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Hurricane Tracking 2/12/20: FanPulse and Job Approval Tracking Poll

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The mood swings inherent in being a Hurricanes fan are starting to reflect themselves in our biweekly surveys.

Carolina Hurricanes v Vegas Golden Knights Photo by Jeff Bottari/NHLI via Getty Images

The Carolina Hurricanes are Actually Bad. No, wait, they aren’t. But they’re a top-ten team in the league! But they’re out of the playoffs! But, but, but, but...!!!!

Is it enough to make your head spin? That’s why we have Hurricane Tracking.

Now that we’re past the bye week and All-Star break, the Hurricanes have just under two months to get their act together and book a return visit to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. While things may not be quite as rosy as they were this time last year, one would think that the playoff run last year bought a little bit of leeway, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.

First up: FanPulse surveys, and remember, registering for FanPulse surveys will now allow you to participate in both team-based and leaguewide surveys! Now that we’re asking team-based questions in FanPulse, we get spiffy graphics, like these:

That confidence question is a regular one that will be asked every two weeks going forward, and one went out today. We’ll have the results for that question in two weeks.

Now, onto the weekly Canes polls. First up, here’s how the approval ratings have trended since we started polling back in September:

It’s the first sustained run of “poor” polling over the last two surveys for Rod Brind’Amour, to the extent that 90% approval is in any way “poor,” but it reflects the skepticism that the Canes will be able to turn things around and grab a playoff spot. One wonders how long the swoon will last, and if the Canes turn it around, how quickly Rod’s rating will bounce back.

This week, you’ll notice some repeat questions from earlier in the season. Since this is the last poll before the trade deadline, we’re going to revisit some of the trade-related questions we’ve asked in previous weeks.

Also from the last series of polls:

  • How should the Hurricanes handle Dougie Hamilton’s injury: 34% callup from Charlotte, 34% trade for a defenseman, 31% go with players on the roster (I didn’t expect it to be this close; the top two were tied with 101 votes apiece)
  • On Hamilton’s injury changing things: 76% thought they’d make it and still do; 20% thought they’d make but now think they’ll miss; 3% thought they’d miss and still do; 1% though tthey’d make but now think they’ll miss
  • Who/what would you be willing to trade now: 33% draft pick, 30% current roster player, 22% minor league player, 8% prospect, 7% none of the above
  • How many points will be needed for a playoff spot: 42% 99-100, 32% 97-98, 13% 101 or more, 11% 95-96, 2% 94 or fewer

And with that, here are this week’s poll questions:

Poll

Do you approve or disapprove of the performance of owner Tom Dundon?

This poll is closed

  • 94%
    Approve
    (257 votes)
  • 5%
    Disapprove
    (14 votes)
271 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Do you approve or disapprove of the performance of general manager Don Waddell?

This poll is closed

  • 84%
    Approve
    (232 votes)
  • 15%
    Disapprove
    (43 votes)
275 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Do you approve or disapprove of the performance of head coach Rod Brind’Amour?

This poll is closed

  • 74%
    Approve
    (205 votes)
  • 25%
    Disapprove
    (70 votes)
275 votes total Vote Now

Poll

If the Hurricanes tally more points than last season but don’t make the playoffs, would you consider the season a success or a failure?

This poll is closed

  • 35%
    Success
    (98 votes)
  • 64%
    Failure
    (178 votes)
276 votes total Vote Now

Poll

If you had to pick one position that the Hurricanes should focus on strengthening at the trade deadline, what would it be?

This poll is closed

  • 25%
    Scoring
    (73 votes)
  • 41%
    Defending
    (120 votes)
  • 31%
    Goaltending
    (90 votes)
  • 1%
    Other (answer in comments)
    (5 votes)
288 votes total Vote Now

Poll

How confident are you that the Hurricanes will make the playoffs?

This poll is closed

  • 5%
    Very confident
    (15 votes)
  • 43%
    Somewhat confident
    (126 votes)
  • 46%
    Not very confident
    (133 votes)
  • 5%
    Not at all confident
    (15 votes)
289 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Which do you think the Hurricanes are most likely to trade for?

This poll is closed

  • 21%
    A rental
    (62 votes)
  • 53%
    An NHL player with term
    (151 votes)
  • 2%
    A prospect or draft pick
    (6 votes)
  • 11%
    More than one of the above
    (32 votes)
  • 11%
    None of the above
    (33 votes)
284 votes total Vote Now