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Posts posted by realmdrakkar

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 1 hour ago, iceman11 said:

    If I was on the committee,  I would be very hesitant to trade away a 1st round pick or any top prospects.



    I don't trade away anything potentially useful in the future in hopes of supplementing a playoff run for that cast of clowns i watched last night.  It's the exact opposite for me now - if any moves are made, sell off the square pegs for picks/prospects.  The team i watched last night doesn't need to be a buyer.

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  4. 39 minutes ago, LakeLivin said:

    For the record, I'm for the 3-2-1 system regardless of how it would effect the Canes in any given year.  Each game should be worth a set amount of points regardless of the outcome imo.



    This.  Truthfully i think the system wasn't broken when every game was worth 2 points, they went into a 5-on-5 OT if there was a tie after 3, and they called the game a tie if nobody scored in OT.  But if they want to change things up, fine... just make every game worth the same number of points.  3-2-1 would make more sense than the current system.

  5. 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.

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  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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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