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  1. Toronto has 9 defensemen signed right now including 4 first possible first pairing guys (Beauchemin, Komisarek, Schenn, Kaberle). I think if we were gonna trade for a Dman from a desperate team they might be a good candidate.

    Wonder if Burke in Toronto would swap Schenn (5 overall 2008) for Boychuk (11 overall 2008) and the Canes second round pick next year. Would solve the Canes defense questions for very little money and gives Toronto a skilled scoring forward that will be needed to add scoring punch to Burke's brutes.

  2. The original questions from post #1 for those too lazy to click their "back page" button :):

    1) Playoffs MVP? (Pick one from all series combined)

    2) Unsung Hero? (Pick one who really stepped up and got very little credit)

    3) Most likely to get the big pay raise next year? (I have a feeling we'll all agree on this one)

    4) Probably played his way out of a contract? (for good or bad reasons) (I have a feeling we'll all disagree on this one)

    5) The player that is the Top Priority for JR to re-sign? (pick one only)

    6) Biggest disappointment? (pick one only)

    1. Jussi, had to modify RBCC national anthem singing for him!

    2. Gleason, minus the let me clear it into Malkin's legs play. He was consistent in rounds 1 and 2 and consistently contributed to the difficulty for the Devs and B's to score. Absolutely loved his fight with Clarkson in round 1!

    3. Rosey

    4. Cole

    5. UFA - Rosey; RFA - Ruu

    6. Corvo - just did very little and at times looked as though he did not want the puck on his stick. Cole and Brindy their drop offs did not surprise me as much and I thought Brindy was a factor in the B's series.

  3. 1. Well, what the heck PK? We go this deep into the playoffs, you make the money (what, like a million every home game), but won't raise the self-imposed cap? I don't understand.

    2. Everything else is as I expected. No surprises.

    The team was about $1 mil in the black after round 2. JR projected to make $2 mil per round 3 home game. That makes about a $5 mil profit for the Canes for the season. It would be nice to see some of that go back onto the ice. Better product will lead to greater future profits, that's good business. But I do not expect PK to put it ALL back on the ice. It is a business and I congratulate the organization on making money in pro sports in this economy in a mid-sized market.

  4. And after attempting to trade Kaberle throughout the season and then eventually putting him on waivers and still being unclaimed, I think the only option remaining is buyout. No one wants that contract for the play that Kaberle brings.

    In the off-season with one season remaining there is more hope that someone would show interest in Kabs. Putting him in a package with Sammy might also draw interest because Sammy is reasonably paid and when he's in a groove can still score some beautiful goals for a team.

    However, this does seem to be a point the board agrees on that I missed before, the Canes need to move some bad contracts such as Kabs, Walker, or Brindy. But there is great doubt that it can/will be accomplished, leaving the $$ crunch for who will JR or won't JR be able to go after.

  5. It is interesting how people are putting Boychuk and even Bowman into the starting line-ups. Is that really far-fetched? I am not saying yes or no. Looks like Sutter is going to have to wait until Brindy is done to crack the NHL again though.

    It also looks like people aren't building a 'shut down' line. Are we happy to try and go 3 lines like this year, or try for 4 lines that can score? Just some ways to look at the line-ups we are forming

    A shut down line could be to put together Walker-Brindy-Ruu (or possibly Eaves). Then adjust other lines as chemistry allows.

    Boychuk on 4th line don't make sense. Give him time in AHL or bring on top 9 at least.

    Lines 2-4 as I put them together could all play similar minutes in the 11-14 range. Getting 12 minutes a night in the NHL is not bad for development. Playing similar minutes across these lines has been used by Mo and I think JR likes the idea as well. I know management would like to see at the NHL level next year.

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    Just thought I'd post this here. Many players aren't going to be taking a discount to play here, and most will probably expect a bigger raise here than they would expect to play elsewhere.

    For instance, one of the Sedin brothers was suggested in this topic. Playing together at Vancouver, they took a discount to play with each other. If they're separated, they're rumored to want up to 6 million a piece.

    Yep, but I'd still prefer him of all the wingers available if he can't get $6 mil elsewhere. The Canes can spend about $8.5 mil total for top D-man and 1st line winger if they trade both Kabs and Sammy for picks and do not return Cole or Seids. Maybe they go after Camalleri if he is a bit less than D. Sedin and that allows them to bring in a shutdown D-man. The concept remains the same.

  6. So the board and media consensus is that the Canes need a top line winger and a top pair defenseman. I had been of a mind that they can only afford one or the other, but I'm not so sure now that the team profited around $5 mil this season with playoff revenues included. I would love to see Jay Bo in a Canes sweater to go along with Cam and Staal as a dynamic core for many years to come, but if JR does that it means no $$ for a winger. So, I'll say no to this for now.

    If PK will put some of the profits back into the team, maybe the spending limit goes up $2 mil to about $53 million total.

    I would let Cole and Seids walk.

    Resign Rosey (1.6), Ruu (2.8), Jokinen (2.1), and Babs (1.5) ($8 mil total).

    UFA signings: Komisarek ($3.25) and D. Sedin or Camalleri ($4.25) ($7.5 total)

    Trade Kaberle and Eaves for later picks frees $3.6 mil.

    The following team sets up for approx. $52.9 mil









    One of: Carson/Rodney/Borer/McBain



    If making all of the above re-signings and UFA signings happens to run over $15.5 total to say $16.5, then package Kabs and Samsonov (instead of Eaves) to free the $. (I would say Walker instead of Sammy but that would be too far fetched even for this thread). Only changes to the line-up above would be Eaves on the 4th line then and Jokinen on 3rd.

    JR has to see where this team is at. He knows that Conference Finals was a small overachievement. Now, he knows being a Cup contender is just a couple of moves away and he may have more cash. It will be an interesting off-season. Next season Walker, Corvo, Whitney, Wallin, and Cullen (and Kabs who I've already traded) are in contract years which will give room for JR to make moves at the trade deadline to fill holes for a Cup run or to make adjustments for the future if the season is not going well. (and no I do not think Wallin will ever waive his NTC.)

    It should be a fun off-season and 09-10 season!

    GO CANES!!!

  7. And by the way, if anyone had said about 2/3rds way into the season that these two teams would be the ones in the ecf they probably would have been laughed at. Very impressive achievement for two squads and coaches.

    Yes, do not want to overlook this for either team. Bylsma and Mo deserve serious kudos. These were the two teams with the most points post all-star break in the East and the playoffs show that was no mistake. I'm never one to say surrender, so I'm willing the Canes forward. Will root for the winner of the East in the SCF. My wife's family is in the Wilkes-Barre area (Pens AHL) and they are happy to see Bylsma continue to succeed at the nhl level.

  8. Anyone remember 2001 and how we avoided a sweep against New Jersey by pulling off 2 straight? I'm not counting these guys out, because they've amazed me in different ways in the playoffs. If there is a team that is capable of pulling off 4 straight, these guys are it. This franchise, despite only being here since 1997, already has a nice rich history to it, if we can pull this off, it would just add to the galore.

    I do agree it has been a fun ride, why not keep it going past tuesday?

    This is the attitude! The Canes need 1 win right now, prove to themselves they can beat the Pens. Do that and there is greater confidence with continued desperation in the play in game 5 to get the series back to Raleigh for game 6. First things first, win each shift on Tuesday to keep the series going! And who knows what happens! You can't win 4 games at once, but 1 shift at a time it can happen!

    Focus on winning each shift in game 4 may help the guys address what I see as the main cause for the series standing, momentary lapses on which the Pens capitalize. The Pens are too good to have even a short lapse. The key moments, the middle 2 minutes of period 1 game 1; last minute of period 2 game 2; and last minute of period 1 game 3. Without these 3 key let down moments, I believe that the Canes would have at least 1 win. Now it's time to regroup and then go out and re-prove that the team knows what it takes to win deep in the playoffs!

    GO CANES!!!!

  9. Our other guys are the ones that concern me more though. Rutuu and Cole have been absolutely horrible in terms of scoring. They've been physical, but they don't get to play on the top lines to just hit people. Brindamour can't use age as an excuse because he light the lamp numerous times with 20 pts in his last 17 games before the playoffs began. Whitney has been okay, but not near his regular season pace and Cullen (even though he probably is playing through injury) hasn't been the same either. LaRose and Jussi are our only supporting players right now who are scoring. Corvo, Pitkanen and Babchuck have all suffered from our PP struggling. I think that in this series though we can beat the Pens PK if we can simply get the puck on net. They're giving us space for shot at the point, but we're passing WAYYYYYYYYYYYY too much.

    Mo may insert Babchuk for this reason and being at home will control last line changes for his match ups. I'm hoping Mo has a few more tricks up his sleeve like he had for NJ and Boston. Tighter team play and a few wrinkles to get more pucks on net for the Canes can make a difference. Also, guarantee that Rowe will have the D playing better tomorrow night. Each time the D has looked sloppy in this year's playoffs he's gotten them to play tighter the next game.

  10. Well, I'm thankful that my situation allows me to take advantage of the "ice your price" and deep playoff price discounts. I can't imagine what other households are going through. I do, however, wonder why we were not given a credit for game #4 for the first 2 rounds, and are to be charged for 4 games in the final 2 when there is no way in bloody-hell that we're going to be playing a game 4 here? Unless of course, disaster strikes the other arena.

    Using the "pay as we play" option, I've only been charged for the actual games played and only when they games become necessary. So, paid for 3 games in both rounds 1 and 2 and have paid for 2 games in round 3. Not sure why you've been charged the extra games and you might want to follow up with your ticket rep to see why you're paying for games that are not possible since the Canes are the lowest remaining seed in either conference.

  11. I really feel like we need to resign Ruutu and Larose. These guys both have X factors that we need to be a competitive team. I don't want to ignore the D though and go back to last year with no D. I wouldn't want to have to make this choice.

    Agree on Ruu and Rosey for the front lines. I said it elsewhere. I hope our deep run in the playoffs will make it possible financially for the team to make a run at JayBo for the D line. I'd rather him with the Canes long-term than Cole but probably too rich for JR to pursue.

  12. Quick question... I was a mini plan holder for the past year. I decided not to get season tickets for next year because I now live 2 hours away and am doing the school thing full time. Hence, lack of funds. Did I have to sign up for next years season tickets to qualify for this years discount?

    This year's playoffs are based on this year's season ticket package BUT only if you opted to pay for the playoff tickets in March. This year's playoffs and next year's STH package are separate. It would have been possible to pay for the playoffs this year and not choose a STH package for next season. However, the deadline for that option has passed.

  13. I'm sure a lot of you are aware of this, but the reason that the tickets are selling like hotcakes is that at least 20-30% of those are being bought by Penguin fans. They're making the long drive from North Raleigh and Cary. These "home" games are going to be a lot like the ECF in '06 against the Sabres. I'm not suggesting it will be as ugly, but you'll get real sick of yellow and black, "Let's Go Pens" chants and when the Penguins score the place will erupt.

    Oh, and some of these are Hurricanes "fans" who were sitting next to you last week, cheering for the Canes.


    Saw a vehicle parked in downtown Raleigh this morning with a Canes license plate and Steelers tire cover. Commented to my family that the person who owns the car better wear red to the games next week!

  14. Oh, the trials and tribulations of being a die-hard Caniac.

    I haven't missed a home game in over 2 years. Full season ticket holder, die hard Caniac. Live, eat and breathe Hurricanes.

    And here we are......... One game away from advancing to the Eastern Conference Championship (again), I just can't believe it! Six months ago, (things weren't quite as rosy) I booked a vacation for an extended Memorial Day weekend. Due to the line of work I'm in, I can't take any time off in June/July/August because of a heavy workload. So I have booked and paid for a trip to Tahoe and San Francisco. And now, there's a pretty darned good chance that we'll be playing home games during that time.

    Without putting the cart before the horse, I'm adding up in my mind the pros and cons. Wait until next week and see how the trip is affected by it? Cancel it and prove that Hockey Trumps Everything (which has been my motto for years). Or find a nice sports bar in Tahoe, wear my jersey, and scream so loudly that you can hear me in NC?

    Well, the Canes did it! And the ECF schedule is out. Are games 3 and 4 during your scheduled trip? You have a tough decision. Personally, I think I'd reschedule the trip for Labor day timeframe. Tahoe and San Francisco will be there to experience any time...barring disaster...but deep playoff runs only come so often and you cannot really predict exactly when. Just my .02 for what it's worth.

  15. Worst schedule I've seen in awhile.

    Welcome to playing a series with Carolina. Schedulers try to bury the Canes or forget they exist, but somehow we keep getting on the matrix! I thought with Crosby playing that this series might catch a break but I guess they will play up the Chicago-Detroit rivalry. No teams left west of the central time zone, crazy. At least national coverage cannot ignore a Conference Finals...that is if you consider VS national.

  16. I'll throw this in here, I thought it was a bit overzealous after game 4 to show on the jumbotron an overweight woman with the message, "she's warming up." Being up 3-1 in the series is great, but it's not that close to fat lady time, that would be up 5-1 going into period 3 of the close out game and even then I'm not sure I would tempt the hockey gods with that message.

  17. Not sure I understand why (especially after what's at stake), but here are apparently still tickets available for tomorrow night's game.

    The game was "if necessary" until Sunday night. People did not want to have the game not be played and lose the ticketmaster charges. (no worries on those when sth) Plus it's a Tuesday. But enough for making excuses. It's time to support the team. See you tomorrow at the RBC!!! GO CANES!!!

  18. If Maurice said that I will never have another word to criticize him ever again. That gives him immunity in my book. Way to stand behind your team.

    Well, I won't say never for me, but that is a perfect response to tell the team that he is with them and all will be ok. Now for the team and Mo to focus on game 6.

  19. I sit in 112 near the front. I wanted SOOOOOOOOOOO badly to stand, but no one else in our area stood up. I didn't want to "rock the boat", so I screamed like a crazy woman from my seat. I wish the people in the end zones would STAND UP like everyone else and show that spirit! It certainly doesn't hinder our view........ GO CANES

    I sit on the LLN as well and I am extremely happy that people on the ends have the sense NOT to stand. There are kids who aren't tall enough to see when adults opt to stand for no real reason, there are older adults who cannot stand throughout the game, and others who cannot stand for other reasons. Everyone has paid for their tickets and deserves to be able to see the game from their seat. As you point out, we support the team with our VOICES. Standing during play is just annoying to other fans. If I had tickets in 102-105 I would complain to Canes and RBC management. Yes it is the playoffs, but the basic rules of etiquette for WATCHING a hockey game do not change just because the intensity of the game on the ice is somewhat greater. Seriously, this is round 2 it is not game 7 of the SCF.

  20. My daughter and I have worn the exact same outfits that we wore to game 4 of round 1 to all of the home games since, pants and all layers of shirts included. I told her that we had to do this because the clothes had Canes winning luck in them.

    Last night when we parked my daughter saw a rock she liked. She picked it up and said it could be the Canes lucky rock. I attempted to dissuede her to no avail and she put the rock under the back end of the car. When we got back to the car after the OT win, there was the now truly lucky rock still under the car. So, into the car the positive mojo rock went and under the back bumper it will be on Friday night at the RBC :P .

  21. I just don't buy into the retaliation factor in this particular instance.

    Can it be proven? No. But could it be more than coincidence that Seids is our player who receives that cheap shot? Yes, and that is what I thought when it happened. When I listen to enforcers talk about their role on a team, it amazes me to hear how calculated they really are in their actions when to fans it appears to be shear aggression.

  22. Well what does that have to do with the officials decision about this situation?

    They are aware of the earlier incident and allow the "policing" to occur on the ice, usually just one instance. The refs for this series will review issues between the teams from both regular season and this series. This type of situation happens all the time during the regular season and hockey players openly acknowledge that they take numbers and do not always retaliate within a single game, that's part of the game.

    Uhhhh, Bergeron went to hit Dennis and somehow ended up with a concussion himself. I doubt that this was any kind of calculated payback act, more likely Lucic just losing his cool and/or trying to send a message
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