Friday, November 03, 2006

Welcome Back Mr. Franchise

And welcome back Marty-Joe Gerber, the world's only Swiss redneck.

I'd rather start with the good news. Legend Ron Francis has re-joined the club as director of player development. This from

“Ron’s knowledge of the game of hockey and his experience as a player go without
mention,” said Rutherford. “Having Ron in this role will be a true benefit to
the players and the Hurricanes organization.”

Last summer, the Bruins hired a old friend of Peter Chiarelli to be their director of player development. Here's a snip from his job description:

"...responsible for tracking the progress of all prospects in the
Bruins system at the AHL, junior hockey and college levels and scouting of
professional leagues."

To me that means long roadies and many nights in Motel 6's from Albany to Fort Myers. If the Hurricanes put Ronnie on the road to work hands-on with prospects and coaches and track the play of other team's prospects, it should be a nice boost for the Canes system. If "tracking the progress" means downloading spreadsheets from a desk in the RBC...we'll at least have our memories.

In Other News

Canes lose bad last night. Two shorthanded goals. Does Lavvy already have no faith in John Grahame? Is he holding him for the next game against the Chicago Blackhawks...sometime in 2010? I heard a discussion on NHL Live this am about concerns folks have in Narnia about the stamina of Ryan Miller over a full season. Is anybody thinking the same things about Cam Ward? And why is Erik Cole still not making a dent in the scoring column?

This kind of up and down play might only keep the Canes competitive this season with the Lightning... or maybe Saturday's opponent, the Ottawa Senators. Scout us some Ottawa blueliners there, Mr. Director of Player Development.


Bill said...

Hmmm...haven't I read this story before? Oh yeah, Yzerman. Guaranteed the Canes handle this with more class than the Wings. Yzerman's bio on the Wing homepage, in the exec/management section? All it says is "coming soon..."

CasonBlog said...

You sensed my tinge of skepticism.

PB said...

I think Ward is very durable, but sooner or later, he'll need a break. I can understand the mental aspect of not playing him against his former club, but if the 'Canes are to have any success, getting Grahame going would be beneficial. Unfortunately, Grahame is a very streaky and like a box of chocolates. ;-)