Canes Fan Town Hall Recap

by Derek Roessler •  Sep 3, 2014  •  0 comments

After five seasons of no playoffs and no blockbuster roster moves this offseason, many Canes fans have gotten a little restless and curious about the future of the team with a new front office and bench boss. Today, that new management team (President Don Waddell, Vice President and General Manager Ron Francis, and Head Coach Bill Peters) sat down and took questions from Mike Maniscalco and fans who got their #FanTownHall tweets past Social Media Overlord Joe Ovies.To say it was an insightful 90 minutes is an understatement. The panelists were served up plenty of good questions, and their honest and open responses were even better. A litany of topics from draft strategy to Winter Classics and everything in between was covered today, and I can safely say that I have a lot more confidence in this leadership than I did at 8am this morning.The columns are hockey sticks. Was Dan Piraro involved?

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Canes Need to Walk Before They Run

by Tom Edwards •  @MrWorkrate •  Jul 23, 2014  •  0 comments

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.**this may not actually be true

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2014 Development Camp Preview

by Derek Roessler •  Jul 22, 2014  •  0 comments

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

by Derek Roessler •  Jul 11, 2014  •  0 comments

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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For The Want Of A Nail

by Tom Edwards •  @MrWorkrate •  Jul 10, 2014  •  0 comments

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

by Mike Flanagan •  @mflanagan00 •  Jul 8, 2014  •  0 comments

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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Canes Recycling Crew Back In Action

by Derek Roessler •  Jul 3, 2014  •  0 comments

Ron Francis is his own man. That being said, he certainly displayed some Rutherfordian tendencies today by bring back Tim Gleason on a 1-year, $1.2M deal that by the grace of all things holy doesn't appear to have a no-trade clause attached to it.Wanna start a winery and go visit it every April?As Luke DeCock mentioned on Twitter, by bringing back Gleason, the Hurricanes are implying coaching was bigger issue than talent or culture. While I agree with that statement, this signing at best reeks of desperation, and at worst stinks of poor decision making.

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Canes Play In Shallow End of UFA Pool- And That’s OK

by Derek Roessler •  Jul 2, 2014  •  0 comments

Like Stooges and celebrity deaths, Ron Francis signings come in threes. On the first day of Free Agent Insanity, the Hurricanes re-signed Jiri Tlusty, and added Brad Malone and Drew MacIntyre (spelling truly counts here, as there's also Drew McIntyre).While hockey fans near and far (myself included) were amazed at some of the big names on the move and how teams like Dallas are now much better on paper,  Ron Francis stuck to his earlier statements and focused on depth. It's not a sexy move, but for this team, this year, it's the right one.Capitals front office in action

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A Little Advice For Some Free-Agents

by Section328 •  Jul 1, 2014  •  0 comments

With the dog days of summer upon us and the thrill of the World Cup in full effect, I thought that this would be a perfect time to talk about what everybody is thinking about anyways, NHL free agency.It’s true that the NHL’s hot stove doesn’t get quite as much hubbub as the NFL or MLB but I assure you, this year’s free agency is rather interesting.Certainly all 30 teams will be trolling the wire to enhance their chances for the 2014-15 campaign, some will have success and some will have buyer’s remorse. It’s a little different on the player’s side of things. Free agency is something that is earned; it’s a rite of passage for tenured players where they get to look into the crystal ball and go to the best place suitable for themselves. This “decision” is often botched and what were once promising careers simply float down the commode only to be remembered as the disappointment that they have become.Here is a list of our “Dirty Half-Dozen” free agents and some advice that may help them along the way. After all, making the right decision is a process of eliminating the poor decisions, am I right?

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