This weekend was a lot of fun with the continuing “Bunch of Jerks” story. It would have been so great to see how the crowd reacted after a win last night, but we weren’t fortunate enough to experience it.
- The person that is the most happy with the most recent outrage is Tom Dundon, who has turned this into a profit. [ESPN]
- Don Cherry still hates celebrations, but he is enjoying the shirts and reactions from the Hurricanes. [Times Colonist]
- That hasn’t been the only outrage that he Carolina Hurricanes have received this season. Here is the full history of old men yelling at clouds. [North State Journal]
- Head Coach Rod Brind’Amour recently defended the team’s celebrations [NHL]
Brind’Amour still didn’t give a definitive return for Jordan Staal, but he hopes it’s this week.— Cory Lavalette (@corylav) February 18, 2019
- You know when you walk past a good end-cap at the grocery store and you impulse buy an extra pack of cookies or an extra thing of new coffee. This is how Tom Dundon impulse buys, he spends $250 million on a new football league that couldn’t make payroll after week one. [$ The Athletic] [NFL] [ESPN]
- Elliotte Friedman’s 31 Thoughts is a must read every week. This week he mentions the Carolina Hurricanes willingness to trade Micheal Ferland and possible interest in re-acquiring Eric Staal. [Sportsnet]
My friends...we almost lost Pierre McGuire.— Scott Abraham (@ScottABC7) February 19, 2019
- And finally, Cranky Torts is the best Torts:
Torts on Panarin’s absence and his attempt to end speculation that he was held out for a possible trade: “He shit his pants. He was puking. He was doing everything. So enough.”— Tom Reed (@treed1919) February 19, 2019
- Which led directly to the greatest roster update in the history of sports.
Stalking the Standings
The Hurricanes were hurt by their loss to the New York Rangers, but the situation could be much worse:
- The Pittsburgh Penguins beat the New Jersey Devils 4-3 which moves them out of the wild card
- The Columbus Blue Jackets lost 3-2 to the Montreal Canadiens. A regulation loss for the Blue Jackets was the best case scenario for the Canes in terms of playoff percentage.
- The Florida Panthers took care of the Buffalo Sabres 4-2 keeping the gap open between the Sabres and the Hurricanes
- Metro 2: Washington Capitals: 60 GP, 73 Points, 100 pt pace
- Metro 3: Pittsburgh Penguins: 60 GP, 71 Points, 97 pt pace
- WC 1: Montreal Canadiens: 60 GP, 71 Points, 97 pt pace
- WC 2: Columbus Blue Jackets: 59 GP, 69 Points, 96 pt pace
- 9th: Carolina Hurricanes: 60 GP, 68 Points, 93 pt pace
- 10th: Buffalo Sabres: 59 GP, 63 Points, 88 pt pace
- 11th Philadelphia Flyers: 60 GP, 63 Points, 86 pt pace