Is it time to push the dreaded panic button?
shepherdofwolves Jan 8, 11:56 a.m.
Cam Ward is not the problem. His save % is better this season than it was his first two years in the league. Mikka Kiprusoff's last year in San Jose his save % was much worse than Cam's this year, and he's gone on to become one of the premier goalies in the league. San Jose had injury problems that year and stunk it up defensively, so Mikka looked bad, much like Cam does at times.
Cam is a good goaltender. I've never thought, and will never think, (unless he shows otherwise) that he is on the same level as guys like Brodeur and Hasek were. Or Kiprusoff/Luongo today. But that doesn't mean that Cam isn't a valuable player. I think he's every bit as good as Tom Barrasso or Grant Fuhr or Ed Belfour. And those guys won a lot of Cups.
Staal isn't the problem either.
The Canes have been a team that always started slow and needed to build up continuity and chemistry to be successful. This team has never had a good year if beset by injuries, just not enough depth or the ability to adjust to new personnel. The team got off to a slow start, like it has in many years, and this time around injuries and age caught up to them.
Anybody watch the Nashville game last night? Of the Canes 12 forwards only half were guys that are really ready to contribute in NHL every night. And two of those were Brindy who's showing some age, and Sutter, who is still very young and inexperienced, but a bright spot. We basically had 4 rookie forwards last night. And it's been that way much of the season. Injuries have killed this team. This season is probably done, but be patient. We saw what this team could do last year when they were healthy. Sometimes the difference between the Conference Finals and the cellar is simply injury, and nothing more. Maybe Mo needs to go. I don't think we should have ever canned Laviolette personally. And maybe Ronnie's time will come. But we don't need to rush a trade of our franchise players.
gwnunn Jan 8, 11:14 a.m.
These guys are so small it is ridiculous. They get bounced around like a rubber ball from everyone in the league. Don't they lift weights or anything? Also, Cam Ward let all that money he received go to his head. If he is one of the top goal tenders in the league then the league is very weak. When you get high priced people to work for you they seem to not perform like they used to. I would say trade him now while you might can get some defense for him. The back up goalie has played much better than Cam so far.
GunnyGoesArrrgh Dec 25, 9:52 p.m.
Agreed, and I think it comes down to coaching. Every player can't be giving up. If they're out of position, not moving the puck, etc., I think its on Mo's shoulders. There's too much heart in that locker room for me to believe the guys have given up, but it must get discouraging to lose night after night. the guys seem so downtrodden in post game interviews. I feel for them.
Ken D. Dec 25, 3:50 p.m.
At the game Wednesday night, it was hard to tell if it was lack of effort or lack of experience on the part of the new guys, but the Canes almost never had a man in front of the net in the Habs' zone. Their goalie stopped 46 shots, but he had such a good look at most of them it wasn't all that hard.
If they aren't going to do the dirty work inside, they aren't going to escape the cellar this year.
Hokies94 Dec 25, 3:36 p.m.
I truly don't see much happening in this season. They have not delivered. Maybe some are not trying nor care enough at this point.
GunnyGoesArrrgh Dec 25, 10:54 a.m.
Yeah - I don't think we'll see the day the Canes trade their star player. Staal may be having a down year, but the Canes have designated him as the future of the team. He's not going anywhere.
kennywalters Dec 25, 7:33 a.m.
Caps Lock much?
kennywalters Dec 25, 7:33 a.m.
Yeah, I'm sure they're going to trade Staal.
This made me laugh.
larrys080 Dec 25, 1:32 a.m.
When did hockey season start?????
evenflow2005 Dec 24, 11:05 p.m.
Get outta here with all that.
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