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  1. Red_Storm

    New Mask

    The mask looked pretty cool in the glimpses I could see when they gave a close-up on Cam in the broadcast. Interesting he went with a North Carolina theme...is he trying to copy Graham, who said his 'bikini babes and NASCAR car' mask was a tribute to NC? :wink:
  2. Cousin Jeff, thanks for posting. That first one is so laugh out loud funny!
  3. The way they funnel the traffic out of there, I doubt you will be able to drive into RBC after the game. However, Damon's is probably closer than some of the spots they force you to park at anyway. Still, it is a bit of a walk from Damon's to the player exit.
  4. As I recall, JR looked into effecting a trade for their pick (that they eventually used to draft lil' Staalie), but either the Pens asking price was too high or they simply weren't interested.
  5. Thanks for posting. Wow, an A-....maybe a smidge higher than I'd give them to date, but I agree with his "respectful position" remark considering the inhumane number of injuries. Hopefully, we'll have a healthy, rested Brindy and Wallin and the return of Kaberle all back for that first home game after the All Star break. It will be like what Opening Night should have been. If 'Canes management were smart, they would market that game as "Opening Night 2"..... Errr, wait, had one of those didn't we?? "Opening Night 3" anyone?? :mrgreen:
  6. Much better than the earlier "tucked in" plan that the owners thankfully stood up and showed some integrity by telling Bettman "NO!" I agree with an earlier post that so long as the "template" design isn't mandated to all teams, these aren't too bad...
  7. Funny, inda, I was thinking exactly the same thing!! And, even if they did show them, I was thinking they would have probably introduced them as "Eric Staal and Erik Cole of the Carolina Hurricanes which, of course, are the former Hartford Whalers..." :-)
  8. Sadly....we still stink. Let's go with an all D-man lineup for our next shootout, argh! :roll:
  9. Tanabe's play of late has helped his trade value as he'll be dealt with Kaberle's return. JR has already gone on record saying he will be trading for a forward before the deadline. I see Tanable being paired with Letowski in a deal for whatever gem the Flyers want to give us this time.
  10. I think, given: > The cost we signed Graham for, > Other goalies that were available at the time, and > His play to date it was (another) great move by JR to get Graham. That said, though, Cam is clearly the man.
  11. 13 sellouts in 23 home games (if I counted correctly) so far -- and a handfull of the sellouts were SRO. Probably not as good as what Cane's management whould have hoped for, but a big jump from last year. The honeymoon following the Stanley Cup win does wonders for attendance as this team is to date not nearly as much fun to watch as last year's regular season squad.
  12. According to the N&O's "Lord Stanley's Blog", the breakaway/shootout was a focus at practice today. Here's a bit of the blog: The full piece is found here: http://blogs.newsobserver.com/canes/index....1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1
  13. Don't know if it's been mentioned, but the thing I've noticed about goaltenders that struggle a bit in the shootout is that they don't play the shooter any different than in normal play. By that, I mean in normal play the goalie is concerned about making the save, yes, but he is also worried about making a clean save, no rebound or at least directing the rebound away from the slot. In the shootout, it doesn't matter where the rebound goes. So long as the puck doesn't rebound in the net, when the goalie touches the puck the round is essentially over. That's a different mentality for the goalie. He doesn't have to play the directed rebound which can open up more net sometimes; rather, he can rebound it directly back to the shooter if that's the easiest play. Also, I think the goalies that get into a "shootout mode" are those that agressively challenge and USE THEIR STICK. The poke check is oh so effective a weapon for the goalie in the shootout but is risky in normal play (i.e., because the poked puck could go basically anywhere and the net would be open for a shot). In a shootout, when the puck is poked, play over. Watch how agressively the effective shootout goalies make use of their stick when the shooter gets close.
  14. Yes, I'd heard that too. The "tucked in" look would be awful -- well, except for the quarter tuck in the rear that Brindy uses . If all they're going to do now is change the fabric without changing the overall look of the jersey design or how it's worn, I suppose that's fine. Note to Mr. Bettman - We don't want our NHL players to be dressed looking like they belong on the PGA Tour!
  15. I'm not sure if this is part of the answer or not, but season ticket holders (including mini-plan holders) can buy additional individual tickets to all the games at any time. I suppose that's a perk if the general public can only buy them up to two months in advance. I can't imagine that the team sells more tickets doing it this way versus opening up the whole season to everyone as you say they do in Buffalo and Pittsburgh.
  16. I agree with the sandhiller, frustrated but hopeful. Actually, if I were a Thrasher fan (I suppose there does exist such a thing??), I'd be a little nervous about their consistency. Atlanta hasn't exactly been solid night in and night out. So, with some better play, a third place seed (as Division champ) for the Canes is not a bizarre stretch.
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    Yes, they kept the jumbotron camera on him for a long time -- I'd say 40 to 50 seconds or more, but he wasn't looking at the camera or the big screen. People all around him were yelling, banging the glass, etc., trying to get him to look up at the Jumbotron and acknowledge the birthday greetings. He finally did and by that time I do believe, unfortunately for him, the puck was in play... And to all you knocking Tripp as some sort of mental midget, part of it may be just an act. The guy was a goaltender for four years at Harvard University, which I understand is a pretty good school... :wink:
  18. I agree with cheapseats, Esche was the huge difference. And the crowd was very, very energetic...almost playoff intensity.I'm as disappointed as any in the outcome, but thought this was just one of those games where we clearly outplayed the other team and didn't get the result. A bad, bad turnover by Brindy for a breakaway goal and a misplayed puck behind the net by Ward for two goals. Esche, on the other hand, saved (at least) two goals with his back.
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    The players seem to like him and I think he's at his best in player interviews, often able to get an amusing remark if not something insightful. In fact, when he interviews opposing team players, they seem to be receptive to Tripp as well (smiling, talkative) more so than other broadcasters get with in opposing player interviews I see on Center Ice. The exception was Tripp's interview of Serge Federov last year. I thought Federov was going to kill Tripp...it was so awkward for Tripp, but most amusing to watch!
  20. Given the short off-season, the less than favorable first half schedule, and the incredible amount of injuries, I am reasonably pleased with a 5th place conference standing. The off-season moves of trading Oleg and Joe were of modest benefit, Walker in particular has been productive and good for team chemistry. All in all, I'd give a grade around a B or B+.
  21. Last season, the notice didn't go out to season ticket holders about the lithograph until January 12th. So, we should be hearing something on that front soon. Any ideas on who the player depicted on the litho will be? Based on trying to figure out the rationale for the first five in the series, my guess would be Erik Cole. Any other guesses or does any one know?
  22. Christmas greetings to all. Here's a question, best hockey movie to watch (or receive as a gift) for Christmas? My picks are: For kids: The Mighty Ducks For all: Miracle For adults: Slap Shot (with Mystery, Alaska as second choice) For the Caniac: 2006 Stanley Cup DVD -- watched it last night for like the 15th time...!
  23. I sure hope this silly thing doesn't come to a vote. The six divisions now are pretty compact geographically and play eight games versus each other ... how will these bigger divisions "save" travel costs? While I would like to see it worked out where more interconference play can occur, I think the current division structure is just beginning to show promise.
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    Oh yes, I thought they looked familiar. They were discussing making one of the figures of a Hurricane (I am not sure who) a while back, I dont know if it's in the process or if they came out with it yet. I like to collect the Montreal Canadiens ones though, I don't have to do any fixing to them because there are so many and they're beautiful =] The ones you made though are very nice aswell, you did a fantastic job! ive done a custom patrick roy in a canadiens jersey....they were supposed to do a eric staal but they postponed doing the figure. According to the latest I could find on the Macfarlane website, Eric Staal is supposed to be released with the "NHL 15" series slated to hit the shelves in late June 2007.
  25. Just players and coaches....for the players use home jersey (for the red cards) and away jersey shots (black cards) that should get you pretty close to a full deck.
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