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A recent news article quote from Coach Jim Montgomery, “I talked to Scotty Bowman about how so many years, he’d come back with championship teams.  He said it’s details. You have to hold players accountable early. If you don’t, then the season can go the wrong way and become extremely frustrating.”  

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We still don't know the mechanics of what shall henceforth be referred to as the "boneheaded co-captains decision." Was it BP and RF together? RF sure didn't discount JWilly getting it upon acquiring him. The organizational hinting at Skinner seemed quite calculated at the time. And then this goat rodeo??

 

It smells like decision by committee, but either way, it does smell. 

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16 hours ago, bluedevilcane said:

Top, you and I agree more often than not, but if we are seeing year to year progress, yes don’t throw away 4 years of work. But for 4 years, we have been among the lowest scoring teams in the league. Our power play has been woeful. We get off to terrible starts, then spend the rest of the year chasing with spurts of good wins followed by losing streaks, ending up about the same every year. And the roster has been transformed over these years. I’m pretty sure Peters’ first team included only Faulk, Jordan, Cam and Skinner, plus Lindholm as a rookie from the guys that are here now. At the least we should replace Rod with a bright offensive minded coach. But I’m ready to make a change at the top after Saturday.

There was broad agreement here in the off-season that Roddy should be on a short leash, and the PP should be the measuring stick. I'm ready to fire him too, but I think what I'll call The Eric Attitude remains in Faulk and Jordo at least, and - after the umpteenth puck got between his shoulder and the post from a goal-line shot on Saturday - maybe Cam too. I'd move all three of them, fire Rod, name Willy or Skins C and go from there. But I'm not ready to quit on a coach who has won at every level prior to this one, including the international stage. 

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One question I keep laboring over, and it likely has been answered previously, Are we absolutely positive that Roddy is solely responsible for the Power Play? Now admittedly, I cannot conceive of either of the other 2 on the bench, but could there be someone in the wings responsible, I mean, I'd hate to lay this hot mess of our PP at his feet, if, in fact, he is not the PP coach.

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20 minutes ago, KJUNKANE said:

One question I keep laboring over, and it likely has been answered previously, Are we absolutely positive that Roddy is solely responsible for the Power Play? Now admittedly, I cannot conceive of either of the other 2 on the bench, but could there be someone in the wings responsible, I mean, I'd hate to lay this hot mess of our PP at his feet, if, in fact, he is not the PP coach.

Rod has the PP and overall offense. Funny this article sums up what many have posted. 

The lone wolf of coaches who kept his job when Kirk Muller was fired was longtime Hurricane Rod Brind’Amour. While being a face for the organization on the ice and now behind the bench, Brind’Amour is tasked with running the offense and power play. Both units have left much to be desired since Brind’Amour took over running them, to the point some called for him to be moved in to a front office job just two years ago.

While we saw some promise from the powerplay last year it was never where it needed to be. With the talent Brind’Amour has on this roster, the power play unit must improve this season. Smith stepped up his job when given better talent, and now Brind’Amour needs to do the same since he has a solid core of offensive talent to work with. (All that being said, asking a man who did more grinding than scoring to run the powerplay may be a mistake in the first place, but I digress...)

Rod Brind’Amour will always have a job with the Carolina Hurricanes no matter what. That’s the perk of being the captain of the only Stanley Cup victory in organization history. However, if his offense doesn’t step it up this year, one has to begin to wonder if he is better served in the front office just like Ron Francis was. Either way he is behind the bench once more this season and his expertise of the game can only be a good thing for the young kids like Sebastian Aho and Martin Necas.


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Mike Bales

The biggest offseason move for the Hurricanes this summer may also be the most overlooked. Letting David Marcoux go and bringing in Mike Bales to be the new goaltending coach is the steal of the year. Bales, who was served in the same role with the Pittsburgh Penguins for the past four seasons will be the key to how well Scott Darling and Cam Ward man the net.

It was publicly known that Marcoux did not gel with Eddie Lack and may be part of the reason Lack could never succeed in Carolina. Bales brings with him a history of developing goalies and leading them to Stanley Cups. Matt Murray worked directly with Bales and has become one of the best in the league.

If he can bring a balance of coaching and leadership to the goaltending it would greatly increase the chance of hockey in late April at PNC Arena. Darling was brought in to be the number one, but in many ways so was Lack. Bales must make sure Darling gets the starts he needs by pushing him to take the number one spot and pushing Peters to ride Darling even if he has a bad game. In the same respect, if he can coach Ward into learning how to play as a backup, who knows, the Hurricanes may actually have a goaltending tandem not ranked in the bottom five of the league.


Others

Another offseason transition was to let long-time head trainer Pete Friesen go. After 21 season with the team, the difficult decision was made to go in a new direction. The team named Doug Bennett as head athletic trainer and Bill Burniston as head strength and conditioning coach. Brian Maddox, who previously served as head athletic trainer for the Charlotte Checkers, joins the Hurricanes as assistant athletic trainer. The impact of these changes will take years to truly see but we will have to keep a careful eye on how quickly guys are able to return to games this year after an injury. Friesen was fantastic at his job but sometimes you must change things to move forward.

Elsewhere, Chris Huffine returns for his 18th season as the team’s full-time video coach. L.J. Scarpace was added to the staff as a second video coach under Huffine. Lastly, Eric Tulsky, who has worked full-time for two years as the Hurricanes’ hockey analyst after a year of part-time work, was moved up to manager of analytics. While the debate is still out about the usage of analytics, there is no doubt Tulsky is one of the best around at his job.


Front Office

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Ron Francis

April 28, 2014 is a date that most Hurricanes fans see no meaning in. However, it is the day that things truly began to change in Raleigh. Why is that, you ask? Because this is the day Ron Francis was named the 8th general manager in franchise history.

Francis came in and said from the start he was going to rebuild this team through the draft and development and he has stuck to that. Over three years later, Francis has developed one of the strongest defensive corps in all of hockey. He has other GM’s drooling at his prospect depth . By practically stealing former Stanley Cup winning players from around the league (okay, mostly the Blackhawks, but is that really a bad team to trade with?), Francis has hopefully gathered a perfect balance of young blood and veteran leadership.

Francis knows this is a vital year for the Hurricanes and he went out and brought in the main pieces that obviously needed to be fixed. The only hole he didn’t fill was the number once center role. Despite far too many rumors of a Matt Duchene trade, Francis used his poker face to prove he would not give up a young defenseman for a potential two-year rental. To counteract, he drafted Martin Necas who looks like he may develop into a strong center down the line.

Outside of the rink, Francis has been great with the media and pushed the team to be involved with the community. While ticket sales have been down, Francis has asked for patience. This may finally be the year that the patience pays off. When there are only 30 other men on this earth that get to do the job that Francis does, the microscope that you must live under is huge. Francis’ hair has gone grey and he is likely exhausted daily. But he deserves more credit than he will ever get for turning around that giant mess Jim Rutherford left him. The future is extremely bright under Francis and the fans have begun to see that.


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Don Waddell

Waddell is in his third year as the President of Gale Force Sports & Entertainment and oversees all business aspects of the Hurricanes and PNC Arena. Waddell has had a busy summer but that is mostly due to the potential sale of the team. He did go on record saying the team made about $2 million dollars last season despite being last in attendance. His big claim to fame is likely the fact that the organization has added over 50 new positions to the staff since he took over and over 40 of those in the sales department which should help bring more fans to the building. However, prices have steadly increased under his leadership as well (including parking going up to $20 this year).

More often than not the less we hear from Waddell, likely the better. Depending on what happens with the sale of the team, don’t be surprised if you hear Waddell’s name more often this season than any other as business details start to emerge.


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Peter Karmanos Jr.

The man who needs no introduction has been in the spotlight more this offseason than he has been since probably 2006. Rumors started months ago that PK had a deal in place to sell the team to Chuck Greenberg. While a letter of intent to sale has been signed, nothing is official and we have been in a dead limbo for what seems like an eternity now.

Expect to hear a lot from PK soon as the potential sale goes further along in the process. He will either get celebrated this year or the fans will dislike him even more should the sale not go through. But as it stands he is indeed still the owner of the Hurricanes and a Hall of Famer, although most are hoping he is only one of those by 2018.

 

 

 

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Well that answers that slapshot, thanks. Just wanted our collective criticisms to be fair. I recall talking of this 2 years ago I think and thinking that Brindy's mastery of the game, might not be translateable?

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An excerpt from ESPN article on which coaches might get fired: http://www.espn.com/nhl/story/_/id/21324361/nhl-coaches-danger-being-fired

 

Greg Wyshynski: At some point, the honeymoon has to end for Bill Peters and the Carolina Hurricanes.

 

He's in his fourth season in Raleigh. Analytically, he's coached brilliantly: Since 2015, the Hurricanes are the fifth-best possession team (51.82 percent in Corsi) at even strength. They also had the worst save percentage in that time frame (.913). Improve the goaltending, stay the course, success will follow, right?

Sure, in theory. But as of today, Carolina has 11 points in 12 games, closer to the basement in the Eastern Conference than the playoff bubble. While their offseason goaltending solution Scott Darling continues to find his footing after a slow start, the Hurricanes have another issue: an offense that's producing 2.58 goals per game, including five of 12 games in which they've only scored one goal. And there's no Matt Duchene coming to the rescue of this underwhelming offense.

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