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  1. 16 minutes ago, wxray1 said:

    Southern feed.  Been sharing with Preds ever since the shutdown.  Also, during regular times, you'll see Preds games in replay overnight.



    I briefly wondered if Charlotte was revolting against the Canes.  Speaking of, has anyone heard any updates on the whole Hurricanes-Wolves and Checkers-Panthers thing?

  2. 15 minutes ago, gocanes0506 said:

    We have 12 forwards but will more than likely add Geekie and possibly Bishop to the bunch.



    Those are the forwards i expect as well.  Bishop has pretty much always given what was asked of him on his callups and did get a little NHL playoff time last season.  And Geekie, how do you not bring him up after those last 2 games?

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  3. 6 hours ago, gocanes0506 said:

    its 24 teams for ~3 weeks for training and first round. Then its 16, then 8 after ~5 weeks. its those 8 and especially the final four teams that sacrifice the most. After 5 weeks we go from 528 players and support staff to 176 players and a third of the support staff.


    the first 5 weeks are the most probable of a positive test.  It is still a very low chance.  



    But what happens if they make it to 8 teams and suddenly a couple players from those teams start testing positive?  Stop and wait while they quarantine the entire teams for another 2 weeks?  Have the teams carry forward without the positive players?  Or if it's a wave of positives spreading through one of the neutral locations?  Boot the 8 teams in that location and let the other locations carry on?  Ouch.  Not picking at your post, gc, just thinking out loud.  There's no way to plan for every possibility, but there are so many of them.

  4. 1 hour ago, LakeLivin said:

    Let's see if we can find your cutoff.  Darts? Cornhole?  Archery?  Skeet shooting?


    I think poker is pretty clear to most everyone. I remember a while back where there was a group that tried to get chess added as an Olympic sport. Part of the argument was that at the highest levels a chess match required a certain level of endurance, lol.   



    There does have to be more criteria because otherwise you'd have to consider such 'party games' as quarters, Twister, and yes, darts and cornhole, to be sports.  I'm not sure what that other criteria is just yet.  Archery and skeet shooting, i'll say sport.  Quarters and cornhole, get back to me on those.  But there does have to at least be competition and athleticism.


    Which still makes even all of those more-acceptable for sports channels to be televising than my current 'whine of the week' i keep coming back to, poker. 😄

  5. 32 minutes ago, LakeLivin said:

    How much athleticism needed in your definition?  Any of curling, stock car racing, or sailing a sport?



    It does get a little gray.  Curling and stock car racing, yes.  By sailing do you mean something competitive like sailboat races?  If so, yes.


    Not Poker, though.  Wheel of Fortune and The Price Is Right are more sport than Poker.

  6. 26 minutes ago, raleighcaniac said:

     Not really. Wolves play in Rockford 90 miles from Chicago. Rockford is more burned out than vibrant. Given their sched they probably don’t get into the city unless coach gives them a 72. 



    The Wolves play at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, right across the Interstate from O'Hare.

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  7. 1 hour ago, bluedevilcane said:

    Just saw this thread for the first time. Too many questions to know what to think will happen. Is this season over? If it gets finished out in some fashion, I can’t see Williams coming back. But also, is it even certain games will be played next year? For those that can stomach the COVID thread, there are so many opinions about when sports can resume (not to mention will there be a “second wave”) that it’s no sure thing there will be a season next year for Williams to come back to. If so, Willy sure looked like he could play another year if he wanted to. As far as retiring #14, an argument could be made that most of his greatest accomplishments were not here. But assuming the team is inclined to retire a jersey, should it be #11? He wore that number a lot longer than 14 if I’m not mistaken. Anyway, hope he stays with the team in some capacity. A real leader and winner the likes of which we haven’t seen since the C was taken from #17.



    Can't deny at all that Williams has been important to the team, but he isn't 'retired number' important, IMO.  If you retire his number (whichever one you choose), do you retire CWard and EStaal as well?  Faulk and Cole?  Whitney and Wallin?  Damned fine hockey player no doubt, and had he spent his entire career here then perhaps, but you can't retire every number and 4 full seasons and parts of 3 more with only 2 playoff runs between them isn't enough to hang his in the rafters.  One guy's opinion, of course.

  8. I haven't been to a Hurricanes game in probably a decade but i've been making it to a handful of Chex games each year since they moved back to Bojangles. Of course i watch every Canes game on television as long as i'm home.  This won't make a huge difference to anything there - i'll still watch the Canes on FSC and will still attend a handful of Chex games no matter who their parent is.  It's definitely a strike against the whole 'Carolina's team' thing when the largest city in either Carolina is the top affiliate for someone else, but life goes on.  There is a fair-sized contingent of Chex fans who weren't fans of the Canes to start with and are already jumping up on Facebook saying they're happy with the news (and of course i've already seen a couple FB comments saying this is proof Dundon's going to move the team 'back to Hartford' [LOL] and others that he's going to move the team to Charlotte [double LOL]).  I do think both teams will lose many (but not all) of the 'traveling' fans who drive from Charlotte to Raleigh or Raleigh to Charlotte to see the other team play.  The Checkers will suffer more from this, but it is what it is.  Honestly wouldn't surprise me if Charlotte ends up back in the ECHL.  Maybe not immediately, but before the decade's through.

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  9. Trocheck was a move for the long term and not the sprint.  The jury's still out on whether he's the right piece, but like Pamlico i was happy to see an attempt made rather than the Francis style of sitting on his hands.  Gut instinct is that after a few more games, or after a training camp at the least, he gets it and is the 2C for the foreseeable future.  At the very least i think he's a better fit there than Staal, and while i miss Wallmark, i'm happy with Aho-Trochek-Staal-Martinook down the middle for the time being (not 'bouncing off the walls' happy, but happy).  Must admit i'm still scratching my head on the Vatanen move - if he had even another year on his contract then i'd be all in but the ship is sinking and dude's UFA in a month.  I'm happy enough with Skjei and will be even happier if it means we can move Gardiner and/or Edmundson (or even just relegate them to the 3rd pairing) - a top 4 of Slavin/Pesce/Hamilton/Skjei has me smiling and profiling.  I do wish the team could have brought in more goaltending, but i don't think there were a lot of options at a reasonable cost.  That's what i'll tell myself at least.  Plus i think with better defense, either Nedl or Forsberg would be fine as backups.  Short answer, i think our training camp roster looks better now than before the trade deadline, and i think if the team makes it to the playoffs, it's a little better there as well.  I just don't know if it was improved enough to get to them.

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  10. 19 minutes ago, wxray1 said:

    False.  I would not sing differently.


    I am not a fan of goalies going out to the dots.  I was at the game where Khudobin made the exact same move and suffered a severe non-contact injury (caught an edge or something).  Haven't been a fan of that behavior since.



    That play was essentially the story of Khudobin's time with the Hurricanes - he returned and even came back for another season, but his post-injury play never matched his pre-injury play.  And his stats ever since have looked better.  No way to know of course, but i have the feeling had that freak injury never happened, he might still be the guy.  There's risk-reward, yeah, but i'll pass on those moves from a goaltender as well.

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