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  1. To bump this game would mean to bump one of Washington’s 18 nationally televised games. So I think we’re safe! Incidentally, the Stanley Cup Champion Capitals get one fewer game than the draft lottery Chicago Blackhawks.
  2. Just my opinion but as much as I’ve enjoyed watching Skinner score goals over the years he didn’t help the team win enough to make a difference. What good is a guy who scores 20 but is directly responsible for giving up 40 because he either misses his defensive assignments or decides to cherry pick at the blue line in hopes of getting a breakaway chance? Brind’Amour worked with the forwards and likely butted heads with Skinner over his two way work ethic and with Rod taking over as head coach Skinner likely didn’t want anything to do with this team next year or in the future. Like most, I’m underwhelmed by the return but the rest of the league no doubt know Skinner’s flaws and maybe this really was the best deal out there. Maybe Buffalo flips him at the deadline and maybe he nets a first round pick then. But maybe he doesn’t and Buffalo either sells low af the deadline or loses him for nothing next year and ends up regretting the trade. Buffalo isn’t making the playoffs next year and I don’t understand why anyone would think Skinner helps them get there when he never did that in Carolina. I just don’t think anyone really knows who won this trade today; time will tell. Again, I’d hoped for more, like everyone else but I’m a fan and fans always overvalue their teams’ players. ?
  3. 2008 is the year that still haunts me. Erik Karlsson at 15 to Ottawa. Canes took Zach Boychuk at 14.
  4. Supposedly this occurrence was the last straw in Boston. The Boston media is suggesting he was traded to Calgary because of this.
  5. Just my two cents, but all this speculation about “whispers” and “rumblings” is terribly non-specific and seems to be put out there by these clubs in order to manage the emotions of their customers. So Hamilton didn’t want to fly to Vegas and bro down with Lucic et al. Lucic is a guy who told Dale Weiss in the handshake line that he was going to “****ing kill him”. That’s tolerated but somehow the guy who doesn’t want to go do Vegas with his teammates isn’t and is somehow defective. Maybe it’s not his thing. Maybe he’s socially awkward. Maybe he’s health-conscious and doesn’t want to be exposed to drinking, strip clubs, etc. just to try and fit in. Who knows? It could be a hundred different things. I hope everyone recognizes this guy is a talent and gives him a chance. Brind’Amour is okay with the guy apparently. And I’d be shocked if talking to Jordan wasn’t part of the due diligence. Dougie will enjoy Raleigh’s museums!
  6. Hey, if there’s one thing Vegas teaches us it’s that the conventional thinking in the hockey world is getting turned on its head. All the excuses for teams while they “stick to the plan” are rubbish apparently. I’m starting to come around to the idea that Dundon isn’t buying it. He may in the end fail, but good on him for charting a different course.
  7. This is getting troubling. We aren’t really looking for a GM if we’re being honest. Chuck Fletcher and Lou Lamariello are GMs who want to run the show. Guys like that aren’t going to want any part of Dundon’s experiment here. Dundon couldnt “come to terms” with Steve Greeley. Whether that was due to role or compensation we’ll probably never know. But what is becoming increasingly clear is that Dundon doesn’t think the position is a difficult one and that people in the hockey world should be lining up for the opportunity to work for him. I don’t think AGMs see the position as a step up from their current roles. And this “we’re in the playoffs so I’m not available to interview” is a load of crap. Paul Fenton had no problem getting himself to Minnesota to interview for their open position last week. Mike Futa’s probably in LA working on the draft and letting his phone go to voicemail whenever a 214 area code shows up on his phone. I hope Dundon re-examines his strategy on this one. And quickly. Waddell is no doubt trying to figure out how he can trade the number 2 pick this year to Tampa for Ondrej Palat and Ryan Callahan. As excited as I am about Saturday’s lottery, I am terrified that the organizational chaos is going to kill this golden opportunity. It’s not getting any easier to be a fan of this team.
  8. Every painful minute. But I want to understand why the guy was great I’m Chicago but can’t stop a beachball in Raleigh.
  9. This organization has an odd talent for ruining players. This will be very tricky for the new GM. Guys like Kruger and Darling had value before the Hurricanes got hold of them. Skinner is still a talent. What you see now is not what a new team will get. Like Eric Staal, these guys will move on and find their games once again. Which to me points out that selling low on these guys might be a bad idea. The better idea might be to try and lift them out of this malaise through cultural and coaching changes. That is easier said than done of course. I think Darling can at least back up here. I think we need to move on from Ward though. Part of me wonders whether Ward’s presence here messed with Darling’s head. Maybe he’s a different guy without having a guy who’s been the number one here for twelve years peering over his shoulder waiting to reclaim the role. I’d keep Darling rather than selling low and try to find a serviceable starter on the trade market. A guy like Philip Grubauer could be interesting though that’s obviously following the same track that has been ineffective the past two times the team has tried it. Go Canes???
  10. Agreed. I just think he knows they’re done and he’s out of ideas. Dundon says that Peters gets a vote on whether or not he stays. At this point I can’t imagine he really wants to stick around. I’m sure if Bill votes with his head and not his heart (or wallet) he’ll vote “no”.
  11. Peters has to go, which is too bad because I do think he’s a good coach. But the team has clearly quit on him based on what we saw tonight. I’m hoping Chicago lets Quenneville go and we pick him up before he hits the pavement. This team needs an *edit* kicker who will take no crap and hold players accountable. For whatever reason that isn’t Peters, at least not at this point.
  12. Lombardi is no longer in LA, and Rob Blake and Luc Robitaille probably aren’t going to hold Futa back if he has the opportunity to be a general manager.
  13. It was very telling that Karmanos couldn’t be bothered to fly in the night before to ensure he was on time for the press conference. It is emblematic of how he has run this organization from afar (geographically and emotionally) over the past few years. It is also clear that Dundon is his own man and I see a disconnect between what he and Karmanos believe Karmanos’s role will be moving forward. I don’t see his phone ringing nearly as much as he thinks it will. This is going to be great, not only in terms of the fan experience, but the improvement in the players’ experience is going to help make Raleigh a potential destination for free agents like it has never been. I also believe that with that, he will hold players accountable and he seems to want the media to do the same. It seems too many players over the years have enjoyed the absence of pressure to win in Raleigh. Now if I could just figure out a way to move back to North Carolina...
  14. I don’t disagree. But the first four years could be what the team needs. Nashville was likely prepared to do it. I don’t want to overreact to what’s going on now, but this team just looks mediocre right now, and that’s all too familiar for those of us who have followed this team for the last few years. I look at VGK this year. For a team that has never played together, is working with a new coach, learning new systems, is on its fourth goalie, and basically is comprised of players that weren’t wanted by their own teams, they have had early season success the Canes haven’t been able to achieve despite years of building. Turris would, I think, be a year or two older than Jordan Staal at the end of their respective contracts. And they’ll both be too old at the end of these deals to justify their salaries. I guess I’d just like to see a move to improve the team in the near term before the moving vans show up.
  15. Kyle Turris is available. What would it take to get that deal done? Seems he wants 7 years at $6M per, which doesn’t seem unreasonable though the term is a little long. I’d love to know that Ron Francis is kicking the tires on this one.
  16. Funny that Niskanen took exception to what was a clean hit by PDG on Chorney and fought to make his point. The Caps broadcasters both agreed the hit was clean but said that Niskanen likely had a problem with him finishing that check in the preseason. So I'm wondering if Jeff Skinner would agree with him...
  17. I totally agree. He's an adult and he has an obligation to perform. But as a fan, I'd rather the team move on if he can't be professional and put 100% effort into fulfilling his contract. He doesn't seem like a guy who's going to sulk but I'm hoping Francis finds out now before he becomes disgruntled and the organization starts to get less than his best.
  18. There are so many things that could be going through Staal's mind. It's probably pointless to speculate but I will anyway! He may have an issue with the fact that the team was so close but then traded away a top six forward, who was also the team's captain and, by the way, his brother. It's entirely possible he is as concerned with the direction of the team (whether they are doubling down on the rebuild or whether Francis will add some veterans to try and move the team forward next year to continue the progression towards a contending team). I wouldn't discount the possibility that Jordan just wants to be sure this team is committed to continuing to improve and it's as much a hockey thing as it is a family thing for him. Just my two cents.
  19. Eric Staal is a class act. He will be missed for more than his performance on the ice. In April of 2010 I was headed to Las Vegas on business. Eric and his wife were both on my Southwest Airlines flight (yes, he was in the "cattle call") going out and coming back. While waiting for my luggage, I got up the nerve to talk with him and asked him to sign an autograph to my 9 year old daughter, who was a big fan. He was gracious, friendly, and accommodating. I was struck by his receptiveness and the way he conducted himself. Though his play has no doubt slipped in recent years, Eric has always been a great ambassador for the Hurricanes and for the sport. It will be odd to see him wearing a Rangers sweater but I wish him success in the playoffs. Hopefully he and his brother can lift a cup together. I think Eric was worn down over time trying to carry this team. Some guys just aren't cut out for that. I wish nothing but the best for him.
  20. I think having him out of Carolina makes it easier to see the issues with his moves. Frankly I'm not sure many would disagree that he squandered the good will from 2006 and failed miserably. There's a reason he was "retired". The man hired Johnston. He mortgaged the future of the Penguins to try and ensure a "win now" situation. But the team is still flawed (but still five games above 500--I'd take that!). How much of this was Johnston not playing Daniel Sprong? I don't care what happens in Pitt. But I just think this smacks of Rutherford's prior history in Carolina. And I'm glad he's not calling the shots in Carolina any longer.
  21. So Rutherford fires his second coach in less than two years. Who hired Johnston anyway? Who built the team? Once again Rutherford takes no real responsibility. And he tries to tell the coach which players should dress. Does that sound familiar to anyone? He'll leave the Penguins as screwed up as the Hurricanes by the time he clears out his office.
  22. Put Eric on a playoff team and you'll see the Eric Staal that showed up for Team canada in Vancouver. At least for a little while.
  23. Is it Thanksgiving yet? On November 16 I am most excited about what this team's "assets" can fetch in terms of draft picks. November was the month this team was going to ride the home-heavy schedule into contention and instead it's the month they're going to fall out of playoff contention. One man's opinion is that this team just isn't talented enough. The system works; hence the impressive differential in shots and scoring chances. They just don't have enough skill or desire to score. I am hoping Francis starts jettisoning veterans as soon as he can with an eye towards building this team through better drafting. The defense will be good if these guys are allowed to grow together. A couple more years concentrated on drafting skilled forwards and this team should be competitive. They clearly aren't now. Look at what Tampa and Chicago have done. It will be painful getting there but the reward could be great and the team will be more fun to watch. It's painful now because of the futility.
  24. While either Walker or Brind'Amour would be great, as Coastal points out, Walker walked away from Guelph to spend more time with his family and this job is not conducive to that. The thought of Brind'Amour developing prospects is very intriguing but who knows if he'd want that. I'm not sure that going outside of the organization is such a bad idea though. It always felt like Rutherford kept it "in the family" to a fault. I'm a big fan of Francis's tendancy to move in the other direction in search of qualified candidates and fresh ideas.
  25. Jeff Daniels will not be renewed in Charlotte. This seems to me to be a step in the right direction. I'm not sure he was developing players in the AHL at a reasonable rate and it will be good to see the organization focus more on this hopefully leading to the type of depth we need to overcome injuries to key personnel throughout the season. Good for Ron Francis. He said he was going to overhaul the entire organization and I'm happy to see him make this move. Not that Jeff Daniels isn't a great guy but it is time for a change down there.
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