[Alternate Canes Universe] EPILOGUE – Facts, Stats, and Where Are They Now?

Author note: A word before we start.

A few months ago when I downloaded EHM and started messing around with it, I never thought I’d end up putting together enough posts to put together what amounts to a book (OK, maybe a magazine.) But I found as I kind of lost myself in the sim, it became very easy to write these little recaps, so I just started typing them out and saving them to the “drafts” section of the Section328.com supermegacomputer just for the hell of it. I didn’t know if anyone would read them, and I kinda didn’t care – I figured in the offseason, content is content, and if the boys wanted to use it, they could. If not, it wasn’t going to hurt my feelings. Much.

To my surprise, they read them, and they thought the posts were cool (or at least they led me to believe that – I’m pretty gullible when it comes to my writing). They also thought I was nuts for 1) punching out 22 posts, on average 800-1000 words each, and B) doing it over like a four week period, if that. We worked it out so they’d post staggered, two (or three) a week, with delays in case there was breaking news, like the draft or something real actually happening.

What surprised me more? You guys actually read them. Or, at least, you pity-clicked. I’ll take either – I’m not proud. But people on Twitter would ask me about them and the progress and talk about this little imaginary world I had set up on a goof.

That’s pretty cool. And, for that, I thank you.

This is going to be the last one. There won’t be another season to see if the team can repeat. I’ve already simmed it (hands-off, without me running the team) into the 2025 season. This last post was meant to be an epilogue just talking about a few players and what happened once we got into 2025, but I ended up taking something that I wrote earlier (when I wasn’t sure if I was going to run another season or not) and making a little “wrap-up” post to come before the epilogue. And I still wrote the epilogue with more players than I initially intended. Oh, and I keep writing this. The result?

I’ve broken the 3000 word barrier on this post, which I’m sure the boys won’t make fun of AT ALL.

Anyway, thanks for reading, thanks for commenting, and if you’re at all curious as to what happened to some player I didn’t cover in the epilogue, hit me up on Twitter (@MrWorkrate) and I’ll dig up the sim for ya.

And thanks again. Enjoy? Continue reading [Alternate Canes Universe] EPILOGUE – Facts, Stats, and Where Are They Now?

[Alternate Canes Universe] June 3rd, 2017 – Four. More. Wins.

[This is part 21 of a multi-part series where I venture into an alternate universe where I take over the Carolina Hurricanes using Sports Interactive’s Eastside Hockey Manager: Early Access.]

June 3rd, 2017
Stanley Cup Finals
Carolina Hurricanes (W1) vs. San Jose Sharks (2)

Much like the Hurricanes, the San Jose Sharks were a surprise to be in the Stanley Cup Finals. They had a 30 goal scorer in Logan Couture, and established forwards in Joe Pavelski, Joe Thornton, and Marian Hossa to go along with young talent in Tomas Hertl and Tommy Wingels, but this was a team built on the blueline. Led by captain Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Brent Burns, the Sharks also had Tyler Myers and Matt Bartkowski and acquired veteran Francois Beauchemin at the deadline. Though goalie Antti Niemi was shaky during the regular season, he got hot at the right time, and after sweeping the Flames in the first round, beat the President’s Trophy-winning Anaheim Ducks four games to two, after losing the first two games. Then, in a nip-and-tuck series, the Sharks took out the St. Louis Blues in six games to win the Western Conference. Continue reading [Alternate Canes Universe] June 3rd, 2017 – Four. More. Wins.

Cheaters Never Win Podcast- John Forslund Returns

Can’t lie. When John Forslund drops by Cheaters Never Win, we get a bit giddy. As always, John drops knowledge, answers your questions, and even dodges our eff-marry-kill. John is a true pro, and we can’t thank him enough for being so gracious. We also drink and review a beer, that was almost as delicious as Mr. Forslund himself.

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[Alternate Canes Universe] May 23rd, 2017 – So Close You Can Taste It

[This is part 20 of a multi-part series where I venture into an alternate universe where I take over the Carolina Hurricanes using Sports Interactive’s Eastside Hockey Manager: Early Access.]

May 23rd, 2017
Eastern Conference 2nd Round
Columbus Blue Jackets (3) vs. Carolina Hurricanes (W1)

The Blue Jackets had the best record in the Eastern Conference during the 2015-16 season, but took a minor step back in 2016-17. The matchup was expected to be a close one, but after being shutout 4-0 at home in Game One, Columbus never recovered. The Canes took Game Two 4-3, then after going down 1-0 to Columbus early in Game Three, rattled off five unanswered goals (two shorthanded) to win 5-1 in Raleigh. In Game Four, it was the fourth line that took over after going down 3-1 in the second period. Paul Byron scored two goals and an assist, while Valentin Zykov scored a goal and three assists as the Hurricanes swept the Blue Jackets with a 5-4 win at home.

The sweep came as a relief to many players, but none moreso that Justin Faulk. The Canes defenseman had been putting in 27 minutes of ice time a night, and his fatigue was beginning to show. The Canes were hoping the Lightning/Islanders series would go seven games, but the Isles couldn’t reproduce the magic that got them past the Bruins, and Tampa took them in five games. Continue reading [Alternate Canes Universe] May 23rd, 2017 – So Close You Can Taste It

[Alternate Canes Universe] April 24th, 2017 – It’s Been A Long Time

[This is part 19 of a multi-part series where I venture into an alternate universe where I take over the Carolina Hurricanes using Sports Interactive’s Eastside Hockey Manager: Early Access.]

April 24th, 2017
Eastern Conference 1st Round
Pittsburgh Penguins (1) vs. Carolina Hurricanes (W1)

The Hurricanes went into their first playoff series in eight years with two major strikes against them. Not only were the Hurricanes without Evander Kane, the player who provided the spark that got the Hurricanes over the hump and into the playoffs, but they also learned they’d be without center Victor Rask for the rest of the playoffs with torn cartilage in his knee. Rask had taken a major step forward this season, going 14-31-45 while centering the third line for the Canes. The center position was especially thin for the Canes, and coach Lindy Ruff turned to Paul Byron to center Andrew Ladd and Troy Brouwer, while Shane Doan would be called upon to center the fourth line with Nicolas Deslauriers and Valentin Zykov. Byron, a former Flames prospect who had played in the Blues system the season before, was signed by the Canes when Ruff came on and ended the Brock McGinn center experiment. Byron showed flashes during the season, going 5-11-16 in 36 games and his 5’7″, 154lb frame reminded some of the since-departed Nathan Gerbe, but this was not ideal for the Canes as they got ready to face the Penguins. Continue reading [Alternate Canes Universe] April 24th, 2017 – It’s Been A Long Time

If The Canes Sign Players But Don’t Confirm, Did It Happen?

You know it’s July when you’re desperately looking for any kind of signing or player movement to make a post about. In this case, when the Canes do something, I feel obligated, even though nothing is official yet. But then again, I’m not a journalist.

As first pointed out by Cory Lavalette on Twitter, Yahoo’s Puck Daddy blog mentioned in passing that the Canes had signed University of New Hampshire right wing Matt Willows. Puck Daddy linked to an article in the Journal News, which serves the Lower Hudson Valley of New York and they’re a respectable newspaper type thing, so I’m confident enough in that to go with it. Continue reading If The Canes Sign Players But Don’t Confirm, Did It Happen?

Cheaters Never Win Podcast- July Doldrums Edition

It’s the middle of July. We’re all starved for hockey news and hockey talk, right? Well, this podcast is like giving a honey bun to a starving man; its not nutritious, you’ll probably regret ingesting it, but it feels good while you’re doing it. We talk end of dev camp, potential Eric Staal negotiations, and enjoy a little brew from Lynwood Grill and Brewing Concern. Thanks as always for listening, we promise to do better next time.

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