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  1. Actually, now it is over. Their last on ice session was today at the PNC Arena. Before this week, they've been skating every weekday morning at Raleigh Center Ice for at least the last 3 weeks I think. And now, I think it's referred to as Camp Harrison. The day I went out there, he certainly was running the show! But that was during the period that Eric was at the Canadian Olympic camp.
  2. For some reason, when I see Ryan Murphy on the ice, his features and expression make me think of Rob Lowe in Youngblood. http://static.igossip.com/photos_2012/261/tweeted-rob-lowe-youngblood.jpg
  3. Hey there! Oh, I have NHL Center Ice and I'm a Canes season ticket holder (don't worry, not a Sabres fan!). I watch far too much hockey for my own good! Ha! Gerbe doesn't play like he's small, which is why I always liked him. However, I hope that his recent injury problem isn't a longterm trend. He certainly deserves the benefit of the doubt!
  4. I think you're talking to me. I've seen Gerbe play quite a bit with the Sabres and I know he had a tough year last year recovering from an injury. He's still young and before last year, he didn't look like a borderline NHLer to me. I'm not saying he's a star, but definitely has skill and a LOT of grit. Exactly what we've been missing. The only X factor is his health. From what I've heard, it shouldn't be an issue. But, I believe it was a back injury, so you never know if it might flare up again during what promises to be a competitive training camp.
  5. I think a lot of Canes fans are underestimating Nathan Gerbe and his chances of making this team. Providing he's healthy by camp's end, I'm certain he will make our opening night roster. The guys with the real chances of missing out are Palushaj, Boychuk, Dalpe and Rask. Of course, Welsh should be in danger of not making the team, but his one-way contract means he'd have to totally blow it in camp to not make the team.
  6. Like a lot of longtime Hurricanes fans, I'm sad to see Chad parting ways with us. For me, players like Larose are a BIG part of what attracted me to hockey in the first place. I've always enjoyed watching the Troy Loney's and Kent Manderville's of the world playing in this league mostly because of guts and hard work. Chad entered this league after plugging away in the ECHL and then AHL. That, in itself, is quite rare. The ECHL isn't much of a developmental league, with regard to the NHL, except perhaps for goalies due to the limited number of roster spots available. I remember seeing him practicing with some of the NHL guys prior to his first NHL season (05-06) and I immediately saw that his effort level and intensity were at a very high level. As luck would have it, I saw him and Jesse Boulerice at a local bar a few nights later. Usually, I don't approach players (or any other celebs), but I went over and said hello and told Chad that I'd watched him practice and that he definitely had what it takes to be in the NHL. I told him not to give up and keep doing what he was doing. So, I was very pleased to see him make it to the NHL and stay there. This guy wore his Canes jersey with a ton of pride and has an enthusiasm that you just don't find in every player. Chad, I wish you all the best and I hope you get another NHL contract. I think you've earned the benefit of the doubt around the league and think you're gonna bounce back from a rough season.
  7. Too bad we don't have the $$ to trade for Iginla!
  8. [quote name='remkin wrote: karparules wrote: goeb']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. I know that many of us would not like to see Brind'Amour back for the final season of his contract, but I strongly disagree with the idea of putting him on waivers or sinking to any depths to get rid of him. As I'm sure many have said, Rod deserves better than that after all he's given to this franchise and fanbase. I guarantee that he is the one that is most aware of his slowdown this season and I believe in his character enough to expect that he and Rutherford will work out a graceful exit strategy. He won't be waived and I seriously doubt that we would even try to trade him or that any team would be willing to trade for that big contract. I hope that this is the final season as a player for Rod, but I want it to happen in a way that allows him to keep his dignity. If for some reason, he decides that he wants to play out his final year, I'm okay with it. Yes, I know that this will damage our ability to bring in FAs, but he earned that contract through hard work and it should be his decision ultimately. I like many of your non-Brind'Amour points and appreciate the sentiment about Rod. I also hope that Rod goes out with class. But this team does not owe Rod another blown season. If Rod plays hardball and insists on playing next year, it should be in Charlotte. Sorry, but in my opinion the disaster that was the start of this season was what happens when the team feels it owes Brind'Amour more than it owes the rest of the team or the fans. This season squares all debts. I hope that Rod goes out with class and style. He does deserve that, but only if he agrees to take it. Sorry but it's time to make a deal he can't refuse. I totally understand your thoughts on this. It does seem like we've given him enough time. I tend to think that Rutherford would never send Rod to the minors UNLESS he told him flat out at the start of the season that this would be an option. Even then, I just can't imagine JR going through with this. I do think that Rod will retire this season or be bought out this summer. Rutherford will get something done here.
  9. I know that many of us would not like to see Brind'Amour back for the final season of his contract, but I strongly disagree with the idea of putting him on waivers or sinking to any depths to get rid of him. As I'm sure many have said, Rod deserves better than that after all he's given to this franchise and fanbase. I guarantee that he is the one that is most aware of his slowdown this season and I believe in his character enough to expect that he and Rutherford will work out a graceful exit strategy. He won't be waived and I seriously doubt that we would even try to trade him or that any team would be willing to trade for that big contract. I hope that this is the final season as a player for Rod, but I want it to happen in a way that allows him to keep his dignity. If for some reason, he decides that he wants to play out his final year, I'm okay with it. Yes, I know that this will damage our ability to bring in FAs, but he earned that contract through hard work and it should be his decision ultimately. Samsonov will only be gone if we buy out his final year. Rutherford and Karmanos hate the buyout option, so I would suggest we all pencil Samsonov in for next year. He certainly isn't playing like a $2.5 million winger ($2.8 next year!), but I still like the guy and hope that he turns it around. You know, he could just be injured. We all like to give our favorite players like Gleason the benefit of the doubt if they don't look like they have their A-game on, so why don't we give the same courtesy to Sammie? Whatever you want to say about him, I don't think you can say that he is lazy or has an attitude problem. He's one of the good guys and I hope he can have a good year next year, cause he'll be a Cane. I'm curious to see what will happen with Bryan Rodney this summer. He'll be a UFA and I wonder if he'll get a contract offer from the Canes. I can see Rodney bolting to Europe for a year to try and build his resume a bit in hopes of getting a one-way contract down the road. Finally, who here thinks that Justin Williams could be back next year? If I'm not mistaken, he'll be a UFA this summer. I guess a lot depends on how the playoffs go for LA. He's finally healthy again and has great chemistry with Kopitar. Still, LA might be afraid to plunk down a load of cash for injury-cursed player. I certainly wouldn't be shocked if he were to find his way back to Raleigh next season.
  10. I'm not a huge fan of the shootout, but frankly, shouldn't Canada have worked harder to win this one in regulation? No disrespect to the Swiss, because they are obviously well-coached and play very hard, but I think Canada didn't really seem to take this game seriously until it was too late. Everyone looked unenthusiastic until late in the game. Team Canada is lucky that they were playing the Swiss and not the Germans, who are similar to the Swiss in their style and effort level, but more talented. So far, Canada looks like an all-star team, in a bad way. You've got just about everyone trying to set up a gasp-inducing beautiful play instead of taking the shot. No one wants to do the grind-it-out work that winning takes. Luckily, they have time to get it together. I guess we'll see if Babcock can earn his keep as coach, because the coaches have a lot of work to do if they intend to win a medal. Obviously, the skill is there to win gold, but the players have to buy in to a system and play their roles. Also, the one player I would call out is Chris Pronger. If he looks slow against the Swiss, how will he fare against tougher (and faster) competition?
  11. I too have been very pleased with the play of Peters in his first two starts. But, I agree with others who have pointed out that he has benefited from playing behind a confident team. To me, Peters has shown that he is back on track as a solid NHL prospect, but I feel like he'll be better served with another year in the AHL. He's got the skill, but he still looks a bit shaky at times and needs some work on handling the puck. I would be happy to have Legace back for another year. I really like his personality, as he seems like a genuinely nice fellow and good teammate. I'm not sure why anyone would not be happy with his on-ice performance this season. To me, he has been solid in most of the games he's played. Sure, there have been a few off games, but every goaltender, no matter how good, has those. The Canes have had a tough time finding a backup goalie that is able to accept the fact that he isn't a starter, but Legace seems a great fit. If the money is right, I'd like him back for one more year. Peters will be ready after another season.
  12. Well, I'll be sorry to see Cullen go (again), but it does make sense for the team. Wherever he ends up, I hope it ends with him hoisting another Cup. Also, I know that this isn't Canes news, but I was surprised to see on Spector today that there are rumors out of Florida that Rotislav Olesz is trade bait. I'm surprised by this (if it's true), as I always thought he was a pretty good player. He's still really young (23) and recently signed a long-term contract. Any re-building team that is looking to get younger would do well to keep an eye on that situation.
  13. I tend to agree with your assessments here. I've really liked the way that Pat Dwyer has been playing lately. I tend to think that his ceiling at the NHL level is to be a good 4th liner and PK guy, but hey, you need those guys. Tlusty has really impressed me with his defensive acumen. I can see that he has some natural scoring ability as well, but similar to Sutter, he works very hard to be defensively responsible on the ice. I agree that Boychuk needs more AHL seasoning. They still have a lot of hockey to play this year, and are looking like a playoff team, so hopefully the experience will do him good. I'm doubtful that he will be ready to step into the Canes lineup to start next season. Still, an exciting prospect. I think that Jerome Samson looked good in his brief callup. In my opinion, he is farther along than guys like Boychuk and Bowman. If he's ever going to be an NHLer for the Canes, he has to make it happen in the next training camp. I rank Bowman similarly to Boychuk. Of course, we haven't yet had a long look at him, but I'm expecting that he'll need a little longer in Albany (or Charlotte!). Brett Carson is absolutely ready to stay in the NHL. He's proven everything at the AHL level and is showing himself to be a steady young defender with a good all-around game. He will only improve by playing in the NHL and should be on our opening night roster next season. Other guys that I'd like to see this season are Chaput, Blanchard, Nick Dodge, and Brett Bellemore. These guys are getting close to the make-it-or-break-it stage of their hockey careers. They've all had varying degrees of success at the AHL level and need to take that step forward. When Blanchard had his callup, he didn't look out of place to me. I'd like a longer look. Apparently, Casey Borer has finally resumed his playing career, but we probably won't know until next training camp if he's back on track for an NHL job. The same goes for Michael Ryan, but I seem to remember that he'll be a free agent this summer, and I'd be surprised if we re-sign him. So, his only chance to stick might be if he's able to get a callup before the season ends. Tlusty, Dwyer and Carson should all stay in the NHL at this point.
  14. 1st overall, whatever. It would certainly be nice to get the 1st overall pick, or even the 2nd or 3rd, but I would like our team to come by it honestly. I would rather see these guys play hard every night, even if it means we end up finishing like 10th in the conference. I'm sure that isn't the popular view, but these guys are pros and I like to see people earn their pay. Lately, they've been doing that.
  15. Hmm. Well, he is our captain and one of the best players to ever wear the Carolina jersey, so what's the problem? Sure, we've heard it all before, but people obviously still want to talk about it. Frankly, I'd be irritated if there hadn't been a lot of talk about Rod this year. I'm sure that, during his last season in Toronto, there was only one message board thread about Mats Sundin.
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