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  1. You know, I've been thinking about this even before Semin came into the discussion. We pride ourselves here in Carolina on teams with character. Just look back at our playoff teams. We had more character on one line than some teams have period. But then I look back at the teams of the past three years. Plenty of character, not so much skill. Maybe it's time we look into sacrificing a bit of character for a lot of skill. I personally don't buy into most of this Semin talk, but let's say for the sake of the argument that it's all true. Let's say he takes shifts off and doesn't play defense. You know what? I don't care. The man scores goals. He's not Brandon Sutter or Rod Brind'Amour. He's not a 4th line winger. We've got plenty of character on this team to balance out any issues Semin may have. We have a coach that was a hell of a player in his past life and seems to connect on a more personal level with the players (see Eric Staal last year). Sign the guy long term. Like others before me have said, trade him if he doesn't work out here. I'm sure other teams will be eager to get a guy with that much skill. I'm so tired of reclamation projects. We've got a guy floating out there will real, proven skill, and it seems all we have to do to get him is offer term. We're not even to the cap floor yet, I'm sure we can afford it. But my God if he works out. What an offense we'll have.
  2. I'm with you on Semin. I wouldn't go offering him a lifetime contract, but I say we take a chance on him. But really, we need an upgrade on defense. It doesn't look like we're going to bother now, but I think we should. If that fails, I say go for Semin.
  3. Ah, yes. North Carolina seems to have this irresistible charm on people who move here. I've never experienced it personally, having lived her all my life, but rarely do you see a player leaving here not wanting to come back at some point.
  4. With all the promises that JR made specifically about trading for a first line winger and all the media chatter about him being super aggressive with Columbus, it's hard to believe we haven't put in a competitive offer. Maybe Howson has been speaking with Nash the past few days and he actually has added us to his list. I understand all the talk about not wanting him if he doesn't want to be here, but just because he didn't have us on his list originally doesn't mean he would hate being traded here. Let's be realistic. If you were Rick Nash and could control your destiny, would you go to a rebuilding team or a team that has consistently made the playoffs the past few years? All of this has gone down relatively quickly in the past few days. Howson has stated multiple times that he wasn't going to trade Nash until after July 1st. The reason being so the teams that lost out on Parise could up their bids. I can't blame him for that. Parise and Suter just signed a few hours ago, so the ball has just started rolling again on Nash. If we really do have a great offer on the table, then you better believe Howson is trying to sell Nash on the virtues of Carolina. I may be a bit biased, but I think the Hurricanes are an easy sell. Two great centers to feed Nash the puck, young stars in Skinner, Faulk, and soon Murphy, and an outstanding young goaltender in Cam Ward. Until something concrete comes out about Nash's preferences, I'm willing to give the guy the benefit of the doubt.
  5. Thank God! And Suter to the Wild.
  6. I believe the signing bonuses are added to the total salary and any other performance bonuses and then that amount is divided by the term to get the cap hit. A player cannot be paid more than %20 of the salary cap maximum in a given year.
  7. The way I understand it, the contracts are structured so the huge signing bonuses basically replace their salary. They may only get $1-$2 million in salary with the rest being signing bonuses. I wouldn't call it greedy. As an UFA, he's entitled to get the maximum he can. I know if I were a player, I'd look for the quick money right away. They never know what may happen. His career could be over a year from now.
  8. This is what kills small market teams. It's not that we can't afford to pay the average salary out every year, it's the fact that we can't pay out this huge amount of cash up front. It completely defeats the point of a salary cap. I wonder if this will be corrected in the next CBA?
  9. I just saw that and about had a heart attack. Not cool.
  10. It's not surprising that Parise didn't pick us. It was reported that the big markets are offering $12 million signing bonuses this year and next. Basically, $24 million in one year, not including salary. We just can't afford to put up that much cash in one year. It would kill us. Suter is reportedly looking for the same, so we probably won't get him either. Still, I'm happy to see Rutherford being so aggressive this year. I'm really optimistic for this team going forward.
  11. And the Rangers have the most leverage, because they're one of the teams on Nash's list. I'd love to have Nash, but I'm not sure I'd love to have Nash at the price it's going to take.
  12. Corvo, really? I literally just facepalmed. If he's the "veteran defenseman", then I'm going to be angry. It's still early, so plenty could happen. I'll save my emotions for now.
  13. I don't see any upside to resigning him. He's on the decline, so I don't really see getting any value out of it. Besides, we need a defense-first guy, which Corvo most certainly is not.
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