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  1. Red_Storm

    Thank God

    I'm not sure the Almighty had a hand in it but, nevertheless, it is good that it got done...
  2. If it's a torn muscle, he's likely gone for the remainder. This sure sounds like a nail in the coffin for this team's struggling chance for an 06-07 bid...argh!
  3. The Hurricane fan base includes proportionally a LOT more families with children than typically found in other NHL cities. Fans visiting the RBC from other arenas notice that right off. Kids in school and weeknight games are not a good combination, so there is a normal reduction in turnout for those games.
  4. Yes, average attendance is 17,189 versus 15,596 last year (and only 12,171 the season before!). Of course, NHL "attendance" figures are misleading. But it's the same for all teams. Many times in watching Wings games, for example, I see Joe Louis arena at about 60% full in the lower bowl only to see that they had another "sell out" on the stat sheet after the game. :roll:On Center Ice, the RBC looked reasonably full for a weeknight game. The announcers really didn't say much one way or another about the crowd that I could recall.
  5. This is being reported by The Hockey News from the GM meetings in Florida: The article also says that those teams that are "selling" are asking the ranch and the GMs that are interested in "buying" say the market is too high. If we have to give up any kind of high price against our future for a rent-a-player, I think JR is wise to resist.http://www.thehockeynews.com/en/news/news.asp?idNews=23541
  6. Having a sale to get some talent and have a better chance to look up Whitney and other FAs does have some appeal. The future for this team continues to look good. However, like Motorcat, I'm not prepared to give up on this season yet. The 'cat is correct in pointing out Edmonton last year as an example of "anything can happen" in the playoffs. I'd also like to remind all that Carolina slumped into the playoffs last year. We were playing, by far, the worst extended stretch of hockey we had all season going into the playoffs (and it continued into the first couple games of the Montreal series.) As I recall, that season ended up pretty well. :wink:
  7. I'm middle-of-the-road on this one. I have never left a game early, even the 9-0 shellacking we took at the hands of Atlanta last season. My reasoning? I paid for the seats and I figure my odds of seeing something exciting or interesting in the last few minutes of the game (a fight, a strange play, an injury, a miraculous comeback, etc.) are greater than my odds of seeing something interesting or exciting waiting in the parking lot to leave. A few minutes earlier on the road doesn’t mean much. On the other hand, if I’m watching at home, I usually have no problem switching the channel early in disgust (as I did last night). There’s no cost to do so and I figure my odds are greater of finding something more enjoyable or interesting on another channel or around the house than suffering through the game to the bitter end. Sounds sort of strange, perhaps. Does anyone else follow this kind of weird protocol?
  8. I haven't seen the rink in person, but the photos of it look pretty cool. Here's a couple of shots of the rink populated with Red Wings and Leafs figures featuring Hull firing a shot and Yzerman delivering a check:http://www.spawn.com/news/hockey_rink_photo_09_dl.html http://www.spawn.com/news/hockey_rink_photo_10_dl.html
  9. Nice recap...I will add that Whitney also was not in practice. To compensate for all the missing forwards, Hutchinson and Seidenberg both dressed and practiced (mostly) as forwards.Cole seemed fine until he took a pretty mean hit and spill in the left corner (where the Canes shoot once during games) during a drill. He got up gingerly, went down to the ice to stretch for a bit, and seemed to be fighting his way through the rest of practice after that. marmiste mentioned the glove and stick drill that Jeff Daniels had (primarily) LaRose and Adams doing. LaRose was very good at it while Adams never could get the hang of it -- falling down on two of the attempts while trying to get around the glove. EDIT: Oh, one more thing -- Kaberle had a nasty looking black eye. Did he have that during the Montreal game? I couldn't recall.
  10. I get Washington's Birthday off, so I'll likely be there. I think General Washington would approve. With his size and strength (not to mention missing his teeth), I imagine he could have been a pretty mean power forward in his day...
  11. The NHL recognized Rod's night a bit by naming him the number three star for all the NHL's action on Saturday. Their write up says: http://www.nhl.com/nhl/app?page=ThreeStarsPage&service=page
  12. Good point Offsides. While I think our forecheck has been pretty good over the last couple weeks in grinding it out in the corner and behind the net, the pattern of getting three guys behind the net drives me crazy. What often happens is an easy breakout for the other team as the D-men are forced to retreat from the blue line to the neutral zone or else a 2 or 3 on 1 is an almost certainty.
  13. Atlanta should be coming into the RBC next week with a VERY fragile psyche, having just tonight lost their division lead that they've held most of the season. If the Canes can do something at home that they haven't done it awhile, namely score some quick goals in the first period, I think the Thrashers are ripe for a collapse.
  14. (Lord Stanley's Blog) Thanks Carolinax2...I also like Cole's tounge-in-cheek comment:
  15. SPSO is SportSouth (formerly Turner South). They're the broadcast network for the Thrashers. (Which also means that Center Ice should pick up the game.)
  16. Funny but a good point! ... I did a quick check at the Versus site, and the Flyers are actually 3 wins, 2 losses on the Versus national games this season. I could not find their NBC record, but I know they beat the Thrashers on NBC right after the all-star break.
  17. Well put Hoyle. Let's face it, Pittsburgh is the most exciting, hottest team in hockey to watch down this recent stretch of play with huge offensive talent. The thing questionable about the switch here is Philly as the opponent -- a blow-out is likely which tends to be a ratings turn off in any sport (unless it's Tiger Woods).
  18. Just noticed this update, mostly good news, in the N&O's Lord Stanley's Blog:
  19. Sometimes if we are short on forwards, Lavi will dress a defenseman as a forward. He'll do this to even up the forward lines. I remember the practice after the all-star game Lavi had Tanabe and Seidenberg play forward since Staal and Willie hadn't made it back in town yet. He may pick his offensive-defenseman to dress forward at times. It'll be nice to see the Iceberg back out there, but too bad it had to come at the cost of loosing Hedican. :? You're correct Colesy, Hutch will likely fill in as a forward as a band-aid. The opposite has been the case in the past: Didn't Cole play defenseman last year during a game when a couple of our D-men got hurt?
  20. No arena...even in the lofty Ice Cathedrals of the Great White North…has fans that are thrilled when their home team performs very poorly, is down by three goals, and saves their worst play for the third period. In EVERY arena, in those circumstances, some 'fans' will boo and others will leave early -- only the quantity of those actions may vary from place to place.
  21. here ya go... straight from the hurricanes club this AM: "We sent a new list of our customers to the NHL about a month ago because we were receiving so many phone calls and e-mails about people not getting the magazines. They were going to update their database for the next shipments for us. " Seems when the Red Storm asks a question, things really get moving...nice, nice... :wink:
  22. Thanks Topshelf, well put. On the injury front, don't forget Brindy who is clearly a wounded warrior and has only been able to play at about 80% for many weeks now due to the nagging foot issue, etc. Back to your main point: We all agree, I think, that good starting players and chemistry between them contribute to winning. Surely, then, not having those starters hurts chemistry, hurts consistency. Is this the sole cause of losing? No! But neither is simply saying losses are all due to "poor effort" or "lack of heart" or "Tanabe" or some such intangible as can be read over and over in various threads. Given the overall obstacles faced, fighting for a playoff spot at this point ain't bad....we could easily have been down there with the Flyers. I believe "health" will determine this team's consistency of performance down the stretch at least as much as any other factor. Unfortunately, that factor doesn't look promising at the moment.
  23. Who are you and what team have you been watching? I can see to a certain extent how it may be a blessing in disguise since it'll give other guys a chance to prove why they belong here, but you can't say he's a bad defenseman. Aging yes, bad no. Hedican is no worse than the rest of the lot. This team is built around offense. As a group, I would speculate there is no team in the league that has less of a dropoff from the play of their "best" defensemen to their "worst" than us . We have a blandly average blueline group -- especially when looking at purely "D" play. I will concede there is a big difference when factoring in their offensive ability (though, to date, they've all stunk at finding the net).
  24. Has anyone heard anything about when the litho will be available this year? There's not many games left to pick it up if you're a ten-gamer.
  25. Atlanta appears to be in free-fall and, if anyone has watched them on Center Ice, their game is just awful lately. They've only had one requlation win in their last ten and have been giving up a huge number of goals. It's Tampa that most concerns me for the Division title. They're 8-2 in their last 10 and seem to be able to score at will.
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