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State of the Canes

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If the Canes move, it all falls on Karmanos. Never liked him. All he cares about is his money and doesn't give a damn what kind of product is on the ice. This team has gone downhill ever since the Cup win 10 years ago.  Fielding mediocre team after mediocre team along with mediocre coaching staffs.

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Still haven't seen any reputable source saying that the Canes are moving anywhere. If you google "Carolina Hurricanes moving", the first several results are either debunking the rumor that we are or NHL officials flatly saying there's no chance we end up moving to QC.

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When the Hornets left years ago I was very angry and disappointed.  I couldn't invest in them because they were too far away to go to games all the time.  If the Hurricanes left, I don't know what I would do.  We've been season ticket holders since after the lockout in 2005.  Seen good and bad since then.  Mostly bad recently from mismanagement of contracts and poor player development, doo-doo coach hires and that fugly uniform change.  (Don't get me wrong, the Away uniform is good).  The team actually turned in a different direction this season and I am looking forward to the next.  Jim Goodnight is too smart to invest in a professional sports team but I really wish he would buy them.  He's pretty much our only hope.  

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According to hockey buzz, the rumors are that the NHL has never talked about moving the Canes. They're hoping that the current ownership situation works itself out, but if not, the league has a local owner with an already prominent business in the area lined up to take over. 

 

Now, the rumors also say that the Canes were "bailed out" by the league earlier this season as well. Throw in the ownership situation with the lawsuits and the attendance issues, its a big mess. 

 

With the way the league is approaching this, it feels a lot like the Atlanta situation when they ultimately lost the Thrashers. 

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On 6/4/2016 at 3:51 PM, KillerKat said:

If the Canes move, it all falls on Karmanos. Never liked him. All he cares about is his money and doesn't give a damn what kind of product is on the ice. This team has gone downhill ever since the Cup win 10 years ago.  Fielding mediocre team after mediocre team along with mediocre coaching staffs.

This. You can't pin the blame on the market when the product hasn't been there in a long time. Places like Atlanta with the Thrashers and Vancouver with the Grizzlies never had a shot.

If Raleigh had a successful team and wasn't drawing flies, that'd be one thing, but aside from the 00s, it's been mediocrity (there's a reason the Whalers were the 'Forever .500s.')

I'd be more concerned about the ownership situation and arena lease more than anything else.

Hard to believe for awhile there, the Hurricanes looked like the only NC team capable of long term success. Now it's like the Raleigh and Charlotte franchises switched places.

Looking back, the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals might be the "flukiest" championship series in sports history in terms of the participants.

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Ron Francis just told media yesterday that the team has no plans on moving. For the Canes, its simple. Just win. Strong markets like Chicago and Pittsburgh had low attendence and they sky rocketed once they started winning (granted they also got generational talent, but winning none the less). 

 

The defense is very young, but also really good with a very high ceiling. Guys like Hanifin, Slavin and Pesce will play big roles next year. Also we have Wiz coming back and will provide even more depth, or cause us to move Slavin or Pesce for forward help maybe. The Canes should be looking at adding some impact wingers this summer via free agency, as well as Sebastian Aho pushing for a roster spot. We also have like 7 picks in the first 3 rounds of this years draft as well. A lot to be excited about. 

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I don't buy it. They're basically stockpiling for a new town. What is he going to say? Yes we're moving....and then no one would buy tickets or merch.

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Well Rutherford just won a Cup with the Pens. Only leaves Karmanos as the real culprit. 

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4 hours ago, KillerKat said:

Well Rutherford just won a Cup with the Pens. Only leaves Karmanos as the real culprit. 

I'll give him credit for Kessel but that's about where I'll stop.

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Entry Level deal done for Sebastian Aho. Hopefully his ability to produce points translates to the NHL. Canes need some scoring. 

 

What free agents are ya'll hoping we make a move on? Me personally, I would'nt mind seeing James Reimer and Loui Erickson/Kyle Okposo. 

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53 minutes ago, RealBitsOfPanther said:

Entry Level deal done for Sebastian Aho. Hopefully his ability to produce points translates to the NHL. Canes need some scoring. 

 

What free agents are ya'll hoping we make a move on? Me personally, I would'nt mind seeing James Reimer and Loui Erickson/Kyle Okposo. 

The Aho contract is a good sign that he's going to get a legimate chance at the NHL squad. As for Free Agents, I want Okposo. 

There's also a chance we bring back Cam Ward. Folks wont like it but I know he wont be back at the same price he was getting paid.

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Thinking of going to the Draft Party next weekend. Maybe I'll make a sign that says, "Our Firsts and Staal for Matthews"

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