Lots of folks on this board already know my stance on Coach Mo, so there's no need to go into that. If the 'Canes go to bat with the current team, on paper at least it SEEMS like it should be a little tighter on the defensive end, and if some of the forwards signed step it up, Cole's absence might not be that painful. And if we come across a proven top six forward milling about to help Staal's line, then even better. If the team comes out flat, however, how long until casual fan interest wanes and we start drawing 10-12k per home game again? If that happens, does Mo bear the blunt of the blame?
Not shocking to those of us who follow this team so passionately, but there is ample abundance of hope and excitement for the upcoming season, even after two years out of the playoffs. Much of this has to do with some quality, under-the-radar signings by JR to bolster team size and defense shortcomings, some has to do with Mssrs. Lewis and Brind'amour behind the bench. It seems this team is doing what it can to put together a playoff-caliber team. All that said, does this put Coach Mo on the hot seat?
I'd be curious to hear what others think about how long a leash JR is giving Coach Mo with this new lineup. Two dozen games? Three dozen? The first half of the year? Personally, I think if the play on the ice reflects an unorganized mess and we go 2-10, Mo is gone.