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  1. If I can get tickets somehow, I'll be there as well. Living in Germany, my way there isn't that long, a flight shouldn't take more than about 2 hrs for me. This will be the first time I'll see the canes, or even any NHL team live, makes me really excited!

    If some of you guys come over, I'd love to meet you there...will be a great time smile.gif

    Does anyone know something about when tickt sales will start?

    That sounds great!  I would love to meet our European fans.  That and I listen to a lot of German music. 

      


  2. Count me in on the group of people going.  I'm so excited about this.  Trying to learn Finnish, which is very hard mind you, but I'm still trying.  It would probably be easier if I actually could talk to someone who speaks Finnish.  LOL 

    Just waiting for the Canes to come out with a package.  Need to get passport too, this will be a blast not only for us Caniacs, but for the people in Finland too. 

    I agree with you TSA and welcome to the Finns on our board.  Any language help would be great too.  Do people in Helsinki speak english, or do the majority of them speak Finnish?  This way I know if I'm going to be doomed.  roll.gif 


  3. [quote name='fpsndiver wrote:


    GhoulieGirl wrote:

    fpsndiver']I was debating whether my next jersey would be a Gleason or Pitkanen. The question was answered tonight with that point shot. Congratulations Joni, you just cost me, but made the Canes some more money. Joni was a beast tonight against Florida. He lost the puck skating up the left boards in the 2nd period, he turned around, caught up to the player that stripped him, and returned the favor. The man is a beast. At one point tonight, one of the Florida wingers fell at Joni's feet, and Joni had a little 'fun' with him behind the play....mruahahahaha.

    Joni's goal was all sorts of awesome!  With the gift card from my bosses two Christmases ago, I got an authentic black Joni jersey.  Love it!!! 

    Don't worry, he cost me last season too, and all the Finns just cost me this season.  I just said that if he got a goal I'd get a new tattoo, little did I know that goal would come the very next night.  LOL  Now I get more ink because of Ruu's hat trick a while ago, and the Finnish Hat Trick that happened last night!  It's not like I needed it, just an excuse to get another one. 
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    Hey there ghouliegirl...were you sitting in 314E last night?  Cheering on "butters"?????  If so, that was me and my son next to you.Nope, wasn't me.  I sit down in section 101 row d seat 1.  Right were Ron the Ref is during intermissions.  I'm normally in my Finland baseball hat though, or carrying around posters in Finnish.  smile.gif   I am hoping to get my new ink during the break though. 

      


  4. From Spectors today:

    Latest on Marty Turco, Ray Whitney, Lee Stempniak and Rostislav Olesz, plus a Kings-Canadiens trade is rumored to be in the works.

    TRIANGLE BUSINESS JOURNAL: reports Carolina Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford expects to trade Matt Cullen before the Olympic break and Ray Whitney after the break but before the March 3rd deadline.

    SPECTOR'S NOTE: That appears to suggest moving Whitney will be a more complicated effort than Cullen, given the former's no-trade clause. Rutherford reportedly had a deal in place with the LA Kings a couple of weeks ago but it fell through when Whitney attempted to use his clause to leverage a three-year contract extension from the Kings.

    CANOE.CA: Patrick Caisse reported on his blog last night of a rumored deal in the works between the Montreal Canadiens and LA Kings, which reportedly would see Kings winger Alex Frolov shipped to Montreal depending upon whether or not the Kings could land an experienced forward. Caisse speculates either Carolina's Ray Whitney or Atlanta's Slava Kozlov might be of interest to the Kings. He had no word on what the return from the Habs might be but suggested winger Max Pacioretty's name has appeared in recent rumors although the Kings would want more in return.

    SPECTOR'S NOTE: Frolov to the Canadiens has been in the rumor mill since last fall. Take this one for what it's worth, folks. We know the Kings tried to land Whitney but that deal fell through over his contract demands. Kozlov was recently a healthy scratch for the Thrashers.


  5. I was debating whether my next jersey would be a Gleason or Pitkanen. The question was answered tonight with that point shot. Congratulations Joni, you just cost me, but made the Canes some more money. Joni was a beast tonight against Florida. He lost the puck skating up the left boards in the 2nd period, he turned around, caught up to the player that stripped him, and returned the favor. The man is a beast. At one point tonight, one of the Florida wingers fell at Joni's feet, and Joni had a little 'fun' with him behind the play....mruahahahaha.
    Joni's goal was all sorts of awesome!  With the gift card from my bosses two Christmases ago, I got an authentic black Joni jersey.  Love it!!! 

    Don't worry, he cost me last season too, and all the Finns just cost me this season.  I just said that if he got a goal I'd get a new tattoo, little did I know that goal would come the very next night.  LOL  Now I get more ink because of Ruu's hat trick a while ago, and the Finnish Hat Trick that happened last night!  It's not like I needed it, just an excuse to get another one.  laugh.gif

      


  6. [quote name='ZCAB wrote:


    robcantplayhockey']

    I've always had beef with Pitkanen because they traded away my favorite player, Cole, for him.   

    Well, I would note that Pitkanen was -12 through 12 games. Since then he's been a cumulative -4 through 37 games playing by far the most minutes on defense on a bad team.

    And who is the lowest on the defense? His defensive partner Aaron Ward. That may have something to do with it. You can't view stats in a vaccuum, or otherwise you could make an argument to say that Cam Ward has been terrible due the fact that he is 28th in GAA among qualifying goalies. That would ignore the defensive play of the team in front of him.

     And I also note that Pitkanen is usually on the ice when we pull the goalie, whereas Alberts and Carson never are and Gleason is only part of the time. Empty net goals count against . Let's look at like this: Pitkanen has 7 empty net goals against, while Carson has 0. Let's say the reverse were true (Pitkanen 0 against and Carson 7). All of the sudden you have Carson at -7 and Pitkanen at -9 with Pitkanen playing significantly tougher minutes. That's another thing: Carson and Alberts play limited minutes against 3rd and 4th liners. There was a game recently (against Edmonton) where Pitkanen played close to
    triple
    that of Alberts. To say that those guys are better defensively than Pitkanen is like saying that Babchuk was way better than Seidenberg because he was +13 vs. Seidenberg's -9. Look at the role, the minutes, the teammates and the opposition.

    You mention that you are a big Cole fan. Well, Cole is -9 through just 20 games. Pro-rate that to Pitkanen's 49GP and you get a beautiful -23 rating for Cole. Would it be fair to use Cole's as an example of why he sucks and isn't worth the money? I am not personally a Cole fan, but even I wouldn't use against him as I think it's a total garbage stat.

    You say it's his job to play defense. While true, it is also clear that his role is also to create offense and that also involves taking chances at times, which *sometimes* results in him getting burnt. Do you think the coaching staff plays him close to 30 minutes a game because he's so super awesome defensively? No, it's partly because they need him to create offense and he has been the only defenseman on the team for the last few months (with Corvo gone) capable of doing so. Saying "he's a defenseman, he should play defense" is an incredibly simplistic look at things. That's like saying that forwards shouldn't have to backcheck because it's there job to score. Pitkanen has
    twice
    as many points as our next closest defenseman (33 to Gleason's 16). He is tied for 10th among all defensemen in scoring despite missing 8 games. 

    ZCAB I agree with what you are saying 100%.  The rating is silly.  biggrin.gif

    Since the original poster opened up a can of worms about Pitkanen's trade, I will lay my 2 cents on that one.  I kept really quite when this all went down when we got him.  You can get mad at Pitkanen all you want about the Cole trade, but JR is the one who pulled that trade, not Pitkanen or Cole.  If you were to get upset with anyone, it should be JR and not the players involved.  Pitkanen or Cole are not to blame, so getting upset and having a beef with Pitkanen because JR traded Cole for Pitkanen makes no sense to me.  

    Again, that's just my 2 cents.

      


  7. I agree that Joni is on the ice a lot during a game, and sometimes does take bad penalties.  As most have said, could be because he is tired.  I do, however, don't like the elbowing penalties he's given, IMO, I think that's nothing but a height difference.  

    First off, Joni is my favorite player; however, I have seen Joni turn the puck over (the Carcillo goal comes to mind as of recent), no one is perfect on the ice be it Finn or non Finn.  Things happen very fast on the ice, so mistakes will happen to anyone.  I will say that his shot is more accurate than some. 

    Joni is not an overly physical player, but when needed he will lay a hit.

    Joni does what he does best, whether it be a wrist shot or just a slap shot.  He's a great defenseman and an asset to our team.


  8. Regarding Pitkanen:

    I think JR is listening to offers, as he should. But IF i'm JR, Pitkanen doesn't get traded unless you are giving me a NHL ready defensemen who will be RFA after his contract expires along with a pick or prospect (i don't see many teams offering that). We absolutely cannot go into July 1st with Gleason as our only legit Top 4 dman. Even if he has plans to re-sign Corvo, I might hold off trading Pitkanen until this time next year and after I talk to his agent and get a feel for what his asking price is. IMHO, we need to start the season with Pitkanen and go from there.

    As for his name popping it, it all started with Chip Alexander and his '5 untouchables' debate last Monday. That's when all the 'speculation' of Joni being traded started b/c Pitkanen was left off that list.

    If I'm thinking JR is as smart as me, he's listening to offers for everyone minus Staal/Cam, but won't trade his core unless its an offer you just can't refuse and I don't see many teams willing or able to give us what I consider an offer you can't refuse (young Top 4 D or young Top 6 forward along with picks and/or prospects). And my core consists of Staal/Cam/Ruutu/Sutter/Gleason/Pitkanen.

    I need to be JRs assistant so I can guide him in the right direction roll.gif

     

    I agree with what you say.  As of right now, Gleason, Pitkanen, and Alberts, I think are all we got signed through next season.  You trade away Pitkanen and you are left with Gleason and Alberts.  Only one top four d-man really scares me.

    Let me know if you all need an assistant when you become his partner!  I would be more than happy to help out.  laugh.gif

      


  9. CBCSPORTS.CA: Friedman suggests Carolina Hurricanes forward Ray Whitney might give an edge to any team willing to re-sign him. Whitney is a UFA in July who has a no-trade clause this season.   Speaking of the Hurricanes, GM Jim Rutherford might be changing his mind about not trading defenseman Joni Pitkanen

    SPECTOR'S NOTE: It's been rumored Whitney might consider returning to the Hurricanes...As for Pitkanen he could fetch a decent return if he hits the trade block this season

     

    I'm sorry, but why trade Pitkanen?  What is a decent return, another Eric Staal, someone with a huge contract for him to absorb?  Most teams I wouldn't think would give up their prize players for Joni.  He's an offensive threat, so I just don't get it.  So we will have one d-man to build around in Gleason????  Why not build around Pitkanen and Gleason??  Just don't get this, not at all.

      


  10. Good write up in the N & O with some nice quotes from Whtney, Staal, Brind'Amour, Maurice and JR:

    Canes change captains

    RALEIGH On the day Eric Staal was made captain of the Carolina Hurricanes, it also seemed fitting that he reclaimed his position as the team's top-line center.

    Full article

    Wasn't he pulled from the center position due to his frustration of not being able to win a face-off?  Why do this?  As much as I don't agree with him being named the next captain due to his lack of consistent effort on the ice, putting him back into a position that caused him much frustration makes absolutely no sense to me at all. 

    Look at the face-off percentages with him back at center, and they will drop.  I noticed the first game he was pulled and our face-off wins went way up.

      


  11. I had to let this sink in before posting.

    I'm sorry, but I don't like this, not at all. I felt that Tim Gleason deserved the C more than Eric Staal. Gleason has heart and has shown his heart. Staal hasn't shown up since we won the Cup, and to me doesn't bring his A game every night, only when he feels like showing up. He has potential, but doesn't use it. I'm just completely floored by this decision. Way to slap Roddy in the face by stripping him of the C. I honestly felt this should have been done in the off season and let him bow out gracefully.

    All I can say, it's lets see what the prima donna does or doesn't do now.


  12. That brings me to the question: Where could I purchase tickets for those games and where do I get facts on when exactly they're being played? Through the last years, I got to know these things not before all tickets were sold already...

    I'm sure the NHL would announce a time, but not sure if it would be Finland time, about six hours ahead of us or US time.  If I remember correctly, those Finns snatched those tickets up fairly quickly, so if it's Finn time, you may want to set your clock to get up and be aware of the Euro conversion.  The tickets may be on line in Euro and not US dollars if they are sold in Finland.  Not really sure how that works, just guess work on my part.

    There is also a possibilty that the Canes may be allotted so many tickets and like what Detroit did, offer packages.  That would be awesome.  I really want to go to Finland to watch the games, but to also see the country.  I'm hoping that this does happen and the package prices aren't too expensive.

      

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