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    OBX said: 

    This is what drives me nuts. We focus on Faulk's flaws but not his strengths. He took 4 shots. More than any other Dman. He had 3 blocked shots. More than any other Dman. He skated on the PK. Lord knows he has flaws and turnovers are one of them but overall he didn't have a bad night.

    All true. And as long as he's the seventh dman and only plays on the third pairing and sees no PP time when he dresses, by all means, let's keep him. But he can no longer take the slot of the kids we've developed specifically to get the wheel turning, the one that takes young guys, like we did him, develops them (like we did him), and they either live up to expectations to earn their payoff deal (he has not); agree that they have not met expectations and agree to a lesser deal than they might like (he will not); or we move them out and it's next cowboy up. He is refusing to be moved and refusing our offers.


    I have a feeling TD is not going to pay a guy 4.8 million to sit in the press box/play on the third pairing, but if Faulk doesn't relent, that is his only choice. As a player with an NTC, Faulk can refuse waivers, and cannot be bought out, because the window for that has closed. It opened three days after the Canes arbitration case with Forsberg closed and lasted 48 hours. With no other pending arbitration cases that might close prior to the season to re-open that window, we couldn't buy him out.


    If Faulk really wants to stay in Raleigh, it means, as far as I'm concerned, he's willing to delay for younger players the same chance he got at their age. That's totally permitted under the CBA, but that doesn't make it any less crappy to do.



  2. 3 hours ago, LakeLivin said:

    Yeah, outside of Cff I don't think you'd find many people that think the AHL is a better league talent wise than the KHL.


    If the AHL offered the K a match between both leagues' champs, K officials would laugh it off, but the upshot would be same: They'd refuse. The AHL, NCAA and quite possibly the Memorial Cup champs would embarrass the K's best team, because you can count the number of NHL-grade Russian keepers currently in this league on one hand three fingers. 


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    The other roster players who are under a buck ninety, McGinn and Wallmark, know how to throw hits and how to take them. So do Gaut and Bishop, both of whom have had more time in the A, and neither of whom is underweight. Gaut is 227. I think after watching him for fifteen years as both a coach and a player, we know what side Roddy likely comes down on. Bishop extra healthy, Gaut your new winger.


    Necas was playing with seasoned NHLers all night, against prospects, and wasn't even noticeable.


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  4. 9 hours ago, OBXer said:


    I didn't see the entire game but from what I saw I had the same impression. I'm not sure I would describe it as lazy but at times he looked out of place

    I can't know (of course), but I wonder if he's feeling like that, too. This is a speed team but with two notable exceptions (who happen also to be our two most elite players, Aho and TT) not a small one, and Necas is still small. If he's elite he either needs to start bringing it or stay in the A until he's able to. Last night was a golden opportunity for him, and after the two periods I saw, all I came away wanting to see is Gaut and Svech on the same line. 


  5. 10 hours ago, realmdrakkar said:

    If Rutherfart were still sitting in the Canes office i'd say you're right, but this isn't your father's Oldsmobile.  Our current brass might actually have the guts to give the C to someone for leadership reasons rather than merchandise reasons.  I hope so, anyway.

    Of course, if they do, they'll sell more Marty sweaters than would have even been thinkable without doing so.


    I think Marty gets an A for sure, and would love it if McGinn got one too. Give Mr. calm, cool, and collected (Slavin) the C and have a couple of loose cannons backing him up.

  6. 4 hours ago, KJUNKANE said:

    But Cff is partially correct in that those from the European or Russian leagues (anywhere I'd guess other than Canadian) can go to the AHL if not kept on the NHL roster, no matter their age?

    Yes, but Suzuki isn't from those other leagues (or the NCAA). So if he's not in Raleigh, he'll be back in Barrie.

  7. 21 minutes ago, Canesfanforever said:

    Um correct me if  im wrong but  is it not allowed for 18 years olds to compete in the ahl ?  Unless  the plan is to keep  Suzuki on the canes roster  all season long .  Or did they Change the ruling for  18 year olds being allowed to compete  ?  he wont turn 19 until   next year in may . 

    He can either play in the NHL or be returned to his Junior team. Bean played in the WHL for two years after we signed him.

  8. 4 hours ago, cc said:

    Matter of opinion-  I for one love em.  But its not what on the sweaters that matters anyway.  Its not a fashion show.

    I will never miss the sightless eye. It was okay for about 15 minutes in the early aughts. Now it just looks dumb.

  9. 3 hours ago, remkin said:

    Even if he did not have a NTC, Faulk has every right in the world to refuse to sign a deal with a team he doesn't want to play for OR for a deal he doesn't think is fair

    True, but he wouldn't have been able to refuse the trade itself without the NTC. Now if the other team wanted the extension doe as a condition of the deal, then yeah, it dies. But absent the NTC or the receiving team being unwilling to do the deal without the extension, Faulk is likely already a Duck.

  10. 2 hours ago, bluedevilcane said:

    That’s all I’ve got.

    And that's exactly right.


    1 hour ago, OBXer said:

    yeah but if you are going to trade him you don't offer him an extension.

    Why not? Ever heard of a sign-and-trade? My guess is Faulk wanted a full NTC to protect him from that, in addition to more money than we were willing to pay, and we said no. 


    I agree with BDC: That's a pretty clear statement by the org: "We want to keep you if you'll accept the value we see in you. If not, your services are no longer needed here, and we'll get the best deal we can." They did, and he nixed that too. I mentioned it last week, but at this point the only thing missing is Erik Cole doing a radio hit job for this to be the exact same situation that the org put Skinner in last summer.


    I said something else last week: I'd just waive Faulk's sorry *edit*. By refusing to waive his NTC or accept what he's really worth, he is making the possibility of that more and more real. If it happens, Justin, what kind of extension will you accept then? 


    This org gave Faulk his chance to go gracefully. Now, with each day that passes, the odds of his departure being not so amicable increase.

  11. 3 hours ago, slapshot02 said:

    My thoughts exactly. I never understood how many times the puck jumps his stick at the blue line. Drives me up a wall.


    And the bad pinches.

    And the inability to take guys out at the red line.

    And the refusal to create shooting lanes on the PP.

    And the obsession with (trying to) score on wristers glove shelf. (I do believe Slavin has shelved more pucks there in his three years than Faulk in his career.)

  12. 1 hour ago, remkin said:

    Maybe next to impossible was a bit strong, LOL. But he is on a two-way deal. Still have to think Fleury has the inside track. Then, if TVR can't go, and we trade Faulk, who knows? Forsling, McKeown...


    I guess we want a guy with NHL game available as we settle things down. Can't argue with adding depth, but I'd like to see McKeown get a shot if we have an opening.


    Finally, as always, maybe a sign of a trade about to happen? Yeah, maybe.

    Could also be a sign-and-trade. We can now offer Faulk suitors a full, NHL, left/right #3 pairing. (Where they'd actually play Faulk is their problem.)


    I'd be curious whether Anaheim had anybody here to watch Claesson skate, but my gut still tells me he's insurance backing up McKeown and Fleury. I doubt the PR side wastes its time putting together the press release if we planned to turn him around.

  13. On 9/9/2019 at 6:46 PM, super_dave_1 said:

    I just think he wants to hold on and can't admit that he's done. Intent is different from reality.

    I agree. But for the bottomless ego, which I don't see in Willy at all, this feels a lot like Steve Carlton syndrome. Glad Willy has the good sense not to embarrass himself like Lefty did in the end.


    I'm still not guessing whether he'll be back, but this whole episode has told us this much: he won't even try it if he isn't 100 sure he not only can play, but wants to.

  14. 5 hours ago, KJUNKANE said:

    On another note, someone in the know please tell me what to make of this Fredrik Claesson tryout? I just have a hard time wrapping my head around a Dman PTO, but I suppose he could be useful in Charlotte, and I guess one never knows about a "hidden gem"?

    Feels to me (from my admittedly biased POV) like one more statement to Faulk that we're moving on; like a potential old hand to pair with the kids in CLT; and like insurance if an NHL Dman goes down.

  15. 5 hours ago, Kyrule said:

    9 million per year for 8 years.


    I know, still hard to believe.

    Not at all. Buff is in "keeping butts in the seats" mode, and given that Eichel (like his Edmonton "generational talent" counterpart, McJesus) couldn't save the sinking ship on his own--and is about as exciting to watch playing hockey as Al Gore is, giving a speech--they couldn't afford to give up the only guy on the roster capable of electrifying the fan base.


    There will always be teams that pay for pure scorers. When the rest of the roster is in place, it can work. When it's not, you won't win games--but you can go into the apparel business instead: selling sweaters. Jim Rutherford GMing, 101.

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