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  1. Canes need a scorer(s) with some term, now, even if we miss the playoffs. It will have to be via trade(s). The Canes will probably never be able get a high-end UFA to come to Raleigh. Love to get Stone but it would have to be with him agreeing to dollars & years extension first (maybe 6 or 7 yrs @ $8.5-9.0). After Stone (26, $7.35 UFA), I'd like to see the Canes go after any of: Tarasenko (27, $7.3 thru 22/23) RNH (25, $6.0 thru 20/21) Kapanen (22, $863K RFA?) Kadri (28, $4.5 thru 21/22) Draisaitl (23, $8.5 thru 24/25) for Staal, RHD, LHD, 1st round pick......my pipe-dream It would be nice if Ferland would generate a 1st round pick, if he's traded. It would be nice to have 2-1st rounders to trade for a couple of top 6 scorers. I'd stay away from Nylander, not sold on him before his holdout. Plus I thought the TOR GM said he wouldn't trade him before he signed. Also, no to NYR's Hayes .... need more, in fact Kadri might fit in that category.
  2. ....good idea. Then take RNH with us.
  3. I can't claim the Tarasenko thought. I read it recently on one of the rumor rags, maybe Friedmann's, and thought that would make sense as Svech seems to be hitting a rookie wall and maybe a high-end Russian mentor would benefit him while adding scoring. And the sourcing said the Blues were still very interested in Hamilton. and Tarasenko was having an off-year for him...like Skinner last year, I guess, but he seems to be back to form the past few games. The Duchene wishful thinking is just that and yes I would want the Canes to have some assurances that they could sign him long-term .... maybe a sign & trade deal with OTT, like other sports.. We have cap and TD will have to open his purse to sign the current top linemates, that we know have chemistry, and to overpay a top center to come to Raleigh vs a big market team. Tarasenko has years on his contract and no NTC/NMC.
  4. Haven't posted in years, so my hockey IQ has deteriorated. Given that shortcoming, trading defense for offense could maybe lead us to the Blues. Go after Tarasenko for scoring and as a mentor to Svech. He's having a bit of an off year but has picked up lately....still would be 2nd in goals on the Canes. Send Hamilton, roster player and a prospect (not Necas). Go after Duchene with our 1st round pick, one of Bishop/McKegg/Wallmark, with the intention of TD to open his checkbook to sign him. Ferland/Aho/TT (If we lose Ferland at Deadline, maybe move NN there until next year) Svech/Duchene/Tarasenko NN/Staal/Williams ?? / ?? / ?? (You Pick 'em)
  5. As Super_Dave and Rem mention the Canes have some good individuals. So in my humble opinion, they need a coaching staff/mgmt team that can make them a team ... for more than a few games at a time. Easy for me to say. Wish I knew how to do it. Maybe that means losing some good individuals that are bad team guys on the ice. Perhaps PK can talk Hitchcock, Quennville or Babcock to come here to serve as combined GM & coach. HAH!
  6. Hate to see Ruutu leave but as many have impled, the handwriting was on the wall this season. He has been a personal favorite of mind since he came here ... lots of heart and energy with some scoring. Think his extremely physical style took a toll on his hips over time. I want to believe his play this year is a direct result of recovering from last season's surgeries. Hope he rebounds next year physically and thrives under a new system, like Jussi has (on track for 60+ point season). Hope we are not having this discussion about McGinn's hips in a few years with his Ruutu-style of play. Last thoughts are to get a new GM not named Francis and new coaching staff well before the draft, so they can re-formulate the team strategy/trades and draft objectives for 2014-15..
  7. I agree. The Canes are really 14 & 22. That's 22 loses ... albeit some loses were not goose-eggs. Wish the coaches could get that win to loss ratio reverse.
  8. Thought Murphy was the PP Specialist. How many can the team have? Liles would be a very, very expensive specialist for those considering him. Perhaps we need a new PP coach and let MacLean do something else.
  9. Petey has played so well, he has probably generated some trade value. So he may not clear waivers.
  10. That will be great. I'm still a little concerned about any lingering effects (speed, lateral movement) from Eric's repaired/rehabbed knee and Semin's taped up hand/wrist (no SOG yet).
  11. Home jerseys are bad, bad, bad. My gosh, my wife even agrees with me!!!
  12. This roadtrip will be a real test to see how good they are. Murphy still scares me defensively. Faulk has looked much better than he did in the preseason, thank goodness. And I guess I'm in the minority on the board, but IMO Hainsey has been good in all 3 zones, especially with some key blocks.
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