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  1. The combination of Abby Labar with Shane Willis seems to work very well in the pregame, intermission and postgame slots. Perhaps their time on screen could be increased. I did not miss John as much as I thought I would. Mike may be a little behind the game but so am I. Tripp can fill in with detailed analysis. When he does it all seems to come together.
  2. If Williams had suffered a physical injury that required surgery and several months of rehabilitation, we would not question his absence early in the season and would welcome him back when he was ready. Mentally, he appears just not to be ready at this time to make a full commitment to play. If and when he returns, it should be treated with the enthusiasm and respect he is due.
  3. I believe he was the best 3rd Line Center we ever had. Any other nominees?
  4. Mrazek and McElhinney have now played in 33 games resulting in 37 points (1.12 points per game or about 10 points ever 9 games). If they continue at this pace over the next 41 games, they will add 46 points. For the team, the projected finish would be 89 points. Notably, if the 1.12 points per game was for the entire 82 game season, the projected finish would have been 92 points. What is now needed over the second half of the season to be in contention for a playoff spot is 10 points every 8 games, a difficult task. If a move is to be made to increase the offense, it must be done now.
  5. Is the proper assumption that if we need to call up a goalie from Charlotte it would be Darling?
  6. I remember former head coach Kirk Muller being asked once again about the failure of the Hurricanes power play. His response was simply "...maybe they just can't do it".
  7. If Kaiton took over both an expanded pre-game broadcast and redid the post-game broadcast, he could add interest and competence to both.
  8. During his rookie year, did Skinner play on a line with Eric Cole?
  9. Regarding “classless” comment - 3/14/05 Jeff O’Neill arrested for DDI and disorderly conduct. Check the story for other details.
  10. Season ticket holders may have been expecting a decrease in ticket prices as an expression of their loyalty, instead they will be given a new general manager.
  11. More on Darling and who may share responsibility for his performance. Form "THE GOALIE COACH TEN COMMANDMENTS" ENCOURAGE THE GOALIE TO EXPAND THEIR COMFORT ZONE The goalie's job is no longer to just save pucks from going into the net. They must be offensive players as well; stick handling, passing, shooting, playing the puck. Goals will be scored against them when they attempt these new moves during the game. It is your job as the coach to encourage them and boost their moral when a goal is scored against them expanding their comfort zone. The future pluses far out weight the negatives. So get your goalies active in game play. Darling has been asked (told) to do several things he did not do in Chicago. The most obvious is his play behind the net. Less obvious is his play in front of the net with increased emphasis on stick work. There has been a discussion on why he was left in so long against Toronto - a message for him or a message for the rest of the team. Equally - or more likely - it was a message for Mike Bales.
  12. At what point can the success / failure of Ward / Darling be a function of their goaltender coach?
  13. Others have commented on the fact that the current GF-GA is now in positive territory. What should also be noted that in the entire history of the franchise since moving to North Carolina, only four teams have finished the season with a positive GF-GA. It could be stated - using this statistic alone - that the current team is tied for the 4th best in their two decade presence in NC.
  14. The 2002 - 2003 Hurricanes finished the season with 61 points, 171 goals for, 240 goals against, GF-GA -69. Based on the play to date, the projected numbers for an 82 game season are 68 points, 171 goals for, 239 goals against, GF-GA -68. If not for the 3 points games, the Hurricanes would be looking forward to a 58 point season and with that the worst recornd since coming to North Carolina.
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