Puck Talk

Teams in a Nutshell- Atlantic Division

by Derek Roessler •  Jan 31, 2013  •  0 comments

New Jersey Devils:Won 3 Stanley Cups, thanks largely to their goalie of the last 20 years, Martin Brodeur. We taunt him for having an affair with his sister-in-law.  We’ve played them in every playoffs we’ve made since coming to Raleigh, so there’s a strong rivalry there despite NJ not having a big, travelling fan base.  Notable Players: Brodeur, Ilya Kovalchuk (russian player signed to an insane 15 year contract)New York Islanders:They were good in the 1980’s and have been anywhere from laughably terrible to downright sad since. They’ve made some of the worst trades and free agent signings of the last 15 years...like signing an overrated goalie (Rick DiPietro) to a 15-year albatross of a contract who’s since missed multiple seasons due to being made of tissue paper. Notable Player: John Tavares (young, talented chap)

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Teams in a Nutshell- Northeast Division

by Derek Roessler •  Jan 31, 2013  •  0 comments

Boston Bruins:Won 6 Cups, most recently 2 years ago. They’re a big, bruising team who loves to mix it up.  Many a Canes fan were Bruins fans at some point prior to NC having a hockey team. Notable Players: Tim Thomas (goalie who might be more famous now for rejecting an invite to the White House as part of a team celebration b/c he disagrees w/Obama. Also, he posted something to his FB about supporting Chick-Fil-A, and is taking this season off at the age of 39 for SOME reason), Zdeno Chara (tallest player in NHL history at 6’9” and hardest shot ever at 106.8 mph)Buffalo Sabres:Eff them right in the A. Here’s where this whole bloodfeud started: In the 2006 playoffs, Sabres fans thought they had a good chance to win it all, which would mark the first time that miserable sports town has ever won a championship. During the series, a few Sabres players got injured, and despite that, they forced a game 7 which they lost in Raleigh. That’s not all, as  during game 5 (with the Canes 1 win away from winning the series), Buffalo’s coach told his team that the Canes were already so sure they’d win that we “had champagne in the locker room” which wasn’t true. But the real hatred comes from the asshattery that is Buffalo fans. They threw (promotional) pint glasses at people and cars in the parking lot after a game, have used profanity towards and spilled beer on children in the arena, and do their best to pick fights with people before, during, and after games. You’ll notice a massive increase in police presence every time they’re in town. Notable Players: EFF them all.

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Teams in a Nutshell- Northwest Division

by Derek Roessler •  Jan 31, 2013  •  0 comments

Calgary Flames:One of 2 Canadian teams that used to be in Atlanta (from 1972-1980 they were the Atlanta Flames). Originally named after Tecumseh’s march, the Flames name now reflects the only non-oil heat source in the province of Alberta. They won their only Stanley Cup in 1989 behind the power of Lanny MacDonald and his unmatched ‘stache.  Currently, the team is near the bottom of the Western conference based largely on making their offense reside solely on Jarome Iginla. Notable Players: Jarome Iginla (see the previous sentence), Miikka Kiprusoff (Ginger goalie who was arguably the best in the league for a few years. Now, not so much)Colorado Avalanche:Formerly the Quebec Nordiques, this team was the cat’s pajamas from their first season in Colorado (1995) until 2001. During that time, they won 2 Cups and made it to the Conference finals 4 other years. They were then what the Penguins are now: loaded with some of the best players in the game (Joe Sakic, Peter Forsberg, Patrick Roy), on seemingly EVERY national broadcast, and have a rivalry with Detroit. The Avs essentially weren’t heard from again until Vancouver Canuck Todd Bertuzzi thought it would be fun to end the Avs Steve Moore’s career with one of the worst on-ice incidents ever. Yay! Notable Players: Paul Stastny (son of the great Peter Stastny), Matt Duchene (best known for talking about being hungover at the All-Star game in Raleigh when he was only 20 years old), Gabriel Landeskog (won Rookie of the Year in 2012)

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Teams in a Nutshell- Southeast Division

by Derek Roessler •  Jan 31, 2013  •  0 comments

Carolina Hurricanes:Won 1 Stanley Cup, made 1 other trip to the Finals. Made the playoffs 2 other times in Raleigh, but none in the last 3 years.  You’ll hear plenty about this team!Florida Panthers:Went to 1 Cup Finals and got swept. That was in 1996. They’ve done damn near nothing since and have a miserable fan base. So much so that last year they put ads in Montreal, Toronto, Philly, and NYC to appeal to those fans to come see their team play in Florida. Notable Players: next to none.  That’s why no one cares about them.

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Here’s your syllabus – Hockey 101

by Mike Flanagan •  @mflanagan00 •  Jan 30, 2013  •  0 comments

Welcome to class kids. For those who are new to the game, and most likely found our little blog by looking for "Joe Corvo Mohawk" or were trying to find out how to become a naturalized citizen by serving in the Armed Forces, thanks for dropping by.We will start our little hockey school with some of the basics. The rules, the moves, and the stats. Check out the links and educate your hockey brain.  Our regular Thursday class schedule starts tomorrow with an introduction to the teams of the Eastern Conference. Hockey 101: The NHL At A Glance 2012 Edition Rules: Offsides/Icing Equipment, etc... Minor Penalties  (terrible acting)

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All-Time Hurricanes Rankings: #41-50 (The Philly South Edition)

by Section328 •  Jan 30, 2013  •  0 comments

#41: Craig Adams A man of many... well, two nicknames, the Wild Man of Brunei was a 1996 draft pick of the Whale after playing a full 4 seasons with the Harvard Crimson. After spending a few years in the IHL and AHL, Craig "Hands of Feet" Adams made his Canes debut in the 2000-01 season. Never scoring more than 10 goals in a season, Adams was a 3rd/4th line guy who was damn good on the PK as well. Like many Canes, Adams was recycled as he signed with Anaheim after the 2005 lockout, and came back to Raleigh before ever playing a game in SoCal. The Adams-Adams-LaRose line was a great 4th line, and for that, we thank him.#42: Shane Willis Shane Willis was the original rookie with promise in Raleigh. Drafted originally by Tampa, and never came to terms, Willis re-entered the 1998 draft and was taken 88th by the Canes. Willis quickly claimed AHL Rookie of the year honors before coming up to the big club in 1999. In his first full year with the Hurricanes, this young buck scored 20 goals and was looked to as a future staple in the top 6. Hell, we even qualified for the playoffs. But in that fateful series, which cemented our first playoff rival in Scott Stevens and the Devils, Willis ran into the career ender, Mr. Stevens in the waning seconds of game 2. For those who haven't seen it before, don't watch this while eating your Cheerios (how pudding is made) Willis was never quite the same after this hit, battling post concussion issues and eventually ended up in the front office of our Canes. Oh what could have been, because Willis' mitts were silky smooth.

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5 Games In… How We Lookin’?

by Derek Roessler •  Jan 29, 2013  •  0 comments

We're now a full one tenth of the way the way through the season, so it seems as good a time as any to see how things are looking for the boys in red, white, black, and silver. At 2-3-0, the Canes have 4 points in 5 games, "good" for 3rd in the division and part of a cluster of teams tied for 9th in the conference.  Bad news: we're not in the playoffs. Relatively good news: the Rangers, Capitals, and Flyers (all of whom were projected by most to make the playoffs) are currently below the 8th place line.  Standings aside, here's my take so far:

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All-Time Hurricanes Rankings: #51-60 (The Jenn Sterger Edition)

by Section328 •  Jan 28, 2013  •  0 comments

#51: Radim Vrbata *Sung to the tune of the Oscar Meyer song* Oh, my Vrbata has a first name, it's R-A-D-I-M, my Vrbata has a second name it's Ver-B-A-T-A. Oh I love to watch him everyday, and when he scores oh then I'll say, that my Vrbata has a way with H-O-C-K-E-Y, eh? Full of talent, that was never quite realized in Carolina, Radim had great quick feet and a wrist shot that was wicked when it was not aimed directly at the goalie crest. We loved Vrbata and the 30 points he brought to Carolina in 90 games in the sightless eye.#52: Trevor Kidd In 2 seasons with our Canes, Trevor lived in and through the dark curtain years in Greensboro and amazingly, played what was above par for his career. He of the ridiculously large set of pads (Seriously, Garth Snow thinks Kidd's pads were ridiculous) and the sub 2.50 GAA was left unprotected in the great expansion draft of 1999 and was subsequently claimed by a team that I think used to be call the Atlanta Thrashers. Trevor helped us reach our first trip to the playoffs while in Greensboro and was the best of the serviceable goaltenders in the BI Era (Before Irbe).

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My Rebuttal to THAT chick…

by RaleighMonkey •  Jan 25, 2013  •  0 comments

Everyone has a right to their opinion and section 328 is all about snarky. I don't know if you guys have seen the write up that was QUICKLY taken down from the NY Rangers website...The Girls Guide to Watching the Rangers....here is my response...So I may be in the South and be a Hurricanes fan, however, I did start off as an NYR fan...yup, I know imagine that. Thanks to an un-named person for introducing me to a game that I grew to know and love. I admit, I knew nothing about hockey, I knew basketball and volleyball, but hockey became the love of my life. It was the best part of the relationship...watching hockey.My first rule...never let him see you sweat! Even if you are knee deep in a room full of dudes (no pun intended) who have been together for years, who know each other better than most couples, know your game. If you are being invited somewhere, we're chicks, we're gonna get the dish and know what to expect.

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An Alpha-Male’s Guide to Watching the Hurricanes -A parody

by Section328 •  Jan 25, 2013  •  0 comments

I was recently one of four blowhards in a house packed with about 20 dames watching the game — stickpucky, I think. The dolls were there for the game, while I was there for the beer: Bud Light Platinum, the classy way to get wasted on American swill.Sure, I could've sat and watched with the birds, but I don't care for whatever the hell ice game it was, nor do I pretend to. I'm not going to fake an girly obsession with a sport because, frankly, that just seems like a real pain in my ass.That being said, when having either lady friends, sisters, girlfriends or wives in your life, watching games in any sport becomes unavoidable. And if you live in Raleigh and have one of the aforementioned female figures in your life, then chances are you can't avoid their obsession with the Hurricanes. The fact that every single one of the chicks watching this strange frozen pond skatearound game was wearing a Hurricanes jersey is a true testament to the loyalty of a Caniac. It's not just a phase. It's not just an obsession. It's a Canes lifestyle.

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