Understated line of the night came from Joe Beninati after Cory Stillman scored seconds into the Canes first PP-"Well, that didn't take long." Team speed, crisp passing, Zen master goalkeeping and responsible "D" all on display. Nice statement game going into a SE Division heavy November schedule. I especially enjoyed the way the Canes dominated Washington along the boards. Crushing hits last night registered by von Seidenberg and Gleason. Both look like they are settling into solid roles on this blueline. The Baron's wicked-quick hard and low slapper from the point was also on display last night. David Tanabe looked even more like the odd-man out.
Glad to see the refs run Donald Brashear after he boarded von Seidenberg. Hands to the head for a little extra kiss the glass flourish. What a cave troll. Just having Brashear out of the game kept tempers down and made for a cleaner vivisection of the dazed and confused Caps.
Spector had a link yesterday to an Edmonton Sun article by Jim Matheson about possible destinations for Thrash forward Marian Hossa. Matheson mentions Carolina as a possible destination for the struggling Hoss:
"Carolina - The Hurricanes have lots of cap room, are a Cup contender and he could play with Erik (or Eric) Staal."
This makes no sense. Hossa's a pending UFA with a $7 mil contract. Why would JR rent a guy who's shared salary might still top the Canes payroll? When Weight and Recchi were added for the '06 Cup run, there was talk of trying to re-sign one or both, but isn't it just inconceivable for Hossa to sign his next deal for Carolina kinda money? Now add to the mix the fact that Hoss disappears in the playoffs (4 pts in 2004, 1 point in 2007). Who needs Hossa when the Canes have Andrew Ladd? On second thought, how are Hossa's ankles?