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  1. We're number 8 on the SI power rankings released yesterday, Alan Muir called the Hurricanes "the most underappreciated squad in the game." http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/writ....html?eref=sihp
  2. that would suck!! I hate the idea of this. You would think a lot of canadians and traditional fans would be outraged and boycott jersey sales. I think I would.
  3. yeah they already took a page out of JR's book by bringing back Vrbata. Why not help out the environment and recycle some more?
  4. haha these are great. I like the Finnish what we started and the being green ones the best. lol recycling every frikin player
  5. If you actually read what I wrote (if you did then you're just putting words in my mouth, or in this case words on my fingers lol) I never said the primary reason he isn't signed is because of off-ice issues. Obviously that is rarely the PRIMARY issue with a player. Primary is on-ice, and he has his issues there too, if he didn't we wouldn't be having this conversation, b/c JR would have signed him. In my opinion (I am entitled to one, correct?), Babchuk represents what is wrong with the Canes Defense - doesn't use his size for physicality, i.e. doesn't hit, and he is horrendous in his own zone. With size usually comes poor agility, and Babchuk one on one versus a skilled forward is a nightmare to watch. Obviously Rutherford thinks that a shut-down defenseman who hits like Aaron Ward is more important to this team than Babchuk. I agree completely with Rutherford in this case, but again, my opinion. As for factual support, I will never have it unless I employed by the Carolina Hurricanes and deal with the players. And you can't just act like the Russia thing isn't a big deal. If you were a GM interested in Babchuk right now, you would have to wonder- if I trade for this guy, how will I know he will sign? He wouldn't sign for 1 mil in Carolina, how much does he want? If he wants too much, will he go back to Russia, making me look like a fool for trading for him?
  6. Ok well, for one he refused to go to the AHL when asked a couple years ago. JR wanted him to develop there but he seemed to prefer being a healthy scratch. And you aren't going to hear everything that goes on behind closed doors. Managers know they may have trade players at some point, and it is in their best interest to hide the little things about players that could make them less appealing. Not saying anything was necessarily "hidden" about Babchuk, but there are obviously things WE never hear about. But anyway, if Babchuk has gotten over the issues, and if he is so great, tell me why hasn't he been traded or signed anywhere???
  7. No, it isn't as high, given Babchuk seemingly doesn't know what "play defense in the defensive zone" means and has a history of off-ice issues (throwing the water bottle, bolting to Russia). I think playoffs are huge in determining how good a player really is, which is why Cole didn't get a FA contract, and why no teams are seriously interested in Babchuk. I wouldn't be surprised that the reason he was so bad in the playoffs was because he wasn't making any money during them and thus he didn't care about what happened.
  8. I think Ruutu will keep getting better. He is only now coming into his prime, and he brings the nasty hard-hitting style that the fans love and the opponents hate. More money than I expected, but he could easily get that much thrown at him on the FA market.
  9. Sportsnet scouting report: Assets: Is a huge physical specimen and also an aggressive type by nature. Likes to lay on the body and owns some shutdown qualities. Flaws: Will never be a big point producer in the NHL. Struggles against quicker forwards that surpass him on the outside. Career potential: #6 or 7 defenseman. So kind of what we would expect given his frame. Now look at COmmodre, its almost the same: Assets: Has tremendous size and strength. Plays a simple game that keeps improving with age and experience. Is well liked in the locker room. Flaws: Doesn't have a lot of scoring upside. Has trouble avoiding the injury bug. Can at times be beaten on the outside by a speed rusher. Career potential: top 6 defenseman. virtually the same scouting report. I think he will definitely help out our defense, you can't argue that his size won't help.
  10. Seems a lot like a Commodore type player to me, though probably not quite as skilled, and doubtfully as much personality.
  11. Wow never even thought of him. Kind of always thought of Brind'Amour as untouchable to Rutherford. But now I remember how he made a point to say "Staal and Ward are the only untouchable players at this point" at the end of the season interviews, so... That would be a hell of shocker.
  12. "I do know one thing for certain. We have to give Kostopoulos a nickname. " They called him "krusty" the clown (from the simpsons) in Montreal and someone else on here said non-stopoulous or somethin like that.
  13. Yeah so they say. I've heard a lot of good things about Murphy, but goaltending doesn't always translate from one level to the next so you never know. I'm really not a big fan of Leighton, cringe every time I see him in goal, but you have to admit it must be harder when you only play once every 20 games.
  14. No way Leighton is expendable just because Peters was signed. He is very cheap (.6 mil hit) and has NHL experience. He also has proven to be a winner at at least the AHL, where he won the Vezina equivalent there (best AHL goalie). Meanwhile Peters was signed to a 2 way contract, has NO NHL experience, and is even somewhat unproven in the AHL so far. So we aren't just going to trade Leighton and have Peters as the backup, unless Cam's gonna play 82 this year.
  15. haha good point. No one saw Williams getting traded, no one saw Commodore and Stillman. But I think no one can deny Eaves and Babchuk are the best options. Eaves for whatever reason just doesn't play well here despite some flashes of his potential. He has the wicked wrist shot and I still think he could score 20+ a year, just not in Carolina. That makes him an appealing bite for some teams, plus he's cheap. Babchuk is less valuable because first off he doesn't have a contract and second he has proven to be a "problem child." He is horrendous at times in the defensive zone, but has the rocket shot and looks good on paper, so plenty of appeal there. But then again what team is going to take a chance on Eaves being an impact player, AND taking the chance of hoping to sign Babchuk. Doesn't seem likely at all now thinking about it. So you're probably right about unpredictable. I would still guess it involves one or the other though.
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