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Everything posted by iceman11

  1. JR needs to do something with this team. They have been sluggish for over a month now. Something seems off. They really need to change up the mix on defense. It has been disgusting of late. Way too many mental laspses. They are much too soft. Need to add a physical d-man to the mix. They also need someone who can score playing with Brindy and Williams. Larose shouldn't be a 2nd line winger. They were very fortunate to pull out the win against the Caps last night. They were outplayed for the majority of the game and got a few lucky goals to escape with the win. Maybe a trade will shake them up.
  2. What was Kaberle doing on the first goal? He let Hatcher have 3 whacks at the puck. He should have leveled him out of the crease. Instead he just tapped him lightly a few times.
  3. I think the Canes need to shake up the mix on defense. They need to get some offensive support from the blue line. The only d-man with some offensive upside is Seidenberg. `
  4. The easy top six in no particular order: Commodore Gleason Wallin Wesley Hedican Seidenberg This should be the top three defensive pairings that should log the majority of the ice time. Wallin is the glue that holds everything together. Whenever he is out, the defense is not the same. They always seem to struggle without him. They are just not the same. Hedican and Wesley are grizzled vets who are warriors. They always give everything they have. I am glad Hedican came back this year. Gleason and Commodore always give 100% game in and game out. They always show heart on the ice. Seidenberg has been the biggest surprise. I was really glad the team acquired him last year because I though he was a good young defenseman from what I had read/heard about him. However, I just think that he did not get enough playing time to prove himself last year. This year, he has stepped up. He is deserving of more ice time in my opinion. He probably has the best shot of all the Canes defenseman. I would like to see him get a chance on the point for on the PP. I think he could bomb some shots if given the chance. As for Kaberle, they should just trade him to Toronto so he can hang out with his brother. I am not sure if it is a confidence issue of health issue, but he is not the same player as he was a few years ago. He plays way to soft. He never plays the body and loses the majority of the battles along the boards. He needs to be willing to mix it up if he is going to improve. I don't understand how he logs the ice time he does. I believe he is a liabilty on defense right now.
  5. I think there have been a lot of good points raised in this thread. His limited offensive contributions aside, I would really like to see Kaberle get a bit more physical because he plays way too soft. He consistently gets beat in the scrums along the boards and his stick checks are simply not effective. I am pretty sure when JR gave him along term extension, the Canes thought he was going to be the power play quarterback.
  6. I was not advocating a trade. It just seemed to me that Kaberle seems very ineffective this year. I also think that Canes management must expect more from him considering the contract they signed him to. I would like to see Seidenberg get more playing time. He has a nice shot and makes some very nice outlet passes. I believe the he deserves more of an opportunity. So far this year it has been Hedican, Wesley, Wallin, Gleason, and Commodore that have led the defense. I just think that Kaberle needs to step it up. He needs to get more physical and improve along the boards--and start to contibute something offensivley
  7. I think that aritlce helped bye the Panthers some calls against the Canes tonight. Both the Larose and Williams penalties were ridiculous. They were both clear penalties agains the Panthers and the Canes should have had two power plays. The called were pure BS. Unfortunately they cost the Canes the game.
  8. I am thinking the Canes are going to get Matt Cullen back from the Rangers. The Rangers are trying to clear some cap space so they can possibly sign Souray. With the Drury and Gomez signing, Cullen is expendable. I would feel like Eklund, but he is never right...
  9. I agree with the majority of commments posted here. I think the Canes were too generous when they signed Kaberle to a 4-year extension. I think he is much too soft in his own end. I would rather the Canes had re-signed Aaron Ward than Kaberle after they won the Cup.
  10. Well until the Canes have a young "franchise" d-man in the fold, the trade is going to be difficult to swallow. They don't grow on trees... Considering the Canes have never had one in all the years of their existence (including the Hartford days), I will always consider this a mistake. Oh yeah, they had a young Chris Pronger and JR also traded him away because he lost patience.
  11. What the Canes really need is a young-stud defenseman. A can't miss prospect to build the defense around for the next 5-7 years. Oh wait, we already traded one away for pennies on the dollar in a move of desparation last off season. I still can't believe the Canes traded away J Johnson.
  12. There was an artible in today's paper that said JR was trying to trade for a center?
  13. I hear you. It is a longshot I know. But I have a feeling the Canes really missed Cullen and they underestimated how important he was to the Cup team. I think they realized the mistake. He can play center, wing, and can man the point on the PP. He also is solid in shootouts. And we all know the Canes can use all the help they can get in that department.
  14. I am thinking the Canes are going to get Matt Cullen back from the Rangers. The Rangers are trying to clear some cap space so they can possibly sign Souray. With the Drury and Gomez signing, Cullen is expendable. we don't have room for or want that salary. I think they could make the numbers work. If they can send NY about 1mm in salary back, the Canes would only add about 2 million to the payroll in the transaction. That is how much they have left to the self imposed budget.
  15. I am thinking the Canes are going to get Matt Cullen back from the Rangers. The Rangers are trying to clear some cap space so they can possibly sign Souray. With the Drury and Gomez signing, Cullen is expendable.
  16. Here is may opinion. Take it for what it is: Keep: Ward Grahme I hope Hedican comes back. He is a good player. He was banged up all year. Wallin Gleason Commodore Seidenberg Babchuk - I think giving up on him would be a mistake. He is still young and can play. He was actaully having a good year and was sent to the minors for no reason. Not sure if they should re-sign Tannabe or not. I never really liked Kaberle and thought they re-signed him for too much last offseason. Was very bad over the past few weeks. He plays was too soft. Huchtinson can go. Keep all the forwards except for: Carter, Big Joe, Letwoski. I would also not pay too much to re-sign Whitney. Keeping Walker should be the first priority. He is a warrior who brings something to the table that none of the other forwards does. The major need for this team is a D-man who can quarerback a powerplay and actually hit the net with a slapshot.
  17. It was a stuggle all year. They tried hard, showed some flashes of brilliance every now and then, but for the most part, they didn't have it together this year. There is enough blame to go around. I don't think Rutherford had one of his better years. (Made the biggest blunder of the year in hockey by trading away JJ for not nearly enough. Even if they knew he didn't want to play in Carolina, they should have been patient and waited for the right deal before pulling the trigger. What ever happened to the one trade dealine acquisition the team made? Anson Carter wasn't even worth a 10th round draft pick. Despite all the difficulties this team endured over the year, they still had a chance and the blame has to lie on the players. How can a power play stink so bad. They have no confindence and shoot right into the other team's defenseman the majority of the time. It has been so frustrating to watch. The star players needed to step it up but they didn't. Staal didn't live up to expectations, Kabele never recovered from his surgery, etc. And I Justin Williams is my favorite player on the team, but what happened to him? I don't even remember the last time he scored. Even Brindy has been making plenty of uncharacteristic mistakes. Hopefully a few extra months this offseason will help them rebound next year. They will have a decent pick in the first round. I definitley agree with an earlier post that the teams scouting needs to dramatically improve. The Canes have fired blanks for the most part except for the "no brainer" to 5 picks they have had in the first round. In the new NHL, drafting is going to be very important. You will need to have a constant influx of cheap, young player to fill in your roster. With the salary cap, you won't be able to constantly afford to re-sign all of your players.
  18. The results from the out of town scores tonight basically ended any chances the Canes had to make the playoffs. Although mathematically not out of the race, they are done.
  19. I would have never thought the Canes would go 0-3 this week after the way they had been playing. They didn't even show up for the two road games. There are too many problems to even begin to figure this out right now.
  20. I agree with some of the comments that the offensive problems starts on the backline. They don't execute crisp outlet passes. This causes the offense to work harder just to get the puck into the zone. Did you see the passes the Toronto D were making against the Canes? That was the reason for so many of the odd man rushes. It has been so frustrating to watch this team constantly pass and shoot into the opposing defender. And when they do get shots through from the point, they miss the net. They need someone to run the Power Play unit who can blast it from the point and actually hit the net. Kaberle is lost out there right now. With no real prospects in the system to bring up next year, they are going to need to use trades and free agency to retool for next year.
  21. All I said is that despite what everyone on this forum believes, I think he would have singed with the Canes after the college season was over this year. Did you ever read anywhere that he would not sign with Carolina? The only thing that he said was that he wanted to play at Michigan. That is it. I think the Canes should have been more patient. He didn't join the Canes at the end of last season. So what. He screwed himself and missed out on a ring. Believe me, I like Gleason a lot. I just don't think they should have traded JJ to get him. Questions my intelligence all you want. I know it is hard to believe, but it is ok to have a different opinion around than everyone else on the board.
  22. I believe that JJ would have signed with Carolina this week if he was still property of the Canes. The Canes didn't want to wait for him, but I think he would have left college no matter what team he was on. It was something he wanted to do. He never stated he was going to stay 4 years in college. I still think the Canes should have remained patient and he would have been here by the end of the season. For some reason, JR got pissed at the kid. I personally think the Canes made a rather large mistake trading him.
  23. The Canes need to start hitting the net with their shots. The last 10 games or so they have been getting an inordinate amount of shots blocked or have been missing the net wide. It was frustrating to watch today. They would fire wide or high on wide open looks. As for the shootout, they need to try something different. Give someone new an opportuinity. I think that the Canes may have scored 1 goal in a shootout this year. Let someone else have a crack at it. It can't get any worse.
  24. Unless the Canes start winning, all this analysis doesn't matter. They need to WIN somehow, someway. Bottom line. The Pittsburgh game was the first game where they seemed to realize the hole they are in and they fought as hard as they could. From all reports, they played hard in Atlanta, but couldn't pull out the win. As Forslund said in his blog, it is the at time of year when a good effort with no W to show for it, is just a wasted effort. The Canes are going to need to go 11-3 to get in the playoffs. It is going to be a race to the end. One more 1-3 week like last week and the team is is done. They need some bodies back by the weekend as well. Right now, I believe the games in hand for the teams around us is what concerns me. I actaully look at the standings an place the Canes around 10th right now. It is scary how thin a line the Canes are walking right now.
  25. Hopefully the rest will do the Canes some good. Maybe get a few guys healthy to make a run for the playoffs. Don't want to sound negative, but the Canes are in dire straights right now. The only team really struggling like the Canes is Montreal. I honestly beleive that with the way the Islanders have been playing there is really only 1 playoff spot remaining. The Canes have the least amount of games remaining. Realistically I think they are going to need to go 11 -3 to get in. I hope they can finally put some sort of run together or it may be too little to late. A 1-3 week in the middle of a playoff push is unacceptable. Maybe if this was back in November there would be no need to panic. However, they are fighting for their playoff lives and they have not responded.
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