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Hurricane Tracking 2/27/20: FanPulse and Job Approval Tracking Poll

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What do you think of the Canes’ deadline business?

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Let’s be honest: when we started tracking these things in September, we knew there would be some weeks where we were light on poll content. And then there would be weeks like this one, where the Carolina Hurricanes went on a Leeroy Jenkins-level trading frenzy.

Needless to say, this isn’t a lean week of content. (And yes, it’s on a Thursday, a day later than usual. Life gets in the way sometimes.)

The Hurricanes have been nearly unanimously praised in the national media for their work at the trade deadline, but the response among Canes fans themselves has been decidedly more mixed. Is that a case of a silent majority not wading into the firing line on social media, or does the reaction in the world at large track with the superheated hot takes that tend to populate the likes of Twitter and message boards?

We’re about to find out. But first, some housekeeping. Our FanPulse questions from two weeks ago were based around the trade deadline, and for the most part the FanPulse voters got things right, although in retrospect setting the over/under on deadline day transactions at 15 was selling it way short.

(Hey, the Hurricanes were one of the three teams to move a first-rounder on deadline day! And Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Brady Skjei and Barclay Goodrow will be an answer to a heck of a trivia question one day.)

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

Yeah, now we’ve got a trend for Rod Brind’Amour, for sure. What intrigues me is where Don Waddell will land after the deadline. The low (or, at least, lower) grade was, I’d imagine, in part a reaction to the Canes not acting immediately to shore up their defense after Dougie Hamilton’s injury. Well, they did that - and then some - on Monday. Will it affect Waddell’s job approval rating?

Also from the last series of polls:

  • Success or failure if the Canes tally more points than last year but don’t make the playoffs: 64% failure, 36% success
  • Position most in need of addressing at the deadline: 42% defending, 31% goaltending, 25% scoring, 2% other (??)
  • Playoff confidence: 5% very confident, 44% somewhat confident, 46% not very confident, 5% not at all confident
  • Most likely to trade for: 53% an NHL player with term, 22% a rental, 2% a prospect or draft pick, 11% more than one of the above, 12% none of the above

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

  • 98%
    Approve
    (333 votes)
  • 1%
    Disapprove
    (6 votes)
339 votes total Vote Now

Poll

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

This poll is closed

  • 95%
    Approve
    (326 votes)
  • 4%
    Disapprove
    (14 votes)
340 votes total Vote Now

Poll

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

This poll is closed

  • 85%
    Approve
    (289 votes)
  • 15%
    Disapprove
    (51 votes)
340 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Do you approve or disapprove of the Vincent Trocheck trade?

This poll is closed

  • 95%
    Approve
    (327 votes)
  • 4%
    Disapprove
    (17 votes)
344 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Do you approve or disapprove of the Brady Skjei trade?

This poll is closed

  • 75%
    Approve
    (258 votes)
  • 24%
    Disapprove
    (84 votes)
342 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Do you approve or disapprove of the Sami Vatanen trade?

This poll is closed

  • 82%
    Approve
    (292 votes)
  • 17%
    Disapprove
    (64 votes)
356 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Of the players the Hurricanes traded away, which do you think will be the biggest loss?

This poll is closed

  • 66%
    Lucas Wallmark
    (234 votes)
  • 6%
    Erik Haula
    (22 votes)
  • 26%
    One of the minor league players (Priskie, Luostarinen, Kuokkanen, Claesson; answer in comments)
    (94 votes)
350 votes total Vote Now

Poll

WIthout taking into account the return, do you approve or disapprove of the Hurricanes trading a first-round pick at the deadline?

This poll is closed

  • 77%
    Approve
    (266 votes)
  • 22%
    Disapprove
    (76 votes)
342 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Which one of the three acquisitions will have the biggest impact on the team this season?

This poll is closed

  • 74%
    Vincent Trocheck
    (258 votes)
  • 5%
    Sami Vatanen
    (18 votes)
  • 20%
    Brady Skjei
    (72 votes)
348 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Do you think the amount of business the Hurricanes did at the deadline was:

This poll is closed

  • 15%
    Too much
    (53 votes)
  • 72%
    Just right
    (248 votes)
  • 12%
    Not enough
    (42 votes)
343 votes total Vote Now

Poll

How do you think the Hurricanes’ chances of making the playoffs have changed after the deadline?

This poll is closed

  • 43%
    Increased
    (152 votes)
  • 50%
    Stayed the same
    (176 votes)
  • 6%
    Decreased
    (22 votes)
350 votes total Vote Now