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  1. Cam got his start when the number 1 wasn't getting it done. It's time for Ellis to prove whether or not he can be another #1 again. Cam's just too inconsistent and is not performing at the level we expect of him. He should sit until Ellis stumbles, if he does. Time is too short this season to keep starting Cam in an attempt to try to show confidence in him for his self esteem. He's had enough games that he did't dome through when we needed him to, that he needs to sit as the #2 until such time that he's needed and then see if he can re-earn his number 1 status. It shouln't be a foregone conclusion at this point.
  2. I concur. Your points are right on target. Also, I don't think Eric is showing either the leadership, energy, or effort that his astronomical salary should generate. In a small market, with a self restrictive budget, his share of avaialable money means he needs to produce even more than if he was in a larger market where more talent can be hired to pick up some of the responsibilities. He just does not have the leadership skills that will help motivate the team, especially when he struggles so much trying to find his own motivation.
  3. Cam seems to do pretty good during gmaes on 1 on 1 attempts, but it seems to me that he has really struggled in shootouts over the last few years. Does anyone know what his record is and how does this stack up against other goalies in the league? I get nervous when we get to shootouts because it seems we rarely win them. Not only do we have trouble scoring, but it seems a rarity that Cam shuts the other guys down. A few years ago, he use to commit way too early. Now he just seems to get beat high and low way too often. I think he thinks too much about defending in shootouts and just reacts on 1 on 1 attempts and his instinctive reactions work out a lot better. Comments?
  4. Effort should be there every night and noticible no matter who you're playing with especially if the discussion is about leadership qualities. Maybe we should have given his linemates more of his cash. I am still in awe of JR's rational that he couldn't afford Cole, but he could pay a washed up Kaberle what he's getting (especially after our experience with his brother).
  5. This is a great opporltunity for the whole organization to re-energize. This team has talent and hopefully the new coaching directives well help us gel and play like we know we can. This team has looked awesome at times this year and it's time to get the consistency to make that the norm rather than the exception. Motivation will be the key.
  6. A lot of the discussions about Staal's problems keep flying around his lack of quality linemates. A true leader would be showing 100% effort regardless of whose on the line with him. The results might still not be there, but the effort should always be there. With Staal, it's not. He should definitely take a page from Skinner's book and take notice of how that boy gives it all just about everytime he's on the ice and jumps back into the thick of it whenever he encounters obstacles. This is not a problem that's unique to this year either. Staal has a history of going through extended periods of uneplained funk most years. There are just too many times where he looks tired, listless, or just plain lost out there, skating around in circles waiting for someone to get him the puck. Relentless is what the 2005-2006 mantra was and that's what Staal as a leader needs to show if he is to be the Captain and face of the Hurricanes. Hopefully, the new coach will honor his word and demand accountability from everyone and then come up with appropriate repercussions when it is not shown.
  7. I agree. I've heard people talk about how he's a leader in the locker room...Maybe. But, we need a leader on and off the ice and he's not it, never has been, and never will be. He's been forced into the position by the GM and owners that "want" him to be the face of the organization, especially since they loaded themselves with his heavy contract. Every year he has prolonged slumps which are later attributed to "unspecified injuries" which have deteriorated his game for critical stretches of the seasons. In my opinion, trying to play through, if that's the best you can do, is more arrogant than helpful to the team as it creates gaping holes in the offense and defense by having a "weak" player taking up space on the ice. As for a vote of no confidence that has been mentioned, he has brought that on himself, not only this year, but previous years as the team has struggled to find motivation to come out competitively on a regular basis. Too many times in the past few years, the Canes have come out half heartedly to start games or given up too easily when things turned bad for them during games. The team has spent the better part of the last month and a half scrambling any chance of chemistry by jerking the lines around and misallocating playing time for younger players as everyone tried to find that "special place" for Eric to find himself and to feel good about himself. Enough already. Been there, tried that, hasn't worked. Let's move on to Plan B. Ok JR....we're ready for Plan B. We know you've got to be working on one...
  8. I agree that the chance of Staal being traded are practically nil. Just for the sake of discussion though, we'd most likely get more and better talent for him than any others. I know....not gonna happen. As I started in an earlier post, you can make a pretty severe message by moving him to a different line or letting him sit out until he gets a grip on whatever ails him. As for the "C", they didn't mind taking it from Brind A'More when he was slumping and giving it to a younger guy who was not ready for it. What's the difference from then to now? A younger guy might really step up and show that leadership is not age determined but exhibited by actions and commitment, traits which are not being shown currently.
  9. He's getting over 7 million dollars to play hockey and he's not. Period. Those reasons listed above are not reasons to not do your job with maximum effort. athey wouldn't be acceptable reasons for a poor performance at my job or anyone else's and I don't make a small fraction of what Staal has agreed to play for. AS a Captain he has an extra duty to perform as hard as he can each and every moment he's on the ice. Anything less and he's not doing his job. He's definietely not doing his job. There should be some repercussions. They should be definitive and severe enough to send a message to the whole team. Excuses for his poor play are all pathetically weak. Mo's responsible for team motivation. He's failed as well. He needs to go. Now!
  10. Fighter Jet? ......Really???? How about Bi Plane....that's run out of gas. Don't excuse his poor play because of lack of linemates. There's no effort. He's bringing the whole team down while everyone waits for him to find his game. I say it's time to cut losses.
  11. The Canes have suffered for most of the time since the won the Cup with the lack of consistent play. Staal is a big part of the problem. Granted he ends up with an "adequate" number of points for a "superstar", buet his ability to lead the charge on a regular basis, especially at critical times in the season or when the rest of the team is slumping, is lacking noticeably. When other players are making a visible effort to exert that extra bit of energy, Staal is constantly seen skating around in the middle of the ice looking lost. They took the Captaincy away from BrindAmore when similar situations were occuring and I think the cAnes should consider a similar move now to give Staal and the team a message that mediocrity results in someone else getting a chance to step up to the plate. Every yeaer, we are fed the same old line, that Staal is injured and that it is just not being reveiled. That story has gotten old. If he's so injured that he can't produce more than he is now, then sit him out until he can play. Right now, he is a drain on the team and bringing them down. Today's game is typical of his behavior this year...he skates lethargically most of the time, he throw weak and misdirected passes more often than crisp passes on the tape, and his shots are mostly laughably weak, ineffectual attempts that a minor league goalie could handle. Staal is not the be all end all of this team. No one player can be. Do what Washington did and admit that your "Best Player" is not acting or playing like your best player and sit him down until the reality hits home for him. If he's truly injured, et him heal. He's not generating much of anything and adding any other player in the league to his line will not cause him to exert the energy his role demands. I'm not saying get rid of him (I don't know if we could find a team to take him now), but a demotion to alternate or moving to the 2nd line is in order and would give the team a strong message that no one is a Prima Dona and that players given positions of responsibility are held accountable. Something drastic needs to happen to shake this team up. Letting them show up every 3rd or 4th game should not be acceptable. There is talent here, but it's not consistent at all. Mo may have to answer for some of that, but changing Captains (especially with this kind of performance to date),is not unheaerd of in any sports franchise in order to spark a team ouot of a funk like the Canes have endured.
  12. I agree. JR's lining up the pieces to make a trade. The competition in the back makes a package deal more likely than a few weeks ago. Maurice's comment that there wasn't as much competition up front as they'd hoped and the competition in the back was better than they'd hoped for was very telling.
  13. I've watched the Cup winning Game 7 several times to remind me how the game should be played. That game never ceases to thrill me.
  14. Sutter is going to be a great one. His skill, enthusiam and aggressiveness around the goal are awsome. Our veterns could learn a lot by paying attention to what he's doing out on the ice. He's a really fun player to watch. He's the kind of player we need more of and should nuture and relish his play for the Canes.
  15. WArd is one of my favorite players and I believe he is way above average. Injuries like his are hard to get over immediately and I think he's dcoming back into form. No goalie is going to be "great" every night and they all occasionally let in a soft goal or two. It's the nature of the game and the position. I do feel however that Cam needs extra work on his shootout performances. He commits way too early everytime. He's got to have one of the worse records of any starting goalie. If he can improve on this aspect of his game, he'll be much more complete.
  16. Geez...,maybe we should have just stopped our season after our 1st two game losing streak. I say fight to the end. Show your stuff anddon't go out with your tail between your legs. If the Pens win, make them work hard for it. Our guys are pros and will not just roll over and play dead just to get it over with quicker. Unbelieveable!
  17. Actually, all we absolutely have to do is just win the next game. It's just one game. Perfectly doable. We're at home and we can win. After that.....we'll talk.Go Canes!
  18. In 2006 our leaders led by example. When times were tight you could count on Rod or Ray to give the team a boost with extraordinary play. This year they haven't been able to produce though I know they'd like to. That extra drive factor seems to be missing. Maybe someone can step up on Tuesday and ignite the real Canes that have been AOL this series.
  19. ...if Kaberle gets out there again, I hope someone tells him that when a player is coming from around the net to try and stuff the puck, he should try something other than wave his stick weakly at him...maybe even knock him on his....well, you know. The least he can do is knock him off the puck before he passes to the goalies glove side. Weak...very weak. Hopefully Babs has learned his lesson and can get back out and throw a few hits. A score or two would be great as well.
  20. Yeah...last night's game pretty much sucked all over. Defense looked like a spaghetti strainer much of the night, but the slow feet and off target passes killed us. Those intense segments where we absolutely controlled the puck in our zone for minutes at a time were amazing, but too short lived and unfortunately, did not result in goals. However, now we have the Bruins right where we want them! They are overly confident and all the pressure's on them being the number 1 seed and playing at home. As sorry as the Canes played the last two game, our guys know they can beat this team if they play like they did in March and in games 2-4 of this series. We have lots of positive game 7 experience and we've shown the ability to pull it out when the situations seems lost. I look for a vastly more focused Canes squad on the ice Thursday that knows how to feed off the opposing crowd's chants to take it to them. The Canes are a character group that has got to be feeling embarrassed by their most recent outings and will be primed to show what they are really made of. I'm optimistic and looking forward to popping the big Bruin bubble. Go Canes!
  21. What a great display of determination and tenacity! The Canes showed the kind of positive resolve that wins throughout the series. This is something that many of the Canes detractors (especially some of the less gifted ones on the NJ forums) apparantly just don't get. It's hard to believe some of the moronic statements many of them come up with when they try to rationalize the series result. For some reason they think their team was somehow vastly superior to the Canes. I guess they conveniently forget that we beat them 7 out of 11 games this season. I know that most of the comments on those boards are written by ...shall we say...youngsters that are probably not the highest on the intelligence chain and are certainly not even close to being representative of the majority of normal, outstanding Devils fans, but it is easy to understand why so many of my friends that migrate down from NJ would never consider going back to be surrounded by such irrational whiners. That being said, I think it was a great series and offer my condolances to the true NJ fans that can appreciate the series for what is was, a very competitive, hard fought one. The Canes showed the drive and relentless pursuit of the victory as they did down the stretch and I look forward to taking it to the Bruins. Detractors can say what they will, there are not too many teams that can stand up to the Canes if they play like they did in game 6 and the Canes have shown they won't give up in any circumstance. The true merit of a team is not only how well they play when everything is going great, but how they respond when they aren't having their best night. That kind of measure may be more indicative of how good a team is than any other. I know I'll not count this team out of a game until the final buzzer sounds and I'm guessing the opponents won't either. Too bad that every team we beat has to spout off so much garbage and sour grapes. Listening to how bad their team sucks and how the winner only wins because they are "lucky" and how their fans have no knowledge of hockey is a tired old theme, but predictable. I guess the ignorant always sound louder than the sane in such situation, but so be it. They have 5 months to stew in their despair...have fun. Go Canes!
  22. We've got them right where we want them...feeling like they have it under control. The bad gme's out of the way and now we can see some real Canes Hockey. I look for a totally different game Friday then coming home to take the series lead. go Canes!
  23. Exactly. Nobody's gonna run the playoffs, so some losses will have to be suffered, but wanting a loss just to say you've had one is...just weird. Go into the playoffs riding as high as you can! I think the struggle to get into the playoffs even with the stellar run we've had is more than enough reality check. These are professionals, not schoolboys needing a slap on the hand to bring them around. Sometimes winning is as much attitude as anything else, especially with teams that are pretty evenly matched. Having a winning streak just gives us an edge in the close ones. Go Canes!
  24. It's actually quite funny to read some of the bashings posted here from time to time. So many folks like to spout statistics about this player and that as if the game was played on a spreadsheet instead of the ice. Everyone has on and off days and sometimes that turns into weeks or longer, but the really insightful observers are able to see past the immediate and get a better picture of what kind of basic skills players possess. True, Cam's had some off days and let through what could be called soft goals from time to time, but who hasn't? Even those foopahs have been sandwiched between remarkable if not spectacular saves in practically every game he's played. It's pretty obvious in hindsight, that Cam's one of those guys that actually works better when he's playing all the time (just look at his results in his recent string of consecutive starts). As he gets more work, his ability to be in his "zone" becomes more and more consistent. Congrats to Barasso for recognizing that in time to get us where we are today...in playoff contention. Cam is a remarkable goalie and continues to improve. to say he is average seems to me, well.... to be a bit short sighted and over critical. The same agrument can be made for the Brind'Amore bashers. Geez...have a major injury and if you don't jump up and be superman out of the gate, you're an over the hill ,washed up has been. The things Brind'Amore brings to the ice are so much more than any ridiculous +/- rating yet we've all seen the conclusions drawn by many who don't seem to be able to connect the dots that include not only extenuating circumstances, but the overall play of the entire team as they learn the system that best organizes the particualr chemistry of this team. Now that Rod is seemingly healty and has gained confidence, he's regained his status as a driving cog in our playoff mentality which we'll desperately need in order to sustain the incredible run of the last month. In hockey, as in most sports, it's more important how you finsih than how you start, provided you don't dig yourself too deep a hole or start your roll to late. It looks like we've been able to put everything together in time to be a truly inspired force going into the playoff season. The whole team seems to have bought into the system now and it shows. The sum is greater than the parts and all the players are able to step it up and show their skills better. No better example can be shown than Chad La Rose, but many of the guys are really starting to benefit from the chemistry that the system is beginning to generate. The confidence is showing in the team and the fans are starting to buy into it as well. I think the playoffs will be awesome for us! Go Canes!
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