Time to Step up Laddy
In his column today, Luke DeCock, says the 'Canes might look to replace Erik Cole with a free agent acquisition. He dropped the names above, and I don't dig any of them. Two are short little playmakers, and one is a big, fast, underachieving, head case. I think the 'Canes either go for a big, mean winger who can add to the chemistry, or we hold our cards until Joe Vasicek returns.
David, at Red and Black beat me up yesterday for suggesting we make a move for Keith Tkachuk. If the 'Canes really want to go for it this season, it looks like Shane Doan might be available. The Coyotes captain is a character guy who brings physicality and a scoring touch, he costs less than half a Tkachuk, and from what I've read, he's under contract thru '07.
I'm still not sold on Vasicek. He's still a bit soft for the hugener he is. I think he also has a tendency to disappear at inopportune moments. Yeah, he was the 'Canes leading goal scorer in '03-'04, but that season was a disaster.
In the wild-ass rumor of the day, Garth, blogging for the evil empire, lists possible destinations for cast-offs from the Maple Leafs implosion. Towards the bottom, he says Jeff O'Neill back to Carolina. So much for team chemistry, playing defense, practicing hard, skating hard all shift and aggressive forechecking.
I hope Andrew Ladd uses this opportunity to solidify his place with the club. He's got the physical package, and arguably better hands than Cole, so if he can stay healthy, the sky's the limit for Ladd as a Hurricane.
You still hear rumors about Jack Johnson joining the 'Canes after the NCAA season, but this would be a "nice" addition more than a essential one. I'm not sure a wild-eyed kid with a propensity to take bad penalties is what you want come playoff time.
Gonna bail out of work early today to catch tonight's tilt vs. the Rangers. I've been bitching off-and-on for months about the lack of physicality in the play of the Hurricanes. I can't think of a better punching bag for a season's worth of rage than Darius Kasparitis.
Let's Go 'Canes!
Monday, March 06, 2006
Time to Step up Laddy
Posted by M15D at 3/06/2006