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  1. It's funny to me, watching the games on TV, how some other announcers preview The Hurricanes by saying they have a young defense so, look for a lot of turnovers and bad defensive plays. The announcers who actually know anything about this team, know that the young defense is impressive. At times, it seems like it's the veterans that cause the turnovers that cost the team a win. I am amazed at all the young defensemen and how well they are playing. I never thought it would happen this soon. The big test will be the grind of a full season, to see how they handle that and if they can keep their level of play up. My question is, and always has been with this team most years, now that they are finding some offensive success by buzzing into the scoring areas (slot, blue paint), why why why does it take 30 games for the team to realize this? Why do other teams seem to start The Season on time, but our team has to fall out of playoff position before they realize that? I'm not tough enough to be a hockey player. I realize, no one wants to stand in front of the net and get the crap cross checked out of them. But guys, you're millionaires. That's what you're paid to do, if necessary, to score and win games. And they are doing it, now. Why weren't they doing it in October?
  2. Is Joni recovered from his broken foot? Is he still part of the team?
  3. After last night, I have to agree. The playoffs are a long shot now IMO. The Canes would have to depend on the teams in front to lose and we would have to probably win out. Not likely. Even if we did make it, we would only face teams we could barely get points on all season anyway in Washington, Boston or Philly. There is something missing from this team. When the defense seemed bad all year, they went out and got a couple of new guys, but the result is the same. The team has been pretty healthy all year, while the other teams in the race are more banged up but are finding ways to win. There just seems to be no magic this season. Even when the Canes have a third period lead, I just sit back and wait for the late tying goal, and hope they can make it to OT for a point. It's pretty sad when the game winner in a crucial tilt like last night is an empty netter from 180 feet. Staal has got to be stronger on the puck and not just let it go when he gets poke checked or bumped. Maybe he is not 100%. The long floaters or wristers to the far high glove side were beating Ward 2 years ago, I don't know why he slides across to the short side and exposes that far side again. Not sure if he can be the workhorse the Canes need him to be, this might be signs of fatigue. On the plus side, Skinner is exciting to watch and Cole seems to have better legs under him than when he was a rookie. Corvo seems capable of more minutes and still has a great shot. He just has to work on hitting the net with it. And no doubt, this is a hard working team from one end of the lineup to the other.
  4. Oooookay.... "you have to think when you play at the point you dont take wrist shots anyone knows that" Tell that to Ray Bourque, Zdeno Chara, and other offensive defensemen and I think they would disagree.
  5. Joni moves the puck a lot better than Corvo, and he looses control of it a lot less than Joe, but you are right. What is with all the lazy penalties?
  6. Leighton played good in todays game, he made some great saves especially in the shootout. I'm glad he got the win! He totally sucked on the third goal though, and the Wild Announcers described it best. They basically said he went down on the initial shot and was at a terrible angle, but then he never got up. He tried to stretch to make the save at the other post.. If he goes down, he has to get up and recover to make the next save. I hope he realizes and works on that.
  7. He's teeny...I mean I thought Irbe was small when he got down! But he's got a lightning fast glove. And he seems to stay pretty calm in goal, like when he did get out of position against the Islanders and skated across the crease to casually nab the puck from a sure goal. Everyone was like, where is it? He seems a little more weak on the stick side, which is probably why most teams are shooting there. Or, they just try to cause traffic and confusion and get him out of position. I've already seen signs that the communication with the defense behind the net is improving, it was scary in the beginning. But, even veteran experienced teams struggle with that at times (IE Tim Thomas and Wideman behind the net last night in the overtime of the Bruins game). He may come out of his crease to stop the puck behind the net, but he doesn't seem to get out of position as Leighton does. I really hate watching an opposing forward walk in and stick handle a little and Leighton over commits and follows him into the corner, like he totally forgets where the net is. It's such a scary sight when the puck gets centered and the net is vacant.
  8. [quote name='caniac247 wrote: formerwhalerfan'] Michael Leighton is not the same goalie he was 2 years ago. There can be no excuses playing goal in the NHL. So rust, confidence, new baby (Congratulations! ), poor defense in front are not an option. He has proved by the way he played in the two chances he had so far this year that he doesn't belong in the NHL. An NHL backup goalie has to practice hard and be ready to carry the load when called upon. You don't step into your first opportunity after who knows how long on the bench and put up a stinker like he did in Philly. As Tripp was saying late in that game, the team is struggling and you have a goalie in net who is not fighting to see the puck.The short side goal he allowed last night is a rookie or AHL level mistake. I can run up the score like that on my Playstation Hockey Game by deking right and shooting left. His head was spinning the last two games he played. The puck goes around the net in back and he immediately goes down and slides to the other post, trying to locate it. He even said about the injury to Ward "I didn't see what happened," Leighton said. "All I saw was him on the ground.".This guy is not into it, and his play shows it. Last I checked this team has ONLY won 2 games out of 16. Leighton has ONLY played in 2 games. If the team was winning in front of Cam, you might have point, but I can't even remember the last time Cam won a game. If Cam who is an elite goalie can't win games with this team, how do you expect a back up too? If we go off of what you are saying, guess Cam isn't a true #1 either since he's only won 2 games, right. I understand your point, and it's a good one. From what I'veseen in Cam's play, at times he's stood on his head already this yearto try and get the team a win. But, the team can't score to supporthim. Tripp has said many times (of the opponents too) remember Thatsave! Because that could be the difference in the game. The rest ofthe team has shown no magic and no ability to finish in spite of Cam'splay which at times has looked very good. With Cam giving upclose to 3 goals a game, the team would have to average over 4obviously to win. Cam is the go to guy in net, so in back of a teamthat can't score he gets the loses in his stats. That was oneissue I had with Laviolette, I think he wanted to split up thegoaltending duties during the season so no one would burn out. Mauricecame in and obviously said Cam has a cup, he's number one, he's theworkhorse, let's see how he does. Seems he has said the same aboutCorvo and Pitkanen. These guys are well paid professionals, let's seewhat they've got. In the opportunitiesMichael has had, he has looked weak. Most backups would relish thechance to start. He has looked amateurish, unsure, rusty, notchallenged the shooter, too deep in net, overcommiting on shots, non ofwhich are qualities that keep you in an NHL level goalie position,backup or not. Kevin Weekes, or even Steve Weeks (he relieved aninjured Mike Liut in 1986 playoffs), or even Martin Gerber, were allgood quality backups. Remember when Cam needed relief in 2006 in theplayoffs? Gerber stepped in to game in the third round having notplayed since game one in the first round and got a win. Excellent!Kudos to Mr. Rutherford for signing Legace and not throwing in the towel on this season.
  9. He's a professional (or, he's supposed to be). Ward is the #1 goalie, he won The Cup. Leighton knows this. When he does get the call, that is his opportunity to show he can be counted on in a backup roll, because obviously the team doesn't need another #1. He has failed to show me that he is prepared when he does get the opportunity to start a game, and that he is able to carry the team if Ward is unavailable. If he wants to blame his lackluster play on lack of game time or rust then he is with the wrong team because that is his role with this team. If he wants more playing time, he's gonna get it for the next 4 weeks. I will be surprised if he can handle it.
  10. [quote name='Evenstrength18 wrote: formerwhalerfan wrote: Evenstrength18']I defintely agree about Brind'Amour, he should be stripped of his C and scratched for now. The last time this franchise stripped a Captain of his C it was Coach Rick Ley doing it to Ron Francis, and it was not the answer to fix the Whalers. It just shook the foundation of the whole team. Nothing good came of it. Any organization with class just doesn't do that to a veteran player that was key in winning the Teams only Stanley Cup. Brind'Amour has lost a step somehow but he is NOT dead weight. He is playing the game and struggling just as the entire team is. And as far as coaching, is the team not trying? Are they not skating? Are they not hitting? Are they not getting chances? Even in the blow out games they lost last weekend, they did not play that poorly and they even had several break away chances themselves. The past two games, I thought their defensive coverage was good. EVERY game EVERY team will give up chances against, give up breakaways against, take penalties, miss assignments, etc. It's a game of mistakes. A different coach cannot teach players how to put the puck in the net. The system the coach and his staff employs creates defense and offensive chances, but in the end the players themselves have to dent the twine. It does not seem like Brind'Amour is leading this team. Granted we cannot see what is going on in the locker room. He has lost something, but in the past games I see him in the corners, he's had golden opportunities in the high slot and gotten off shots, to me that's leading by example. He's also not losing his cool on the ice over the whole situation. But I guess his injuries and (dare I say it) age don't allow him the ability to go wide and break in anymore. But he still seems to be doing what needs to be done to win, for whatever reason they just aren't.
  11. I hope that happens also, or it may be too late to right this ship. It may be too late already.
  12. The point I was trying to make was to the post before mine, if Patrick Eaves was the key to our success then the other players that left may have been also, so let's get them back too and get back to the Eastern Conference Finals! The real point being, somehow the team is working very hard with the worst possible results and since they are NOT a bunch of no talent bums, the team lost it's chemistry somehow.
  13. Right! Who would want to dive down and get hit with his bomb! I don't think our D are that bad, but you are totally correct, they are afraid to shoot. They are always looking for the perfect pass to someone who will shoot. Pitkanen looks like he's been given a green light to do anything and I like it. He's playing so many minutes that at times he is not as hard on the defensive end, but I like the idea of giving this guy free reign to get something going. He's made some great rushes and setups too, which is what the team needs. Corvo has a great shot too, but I'm tired of hearing "Corvo shoots, wide" or "Corvo winds up, shoots, misses the net". Why don't these players work on their accuracy? Even some of the plays in last nights game, lift the puck up a foot off the ice when Mason was down and they would have scored. They have no problem flipping the thing up 4 feet to the linesman after a whistle, try doing that near the net during gameplay!
  14. The last time this franchise stripped a Captain of his C it was Coach Rick Ley doing it to Ron Francis, and it was not the answer to fix the Whalers. It just shook the foundation of the whole team. Nothing good came of it. Any organization with class just doesn't do that to a veteran player that was key in winning the Teams only Stanley Cup. Brind'Amour has lost a step somehow but he is NOT dead weight. He is playing the game and struggling just as the entire team is. And as far as coaching, is the team not trying? Are they not skating? Are they not hitting? Are they not getting chances? Even in the blow out games they lost last weekend, they did not play that poorly and they even had several break away chances themselves. The past two games, I thought their defensive coverage was good. EVERY game EVERY team will give up chances against, give up breakaways against, take penalties, miss assignments, etc. It's a game of mistakes. A different coach cannot teach players how to put the puck in the net. The system the coach and his staff employs creates defense and offensive chances, but in the end the players themselves have to dent the twine.
  15. Bring back Seidenberg, Kaberle and Babchuk!
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