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  1. I believe that's why Daniels was sent to Charlotte - to prep him for a head coaching job. I don't know about Francis, but maybe they should give him a try?
  2. Being that Tampa Bay had nothing to gain, I cannot for the life of me understand why the Canes didn't come out hitting ferociously. The Bolts might well have tried to protect some of their better players by keeping them on the bench. I've been holding off on bashing the coaching, but I cannot any longer. Was there some kind of game plan? Memories of that season where all they had to do was beat the cellar-dwelling Panthers on the last day (shirt off your back night) and they coughed up a fur ball. Well they did it again. IMHO, aside from better coaching, they need a backup goalie who can give Cam a night off on back to backs without it being pretty much an automatic loss. Peters is a great minor league goalie but he is not ready for the NHL. And they need to fix the special teams problem. I was impressed with what a bunch of kids shuttling back and forth from Charlotte was able to do this season. A lot of folks picked the Canes to finish 11th or even last. So now they miss the playoffs and the cream of next year's draft. Yeah,it sucks! And thanks very much to Atlanta for serving up the opportunity for the Canes to make the playoffs on a silver platter. Too bad the Canes didn't show up to play.
  3. I just think the intangible is the way he seems to have invigorated the team. And as Tripp pointed out, he comes in without having to learn a new system or figure out the styles of his new teammates. Let's see how long the renewed energy lasts.
  4. Seidenberg has to go. He's just standing around watching goals being scored against.
  5. I liked it when the game was worth two-points and you always knew how many potential points were left toward the end of the season - none of this if team A gets an OT loss and team B wins in regulation or team B loses in OT but team C beats team A in regulation... You need a computer program to figure it all out. It's too complicated having a variable number of points that could be awarded out of a game. I like having a five-minute OT, but I still say when it's done, you either win and get both game points, lose and get no points or tie and get a point. Why reward a team for hanging on and playing onservatively toward the end of a game to secure a point in the standings, only to lose in the first minute of OT.
  6. I have a question about the restriction on changing up on an icing. Is the prohibition in place only after the whistle or from the point of the puck being shot down the ice? In other words, when one of your teammates blasts the puck all the way down, can you quickly change players (who probably are close to the bench) before the touchup and whistle?
  7. With supposedly just about the loudest fans in the league, how come the Canes can't get over .500 at home. They have the fifth-worst home record in the league. Only Edmonton, Tampa Bay, Atlanta and the Islanders have worse home records. and look where they are in the standings.
  8. The valuable thing about LaRose is that he can be a playmaker - he doesn't need a setup man to feed him for a scoring chance. Up until fairly recently, Staal needed a setup man on his line (or two) - someone who could get the puck to him for a close-in shot. Without a Cole or a Whitney on his line, Staal couldn't score 30 goals a season. Eric is developing his stickhandling skills and is able to get the puck down low on his own more and more. That's the one area of improvement I've noticed. I'm not comparing LaRose to Staal in terms of overall skills, but I do think that downplaying LaRose (4th line or healthy scratch) is a mistake. With more ice time on a line with a forward who is a finisher, LaRose may not only score more goals but get a lot more assists. IMO he has more potential than Bayda or Sutter (at this point in time, from what I've seen so far). And he can play physical - he can de-pansify the team. Over the past several years LaRose has improved and I think he's surprised the fans with his abilities. Did he simply make a couple of mistakes that pissed Mo off? I'd have scratched Bayda before scratching LaRose.
  9. I can't help but think that if the end-of-season positioning is even worse this year (i.e. we aren't even in contention for a playoff spot in the last week or two) JR's job is going to be on the line. Who else is to blame for a team with so little chemistry.
  10. Then there's the fact that until yesterday not a single Hurricanes player was in the top 50 in the NHL in scoring (goals, assists or points). Staal just creeped into 46th position yesterday. We aren't scoring enough goals consistently, we have a marginal defense even when everyone is healthy (we have a mostly minor-league defense right now), and the goaltending ranges from inconsistent to awful. I don't know what magic anyone expects from Maurice with a team that shows little motivation, little pride, and little desire to put in 100% effort for sixty minutes. I expect we'll see more trades coming up.
  11. Groin injuries are not the type you want the injured player coming back prematurely. I also would say that Ruutu's and Brindy's shoot out attempts looked like tired goat shots. I would have expected shots like those from a player on some junior college in upstate Florida - no attempt at finesse at all like the Philly shooters. Why didn't Mo put Cullen in for the shootout?
  12. I've been watching the first two seasons of Lost on SciFi - very entertaining stuff. On a hockey-related note, I saw an episode of Law and Order the other night where a hockey dad beat his son's coach to death for suspending his son for one game for violent play. Just to stay on topic (so the forum police don't delete this) I say stalled. On a pace for another 30-goal season. A good season for a Whitney or Williams or Brind'Amour or a Cole - but not for the eight-million dollar man.
  13. The season after we won the cup, we still had 16 of the Stanley Cup winning team players on the roster - with no less than six all-star caliber players, and we still couldn't make the playoffs. I don't think it's all about talent. It's about commitment and desire and work ethic. There are only a handful of guys on the team who seem to put in 100% on every shift for the entire shift. That isn't enough of a commitment to make the playoffs, let alone take a serious run at another cup.
  14. Avery is a thug and an idiot. If JR is stupid enough to add him to the lineup (for what - his skills at pissing other players off?) - I will boo him whenever he hits the ice - whatever uniform he wears.
  15. Staal isn't a Crosby or an Ovechkin - but: I expected to see him at least in the league top 50 scorers through most (if not all) of the season. I expected him to score a goal at least once every three games and get a point at least in every other game. I expect him to improve and be a better player every year. I expect him to show more leadership and certainly not to take a lot of dumb penalties when he gets frustrated. I expect him to play defensively - not to loaf back when the other team gets possession of the puck.
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