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  1. EDIT: maybe I was hallucinating last night because after watching it on replay I can't find the punch and miss I thought I saw. Obviously hockey and pain medication don't mix.

    Right at the 1:00 mark, you can see the first punch...a glancing blow off the helmet. Then Ward stands there and waits for the next. Not a sucker punch IMO...should have been prepared to defend yourself, Ward.

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  • We get it. This is getting really old and repetetive. *Keys words in bold, already said in another thread. Just saying...

    Just to save time:

    After every game Cam wins: "Good win but he shouldnt have let in that softie".

    After every shut out: "Wow, where's that Cam every night?"

    After every loss: "Trade him, he sucks and will never be better than average."

    That about cover it?

    Nice job suppressing opinions...congrats. Perhaps dj was just responding to posts like this:

    What? Where are the "cam sucks" or "cam is average" posters? Kind of quiet tonight, haha.

    I don't see any rebuke for that post. Damned if you do, damned if you don't around here it seems. I haven't checked on here in a while because of it...sorry I checked on here today. Oh well. *gone*

  • :lol:

    Sorry, I just find it funny you're always getting on LaRose's case, but basically listed his traits as a positive for Sutter.

    Not quite.

    Energy? Yes...LaRose plays with energy. No one can deny that. I've never tried to.

    Consistency? No..sorry. LaRose is not consistent. He has good moments...and he has terrible moments.

    Smarts? No...sorry. LaRose doesn't have this IMO.

    I don't see Sutter turning the puck over frequently. I don't see Sutter getting knocked all over the ice with a simple shove from the opposition. I don't see Sutter playing without class, and taking cheapshots and late hits. I don't see Sutter wide open 10 feet in front of the net only to send the puck 4 feet wide. (Its unfortunate that Sutter doesn't get enough playing time for such scoring opportunities....I'd like to see if he could finish.) How many times this year and last year have we seen such events from LaRose? MANY times.

    You guys can all put your LaRose-colored glasses on and keep thinking he's a great player on this team. I'll continue to think you're all crazy...especially those who have voiced that he should be Captain. LaRose is starting to "stand out" to many of you....and only during a time when Staal, Brind'amour, Cullen, Walker, Eaves, Samsonov....all these guys who are supposed to be our offense are severely underperforming. Those guys are playing like *edit* for the most part, but that doesn't make LaRose a good hockey player.

    It would be nice if all our players had the energy of LaRose...I doubt anyone would say different. But I sure hope no one thinks it would be nice if all our players were of equal skill and talent and professionalism as LaRose. If you are saying that...you might want to just watch AHL games.

  • I agree if this team is going to do anything but scratch and claw a move must be made to shore up the #2 center spot because as good as he played Cullen isn't a everyday solution at #2. But moving Brind'Amour to another team isn't necessarily a requirement. I thought he's looked fine with the reduced minutes he's been playing since the All-Star break. He's not the player he once was but he's ok as the third line center and faceoff specialist.

    I'd rather see them swap Sutter and Brind'amour. I don't understand why Sutter doesn't get more playing time. I'm not hockey expert, but he seems to play with energy, consistency, smarts. Why is he not getting more playing time??

  • His numbers had actually come up for a couple of games but against the Sabres (at least, did not check Toronto stats) they were down again. He won 44%. Even Sutter was better at 50%.

    Let me just say, b/c I know some have complained about my "Staal bashing," that nobody wants him to play well consistently more than I do. But as a father, I also know that sometimes the best way to get through to an adolescent (and in purely clinical terms, adolescence in men often continues through age 25) is to give them an ultimatum. Right now Staal has no incentive to go out there and bust his *edit* every night. But sit that same *edit* on the bench for a few games, and maybe he gets the message. Maybe not. But at this point, there is - quite literally - nothing to lose.

    Or do we have one of those athletes that signs a big, long-term deal...and then takes it easy for the remainder of his contract? Seems to happen way too often in all the major sports.....

  • Colby Armstrong and Chad LaRose go about things in two different ways.

    Armstrong goes around headhunting and looking to stir up trouble. He tries to pick a fight, then when that said player decides he's had enough and wants to fight, Armstrong goes running.

    LaRose doesn't go around headhunting and looking for fights. He doesn't try to start a fight and then go running.

    That's the difference. I don't care if 2 guys are talking smack to each other and jawing at each other. Every player in the leage does that. What I do have a problem with is guys like Armstrong and Avery who initiate a fight and then when they get that guy to commit to the fight, go running and hide behind the refs.

    So no, I don't expect LaRose to commit to a fight for jawing at somebody. If he initiated the fight as in smacked a player in the head 4 times and went running, that's different. If we had guys figting for everytime a player told them that their momma is so ugly games would take 10 hours to finish.

    There have been MANY people on this board who have praised LaRose for being a pest. I'm not saying you are one...I don't recall, and the search function does not appear to be working at present so I can't link the threads. In any case, in many previous threads about LaRose, many people have praised him and loved him because he is annoying and a pest to the opposition. That's how het gets under the skin of other players...and that's how he gets a guy to smack him in the back of the head 4 times. If a player is going to be a pest and annoy the opponent...then don't run and hide when they take exception and want to settle it. That's what LaRose does. No, he doesn't go around headhunting...mostly because he is too small and weak to inflict any physical damage on any one. But he does pester opponents, and quite often its in the form of late hits and excess jawing. Sure, sometimes his pesky ways are done in a competitive fashion by stealing the puck and hustling, and he should be praised for that...but very often its in the form of cheap shots and late hits, followed by his big mouth. Admittedly, I have not seen it as much from him this year as in last year.

  • Nor do I want any guys that try to start stuff, then run away and hide when confronted.

    You have one. His name is Chad LaRose. I know because I have my fingers crossed every game for the last 2 years that someone will get in a fight with him. I continue to be disappointed because LaRose backs down every time. I recally a game last year in particular where LaRose put a late hit on someone, I forget who it was, then he started jawing with the other guy as the teams were getting in position for the faceoff. The opposing guy smacked the back of LaRose's head 4 times trying to get LaRose to react and fight. LaRose just stood there and took it and acted like nothing was happening. The last smack almost knocked him over, and LaRose doesn't even look at the guy. Now, many of you will say that is "smart hockey" so he doesn't get a penalty. Yeah, ok....whatever. I'd prefer a team full of guys who will stand up for themselves (and one another) and not take that sort of stuff from anyone. Brookbank and Conboy last year came in within a couple weeks of each other and all the teams that were getting rough with us stopped almost immediately because they created the physical presence on the ice. Oh, and then we started to win. That isn't the only reason of course, but it sure was a big part of it IMO.

  • Our guys, with the exception of La Rose, Walker, and Gleason are not physical players.

    No offense to anyone in particular here...but this thread loses a lot of credibility with that statement. LaRose...a physical player? Please. It still baffles me that people can say that about LaRose. Does he hit people? Sure. But does it make any impact? No, none. Does it deter an opponent from making a play? No, not at all. His hits are meaningless. More often than not, when he makes a hit on someone, he ends up on the ground...not the opponent. And whenever anyone hits him...he goes flying 10 feet. He seems to get shoved off the pick WITH EASE...other players just seem to give him a light push and he loses his balance and falls down. Just watch. Watch him hit someone...and then watch the reaction of the player he hit. It doesn't even phase the opponent. That, to me, is not physicality...and mentioning him in that sentence with Walker and Gleason...as an attempt to equivalate the three....impossible.

  • To all the people who believe Brindy should be moved down to the 4th line....You are correct. However, Brindy will not see the 4th line just because, he is our Captain, and he is Rod Brind'Amour. Brindy will be in retirement before he is relegated to the 4th line.

    I've never been a professional athelete...but it would tick me off if the worst performing player on my team was getting the most ice-time simply because of who he is. It would make me question the whole organization, the coaching staff, the management...everything. Would that be a factor in why I would not bust my hump 100% of the time? Probably. Not a very professional attitude, I know. But I think that's a typical human response...and you see it in all sports where players are treated differently. If your heart isn't in it...your skills won't show. I personally think this is a bigger problem behind the scenes than we know. Yes, I know...pure guesswork and speculation on my part...and we'll never know the truth of it...but that's my opinion on it.

  • I didnt say he played well, I only said he didnt directly cost us a goal. Wallin and Seidenberg (maybe Pitkanen) had giveaways that directly lead to goals, Kaberle had some really close calls.

    He may not be "costing us goals" because he is too timid to get into the action. Its like a powerplay for the opposition as soon as he gets out there. I'm so tired of seeing him play out there like a scared little kid. Its hockey for pete's sake...man up, and play the game. I expect soon we'll see him out there skating around with his purse slung over his shoulder.

  • phew, thats good.

    When I saw the hit and his reaction, I immediatly was thinking torn ACL.

    I was unable to watch the rest of that game, and didn't see the hit. I can find videos on youtube for just about everything else in the world but not that hit. :angry:

  • Anyone know anything about his injury from the Florida game? Looked REALLY bad.

    I think I remember reading that he was supposed to have an MRI today.

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    That article says:

    The Charlotte Observer reports that Tim Gleason practiced Monday after reaggravating an ankle injury last Thursday against Florida.Gleason's status is not yet known for the Hurricanes' game tomorrow night in Ottawa. The defenseman missed Carolina's 5-1 loss to Boston Saturday because of the ankle.

  • I must be lucky, I was there around 12:30 yeasterday and honestly waited in line maybe 5 minutes at the most.

    Might have been a big difference between Sunday and Saturday. I went Saturday...was in line from almost exactly 12:30, and was just setting my food down to eat as the Canes broadcast came on the scoreboard/tv. I'm not complaining about it, but there were several people who opted not to eat, which I can understand.

  • To echo what someone else said...there should have been more than one stand open for food.

    However, I went at 12:30...and it took me about 30 mins to get food. More than one stand open at 2 or 3pm might have been overkill. From what I gather here, it probably would have been.

    So, overall, a very good experience. The items are of high quality for all that I saw. Much nicer than I expected. I also thought the amount of food given was very nice. 4 tickets per account...I only have one seat, so it was way more than enough for lunch. And everyone working there was as pleasant as they could be.

    Nice job to the staff!

  • Like TSA, I haven't questioned where Brind'amour has been in his career. He has done things that few players ever do...and much of that doesn't show up on a stat sheet. He's an amazing athlete, and an amazing person on multiple levels. I don't see anyone questioning that who knows anything at all about him.

    But this year...at present...sorry, he's not helping the team by playing on the ice (outside of faceoffs). There comes a point in the career of any athlete where its time to scale back the amount of play, or hang it up altogether. I think it is sad that not enough players are able to recognize this before ending their careers on a down/sour note. I'm not saying Rod needs to retire tomorrow..but I have been saying that his time-on-ice needs to be reduced and see if he can be more productive when he is on the ice. He's so much slower now than just about anyone...he loses battles for the puck all the time...and you can see so many times where things "go wrong" that result in the low +/- rating.

    I'm sure its difficult for someone to recognize when its time to retire or slow down when that's all you've known and done your whole life...I can't imagine it. But I think those players who go out on top earn a little more respect from the fans when they do. Most recently, Mike Mussina of the Yankees retires after his best season in the majors...I applaud that. Barry Sanders comes to mind...one would think he had so much more to give but he went out on his own terms. Then look at guys like Randy Johnson...his career was over 5 years ago, but he keeps struggling to play. Even Michael Jordan...many would argue his career was somewhat soured with his last stint in the league with the Wizards where his age showed and dimmed that superstar light. No one questions the skill they had at the top of their game...but there comes a point where they need to recognize that they aren't producing due to age or injury, and in a game like hockey, that production from a team value has an even stronger impact.

  • I don't mind djharley, or anyone else, criticizing Kabs. I don't think dj's comment was off-color at all...it was a joke, with some strong meaning behind it...and I tend to agree with him.

    I think the main reason no one picked him up is because it is crystal clear (or should be) to anyone watching that Kaberle is terrified to be out there. Just watch him tonight....when he has the puck, and is about to get hit...he flinches and just plays "hot potato" with the puck. Sure, players should avoid hits as often as they can...but its hockey, and you're bound to take a hit. There comes a point in crucial games where you have to protect the puck and take a hit. Kaberle will not do that. He will give the puck up and jump out of the way rather than take a hit. It happens repeatedly every game. When a player takes a big hit or gets an injury...everyone speaks to the mental aspect..."will he be able to return mentally?" I don't know that Kaberle has done so from his injuries. He looks afraid to me.

    So, someone can say that's me ridiculing Kabs...go ahead. Its my viewpoint and watch a game or two and tell me I'm wrong about how he plays.

  • Then obviously, you have a lot more faith in Canes fans than I do. He takes the shot and the topic would be filled with

    "Staal sets him up perfectly, and he can't finish. That's why he doesn't deserve the Top 9"

    LaRose attempted to get it to the guy who had already scored twice that particular night. Should he have shot? That depends on your view on risk and reward. Taking the shot is low risk, low reward. Making the pass is high risk, high reward, because Staal probably would have buried it.

    And I'll point out that without LaRose's hustle, that 2-on-1 never develops. It was Staal in a one-on-one situation, while the rest of the team was near our blueline.

    Well, at least we all agree that if LaRose DOES shoot...he misses.

    LaRose blows.

  • Well, apparently, he's "referred to by most Caniacs as 'The Chuck Norris of Hockey'", at least, according to Wikipedia and the one website it links to.

    Somehow, I missed out on that nickname.

    I've always given him the nickname, "Worst Player on the Team"....although Kaberle has given him a run for the money on that one in the last couple years. Been quite a few candidates this season though.... :(

  • Dont forget he was in the line up the year we won the stanley cup.

    If I'm not mistaken, that whole year LaRose had very limited minutes, and was often a scratch, even during the playoffs. I could be wrong since I don't like to live in the past.

    I keep seeing so many people referring to the "year we won the Cup". That was three seasons ago people. It was great, awesome, one of the best times of my life....but it was three seasons ago. Time to move on. What worked three years ago isn't going to work every year.

  • no...im not saying that. He has done nothing but wonderful things for the canes until last year when he was injured. I believe that JR is loyal, VERY LOYAL to Brindy. I think that JR is giving Brindy EVERY oppuritunity to better his stats. But JR can only take but so much heat...same goes for Brindy. Something will have to give and it will DEFINATELY happen before Brindys contract runs out. All i am saying is that the Canes front office will bend over backwards for a player that give them his all to bring a championship to the RBC especially, Rod Brind'Amour. They just dont want to throw the guy under the bus. I wouldnt want to be in JR's position or Brindys. Both have a huge amount of pressure to better the team somehow.

    I agree with you here. I hope Brind'amour can turn things around for himself this season. I just don't want to see management, or fans for that matter, excusing Brind'amour's poor play because we won the Cup 3 seasons ago. I'm not saying if a guy has a few bad games, get rid of him. I am just saying that it shouldn't be left up to Brind'amour to dictate when and for how long he plays. Hopefully you are right that IF he has lost his ability to help the team...he will recognize it and do the right thing and step down. There is such a thing as being loyal to a fault.

    I still hold that the coaching staff should reduce his minutes. Perhaps if he doesn't play as much he will be more productive during the time on the ice.

  • Quiz: What part of speech is the verb, try?

    A. Future tense of the verb, fail. (He tried to get a shot off. He tried to use his blocker. He tried to trade for a lock-down D-man.) Anytime I here someone say, "I'm going to TRY to have it done by___", I know it ain't happening. Said another way, TRY is the back door we all leave unlocked to escape through. "I TRIED my best to get it done, but I couldn't."

    Ahhh...quite the optimist here... :) (just poking fun, take no offense...I am the same way...)

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