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Everything posted by realmdrakkar

  1. We'll have to agree to disagree on this one.
  2. I'm seeing a lot of concern for Aho's slow start here and elsewhere but in his 4th season in the league he's had what, one season where he didn't start off slow? I don't think it's time to schedule an intervention just yet. He'll warm up.
  3. Small sample size but he looked good in Charlotte last night. May bring some chippiness as well. Wouldn't have been my first choice but i'm not shaking my head over it either.
  4. Full agreement with this post. 7 defenders wouldn't surprise me either with TVR being activated, and if they do call someone else up, Geekie and Bishop are the obvious choices IMO. I missed both the Friday and Saturday Canes games, though, so i can't really speak for Gauthier's Canes outings. We pretty much know what Bishop brings to the Canes, while i'd love to see Geekie get a shot. Kid has the energy and the shot, for sure.
  5. First Chex game of the season for me tonight, 4-1 over Bridgeport. Pretty chippy for much of the game, particularly Sheppard, Horvat, and Gibbons. 2 goals for Geekie - obviously he was the highlight tonight. Bishop looked good as well of course, as did Eetu. No cherry-picking from Kuok tonight - he was getting into the play on both sides of the puck, though he didn't really stand out in doing so. Schilkey missed an absolute gimme but since he's with Bridgeport now, that was just fine with me. McKeown looked good when he wasn't in the box but 3 or 4 minor penalties didn't do much to contribute to the win. Sheppard and Forsling looked good on D while Bean had a rough night outside of about 2 plays - there was definitely a 'Jesus, Bean' moment or two. Claesson actually looked good as well, while Priskie was mostly invisible. Forsberg in net and he was solid - allowed one but on a missed assignment from Bean. 3 stars 3 Gibbons, 2 Forsberg, 1 Geekie,
  6. Hurricanes jumped into the top 10 on the nhl.com's power rankings at #6. The Bolts are at #3. Hi.
  7. He used to follow me back when i tweeted a lot about hockey, but once i got to where i only tweeted about music, he dropped me. Of course now i haven't tweeted in years.
  8. Small sample size, but i was impressed with him in a couple games i've seen over the past couple years. I wouldn't give up what we'd probably have to give up to get him, but if he could be had for say a 3rd- or 4th-rounder, i'd give him a shot.
  9. Bummer. Granted i haven't been able to watch much of camp this season, based on what i've seen the past 2 seasons i still put McKeown ahead of Fleury, Bean, and Sellgren on the depth chart. But then that's why i'm just a guy in the stands and not part of the committee. Hope he doesn't get claimed on waivers but i don't see him clearing.
  10. Not to beat the dead horse, but man imagine if the Canes could have gotten that much for more-talented Skinner...
  11. Kuokkanen is Cherry-Picker Central in Charlotte. I don't see him fitting RB's criteria unless he learned to backcheck over the summer.
  12. If Rutherfart were still sitting in the Canes office i'd say you're right, but this isn't your father's Oldsmobile. Our current brass might actually have the guts to give the C to someone for leadership reasons rather than merchandise reasons. I hope so, anyway.
  13. Especially in his contract year - he should bring 110% for a better payday next summer, plus his trade value isn't at its highest due to the contract. I just wonder what happens with this glut of defensemen if he isn't traded. I think it's a given at this point that he and the Canes aren't on the same page going forward, so the focus has to be on players who are here for more than the next season. No matter who gets put on the 3rd-line, if everyone stays then the team is paying someone $4M+ to play on the 3rd-line, which is pricey for a team that actually has a payroll this season. Before Gardiner, it was easy to say let Faulk play out his contract, but now i feel something has to happen.
  14. Gaut didn't do much to impress me last season, but i did like what i saw of his game last night (connection was pretty bad for us so we only saw chunks of the first 2 periods in between bufferings and whatnot and we gave up during the second intermission so we missed the third). If he's ready to grab a spot, i'm ready to watch him take it. Geekie looked good last night as well, but unlike Gaut he did impress me last season.
  15. Shame the sweaters looked awful.
  16. Really. Team Martinook shuts out Team Stamkos 3-0. I'll take it.
  17. They didn't do it for me either. I hope Dundon once again requests black sweaters on the road a lot.
  18. If we get all of the defensemen, nobody else gets any. We win.
  19. It looks like i'm in a definite minority where Fleury is concerned, which is fair enough - i'm ready to be proven wrong and if i am i'll admit it with a smile on my face. I still think McKeown is the stronger candidate at this point, however
  20. Honestly i'd put Fleury at Halko-level, not simply because of the lack of goals (anyone who knows me knows i don't rate defensemen on how many goals they've scored). I hope he shows a little more this season, particularly after the franchise let go a couple of better defensemen and kept him.
  21. I'm happy to hear it as well - his game could use that. I hope it happens.
  22. This. i don't think it's about being better without Faulk at this point, i think it's about preparing for life after Faulk. If an offer was made last season and he turned it down, i think it's about getting something for him now rather than lose him for nothing at the end of the season. Especially with Gardiner climbing on with a similar game.
  23. I may have misread things but from my outsider's perspective, i got the impression Williams was disappointed not to be named Captain in his first season back. I definitely don't think being named Captain this past season was a negative he wanted to get away from.
  24. Faulk decided he's going to be just as quick in deciding whether to waive his NTC as Williams was in deciding what he was going to do this season.
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