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Posts posted by realmdrakkar

  1. I'm not particularly expecting a McKeown call-up, but if the Canes don't give him a chance this season, i think the kid owes it to himself to look elsewhere.  The fact they have Gardiner and TVR stinking up the ice game-in, game-out while they have a dependable stay-at-home defenseman ready to jump in makes no sense to me.  I don't know what more the kid can do.

  2. Granted i've only made it to a couple Chex games this season, but i did see quite a few last season and truthfully, even with the production i never saw much about Gauthier that stood out to me - kind of like despite their production, neither Boychuk nor Terry ever stood out to me either.  He obviously wasn't in the team's plans going forward else he would have gotten another look or two.  Kind of a ho-hum trade to me, really.

  3. 3 hours ago, gocanes0506 said:

    Rod said they weren’t overly great in the past together and he doesn’t like putting all his eggs in one basket (although he said ducks in a corner i think).  If other guys would step up to create secondary scoring, he would be okay keeping them together.



    So by all means, spread them out so none of the lines are effective.  Great coaching.  I'm expecting Mrazek to get 3 of the next 4 starts, meanwhile.  Love Brind'Amour but i'm obviously not seeing what he's seeing out there on the ice.  But hey, he's the one struggling to keep his team over the cut line while i'm sitting back and enjoying games from my recliner, so he obviously knows more than i do.

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  4. 5 minutes ago, Derailed75 said:

    My wife knocked off early tonight. She usually sits in the living and plays her version of misheard lyrics with hockey names. She loves when we play baboshka



    I've been sitting here calling him Babooshka all night as well.  My other favorite is Golly-golly.

  5. 1 hour ago, bluedevilcane said:

    My point was not among fans. It was within the locker room. As far as the fans who post here, Faulk, Eric Staal and Cam Ward were favorite whipping boys the last years of the playoff drought. As far as the wider fan base, and as I have posted here before, I was waiting in line for the doors to open to PNC when the Staal trade was announced, and I’d say 75% of the fans were upset that we traded him. One or two people were apoplectic. Maybe that’s what you mean by divisive-that fans had widely differing opinions. As a player, I really believe Dundon, Waddell and Rod would like to have kept Faulk, but not for much over half of what St. Louis paid him. No way he fits in here at $6.5 million with the contracts we have already given and the contract we will have to give Svech.



    Yeah, my slant is fully about the fans.  I never saw any indication he was divisive in the locker room.

  6. 51 minutes ago, magpiemaniac said:

    It just seems that the guys have since been playing with some added weight on their shoulders.  Hamilton often skated thinking about risk versus reward.  It sometimes backfired, but it payed off immensely when he guessed right.  No one else—other than maybe Aho—appears to want to take risks.  I saw it on our OT attack on Sunday.



    Well i mean i've seen Gardiner take a few, but i haven't seen one where he guessed right yet.

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  7. 35 minutes ago, Canesfanforever said:

    I agree with you on Staal not being   the offensive player we all wish he would be .   But his work ethic  and  grit he brings to the ice ,  is kinda like  having a 3rd defense man out there that can win faceoffs .    The idea  is to  have Staal out there to pick up  defense  for someone like Slavin or   if he was still playing   ( Hamilton )  to  come in and   work with  Svechnikov .   Brind'Amours  hands are tied .   and one of the biggest reasons why I think  he has Staal with Svech  is   to help Svech in his own defensive way  so a defenseman could come and help out .   That's what i  have thought at least .  



    Not refuting your argument here because i wouldn't be surprised if that's the thinking, but for my own part, having a forward who can play defense out there in order to allow the defenseman to play offense seems as ludicrous as having a forward able to stop pucks in order to allow the goaltender to join the rush.  Stay in your own lane.  If Staal can't score and can't help his linemates score, then having him out there with one of the team's best scorers (if not the best) is counter-productive as all get out.  At this point i'd rather see Svech out there with Wallmark or Haula than Staal.

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