Friday, September 28, 2007

Friday Musings

Future So Bright...
Remember when you looked at players in the Canes system around the trade deadline, and knew there wasn't anybody in goalie pads who would be worth much in trade? Lots of kids made it fairly deep into the preseason this summer, including Brandon Sutter, who stuck around quite awhile and got a real good taste of what it's gonna take to get his game ready-probably next season-for the show. As the Canes finally send Casey Borer and Brett Carson down to Albany, you have to admit the future looks a whole lot brighter across the system. Great job PK, JK, and Lavvy.

On the Road Again
I'm in Cali next week and away from my beloved DVR just in time for the start of the season. I'll have to take your word for how week one goes in Canesville.

Totally Unbiased SE Division Predictions
1. Carolina Hurricanes - Embarrassment is a great motivator
2. Crapitals - Young and cocky with everything to gain this season
3. Ning - One big Fonzie meltdown away from implosion
4. Kitties - Over their post-Luongo separation anxiety...maybe
5. Thrash - Just a deadline Tkachuk deal away from #4.

Totally Unbiased Eastern Conference Playoffs Prediction
1. Ottawa - This season's version of da Slugs
2. Pittsburgh - If the defense can keep it close
3. Carolina - Deeper, rested and recently embarrassed
4. New York Rangers - All that money has to buy something? Right?
5. Toronto - Cause Coach Mo says so!
6. Buffalo - Pride (or bitterness) still runs strong in those slug veins
7. Philly - Wicked pissed at being walked on last season
8. Craps - Superman in a bad Soviet haircut now has a Norse sidekick

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Karmanos Resignation

My first take on the resignation of Jason Karmanos is that it probably doesn't foreshadow future profound changes. Jason has lived long enough in the shadow of pop and JR and probably wants to move out on his own. Good on ya brother.

Dude has investment banking experience and a degree from HahVahd. Jason is nearing the point of no return professionally, so now is as good a time as any to venture out and make his own mark on the world. Really, really rich folks are better at creating new private Idahos than the rest of us. Good luck Jason, but be ready to come back and save the franchise when that red phone rings or you see that beam of light in the sky.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Canes Bloggers on the Radio

Now on 850 the Blog-Bubba and Chris do radio. Nice debut boys.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Friday Musings

Day One and Already a Body Count? arrrrghhhh!!!
Ladd-sore back (how does a kid that young have a sore back???)
Hamilton-hip and/or groin injury before he even stepped on the ice
LaRose-sprained knee
Hedican-"nominally" healthy, which is code for, let's see how well the extra strength Tylenol PM works after a real NHL preseason practice
Kaberle-Knee rehab

New "A" Teamers
Congrats to Eric Staal and Ray Whitney for their selection as alternate cap'ns. Deserved reward for Whitney and what looks like the first step in the transition from the Brind 'Amour era to the Staal era. Interesting that Erik Cole didn't get the nod. That must mean he's on the trading block!! Yeah, that's the ticket. Cole to...to...to Edmonton for Dustin Penner and the stuff left behind in Chris Pronger's locker, including the phone number of a certain sultry sports reporter vixen.

Go decimated Canes. Beat the new and improved Craps.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Brandon Sutter a Dark Horse Opening Day Roster Candidate?

Allan Muir of SI thinks so:

With a lot of filling out to do, he's likely best served by another year in juniors. But a strong camp could earn him a spot on the opening day roster, at least for a 10 game look-see.

Tanabe in camp?

Luke reports in today's Lord Stanley's Blog post that David Tanabe has been told he's welcome to join the crew at camp. Like most, I'm surprised he hasn't received at least a camp invite. He had a pretty healthy and solid season for a not-so-good team. The Red Wings have invited blueliners Brent Sopel and Jassen Cullimore to their camp...along with enforcers Aaron Downey and the new busboy from Cheli's Chili Bar.

I haven't heard anything about Tanabe being courted by the Chernobyl Gamma Rays of the Russian Super League, so it looks like he really wants to find a new home in the NHL.

If he's not signed or invited to some other team's camp in the coming days, methinks we'll see David Tanabe slowly and menacingly circling around the older and more sickly Canes. Look for him to have a series of "accidents" with his stick that somehow result in chops across Heddy's hamstring and Frankie's knee. Camp might end up looking like one of those National Geographic specials with the lions and the wildebeesties. Problem is, Tanabe has never been much of a lion. He's more like an ostrich with a mild temper.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

The Demise of Mike and Chuck in the Morning

Back in May, I wrote a post about the vapidness of the Tucson radio landscape. Back then I told you about the Mike and Chuck show on 1290 AM:

Here's roughly how each segment goes. Mike introduces a topic and gives his take. Chuck agrees with Mike and then re-sets the take. Mike and Chuck spend five or six minutes complementing each other for the thoughtfulness and social compassion they demonstrate in their take, then they go to commercial.


It appears the market has finally spoken. A few weeks ago, Chuck disappeared from the Mike and Chuck show, but kept his rest-of-the-day job as the station program manager. Here's a quote attributed to Chuck in Tucson Weekly, our local arts, dining, entertainment and revolutionary socialism rag:

I told my managers earlier in the year that I wanted to devote more time to myself.


Right, Chuck. I too want to spend more time with me. The other day, the other shoe dropped. The voice of the ever-whiny Mike is also gone from the Tucson airwaves. AM 1290 dropped in an encore airing of armageddonist Glenn Beck druing drive-time while they await the launch of the new Dan Patrick radio show. Beck is often maniacally funny, but I always get out of the car looking for snipers on the rooftops and terrorists in the Safeway.

The moral of the story? Folks want to be entertained and/or enlightened during their drive to work, not bummed out and lectured to by guys with the same predictable and pessimistic take every day.

A nice 9/11 kick in the groin

So my kids jump outta the rack today eager to wear their finest red, white and blue to elementary school. My wife, a school teacher, fusses at my son for dumping his sweaty PE clothes in the dryer to "freshen them up." Her red t-shirt was in the dryer. It's 9/11 remembrance day in the schools.

So my wife gets to school and her teaching partner isn't wearing R-W-B. She casually asks if her partner forgot during her morning rush to get her kids and herself to school. The response? I don't recognize 9/11. Our government brought down the towers.

Bet I know what her lesson is gonna be about today.

Friday, September 07, 2007

Friday Musings

Kukla's Korner is new and improved for the 2007-2008 season. I like this trend towards crisp and straightforward design. Good-redo Paul...and without the extra trapezoidal panels or silly stripes!!!

The mainstream media waits with baited breath that new OBL video scheduled for global release on Sep 11, but C/B readers need not wait till Tuesday. Yes, my operatives have in fact secured an advance copy:


Thursday, September 06, 2007

Silly Racing Stripes

Although I don't want to influence the C/B poll currently capturing your impressions of the new Canes sweaters, I have to say "silly racing stripes" leads for a reason. They should have just left the sweaters alone.

That being said, the 10-year logo is most excellent. I love the big ole "X." I'm gonna mull the tag line, "Our Team. Our Tradition" awhile longer.
(image swiped from Beth.And Hockey)

Reading Between the Lines in the Hedican Saga

I'm perfectly qualified to comment on chronic injuries because I'm a battered old ex-jock. The shoulder I blew up playing hockey and had repaired in 2002 became a frozen shoulder last year. Despite rehab, it's still tight and I can't throw a baseball without looking like Richard Simmons. The hand I broke playing high school basketball still hurts when wield a garden tool for too long. The front tooth that took an elbow in a high school basketball game gets grayer every year, despite a root canal and some cosmetic dentistry. Yup, I'm a wreck-a wreck that hasn't had 200 lb human missiles slamming into him 10 months a year for over a decade. And I bet despite sucking it up like the pro he is, Bret Hedican is still a wreck too.

Luke DeCock has a post on Lord Stanley's Blog today about Heddy's return to the Rec Zone. Here is the key snip:

Hedican met with noted hip specialist Marc Philippon in Vail, Colo., in June and was told that more hip surgery would likely end his career. He also learned the normal timetable for recovery from the hip surgery he underwent in the summer of 2006 is seven months.

As a decrepit old jock, I know his hip is not going to get any better. Lord knows how or if his back ailment is fully healed. Bret is nobly going to try and make-do with what he can get out of the last repair job. Hard to walk away when your heart still says go.

I don't really share the sense of relief Hedican's return is inspiring among the faithful. Bret has a chronic hip ailment that he sought advice about surgically correcting as early as last June.
While I respect Bret the warrior and professional, I think he's well past his physical prime and won't add any upside to a defensive corps that gave up the third most even-strength goals in the league last season while delivering bupkis in offensive production.

All I know at this point is the Canes have Barbaro (Hedican) and a china doll (Frankie-called-in-sick Kaberle) at or near the top of their blueline rotation. Go ahead and use the preseason to look at Gleason and the newbs there JR. Methinks a deal will have to get done just to make the Canes blueline a solid no-name defense again.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

JP's Hurricanes Preview on AOL Fanhouse

In an attempt to blast thru the thunderous roar of crickets currently dominating the hockey blogosphere, here's a heads up on one man's take on the prospects for your Carolina Hurricanes. Gotta say, JP is pretty much right on. Check out the grainy YouTube Cam Ward hilight reel as well. Speaking of guys on the hot seat, I think Andrew Ladd will be joining Wardo there if we get to January and he's not putting up numbers.