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  1. Sorry, my bad on the Brindy contract. Thought he was into 4th year already. TopShelf, serious question, and trust me I'm not trying to sound like an *edit*. I can obviously detect how passionate you are as a Canes fan and that you do not want to settle for mediocrity. Noticed on your profile that you are in Eastern NC, not the most traditional of hockey markets - and not in any way am I trying to suggest anything. But, out of curiousity, have you ever closely followed or been a "passionate" fan of any other NHL team other than the Canes. Again, not trying to be smart about my question, just trying to see where you are coming from.
  2. TopShelf, relax a little dude. Brindy's on the back end of his contract and is getting paid less now than the first three years. He's arguably been the team's best player for the first three years of that deal. Unfortunate about the injury, but he still offers more than 90% of the other options that are out there. At $3MM/year right now, that's a bargain. No one could have imagined his +/- this year would be like it is. His offensive struggles aren't all his problems (see Samsonov). He has to have some guys to play with too. Thank God he's on this team to win faceoffs, because no one else can win an important faceoff. Canes had to sign Staal to the deal he got or risk losing him. Tell me, honestly, would you rather overpay Staal, or not have him at all? If the Canes are perceived to not be able to hold on to their star players, no one will want to come here and we'll be a perennial World Championships feeder team. Staal does a lot of bad (mostly undisciplined) things on the ice - he's a turnover machine - but the good things he does are ten-fold. He's definitely struggling right now and Maurice has certainly addressed it. Watch him as he gets healthier. Can't believe you are getting all worked up about Babchuk! It's not like there is a lake full of top-4 defensemen swimming around just hoping to be gobbled up by an NHL team, especially for <$1MM. He's clearly a 5+ D-man and everyone knew that coming in. You have to take a chance on someone to get some bodies in here. EVERY team in the NHL has a couple of Babchuk's. Fortunately for most of them, they are not forced to play in the top 4 right now. You can't seriously be slamming JR for this move!
  3. It couldn't be more clear that the system that Lavi has had in place this season and most of last just isn't going to work. Whether it is due to lack of horses or the lack of willingness by the players, something absolutely had to be done. The Canes can no longer "run and gun" with the offensive powerhouses in the East. They simply do not have the goal-scoring ability that teams like Pittsburgh, Wash, and Montreal can bring to the table. Their shots on goal numbers have usually been impressive, but let's face it, they aren't striking fear into anyone's defense or causing goalies to lose sleep. For this team to be able to compete with the upper echelon of the league, they MUST have more of a focus on basic defensive principles. How many times this year have you seen a neutral ice turnover leading to a 2 or 3 on 1 rush the other way? How many times are we going to watch Staal make a blind drop pass that turns into a beautiful set-up leading to an odd-man rush? What about the turnovers in their own end while trying to get puck control that lead to opponents' goals (Just fire the puck out already!)? Paul Maurice will bring these defensive principles to practice every day and engrain them in the heads of the players. No, it won't be as pretty for us fans in the stands, but a 3-2 OT win is ALWAYS prettier than a 4-1 loss, I don't care what anyone says. Lavi's philosophy of the best defense is a good offense just hasn't worked with these players. During the Cup run, we had those players in place who were offensive players but were always defensively responsible first (see Recchi, Stillman). Guys like Eaves, Larose, Samsonov, and dare I say Staal just don't have those basic principles - or at least they don't exercise them in game situations. Mo will bring this responsibility back to these players. Again, success is most likely going to take some time, but it will happen. There's enough talent on this team for Mo not to thrive. Cam and Michael have got to be very happy with this decision.
  4. That's three years that he took a below average NHL team to the playoffs, once to the finals. Again, the guy knows how to coach. His first few years were trying to figure out what to do with a garbage team, where he had very little to work with, and still managed to win 30+ games. Toe Blake wouldn't have gotten those teams to the playoffs. JR knows what he's doing, and knows where and when blame should be placed. Of course he wasn't going to load up on salary in the Greensboro days. The year after the Cup appearance that was so painful to watch was with a bunch of overpaid AHLers save for a few guys who were either never fully recovered from the playoff run (Ronnie, Brindy, Wes, etc), headcases, or guys who just didn't fit. Again, not Mo's fault. I watched his last season-and-a-half as well and, yes, it was painful to watch, but it sure wasn't for the lack of coaching that those teams were as bad as they were. The players that mattered were the first to admit responsibility for his firing. There's a reason why only a little more than half of the starting '03/04 roster are still getting NHL paychecks. Again, everyone, give him a chance to work with the most talented NHL team he has ever had. He's not going to go to a style that is unbearable to watch i.e. clutch and grab defense first. Us dumb internet fan board posters who are self-proclaimed hockey experts know that it doesn't work in the "new" NHL, so you can damn well bet that that he knows. It's amazing how everyone just goes crazy assuming things are going to be like they were. He's in a much better position now than he was a few years ago, and especially than his time in Toronto.
  5. Wow. As a frequent lurker and seldom poster on this board I just had to chime in. It is truly unbelievable how foolish and naive most of you sound in your rants about Mo being back in Raleigh. Yes, I get that he had a couple of tough years here and that he has left a sour taste in your mouths. So much of that was not because of the coach but because of the mediocre players that he had to work with at the time. Let's face it, his last years here were comprised of some pretty bad players. If he was such a "horrible" coach when he was fired, why in the world would the Toronto Maple Leafs - the most visible, scrutinized, and fan-fared hockey team in the world - even dare take a chance on him in bringing him in to run the baby Leafs to eventually replace Pat Quinn behind the most pressure-packed bench in the sport? Once given the job to replace Quinn, he was in an automatic lose-lose situation. Someone referred to the country-club atmosphere in Leafland, but it was so much more than that. The players in the "old-boys club" that was left over by Quinn would not give him a chance to succeed. Mo is regarded around the league as one of the best hockey minds in the game. It's really amazing that he wasn't gobbled up by someone over the summer. The guy recognizes that the game has changed and that he can adjust his coaching style to succeed. For anyone who suggests that his clutch and grab and "boring" style is all he knows, I'm guessing, really hasn't a clue. He will bring and instill defensive responsibility - something that this team is so badly lacking over the past 14 months but at the same time will allow enough offensive freedom to make it fun to watch. He's not an idiot. He has under his reigns the most talented NHL team he has ever had. Let's watch him work with it. Whether he's been here in the past or not, the guy knows how to coach. For the first time in his NHL career he has pieces to work with. Will it happen this week? Probably not, but give him a chance to work it out instead of being so quick to crucify him. For any of you who are looking to firesale your tickets let me know.
  6. Excellent analysis. The Canes are a team in trouble when they are unable to establish the forecheck and cycling effort that leads to their scoring opportunities, or at least drawing a penalty. More importantly it enables their thin defense to not have the burden of protecting their zone. The argument that the best defense is a good offense (or at least offensive zone forecheck and puck control) couldn't ring more true than with this team. Your point that something needs to be done to get through the neutral zone when teams decide to clog it up is dead-on. Last night there was way to much of an attempt to gain the offensive zone by carrying it in which would lead to turnovers. Tampa Bay's transition game is too good to allow for those turnovers - and that's why we saw so many odd man rushes from them. The quick solution to that is to dump it in and skate like hell to get it, or at least get the d-man who might get their first. That's an effective way to create a forecheck which, with enough persistance, will lead to turnovers deep in their end. If nothing else it will tire their defense for later opportunities. Last night the near killer was the softy that Ward let in on the short side. The absolute killer, however, was the breakaway by the guy coming out of the box. There is really no excuse for that to happen. Tanabe was on the point and had to hear Ward slamming his stick to let him know the penalty wa about to expire. If you see the replay, David was just standing there on the point, not at all involved in the play. He absolutely has to be aware of the guy coming out of the box and get back. I'm not saying we lost because of that play, and I'm not coming down on Tanabe, but those are the types of plays that over the course of the season are the difference between a 2 seed and a 6 or 7 seed in the playoffs. One more thing... Where are you Eric Cole??? We so badly need him to get back to being able to ignite the boys to get that pressure in the offensive zone. He's clearly not the most gifted of puck handlers, and I counted at least 5 times last night where he should have dumped it in and went and hit somebody. We all have seen how he can be a difference maker. He needs to get back making a difference. I'm hoping like crazy that this is yet another wake-up call for a team that has all the potential in the world. Go Canes!
  7. I didn't know that, but that's okay. I'm sure he has suffered through many winters feeling the same agony that I once felt. I just realized after I got away from all the hype that things are much different here in a very good way. He may still very well be caught up in the craze. Those of us who have broken free call them "Leafaholics." A 12-step program might be a good thing for these people.
  8. I moved down to the Triangle in '99 and am by birth a huge hockey fan, having grown up in a hockey hot bed about an hour-and-a-half from Toronto (Peterborough, Ontario). Because of my proximity to Toronto, I was pretty much forced to join the masses in that insane city to be a Leafs supporter. As painful as it was through the '80's and most of the '90s, I would still put on my sweater every Saturday night and tune in to watch the bums lose yet again, and silently look forward to the late game that was broadcast that usually featured a certain number 99 for that team out west. With all of the media, all of the gear, all of the talk about the Leafs, I literally became brainwashed to support them. THANK GOD I ESCAPED THE CULT AND MOVED TO CAROLINA! During the Greensboro years I would pull for the Canes, but of course my loyalties, by nature, were still with the Blue and White. But slowly I was able to realize how things are different outside of the giant rink north of the border, and I could finally see from the ouside looking in, just how ridiculously fooled those Leafs fans are. I mean, how could anyone have supported the likes of Darcy Tucker or Shane Corson, unless they were part of that cult? I was able to realize just how special of an organization the Canes were slowly becoming and that they included some of the classiest players to play in the league. I just couldn't help but pull for these guys. After a couple of years I was able to completely break free from the evil grip, and now enjoy watching the Leafs fall on their faces. More importantly, I have become a huge Canes fan and look forward to every game. I really think this has the makings of being another special year. Go Canes!
  9. Without Stillman, the Canes are a .500 hockey team. There's a reason why 2 of the last 3 Cup Champions had him on their first line.
  10. I've been an observer of this board for some time now and enjoy everyone's passion for the game and Canes. With regard to Stillman as being the key, the simple answer to the question is "YES." This guy brings to the team what very few in the league in the last 10 years has been able to do. His gift is making everyone around him a much better goal scorer. Very few guys have a knack for anticipating the game like Corey does. He is consistently seeing the game about three plays ahead. This is why he is able to spring guys like Cole for those rushes in from the right wing to either score or draw a penalty. This is why Staal had an unbelievable scoring year in '05/'06. (I won't even get into what he dod for Lecavalier and St. Louis in Tampa when they won). If you asked Staal how much he missed playing with Stillman last year for 40 games, he would probably equate it to playing with one hand chopped off. He is the catalyst for the high flyers. He makes the other guys go by getting them the puck in places where they can do something with it. He just doesn't throw it out to the front of the net and hope for a rebound, and rarely does he make a low percentage pass. This is what his experience brings. Sure he isn't as fast as some of the younger guys, but he hits them exactly when and where they need to be receiving the puck. Look how good the power play is with him out there. I could go on about him defensively, but will save that. You could probably count about 3 or 4 times a game where he saves Staal's butt from being caught behind the play. I'm not saying Staal's a bad defensive player, because he's not, just that some of his risks on offense leave him vulnerable on defense. No matter where Corey's played, he has produced points (save for his first two years as a fourth-liner). Let's all hope that he can stay healthy this year, because without him, this team loses a crucial part of its offensive attack. Let's face it, the Canes aren't going to win too many 2-1 or 1-0 games this year, so they have to score many goals.
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