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  1. It is sort of fun looking back at the old bobble heads and remember the season or even gasp, "What?! That guy rated getting a bobble head?!?" I think my earliest Canes bobble heads was the set Hardies issued after the 2002 Stanley Cup finals season with Francis, Brindy, Jeff O'Neill and an Arturs Irbe bobble head! That was a cool set that came with a display stand and a faux signed team puck! We're there any Canes bobble heads issued earlier than those?
  2. I think NHL owners as a group make a lot more off of new franchise fees (see Vegas) than off of relocation of existing teams, but I have the same wonder/concern as one-timer. If Bettman announces that a new franchise is being awarded to Quebec in the next month or two, I'd feel better about the Canes new owner's long-term intentions.
  3. Finding that sweet spot in the lines where Skinner can ramp up even more the scoring will be a big season key. Speaking of Skinner, we just saw the new Spider-Man movie and Mrs. Storm said the actor playing Spidey looks and sounds a lot like Jeff Skinner. I have to agree! Too funny.
  4. Thanks top...I guess the upgrades were so, um, seamless, I must have missed them...lol
  5. Has anyone heard where these renovations stand? Were they approved and the work just hasn't started yet, or has this renovation plan fallen through? Before the games yesterday, Mrs. Storm and I were having a food and beverage in one of the concourse pub nooks and thinking about these planned renovations and how nice it would be to be having our booze and grub on the outdoor deck envisioned in the plans. PNC, while not a bad arena for its age, could use a refresh and some upgrades.
  6. Our TWC cable was out for about 5 or 6 days following Hurricane Matthew and in desperation to watch something, anything on TV, I bought a digital antennae. I just bought the cheapest one they had at Best Buy and was impressed with how many channels I got and the picture quality.
  7. That's exactly what Mrs. Storm said! LOL. We flipped over to Euro soccer for a few minutes...I happened to catch the XM NHL Radio replay of the first round this morning and tuned in right after the Julien Gauthier pick. The analyst panel said the Canes had a good draft with their two picks and were very high on Julien, almost over the top in praise. They said he's a big, physical presence in front of the net and he could be a fan favorite (I guess these were Canadian analysts, so I should say "favourite"). This is good, they added, as the Canes need a player to rally the fan base. They cautioned he is a goal scorer first and foremost and with his style of play he will have more goals than assists and the Canes will need to figure out who will be able to best feed him the puck. Defensively he is soft, but they said the Canes should not try to make him into something he's not and run with what he is. All in all, it was a nice segment on the player and the team and I was lucky to have just flipped it on at the right time.
  8. I'm going to co-opt this thread briefly to wish my fellow Canes fans a Happy 10th anniversary of the Stanley Cup win! That was such a memorable night and experience. Mrs. Storm asked me this morning what I wanted to do for Father's Day, I said, "Go tailgate at the arena..." lol
  9. RIP Mr. Hockey. Given there was a Howe connection with the franchise and RF's nice remarks today, it would be a great tribute if the Canes would wear some sort of Number 9 shoulder patch this season maybe with a subtle Whalers logo included in the design.
  10. Agree, John and Tripp are among the best, if not tops. I had Center Ice for years and was surprised at how poor some of the broadcast teams were as well as the weak overall production quality of some of them.
  11. It's hard to disagree, but I will to a point. Look, this team this season had very little chance of the playoffs, but up until the Faulk injury, they were still in the mix. NHL.com even had them as a 'might make it' feel-good story a couple weeks ago. Of course, that's all gone with the trade fire-sale now and appropriately so. To say that playoff missing will continue for another three years will mean a big failure of the coach, GM, and scouts. All of them failing is possible, for sure, but with the steps taken this season, I'm hoping (perhaps naively so) a little less likely.Attendance is the more troubling thing. The Hurricanes are DEAD LAST in the league by a HUGE MARGIN...more that 1200 less than the next worst team, Arizona. More that 1200 less!!! Even the long stretch of better play and playoff talk did little to improve attendance. Canes marketing did a major misstep and misreading of the market with the big off season price hikes. Even if the playoffs come sooner, will the fans return in big enough numbers to save the franchise? I'm no longer sure...
  12. I agree Kyrule, both on the advertising...wow! And on the hard work Joni must have put in to reach this point. He looked pretty good in that clip for his first game!
  13. Regarding watching the puck, even just doing that can be difficult and frustrating to someone new to the sport. I’m reminded of when my neighbor was over at my house when I was watching the Canes one time and he knew very little about hockey and was getting so frustrated because he was losing track of the puck but he could tell I didn’t have any problem. He said, “I don’t understand hockey, how you can enjoy watching it as I can’t even follow the puck!” He was a huge football fan, so I said, "When you’re watching football and it's 4th and inches and there’s a quarterback sneak. You never see the football, but you’re sure he made the first down. How do you know?" He said, “Well, you can tell by the offensive line, how they got a good push forward.” “O.K.” I continued, “the running back has the ball in his opposite arm from your viewpoint, you can’t see the ball but you’re sure he fumbled. How?” “You just know, you see guys scrambling on the ground, diving in and so on, so he must have fumbled.” “Right!” I said. “You don’t see the ball, but you know what’s going on because you know the game and understand the plays and positioning and everything. It’s the same with hockey, when you have that comprehension, losing sight of the puck will be no different than losing sight of the football!” It was a light bulb revelation for him. He hasn’t become a huge hockey fan, but did gain an appreciation from that exchange. The best advice I can give is patience, take it all in and this fast, seemingly disorganized frantic game will slow down as you gain more understanding. Maybe start by just watching the Canes powerplay, they move plenty slow...but I digress... I wish our team was better as attending a home win makes for a much better experience, but make the most of it! Enjoy!
  14. Ron was LOUD and he articulated so you could understand him. Most of the folks they've had since Ron are very mellow with the microphone making it hard to hear/understand all what of they're saying. I miss Ron the Ref, I miss the old goal song, I miss seeing Ric Flair on the jumbotron, I miss them playing "Let's Go Canes" at second intermission, I miss the Goodberry's vendor and....oh yeah, I MISS WINNING!!!
  15. "...in five of our losses we clearly were the better team but did not win,” Ron Francis told the News & Observer. “That’s 10 points. That’s the difference of where we are in the standings and where we could be." So there's that...?
  16. Surely we are the lucky ones, bluedevil I agree with 90% of yours and other posters on the Canes pricing strategy and general mess of things. I dropped from a full season ticket holder to an 11 game plan. We were just so tired of going to losing games and bad hockey, I can’t remember how many tickets we didn’t use last season or gave away because no one wanted to go, sad. The price increase almost made us drop STHs altogether. This season, I’m pleased with the 11 game decision, mainly because the Canes are 2-1 in the games I have attended so far and even with a half full arena, the atmosphere during and after a win is special. Where I guess I differ from some fans here is I thought before the season the Canes had close to zero chance of making the playoffs, so I am not nearly feeling the angst, anger and ‘woe is me, the season is lost’ feeling of others. It was lost before it started. I thought, and still think, the team is capable of making a run to finish around .500 but that’s about it. In the offseason, friends at work who were STHs or fans and wondering how much to invest in the season asked me what I thought: I said, “Be prepared for a lot of losses. Some bad hockey, but also some young talent that will be interesting to see develop. This season is about the future, not the now. No playoffs (again).” Today, I’d echo Coach Denny Green and say, “They are who we thought they were.” Miracles happen and I’ll still watch and go to the games and hope for the best, but do so with the reduced stress of no unrealistic expectations.
  17. Interesting parallel discussions we had going on about fish and the fanbase. What do they have in common? Ignore them for awhile and things begin to stink... Don Waddell's biggest decision as president was to 'up value' or 'right price' or whatever the term was for raising prices. From what I recall at the time, they knew (duh!) this would impact attendance and the number of STHs but thought it was necessary to restore the brand's value (Waddell wanted the Canes pricing strategy to be less like Walmart, more like Nordstrom). I have to believe, however, the hit is worse than they projected. The Canes are currently dead last in the league in average attendance, which is a stat made even worse considering we've had less than a handful of home games so the average is a little distorted on the upside by the opening night sellout! Attendance this year is way behind the two most often move rumored teams, Arizona and Florida, by about 1500. If the Canes can only draw a little over 9000 for Friday and weekend games, when the workweek games start, what are we looking at? 8000? 7500? Yikes!!! The fans have been supporting a sub-par product for years. Just two years ago, avg attendance was 15,483, ahead of 7 other teams. At the current pace, Canes attendance will be around what top AHL teams draw which is clearly unsustainable. Winning will help a whole lot, but I think their marketing, promotions, and pricing plans need to be redone as well. The fans have been fooled and ignored too much and, like the neglected fish, it stinks.
  18. My percentages are tripe, I agree...haha. I don't watch a lot of basketball, but do lots and lots of football and hockey and there's a clear difference in the number of times the team based on their play that game "didn't deserve to win" or "got the lucky breaks" or "good bounces" wins in hockey vs football. Quantifying that difference along with determining the proper scope of random variation would get someone a PhD. I will contribute 4 bits to the board's scholarship fund if it will help find someone to solve this conundrum....
  19. Interesting discussion! My view is compared to other real time versus sports like basketball and football, hockey does involve a lot more "luck" mostly due to the lack of scoring inherent in the game. In basketball, because of the ample scoring, the team that plays better THAT game wins probably 95+% of the time. They may not be the better team overall, just that they played best that night such that fluke plays and bad calls by the refs (i.e., "luck") are swallowed up by the 50+ other scoring plays. Football has less scoring, so a bizarre play or bad call plays a role in the outcome more often, but I'd still say the team that played better that game wins 90% or more. In hockey, 'luck' or whatever you wish to term it plays a much bigger role because scoring is so scarce. Maybe only 80% of the time does the team that plays better win as a goal from a fluke or bad call can be a major difference maker in the game. I think this big 'luck' element is an adjustment for fans that first come to the game from a football or basketball perspective. In fact for my friends that are more basketball or football fans than hockey, they tell me this aspect of the game is very frustrating!
  20. Just watching some NHL On The Fly this morning and they had their Top 10 Saves of the Week feature and Cam Ward had an amazing 3 of the Top 10! The two big saves versus the Caps were in there and the sprawling desperation save versus Colorado was Number One for the week. Impressive.
  21. I received an email from the Canes today announcing "Tickets for Turkeys" in the subject line. I'm like, "Good Lord, is THIS what they're calling us now?!?" It actually looks like a nice initiative, discount tickets with proceeds from the sales going to feed the local needy. But man, what a name, 'tickets for turkeys'...I was sure they were talking about me and the other saps that bought tickets this season...
  22. The slogan and ad logo was “Here to Play, Here to Stay” for the start of the season. I was at the Cane’s re-launch party at a Durham Bull’s game in August 2005 and actually still have the now much worse for the wear T-Shirt they gave away that day with that slogan featuring prominently on it. The recent October 2nd N&O had a look back feature on the Stanley Cup season that said, “Since the run to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2002 provoked a blossoming of the fan base, the Hurricanes had finished dead last in the NHL, missed the playoffs by 16 points and sat out an entire season, a state of affairs which contributed to the team’s marketing tagline that season: “Here to play, here to stay.”” “Whatever it Takes!” was definitely used that season during the playoffs and maybe rose at some point during the regular season as the team proved to be very good. I was thinking the phrase came from Coach Laviolette and maybe even inspired by Julia Rowe’s brave battle with leukemia that season which was an inspiration for both the coach and the team, I can’t remember for sure.
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