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Storm Advisory 8/8/2019: NHL News, Links, and Daily Roundup

Don Waddell still doesn’t have a contract, Justin Williams still doesn’t have a contract, meanwhile we’re over here arguing about barbecue. Welcome to mid-August at Canes Country.

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Jamie Kellner
  • Yesterday’s news today: What’s the leadership contingency plan if Justin Williams doesn’t return? And Day 3 of BBQ Wars rages on with the debate over pulled pork.
  • What do you get a Canes fan that already has everything? How about a nostalgic, one-of-a-kind piece of PNC Arena history? [Craigslist] (side note: before y’all go all “Dundon so cheap,” be aware that the former organist retired last summer).

You know, it probably would look good in the Governor’s Mansion.

  • No, Don Waddell doesn’t have a contract with the Hurricanes, but the general manager says it’s not an issue and the owner says he expects him to stay. [].
  • Adam Gold says Waddell’s contract status (along with that of Justin Williams) is just the first page of a potentially more problematic story. [WRALSportsFan]
  • Meanwhile, you know who does have a GM contract? Ron Francis, and all eyes are on how he intends to build out his analytics team. You’ll be SHOCKED at who gets a first-paragraph mention. [Seattle Times]
  • An out-of-office Tweetmail that’s not really Tweetmail but more of a recap of all the recent goings-on at 1400 EMR. []
  • One of which is this:
  • And this. What does it mean? WHAT DOES IT MEAN???
  • The Athletic’s analytics team ran each current NHL roster through their lineup tool to come up with a projected points standings for 2019-20. The results were... shall we say... interesting. [The Athletic $]
  • Down on the farm, some refreshing news as the Charlotte Checkers signed forward Cedric Lacroix to an two-way AHL contract. []
  • What was going on in Morgan Geekie’s head as he set the Checkers to their first-ever Calder Cup Final? Check out his interview with Jason Shaya via your preferred podcast provider:
  • Finally, caption this: