Cole seems to be skating better; he's approaching what he was like in 06 before Orpik's hit.
Legace was more than solid. The first Vancouver goal was weak, but had some very nice saves. Who gets the waiver wire next week? Manny's two-way contract makes him easier for another team to pick up, but for whatever reason the team seems to play better in front of him than Leighton. The bad news is Leights is a better solution for playing behind Cam for a year or two before Murphy or Peters is ready to sit 65 games a year.
Staal is pressing. Please, Eric, we love you. Forget the big contract and the new baby for 60 minutes on game day, and just play hockey. You tease us every shift with your speed and reach and grit...don't try to score 40 goals a game. His breakaway against Raycroft was this season in a nutshell for him -- too much dangling, not enough boom.
Walker, LaRose, and the 4th line have made the team better top to bottom. Keep hustling, keep banging, and punch some b!tches in the face if they need it.
Gleason is a personal favorite of mine. Carry on, young Timmy, I may have convinced the wife that I need a black #6 jersey for Christmas. If all the Canes matched your effort, we would be in the playoffs every year.
Others have said it, but Cullen looks like he's playing for a contract. Dynamic and dangerous anytime he's on the ice. He and Whitney are two UFAs I would sign from the current crop.
Ruutu and Sutter are the future of this franchise. Two different players -- one a force of nature, one a cerebral assassin -- but both have the heart and the drive to make this a great franchise. I know there are other parts involved, but Ruu, Sutter, and Gleason are the guys that I pay to watch.
Coach Mo. Is there a man in hockey with bigger eye-bags? I have no idea how much McCarthy meant to his staff, but please keep your foot on the gas with a lead. The team has not stopped listening to you, the locker room is not lost. Show the boys a little confidence and they will skate through a wall for you.