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  1. Well, in years past we have been hoping that the team would get better results without making changes, or at least any significant changes.  That ship has now sailed and kudos to RF for having the cones to pull the trigger.  Yeah, the rest of the season may or may not be very entertaining for us to watch but we are heading down a new path now.  I like it, I am anxious to see what else he can do to get this team headed in the right direction.  The future looks better....and younger.  We will have an opportunity to weed out the AHL'ers for the remainder of the season.  We will get a good evaluation to know what needs to stay and what needs to go.  As they say, it takes 5 miles to turn around a battle ship.  I think the USS Hurricane has tipped a bow now.

  2. I agree.  I don't think there's ever been a team in recent memory that's had as much consistent failure with a particular core, and continually sticks with the same core.  When a particular player plays for a particular team for 10yrs, it generally means they are the best of the best, but that hasn't been the case for Eric and Cam.  We can blame our defense and our wingers all we want, but these guys haven't played well enough to earn that longevity.


    And a full rebuild is the one thing this team has never tried.  So far this year, young players are thriving in this league, while some veteran all stars are struggling.  In a faster league, the currency seems to be youth.


    You look at teams on the rise like Buffalo, Edmonton, Florida, Arizona, Calgary.  These are all small or smaller market teams who've learned from the Kings and Hawks.  They're drafting their way to contention/relevancy.  We already have quality young pieces in Skinner, Faulk, Hanifin, Fleury, Rask, Murphy, etc.  The next step to me, is continue to add more elite forward prospects, let keep a couple veterans around like Versteeg/Gerbe, and gain a new identity.


    No fan base likes hearing the word rebuild, because it means your current core isn't good enough.  In the case of Carolina, the core's just not good enough, and it is improbable that the team will improve with the current system.

    and that is just the cold, hard truth.  Sometimes, the baby is ugly.  For the last several years, we have been nursing an ugly baby in Raleigh.  It is time to remove the common denominators for the immediate historical failures.  Until that happens, I am convinced that we will continue on the same path

  3. I do like McGinn. I think he will be a solid NHL player. He is also the type of player we need in some ways. He is relentlessly physical and never takes a shift off. However, he is probably not ready to put the biscuit in the basket on a consistent basis in the NHL. Then again, who is?

    With that being said, he is already a step above most of our current roster.  They can't score either, and are only relentless at saying the right things after the game as to why they didn't win and what they should have done better.

  4. At least Rask is playing like he has purpose and wants to win.  I have yet to figure out what the Staals are doing or anyone else on offense so far as that goes.  It appears in the 2 games that I have watched, the defensemen have put more shots on goal than the forwards by a pretty good margin.  Thats great, but if the forward group doesn't come around we are going to continue down this long bumpy road

  5. Bottom line is E doesn't excel anywhere.  The "we have to find someone to get him going has already commenced".  He is our Captain, and he couldn't lead a group of Eskimos to a firepit.  He wants to be a part of the rebuild, he just doesn't want to put the effort into it that it takes to make it happen.  Haven't posted much, just looking and reading.  Dejavu, the same damn conversations concerning the same people year after year.  I am just surprised that we still have folks up here that will come to his defense when you can clearly watch him and tell he could care less by the way he plays.  Yes, he is arguably the best that we have, which doesn't say much about the remaining talent.  NEWSFLASH PK, you can't make chicken salad out of chicken ----! The worst part is RF has probably done everything that he could to turn the ship, no money and undesirable big names and stupid contracts will limit your ability to change very much.  Oh well, at least we are accustomed to what we can expect come October.  The shock factor is long gone in Carolina.

  6. along with someone who can score consistently, some on ice leadership that leads by example, some puck moving and defensively minded defensemen, and a water boy that can cook it up.  About the only thing we don't need, and I am so scared this is going to backfire, is a goalie. 


    I think we have more talent than heart.  Either way, having only one doesn't get you to the playoffs, many years in a row.


    I hope I am wrong, but I think there is a very good chance that we have seen the last playoff game in NC that we will have the opportunity to see.

  7. Up until last year, my family of 4 would go to 20 or more games a year.  We would buy them when we got there, or a week or so before because I could get the military discount.  We went to 4 last year, and we have been to 2 this year (one which was free).  We didn't see the need for season tickets, we live 1.5 hours away and we had to go when it was good for us.  With the ticket price increases, the parking and the concessions (Good Lord), we depend on Fox Sports South to get our hockey fix.  The value is not there any longer, in my opinion.  Besides, when they are sucking it up and I am home, I can change the channel.


    I really do feel for you season ticket holders.  You have stuck it out, for several years, and this is the thanks you get in return.  I hope that I am wrong, but I swear it almost seems like they are trying to sabotage the team.  Maybe the long term goal of management is to be another Atlanta, whether intentionally or not.

  8. I will still be shocked if we make any moves of any significance.  As for Bellemore, I would much rather have him at his salary than Sekera at what he will fetch.  Just hoping for a good return on the guy, if he goes anywhere at all.


    I have seen us all get pumped up like this too many times before, when we knew something big was going to happen.....some would have bet their first born.  NOTHING.  We like our pieces and our core.  We will draft a few and do some minor stuff in the offseason, but we are stuck with some crazy contracts on guys nobody else wants to take on and that's where we are going to be until it works itself out.  Thanks JR!!!

  9. If I had to put money on the trades, I would bet that nobody is going anywhere of any significance.  We really like our group and when they are healthy, they can bring it.  :sarcasmalert:  For several years now, we get at each other around this time of the year, peeing in each others corn flakes, bad mouthing a Mother or 2, only to be disappointed in the end and have to make up when nothing has happened.  We may move a little piece or 2, but I don't think that anything.....of any significance will transpire.  I hope I am wrong, but I have seen this movie too many times as a Canes fan.  So far as who to trade?  I hope they trade any and everybody that will make improvements to the team so that I can again get excited about driving 1 1/2 hours to a game that I am going to pay a hell of a lot more to see than I did the last time I made the drive with excitement. 


    So, I am expecting the usual and hoping for the opposite.  No blood on the boards, the opinionated ones are all that we have left and God Bless You All!! :whiteflag:

  10. I would not disagree with the Faulk comments whatsoever.  I also, IMHO, do not see the hype that is Andre Sekera.  He does some good things, but he turns the puck over a lot and makes boneheaded decisions quite often lately.  Not someone that I wouldn't want on the team, but certainly not worth $5,000,000 a year that everyone seems to think he will have to get to stay.  Top 4 if not 6 on most teams, number 1 on ours. 

  11. Don't look now, but the Canes are actually starting to resemble an NHL quality hockey club.....the bad part is I am not sure if that's a good thing, or a bad thing considering the last several years.  Play too good, no changes and a "we like our team" mentality, play bad and possibly get started on rebuild.  Not sure which way I would rather see it go at this point given we most likely are done for this season.  Fear the dejavu scenario of recent years, but do enjoy watching a decent team take the ice. :bangHead:

  12. IMO, the 1st period was the best team effort period of hockey that they have played all year.  That was fun to watch!!  A little concerning in the second, but the guys did get the win, so can't fuss too much about it.  I still do not think that Semin is 100% yet.  He is much better than he was, but still looks to be hesitant to engage at times to me. 

  13. I was very surprised to see that PK Subban did not make the list.  I like Faulk, but Subban plays a different game IMO


    Did anyone else notice that, with the exception of Faulk, all of the All Star D-men are from the Western Conference? 


    And if we're being honest, the main reason Faulk made the team is because he was judged "the most deserving Cane" rather than one of the top 12 D-men in the league this year.    


    Basically, the All Star teams are saying that all of the best D-men are in the West this year. Interesting . . .   

  14. I will have whatever he is drinking :cheers:  I think we will be lucky if we score 1 goal.  I hope you have nailed it Hopper, I really do!!

    I going to go out on a limb and predict.


    Canes 4 Habs 1.


    Shugg gets his 1st NHL goal tonight.

    Eric picks up a goal and an assist.


    That's right, I calling it! :RedLamp:

  15. We have "one more yeared" the fan base in North Carolina to their bloody demise IMO.  It is time to do something, but what?  I would tend to agree with Remkin.  Changes that do not involve Staal, Staal and Semin (and I would also include Skinner on that list) are really of no significance at all.  Like Rem pointed out, J is hurt, Semin is hurt and worthless for trade value and E's value cannot be the greatest in the world.  Skinner could be one hard hit from being done forever giving his concussion history.  Buy outs still hurt and affect the budget, especially when you have PK as the one holding the pocket book.  Not saying that they shouldn't exercise that right on Semin, but I would rather see them force his hand to the KHL by sending him to Charlotte before we buy him out.  If he bolts, are we not released from the contract requirements?  I think so, but I don't know that to be a fact. 


    Everything that we need to move has an issue surrounding it, one that all the GM's in the league are well aware of.

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