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  1. Stay-at-home defenseman but i've seen him let loose a few vicious shots along the way as well, and on net. Very fluid skating style, deceptive in that he's usually moving a lot faster than he looks. Defensively i'd say i think he's the best the Chex have. Offensively he isn't - i'd probably compare him to Pesce in that he doesn't bring a lot of offense but picks his spots, those spots usually being at the right times. Passing is good, puck-handling is good. Not necessarily a highlight-reel hitter but one of the Chex' more-physical players. In the quest for offensive defensemen, he's not your guy, but if you want another Pesce-type, i think he's the closest we've got. Already 2 years older than Pesce, though, so it isn't like he's the up-and-coming heir apparent. Makes some good head-turning defensive plays, though, and i think he could make some of those in Raleigh as well if he ever got the chance. Though he won't, because offense...
  2. Fleury was absolutely useless keeping the puck in the zone last night as well. Truth told i wouldn't shed a single tear if he were gone next season. He may bring more offense than some, but you guys all know this about me - i like defensemen who are actually able to play defense, and the ability to stop a whiffle pass from getting past you is gravy. Give me Didier, Carrick, JWesley, and even McKeown over Fleury any day of the week that ends with a Y. If he has another gear, i'd like to see it, because i haven't seen it yet.
  3. In the house tonight. Easily the loudest game i've ever been to in Charlotte - next time i'll have earplugs. Some were better than others but what mattered is they got the win. Bishop once again the best forward on the ice for Chex as far as i'm concerned, and Didier once again the best defenseman. Calder Cup finals, baby...
  4. This is the only one i'll disagree with - remember Brind'Amour was named coach before Waddell was named GM. Of course Waddell may have been the brains behind it anyway, but not knowing, i personally can't credit this coach hire to him.
  5. I'm curious to know what's next as well. Unsurprisingly there still isn't any mention of this on the Hurricanes' site, but then they're always a step or three behind the affiliates. Best bet might be to search ECHL team sites and see if any of those have announced being the new affiliate.
  6. Beats Karaoke Hour. I don't take well to karaoke...
  7. Thanks man. Dude can finish his little karaoke break any time he wants, tho...
  8. Everblades changing affiliation to Nashville next season. https://www.floridaeverblades.com/en/news/everblades-enter-affiliation-with-nashville-predators?fbclid=IwAR3PLSd5ZRs7OK9FrKgSY9FoCvY4VsGfacmYGUKrQQkIyffRuIeHlxRTY4k
  9. Alternate captain for his KHL team.
  10. I'll have to listen back, but i thought he said Ferland missed a lot of games and he didn't miss a beat, so i took it differently. Not listening back right now, though... watching the Chex game.
  11. Understandably, but i have to say it was either irresponsible to play a guy with a game-hampering injury instead of letting him heal, or the Canes don't have the defensive depth we think they do. Which may have been confirmed in the playoffs when the preferred 7th guy was given 3 minutes a night...
  12. Forslund's tweet - Thank you Caniacs! For everything!!! Has a similar finality to it as Ferland's, if you ask me.
  13. Some of the improvement will simply come from a few of our players being a year older. But on the flipside, a few of our players will be a year older - won't be long before Williams and McElhinney are getting custom walkers with skate blades on them so they can move around the ice. As much as i like all of the McKeggs and Bishops, those guys are a dime a dozen. We need to let about half of them go and bring in that elusive top-6er that we look for year in and year out... so what else is new? Meanwhile i'd once again be content for any 2 of Mrazek/Mac/Nedl, but if we can get Bobrovsky, let's do that instead, yes? Just no more Ward/Lack/Darling. Oh, and new special teams...
  14. The first shirt was excellent. This one has a 'been there done that' feel to it, JMO. A '48 Second of Pretty Good Hockey' t-shirt perhaps or Hamilton patting Nelson's head, but Cherry's Hurricane rants are old news by now... don't validate his relevancy by making a new shirt of everything he says. Again, JMO.
  15. I expect they discussed it and came to the conclusion that Hamilton's Brock Nelson head pat was the surge.
  16. 3 years of Hamilton, 1 year of Ferland, a 2nd-rounder, and a 3rd-rounder (possibly 2 2nds instead of a 2nd and a 3rd) in exchange for 1 year of Lindholm and 1 year of Hanifin. Even if a hefty chunk of Ferland's year was 1 period in and gone for the rest of the night, i'll take it.
  17. And here i thought he was going to mess up our chemistry when he returned from injury. Dude's probably playing the best he has since becoming a Hurricane. I love it!
  18. Speaking of Tavares, don't you just know Islander fans are loving the way his playoffs turned out compared to theirs?
  19. The one goal was a beauty, though.
  20. Had Montreal made it, every single current- and former-Canes coach would have made it to the playoffs this year. Part of me is disappointed that didn't happen.
  21. Funny thing about the Rask and Skinner deals - had we traded Rask for Pu & 3 non-1st round picks and Skinner for Nino, i'd be smiling and profiling. It's a head-scratcher to me that of the two, Rask returned the top-line player while Skinner returned spare parts.
  22. Agreed, but i wish we had signed them for another year, considering all we got in exchange for him was a year's supply of Rice-a-roni.
  23. What ever he brought, i wouldn't mind having his scoring touch for the next couple weeks against Washington.
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