The Forgotten Finn: Aleksi Saarela

The infamous brand specialist and fast food connoisseur, Canes Ombudsmith, tweeted a provoking thought last Sunday which got me thinking.   Why isn’t anyone talking about Aleksi Saarela? The twenty-year-old tallied 10 points (6g, 4a)  in his first nine games with the Charlotte Checkers. Saarela went on to be named AHL player of the… Continue reading The Forgotten Finn: Aleksi Saarela

2017 Women’s Euro: Upsets Abound as the Semis Approach

picture by Mark 92 at Dutch Wikipedia Tomorrow, August 3rd, the semifinals of the European Championship - more commonly referred to as the Euro - four European powerhouses will face off, with 2nd-ranked Germany facing off against 3rd-ranked France while 5th-ranked England battles the home side in the least that was what the headline… Continue reading 2017 Women’s Euro: Upsets Abound as the Semis Approach

So How Good is Jaccob Slavin? Pretty F’ing Good.

  On Wednesday, Carolina reached an agreement with Jaccob Slavin on a seven-year contract extension. The extension, which kicks in after the 2017-2018 campaign, is worth $5.3 million a year and will carry the Denver native through his prime years to the age of thirty-one. Last season, Slavin proved to be an elite defensive talent… Continue reading So How Good is Jaccob Slavin? Pretty F’ing Good.

Too Conservative: A Ron Francis Draft Saga.

Another year. Another middling first round pick.  The Carolina Hurricanes selected Martin Necas from HC Kometa Brno of the Czech Extraliga with the twelfth overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft. Draft pundits have touted the young Czech. Could Carolina’s first round pick could have been put to better use elsewhere? More than likely. With… Continue reading Too Conservative: A Ron Francis Draft Saga.

An Eric Staal/Carolina Reunion. Could It Work? Possibly.

  Would bringing back Eric Staal make sense for the Canes? Yes. No. Maybe. When the protected lists for the Las Vegas NHL expansion draft were released at 10:00 AM 10:30 AM on Sunday, Eric Staal’s name was nowhere to be found. Unless George McPhee has a backroom handshake with the Minnesota brass, it looks… Continue reading An Eric Staal/Carolina Reunion. Could It Work? Possibly.