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  1. I live in the DC area too. Been to several of the Caps/Canes game there over the years. Not as fun as going to PNC but much more convenient than the drive on I-95 south, especially for the 2x week trips during the 2006 playoffs. My son and I took the train up to MSG to catch the Michigan/Penn State basketball/hockey doubleheader they held at the end of January this year, stayed the night, and came back next day - had a great time. That led into a discussion of doing something similar for the Canes games in Philly, NJ, and NY. Let's see what is available when the schedule comes out.
  2. Caps are hosting the next Winter Classic so I have my fingers crossed for the Canes to be the visiting team. Being a displaced NC native in the DC suburbs I am hopeful since the Caps have already had a Classic against the Penguins and the NY/NE teams already have played a Classic/Stadium series game. If the NHL is going to pull in a new team into the rotation the Canes would be a logical pick.
  3. The Checkers' website list the games as February 14 (7:30pm) and 16th (1:30pm). I went to the Checkers game in Raleigh last year and it was a good time. http://www.gocheckers.com/schedule.html
  4. Not sure if I agree with this and the similar comments. We need to remember last year at this time we had Brandon Sutter who I would not have thought was going anywhere but now is in Pittsburgh. Sutter was an 11th overall pick versus Skinner being 7th. They both brought different things to the team that is hard to measure in just stats. Interestingly too is that Sutter did have a concussion early on also. For the right deal I would think JR would trade anyone not named Staal, Semin, Ward, or Faulk.
  5. Go to http://capitals.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=88095 to see the Caps prices for next year. There is a seating chart and prices at the bottom of the page. I did spot check center ice lower level and the lower level south/lower preferred end and the Canes full season ticket prices are lower - center ice $122 Caps, $99 Canes; LLS $92 Caps, $66 Canes.
  6. I am scared of Mo returning and becoming GM if/when JR is out.
  7. Possibly this was because Muller is familiar with him: "Bergeron played for the Montreal Canadiens in the 2009-2010 season, when Muller was an assistant coach for the Habs. He had 13 goals and 34 points in the regular season and played in 19 playoff games. "We're bringing him in (to help) with special teams, the power play," Muller said. "We all know we need help on there on the blue line. ... He has enough hockey sense that he should be able to jump in and feel comfortable with what we ask him to do. "Basically he shoots the puck. He's a shooter and he's got a cannon." http://blogs.newsobserver.com/canes/ellis-to-start-bergeron-expected-to-play Read more here: http://blogs.newsobserver.com/canes/ellis-to-start-bergeron-expected-to-play#storylink=cpy
  8. Who has been your MVP? Semin - he has unlocked the first line. Even when Staal and Tlusty were beginning to click last season they were still missing the third player on the line to really get them to shine. Who has been your Surprise player to the upside? and why - Tlusty - he came in under the radar as an after thought on the first line and ended up being an equal contributor. I think playing during the lockout with Jagr and Plekanec on his line in the Czech league did wonders for his development. Who has been your Disapointment and why? - the first power play unit. For the amount of firepower in that group they have under-performed on the advantage. Where do you think the Canes will end year? Position and points - squeak out third with 60 points.
  9. The inch of slush after 7"-12" of snow were predicted today where I live. Took the day off of work. Worst snow day ever.
  10. 1) What will Eric Staal's +/- be after and including the game on Feb 21st? +12 2) How many assists will Jordan Staal and Alex Semin have combined for after and including the game on Feb 21st? 22 3) How many goals will Jeff Skinner have after and including the game on Feb 21st? 9 4) What place in the conference (not division) will the Canes be after and including the game on Feb 21st? 7th (tied with Lightning lose tie-breaker for 3rd) Bonus question worth 3 points!! How many total points will the Canes have after and including the game on Feb 21st? 19
  11. Going by games played is skewed. The information above does not account for the partial games. Cam has been in goal for 421 minutes - roughly 7 games. 241/7 is 34 and some change. Compare it to shots per minute played then you would probably have a more reasonable comparison but still does not account for shot quality.
  12. Amen, I have been in the DC area for years and that was always the story - Alex #8 good, Alex #28(or whatever he was on the Caps bad,lazy,etc.) The Caps and their fans are beginning to see the true colors of their leader especially since Semin is not around to blame and the three coaches over the past couple of seasons. I think the Semin story also stuck since he did not talk to the media or really care what was going on in the stories. Always easier to blame the whipping boy that does not talk than look in the mirror to see the true mess the Caps are.
  13. The year I went (2007?) they had a pennant that was handed out and could be signed. The players were pretty much signing anything you handed to them.
  14. Some might end up with more than 82 total games played. From the Checkers website games played in the AHL are: Boychuk - 37 Dalpe - 38 Faulk - 31 Bowman - 37 Sanguinetti - 36 Ellis - 18
  15. I would give it more time to see what happens after all the "we're sorry" promotions run their course. Half price tickets, kids for free, prizes, reduced cost concessions and BOGO's will fill the arenas but skew the numbers. If they released the revenue numbers and compared it to previous seasons that would be a better comparison. Might as well make two more wishes while I am at it...
  16. 1) Who scores the first goal of the season? Faulk (on PP) 2) Who scores the first assist (primary assist only if there are 2)? E Staal 3) Who takes the first penalty of the season? Joni 4) What will that penalty be for? hooking 5) Who scores the first PP goal? Faulk 6) Who has the first fighting major of the season? Skinner ;-) Part 2 Copy and paste the following: 1) What will the Canes record be on and including Feb 12th?(after the first 12 games) 7-4-1 1 pt 2) How many games will our back up goalie have played by and including Feb 12th? 3 1pt
  17. During the season the schedule is posted at: http://hurricanes.nh...ge.htm?id=45167 (hopefully the link works). I have been to several with my kids and they really enjoy being able to go down to the glass and see everything up close.
  18. I was a season ticket holder and got a call Monday morning of last week to woo me back after the framework was agreed upon. With the revised schedule and other activities planned it just does not work anymore. I will make a couple of games but not enough to consider a ticket package.
  19. Westgarth is Cowher's son-in-law. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Westgarth)
  20. As a fan that travels in from out of town (~5 hours) it is disappointing that the schedule lacks a weekend combo of Friday and then Saturday or Sunday home game. Personally, it is hard to justify taking two days off of work for a Thursday and Saturday combination. Surprised that there are no home games Presidents' Day weekend where the original schedule had home games on Friday, Saturday, and the holiday Monday. PNC still appears to be available for those original game times. Looks like only a game or two in person for me this season when the Canes are in DC and CenterIce for the remainder. Guess I should look on the brightside, at least there is a schedule and season finally.
  21. Maybe this will push it over the top. Seriously though for a moment - how does hockey avoid going through this again in 8 to 10 years? What are both sides doing to keep history from repeating itself? If both sides want to put out there a sign of good faith (rainbow to Noah) then why not add some provision for dispute resolution? Promising that the next agreement both sides will take part in daily mediation three months prior to expiration and binding arbitration a month prior on any unresolved issues would be a step in a positive direction. No more stoppages in play. Would appease some of the sponsors too. Just a thought.
  22. I called up on Wednesday and sent the email in to cancel my tickets. After six years of being a ticket holder I had finally had enough of this situation and am trying to move on. <Begin rant> I am disappointed in all involved on theCBA. The owners cannot live with theagreement they forced onto the players last time around. If they are not happy with the last CBA whyshould we not expect to encounter this again when the next CBA expires. The players could/did not decide to come tothe table to negotiate until after the season was over and created a time crunch – really was that inyour best interest? Plenty ofdisappointment all around. I have to thank everyone involved though too –your actions have led me to re-evaluate the importance of hockey in my life andI have realized that at the current level it is an unhealthy addiction. Yes, I am an addict. There are no good answers on why I devote theamount of time, effort, energy, and resources to groups that obviously are notdevoting a proportionate amount in return to resolve their issues. It is a bad relationship and I am on thelosing end. I know my situation is an outlier – I live inthe Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC so a game experience usually involvesfinding a weekend with two games at the PNC driving down to NC Thursday nightor Friday morning. Hopefully they have apractice one morning of the weekend that I will take my four year old son to sohe can get his fix. Catch the games and theweekend ends by hauling back to DC, only 5 hours of joy on I-95 if the trafficis good and kids not screaming. Why do I do this? Bad habit is the only thing I can come upwith. As much as I enjoy going to thegames, I can find similar joy/entertainment watching them on TV from thecomfort of my home. CenterIce and theTivo allow me to catch the games at my convenience. Yes it is missing the arena experience but tobe honest I have hit the highs of being there for the 2002 and 2006 playoffs,seen the Cup skated – the bucket list items have been checked off. Even the improbable event of seeing a goalieget credit for a goal was checked off last season. One day in the future I would like to take mysons to a playoff game to share that type of experience but they are too young torealize the significance of it right now if/when playoffs happen again. They enjoy going to watch thepractices more than attending the games – you can go down to the glass, see theplayers up close, even talk with them during lulls, and it is free. The realization is that as much as I want totoss all this aside for a clean break, it is just not going to happen. So, it is time to take the following steps to as I am stepping away: - Ticketpackage was cancelled on Wednesday. After being a mini-plan or season ticket holder for 6 years I quit. - I have realized that my lifedoes not revolve around hockey, now it will be seen more as a spare time recreationthan something to plan other events around. - If/whenI step back into the arena for the game, I will not pay more than 50% of facevalue for the tickets. Time to shut offthe money flow. There are plenty ofpromotional nights and tickets for resale that will allow for that to be easily accomplished. Will this change anything in the grand schemeof things and get a CBA agreed upon quicker? Doubtful. It will though shiftthe money I would have spent on tickets into a different category in the household budgetand make available more recreational time. Both sides need to realize that they are impacting the future of their business/income by keeping this going. As the league is trying to expand its base this is harmful to all involve. Before the 1992 Olympics and the Icecaps coming to town I had never really watched a game. Since then I have probably attended over 250+ games of various levels (ECHL, NCAA I, IHL, NHL). Hockey was not in my blood but became part of it. Now it is seeping away. Fans like me (some now former) are realizing there are other reasonable alternatives to devote their time and money to and that will be a tough hill for the NHL to climb out of once this reaches a conclusion. <rant done> If nothing else that was slightly therapeutic, Aaron
  23. "The fans I see only show me one finger. Odd, I really do have all ten...."
  24. Did it and text is in black now - thanks!
  25. I live in the DC area and no one is missing hockey right now with both the Nationals and Orioles making the playoffs. People might notice later today when Ovechkin's KHL game is broadcast but that is doubtful. With the baseball playoff series and the Skins and Ravens, people here are still stuck on Stratsburg being shut down and if RG3 is concussed or whoever is running for election. Driving up to Hershey for a game is an option. That is 2.5 hours one way so it is probably does not fit within being reasonable to many. I will not throw stones at those that try since I go 5+ hours to PNC at least once a month during the season. Guess the other thing people need to consider is the arena/stadium deals that involve public financing. Part of the sell to get the bonds/votes is that the taxes from the tickets/merchandise/etc and jobs created help offset the cost of putting up the money. If the owners (entity asking for the money) are cancelling every 8th season that changes the equation and reduces the benefits greatly to the public.
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