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  1. Looks like he failed the baseline test... He's young but concussions are never good. Hopefully he makes a full recovery. Heres the story: http://bit.ly/tppcvZ
  2. Pretty nice for young Skinner to have this honor. Following in Yzerman's footsteps isn't too shabby. "When Skinner takes the ice Sunday, he'll be just 18 years, 259 days old, making him the youngest person ever to play for the All-Stars in an All-Star Game. Hall of Famer Steve Yzerman had been the youngest, at 18 years, 267 days in 1984." http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=550698&navid=DL|NHL|home
  3. http://www.hockeyfights.com/fights/88907 Ian and Cole got acquainted about this time last year
  4. Well, if we go by hockeyfights.com's votes he is a mediocre fighter. Don't get me wrong, I think any grit is good for our team at this point but I don't expect him to be clobbering his opponents. He's obviously capable of winning some so if he can pull them out at key times then he'll be a good addition to our grit-challenged lines. I like his size and PIM.
  5. Edmontonjournal.com had a write up today on Skinner and Cole. http://bit.ly/bK3qMz This kid is going to get a lot of publicity but he seems to handle it well.
  6. I was at the game tonight and spotted quite a few Skinner jersey's and shirts already. He looked really good tonight. He's got a great knack for positioning and reading plays.
  7. I predict LaRose to have a career season this coming season. Just my opinion. He needs to be, at the very least, on a 3rd line and possibly higher. He may not have the goals to back it up but his performance in the last few months of this season proves he can hang. He was also injured for almost half the season.
  8. .... to keep consistent with Remkin's original post, I think JR is banking on his "young-old" players like Staal , LaRose, Jokinen to take on the Veteran role and given another year or 2 should work out that way. My personal opinion, is that Whitney will return next year to help with the transition in place of Rod. Rod will still be a part of player development though and this could be a great success. Just my thoughts.
  9. I'm in concurrence with the consensus that JR is looking to build for the future and he respectfully told everyone, fans, media etc. to be patient. I'm glad he did too. It shows a lot of professionalism and a pragmatic approach. On the subject of Rosie. My personal opinion is that he is and will be a 20 goal scorer. He played 58 games in the 2007-2008 season and had 11 goals. 2009 gave way to 19 goals but he played 81 games, healthy. Again this year he had 11 goals but did that in 56 games and added 17 assists to give him almost the same point total has his 81 game season. I do admit that I am a LaRose fan due to his off ice candor and wit but mostly because he shows A LOT of heart as long as he's healthy. I think it's exciting to see the Canes in this transitional phase and that they aren't afraid to admit it. We have a huge supply of potential talent and if even 2 of those young offensive players become 20+ or 30+ goal scorers then we will have the offense to take us to another cup. This, however, will probably take more than one year. We all know the facts but Staal only scored 11 goals in his first season in 81 games. Went to the minors for a year, during the lock out, came back and had a 45 goal season. Basically JR and PK have negotiated a lot of potential talent for a small price tag and have the luxury of relatively little pressure next year. This, to me, is a recipe for Stanley Cup goodness in the next few years and I couldn't be more pumped to see it unfold. I would also like to see Cam come back and have another hot season. This would give me a lot more confidence in the team as a whole. There is no substitute for elite goaltending. *Fingers crossed*
  10. [quote name='remkin wrote: VonCaniac']Not to offend anyone here. We all have a right to an opinion and if your posting on these boards then chances are you are a true fan. However, I don't think tanking a season is in the best interest for anybody including the fans. It is about winning but why corrupt the integrity of the Carolina Hurricanes by throwing games? We are one of the hottest teams in the NHL right now and whether or not we make the playoffs we will still have that mojo going into next season. This season was plagued with injuries, the most detrimental, in my opinion, being Ward. I do take my hat off to Legace and Peters. They have done an exceptional job given the circumstance. Rutherford has done a very good job of recruiting this season and we do have (4) 2nd rounders at our disposal with a still promising draft ahead, even if we keep winning. There is a lot of talent to go around in this years draft. As Ward states in his last 2 post game interviews: "At the end of the day this is what we get paid to do and you've got to wear that jersey with some pride and compete." I personally don't like watching my favorite team play without heart and soul. One other note, yes I realize the landscape of hockey is different now but it is an interesting fact: The 3rd highest goal scorer of all time, Brett Hull, was drafted by the Calgary Flames in 1984 in the 6th round with 117th overall pick. He didn't enter the NHL for good until 1987. Are we going to get a Brett Hull, not likely but it's not always about the 1st round. Yah, it's the conundrum we go round and round on. The players can't tank. But at these last few games will have ZERO effect on the team's morale next year. They have already shown that they have a nice core that can win. The only thing winning does now is move us down the draft board. No, the players can't tank, but it would be far better if they played hard and lost. Not asking them to tank, just wishing the other guys would win a few more (just at the end of this year). Sure, it may all turn out fine anyway, but drafting higher increases the chances of getting a game changing NHL ready player. At this point, I'm not asking anyone to actually try to lose. Just hoping that they do. Also, for the last time, there are very few occasions that I would hope for the team to lose. This is the rare exception to the rule. I understand your reasoning. However, I don't think losing out for the season would have ZERO effect on morale. That may be a little overstated but I certainly want the same as everyone else and that is a good, solid, and talented team next year. I just stand on the other side of the fence when it comes to the tank/no-tank scenario. Ok, we aren't calling it tanking but if your wishing for losses from a team that's predominantly winning, then it's pretty much the same thing. Your point is well taken but I just think that we don't necessarily need another number one draft pick. We need our # 2 draft pick *ahem* Staal *ahem* to give us another 2006, 100 point season or at least 40 goals. I know there are a lot of Staalsy fans on here, me being one of them but let's be honest he has the potential to be a monster scorer if he comes to play every night and in my opinion for his $8+ mill contract he should bring his A-game more often than not. All of this is not to say that I'll be unhappy with a talented addition to the team via draft but the reality is that Wardo has that hungry look in his eye and jump in his step so I don't see us in the top 2 spots or even 3 or 4 for that matter.
  11. Not to offend anyone here. We all have a right to an opinion and if your posting on these boards then chances are you are a true fan. However, I don't think tanking a season is in the best interest for anybody including the fans. It is about winning but why corrupt the integrity of the Carolina Hurricanes by throwing games? We are one of the hottest teams in the NHL right now and whether or not we make the playoffs we will still have that mojo going into next season. This season was plagued with injuries, the most detrimental, in my opinion, being Ward. I do take my hat off to Legace and Peters. They have done an exceptional job given the circumstance. Rutherford has done a very good job of recruiting this season and we do have (4) 2nd rounders at our disposal with a still promising draft ahead, even if we keep winning. There is a lot of talent to go around in this years draft. As Ward states in his last 2 post game interviews: "At the end of the day this is what we get paid to do and you've got to wear that jersey with some pride and compete." I personally don't like watching my favorite team play without heart and soul. One other note, yes I realize the landscape of hockey is different now but it is an interesting fact: The 3rd highest goal scorer of all time, Brett Hull, was drafted by the Calgary Flames in 1984 in the 6th round with 117th overall pick. He didn't enter the NHL for good until 1987. Are we going to get a Brett Hull, not likely but it's not always about the 1st round.
  12. [quote name='rocheccw wrote: fpsndiver']Tyler Seguin might look better than Hall so far. It depends on how much of the statistics you really read into. Hall is definitely touted to go number 1, but Seguin looks to be the better all around player. I would be fine with either one. Tyler plays center, and Taylor is a wing. We could be like the Pens with 3 strong young centers if we took Tyler. Could you imagine it Staal, Sutter, & Seguin as the Canes top three centers? Or I would not mind seeing what a true scoring wing like Hall could do with Staal, or Sutter. Either way the Canes will be getting younger & faster next year!!! Yeah, and remember the year we had left winger Cory Stillman (2006) staal tallied 100 regular season points. Staal needs a playmaker but if we can get that in Tyler that could be very interesting situation. However, he seems more like a goal scorer than a playmaker and all know Staal eyes the net before he eyes the pass. Seguin has been said to be more of the playmaker so maybe they can move him to winger to assist Staal. Staaler could be a monster if we could just get someone in that knows how to read him.
  13. No offense to the football fans out there but @#!$ I'm glad that hockey coaches have some class aswell as the players.
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