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  1. Certainly not on a regular basis, but Ms. G105 and I scored tickets to a game in Toronto at the ACC.  Flew up and spent a couple days looking around the city and then went to the game.  We sat in the lower bowl with the "suits", as the affluent fans there are referred to.  A very polite and fairly quiet crowd.  I think we were the only ones in our section wearing a team sweater.  We lost the game.


    Next morning, we took the train from Toronto to Buffalo and attended a game at what was then the HSBC arena.  It was in 2006, but prior to the "unpleasantness" that developed during the ECF against the Sabres.  Crowd wasn't hostile, but not nearly as friendly as the Leafs fans.  Got to try beef on weck and genuine Buffalo wings.  Next morning, we flew back to Raleigh.  We won that game.


    Our last out of town trip was the best.  We flew to Helsinki for the first two games of the 2010-11 season.  The Canes played a "home and home" series against the Wild.  Almost 400 Caniacs went on the trip.  The Finns are great; friendly, helpful, approachable, and everybody I met was fluent in English.  No language barrier at all.  All the menus in restaurants are in both Finnish and English.  I'd love to go back for a longer visit.  We won both those games.

    Great post!  I'm well aware of Buffalo fans, as I work with a few..haha!  I'm ready for the season!  I also anticipate to see more seats filled at PNC.  Great for the team, maybe not so much for my wallet.  I'll take it though!

  2. Been a while since I been on the board.  I'm super excited to see what this team can do with their new additions, and with a solid year under the belt for those who were there last year. As one who follows the Hawks as well, I was sad to see TT leave Chicago but glad he landed in Carolina.  I can attest this guy is a great pickup, and I hope Bicks can find new life.  He never lived up to his contract in Chicago.


    Go Canes!

  3. I live in the DC area too. Been to several of the Caps/Canes game there over the years. Not as fun as going to PNC but much more convenient than the drive on I-95 south, especially for the 2x week trips during the 2006 playoffs.

    My son and I took the train up to MSG to catch the Michigan/Penn State basketball/hockey doubleheader they held at the end of January this year, stayed the night, and came back next day - had a great time. That led into a discussion of doing something similar for the Canes games in Philly, NJ, and NY. Let's see what is available when the schedule comes out.

    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 !! ;)

  4. One thing I think we sometimes forget: When HHOFer Ronnie Franchise comes calling and tells you this year's coach of Team Canada and his assistant Rod Brind A'mour are really hoping you'll come play in Raleigh and we have the money you want to play here, that's a heluva lot more powerful than Jim Rutherford begging a guy to come play for Kirk Muller at a cut rate - and be the next winger Eric can't play with.

    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!)

  5. 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..,

  6. 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


  7. Definitely an improvement having meaningful Canes hockey through the first game of April instead of just through the middle of January.  Had we been in the Western Conference, we'd have been one point out of the playoffs.  Definitely on the right track.  If RF can figure out the goaltending situation and bring in a few forward upgrades and Peters can find a way to cut down on Faulk and Hainsey's defensive snafu's (yes, i said it) and the perennial slow October, i think meaningful Canes hockey will go even longer next year.

    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.

  8. 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.

  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. 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.

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