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Old 11-23-2015, 11:48 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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And, I believe that Francis has the willingness to make hard decisions to improve the team over the next few years.
Francis has difficult decisions to make undoing Jim Rutherford's mess and fielding a talented roster on the ice long term.
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Old 11-23-2015, 11:55 AM
 
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Francis has difficult decisions to make undoing Jim Rutherford's mess and fielding a talented roster on the ice long term.
Yep. But, dumping Semin was gutsy, with that payroll burden. At least it opened up a roster spot, albeit at a price.
The trap of trying to get instant results and burning cash to do it is taking a toll.
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Old 11-23-2015, 12:02 PM
 
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Yep. But, dumping Semin was gutsy, with that payroll burden. At least it opened up a roster spot, albeit at a price.
The trap of trying to get instant results and burning cash to do it is taking a toll.
The Hurricanes need forwards who score goals and create plays consistently. They do not need skaters with golden parachute contracts who float and coast on the ice and do not contribute to the team. Semin's production decreased. The Hurricanes moved on.
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Old 11-23-2015, 12:05 PM
 
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The Hurricanes need forwards who score goals and create plays consistently. They do not need skaters with golden parachute contracts who float and coast on the ice and do not contribute to the team. Semin's production decreased. The Hurricanes moved on.
The Canes moved on very slowly. I am not sure but what Rutherford would have kept him around.
I say it was "gutsy" of Francis because he had to convince ownership he could do better despite the dead payroll money.
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Old 11-23-2015, 12:16 PM
 
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The Canes moved on very slowly. I am not sure but what Rutherford would have kept him around.
I say it was "gutsy" of Francis because he had to convince ownership he could do better despite the dead payroll money.
Francis has to decide the futures of Cam Ward and Eric Staal in the organization, has to be proactive in free agency and trades, and has to draft well in 2016.
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Old 11-23-2015, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Francis has to decide the futures of Cam Ward and Eric Staal in the organization, has to be proactive in free agency and trades, and has to draft well in 2016.
Oh, yeah. And Skinner and J Stahl, too.


He has a lot on his plate.
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Old 11-23-2015, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Wake Forest, NY
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The 3 remainig Hurricane's fans having a discussion. The rest of us would like our $ back.
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Old 11-23-2015, 02:34 PM
 
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Media has a major part of this too. The Canes do great things in the community, but the media never picks up on these. If it was NY, Philly, Chicago, Detroit, Boston, or any Canadian team, the media would let the area know that the players are active members in the community. Players would be in TV commercials, they would be seen at different events, they would be promoted to celebrity status.

Winning does have a big part of it, but location also matters. Many newer arenas are being built closer to downtown so people can take advantage of mass transit or parking at a nearby bar and walking to the game. It was a mistake to put the arena in the location that it's in. However, if the built parking garages in the area and turned the existing lots into restaurants, bars, or similar attractions, people will justify spending the money to park.
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Old 11-23-2015, 03:22 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Media has a major part of this too. The Canes do great things in the community, but the media never picks up on these. If it was NY, Philly, Chicago, Detroit, Boston, or any Canadian team, the media would let the area know that the players are active members in the community. Players would be in TV commercials, they would be seen at different events, they would be promoted to celebrity status.

Winning does have a big part of it, but location also matters. Many newer arenas are being built closer to downtown so people can take advantage of mass transit or parking at a nearby bar and walking to the game. It was a mistake to put the arena in the location that it's in. However, if the built parking garages in the area and turned the existing lots into restaurants, bars, or similar attractions, people will justify spending the money to park.
A feller asked me where they could eat and have a cold one before the game, and I didn't have an answer.
Yep, the location is hardly a plus, although I can get from home to my seat in 30 minutes or so.
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Old 11-23-2015, 03:23 PM
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A feller asked me where they could eat and have a cold one before the game, and I didn't have an answer.
Yep, the location is hardly a plus, although I can get from home to my seat in 30 minutes or so.
Just have dinner and beer at the game. Oh wait, you pay three times as much. Yeah the location sucks, I'd love for it to be Downtown but at least it's convenient for me.
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