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Everything posted by surfzone365

  1. Glad to see another Caniac in DC area. There is nothing better than being back at PNC on home ice but those of us outside NC will do our part !!
  2. Those a great points. I look for Carolina/Raleigh to regain some steam as a desirable destination given the youth movement and positive upward trend of the team. I think we're in a better position than other teams going through similar growth or rebuilds. I get good vibes from Ronnie F., so I hope it's not all smoke and this offseason is productive. Him and a reputable skipper like Peters provide sustenance to the equation. Now, if we can get our old jerseys back since the current ones resemble the Red Wings too closely, that would be great!! I also look to see home attendance to go up next year (hope so!)
  3. Very interesting! Visiting every arena would be pretty neat! Given the East Coast is stacked with teams alone, not hard to get underway with that quest. I might bump this thread and let you know which road games next year I'll be at. If I had time and resources, I'd start a Canes Road tour bus to shuttle hardcore Canes fans to opposing arena to make our presence known...just gotta figure out those 6 winning lottery numbers..,
  4. Does anyone ever attend road games on a somewhat regular basis (or anytime?). I know our market is not known for a large road following like Original 6 markets, at least not that I am aware of. However, wondering if anyone else is out there like me has no fear of cheering the Canes on at First Niagra Center in Buffalo, or the Rock in Jersey. Would love to know this and forge alliances while in enemy territory. Games within my reach: - Washington - New Jersey - Philly - Pittsburgh - Buffalo - NY (Both Rangers and Isles) - Columbus
  5. Curious from you other Caniacs what free agents you would like brought into the fold this offseason? Fantasy GM opportunities here..lol Thoughts on David Backes or Kyle Okposo?
  6. Agreed. This is one of the few times I actually feel we got something going after a non-playoff season. The Tampa Bay Lightning got back to being a contender with their youth movement - of course they had some savvy veterans like Stamkos to build around. Hoping for a similar situation here. In addition to Faulk and Hainsey, I believe Nestrasil and Nordstrom will continue to be solid. Goal-tending is the trick here. Much debate has been made over this, especially Wardo. As much as I love Wardo and think he does have some gas left in the tank, management would be foolish to keep their heads in the sand over bolstering the slot between the pipes. I was familiar with Eddie Lack before he came to the Canes. He was solid for the Canucks, and I think he has proven himself worthy of at least a solid backup. Yes, this position needs some attention no doubt. Excited about next year though.
  7. Well, here we are. No more meaningful Canes hockey until October. A lot of ups-and-downs this season. It was both painful and enjoyable. I got to head down and see more Canes games at PNC that I thought I would. I love the youth movement going on and I hope this will get us back to where we need to be. Patience and growth pains, but I believe we're on the right track and I trust Ronnie Francis knows what he's doing.
  8. I know this is a VERY late post/response, but I was at this game and we kicked butt 4-1. Was hoping for Conner McDavid to play before he got injured. Hope you got to make it!
  9. Blackhawks are the biggest winner. Ladd, Fleischmann, and Wiese are already paying dividends. Ladd and Fleishmann have already scored goals. Stan Bowman is a wizard with putting pieces together. Biggest loser: Brooks Laich - to go from a powerhouse contender with the Caps to languishing in Toronto is a MAJOR buzzkill. Feel sorry for Brooksie.
  10. How do you all feel about Nordy and Steeger's future with the team? I thought they were great pick-ups from the Stanley Cup champs Chicago last summer have had brought experience and contributions to the team.
  11. Well, if the play they way they have the last couple games, I think attendance would improve. I'd love to be down there more to support them.
  12. Has attendance at games gotten any better? I came down for a game in November right before Thanksgiving and one in December right after Christmas, so not sure what is a "normal" crowd these days. Decent crowd but not full. My hope is that seats start filling up again as this young squad gets going.
  13. A shiny black traditional Darth Vader helmet with the alternate logo on it, to be in line with the black alternate unis, would be cool. Perhaps some may see that as too original, or even over-the-top, but cool in my book!
  14. Just the words "North Carolina" and "hockey" together....love it!
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