Puck Talk

Dear Caniacs- by Michelle McMahon

by Section328 •  Oct 4, 2016  •  1 comment

(Ed. note: We’re grateful to offer Michelle this platform to share her thoughts with Canes fans, and we wish her nothing but success at the NHL Network.) Dear Caniacs, I wanted to take the time to thank all of you for the amazing experience…

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Jay McClement: Why?

by Canealytics •  @Cane_alytics •  Oct 4, 2016  •  0 comments

Being entrenched in the various hockey social media networks allows us to get a sense of who the infamous players are. Players that are so notoriously bad or dirty, or both, at hockey that they take on a larger-than-life persona among their team’s fans’ twitter…

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Jordan Staal: Quietly Doing Everything

by Canealytics •  @Cane_alytics •  Sep 26, 2016  •  0 comments

Prior to a game late in the season of 2013, Jordan Staal lined up with his brothers, Eric and Jared, to start in a game that held great meaning to the Staal family, but none to the already squashed playoff hopes of the Hurricanes. A nice moment for the Staal family, a family completely devoted to hockey and, for a long time, to this franchise. Things have changed since then and, as the team takes gradual steps to move away from icons of the past in its effort to regain former glories, only one Staal remains. The good news? We've got the best one in the league.

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2016 Carolina Hurricanes Training Camp Cheat Sheet

by Tom Edwards •  @MrWorkrate •  Sep 23, 2016  •  1 comment

Training camp opens TODAY, and between the excitement of that and the NEW Section328.com, I thought it was time to get off my butt and give the people some content. And, in true Workrate fashion, it's damn near 5000 words.As training camp can get confusing with not only all the Hurricanes but Checkers and guys from junior and random tryout guys, you may end up watching the Red & White game at the Canes Carnival and thinking "I don't know who that guy is but if I admit that I lose all my Canes street cred!"WORRY NOT. Below is a little bit of information about everyone in camp, from Cam Ward to Ben Gleason. Print this out, memorize it (or just reference it from your smartphone), and when #78 does something cool at the Red & White and everyone is scrambling to figure out who he is, you can drop your Steven Lorentz knowledge on them. Bam.Enjoy!

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The Top Ten Lazy 16-17 Hurricanes Season Narratives

by Canealytics •  @Cane_alytics •  Sep 23, 2016  •  5 comments

Everyone likes a good story. Stories create shared experiences and bring groups of people together. We like stories so much we even create them when they aren't really there. If the stories are there, sometimes they are over-inflated and discussed ad nauseum. This is especially true in sports, and hockey is no exception. For example, were you aware that Jordan Staal had a brother and they used to be on the same team? Throughout a game and NHL season there is so much going that our brains make sense of it all by creating these scripts, patterns, narratives, or plain old bullshit about what happens out there on the ice.In sports we create narratives for the players we love, the players we love to hate, the teams that visit PNC and bring the entire city of Cary with them, and so on and so on. It helps us create a shared culture as fans and come together as a group. Bloggers and journalists rely on narrative to make their stories compelling and relatable.  Sometimes they're relied on a bit too much and don't work out. Phil Kessel likes hot dogs. Maybe that old guy free agent pick up has a great compete level, or he's a good locker room guy, or maybe he has the drive to win. Eventually we're all guilty of creating or using a tired narrative. I know I am.

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An Introduction and Reflections on Canes Prospect Camp

by Pat Clarke •  Jul 14, 2016  •  6 comments

(Ed. note: this was written by Patrick Clarke, aka @CanesProspects.) Part of my hockey background is in coaching and officiating, where I developed an eye for evaluating talent. Enjoying individual skill development, sometimes I like watch practices and games, and focus on individual players rather…

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