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  1. Ugh, this sucks for Checkers fans.
  2. I had been meaning to post this for a while but never got around to it. The night before Valentine’s Day 2020 I stopped at the Whole Foods on Six Forks to get roses for my girlfriend and something nice for dinner. When I went to check out I spotted one Martin Necas about to pay for his groceries. There was no line behind him so I decided to walk up and say a quick hello. As I walked up I saw his mom was there too. He was speaking Czech with her and looking at his phone while the checkout lady rang everything up. I walked up with my armful of like 20 roses and bottle of wine, got his attention and said “Hey you’re Martin right? I’m a big fan.” He gave me and the roses a WEIRD look and said something like “really? Oh thanks man.” I think it took him a second to realize they weren’t for him 😂 but then I wished him good luck for tomorrow and he thanked me very nicely. We beat the Devils at home 5-2 that next night on Valentines Day and Necas got 1G, 1A, so that officially went down as a great memory for me.
  3. https://sports.yahoo.com/unique-nhl-playoff-format-looking-120007829.html I have not looked anything hockey related for like 3 weeks but I'm ready to get back in. Interesting article that mentions the possibility of a 31 team playoff, and using neutral sites for some games. Whether they do the 31 team thing, or just end the regular season and send the current top 16 in, there will be an asterisk next to this season regardless. The Canes would roll in with the best D in the league, with Dougie (All Star) and Slavin (All Star) plus four top pairing guys. Could we pay them all though?
  4. I just learned more from reading this thread than I have from anything else in the news. Thank y'all for your posts!
  5. I cracked up the first time I heard that. Is there an NHL 20 Xbox contingent on the boards?
  6. Call me cynical but March Madness is the most made-for-TV of them all
  7. The great majority of franchise goalies were drafted by their team. I mean that is the definition of franchise player obviously. I remember a Section 328 podcast that listed all of them and it was a whole lot. Currently of the top 10 goalies this season, 7 were drafted by their current team. The exceptions are Rask (picked by Toronto but immediately traded to BOS), Andersen, and Fleury. Then there still other guys out of the top 10 like Quick, Murray, and Rinne. We have not drafted a goalie like that yet but we have two second rounders in Ned and Kotchektov where time will tell. Best case for us with Ned is a late bloomer situation like Binnington (drafted by STL in 2011), but I'm not a good enough judge of goalie talent to say.
  8. With our top lines, ideally we'll get to a point where we have two equally stacked scoring lines, like a junior varsity version of Pittsburgh.
  9. Edmundson is left handed. Vatanen is a righty but it sounds like he'll be out for more of March so we're really needing that additional RHD now. Not that these guys can't overcome playing on the off-side but you could probably find a stat showing playing on the off-side lends itself to more turnovers.
  10. I never really thought about it that way but yeah, TD seems to be more into making trades than drafting and developing. That became much more clear after this trade deadline. About the D specifically, Francis's M.O. was drafting and developing from the defense out, and now we have TD/Waddell deciding what to do with the fruits of that strategy. It was Francis who picked Bean, Fleury, and Hanifin in the top 10. So far we have traded Hanifin and gotten Dougie (this was a gamble on Dougie trending back up after some underperforming seasons and it worked bigtime). Fleury is looking like he's surviving if not thriving as a bottom pairing guy. And then there's Bean who is going to hit the point Gauthier hit, where his stock is high from AHL play so we need to decide if he'll become a starter for the Canes or get traded.
  11. To me the main unknown is whether Ned will pan out. Other goalies in that age bracket like Mackenzie Blackwood (2015 2nd round) and Carter Hart (2016 2nd round) are now getting the full time starting job and sniffing an elite level. Shesterkin and Samsonov are in there too. Ned hasn't gotten near the same NHL games these guys have but he's shown flashes in his first few. I say all this pretty ignorant of how goalie scouting works, but if we picked Ned in the 2nd round he must have some major upside. Time will tell whether he's a franchise goalie. I do like the sound of a Reimer-Ned combo next year.
  12. Ah I see. Well maybe we were prepared for this with the conditional draft pick. If Vatanen is out longer term do we move up Priskie or Keane? We will need another RHD ASAP.
  13. I disagree about Gardiner. Maybe the 4 years was a gamble but 4 mil for him was CHEAP at the time with how high expectations for him were. de Haan is a 4.5 mil cap hit for Chicago and Faulk is 6.25 mil to compare
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