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  • canesnc Sep 19, 2013

    The Irbe curse is he makes the great almost impossible save then on a easy stoppable shot he looks like his mind is elsewhere and there is no focus. You older Canes fan know what I am talking about if you saw Irbe play. He needs tovsit and give the other playing time if as you saw last night Ward's focus for 60min is not there. Dont give me he has not played in a year. This has been sneaking in the pas few years. Hopefully the canes do finally have a legitimate backup who might be better than Cam.

  • canesnc Sep 19, 2013

    Sorry real knowledgeable hockey fans know Adam is spot on especially on Skinner. His imaturity has been crystal clear on the ice. He was an unknown commodity his first year & allowed to skate pretty much untouched. When bodies were put on him he took stupid penalties basically throwing a temper tantrum. He needed seasoning at Charlotte where Daniels could have given him some one on one he needed. Instead he read his own press clippings from the first year and decided to stay home. Big mistake as we saw. If he starts the same this year I would look to trade while he has value or the Canes will end up eating a big contract. Ward. Again agree with Adam. He has started to have the Irbe curse. He najes the great

  • aprince27 Sep 19, 2013

    viking416 - why? is it because Adam and Joe aren't nice about the Canes all the time?

    Mike does a great job, but I swear the thin skin Canes fans don't realize that Adam has most likely covered this team the longest. He was hosting aftermath on 850 back in 2000.

    Our fan base is so thin skinned. They just want everyone to be nice and get along...and finish in 9th place every year so the fan base can say "next year is going to be our year" while the team has missed the playoffs another year and 2/3rds of the time they've been in Raleigh.

  • kheffn Sep 18, 2013

    I think #4 is whether the defense has improved. Columbus has scored 2 goals in the first period of the first preseason game. Not looking good so far.

    The Canes power play has been anemic since Greensboro over the tenure of multiple coaches and many different players. As far as I know, they are the only team in NHL history to give up 3 shorthanded goals on the same power play. I've told my son that I wish hockey was like the NFL where you could decline a penalty. When they're on the power play, they're just as likely to give up a goal as score one.

  • roberttherugguy Sep 18, 2013

    Nothing like being kept from what you love for a long time to make you realize what you could have done better.

  • viking416 Sep 18, 2013

    Please leave the hockey writing to someone who knows something about the game. I've listened to the author talk about hockey and it is quite amusing. Is Mike M on vacation?

  • agold Sep 18, 2013

    LOL, Tuitionfund! I'll make the correction.

  • tuitionfund Sep 18, 2013

    If you show up on November 4th you will only be a month late however since Canes are supposed to be off that night you should get a good parking spot.

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