than taking your shaving cream will prevent the airplane from being blown up, but it will make many folks feel safer, reducing their perception of risk.
  18. He took 16+ minutes to cover something he could’ve done effectively in 5 or less, but some interesting nuggets in there. One is the reminder of what a ridiculously sweetheart TV deal the NBA has. With the pandemic shutdown, NHL is in pickle with both the CBA and TV contract expiring the same year—doesn’t seem like good life cycle timing there Mr. Bettman.
  19. Minor leagues, in all sports, have different operating revenue sources than their major league counter-parts. The minor leagues depend significantly on gate receipts, so operating without fans is really a non-starter. The NFL, with its huge TV revenue stream, likely could operate for a long time with no or limited fans. The NHL, not as much. Those planning and scenario analysis meetings at league headquarters must be something...
  20. This makes me think Fencing is the perfect COVID-19 sport— You’re required to wear gloves. You’re required to wear a mask. And if someone gets within six feet of you, you stab them!!! 😜
  21. I was there too, sales were brisk and Waddell even loaded one of the cases in my vehicle. I wasn’t sure if I was supposed to tip him... 🤔😂
  22. I agree, young teams will have an advantage. I also think the teams that play in the play-in series will have an advantage over those with the bye. Will it happen? We’ll see. UFC has matches this weekend, NASCAR races the following week, Indy Car and the PGA in June, MLB and NBA are both looking at July. If the NHL is shooting for an August Stanley Cup tournament, they’ll have some time to take notes on what works or doesn’t in these other sports.
  23. I read—well, ok, skimmed—about six or so articles yesterday that said pretty much the same thing. Here’s one from the NY Post for example: https://nypost.com/2020/05/07/nhl-restart-would-go-directly-into-24-team-stanley-cup-tournament/. I don’t recall if any of them really directly cited the source of their info but it may have been from players and what they’re hearing from the League, The Minneapolis StarTribune had this good update from Dubnyk, the Wild’s union rep https://www.startribune.com/wild-s-dubnyk-on-nhl-restart-i-m-not-interested-in-packing-up-and-going-away/570287352/ on what he’s hearing and general outlook.
  24. Several reports indicate the NHL is looking at jumping right into the playoffs to finish the season: “NHL has shifted its reopening plan from completing the regular season to heading right into a 24-team playoff field that would include a best-of-three play-in round (involving 16 teams).”
  25. Me and Mrs. Storm have taken the train to Charlotte a couple times over the years for Checkers games and to do other city stuff while there, pretty convenient way to get there for those in Raleigh that haven’t done it. A break in the Canes affiliation is unfortunate. I guess, from the reports, Chicago was a better financial deal and perhaps the Chex played a game of chicken that the ‘One Carolina’ marketing would win out. Still it is too bad, I liked having the in state affiliate, but can’t blame the Canes for going with a better deal.
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