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Everything posted by realmdrakkar

  1. Well i mean the Canes don't have a 'franchise goaltender' for sure, but it isn't like they have two sieves out there either. And, if the scuttlebutt can be trusted, they did make some attempts, which doesn't equate to ignoring. I'm as ready as you are to see them land a long-term dudeman, but the offseason isn't half over. The sky isn't falling yet.
  2. Not sure i've ever been guilty of homer glasses - it's quite well-documented that i've seen less value than most in a fair number of high-rated Canes defensemen from Pitkanen to Faulk to Hanifin to now Gardiner. One of the best stay-at-home defensemen the franchise has ever had, though, man, i wouldn't let him go lightly. I'm a bit concerned about Pesce's string of injuries and hope that isn't going to continue to be a recurring trend, but i can count on one hand the current Canes who i would be less-likely to trade 1-for-1 for Laine.
  3. You are correct; i yield on my statement he was 19 - he turned 20 the summer before.
  4. He also has 1 year left on his extravagant contract compared to 4 on Pesce's way more-economical contract. With equal contracts maybe i don't think he's have to come with a sweetener, but with the contracts as they stand, i stand by my assessment that Winnipeg would be the team needing to sweeten the pot to make it happen.
  5. He was still 19. And please, 'could have' or 'could've', not 'could of'.
  6. They want Pesce for Laine, they'd better be the ones throwing in a sweetener or three, not the Canes.
  7. His takeaway ability was excellent. No, he wasn't the greatest at backchecking and/or guarding our own net, but he's not the only Cane to have ever been guilty of that. What drove me crazy was that he seemed to be held more-accountable for his lack of defense and a certain 'offensive defenseman' or two. To this day the concept of a forward being held more-accountable for defense than a defenseman in the same organization leaves me scratching my head.
  8. I think everyone, including the two co-captains, thought that decision was batdung crazy.
  9. Not a single word of this corroborates Skinner being a 'headcase'.
  10. As can be gleaned from looking at Toronto and the Rags over the years, it isn't about how much talent you bring in but how they work with each other. Buffalo's putting together a lot of talent that could make a run if any chemistry comes with it. I'm just not sure any will.
  11. I stand by what i've said multiple times before - it does neither the team nor the injured player any favors to play an injured player and have him stinking up the ice instead of healing a little quicker. If all that mess at the beginning of the season was preventable yet wasn't prevented, then there was some serious bad decision making going on.
  12. I've been wishing the board would forget the Marley girl for 3 seasons and through 2 Marley girls at this point.
  13. He followed and unfollowed me too.
  14. If we could get the same Haula back who started the season with all those dirty goals, i'd be all over it. Once he was injured, though, that was it. And of course i think there was talk about his not being happy here as well. But man, that first month or two...
  15. That's all i can do as well. Can't even wager a guess as the majority of the stuff 'the committee' does comes straight out of left field for me.
  16. I still say he could fill Staal's role at less than a quarter of the cost. Not that Staal's going anywhere, of course.
  17. I'm not familiar with him but they compared him to Mitch Marner and Brayden Point and said Svechnikov's numbers would increase playing beside him. I'll take it.
  18. "While we were gone, the Hurricanes made their pick..."
  19. I had forgotten KAdams was Buffalo's GM.
  20. Have we ever actually gotten the person the 'mock drafts' thought we would? Outside of our 2 2OA picks (EStaal & Svech), i mean?
  21. Personally i'd love to keep him, but i think i may be in the minority on that. Small sample size but i definitely preferred him over TVR, Gardiner, or the now-gone Edmundson.
  22. There's always a risk at any position. The last 'sure thing' i ever saw in a draft was when the Boston Celtics drafted Len Bias second overall back in '86. You just have to go with what looks like the best bet and hope for the best.
  23. This is why i've never really understood players not waiving NTCs. If someone's clamoring to get you and your current people are trying to get rid of you, why would you want to stay where you are in the first place? If he truly said this, then good on him.
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