|He had to know that this was coming!|
Paul Maurice was fired. As the Head Coach, he is going to take the heat from the front office and he did. However, he had proven in his head coaching career, that he wasn't the guy to get the most out of his team. He didn't do it in his first stint with the Canes, finishing with a record under .500 and that is with a year that the team went to the Stanley Cup finals. He definitely didn't do it with the Toronto Maple Leafs. They didn't get into the playoffs during his stint there. So after it was decided that Peter Laviolette was fired in December of 2008, that Paul Maurice would come back. Cam Ward stood on his head that season and got the Canes back to the Eastern Conference finals that year after barely qualifying for the playoffs. Then for the 2009-2010 season, with high expectations, the team crashed and burned and didn't come close to the playoffs. For the 2010-2011 season, nothing special was expected for the team. They went into the last game of the season needing a win to qualify for the playoffs. They were blitzed by the Lightning 6-2 and finished 9th in the East. This year, we have a losing season with 20 points accumulated. We are the 14th out of the 15th best team in the East. Only the Islanders have fewer points. In fact, we are just 5 points ahead of Columbus. The Blue Jackets are considered by almost everybody as the worst team in the league. The firing was justified and I am glad that it happened.
Top Line: Skinner-Staal-Ruutu
2nd Line: Ponikarovski-Jokinen-LaRose
3rd Line: Tlusty-Brandon Sutter-Dwyer
4th Line: Stewart-Brent-Brett Sutter
Now be honest here. Is there more than 3 or 4 players listed here that you want on your team? For myself, I like 3 of the Centers, 1 of the Left Wingers, 2 of the Defensemen, and the Starting Goalie. That is 7 of the 20 players that I am happy to have on the team. The other 13? If they leave, I am like hopefully there is someone better coming in to play. And while I do really appreciate the skill side of the game, the Hurricanes are like the Buffalo Sabres. Soft. Where in hell are the players that have some skill and are willing to goon it up with the teams like the Bruins, Rangers, and others when the situation requires it? The makeup of this team is flawed and has been flawed for the past 5 years. The defense is soft, there isn't enough high end talent on the team, there is no rough and physical presence, and the GM is always talking about how he can't compete in the finances. I call BS. It is time for Jim Rutherford to be "promoted" to full time President of Hockey Operations. He is a minority owner in the hockey team, so let's boot his happy ass upstairs and bring in a GM that will start to figure out how to get this team back to a competitive status and start becoming the team that us fans know should be the top team in the Southeast. Our franchise is better than the Panthers, Lightning, and Capitals. Us fans know that in our hearts. And it is time for the owner, Peter Karmanos, to get the organization back to becoming one of those franchises that prove that they should be taken seriously every year. And the first step is to bring in a General Manager who is only the General Manager.