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  1. I agree with all of that. The issue is where do the Canes want to spend their money and how to do that efficiently. Both Faulk and TVR are in the final season of their current contracts. With value D men in the pipeline, you would think management will choose not to spend the money on Faulk or TVR. I believe Nino has 1 year remaining, and Hamilton 2. Those two guys represent possible investment subjects, Svech will definitely be in line for a big contract after his ELC is complete, and other players such as Foegele, Geekie, Necas, goalie(s) will need new deals. The team is so lucky to have both Slavin and Pesce on team friendly contracts for a while. It is a real accounting question.
  2. I am referring to Priskie's signing and how it affects McKeown.
  3. First of all, he is not currently under contract with the Canes. He is an RFA, so I am not sure how the collective bargaining agreement works with sign and trades in the NHL. That said, he is about NHL ready, steady 3rd line RH shooting D man, so he has value. While I would hope they could get a #2 for him, in the real world probably a #3. As a value player, this is why I have pushed for his promotion for 2 years and wondered why they resigned TVR.
  4. I could be wrong (if you go by my wife I haven't been right in a few years), but I believe Faulk is in the final year of his contract. Management has tried extensively to trade him for a few years now. With his play last season, I think they will either ride this out or move him at the trade deadline. My bet would be riding it out and letting him go. Then again, I am not much at betting.
  5. On top of those 9, there is the guy they picked up in the de Haan trade (Forsling?). The signing of Priskie suggests to me that the Canes may not resign Faulk. There is only so much $$ to go around. I am sure allocating $$ to Svechnikov is on management's mind, so having an offensive minded RH D man to take over for Faulk at a fraction of the cost must seem appealing. I have been a fan of McKeown since his acquisition from the Kings, so I hope this signing does not affect his status.
  6. Anybody want to talk about the Whalers, haha?
  7. We are quite happy here without them. We have the Padres, and we have the Gulls (AHL affiliate of the Ducks). Checkers used to come out to play here once a year when they joined the AHL, but now they limit travel. I try to see the Canes when they visit Anaheim or LA, depending upon timing.
  8. I am sure you are right about Cleveland and the Browns. I used to know someone back in the day who was a member of the Cleveland Philhormonic Orchestra. Here in San Diego, rather than cave in to an owner and a league that was trying to blackmail the city and its residents and property owners into building them a new landmark, we could not wait for the Chargers to move out of town. I would have helped them load their truck if asked. These sports owners are nothing more than carpetbaggers.
  9. Sounds like you are saying there is nothing better to do in Cleveland than watch football. Hard to imagine. I have not watched a down of football in over 20 years. The game was a real sport back in the day, but turned into a medium for beer commercials and for retired players to turn into analysts. 10 seconds of action promotes 15 seconds of a player showing bravado over making a play followed by 2 minutes of analyzation followed by 3 minutes of commercials. I could go to the beach and come home and not have missed a thing. Hockey's fluidity is what originally drew me to the sport. Non stop action until some infraction such as off-sides or penalty. Players are in phenominal shape (as opposed to football players who seem to need oxygen after a few plays). I truly hope for the fans of the Hurricanes that they never experience their loss to another city.
  10. You are young, my friend. I was graduating from Berkeley the year you were born. In any case, I saw your Browns play at the old Yankee Stadium before it was renovated in around 1970. I agree their middle of the night move was SAD. What makes the Hartford move more tragic, though, is the fact that the Whalers were the only professional sports team in town. Cleveland has always had professional sports teams, and as you saw, they got an NFL franchise back. I have lived in San Diego for the past 30 years, and I have to say when the Chargers decided to move to LA, I did not care one bit. This city has an identity of its own, defined by its weather and geography, and I would care to say is beloved by all. The Whalers meant a lot to Hartford and its fan base. The politics of pitting one city against another in deciding where sports franchises should play can get downright ugly. I hope for your sake you don't have to see the Canes move on. While they have been rumored on more than one occasion to be destined for Quebec City, I would be more worried about a Texas destination such as Houston while Dundon owns the team.
  11. Agreed. Karmanos was an out of towner (from Michigan) who bought the team in June, 1994, promising to keep it in Hartford for at least 20 years. He leveraged negotiations with the state, ultimately breaking his promise and paying his way out. It was a tough pill to swallow for devoted Whaler fans. You, who have become devoted Canes followers, have had your team bought out by an out of towner. He certainly seems like a successful businessman who likes to think outside the box. Thinking outside the box can result in many surprises. If one of those surprises ends up watching your beloved Canes loading up the moving van for a destination unknown, you will learn what it felt like to be a Whaler fan in the late '90's. I promised myself I would root for this team for as long as it had some connection to the Whalers. That was certainly in place through the Ronnie Francis era. It is more strained now, but with the owner's recognition of the Whalers, I am still on board.
  12. You really should care. Decisions made by politicos in Connecticut not to fund the construction of a new arena and move the Whalers out of the Hartford Civic Center are the only reason there is a hockey team in Carolina. Do you think that the NHL had Raleigh on its expansion map after its recent disaster trying to introduce hockey to the South in Atlanta? For that franchise to move to Winnipeg shows you where the state of hockey in the South stood at that time. Without success early on the team would never has lasted in Carolina, and who do you think was playing on those teams? All Whalers. Tip your cap, friend. Btw, I don't appreciate the "we don't care how y'all did it up north." Are you one of these guys who still thinks the Confederacy won the Civil War?
  13. If you were a fan of the Hartford Whalers in the mid-nineties, you may remember the team acquiring a young first-round goaltender off waivers from the Calgary Flames named Jason Muzzatti. Now nearly 25 years later Muzzatti is on his way back to the franchise, this time as the goaltending coach for the Carolina Hurricanes.
  14. Here is Wikipedia's introduction of the Carolina Hurricanes: The Hurricanes play their home games at the 18,680-seat PNC Arena. The franchise was formed in 1971 as the New England Whalers of the World Hockey Association (WHA), and joined the NHL in 1979 as part of the NHL–WHA merger, renaming themselves the Hartford Whalers. Sounds like one franchise to me.
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