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realmdrakkar

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  1. I think this is where the bridge lies. A few people keep saying we all want to trade Faulk, which isn't the case at all. There's a huge difference between 'he's a bum... trade him for a sack of pucks or whatever you can get, the sooner the better' and 'we need upgrades in other areas and the only bartering chip we have is one of our young defensemen, with Faulk likely being the one who will bring in the biggest return'. I don't think anyone wants to trade Faulk, but we're all a bunch of wankers talking on a message board and it's healthy speculation on how to best reach this team's goals. Best case scenario, we keep every single one of those young defensemen and bring in Johansen, Draisaitl, and Henrik Lundqvist. But i think we all realize we're not going to get any of them in exchange for the Staals, Liles, or Ward. Now as to wanting to trade someone, i do want the Hurricanes to trade Ward, Liles, and Hainsey. For sacks of pucks, the sooner the better. But the desire to trade Faulk is only because you have to give up something valuable in order to get something valuable in return - there's no grand conspiracy where people are dying to see Faulk suit up for Team X.
  2. I won't deny going out in the first round every year beats where this team has been, but the same time under your theory it's pretty much the ceiling. Meanwhile to get into specifics with the defensemen you list, Pronger eventually turned into a Brind'Amour, a franchise 1C, who raised the Cup here. We can only speculate, of course, but had that trade never happened and Pronger played his entire career here, how likely would the Hurricanes have been to raise the Cup? Johnson meanwhile is a non-issue because daddy wouldn't let him sign here anyway, so the choice was between trading him, or letting him re-enter the draft 2 years later. Markov was a 6-year-veteran who the Hurricanes signed as a FA and who was later traded for Justin Williams - who, like Brind'Amour, raised the Cup here. Had the Canes kept Markov and not gotten Williams, would they have raised the Cup? No way to know, but again i'd say that trade didn't hurt the team much in the long run. Granted i still refuse to endorse the Dumoulin trade, but even there he's hardly proven to be a franchise defenseman. I'm with you completely - i want that legit blue line - but man, there's a lot of depth there and if just one of them can be traded for the next Brind'Amour to go along with the rest of the depth there, dude, i'm there...
  3. Well, keep in mind he's only been "the guy" this week - last week it was Fleury who was being most-heavily hypothesized. But yeah, beyond that, what others have said.
  4. Yeah, that. Not the greatest signing, but they probably didn't expect Hanifin, Pesce, and Slavin to all take hold like they did, and it's just a year. If they were all having growing pains, we'd be appreciating Jordan's deal after Wiz went out 47 second into the season. And at least Peters doesn't feel like he absolutely has to use the guy. If that's the worst contract Francis ever offers, this team will be fine once we get past the JR humdingers. Time still has to tell how good or bad Lack's contract is, mind you. Hey, i know.... let's give him a shot and find out...
  5. No, but expect to check the street tomorrow with Ward still sitting there but the $20 missing. You seriously think we can get a Versteeg and a 2nd for Ward? I'd be surprised to get either. I'm still thinking more like a 7th or 8th. Period.
  6. I can't speak for anyone else, but i think it's safe to say you;re thinking the exact opposite, on two counts. I think it's pretty safe to say nobody thinks this team will make the playoffs - which is why trades for the future are being discussed - and i don't anybody wants to trade Faulk. But i think we all agree that the defense is much more-set for the future than the offense, meaning the best way to quickly upgrade the offense is to barter some defense. Have to give in order to receive...
  7. As long as Peters will stop riding the Cam horse. When he finally decides to utilize Lack, Ward can go. As long as he continues to rely on Ward, i don't see it happening. I repeat myself when i'm distressed... I repeat myself when i'm distressed... I repeat myself when i'm distressed... I repeat...
  8. Dobby was freaking terrible last year. Not quite as bad as Ward has been this year, mind you, but man, talk about low standards... Lack played well enough last night to win. Without Ward's golden egg, Hurricanes could very well have taken that one.
  9. I hope you're right. I just sink a little more every time Ward gets another start, and more so when it's coupled with the 'best chance to win' verbiage.
  10. Just looking at stats and noticed this. Ward's career-best GAA in the NHL was last season's 2.40, which would put him at #29 in the league right now. His career-best sv% is 2010-11's .923, which right now would put him tied for #22. Career-bests, for the 6th-highest-paid in the league. Yet he somehow proves to be utterly irreplaceable in this organization...
  11. I agree with everything, rem, aside from the goaltending situation - with every passing game, i'm more and more convinced Francis is going to re-sign Ward for $4-5M. I still hate it, but i'm seeing nothing that makes me think otherwise. Wouldn't surprise me to see Lack traded at this point, honestly. The braintrust still thinks we have a better chance to win riding a 31-year-old horse with a sub-.900% who allows a soft goal pretty much every game. Faulk is an excellent offensive defenseman, but i'm still skeptical about his defensive abilities. For that reason alone, if he can be traded for a long-term 1C, i'd be all in. I'm not into players who i think are in it for the money (which i think of Johansen), but meh. Though personally i'm still stuck in the RNH/Eberle trap...
  12. You saw him last year, didn't you? Or in his last year in Washington?
  13. How would you go about upgrading the forwards for the future, then?
  14. Faulk or no Faulk, i think the Hurricanes stand a much better chance at snagging RNH than Draisaitl.
  15. And that's one of the directions the team has been going in - better defensive responsibility. Two wins and McGinn still managed to drop his team-basement +/- even further. I could very well imagine Francis telling him to keep working on his defensive game and he'll keep getting looks until he's ready.
  16. Never underestimate the importance of someone who can tick off the customer base.
  17. He certainly has the power play hitting on all cylinders...
  18. Saldy JR F'ed it up for him with that NTC. Francis can do his best, but he isn't in control of his own destiny here...
  19. I was such a big fan that i can't even spell it...
  20. It's all good - i used to be a Capitols fan and they haven't booted me out of here yet. Of course the forms may be filled out and just awaiting approval, but if that's the case i don't know about it yet. Welcome.
  21. Enjoy the game, John! I wish i could watch a hockey game for the first time again - i was still toddling at my first so i don't remember it at all. One thing i perhaps do differently when i see a game live is that i don't fight to follow the puck - i tend to watch one player, whether he has the puck or not. Sure, i'll glance over to the puck here and there, but i enjoy watching a one-person perspective because it's fun watching how he positions himself based on what's happening around him - gives a good feel for what goes on in a broader sense. I'll usually do this for the entire shift - which, as stated above, usually lasts ~30 seconds. Then when he goes to the bench, i'll start on another player. Yeah, i'll miss things doing this, but at the same time i'll catch things that other people are missing - there's plenty to watch. And even there, when you watch a game that way it doesn't take too long to figure out who the more-dynamic players are and you find yourself gravitating to them. That way you not only see the dynamic players when they 'do something dynamic' such as score or hit, but you see what they do for 15 seconds leading up to it to get themselves in that position. Either way, again, i hope you enjoy it. And i hope the Hurricanes show up - if they turn in an effort like last night, you probably won't be too impressed. Unless you spend your time watching the Canadiens, that is!
  22. Lack certainly isn't doing anything tonight to make Ward look expendable...
  23. Another good point. Hanifin was not our greatest need, but he was too good to pass up. And while he certainly doesn't make Fleury 'expendable', he gives us 2 (or 4 or 7, depending on your opinions of some of the other prospects) of a great thing. But to go one step further, he's the readier of the 2 great things. I certainly wouldn't trade Fleury for someone's washed-up 4th liner, but if you can get a proven young forward for him, i'd certainly argue that that's where the bigger need is at this time.
  24. Yeah, i like that one more. Let's do that instead...
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