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I eagerly await nonsensical media fueled rage about the draft process functioning exactly as designed in the name of irrational emotional response.

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Senators have fired Dave Cameron

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I eagerly await the irony of Canadian fans hoping their team wins the lottery so they have the opportunity to draft someone from Arizona.

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What do people make of Eugene Melnyk's claim today that he's lost $100 million on the Ottawa Senators? I mean, Melnyk says so many things, but... it's possible, I guess?

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Sports franchise owners make their money when they sell. Think how many millions that Quebec ownership group would pay for the Sens and move them to Quebec City.

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$5 and $4.5 respectively, according to the usual people. 

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20 hours ago, Death From Above said:

What do people make of Eugene Melnyk's claim today that he's lost $100 million on the Ottawa Senators? I mean, Melnyk says so many things, but... it's possible, I guess?

He's lying.  Sports owners are pretty much ALWAYS lying when they say they're losing money.

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Unless he paid for the arena, I'm not sure how he could be telling the truth.

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19 years ago today was the final Whalers game, a 2-1 victory over TB. Besides when my father passed away this was the single worst day of my life. I still remember listening to the game on WTIC and when the announcer said "one minute of hockey left in Hartford" I just fucking lost it. I can honestly say if you offered me either a $50 million fortune or my Whalers back I would take my Whalers coming back every single time without hesitation. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't miss them.

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Saw a report that the Sabres had the highest local TV ratings of any NHL team, overtaking the Pens for that honor. Imagine if we are challenging for a title? You could end up with ratings in WNY rivaling Rikidozan in Japan.

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I'm excited for next season's Hurricanes. They challenged down the stretch, and that's all that I wanted them to do this season. 

It looks like Jordan Staal is wanting out, but the big, dumb contracts (Eric Staal, Cam Ward) are done, and some of the other shitty players (Brad Malone, Chris Terry and Nathan Gerbe) are off the books as well. Not to mention the boatload of pics we have in the next draft. Our young defensemen played like champs this season, and hopefully they won't all suffer sophmore slumps next year. 

I'm excited to see who Ron Francis re-stocks the team with. It's an exciting time to be a Hurricanes fan. 

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Little late this year, sorry. 

I like the makeup of the Panthers overall right now but they can't assume Jagr or Luongo will be the answers next year and need to act accordingly. Also more blue line depth would be nice. 

Tallon has never been a guy who overspends on the open market and I don't expect him to now. The blueprint is clearly working. 

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You can't really move Longdongo's contract, can you? Plus, he was hardly at fault for giving up two goals in over 4 periods. Has Jagr said he's retiring at season's end?

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Luongo's got 2 years left before his salary cuts in half. I think he's still a viable #1 for those two years for the Panthers but they do need to start grooming the next guy.

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I didn't mean dump him as much as he's 37 and the big decline is coming with no obvious heir as #1. He was brought back here as a stopgap and he's more than exceeded expectations.

Jagr at his age has got to be a year to year proposition at this point and first-line RWs don't grow on trees. Particularly ones that sync with your SC1 center the way he did. 

I trust Fallon's decision-making, though. He's earned that the way the Panthers have progressed the last two years. 

And like I said, they lost because of not enough back line depth. If they ever lose Eggs, forget it. 

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Panthers are changing logos and unis.   Here is the new logo:

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I like it. Very noble looking.

No more Olli Jokinen photoshops though. <_<

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From The Joe Louis Arena to Pizza Pizza! Capitalism, fuck yeah.

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I like the Panther itself but not thrilled about how it is modeled after a miltary patch.

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