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  1. 1 hour ago, slapshot02 said:

    Supposedly Buff has put in a huge offer for Laine.     The offer includes RHD Rasmus Ristolainen, forward Conor Sheary, and two first-round picks.


    The deal would be contingent on an obvious extension with Laine. That's a big ask in my opinion and something the Canes should not even entertain. https://www.nhltraderumors.me/2019/09/rumor-buffalo-sends-mega-offer-to.html?m=1



    Not to beat the dead horse, but man imagine if the Canes could have gotten that much for more-talented Skinner...

  2. 5 hours ago, LakeLivin said:

    Yeah, I see Kuokk as a real longshot this season, especially since he's on a 2-way and still waiver exempt.



    Kuokkanen is Cherry-Picker Central in Charlotte.  I don't see him fitting RB's criteria unless he learned to backcheck over the summer.

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  3. 2 hours ago, caneswincup said:

    While I’d love the passion of a player like Martyman wearing the C, I don’t see us giving it to a guy who isn’t fairly high on the star range.



    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.

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  4. 1 hour ago, remkin said:

    I will say this again. Better to have Faulk than to trade him for Pu. If he can return a first rounder, especially of a poor team, I'd pull that trigger, but that's the future I'd want. Teams almost never trade their elite prospects). Otherwise, I'd keep him. 



    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.

  5. 1 hour ago, gocanes0506 said:

    Im glad Gauthier is getting another shot.  He had a very strong game last night.  I think he has the best shot, so far, to take Necas' spot.  From what I read, Geekie did well too.



    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.

  6. 9 minutes ago, Canesfanforever said:

    comparing this   year  1st  preseason game  to last year in the preseason ? Holy  smokes!    It was not  chaotic .   The Canes played with a ton of structure ! AND    they didnt try to desperately  dump the puck on panic mode all the time when pressured .   And this was coming from team  Martinook ? 



    Really.  Team Martinook shuts out Team Stamkos 3-0.  I'll take it.

  7. 24 minutes ago, top-shelf-1 said:

    Yo-yoing this kid is the only thing holding him back at this point, IMO, from becoming our next shutdown Dman. He needs NHL games.



    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

  8. 2 hours ago, JonKerfoot said:


    Ah, cut Fleury some slack. 😉 He's still more than half-a-season behind the record for most NHL games played without scoring a goal.


    If you aren't aware of that record, it's held by the Hurricanes' own Steven Halko, who played parts of six seasons and a total of 155 games without scoring a goal.


    In college at U of Michigan, he was recognized as the CCHA "Most Outstanding Defensive Defenseman" for 1994-95, made the CCHA All-Tournament team three times (first team once, second team twice), and captained the Wolverines in 1995-96 when they won the NCAA title; Halko was named to the NCAA All-Tournament team that season.



    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.

  9. 3 hours ago, remkin said:

    I don't think we are better without Faulk. If it was just a Faulk for Pu situation, then don't do it, IMO.


    But, there is the return, and the fact that we are not keep to overpay guys with a year left, and we are just so deep at D. 


    Kase, if we ended up getting him, has pretty high upside and is on a cheap deal. And while we are better with Justin Faulk than TVR, in the cap era it is just really not a good plan to have a $6 million/year bottom pair D man. 


    I think it's the entire thing together that screams trade, especially after we signed Gardiner. 



    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.

  10. 26 minutes ago, remkin said:

    If I were on the committee, (who knows, maybe they read us), I would not vote to trade Faulk for Pu. IMO we traded Skinner for Pu because he was viewed as a negative to the plan. Old Faulk, I'd agree, but last year's Faulk no. The proof is not only Faulk's play, but the team's play with Faulk on it. Faulk is worth more to us than Pu. I want a first rounder or something better, or just keep him. But that's just me.



    I agree with you and was prepared to watch Faulk with the Canes this season, but Gardiner.  There's a logjam on defense and for the first time in the history of organized hockey in North Carolina, salary.  Something has to give, and losing Fleury's salary isn't going to fix anything.

  11. 17 minutes ago, remkin said:

    Sounds like we might actually get to find out what the return on Faulk would be. Of course we've been shopped Faulk quite a bit to date, so who knows if we'll get a bite. 



    Ironic that he just had probably the best season he's ever had, yet his trade value is probably the lowest it's ever been.  I'd love for the Canes to get top cash and prizes for him, but i'm expecting Pu.  Hoping to be pleasantly surprised.

  12. I think it depends on how the team does without him.  If they hit the ground running, jump off to a great start, and have a great season, i think he returns to sound the siren and visit John and Tripp in the booth.  If they struggle out of the gate and hit Thanksgiving like they hit Thanksgiving last season, i think he returns to the ice.

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