My second-fondest memory as a Caniac comes from game two of the first round of the 2002 Stanley Cup playoffs. Canes win in OT on a Bates Battaglia deflection on a shot from the point. Nobody left the ESA a stranger that night. After getting beaten and beat up by the Devils in the first round of the 2001 playoffs, this was the game that made me believe in the Canes. Then, just like yesterday, they ran into the winged-wheel buzz saw in the 2002 Cup finals.
Bates was waived today by the Toronto Maple Leafs. You've gotta look at the "Ice Chips" feature on the tsn.com site for the announcement. Hope he finds a place to continue playing. If not, he's got that Sam Malone gig waiting for him back on Glenwood Ave.
For those into Cane nostalgia, click here to take a look at the roster that season. Many of those names are long gone from professional hockey.