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  1. I liked what Minnesota did two years ago. They took an enforcer, Todd Fedoruk, and told him park in front of the net and screen the goalie - and hey, it worked. Why cant the Hurricanes just try that? Send out Tim Conboy on the second power play unit and see what happens. Up until now, I have seen Hurricane players such as Whitney and Ruutu go to the front of the net and just get pushed away. At least Conboy would put up more of a fight for that ice. Even Tom Kostopoulos could pull this off, he is a big body and has a much better skill set - When compared to Conboy. So not only could he screen the goalie, but even pop in a few rebounds from time to time. Thats just a thought. I mean, at this point we should be willing to try just about anything to fix that thing the Hurricanes call a power play.
  2. Time to make our move on Frolov.... http://tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=295401 As for Nathan Horton - I would love, love, LOVE to see him in a Hurricanes jersey. They guy can do everything and anything, but its not going to happen. Trading a player like that within the division you have to be smoking some really good stuff. Furthermore, Patrick O'Sullivan (Saw his name mentioned earlier) will never play with the Hurricanes so long as his dad lives in North Carolina. The child abuse Patrick suffered from his father is well documented.
  3. Two - Carolina and Washington (Give or take on the order). Tampa has some serious problems and until they are fixed, there is not much of a chance we will see them in the post season again. Florida, in my opinion, has a chance at making the post-season.... But I see them falling just short again. They have a pretty good team on paper but thats it.Atlanta.... What can be said? No chance of making the playoffs this year. (In a few years, potentially)
  4. I don't think he did, they looked white from where I was sitting (2nd level) but with the same stripping.
  5. I posted this in "Playing the GM" thread, but since it about Sutter, Im going to post it here now.... If Sutter makes the team, the only player I see being moved is Sergei Samsonov. That would open up the left wing on the third line, perfect for Sutter. Sutter can play center and wing, and just as Samsonov, shoots right so you have the same handedness in the position. Samsonov is ultimately what is holding back some of our prospects from playing the NHL, others have said this too. Also, moving Sutter onto the team will likely result in his placement onto the PK. If so, you dont have to have Staal or Cullen centering a PK unit. Yelle / Kosto Sutter / LaRose(?) Possibly one of the better PKs in the league. Moving Samsonov makes sense for a couple of reasons beyond being able to let Sutter move up onto the team. For one, it will take 2.5 million off the books this year and another 2.8 next season allowing more freedom for moves later in the season and more salary next off season to sign the 17 free agents we will have. Furthermore, teams in the NHL are looking for a veteran winger that can still contribute. Case in point, Nashville - In the running for Kessel, lost out to the Maple Leafs. They are still looking for that scoring punch.... Move Samsonov to Nashville for that defensive prospect we were supposedly after with Babchuk and both teams are happy. Just a thought. By the way.... Those who say lets move Cullen, its not going to happen. We have found out, there is no replacement for Cullen on the Hurricanes. Letowiski wasn't the answer, Hamilton wasn't the answer.... Cullen was, and will for ever be, the answer.
  6. If Sutter makes the team, the only player I see being moved is Sergei Samsonov. That would open up the left wing on the third line, perfect for Sutter. Sutter can play center and wing, and just as Samsonov, shoots right so you have the same handedness in the position. Samsonov is ultimately what is holding back some of our prospects from playing the NHL, others have said this too. Also, moving Sutter onto the team will likely result in his placement onto the PK. If so, you dont have to have Staal or Cullen centering a PK unit. Yelle / Kosto Sutter / LaRose(?) Possibly one of the better PKs in the league. Moving Samsonov makes sense for a couple of reasons beyond being able to let Sutter move up onto the team. For one, it will take 2.5 million off the books this year and another 2.8 next season allowing more freedom for moves later in the season and more salary next off season to sign the 17 free agents we will have. Furthermore, teams in the NHL are looking for a veteran winger that can still contribute. Case in point, Nashville - In the running for Kessel, lost out to the Maple Leafs. They are still looking for that scoring punch.... Move Samsonov to Nashville for that defensive prospect we were supposedly after with Babchuk and both teams are happy. Just a thought. By the way.... Those who say lets move Cullen, its not going to happen. We have found out, there is no replacement for Cullen on the Hurricanes. Letowiski wasn't the answer, Hamilton wasn't the answer.... Cullen was, and will for ever be, the answer.
  7. His rankings are not based on where a team ended up last season. The New York Rangers, who finished 12th in the NHL last season (One spot behind us) was ranked at 22 by TSN. At this point, the following teams have yet to be ranked..... Carolina, Boston, Detroit, Washington, San Jose, Vancouver and Pittsburgh. I'm going to say Carolina gets ranked either 5th or 6th. Vancouver is going to be ranked at 7th for sure, they have the defense and goal tending to win a lot of games - But you need scoring too.... Which is something Vancouver lacks outside of the twins. Boston or Carolina will take 6th and the same goes for 5th. Its a toss up between us and Boston for those two spots. The loss of Kessel is big, but they ultimately make up for it with the other moves they have made (i.e. - Morris) plus, having a Vezina winner goalie is never a bad thing. Being ranked this high is great, in my opinion. Its nice that a small market team is getting some positive attention for a change.
  8. I see two patterns for players that we aquire.... 1) Recycling old 'Canes players 2) Bringing in those who Walker has kicked their 'butts' If my pattern theories are correct, Kobasew will be on this team in the near future thanks to pattern number two.... On a serious note - Kobasew would be a great fit for this team. Staal knows him as does the organization. But, if it comes down to acquiring Kobasew or Frolov next off season, Frolov has to be the obvious choice.
  9. Chicago - For the obvious reasons, their young talent is astounding. I'd rather watch the Blackhawks every night instead of the Penguins. Calgary - I love, love, love their physical play. Iginla is the ultimate NHL player in my opinion, he can do everything you need him to. You haven't seen a player like that since Gordie Howe. Phoenix - I like to watch train wreaks. Honorable Mention - LA Kings; Dustin Brown is a fun player to watch and they also have the young talent, just as the Blackhawks do.
  10. Is there any chance in hell we will sign a legit enforcer? I would even settle for Wade Brookbank again, but Tim Conboy is not going to cut it. Granted, I love the guy - he brings 110%, is willing to stick up for his teammates, and don't really take any *edit* - but HE IS NOT a legit enforcer. Whats going to happen when Orr picks a fight with Conboy? What about Brasher or Boogaard? Conboy has won ONE fight in the NHL and that was against a tired, and at the end of his shift, Vandermeer. Maybe I think too much like Brian Burke and like the physical side of the game versus the European style of hockey, but I am truly concerned with the toughness aspect of the team. We have not gotten bigger, tougher, or anything for that matter and potentially signing one new big defenseman isn't going to suddenly make the Carolina Hurricanes the Philadelphia Flyers. We are now going to face Carcillo, Pronger, Laperriere, and Matt Walker on a regular basis and Conboy is not cut out to fight any one of them if the need arises. Sure Gleason and Walker could take them, but having Gleason sitting in the box is not going to help us. Having Walker out for months with a broken hand as a result of a fight is going to put us in a bad spot too. Any thoughts on the lack of team toughness that - YET AGAIN - is not being addressed thus far this off season.
  11. Its going to take about 2 million to sign him though. He turned down a 1.7 million dollar contact in Ottawa apparently. http://tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=283338''>http://tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=283338' target="_blank">http://tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=283338[/post]
  12. Florida did not make a qualifying offer to RFA Anthony Stewart and assuming arbitration is not elected, he will be a UFA. This guy is HUGE - 6'2 and 239 pounds - he finishes his checks and is a power forward mold, PERFECT for what this team is trying to become. Granted, his skills have yet to translate to the NHL (105 games, 12 points) he has had scoring ability in the AHL (130 games, 66 points). He could add size and girt to the fourth line along with some willingness to drop the gloves (6 fights this year, 30 out of 34 PIM from fighting). Stats from TSN - http://tsn.ca/nhl/teams/players/bio/?id=3516 Its just an idea for conversation.... We need to get bigger, tougher, and more willing to fight and Stewart seems to fit all those needs.
  13. Carolina only has about 12 million to play with this off season (Assuming Kaberle leaves for Russia). I came up with the 12 million figure since our self imposed cap is suspected to be 52 million, our salary cap hit next season is around 42 million, then minus the 2 million that Kaberle makes leaves you with 12 million of unused salary. Resigning Cole, Ruutu, Jokinen, Bayda, Seidenberg, LaRose and Babchuk will cost millions more than the 12 million we have. Thus, logically some players will not be returning. Seeing as Jim Rutherford as said his priorities are signing Cole and LaRose, I fully expect them to return. LaRose should command around 1.75 million or so and Cole, hopefully, will take a pay decrease and settle for around 3 million. Babchuk and Ruutu are both restricted free agents, so expect them to be back also, with Ruutu making around 3 to 3.25 million and Babchuk getting about 1.8 to 2 million. That right there takes up about 10 million in salary. This is where you decide to sign Jokinen, also a restricted free agent, or trade his rights. Personally, given our large numbers of centers expect Jokinen's rights to be traded. Best case scenario, he is traded for a defenseman making around 1.5 to 2 million or another restricted free agent that is a defenseman. So far - *Let Bayda and Seidenberg walk. *Resign Cole for 3 million. *Resign Ruutu for 3 - 3.25 million. *Resign LaRose for 1.75 - 2 million. *Resign Babchuk for 1.8 - 2 million. *Trade Jokinen (RFA) for a defenseman in the 1.5 - 2 million price range. Our line would then look like this... Whitney - Staal - Cole Samsonov - Cullen - Ruutu LaRose - [Jokinen leaves] - Walker [bayda leaves] - Brind'Amour - Eaves Gleason - Corvo Pitkanen - [seidenberg leaves] Wallin - Babchuk Ward Leighton A defensive replacement for Seidenberg will either come from the River Rats or a trade involving Jokinen. There are a few options out there that fit our needs as a physical defenseman in that price range and skill set. One possibility is Vancouver Canuck restricted free agent Sean O'Brien. He fills the physical element, along with the willingness to drop the gloves and, judging by his plus/minus rating of +5, he also has a semi effective defensive game. He made $950,000 last season but will get a raise. If O'Brien is a no go, there are a few other options that will either involve a less physical player coming our way or involve a bigger trade. One possibly is Chicago Blackhawks Duncan Keith. He has one year left on his 1.475 million dollar contract, but WILL take more than just Jokinen to land Keith. Atlanta's Garnett Exelby could also be an option. But keep in mind, you also have the option of using a River Rat on the third pairing. Offensive lines will probably not change much this off season. Sutter and Conboy will make a reappearance on the third line playing alongside either Eaves or Walker. *Bring back Sutter to center the fourth line *Bring back Conboy to enforce on the fourth line These moves will thus create these lines.... Whitney - Staal - Cole Samsonov - Cullen - Ruutu LaRose - Brind'Amour moving up a line - Walker / Eaves Conboy returning - Sutter returning - Eaves / Walker Gleason - Corvo Pitkanen - New defense player from trade involving Jokinen Wallin - Babchuk Ward Leighton ---- Sorry for the lengthy post, its 2 A.M. and I cant sleep....
  14. Reading on Spectors.com that Nashville is likely going to let Vernon Fiddler walk. If we let Ryan Bayda walk, does anyone think we would have interest in Vernon Fiddler? He is an average player to above average player - 17 points last season, drop off from 32 the season before. He will stick up for his teammates, fighting Zeiler this year after a hit on Zanon plus he likes to hit (If I recall correctly). Just an idea for another fourth line player with a little bit of toughness and heart. Fiddler / Sutter / Walker Wouldn't be that bad of a fourth line in my opinion, then again.... We do need to find a spot for Conboy. EDIT - Here are Fiddlers stats from TSN and also his fight log from Hockeyfights.com Stats.... http://tsn.ca/nhl/teams/players/bio/?id=2892 Fight Log.... http://www.hockeyfights.com/players/889
  15. Damn. Yall need to check out the web cam.... it looks like all the video boards have been put into place. That was fast.
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