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  1. Charlotte was ninth in attendance each of the last 2 years (Chicago was 7th both years) so doesn't feel like attendance would be the issue here. The games typically are or are close to sold out on Friday and Saturday nights. Don't know how they could make an issue of this not being "a traditional market" able to support a team based on the support given the team by the fans in Charlotte.
  2. Uh, ok genius, thank god you're here to opine on the validity of other people's opinions. Your opinion is John is better but the experience was the same. Doesn't really seem to reconcile but whatever, it's your opinion. A lot of people seem to think losing Forslund, one of the best at what he does, is a big deal, I agree.
  3. You can't have watched that game yesterday and say it made no difference who was calling it. John Forslund is one of the best, if not the best in the business, and he loves this team. Manascalco by all accounts seems like a great guy and does a great job with all the stuff he's historically done on the Canes broadcasts, but he does not bring anything close to what Forslund brings to a game. The chasm between the two is as wide as the Grand Canyon, it just is. If you're Tom Dundon you need to figure out a way to get a deal done here. John Forslund is an asset to this team in a small, non-traditional hockey market, he's invested in this community. To lose him over a few thousand dollars is beyond foolish.
  4. Easy for me to say I know, but if Forslund is making $350m currently, would think worst case TD is trying to take him to $250m. So you're really going to run arguably the best play-by-play guy in the league out of town for $100m. This is a rounding error in the scheme of total costs to run/operate the team (oh, and TD is a billionaire multiple times over). Would be incredibly short sighted and cheap.
  5. Absolute idiocy if they don't resign Forslund, guy is literally best in biz, voice of the team, amazing community presence and he's going to let him go when it certainly seems he would like to stay. Have to say, I want to like Dundon but between this and the Checkers seems like a very penny-wise pound foolish guy. He's losing me.
  6. Having watched a lot of both Forsberg and Ned at Charlotte, my personal opinion was that Ned was the better of the two, not by a lot, but also not in doubt to my completely untrained eyes. Performances seemed pretty similar with the Canes so I guess we'll see. I'm rooting for all of them! For what it's worth too, I will be very disappointed if we don't give Bean a chance to succeed at the NHL level before we run him off like so many others over the last 12 months. He's solid and has good offensive game for a defensemen, definitely looks the part.
  7. Uh, yeah. When it's all said and done, I really like what Canes did today, but as someone who lives in Charlotte and goes to most of their games, they really got decimated in the last 24 hours and will miss watching the guys moved.
  8. Buddy here (a Rangers fan) saying we got Skeji for a 1st
  9. Sounds like a 1st round pick in discussions for Skjei. However, cap issues for the Hurricanes are complicating things. - Darren Dreger
  10. Another solid win for the Checkers last night, 4-2 over a good Rochester team. Ned was solid, both goals conceded were really nicely worked by Rochester. Gautier with 2 goals (second one an EN), the first one was again created with speed, which I know people have questions about with him, where he just outraced and split 2 defensemen to the puck and finished. He's not a burner, but I do think he has better wheels than people are giving him credit for and has demonstrated such twice now in the last couple of games I've been at.
  11. I guess I disagree. It's not always pretty, but we've now won 5 of our last 7, 4 of which were home and 3 on the road. Win in Dallas, no guarantee I realize, and we're 6 for 8 and heading home for a couple.
  12. Just my 2 cents on Bean, I've been to at least the last 10 Checkers home games and while I'm sure it wouldn't hurt him to finish the year in the AHL, he looks the part now to me if we need him. Good skater, good passer of the puck and looks to score. I really enjoy watching him in Charlotte but I'm excited to watch him get his chance in Raleigh too!
  13. This may be dumb, but is it possible or do you think Staal should go to RB and offer the "C" to Williams for the rest of the season. Seems like the time to do something like this would be after the Winnipeg game coming back after the All Star break sort of starting fresh. Feels like that would be a real captain's move by Staal.
  14. Another good day for the Checkers, 7-3 winners. Geekie and Lorenz each with 2 goals. Checkers have now won 15 of their last 18. Good things happening up and down the system today!
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