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Everything posted by gocanes0506

  1. once the cap really started jumping years back we all could see the NHL would return to old state of high salaries and the differences in budgets becoming more apparent.
  2. Yea I knew they did some vouchers but I think in addition to those vouchers give them tickets to home games that are the worst attendance percentages (my guess tuesdays or wednesdays). I think if the team explained that these tickets are to be used to expand the fanbase and should be used for people that you would like to add to the fan base. Yes the maintaining of the registering thing might be a bear but it is the job of the marketing department. Of course I believe adding incentive to this idea would further increase the likelihood of the STH's bringing fans and fans they may buy tickets. I would say a hotdog and drink combo for the STH and the guest for the game. For the STH whose fan buys a mini ticket plan, I would say a 10% discount at eye (on top of already discount) for a 21 game ticket plan a free player t-shirt and for a full ticket plan a ride on the Zamboni or stand out with the team during the national anthem. Of course they are just suggestions. I do not know who all gets to rides zambonis to know how you get that or even if that interests people.
  3. No the Canes force them to bring anyone in particular but I think it should be a requirement that they "register" who they bring. They would fill out a quick contact information slip when they get the free ticket of who they are bringing. This way the market department can contact the fan to keep their interest and maybe offer some special offers to see the next couple of home games.
  4. Well I believe that is why we should give the free tickets options to the STHs. They are more than likely going to bring in a good crowd. Also they will be able to teach the fans they bring in about the game as it goes on.
  5. I definitely agree with the catch 22 statement of unless your a fan you aren't going to go but you won't be fan until you go. I was not a fan until a girlfriend at the time had free tickets frequently in 2001. I went to a few games and after my first game I was a fan. I would also say that a lot of Americans have issues grasping dynamic games. The same argument is made for the U.S not grasping soccer. The game is just too free flowing and doesnt have the structure for people to wrap their heads around. Well as a sports management masters student i wrote a 15 page paper on a marketing strategy for the Canes to improve fan base. I would say offer more free tickets for full season ticket owners (mostly for tuesday night or other low attendance) games. That would get the ticket holders at the game, add more sales at the stadium, and add a chance to create another fan. I would make it a requirement to register the person that they are bringing for free so the ticket sales could stay in contact with them to offer special ticket prices to get them to come. I think we need to add more incentives or bigger involvement with birthday parties for kids. To build a solid base we have got to get the younger generation interested in attending the games. Either offer the party a chance to meet a player after the game or some other deal (of course the more the parent spends the better the incentive).
  6. Yea getting weber would be sweet but I agree CHF88 no way Nashville lets Weber go. He isnt a locker room cancer like Pronger was with the Whalers, so there isnt a reason to let him go. If Pit goes, Brewer would get my vote on who we should go after. I hope the Canes keep Dwyer over Larose. Dwyer is a fine and cheap 4th line center. Larose's roster spot just needs to be filled by a Checker, saving money in the process.
  7. That was last seasons class though. I dont think we will get any NHL ready guys at 14 this draft. Interesting to see if we go after a Dman or a center
  8. Do you want us to be the first overall pick next season? That lineup is terrible especially the D. Ladd isnt coming here. Skinner is not ready or built to be a center in the NHL.
  9. Priorities for Offseason 1. Mo must Go 2. Get a coach that actually cares about PPs 3. Get a good young C (my vote is still Patrik Berglund, he is big, scores plenty of points and Brindy can work on him all offseason to improve his faceoffs) 4. Retool the D. Go get Brewer and trade for Campoli. 5. Get a first line winger What I really seeing happening 1. Mo Stays 2. PP still sucks 3. We get an aging veteran that has put up huge points before but is past his prime (Stillman) 4. JR again does not trade a top pick getter and lets him walk (Pits) and the D is left to youngins and one 6th Dman that JR signs. 5. JR gets a 4th line guy for about 750k-1.25mil
  10. What about trying to get Patrik Berglund from STL? STL has 2 top 2 centers already that are signed for many seasons. We could give up a good young winger and dman for him. Like a bowman/osala/tlusty and Sanguinetti for him. All 3 in the deal would be RFAs. He has put up 47 points so far this season with about 19 minutes of ice time. He is still young at 22, so the rebuilding thing would still make sense. His faceoff percentage is decent but is definitely something Brindy can work with him on to use that 6'4 frame for leverage advantage.
  11. 1. The team recycles, JR will take someone who knows will work versus taking a risk 2. Whens the last time we signed a big FA? 3. He is the easy choice 4. With JKs budget, JR is forced to make the cheaper choices
  12. My guess is we could take advantage of some teams with cap issues like Chicago and more than likely wont be getting into any bidding wars in Free Agency. Also FA is limited. Here is my xbox 360 to do list Trade for Chris Campoli of the Blackhawks as I dont think there is any way he can be afforded and we can trade a couple of min contract specs that can fill roster spots (maybe Bowman and Sanguinetti). He will have to be signed and so will the 2 from us so little risk on both side. Probably to a Corvo type contract numbers. Trade Gleason to a team that needs D men like the Blues who have a large amount of Centers. Patrik Berglund would be my target. He is a big 6'4 has a decent faceoff percentage and put up 46 points so far with about 17 minutes of ice time. I am not a fan of Gleason he is overpaid in my opinion and really seems to be lost out there but he is a A captain so he probably isnt going anywhere. Re-sign Cole to about 2.4 mil for 2 years, Re-sign Jokinen 3 years 2.75 mil, Pits to about 3 years, Sutter, Tlusty, Dwyer, Harrison and Boychuk My lines Cole-Staal-Skinner Jokinen-Sutter-Ruutu Tlusty-Berglund-Boychuk Bodie-Dwyer- ? Pits-Allen Corvo-Campoli McBain-Joslin
  13. I could definitely see Pitkanen wanting somewhere around 5 million a year Jokinen getting a Cole/Williams deal around 3-3.5 million ( prolly a 3 year deal with the salary 3, 3.25, and 3.5) Cole has been playing great, I really hope JR learned his lesson with him and gives him around his similar contract So dont get too crazy even with all those big numbers floating around with Allen, Jokinen's new contract, and Joni's new contract that is only adding 2.9 million in salary from what we started last season. I think Allen is just insurance for if Pits doesnt stay. I can see a trade with a D man in the offseason probsbly close to draft to get an extra pick.
  14. Solid moves but the help to the team wasnt more than to make us hang around the 8th spot. Still need a top winger and a 3rd line center.
  15. Great deal by JR to grab him for a guy that we were going to let go anyway. 3.1 hit for a big top 4 dman aint bad.
  16. Great move if swapping for a guy that was a 4th line anyways. Does this mean Pit isnt coming back? Especially since Allen is signed one more season.
  17. but wait Eklund is say its for sure. You mean he is wrong?
  18. With Seabrooks re-signing we could save our picks to trade for the rights to some of Chicago's guys. They are going to have serious cap issues when they try to fill their roster as they will have 9 roster spots filled with a salary cap hit of 43 million. Yes an average of almost 5 million a player for 9 players. They are going to have to re-sign guys like Salak, Vishnevskiy, Frolik, and Brouwer.
  19. When is the last time JR surprised us with an move that his masked with his "poker face?"
  20. Wow does JR really like our team or does he know that he cant add much salary? To say he likes this team is very disappointing. I knew he wouldnt go in and make a deal to really improve the team. He only likes small deals for 3rd line guys or 3rd line pairing d men. I think he has been doubting himself on a big move since the Wesley move.
  21. Just be prepared to be disappointed. I hope JR trades away Pitkanen anyways.
  22. looking at the limited amount of teams that are selling who do you think our targets could be?
  23. how much do you think a top 4 Dman that is 30 and a 27 year old first line winger that is still under contract for a year is going to cost to get?
  24. Ok so Im thinking Vandemeer is going to require Sanguinetti and the 2nd rounder Hemsky is going to take Boychuk/Osala and 1st rounder at a minimum. Do we really think we will re-sign Larose? If not put him in there just for cap purposes and give EDM a winger that can play now.
  25. I still think the team that could fit both our needs of top line winger and a top 4 D man is Edmonton. I dont know what a package of Hemsky and Vandermeer would require. On top of that those two would raise our salary next season by about 7-8 mil (Hemsky is due 4.1 mil) The team salary will already go up next season with having to re-sign Pits, Sutter, and Jokinen. We'll lose about 3.2 million in salary (take away Sammys 2.5, 750k from kaberle buyout and Cole will prolly drop about 400k and be about Sammys salary level). Its going to take about 4 million to re-sign those Jokinen, Sutter, and Pits. Can PK afford another 8.5 million in salary? Prolly to get those three Its going to take Chad Larose Sanguinetti Boychuk/Osala San Jose Pick Our first (this or next)
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