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Posts posted by Greg-N-Ral

  1. I'm going to go with John Tortorella on this one.  For reasons mentioned in the other thread about guaranteed accountability, helping the blueline, goals against, and Jordan/Lindholm.


    I also think his teams are big and fast, just like Francis wants.  We also have a better chance at drafting one of those big forwards with him at the helm.

    This would be great news!  If we could get him and lose 1-2 overpaid players -- the CANES will be in the playoffs!!

  2. He also said if Rod says he's interested in the top job he will be considered. I'd love to see Eric taking orders from Roddy again, but I'll be really surprised if it happens. If Rod wants to coach, I think that road goes thru Plymouth MI, which now has a head coaching job open.



    You also told us yesterday that Muller isn't going anywhere....    :dizzy:

  3. Thats the thing about predictions. People are happy to resurrect threads to pound you when you're wrong, and no one wants to hear it when you're right. I guess that goes with it.

    No way Remkin!  As I said several times, we need more REMKIN's around here (IMO)... you are someone that is willing to make predictions and not shy away from them.


  4. Perhaps another "unpopular" post by Greg-N-Ral for some,

    but I have heard it thrown out for the zillion-th time since he's become GM... 

    so I think its time for some fair balance on the statement "Ron Francis is 4th GREATEST...of ALL TIME."


    Ok you have been warned, buckel up...


    Ron Francis was a very solid and VERY durable NHL player who had the 

    good fortune to play on some great Penguin teams which greatly helped

    prop up some of his career stats.


    All that said, keep in mind, Jeff Skinner (for example)

    has already passed Ron Francis for GOALS in a season

    (Skinner already has 33, Ronnie NEVER got more than 32).


    So please lets not say Ronnie was this incredible goal scoring

    force like The Great One, Gordie Howe, Phil Esposito, Mario Lemieux

    or even as good as Jaromir Jagr, Teemu Selanne, or even Mark Recchi.


    Due to his longevity, Ronnie does indeed rank 4th all time in points.

    And, IMO, he's certainly one of the 400 greatest NHL players (includes goalies, def, and forwards)

    of all time, but NOT top 10 material.


    Bottom line - huge props to Ronnie for his wonderful and very long NHL career.

    Go get em Ronnie, we need a super effort from you as our new GM to "fix" not "tweak" things!!!

  5. Skating at 4, have played hockey since 8, (so that's 48 years) in Pennsylvania, Canada and now NC. Like every other sport hockey has a culture all its own, and things Muller is saying are the things taught throughout the hockey culture.....

    Sorry, but you talking about hockey etiquette, culture and class carries ZERO weight after making uncalled for  comments here towards a fellow Caniac poster  (ex: “Another provocative post from Greg 'N Ral. *Yawn.*)

    You may think we “owe” Cam something (good luck getting your friends/neighbors in Mesic NC to donate) and clearly I don’t, but that is no reason to act as you have here.   You've shown your true colors here so no need to tell me about your understanding of proper hockey character – instead try and grow up when faced with an opinion that is different than yours! 


  6. I'm not saying we should or should not fire Kirk.
    But lets face it, he is UNPROVEN as a winning NHL coach.
    and now we also have an unproven GM... this is hardly a combo that 
    instills confidence!

    As I mentioned in a thread that has a lock on it now, for comparison,
    the Caps fired Adam Oates and with a similar timeline his performance 
    was significantly better than Kirk's (stats below for your convenience).
    65-48-17 .565 with 1 playoff appearance in 2 years and 1.13 PTS / game
    80-80-27 .500 with 0 playoff appearances in 3 years and 1.0 PTS / game
    Upshot? Adams appears to be a better coach than Kirk and WAS will likely get someone better than Kirk to replace Oates... so in the spirit of this tread, the question "Muller not fired yet" certainly appears to be a fair one!

  7. Jonathan Toews make 6.8 million a year, and has double the goals, assists, and Cups as Jordan.  That being said, we gave Jordan the same contract as Pittburgh offered, so I guess it wasn't too out of line.

    Toews is a great example of what $6-ish mil can get you!   

    Now on this part, "the same contract as Pittburgh offered"

    that is a loaded statement... I dont have time to get fully into it now,

    but lets just say... why did Pit and Shero leak out what they would

    be offering Jordan (that usually NEVER happens in that organization).

     Its called manipulation (a bluff) and making the other team overpay.  

    Sorry I don't have more time to fully flush this out now,

    but you see where I am going.

    Again upshot here is what 6-ish mil can get you in the NHL and how

    Jordan measures up to that peer group.

    Needless to say anyone with an objective open mind would take Toews over Jordan Staal, eh?


  8. Some of the comments Karmanos made after the press conference still bothers me.  Take these 2 quotes for example:

     “Look, this team is good enough to win the whole damn thing, OK?” he said. “If we didn’t have both our goalies out for umpteen games … We were at the (salary) cap, we had some outstanding hockeyicon1.png players, we had some tough injuries.

    “So I guess I could blame the coach for that. I’m not going to. We were just a few points away from making the playoffsicon1.png, like a lot of teams were. It’s very hard to hold people accountable for things that are out of their control.”


    This guy must think 1) this fanbase is stuck back in the late 90's when the PA guy had to call out icing and offside, or 2) we are just complete idiots.


    Personally, I think it is Karmanos who is out of touch with both his own team and certainly its fanbase.  I mean really, good enough to win the whole damn thing if it weren't for a few injuries?  And when is falling 10 points short of the playoffs a "few" points away.

    On this, it seems we all agree (amazing)... even me and Super Dave.


  9. If RonnieF is his own man then its clear he needs to get Cam Ward's 6-mill+ of the payroll -- in today's world we clearly don't benefit proportional to his $6.5 million dollar salary, as that type of money should only go to top-tier NHL goalies and CLEARLY Cam is not an elite NHL goalie.


    So Ronnie, lets see what you got!!! -- Rid us of Cam and use some of that extra money to get a more reasonably priced backup goalie.

  10. Wow, "the Janitor" parody (funny as all heck)  :notworthy:  :rofl: 
    and now fa·vor·it·ism    

    :grin:  Naturally the Canes or-gan-eye-zation NEVER shows favoritism :>


    On another note, it is interesting how one of our younger more idealistic folks touts JR winning "Executive of the Year"...

    Young bloods... take note: Jim RutherF's job was to get us to the playoffs on a "consistent" basis, NOT win Executive of the Year.


  11. Jordan's contract and performance is not a problem on this team.  He is a plus player, on a minus team while matching up against the opposition's top scoring lines.  



    Thing is, you DO NOT need to spend $6/year and commit $60-mill to get that type player in today's NHL.

    Look what $6-ish mil buys you... actually, MUCH MUCH more, on average.

    BTW, Jordan is a -16 (+/-) since joining the Canes so characterizing him as a Canes "plus player" is at best a reach.


  12. Greg....The Red Wings are a really good organization!  

    I agree, but maybe you should be addressing this to COSTAL as he said,  "Wings getting bounced from the playoffs proves with absolute certainty that the Wings no longer have a proven winning culture."

    BTW I was just replying to him (not trying to promote the Red Wings).

  13. I'll throw my full support behind Francis. He's our GM now and I'm going to believe it's his team now. I would imagine players will have to respect the fourth leading scorer of all time.

    Would have liked new eyes from outside the organization but it is done now and Francis deserves his chance. I do believe he is a competitor and has an understanding of the pulse of this team. I think he'll demand more commitment from players and take his new role very seriously.

    Congrats to Francis......now build us a winner. :)

    Well said.

    While I'm not happy with this appointment,  I do wish Ron Francis all the best in his new job!


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