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  1. well JR will get heat for this, could've gotten a good deal at the deadline.
  2. For the hardcore fans....use the TSN blog where the insiders post rumors and that kinda jazz
  3. outside of Matt I don't care to recycle any other Canes players. It's been a downfall of this team in my opinion. J.R. needs to build it up with fresh players. Bringing Corvo or Walker wouldn't really solve much. walker is always injured, corvo is extremely streaky and although he takes on a ton of ice-time I don't think he was anything spectacular. Don't think we re-sign Cullen though, which I'm fine with. It's a weak free agent year, and he will probably get a high-priced offer.
  4. well rod has the 2 Selke trophies to offset a lack of scoring I guess compared to most HOF forwards. I mean Clark Gilles got in I believe and his stats are way weaker than rod's. basically got in for Being a hard hitting forward with above average scoring on an Isles dynasty. Also add in the face-offs and the amount of minutes he played per game. I also believe Rod leading a small market team to a Cup will add some points. that was one of the biggest runarounds in NHL history from one season to the next.I think standards show rod will get in, but not right away. Probably 3 or 4 years after he is eligible.
  5. JR needs to go hard after John madden. He brings great leadership. Great penalty killer and overall great defensively.
  6. no the series wouldn't have been any different against the Pens....Canes were exhausted and Pens outplayed them in every aspect. Leighton is playing well, but rebound control still isn't there and Flyers are better at clearing rebounds than canes are. My biggest problem was Leighton's rebound control only cause the Canes defense as we know, not to good over the years. I just think it's a good match for Leighton to play with the flyers and I hope he gets his chance in the Finals to play for the cup.
  7. I never would've thought that the two former Canes that I'd be so impressed with these playoffs are Lavi and Leighton....well more so Leighton I guess, he has shown he could make clutch saves last round. Habs got slaughtered by the pens game 1 last series, so game 2 should really tell the story.
  8. Although I am highly against Rutherford's tendency to recycle 2006 Canes player every year...I do want Cullen back, but only him. I think that was more of a rental situation and he proved with the senators that he is a good PP guy and can put up good numbers when put with other good offensive players. Canes played fine when the youth move din for the rest of the year, run with it for a bit, don't do something stupid like the Lightning did trying to rebuild in 1 year. This starts with a good draft, from there hopefully we can find a good stay at home defenseman on the free agent market. Canes need defense badly, outside of gleason I don't think our defense is tough to play against. toughness and defense would be my offseason goals.
  9. It is a bit tough to talk about the needs before the lottery draft is completed. I'm guessing another physical defenseman is needed, and not anothe rAaron Ward,lol, someone who is hopefully 30 or younger. I don't want any huge move sin the offseason, cause I think the canes issue as always is the slow start. Canes are great in the 2nd half of the season , as seems to be the case the past few years. This needs to somehow be addressed. I want Rod, Sammy gone on waivers if worse comes to worse. If we bring back any players(s) it should be Whitney or cullen, two players that are important to this team's success next year. I think sutter and Boychuk will just get better, and Peters is gonna be a solid backup. Very important to get a an enforcer though, Gleason fighting and being off for 5 minutes isn't always good. I'm willing to sacrifice a spot on the 4th line for an enforcer. In my dream i'd love an offensive defenseman who can control a PP (sorry Joni you don't shoot enough) but not sure if the Canes are willing to pay the money for that this offseason.
  10. Matt Cullen had a game winner against the Oilers last night in a 4-1 win for the Sens to help them stop their 3-game losing skid.
  11. oh man...I thought Matt was one of the few consistent Canes this year no matter who he played with. But fi eh had to be traded, I am glad its to a team that will be in the playoffs. Canes got a pretty good return, but hopefully Cullen returns cause I think that is a huge void to fill going into next season. Good luck in Ottawa Matt.
  12. If they want to keep the lineup in tact they will be close...but to be honest, i'm sick of the same routine the last 3 years. weak first half to the season, strong finish at the end for whatever reason, oce Staal gets going it's like a whole different team and really makes you wonder what is the mindset during the first 41 games? Cause if the canes gelled this well from even December lets say, we'd be battling for a playoff position. I thin the playoffs are possible the way they ar eplayig now, but if they don't make it, look back to 2007-08 as a reminder as to why we missed the playoffs. This team is fun to watch now, , but ruined by such a bad first half to the season as per usual.
  13. If Whitney and Cullen get traded I would be shocked if the canes won 6 games from mid-February to April
  14. disagree 100%...Williams when healthy was great, and was an awesome 2-way forward who I miss very much. Williams, who was like a 60-70 point guy for the canes was easily worth Markov without question. Trading Williams away to get Cole eventually, well that a whole other issue. I've watched Justin many times on tv this year and he is completely back to full form . I think Ruutu for Ladd should be on that list, Ruutu is going to be a key part of this team for a long time. I also thought getting Matt Cullen for basically nothing from the Rangers was a great trade too.
  15. I gotta agree with JR...Maurice did an excellent job when he took over last year, and honestly I don't think his gameplan is to sit on leads and play awful in the 3rd period, its the players. Maurice doesn't choose which players to keep, trade ,etc. only beef I have with maurice was people he chose in the shootout against Montreal, and when he gave Rod too much ice-time. Outside of that, the blame goes on the players and Rutherford. Rutherford is still obsessed with the 2006 era, he should let it go and stop recycling players from then. Maurice isn't really an awful coach, I think he's just been behind the bench of some awful hockey clubs in Carolina and Toronto, firing maurice would just be a knee-jerk reaction for a short term solution. Kind of like trading back for Erik Cole.
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