Cheaters Never Win Podcast- LIVE Dev Camp Edition

This weeks podcast takes a sharp left turn as we go LIVE for the first time to discuss Hurricanes Development Camp. On this weeks episode, we take callers, get a surprise drop in from our very own Doc Driftwood, and chat all things Dev Camp. Every podcast, even live ones, demand a beer review, so this week we sample Foothills Brewing Peoples Porter. We have some work to do on audio quality, but like all hockey in July, this is just really practice anyway, right? Sit back, enjoy, and let us know if you like the live format. With enough feedback, and maybe a sponsor, we may continue live throughout next season, so let us know.

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Canes Need to Walk Before They Run

About a week ago, our brothers in non-traditional-hockey-marketdom, the Nashville Predators, made two free agent signings that made knowledgeable hockey people nod knowingly and give approving hums. Mike Ribeiro, formerly of the Phoenix Arizona Coyotes, and Derek Roy, formerly of the St. Louis Blues, both signed one-year contracts for a million bucks each (Ribeiro’s actually is for $50k more), and now the two of them will likely move into an apartment and have wacky, comic misadventures like they used to have on The Odd Couple/Bosom Buddies/Perfect Strangers/Frasier. [circle your appropriate era]

And collectively, after calming down and possibly reading my last post about stuff like this, Canes fans lost their sh… minds again. Somewhere, Mike Maniscalco had a seizure eating lunch after being sent hundreds of telepathic “MIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIKE… why won’t we siiiiiign guys like Ribeiro and Roy immahangupanlisten” messages, which is why he’s not on the Worlds Strongest Morning Show this week.*

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2014 Development Camp Preview

As you may have heard, the Carolina Hurricanes open their prospect development camp to the public this week. Starting on Wednesday, fans will be able to see 2014 NHL Draft selections Haydn Fleury, Josh Wesley, Alex Nedeljkovic, as well as previous draft picks like Phil Di Giuseppe and Brock McGinn, and camp invitees that might be the progeny of former Hurricanes.  Full roster here. Beyond the simple fact that there are hockey related activities, there are great reasons to head down to the PNC Arena this week.

Summerfest, not to be confused with SummerSlam.

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Chantel McCabe Will Return to Canes Broadcasts

As was announced on this week’s Cheaters Never Win podcast, Chantel McCabe will be back as the pre-game host and sideline reporter for Fox Sports Carolinas’ coverage of Hurricanes hockey for the 2014-15 season.  Fresh off of her experience with the NHL Network during the playoffs, Chantel shared with us a little about her time in New York and her excitement for the upcoming Canes season.

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Cheaters Never Win Podcast- Latino Heat Edition

The dog days of summer are upon us, and the heat is baking the Carolina landscape. So in honor, we have 99.9 The Fan’s very own “Latino Heat” Joe Ovies join us to talk Canes puck, a little local sports radio history, and the state of media coverage here in Raleigh. We bracket that with a little free agent analysis, a beer review, and a big announcement from Chantel McCabe.  We are 3 months away from hitting the ice again, and the offseason is where champions are made. So, power through this podcast, feel the burn, and we promise to try harder next time.

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For The Want Of A Nail

For want of a nail the shoe was lost. For want of a shoe the horse was lost.

For want of a horse the rider was lost. For want of a rider the message was lost.

For want of a message the battle was lost. For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.

And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.

-Somebody, a long time ago

A lot has been made about the Canes activity (or lack thereof) during the 2014 NHL offseason. Thought to be a team that could potentially shake things up with a draft day trade, the Canes quietly drafted a “safe” pick at 7, then made the rest of their picks the following day without so much as a move up or down in the draft order. Then, a few days later, free agency exploded like the frozen orange juice market at the end of “Trading Places”, and while teams spent huge amounts of money on seemingly any player who had a pulse during the 2013-14 season, the Canes signed 4th-liner Brad Malone from the Avs in that “matter of fact” way that your grandmother had when you finally convinced her that she can buy something off of Amazon without a Nigerian prince taking her retirement fund.

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Will the Canes Make the Playoffs? Our Team Debates

The new GM has been hired, the new coach is behind the bench, and the 2014 NHL Draft is now complete. One week of free agency is now behind us. All of those changes beg the question: Is the 2014-2015 Carolina Hurricanes a playoff team as now constructed?

This staff has a difference of opinion, so we jumped in Google docs and discussed our differences in real time. On the cup half full side will be our resident optimist, Mike Flanagan. On the side of evil will be native Buffalonian and new to the site curmudgeon, Dr. Driftwood.  TO THE CLOUD!

Let’s all look to the future. All the way to the year 2014.

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