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  1. 3 hours ago, ja1964 said:

    Raleigh is a nice growing city like you said but there a COLLEGE SPORTS CITY

    True, the Triangle area is heavy college but one could also say that about the entire state. Rightfully so, as the first pro franchise didnt exist until the late 80's.  I love Charlotte and think it is a great sports town, but we know Raleigh can fill the arena if/when a decent product is on the ice.  We're not having this discussion back in 2006 or if the Canes weren't in a 10-year playoff drought. 


  2. 8 minutes ago, AWACSooner said:

    We need to start the new team motto:

    #LoseForHughes

    Every other team in tank mode is subscribing to the “Hughes” motto. Given our luck, we will screw that up too.  Maybe something good comes from a merciless season. Here’s to hoping 🥃 


  3. 3 minutes ago, realmdrakkar said:

    We're the lowest-paid team in the league with our highest-paid player injured once again, and our second highest-paid player sucks.  I'd say we're probably right about where one would expect, if not better.  Rod's far from perfect but i don't see how this mess can be blamed on him.  TD needs to open the checkbook.

    We’re a budget team ... like a Sams Club version of a major appliance. Looks good but not quite up to par with a real machine.

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  4. I think Rod is a decent coach and a good hockey guy. It’s too soon to make a judgement on him. He will make some blunders, as to be expected y a rookie coach. Those get amplified when the team isn’t doing well.  The talent on this team is lacking and that isn’t all in the coach.

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  5. Raleigh is a growing city and I think it “might” be doable in the future.  Growing up in Chicago, having to go into the city to see any sporting event was always a PITA but fans will go anywhere if you’re winning. Personally I love driving right up to PNCs front door. The pine forest campus feel (vs skyscrapers 🏙 and city traffic) has always been a nice non-traditional feel I have enjoyed with relative ease. If TD wants a more urban setting I have no issues with that either if is good the economy and levies independence from NC States scheduling.


  6. 1 hour ago, wxray1 said:

    There's a few of us refugees from the Chicago sports scene, especially that of 30 or 40 years ago when all the owners were simply, uh, frugal.  So, pardon me if what we see with TD is playing out similarly. 

     

    I'll leave you with my favorite quote on this topic:

     

    The McCaskey’s and the old man Wirtz come to mind here.


  7. On 12/17/2018 at 8:07 PM, top-shelf-1 said:

    Chicago's season is already over. Rehabilitating Mongo with the pressure off might not be a bad play, and might actually put some butts in the seats. 

     

    As for Wardo, no. Not better. Just bad in a different way: Toast by February 1.

    Chicago is 4-1-1 in its last 6 games partially due to Wardo. Cam looked elite against Dallas and outclassed Ben Bishop. He never ceases to amaze me regarding the Vezina-caliber games he can still have (with the usual stinkers in between)

     

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  8. 1 hour ago, wxray1 said:

    Of course I think you are just expressing frustration at our string of concussions.  And rightly so.

     

    For the record, helmets help stop skull fractures.  They do little for concussions, unfortunately, since the brain collides with the skull when the head snaps. 

    I think we need guys that deliver concussions...


  9. 8 hours ago, realmdrakkar said:

     

     

    Apparently they don't think so, what with extending JR.  He's the go-to guy when you want to sell of everything for another year or two of glory, not the guy you want to rebuild with.  If they truly go into a rebuild with him at the helm, i think we'll all be able to forget about the Pens for a while.  I do think they're on their way to that, but not for another couple years - as  much as i hate to say it, you know they're going to make a run pretty soon here and go deep in the playoffs.  I'd giggle if they didn't, though.

    We’ll see. Winning a couple Cups seems to keep the rose-colored glasses on when it really isn’t so rosy. Both Chicago (in 2016-17) and LA (2015-16) want with that “all-in” “sacrifice the future for now” to buy an extra year or two. It’s really not a bad concept if your core is still solid. Those chances don’t present themselves too often. I think Pittsburgh is probably going to follow suit being one year removed from their last cup. They are mediocre and I think their best days are behind them. I don’t blame them from a competitive perspective from throwing all the chips in the middle of the table at this point.

     

    As far as I can tell, the East is between Tampa and Washington 😐


  10. 11 minutes ago, AWACSooner said:

    I’m loving every minute of the Western Evil Empire’s futility...and hoping the other Evil Empire joins them there soon

    I remember as a kid watching them get their doors blown off by the Minnesota North Stars, Detroit Red Wings and Edmonton Oilers. I think those days are back for the foreseeable future. However, I believe they are in full “tank” mode. I guess it’s better to languish for a while and speed up the chances of getting  some top picks than to die a slow death through mediocrity (see Red Wings) with false hopes at “one last run”. I believe LA is right there with them, and Pittsburgh isn’t too far behind.  You can also add the Rangers to that category.  

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