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Mo Must Win: November 7 - December 3

AD pointed out that this is not a year to finish in the middle of the pack when the top of the 2012 draft is going to be great. In the same post, AD said that there is no downside to sticking with...

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Canes' Literary Challenge: If Tlusty Becomes a Star

This challenge is silly and would be premature if we were talking about a run-of-the-mill word puzzle. Jiri Tlusty is just beginning to shine. He's not on a scoring line. He's been injury prone....

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Conditions for a Cup

Once you're in the playoffs, anything can happen. That's what we like to say as Canes fans. But we also wonder if the Canes could survive the first round of the playoffs if they did squeak in. The...

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How much bigger will the Canes be in 2011-2012?

We all know the Canes are going to be bigger going into 2011-2012 than they were early in 2010-2011, but by how much? There are several ways to answer this question, including: by average weight,...

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Something New: Organizational Depth

While impatiently waiting for Cory to update his rankings of Canes' prospects at Hockey's Future, I've looked over the Canes' roster, the list of players in the system, the excellent Canes' Country...

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Canes' Big Forwards

We often complain about the Canes' lack of big forwards but recent developments may be changing the picture. Mattias Lindstrom, Victor Rask and Brody Sutter are on the roster for conditioning...

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Points of Comparison for Ryan Murphy

How much of a shot does Ryan Murphy have to play successfully in the NHL at age 18? How successful a career will he have? I went looking for points of comparison to make it easier to speculate. But...

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Canes' Talent and Needs on D

OK, maybe this is one of those wild flights of optimism that happens in the offseason. This optimism isn't based on the new guys who are closest to playing in the NHL, Sanguinetti, Faulk and...

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Canes' Lines Without UFAs or Trades

What shape would the Canes be in if JR can't make any good trades or sign any UFAs? I began to wonder after discussions on Canes Country about how the Canes' talk about being a budget team and...

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Why this year's draft will be a good one for the Canes

It's easy to read about this year's draft and feel disappointed that the Canes' draft position seems to fall a few picks below the prospects that most experts consider elite or near-elite. Barring...

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Hockey Business for Dummies: Is it Smarter to Spend Less or Earn More?

Pittsburgh Caniac's provocative posts on a correlation between salary budget and won-lost record got me thinking about the Canes' low-budget strategy. Is it really smart in purely financial terms? I...

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Understanding Pitkanen: Key to the Puzzle?

I got to wondering why Pitkanen's shooting percentage has sunk to an amazingly low level this season: 1.7%. I figured there must be a wrist or shoulder injury. I noticed some interesting things in...

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Based on projected finish, shoot the moon or guard the future?

Half of the teams in the NHL are jockeying for position in the 60-70 point range. At the top is Nashville, in the 8th place in the league. At the bottom is Atlanta, in 22nd place. Toward the upper...

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Tlusty on the first line?

Tlusty has good size, he's defensively responsible, he's an excellent passer and he's got a good, quick shot. Tlusty has been climbing up the ranks of Canes in goals and assists scored per 60...

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Being a buyer or seller: setting the price for each player

There have been a lot of interesting discussions about whether the Canes should be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline and related discussions about which players should go, which players...

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Three Canes rate high on NHL Heavy Lifter's Index

Gleason, White and Staal. The Heavy Lifter's Index takes into account facing the other team's top players and playing in difficult situations. For defensemen: Heavy Lifter Index in Front Office...

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Comments on Oskar Osala?

It's great that Boychuk and Dalpe are tearing up the AHL and Samson is still going strong. Would anybody care to give a status report on Oskar Osala? Osala is looking pretty solid for the Checkers...

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Rookie Years - Kane, Stamkos, Tavares, Hall, Skinner

I was amazed watching Skinner tonight against the Rangers. Without him, that first goal doesn't happen. His goal on the feed from LaRose was a thing of beauty - no sooner on his stick than in the...

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Cost of defensemen: Jack Johnson effect

I thought this item at Puck Prospectus would be of interest because it questions whether Jack Johnson is worth his big new contract. The cap hit for Johnson is $4.4 M despite his having the worst...

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Reading JR's Mind

I don't pretend to be able to read JR's mind, but some comments by HMo2 and Elsker about the Canes' options with Boychuk and Dalpe made me realize how interesting it would be to know what JR is...

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Give prospects a shot or reacquire Ray Whitney: what are the odds?

The Canes hold 22nd place in a 30-team league. They're dead center between the 8th playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and last place in the Southeast Division--it's 4 points in either...

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Contrasts and curiosities between the Canes and the Lightning

While waiting for Canes Country's preview of tonight's game, I noticed some extreme contrasts between the Canes and the Lightning. 1. TB is first in shots against, allowing 27.0 per game. The Canes...

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Excellence coming soon from Charlotte?

Rather than getting down about the Dallas loss, I decided to try to figure out how plausible it is for internal growth to turn the Canes into an excellent team fairly soon. Wilson does a great job...

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What to do December 10: a third of the season over

The Canes have played 17 games and will play 10 more between tomorrow and December 10. At that point, about a third of the season will be done. After 27 games, it will be interesting to see what...

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Stale lines vs. stable lines

In this morning's N&O, Chip Alexander has an excellent article that passes along Paul Maurice's explanation for all the line shuffling. I'm not a big believer in lines staying together a long...

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Casey Borer: what are his chances?

His career was moving along pretty well until the terrible bus crash that broke his neck. At the end of last season, was Borer back to full strength? Could he have a chance to play himself onto the...

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Canes' prospects: hopes, tiers and Tlusty's place

I enjoyed Cory's new rankings of Canes' prospects at Hockey's Future. Cory knows far more about hockey and Canes' prospects than I do. I regretted that the HF system no longer counts Tlusty as a...

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Babchuk: still learning, or fatally flawed?

Babchuk had spectacular moments in his last season with the Canes. His scoring ability is undeniable: 16 G, 19 A in 08-09. He scored in the clutch: 4 GW goals. In the KHL this year, Babchuk kept...

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Staal's Consistency Revisited

Bob Wage's analysis of Canes' scoring consistency in 2009-10 made me wonder if Staal scored more consistently when the Canes had more complementary scoring. I'd suggested that the Canes' lack of...

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13 Ways of Looking at a Hockey Team

I'd like to watch a hockey game. That's not an option, so I'm anticipating the new season in a zillion silly ways. We've seen lots of interesting looks at the Hurricanes for this coming season, the...

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