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  1. On 3/28/2020 at 8:02 AM, wxray1 said:

    Brings back memories of my childhood.  We all wanted CCM gear.  It was the "real stuff."  I was so dang excited to get that wood and plastic street stick.  I can still remember softening the plastic over the stove to get it some curve.  I ended up wearing it down an inch with all the play on the streets of Chicago.

    Our street hockey sticks and goalie gear were made by a company called Mylec (which still exists, by the way). On the ice, CCM gear was okay, but I never understood everybody's love of Tacks skates. Way too much toe space for me; I've been a Bauer guy forever.


    Cooper (which does not exist anymore, bought by Bauer) was my preference for gloves--until I got a pair of JOFAs in high school. Pretty sure I had to launder my shorts after slipping my digits into those the first time, and apparently somebody else at the rink really liked 'em too: They got lifted.

  2. On 3/27/2020 at 5:03 PM, remkin said:

    On the other hand, the discussion, outside of politics, of "would you give up that privacy in this crisis?", seems fairly reasonable for this discussion and this board.

    If you've never watched Black Mirror, you should. Just killer.


    If the phone of somebody known to have the virus starts screaming as it nears other humans (or they near it), and provided the person infected has opted in, I'd be fine with it. I think it's a situation pretty parallel to whether an individual discloses any communicable illness, like a coworker saying they've got a cold (although the first that came to mind was HIV/AIDS). Regardless, the fact that well-known people are setting the example of disclosing (a la Magic Johnson back in the day) bodes well, I think.


  3. 47 minutes ago, remkin said:

    Probably should have steered clear of those topics. I had thought that the concept of socialism involving the notion of allowing government to run most things, even in the private sector, was not really that political even for it's advocates. I do have some thoughts on it, but this is not the forum for them and responding would open up that debate full blast. My apologies for going there in this forum on Covid.

    Agree 100 percent, and I haven't been thinking of the discussion as political at all. Moral absolutely... from about 100 different angles.

  4. 15 hours ago, remkin said:

    But recent warming to socialism could prove me wrong.

    You're gonna have to back this one up, Rem. European democracies (including self-described "democratic socialist" nations like Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway) have been at the forefront of defending individual data privacy rights, while the U.S., Russia, and many Asian countries' records have been nothing short of abusive.

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  5. On 3/25/2020 at 1:28 PM, remkin said:

    During this outbreak they were allowed to turn on tracking of individual's phones who were positive and track them (that would be too much for me).

    The only hole in this is your characterization of the S. Korean authorities "being allowed" to do it. They simply told people they were doing it this time... versus doing it without informing their targets. 


    Governments (ours, like all others) do it all the time in the name of "law enforcement" "fighting terrorism" etc. If we are okay with that--and based on our unabated use of phones, despite knowing they and their features can be turned on and off remotely by the national security apparatus, we are--how can we complain when it's being done to stop the spread of a lethal virus?


    Welcome to the future. 


  6. I don't know when we'll play hockey again, but after watching the replay last night, I know this: This team is able to totally shut down any offense in the league. Which makes the nights that it is not willing to do so all the more frustrating.


    Maybe if we just trot every keeper out there in a Ayres sweater...?


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  7. 19 hours ago, cc said:

    The point is this is an overblown freak out.

    I don't know what's scarier, the fact that someone claiming they're a scientist doesn't seem to understand the exponential effects of fractional differences in mortality rates; that said scientist is apparently not interested in or can't be bothered with looking at independent research indicating that mortality rate differences between this virus and seasonal flu may be much more than fractional...


    A recent time-delay adjusted estimation indicates that mortality rate of COVID-19 could be as high as 20% in Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak.

     These findings show that the current figures might underestimate the potential threat of COVID-19 in symptomatic patients.

    ...or that you consider exercising an abundance of caution in the face of a deadly illness about which we still know so little to be "overblown."


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  8. 3 hours ago, realmdrakkar said:

    This looks good on paper, if Nino can wake up.

    No, it looks like Roddy still doesn't get it: You don't split up your only scoring line. You read your vets the riot act, ending with, "Remember Haula? You all could be next."

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  9. This team will be fine. March is tough, but it is also an opportunity: To step up. I expect this team to take full advantage of it. 


    For the team to do as well as it has since losing Pesce and both its keepers (three of six possible points) while also integrating new players and two AHL keepers bodes well. Ned looked night-and-day more comfortable last night and pretty much got the team a standings point all by himself. Mrazek is fueled by emotion, and he's going to have plenty to work with when he's back, especially if he's back against Philly, who took a pass on re-signing him. 


    The next few days will be about finishing our new guys' transitions to the system, and hopefully Sami will be a part of that. But either way, it's easy to forget that, no matter what the tickets or schedule say, the playoffs start in March. Last night's final result was a disappointment, but clawing back in a game like that simply would not have happened for this franchise as recently as two years ago.


    We said this same thing about this time last year, and it's no less true now: You gotta believe.

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  10. 3 hours ago, Caniac514 said:

    Wallmark may be just had to go to sweeten/complete the deal (who wants just Haula and they were asking Necas), idk about others

    Just because they wanted Necas doesn't make the ask reasonable. I mean, I want Johnny Gaudreau for Jordan Staal, but I don't expect that to happen.


    3 hours ago, Caniac514 said:

    I am not sure, Top. While Rod is not Jesus, I don't think he is that ignorant. Plus there is the committee and Rod is not ruling single-handedly. There must be something/somebody else, though I am sometimes disappointed, puzzled and mad that we keep "buying" players and hardly trying those from Chartlotte.

    I think ultimately (pure conjecture based on what we know of their personalities) Roddy has the final say-so among him, Waddell, and TD, especially in a playoff race. I think Roddy would insist on it, and if either of them asks why, he'd just point to his ring and say, "You guys want one of these, right?"


    Edit to add: Waddell got one as AGM of the Red Wings. 

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  11. 20 hours ago, bluedevilcane said:

    What I take from Skeij and Vatanen trades is that our organizational depth on defense is a myth. McKeown looks like he will never play for the Canes, and I’m not so sure about Bean. Fleury finally got a chance after 6 years because we carried him all year rather than give him away through waivers and injuries finally gave him a shot. But will he be back in the press box when Vatanen is healthy? I’m all for anything that helps the team, but we just keep signing UFA defensemen, and trading for them, rather than giving anyone in Charlotte a chance. I’m beginning to think the idea we are stacked with D prospects in Charlotte is a myth.

    Or, Rod Brind'Amour wouldn't know a solid prospect if he tripped over one.


    Letting go of Priskie this soon could indicate an attitude problem. Gauthier may have one too, although if so, it's of Rod's making. But Kouk? Roy? Lou? Wallmark? And giving McKeown a two-way, one-year deal, yet not a sniff of the NHL? All this suggests coaching ignorance at best, and motivational coaching bull *edit* ("Earn your spot!") at worst. Everyone on the CLT roster right now is surely wondering if they're on the payroll strictly as trade bait--because clearly, passage from CLT to Raleigh no longer exists. Unless you happen to be a keeper, and both NHL keepers go down. The same night.   

  12. 23 hours ago, remkin said:

    OK I gotta run. I really can't process the totality of the D moves in terms of picking up two guys. 


    I can tell you that it only makes sense for us to pick up Skjei for a first rounder if he is viewed as a long term keeper. If so, that could be a very solid move, as others have mentioned IF we move Gardiner in the offseason, otherwise we have way too much $$ tied up on D and no room for Bean. 


    I guess Skjei could be a next year replacement for Edmundson, if Skjei has thump and grit, that would be a very nice upgrade. 


    But then why Vatanen? That's the part I'm trying to process. I guess we have some sort of out to reclaim our second rounder if he doesn't work out, so it would just be Kuok then the price is not that high.


    Man Charlotte is losing some bodies. 

    Expansion's a little over a year away. If we're going to make deals for guys with term remaining, now's the time, although the events of Saturday maybe forced us into it a little sooner than we might have wanted. 


    This much seems clear: We have zero faith that any of our CLT D are ready. And I think that's what Vatanen's about. From what I'm seeing he basically has a contusion and was put on IR to make space for Merkley, who was part of the Devs return for Taylor Hall.

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  13. 3 minutes ago, Kyrule said:

    Big, two-way defenseman. 

    The thing is, I was actually more impressed with him when he first got into the league than I have been recently. Don’t think he is a world-beater, don’t think he is a bad player. I think he’s a solid NHL defenseman with upside.

    Just what we need at the moment, and maybe a little Southern Comfort is just what he does.

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  14. 1 minute ago, Danimal38 said:

    never heard of Skeki.  Anyone know anything about him?  should we be excited for this dude?  


    2 dmen and a center today.  not bad.  Lets go Ned, your time to shine.   Ned needs to realize that he could lead us to and win a Stanley Cup and earn the starter job for next year(Cam Ward style). 

    Yes you have. It's pronounced SHAY. Brady Shay.


    You're gonna like him. 

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