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  1. Not looking to scapegoat at all. Not looking to blame a single player for our teams performance. Eric's declining performance the last two years with Carolina is on him and him only. Yes the team sucked and he was frustrated but no reason to pack it in personally. I have watched the team since Hartford so our longevity as a fan is common. I just dont give a guy a pass because the overall team sucked, I dont roll that way. Each player needs to pass the eye test.
  2. Just a few previous comments on Eric's play while with Carolina and the Rangers.. "They don't hate him, they're frustrated with his all-too-often lackadaisical play". "He has been lazy leaving zones and changing lines this season, and it's frustrating". "He routinely will meander out of the offensive zone. No rush, no hustle. It sets the tone for the entire time". "Last night we could've had a sweet breakout from a neutral zone turnover, but Princess Staal was taking his time getting out of the zone and further killed our momentum". "He doesn't always skate as hard as he could. This has happened throughout his career and isn't just a "this season" thing. When he moves his feet and skates hard he can create a lot of opportunities. But for whatever reason he sometimes just glides around"."I don't think Staal is consistently lazy, I think the guy is just demoralized". " Eric played ****ing lazy as hell aside from a couple games. One of my most hated rangers in recent years.
  3. Or The commentary of Eric calling for a cab to get back to the bench during a line change.
  4. I wasnt talking Minnesota. His last 1 1/2 years with Carolina was lackluster and his effort varied from night to night. Numerous articles are available for your viewing if you choose to view about his effort. I was glad to see his career turn around with Minnesota as he always had the talent.
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    Very sad accident. 4 others including a daughter were onboard.
  6. Kreider would be a great add, just dont know what could be enticing to the rags.
  7. I agree Cardiac Cane offers some humorous options and agree that Eric's laziness would drive Rod nuts. His lack of effort is why many wanted him gone. Gardiner + for Brodin....I say yes as well.
  8. The option of Staal. Most would poo poo a return of Eric. If Haula truly wants out would Eric be an option? Haula/Gardiner/+ for Staal/Brodin.
  9. I'll just leave this one here for discussion. The last option is interesting. https://cardiaccane.com/2020/01/26/hurricanes-erik-haula-trade-rumors/
  10. Until I see something more concrete I have to take the Haula rumors of wanting out with a grain of salt. If Haula truly wants out, I am fine with finding him a home. If not I have a hard time believing the organization would move him especially since the passing of his daughter earlier. I understand it is a business but from a personnel standpoint that would be rough. Haula has been in a funk and is seeing reduced ice time, but I think he will bounce back.
  11. Seeing rumors on a Jonas Brodin trade. He has another year on his contract so not necessarily a pure rental. He is a left shot so not sure he is what we need.
  12. I'd prefer to get a solid Dman over a goalie at this point. When our D plays good and limits point blank grade A chances our goalies are fine. Yes there have been times when both goalies have let in some cheapos but our D has been under performing for much of the season. I have no problem with Fleury but Gards overall is not what we need. Gards is a defensive liability and isnt offering what was expected from the O perspective. I still think Slavin and Pesce have the ability to add more O to make up for Dougie's absence.
  13. Couldn't of happened to a better guy. Brad whiffing on the shoot out. https://uproxx.com/sports/brad-marchand-botched-shootout-attempt-video-bruins-flyers/
  14. Oshie, gimme a break. 10 total points behind TT. Disappointed for TT but the overall rest will do him good.
  15. Now that Williams is signed I hope we are not done looking at other possibilities. I'm not concerned with who will have to sit if the moves make our team better. I don't think we are done on the moves and hope we are considering another D man or even another forward. As usual it will be interesting to see where we sit come TD and what our hand will be.
  16. I'll say one thing or two. William's looks 10 years younger. Looks to be in good shape. I'm just hoping his ice time is eased into the lineup to see where he is at although I'm not convinced that will happen. Now that he is back I wish him the best and hope the contributions are plentiful to move us forward.
  17. Good article. I wouldn't mind getting a peak at Forsling, Bean or Priskie. I need to plan a road trip to see a Checker game or 2 and get first hand visibility into their progress.
  18. Perhaps we hear something tonight after 6:30 PM ET? Williams could announce his return as soon as this Saturday night as the NHL’s hometown hockey show is set to be in Williams hometown Cobourg,
  19. I hear ya but he basically told us he couldn't be ready physically or mentally for a full season. Players need to stay in shape all year for the most part these days and be ready for pre season. Coming in near the all star break to me is half a season. If anyone expects him to sign and hit the ground running in a game situation, that is unlikely. Semi-retired players are like a box of chocolates. Ya never know what you are going to get. How much practice time is required before he is ready to go. Remember there is no preseason or practice games for JW to iron out the wrinkles, its live games in the middle of a playoff battle schedule. The best scenario would be for him to go to Charlotte for a few games to get him in a live game environment.I have stated before I'm fine with 4th line minutes to start to evaluate, but am a little concerned that wont be the case. I like Lake's thought of rotating players where possible and of course trust the brain trust to make the right call. I agree with others that it is time to put this to rest one way or another.
  20. Like the prophylactically approach so much I felt something stir.
  21. Back when I was working I could only wish that I could work half a year. Great gig if your boss accepts that proposal.
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