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  1. I never questioned anyone for not being a STH, don't do that. I know everyone is not in the position to do that, but support is another thing. At the last game my seats were the only seats filled in my whole row, and the row behind me had three people in it. Looking across the arena there were whole sections with only a few scattered people in them. They say we have 12 thousand people there, but there is much less than that by the looks of it. I haven't seen it this empty since the team first came here. I guess it's just freakin me out. I hope you're right about them going nowhere, I'll count on that.
  2. No Ivory Tower here, just don't want to lose my team...but I guess no one else sees my point quite the same way. Only time will tell I guess. And wasn't meaning everyone should go out and become a STH today. Just meant it's sad for the few who do show up for these games and see all those empty seats and wonder how long this can last. Sorry for the downer.
  3. You pay to go see a team when they are not playing well to keep them in your town, so they can hopefully improve and be a team you can enjoy watching in the future. Otherwise, they will not be there to enjoy at all. They don't stay there forever just in case you might feel like attending someday. It's called being a fan, and not a bandwagoner!
  4. I'm not using any specific team, just sayin it's hurtful and embarrassing to sit, game after game, with a few thousand other people and contemplate the loss of my team bcuz so few people care that they are here. I have a feeling they won't be for long and I will be heartbroken.
  5. There are plenty of teams with a bad record that maintain a decent fan base. A team can't always win/compete at a high level. This team has done relatively well in the last ten years compared to many NHL teams. Fans need to support it through the lean years too, or they can not call themselves fans, just bandwagoners.
  6. Came here to post much of the same. Even when the team was playing well, other than for a year or two around 2006, the Canes struggled to fill the place. Now we are last in attendance in the league, near 12,000 per game according to ESPN...and that seems generous, looks more like 8-10,000 from my seat. Doesn't look good for our future in NC unless these supposed fans get their rear ends in seats. It's a strain on my finances to buy my season tix every year, but I manage to support the team anyway because I want them here. There are many teams with losing records worse than ours that have good fan base support. If we lose this team there is no one to blame but the citizens of the Raleigh area that didn't give a ****. PK did his best to give it a go here. Don't blame him at all if he decides to pull up stakes...SHAMEFUL fan base.
  7. I think Estaal being gone this year is already a done deal. If you notice he is rarely given post game interviews anymore and it's always other players pictured on the website now. I think it's a concerted effort by management to distance him from fans and his image as the "face of the Canes". I think they are trying to soften the blow back from the fans and establish a new semi-identity before he goes. May be wrong, but makes sense of his lack of media involvement this year.
  8. Well, I guess he made his decision on Semin. Not sure I'd do a buy out if it means carrying this burden for six years, but I'm not the GM. JR ****s. He should be the one stuck with this.
  9. I think RF will get Staal and Ward to resign reasonable contracts. They have to know they already got lots of money from this org that they didn't exactly earn. I think they both will be good with taking a little less, so that he can afford get them a better supporting cast for them. It will be in their best interest, if they ever want a hope of winning anything again. If they don't see the light, I don't see our new GM having any problem with cutting them loose for the good of the teams future. Semin...ugh, Semin. I trust he'll think of something to get us out from under that contract. I pray Semin has one **** of a start to the season, so he ups his trade value and we start getting some bites on him, even if they're not great offers. Go, Semin, GO!
  10. hockeysmitten


    Good for PK. No matter what someone thinks about the man personally, he has spent a good portion of his wealth, and much of his life promoting hockey on various levels. Well deserved, I'd say. Congrats to him.
  11. For sure. I get the feeling he will let players know he can not be manipulated by sentimentality or misplaced loyalty, like JR oft was.
  12. A lot of talented kids went undrafted this year. I hope they keep some of them in mind for camp, like they did with Tolchinsky. We could use some freebies.
  13. I highly doubt they literally offered Skinner to "every team in the league". That was just a totally unnecessary and ugly statement. He probably just let it be known generally that he could be moved. I hope we keep him for this season anyway, to see if he bounces back. I think they need to give him time. He's very young and talented, and on a good contract if he regains his scoring touch.
  14. Hope everyone is happy with our draft. I was thrilled we got Hanifin, like most probably were. I really liked his 4th rnd goalie selection, and the trade for Lack (a good backup replacement for less $ that I think will do well here). I also liked that RF strengthened our D without costing us too much for the interim. I was perplexed by some of the picks on day 2 (#35? and some of the low picks) I though they reached a little bit, but only time will tell. I'll keep my fingers crossed. All in all, we had a good draft I thought. I wonder if there were kids they liked enough to invite to camp this year? Should be exciting.
  15. Maybe they are having trouble signing Nash or Nestrasil. Replacement insurance?
  16. Wow. Nice write up and glowing evaluation of Marner. I guess he's not our guy.
  17. Maybe MacDonald was TRYING not to sound too enthusiastic about Hanifin! The FO has never seemed exactly forthcoming when it comes to the draft.
  18. He obviously had more to give than we thought (or he gave).
  19. Just say no to Kessel. He is owed 54 mil over the next 7 years (10, 9, 9, 7, 7, 6 and 6). Semin is only 21 mil for the next 3yrs. If he picks up his production next year, and I know it's a BIG if, we could possibly trade him and get out from under another big contract we don't need as we rebuild (which we need to do, even if it's unpleasant). Even if we have to eat 1 mil or two of his salary, 3-6mil over 3 years, is better than a buy out or this big money trade for Kessel. I really think we need to clear out some of these high cost, long term contracts and take time to assess where we are, where we want to go, and what we need to get there before we add any new big deals. I would also like us to adopt a policy of not giving out these long term contracts. I would hope RF would limit contract length to 4 years, and stop giving NTC/NMC like candy. It would give us so much more flexibility, even as some of our contracts will remain costly.
  20. Don't think Skinner would get us the 6th after the season he just had, plus his health issues. I think we would have to add significantly. I hope next year he stays healthy all year and has a great season. Then we won't want to trade him.
  21. Sorry, won't take the address. Article written by Pen's sports writer Rob Rossi for TribLive/Sports on 4/20 about the short comings of JR. He had a public meltdown over it. Check out *edit - Penguins - Tribune review: Rutherford to Rossi for the live link.
  22. Apparently there is trouble brewing in the Pitts, too for JR. Can you believe it? http://triblive.com/sports/robrossi/...penguins-final
  23. Don't want to trade our 1st for a player at all. That's a JR move, and the reason we are were we are (no depth). I would only be ok with combining a lesser pick with a prospect or player (we see as not fitting well here) to move up in the draft, or secure us more picks. I don't think any player that some team would be willing to part with would be worth a high 1st round pick in this particular draft.
  24. When asked about the large number of picks we have this year, Francis essentially said he would be willing to use them anyway that served the organization best this year, including combining picks and/or trades to possibly move up if a good opportunity presented itself. I wonder if he would be willing to package a good young struggling player, like Skinner with a lower pick/picks to move back into the 1st? Not that I don't appreciate Skinners talent, or what he could do for us in the future either, just a thought. I personally think if we can't get a 2nd first, we should keep all our picks to rebuild our depth (a vital need for this team).
  25. Patty Dwyer is a healthy scratch in todays game against the NYI. Could that mean something simmering? Also McClement has two goals in the game today.
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