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  1. beboplar

    In-season trades and player moves

    All of this talk about Management by Committee makes me yearn for the days the Whalers were run by Emile Francis, who was truly seated in the Tsar's seat. Why is it that I can recall the names of so many players from the mid '80's such as Ronnie Franchise, Kevin Dineen, Ray Ferraro, Mike Liut, Ulfie Samuelson, Sylvain Turgeon, Paul Lawless, Dave Tippett, Joel Quennville, etc., when I can barely recall who was on this team 5 years ago? Drafts can be hit and miss. Having the 2nd pick of the draft fall into your lap when you were rated at #12 happens once in a lifetime. Making trades for picks are not sure things. The Canes just traded away two young 1st round picks, both 5th picks of their draft years. They were unwilling to pay their prices, and both may go on to excellent NHL careers. Neither played poorly in Carolina, but both are gone. The return was Hamilton, who seems best suited right now as trade bait for a top 6 forward, Ferland, who has excelled beyond expectation, and Adam Fox, who the Canes need to entice to sign. Ferland IS a rare commodity. Team playing power forward, has fit in with this team, and can score. If this Management by Committee does not find a way to sign him, they should consider trading themselves for a pack of hockey cards. He is more valuable to the team, IMO, than TT, for those who rate TT as untouchable. For me, the only 5 Cane untoucables are Aho, Svechnikov, Slavin, Pesce, and Ferland. Hey, Management by Committee, get with it: 1. Sign Ferland. 2. Trade Hamilton and/or Faulk for a forward. 3. Trade the other for a decent pick 4. Sign Fox. 5. Put up For Sale signs for Darling and Rask.
  2. beboplar

    In-season trades and player moves

    While I liked Elias Lindholm as a player, and knew he was/is capable of more than the stats showed in Carolina, I think the player the Canes have in Ferland right now is worth more to the team. Maybe they need to get creative to clear salary space. Include Rask in a deal with Hamilton or Faulk, shed their salaries, and maybe not expect as much in return as they would get w/o Rask in the deal. With Aho, TT, and Ferland to sign, this would help.
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    In-season trades and player moves

    For all of the talk about the bad trades last off season, the current team seems to me to have something Canes teams have lacked for a long time, some imposing hitters. Both Ferland and Martinook have brought a physical presence that is an element the team needs to maintain going forward. Neither Skinner nor Lindholm nor Hanifan brought that element. It is alarming to read that they may have to move Ferland due to his unrestricted FA status and the parties being miles apart in negotiations. Hopefully, that can be sorted out and he gets a contract extension. If not, they need to add other physical players to the mix. Hamilton and/or Faulk appear to be tradable assets, especially considering Fox is a defensemen they can add to the mix. If they have to trade one or both of them, along with Ferland, get some physicality back. Sign Fox when his collegiate season ends, and insert him right into the lineup. This team is close.
  4. beboplar

    In-season trades and player moves

    I agree. The additions of Ferland and Martinook have added a degree of toughness to the lineup that was missing. Of course Skinner and Lindholm would have to be having career years in scoring goals to make last offseason look gloomy, BUT I think this team is one additional goal scorer plus a good version of Jordan Staal away from being a good team. Do not trade Ferland. Package a RH defenseman, preferably either Faulk or Hamilton, with Rask, and get a top 6 scorer back in return. If it is a center, fine. If it is a winger, bring up Necas. If the Calgary trade is going to have a happy ending, signing Fox and resigning Ferland are musts. So divesting themselves of some RH defense and creating financial room both lean towards the type trade I suggested above.
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    In-season trades and player moves

    It is challenging for Canes fans to see the light at the end of the tunnel. That may be because it is an old flashlight running on its last battery legs. The Canes roster is full of players needing a new start elsewhere. Those include Victor Rask, Scott Darling, Phil DGS, Brock McGinn, Dougie Hamilton, Jordan Staal, and Justin Faulk. That is 1/3 of the lineup. Staal has a no trade clause in his contract, but that should not stop management from trying to make a move. Rask and Darlings' collective contracts make them near impossible to move for anything, period. Someone would want McGinn, but the return will not make the Canes any better. Hamilton, Faulk, Fleury, and Bean would all bring something of value back in return. I would not want to move either Ferland or Martinook, who have brought some necessary toughness to a team lacking it. Team needs to be built from the ground up. Some nice building pieces in Svechnikov, Aho, Necas, TT, Ferland, Wallmark, Foegle, Slavin, Pesce, Haan, maybe Fox. That is 1/2 a team, build the other half.
  6. beboplar

    GDT: Canes @ Debbils...29 Dec...1300 EST

    They already did when they sent Skinner packing for Cliff Pu, and Lindholm and Hanifan packing for Hamilton, Ferland, and the rights to Fox. They got handed a gift card in Svechnikov, and we like Aho, Slavin, and Pesce. Staal has a no trade clause, so who is attractive on this team to other teams? Hamilton? Faulk? Bean? Fleury? Nobody wants any of the team's forwards, so best strategy might be to tank for Hughes.
  7. beboplar

    Still a Whalers Fan

    Ferland and Martinook have been a huge plus, providing some missing grit. The team is not a bust, just needs to have the lineup tweaked a bit with one or two additions. Rask needs a new start elsewhere.
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    Still a Whalers Fan

    It is not common for a team to address a weakness (scoring) by shipping out 2 of its top 6 scorers, Skinner and Lindholm. Yes, they expect Svechnikov to be better than either, and yes, they thought Necas was ready to contribute this season at the NHL level. Still, moving forward they need to trade current assets on the blue line and/or future ones such as Bean for up front talent. Even without that, I am not sure what playing D'Guisepe or McGinn or Bishop does for them at the expense of playing Roy or Gauthier, who supposedly have higher upside. Does this have something to do with protecting them from the Seattle expansion draft? Kind of a drag to have to protect Jordan Staal. Why hasn't Andrew Potaralsky gotten a taste of Raleigh?
  9. beboplar

    Still a Whalers Fan

    Thanks; I reposted it to a content area a short while ago. The Skinner deal must have already been directed over and over. From a new ownership and new management situation, it feels as if it was a culture shift, giving up 1 year of contract and budget savings for a player the team had no intentions on resigning. Still, given their trials at putting the puck in the net, the return had to be better. Right now it feels as if we need a scorer more than we need goaltending.
  10. beboplar

    In-season trades and player moves

    I told myself when the Whalers moved to Carolina I would continue to be true to them and follow them, at least until any connection to the Whalers no longer existed. I don't live anywhere near either Hartford (birthplace) or Raleigh (never been), but when the team visits the west coast I try and see them if my schedule permits. The seemingly tenuous connection between the Whalers and Hurricanes ended with the firing of Ronnie Franchise last season; then again, the new owner has honored the Whale by dressing the team in Whalers logos and performing Brass Bonanza when they score on Whalers night. So, here I am still following the team after all these years (I date back to the Howe era). I don't get to see the team first hand, and they are not televised out here, so all of your feedback is appreciated. Ronnie Franchise did some things right in terms of his patience and stock piling some young talent via the draft and trades. Signing Scott Darling to a 4 year deal untested as a starter was not a highlight. Signing Alexander Semin long term was pretty bad, and the length of Jordan Staal's deal with a no trade clause inclusion was not too good. None of those bad decisions approaches what seems like the worst sports trade I can recall of Skinner with Buffalo last summer. I don't think we will be seeing Cliff Pu with the parent team anytime soon. All is not bad though. We need to add a legitimate top line scorer. We have some scoring talent in Aho, Teuvo, Svechnikov, and hopefully Necas. Wallmark, Ferland, and Foegle have all been positive additions. Williams is on his last legs, Rask offers nothing and was another bad signing, McGinn and D'Guisepe are grinders at best. There are a few guys at Charlotte such as Gauthier, Roy, and Kaukeunnen, but we need a finisher. We need someone who will raise Staal's offensive game, since he is going nowhere. With the plethora of defensemen in Raleigh and guys such as McKeon and Bean in Charlotte, and Fox and Martin on their way, we need to deal Dougie Hamilton or ANY of the Raleigh defenders not named Slavin (though I would prefer not to deal Pesce) ASAP if we want to compete. If we don't want to compete, tank and go for Jack Hughes. We we're so lucky in the lottery last year to get Svechnikov, but they pretty much decided to trade that luck and unload Skinner for exactly nothing. Beyond head scratching, but behind us. Maybe they were planning on tanking all along. Thoughts?
  11. beboplar

    Still a Whalers Fan

    I told myself when the Whalers moved to Carolina I would continue to be true to them and follow them, at least until any connection to the Whalers no longer existed. I don't live anywhere near either Hartford (birthplace) or Raleigh (never been), but when the team visits the west coast I try and see them if my schedule permits. The seemingly tenuous connection between the Whalers and Hurricanes ended with the firing of Ronnie Franchise last season; then again, the new owner has honored the Whale by dressing the team in Whalers logos and performing Brass Bonanza when they score on Whalers night. So, here I am still following the team after all these years (I date back to the Howe era). I don't get to see the team first hand, and they are not televised out here, so all of your feedback is appreciated. Ronnie Franchise did some things right in terms of his patience and stock piling some young talent via the draft and trades. Signing Scott Darling to a 4 year deal untested as a starter was not a highlight. Signing Alexander Semin long term was pretty bad, and the length of Jordan Staal's deal with a no trade clause inclusion was not too good. None of those bad decisions approaches what seems like the worst sports trade I can recall of Skinner with Buffalo last summer. I don't think we will be seeing Cliff Pu with the parent team anytime soon. All is not bad though. We need to add a legitimate top line scorer. We have some scoring talent in Aho, Teuvo, Svechnikov, and hopefully Necas. Wallmark, Ferland, and Foegle have all been positive additions. Williams is on his last legs, Rask offers nothing and was another bad signing, McGinn and D'Guisepe are grinders at best. There are a few guys at Charlotte such as Gauthier, Roy, and Kaukeunnen, but we need a finisher. We need someone who will raise Staal's offensive game, since he is going nowhere. With the plethora of defensemen in Raleigh and guys such as McKeon and Bean in Charlotte, and Fox and Martin on their way, we need to deal Dougie Hamilton or ANY of the Raleigh defenders not named Slavin (though I would prefer not to deal Pesce) ASAP if we want to compete. If we don't want to compete, tank and go for Jack Hughes. We we're so lucky in the lottery last year to get Svechnikov, but they pretty much decided to trade that luck and unload Skinner for exactly nothing. Beyond head scratching, but behind us. Maybe they were planning on tanking all along. Thoughts?