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  1. I know it was likely a very tough decision for him to make but, in the end, I believe it'll prove to be the right decision. This shows that Rutherford is serious about wanting to re-build this roster and fix recent mistakes. A second-round draft pick, that could potentially be used to maneuver up on draft day, is a nice first step towards that goal. Now, let's see what he can turn Corvo, Cullen, Legace, Walker, A. Ward, Whitney, and Yelle into.
  2. I still expect Rutherford to get plenty of deals done by the deadline, if for no other reason than to limit the negative financial impact this season will have on the franchise.
  3. [quote name='sixnitepkg wrote: wallym']I'll take the point a game guy in the playoffs please. even if he's an egotistical overpaid underachiever? naw... I'd far rather have the guy that brings it consistently, is eloquent, articulate, well respected throughout the league, and leads by example... Gleason or Whitney, but first we've gotta get rid of the REAL controlling force in the locker room - Ron Francis. Statements like this are ridiculous. Staal has a slow start to the season, which he has ALWAYS done since '06-'07, and suddenly he is a career under-achiever, over-paid, and egotistical. This franchise doesn't win the Stanley Cup in '05-'06 without Staal, it doesn't compete for a playoff spot in '06-'07 and '07-'08 without Staal, and it also doesn't reach the Eastern Conference Finals last season without Staal. You look around the NHL and you look at the captains; players like Iginla, Toews, Nash, Brown, Koivu, Richards, and Lecavalier. Staal has done just as much, if not more, for this franchise than those players have done for their franchises. If they are worthy of being called captains of their respective teams, which I believe they are, then Eric Staal is certainly worthy of being called the captain of the Carolina Hurricanes.
  4. He's role has essentially been filled by the younger, cheaper, and healthier Patrick Dwyer. I never thought LaRose was as "essential" to this team as some people, and that's pretty much been proven by Dwyer's ability to step right in beside Cullen and produce similar results.
  5. I always made sure never to buy into the hype about Leighton, from the day he was acquired. I thought he was a solid addition to Albany and someone that could serve as a mentor to prospects like Peters, but I didn't think he would be the answer to the back-up situation. He had a spectacular season in Albany, but he's always been a fantastic AHL goaltender. The reason why he has never been a consistent starter in the NHL and has been passed around so many NHL teams is that he has never been able to fully adapt to the NHL game. He's on a bit of a streak in Philadelphia, but that will eventually die down and he'll find himself back on the waiver wire and probably headed to another team in a couple of weeks.
  6. It would likely be Tom Rowe if a change was made, but there are plenty of quality coaches in junior hockey. I'd like to see someone that has had consistent success at that level get a chance here.
  7. In all honesty, I think he should be a little more selfish when you take into account the lack of talent he has around him. When you can't rely on anyone around you to put the puck in the net (for example, Cole against New Jersey), don't pass on quality scoring chances because you think they may be in slightly better position.
  8. It isn't just about the statistics, if it were Ray Whitney would be the captain and there wouldn't be any conversation about it. It's about being able to step up at the most important time of the season, which Staal has done every year for the last four years. I'll recall Staal's performance against the Blues in '06. He took a nasty high-stick early in the first period, returned with a chipped tooth and a stitched lip, and scored a hat-trick to lead the team to victory. I don't think all that Staal has done, the toughness he has displayed over the years, should be completely forgotten because Gleason has done it more recently.
  9. This franchise doesn't reach the playoffs and win the Stanley Cup in '06 without Staal. This franchise doesn't reach the playoffs and the Eastern Conference Finals last year without Staal. Gleason is a fantastic heart-and-soul player that, with each gritty performance, I become more thankful that he is on the roster. However, when it matters, Staal has shown the ability to step up and carry this team and this franchise on his back. I don't think Staal's past contributions should be forgotten simply because he's had a slow start to the season.
  10. It's very likely that Walker would waive his no-trade-clause to be dealt to a contender. If you'll remember, he came to Carolina because he wanted to win the Stanley Cup. With only one or two years left in the tank, I would be shocked if Walker didn't take this opportunity to have one last shot at the Cup.
  11. -Trade Whitney to a contender for a higher-round draft pick at the deadline. -Waive Samsonov. -Trade Cullen to Chicago for a draft pick and prospect (Jack Skille). Chicago is interested in Cullen, but I can't see Carolina interested in Cam Barker's contract or Brent Sopel as a salary dump. They pick up a draft pick and another reclaimation prospect and hope Chicago is able to make room for Cullen through another deal. -Keep Brind'Amour, although I expect he'll strongly consider retirement at the end of the season. -Trade Yelle and Walker to contenders for lower-round draft picks at the deadline. In Walker's case, try to make a deal with Nashville which is one of the few places I would expect Walker to allow himself to be dealt to. -Keep Corvo. His injury will likely deflate any potential return at the deadline and deflate any reasonable contract demands in the offseason. Try to re-sign him. -Allow Legace and Leighton to leave via free agency. Most of the moves would be made with the total team salary in mind and the need to limit the financial impact of this terrible season on Karmanos. With these moves made and a couple of moves made in the offseason, you enter '10-'11 with this line-up: Hall (DRAFT) / Staal / Ruutu Boychuk / Sutter / Cole LaRose / Jokinen / Skille (TRADE) Dwyer / Chaput / Kostopoulos Gleason / Corvo Pitkanen / Hamhuis (UFA) Alberts / Rodney Ward Peters
  12. Surprising that this is the first move Rutherford makes. I knew the pick of Paradis was a massive reach when it happened, and this only confirms that fact. Hopefully, this is simply a set-up to a bigger deal to happen in the next day or two.
  13. I really hope Staal doesn't buy into the "Staal needs Cole" hype as much as some people around here do. If he starts to actually believe that an average second-line winger is the key to his ability, this franchise will be in MUCH bigger trouble than it already is. What Staal needs are legitimate first-line linemates, which he has never had in Carolina. I've asked this question before and I'll ask it again, how many successful franchises are there out there with only one elite forward? This franchise will never be consistently successful until this need is addressed.
  14. If that's the deal Rutherford makes (Staal and draft pick for Cogliano and Grebeshkov), it will become abundantly clear just where the true problem with this franchise lies. Edmonton is a bad team that just lost their best player to injury, yet they consider Cogliano and Grebeshkov expendable. Are these really the type of players you want in return for your franchise center?
  15. I'll refer to an interview Luke DeCock had on the NHL Network about a week ago after Cam Ward's injury. They asked him about the outlook of this season and DeCock said that Rutherford views Christmas as the "deadline" for salvaging this season. He said that if the team is not at or above .500 by that time, Rutherford will start to look towards the future. The team would need about fourteen victories in the eighteen games between now and Christmas to meet Rutherford's "deadline".
  16. [quote name='Coreymyster wrote: Staal-to-Frolov'] Legace gives the team the best opportunity to compete in the short-term. If he plays the same way last year then he won't give you much of a chance. He let in WAAYYYYY to many soft goals with the Blues last year that it got so ridiculous. He deserves another chance and is a great guy, and maybe a fresh start will get him going again. Good luck to him and you guys, and hopefully that will work out. To be fair, Legace wasn't very happy in St. Louis during that last year. After a season in which he played in the All-Star game and finished the season with very solid statistics (2.41 GAA / 5 Shutouts), the Blues rewarded him by trading for what would eventually become his replacement in Chris Mason.
  17. Peters will get his opportunity eventually. According to Luke DeCock, Rutherford views Christmas as the "deadline" for salvaging this season. With that being the case, Legace gives the team the best opportunity to compete in the short-term.
  18. I really didn't think Rutherford would ever commit to tanking the season, but I'm happy to see that is the case.
  19. Definitely picked the best possible year to tank, as the consensus #1 overall pick is actually a winger and not a center.
  20. I don't see any need to get any roster players in return. Boychuk and Sutter have provided a spark since they've entered the line-up and have helped spark some of the stagnate players around them. I say you deal players like Corvo, Cullen, Walker, Ward, and Whitney for draft picks and/or prospects, promote prospects from within to fill those players' voids, and look to re-tool in the offseason with an abundance of salary room to play with. There isn't any reason to take on additional salary at this point.
  21. November 7th, 2009 Update ONTARIO HOCKEY LEAGUE: Michal Jordan (D / Plymouth) -- 14 GP / 2 G / 7 A / -2 / 6 PIM Matt Kennedy (RW / Guelph) -- 12 GP / 9 G / 6 A / -5 / 8 PIM WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE: Rasmus Rissanen (D / Everett) -- 16 GP / 3 G / 1 A / -3 / 36 PIM QUEBEC MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE: Samuel Morneau (LW / Val-d'Or) -- 21 GP / 10 G / 13 A / -6 / 30 PIM Philippe Paradis (LW / Shawinigan) -- 19 GP / 7 G / 7 A / -6 / 33 PIM COLLEGE HOCKEY: Zac Dalpe (C / Ohio State) -- 9 GP / 2 G / 4 A / -2 Brian Dumoulin (D / Boston College) -- 4 GP / 2 PIM Justin Krueger (D / Cornell) -- 2 GP / 2 PIM Kyle Lawson (D / Notre Dame) -- 9 GP / 3 G / 5 A / +1 / 6 PIM EUROPEAN HOCKEY: Magnus Akerlund (G / Timrå - SEL) -- 7 GP / 3.31 GAA / 88.27 SAVE % / 0 SO Anton Babchuk (Omsk - KHL) -- 15 GP / 3 G / 6 A Tommi Kivisto (D / Jokerit - SM-Liiga) -- 5 GP / 2 PIM (Jokerit U-20 - Jr. A SM-Liiga) -- 3 GP / 12 PIM Mattias Lindstrom (LW / Skellefteå J-20 - SuperElit) -- 1 GP -Mattias Lindstrom has not played since mid-September due to a knee injury. There is no timetable set for his return. For those interested, here are the statistics for five of the top prospects for this year's draft (perhaps one could be a future Hurricane?): Taylor Hall (LW / Windsor - OHL) -- 21 GP / 20 G / 22 A / +18 / 10 PIM Cam Fowler (D / Windsor - OHL) -- 21 GP / 3 G / 24 A / +23 / 6 PIM Tyler Seguin (C / Plymouth - OHL) -- 18 GP / 19 G / 17 A / +4 / 20 PIM Kirill Kabanov (Lw / Moncton - QMJHL) -- 10 GP / 4 G / 9 A / +1 / 8 PIM John McFarland (LW / Sudbury - OHL) -- 19 GP / 8 G / 12 A / -12 / 22 PIM
  22. What motivation would Los Angeles have to move Justin Williams for scraps at this point? He's healthy and currently at a point-per-game pace, it appears that he likes it in Los Angeles and is a key component of a team that is on the way up in the NHL. Who's to say he would even want to come back to an organization that gave up on him just one year ago?
  23. I think it's Rowe. Mainly due to the experience he has as head coach of both Staal and Ward back in '04-'05. That "valuable experience" that we all hear about from Tripp Tracy every week was gained under the guidance of Rowe in Lowell. I would expect that those two would accept him as the next head coach, and with those two on board the rest of the locker room SHOULD follow. Those who don't, are the guys the team would be better off without.
  24. I keep him for the sole purpose that there isn't really anyone else to put there. McBain could use the rest of the season in Albany, Borer is still injured, and any other call-ups wouldn't be much of an upgrade.
  25. Nice little feature. Gives the fan a little insight into the personalities of some of these guys. I was surprised by just how cool Bowman seemed to be. Just based off of pictures, seems like he'd be the shy type.
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