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  1. 3 hours ago, KJUNKANE said:

    While I'm not realm Lake, but I'm sure you are as aware as I of the vast difference between the current Checkers and those of last year, not only in players but also coaches. i'd submit that this vast change is responsible for Ned's falloff as well as Forsberg's lagging stats (not that this is not something you've considered)? 



    I've only made it to 2 games so far this season, one game each from Forsberg and Ned, so my sample size isn't really big enough to speak for either of them taking Reimer's spot.  Both looked decent enough in their one game.  Ned took a loss while Forsberg got a win, but it was because he was pretty much the only Checker to show up for most of the game and he still managed to give his disinterested teammates a chance to win the game.  He wasn't Hasek mind you, but at least he showed up.

  2. I've been to 2 games this season - Gibbons and Claesson had the As at the first game, McGinn and Bishop the second.


    I'm confused as well.  His PTO was only with the Chex, right?  Wouldn't have surprised me at all to see the Canes extend him an offer and give him a chance in Raleigh.  Would it have been permanent?  Probably not, but 2 games into it is pretty quick to give up on the possibility.

  3. I was down on the idea for a while - i think my exact words in reference to re-signing him at this point were 'let's not and say we did'.  That said, i'm more on the fence now, especially if they're not going to give Bishop/Gaut/Geekie the chance to fill Nook's slot and would rather shuttle Gibbons back and forth (just read he's been called up again today - not sure why they bothered sending him down in that case) and/or run 7 defensemen and only play Fleury in the 3rd period.  I have no issue with Gibbons but if they're going to hem and haw him instead of just putting them there, i'd feel more comfortable with Williams in that slot - at least then we know who we have.  Agreed, though, he needs to be in game shape and the cost has to make sense.

  4. 3 hours ago, gocanes0506 said:

    Crazy Checkers stat:


    ned is 0-4-0 this season.


    Checkers 3-2 loss on Saturday included them blowing a lead they carried into the third.  The Checkers were 49-0-0 when leading after two last season.  WOW.



    They did blow it, but Ned was the only reason they had it to start with.  The rest of the team only showed up for about 20 minutes, 18 of them at the start of the game and the other 2 at the end.  Ned didn't get a lot of help the rest of the way.

  5. 2 hours ago, gocanes0506 said:

    Working player development?



    Possibly.  They showed him on the jumbotron and he waved.  I couldn't tell where in the stands he was.


    Seemed like every time the Checkers got anything going at all, they ended up in the penalty box.  Jamie McGinn (i had actually forgottten about that signing until seeing him in warmups) didn't even make it through the first period before picking up a non-reciprocated 5-minute major and game misconduct.  Wish i could have seen that one a little better because it looked like a good hit from my perspective, but we were high up this time and i got little from the one just-as-high replay they showed as well.  Nobody really stood out in any fashion good or bad except Ned, who gave the guys a chance to win despite facing 42 shots, including 24 in the 2nd.  Team was sharp to start but after losing McGinn, they were fair-to-middling.  Finally turned it back on in the last 2 minutes with Ned pulled for the extra attacker, but too little too late.  Actually thought it might happen but Kuok lost an edge and lost possession of the puck and the Phantoms cleared the zone, the end.

  6. 3 minutes ago, beboplar said:

    Even with things looking up with a record of 6-1, I surely hope JW is not packing away his gear up in the attic.  This team is going to need his grit and determination if it wants to go places if and when they make the playoffs.  I would say enjoy the next 6 weeks off, start skating around Dec 1, and start playing at the New Year.  We need you.



    We'll have to agree to disagree on this one.

  7. Just now, gocanes0506 said:

    I would like to see Geekie get a shot but I doubt it.  Might go 7 defenders with Hamilton being the 12th forward of sorts.  Could bring Bishop as well.



    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.

  8. 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, 

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  9. 2 hours ago, Canesfanforever said:

    It's times like these  you wish Williams  would step up and say hey , i know Marty is out  for a while but im willing to come back  and help the team  until he comes back and  who knows if i will stay or not .   Just saying . 



    Let's not and say we did.

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  10. 4 hours ago, Canesfanforever said:

    Hey  !   You leave Zach  Boychuck alone ! He Follows me on twitter  !  And probably  everyone on these forums including you  too !  😜🤣  



    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.

  11. On 10/3/2019 at 2:44 PM, Canesfanforever said:

    Aye .   He  is s good skater and  has a decent right hand shot , My only issue with him is his  physical play  .  



    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.

  12. 1 hour ago, beboplar said:

    Canes made some cuts today:


    F Brian Gibbons
    D Kyle Wood
    D Alex Lintuniemi
    D Roland McKeown
    D Fredrik Claesson



    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.

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