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  1. Was in attendance for the first time in 2 years and it looks like the old Canes showed up tonight. Boys looked slow. Aho didn't look sharp. I never want to blame a loss on one player, but McGinn really crapped the bed on that play. Hamilton is playing with a lot of confidence and seems like he's always firing on net. And Haula is always in front of the net. Just wish Aho and Nino could get it going.
  2. I agree, been pretty happy with Liles despite a bad play that led to one of the first goals last night. Is Gleason playing much for Toronto?
  3. That would make sense if Semin has a nagging wrist injury. The lack of goals at times this year (aka the whole season except for when E Staal and/or Skinner get hot) is very alarming. I don't think we've ever had this much forward talent, or at least not since '06 and the goals aren't there. What happened to the magic line of Tlusty Staal Semin? Again, if Semin has a nagging injury, then that is understandable. I'm a big fan of his, but he really needs to produce for us to win, more so than Ruutu and Tlusty in my opinion. But that is 3 top 6 players that have been invisible, that have a history of being really effective. I don't know what gives. As I said earlier, I get that everyone is frustrated with being a bubble playoff team once again, but I'm much more concerned that we have more talent than I have ever seen and no Mo and for some reason it just isn't working. Hopefully they can work it out
  4. You guys are more short term oriented than Wall Street. I mean seriously, it's insane! After a win: "WE"RE GONNA MAKE A DEEP RUN IN THE PLAYOFFS!!!" After a loss: "TRADE CAM/ERIC/RUUTU/JORDAN, FIRE JR, FIRE MULLER! ANOTHER SEASON DOWN THE DRAIN!" Take a step back people...we were tanking, then had a 5 game win streak, and now two losses in a row. Every team has ups and downs. While I agree, I am nervous that we will once again miss the playoffs, I think we all agree that this team has the talent to make the playoffs and is at least average. It is not a BAD team that needs to blow up and start over (ex. Buffalo/Edmonton). We have played below our potential the last 2 seasons IMO (since we got Semin and J Staal I think we turned a point in saying that the talent simply wasn't there. We have the talent). We just saw a 5 game flash of that potential. Now let's see if they can play more like that and less like the last 1.5 years. JR will probably have to do some roster tweaking, and Muller still needs to coach, but the up and down swings on this forum are ridiculous. The bottom line is that this is a borderline playoff team that is flirting with the line and will continue to do so for the rest of the year, but should make the post season based on our talent and personnel. So going on one of these swings and saying we are an elite team or a terrible team is simply ridiculous.
  5. atsrob, As others alluded to, Gleason WAS really good for us for years. A very solid, gritty stay at home defenseman. This year with injuries and other young defensemen stepping up, he never got going. Hopefully with a change of scenery and a bigger need/role, he will do well for your defense in Toronto. The past couple years he was considered our best defenseman and the anchor of our D.
  6. Whitney-E Staal-Semin Williams-Francis-Stillman Skinner-Brind'amour-Cole Weight-Sutter-Ruutu Wesley-Hedican Gleason-Faulk Wallin-Seidenberg Ward Irbe I'll admit I was very young and a very casual canes fan until about '09, so I'm hazy on the older guys. May be off base
  7. That's what I don't get though. It's not injuries. None of our important forwards are out (sorry LaRose). Sure, we are allowing lots of goals...but what I don't get is that we are scoring 1 goal per game now!!! We were putting up like 4 goals per game and our top line was the best in the league. None of them are injured. Nobody on the 2nd line is injured. We got a great player in Ruutu back. Nash caught fire and filled our 3rd line center spot. How does this group of forwards go from video game scoring to absolutely NOTHING in the snap of your fingers. (I was there for this "shift"...2nd period of Caps game at home this team just had its memory wiped or something) How does that just happen? Nothing has changed. The D has injuries and is mediocre at full strength and we are on our 3rd and 4th string goalie...so I get that we are giving up goals. I am just baffled at what happened to our forwards/scoring. All 12 can't be in a slump at the same time.
  8. I think Brent is the perfect 4th line center and would hate to see him go next year. He wins faceoffs, doesn't make big mistakes, and is very useful on the powerplay. I also think Wallace is useful as a poor man's Ruutu, making big hits and skating fast. I still like Bowman a lot as he is a good 2-way player with a good shot. So I guess, in my opinion, LaRose has to go. I love his attitude and the fact that he has been a Cane for a long time, but with his salary and all of these good new younger options...he just doesn't fit anymore. Also, Welsh hasn't proven anything and I'd much rather see him go than Brent. As for Terry, I like him, but not more than the other guys listed above. I'd be happy to have him as the #1 call up due to injuries for the next year or so and then see if theres a good spot for him...kind of like how Bowman was all last year.
  9. remkin took the words out of my mouth. Even though I think Jussi has looked slow this year, I still think he is a Top 6 forward. He clearly doesn't play as well at Center. This Canes Country article says it all. http://www.canescountry.com/2013/3/4/4063432/jussi-jokinen-at-the-center-of-controversy Put him at 2nd line winger (or even keep him at 3rd line winger with Nash) and he'll play great. I will say though, when Ruutu comes back and with the top line being untouchable...paying Jussi what we do to be a full time third wing seems like a waste. One of the Finns becomes expendable. I love them both but with Tlusty's emergence, one doesn't fit. What a good problem to have. Too many Top 6 forwards.
  10. The doom and gloom on these forums is ridiculous! And the mood swings really. Pre-season: Canes are going to the cup!!! After 0-2: Canes won't make the playoffs, trade everyone, sign FAs. After 2-2: Canes are winning the division, playoffs here we come, our offense is the best, Muller is great! After 2-3: Muller can't coach special teams, LaRose sucks, we need more defensemen, Cam is the worst, our third line sucks, not making the playoffs. Can everyone take a deep breath and look at the bigger picture?! I know personally, and probably 99% of the people here, don't know as much about Hockey as JR and Muller. Don't you think they see these things and are working them out? The players too. We have a good GM, a great young coach, more talent on offense than ever, a proven goalie, a great backup, and one of the most talented young defensemen in the league. I feel quite good about where we are at. Even if we don't make the playoffs this year, which I think we most likely will, with Ruutu back and a full pre-season, the team is going to be infinitely more cohesive and BETTER. There has been a lot of change to the Canes in the last year, almost all for the better. Let's grab the popcorn and see what happens, and let them do their jobs! Way too early to be this worried and heavy handed with changes
  11. I really like the lines from practice today. I wasn't sure about Tlusty last year until he shined with Staal towards the end. He and Staal worked extremely well together and I'm pumped to see that again+Semin.
  12. 1) Who scores the first goal of the season? Semin 2) Who scores the first assist (primary assist only if there are 2)? E Staal 3) Who takes the first penalty of the season? Gleason 4) What will that penalty be for? Boarding 5) Who scores the first PP goal? J Staal 6) Who has the first fighting major of the season? Westgarth 1) What will the Canes record be on and including Feb 12th?(after the first 12 games) 5-6-1 2) How many games will our back up goalie have played by and including Feb 12th? One
  13. I really like the defensive pairings, if Pitkanen and Faulk play well together. If so, that is a really good pairing, with great puck moving and offensive capabilities. Dangerous with the top two lines. The Gleason/Corvo pairing is tried and true, a great mix of offense and defense and a high level pairing. Harrison and McBain is also a good mix of offense/defense. A nice 3rd pairing. As for the forward lines, I really hate that Ruutu is out. It makes a huge difference. I don't like LaRose on the second line at all, but he would be great at third line. Tlusty convinced me he belongs on the first line last season after the good numbers he put up with E Staal. I like our top line. I hate having to put Jussi at 3rd line center, but it seems like the best/only way. I wish we could get rid of Nodl or Dwyer to free up a spot for Bowman on the third line.
  14. Im guessing not, because that's only 37 games. That's probably the remainder of the original schedule
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