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  1. Lose to the Rangers and we could get the #1 pick.
  2. Capfriendly reporting that Geekie and Forsberg sent back to Charlotte.
  3. The fat lady may be warming up, but she hasn't stepped on stage yet. I still am hopeful we can pull it off. There is no doubt that this team is dealing with adversity—Dougie, Pesce, and both goaltenders out, PP & PK on the decline, and some players having poor seasons (Staal, Gardiner, maybe Nino). There's no one player or coach who shoulders most of the blame—it's a team thing. But it seems to me that two things need to change team-wise for us to make the playoffs. First, we've got to start moving the puck up the ice and into the O-zone without dumping and chasing (and typically giving the puck up) or our D-men taking shots from the blue line without anyone within a mile of the net. We're just lazy—it's easier to dump or take long shots than making good passes, everyone getting their butts up the ice quickly, and creating chances to score. To me, that's a coaching thing and needs to be corrected. Second, we've got to have intensity the moment we hit the ice. As everyone has noted, we're showing up late and spotting the other team one or more goals to start. It's not clear why our mental focus is so lacking at the start of games. You would expect professional athletes to have learned to self-motivate, but that simply does not happen on a regular basis with us. We've seen the team come out ready to play in the 3rd and close the gap or even eek out a close win, so it CAN happen with this team. Rod, the assistants, Jordan, and JWilly (or whoever else) need to figure out what's going on and fix it. We can't keep showing up mentally one or two periods and expect to make the playoffs. Of course, we got to have everyone elevate their individual games and our AHL goalies have got to come through (and get Mrazek back), but from a team standpoint, the above two issues need to be solved. We've got to come together as a team on the ice.
  4. The LATER of our 1st round picks goes to NYR. We keep the best 1st round pick, whether it's ours or Toronto's.
  5. Trocheck had 75 points in 2017-18, playing all 82 games. Last year, he had 34 points in 55 games. Anybody know what his injury was?
  6. We were never going to keep Haula (he's like a rental). So it's really Wallmark, Priskie, and Eetu for Trocheck.
  7. Keane is a right-handed D and currently is 13th in scoring in the AHL among defensemen (Bean is the leader and Priskie is 10th).
  8. What does it take to get Aho, Turbo, and Svech on the same line? Glad to see our assist leader on a line with two scoring juggernauts.
  9. Slavin given PHWA's Midseason Rod Langway Award for best defensive defenseman: https://www.thephwa.com/news_article/show/1080159 Well deserved!
  10. Sorry, but as long as you keep misrepresenting what I say, I will not stop it. When I said "zero" it was a figure of speech was referring to JW not playing on this year's team. "Hero" = glad he played a lot last year; "zero" = he shouldn't play at all (zero) this year. I made that clear in a follow up post. Yet you overreacted and still are claiming (falsely) that I was accusing those who don't want him to return of thinking that JW is now personally a "zero" in terms of this skill and leadership as a hockey player. I said nothing of the sort. I agree wholeheartedly with you that JW is (present tense) a great player. Maybe I'm wrong, but I don't anticipate there being that much of a fall off in his play since just last May. That's why I find somewhat puzzling all the "that ship has sailed" talk. Why shouldn't we want a "great player" like JW playing for us? The chemistry and "who should sit?" are legit concerns, but Roddy's in the best position to judge that.
  11. I'm not saying that those who'd rather JW not return also want to kick his dog, so please don't put words in my mouth. What I am saying is that last season JW was the second coming of Brindy to many, but now—just three months into this season—a significant number don't want him back. Forgive me if I find that a little puzzling. Time passed since JW last played in the NHL: 6.5 months. Time JW has not played this season: 3 months. You obviously disagree, but I don't consider that being away from hockey "for so long." So what that JW doesn't kill penalties? That's not his role. What he brings is more leadership and point scoring. And sure, this year's team is not last year's team—but is this year's team so much different and so much better that there's no longer any room for last year's captain and third-leading scorer? Should he stay away because Ned or McGinn or TVR will help us more in a playoff run? I get the concern about JW's age and conditioning. But so long as Brindy and the Committee think he's in shape to contribute, I'm fine with it.
  12. Well, if you don't want him on the team now, I'd say that constitutes a present zero. You want his current contribution as a player to be zilch, nada, nothing. That is the sense in which I was using "zero."
  13. Wow. Lots of folks who were singing JW's praises 8 or 9 months ago—especially during the playoffs—have a very different tune now. How JW can go from a hero to a zero in such a short time is difficult to understand. If the last few weeks have taught us anything, it's that the Canes are still subject to the "no-show-up-itis" that has plagued us for the last several years (albeit not quite as frequently). That's where leadership matters. And we've got a huge hill to climb between now and April. That's also where leadership matters. Just because we're in a playoff spot now is no guarantee we'll be there when the dust settles. Our perch is still precarious. I'd just as soon have a guy who was instrumental in getting us there last year be with us again this year. Assuming, of course, he's conditioned to play.
  14. Thanks for sharing about these difficult times, guys! I hope the Haulas have people like you around them to encourage and support.
  15. So sad. Praying for Eric and his wife.
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