Checkers play another Admirals team, lose in OT.

It only took 25 seconds for Justin Shugg to score the first goal of the game against Norfolk’s goaltender Yann Danis. It was Shugg’s 50th career AHL goal, and his seventh in just 12 games after starting the season injured. Despite missing eight games, he is still second on the team in goals scored this season.

Coach Jeff Daniels has been emphasizing the Checkers need to play a full 60 minutes of hockey every game, and they nearly did that.  Charlotte led for over 58 minutes of the game, but it wasn’t enough, because in less than two minutes, late in the third period, and two quick goals by Nic Kerdiles , the harder-working Norfolk Admirals were able to tie up the score and take the game into overtime. (Kerdiles, by the way, was credited with 11 SOG for Norfolk)

John Muse faced 50 shots by the Admirals, but it was the final one, with 7.8 seconds to go in overtime, that got the win for Norfolk.  The Checkers were outshot 44-18 in regulation and only got two shots off during the nearly seven minutes of overtime.

Charlotte had five power play opportunities, but were unsuccessful scoring on any of them.

“We got two timely goals, but other than that we didn’t create much offense,” Daniels said, “The power play was awful. They outworked us and they deserved the win.”

  • The point Charlotte earned in the OT loss at home was the fifth point in the past four days.
  • The Checkers have gotten seven points (out of eight) in their past four games against (both) Admirals teams at home.
  • The Checkers will face a team named something OTHER than the Admirals on Saturday night at home.

Thanks to #MACnificent play by Drew MacIntyre, Checkers win back-to-back games against Milwaukee Admirals

On this final day of Thanksgiving weekend, I’m grateful for many things, but especially a second Checkers win in a row, and the piece of leftover pumpkin pie I’m enjoying while I write.

Pumpkin pie is delicious. I'm thankful for this and a second Thanksgiving weekend Checkers win.

Pumpkin pie is delicious. I’m thankful for this and a second Thanksgiving weekend Checkers win.

With a goal by Justin Shugg, the Checkers 3-2 shootout victory over the Milwaukee Admirals led to their first back to back wins of the 2014-15 season, thanks to stellar goaltending from first star Drew MacIntyre, who I gave the hashtag #MACnificent to following another outstanding performance.

The game was full of firsts for the Checkers.  It was their first win of the season after trailing at the end of the first period, their first trip to the shootout, and their first back-to-back wins.

The Checkers, who reached overtime for only the third time this season, faced the three-on-three portion for the first time. A new rule in 2014 saw OT being lengthened to a seven minute period, with the first four minutes being 4-on-4 and the final three 3-on-3 hockey. The formula for what skaters to play was constantly changing between two defensemen and one forward, or two forwards and one defenseman.

“It’s exciting. It’s crazy on the bench. You’re trying to see f you want to go two D or two forwards.  It was our first experience with it but for me, it’s exciting,” Daniels continued, “We won the game in a shootout, but I’d rather see the game won four-on-four or three on three.”

Beau Schmitz, who was back in the lineup for his second game in a row after sitting out since October 25, saw a lot of ice time during the afternoon matchup, and contributed an assst on AJ Jenks game-tying goal in the third period.  His perspective on Justin Shugg’s recent play, and game-winning shootout goal is one shared by Checkers players and fans a like.

“He’s [Shugg] been playing great. He’s a benefit to have back in the lineup. Goal scoring and getting pucks out.”

(Editors note: Shugg was standing nearby when this was said, and even after Shugg chirped Schmitz a bit, Beau stayed positive, so it must be true!)

Schmitz, like all of the Checkers players, experienced three-on-three OT hockey for the first time in his career.

“It’s a bit different. It’s exciting,” Schmitz said, “I haven’t even watched something like that before.”

Drew MacIntyre, who stopped all five of the shots he faced in extra time and then perfect in the shootout, had an intense seven minutes of overtime, including the first minute that left the Checkers short handed to a late third period penalty by AJ Jenks.

“It’s not ideal, not good for the old heart,” MacIntyre sad with a smile, “It was a good test for us. Our PK wasn’t good enough last night. It was a good test for us. We played well tonight.”

MacIntyre was glad Charlotte had the first try at three-on-three OT hockey, but it’s not his first choice for ending a hockey game.

“Obviously, I like it in the playoffs where you just keep playing. That’s hockey. That’s intense…. I like overtime. I like shootouts when I win, but when I lose I hate them.”

Other Admiral thoughts (get it? Admiral thoughts?)

  • The Checkers are in the midst of a four-game home winning streak, including three games against Admirals teams (of Norfolk and Milwaukee, combined).
  • Maybe, with the recent Checkers home-streak against Admirals teams, the Checkers can get the league to change all the other teams to the Admirals. But then it would be like the Harlem Globetrotters facing the same team every night, but they have a great win-streak going, so I might be onto something.

Checkers announce move “home” to the birthplace of hockey in Charlotte and relocate to Bojangles Coliseum in 2015-16.

The Checkers announced today that they would be moving out of Time Warner Cable Arena next season, and back to the birthplace of hockey in the south, the old Charlotte Coliseum on Independence Blvd, which is known today as Bojangles Coliseum.  The Coliseum is on the Charlotte historic register, and is the largest free-standing dome in the world since Pittsburgh’s Mellon Arena was demolished in 2011.

As most hockey historians know, the first professional hockey game was held at Bojangles Coliseum in January, 1956 after the Baltimore Clippers arena burned down, and the team needed a temporary home to play the remainder of the year.  Hockey had never been played professionally in the South, and the Checkers success was crucial to the southern expansion of the sport. In the fall of 1956, the Clippers relocated permanently to Charlotte, and later became the Charlotte Checkers, a team that has been a fixture in Charlotte for much of the past 60 years.

The Checkers moved to uptown Charlotte in 2006 when TWCA was built and the NBA returned to Charlotte with the Bobcats, and now Hornets.  In 2010, the Checkers were upgraded to the AHL after many successful seasons in the ECHL.

I’ve been a fixture at Checkers games regularly since 2010.  The first hockey game I ever attended was in 1993 at the old coliseum.  I don’t have as many memories of games at the old barn, but from what I’ve been told, the atmosphere was electric.

I’ve also been lucky enough to visit a number of AHL hockey arenas over the past five season.  Hershey, which has a similar capacity to Bojangles Coliseum, is an exciting place to watch a game (especially in the playoffs, when the Checkers win a game!).  Rockford and Peoria were also outstanding venues, because the size of the arena was a better fit to the fan base.  A full building is always an exciting building.  Both of those arenas were located in downtown areas, but the smaller size made it much more fun than the vast, empty TWCA on most Checkers nights.

Will I miss having games in uptown? Heck yes.  I work uptown. I spend a lot of my free time there as well, at local bars and restaurants.  I love the convenience of TWCA and the fact I never have to pay to park because I walk there from work, and have dozens of choices of places to meet friends and family for drinks before or after games.

Though those are certainly downfalls and inconveniences for me, the move to Bojangles Coliseum is going to be a good one for the city of Charlotte, the Checkers and the fans, and here are just a few reasons:

  • Instead of having to curtain off the top half of a gigantic building, Checkers fans will be able to fill the coliseum night after night, from top to bottom. Can you imagine the sound of a game under the Bojangles dome? It will be incredible.
  • The Charlotte Checkers will no longer have to pack up and travel to Indian Trail for practice. Having their own home ice for games and practice will be a huge benefit to the team.
  • The Checkers will have their OWN building. They won’t be the minor league team that rents an NBA arena 36 times a year, but as the primary tenant at Bojangles, they will have a space that will be Charlotte Checkers, through and through.
  • The schedule will be much improved for home games. Instead of having to play second fiddle to the Hornets (and the circus, and Disney on Ice, and every other event), the Checkers will have a say in when their home games are played, and won’t be competing with other tenants at TWCA.
  • The Checkers (and Clippers) won six championships (in a number of different leagues) while they played at Bojangles Coliseum. They have not yet won a championship at TWCA, so maybe a move back to their roots is what is needed to get back in the championship chase.
  • An upgraded Bojangles Coliseum will be a huge step towards revitalizing East Charlotte and Independence Blvd. As an East-side resident, this excites me a great deal. The venue has so much history. The list of people who have performed under it’s dome is a long one: Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, The Who, The Jackson 5, Judy Garland, The Rolling Stones… you get the idea.
  • I’d much rather see the city of Charlotte upgrade Bojangles Coliseum to what it was designed and built to be, a hockey arena and sports venue, then the dumb youth basketball court they talked about doing recently.
  • The $16 million in upgrades are long overdue for this historic venue. Instead of being a city that bulldozes new construction when it no longer serves a purpose (Tyvola Road Coliseum, most of uptown Charlotte, etc.) I’m happy to see the city preserving and revitalizing what they have. Charlotte is a world class city, and our history is important. I’m excited to see what they can do for $16 million, though I know it won’t be enough.

What are my fears of the move? They are few, and mostly have to do with human nature having a hard time with change.

  • $16 million isn’t a lot of money. Technology is EXPENSIVE, and new videoboards, seats, lighting, a sound system, bathroom upgrades etc. cost a lot of money.  Last summer the Belk Theater spent $1.6 million to replace 2000 seats and upgrade ONE bathroom, and Bojangles Coliseum is five times the size.  New dressing rooms and the backstage areas are in disrepair at Bojangles, and will require more than just a coat of paint to freshen them up.
  • The Hornets claim that they need $30 million to upgrade TWCA… and it’s a much newer building that got a number of upgrades for the recent 2012 Democratic National Convention. Where is all that money going, and why do they need it over a historic building that hasn’t been upgraded practically since it opened in 1956?
  • Parking at Bojangles might be a drag. I live close by the Coliseum, but not close enough to walk, and public transportation isn’t an option. The City of Charlotte charges $10 to park for events at Bojangles and Ovens Auditorium. This is way too much, and I don’t look forward to shelling out that kind of cash!
  • I’m going to miss all of the options in walking distance of the arena. I enjoy sharing a beer before and after games and on the nearly-dead Independence Blvd., this won’t be an option.

All in all?  Two thumbs up for this historic move home to the birthplace of hockey in Charlotte.

There was #Norfolkingway the Ads could stop a red-hot Checkers team. The good guys win 6-2 in Charlotte.

In a game that wasn’t nearly as lopsided as the score may have alluded to, the Charlotte Checkers defeated the Norfolk Admirals 6-2.  John Muse, in goal for Charlotte, stopped 26 of the 28 shots he faced, received his first win of the season after making only three previous appearances, one which was in relief of Drew MacIntyre.

In net for the Admirals was Yann Danis, a veteran of the NHL, AHL, KHL and NCAA.  It was his second appearance this season after being signed to a PTO by Norfolk on November 15.  Also in the lineup for the Admirals was Matt Pistilli, a four-year veteran of the Charlotte Checkers.  He was signed by the Admirals yesterday to a PTO after starting the season in the ECHL with Fort Wayne.

The Checkers captain and alternates all had outstanding nights.  Captain Michal Jordan scored a goal that ended up the game winner early in the second period, and the players with A’s on their jerseys also had strong showings.

Alternate captain Chad LaRose had four shots-on-goal in the first period and ended the night with two assists in the third period, including a shorthanded goal while playing on the Checkers top penalty kill unit.

Greg Nemisz had an exceptionally strong third period.  He scored two goals, and assisted on Justin Shugg’s third goal in as many games after sitting out the first month of the season due to injury.

Notes that have little or nothing to do with hockey:

  • Please excuse the lack of quotes in this piece. Writing a game story at a bar means I can’t hear my iPhone for the interview quotes it has stored on it.
  • shuggernautI need new cheesy hashtags. Without #Terryiffic I feel lost, though I was pleased to see the official Checkers twitter account used #Shuggernaut, something penned by @Swamphockey and adopted by me years ago.  We even had a graphic for it… suggestions for new player hashtags? I’m all ears!

Charlotte Checkers lose 3-1 to Hamilton Bulldogs in first-ever matchup of the two teams.

In Charlotte’s first-ever game against the Hamilton Bulldogs, the home team lost by a score of 3-1.

The Checkers had a strong first period, outshooting the visiting team, and putting a great deal of offensive pressure on the Bulldogs.

Chad LaRose scored the Checkers lone goal late in the first period of play.  (Photo - Jenni Propst)

Chad LaRose scored the Checkers lone goal late in the first period of play. (Photo – Jenni Propst)

Chad LaRose, who has three points in the last three games, after being held scoreless in his first five appearances with the Checkers, scored the lone goal for Charlotte, a backhander with 8.8 seconds left in the first period.

After the game, Coach Daniels seemed confident that LaRose is on the upswing early in the season with Charlotte.

“He’s getting his legs and timing back,” said Daniels, “You’re starting to see some flashes of what Rosey is capable of.”

The second period saw a very different Checkers team on the ice.  After outshooting the Bulldogs 13-7 in the first period, they were held to only three shots in the second, and the Bulldogs scored two goals in under a minute.

IMG_3372Special teams were a big story during the afternoon matchup, specifically the fact that despite a total of 10 opportunities, both the Checkers and Bulldogs teams were held scoreless on the power play, which of course means both penalty kill units were perfect.

Ryan Murphy, who made his first appearance as a Checker this season following reassignment by the Hurricanes, saw a lot of ice time with his new teammates.

IMG_3349“Our power play was pretty awful tonight. We didn’t get the puck in and control in the zone,” Murphy continues,  “We’re gonna work at it every day and get better.”

Though momentum seemed to return for the third period, it wasn’t enough to win the game, and the Checkers remain winless at home this season.

“They got a couple lucky goals and sucked the momentum right out of us…” said Murphy.  “The more you lose, the more hungry you get and the more passionate you want to play, the more effort you want to put into the game. Because once the first one comes, hopefully the floodgates will open.”

How I spent my summer vacation, by Chasing Checkers

Remember those essays you had to write on the first day of school? Well, this fall is my first fall in many many years where I’m not in school (yay Master’s degree completion) but I guess I still wanted to write an essay.  So here you go.  How I spent my summer vacation.

I must begin by saying thank you to the police, fire, medic and rescue workers who risked their lives 13 years ago after the senseless acts of violence done to America. So many innocent lives were lost… mothers, fathers, sons, daughters. Everyone I know was impacted in some way by the terrible tragedy, and I hope we never face another day like September 11, 2001.

I don’t have a very traditional career. I have one theater job that consumes me nine months of the year, and I supplement that with a great deal of freelancing. This summer, instead of taking most of the three months off, I picked up not one, not two, but three new part time jobs. One starts in the coming weeks, and two others consumed me this summer. Needless to say, my crazy life got a whole lot crazier, but I wouldn’t trade it for a “normal” career!

I still did what I could to enjoy my summer “vacation.”

  • I cheered the LA Kings onto their second Stanley Cup championship. I’m pretty sure it’s because I knit a pair of LA Kings socks and painted my toenails purple, something I failed to do in 2013 but did in 2012. So to all the Kings fans out there, you’re welcome. I brought them luck.
  • I checked a huge thing off of my personal bucket list by not only visiting the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, but seeing my favorite band play there on a tour after a nine year hiatus. Needless to say, Nickel Creek was magical and a dream come true seeing them perform together again.
  • I ran miles of feeder cable. I’m a tie in electrician in the summer, and at about 2000 feet of 4-0 a show, I ran a lot of cable for more concerts than I can count or remember. It was fun, and a new adventure.
  • I spent three weeks on the beach at Windy Hill. My grandfather built a family cottage in the 1940’s, and it has hardly been updated, but it’s home, and I’m grateful I get to spend time there, and the beers consumed on it’s porch (Coronado Brewing out of San Diego, CA is a new favorite!).
  • I knit something that won Best of Show at the NC Mountain State Fair. It heads to Raleigh for the State Fair next month, so keep your fingers crossed I get another ribbon and a $10 payout for my effort (that should cover the cost of one craft beer at a game, right?).

So, now that summer is over, I guess I should focus on what the fall and beyond holds for me. Hockey season is right around the corner, and I’ve had the Checkers on the mind a great deal. The team is going to be a very different one than previous seasons. A new yet-to-be-named captain, and at least one new alternate. Lots of new faces, but a handful of returning ones too.  I am excited to see how a very new team can create the chemistry of past seasons.

There are many players I will miss seeing on the ice, but change is good, and can be exciting. I am anxious to see how the season unfolds.

 

So, Checkers fans, who are you most anxious to see in action this year?

Who are you going to miss the most from last season’s team?

How do you think the Checkers will fair in 2014-15?

Who do you have your sights on for the new captain this season?

Charlotte Checkers win big against San Antonio, gain two more points in the standings.

The Charlotte Checkers came away with a gritty 4-3 win over San Antonio in front of a sold-out crowd tonight.

Chris Terry scored two of the Checkers three powerplay goals, extending his streak to five games.  He now has seven points over that stretch of games, and 31 points over the last 25 games (12g, 19a).  He’s sixth in the league with 59 points (26g, 23a). That’s #Terryiffic.

Despite two full powerplay opportunities for Charlotte during the first period, the team was outshot 13-11 and no scoring for either team.  The second period, thanks in part to nearly two minutes on a 5-on-3, had the Checkers outshooting their opposition 21-9, and had the Checkers leading 3-1 by the end of it.

San Antonio found the back of the net twice in the third period, but a late powerplay goal by Terry sealed the Checkers victory over the Rampage.

Nicolas Blanchard stood out as a major roleplayer in tonight’s win.  He was in the right place at the right time, and a key to Brody Sutter’s second period goal, and Coach Jeff Daniels spoke highly of Blanchard’s on-ice performance.

“Blanch is a guy [who] as coaches, we really appreciate.” Daniels continued, “We appreciate what he does not only for us but for his teammates on the ice.”

Chris Terry, the game’s first star, knows Sunday’s game will be another battle.

“They’ve got a really good team. A lot of NHL guys who play the body, play hard,” Terry continued, “We’re going to expect the same thing. We’re going to have to push back and nothing less than two points is acceptable at this time of the year.”

The playoff push continues for Charlotte, who now 12 games remaining, including two more against San Antonio.

Game Four Recap – Checkers lose to Barons by a seven-goal margain

It’s safe to say tonight’s game incited many choice words and it’s hard to find a place to begin.

Everything looked clear on the front during warm-ups, the team had obvious high spirits and seemingly no worry as to whether or not this game was theirs. The beginning of the game sported some true playoff hockey despite scoring starting with a seemingly fluke goal by the Barons 34 seconds in. As time passed, probably the longest first period of our lives, OKC showed just how bloodthirsty they were for a win. Edging on elimination they gave all they had and then some as dirty play began to ensue. No one was the poster child for this quite like Ben Eager. Eager’s play was cheap and full of instigation, earning him a ten minute game misconduct before the conclusion of the second period.

Regardless, the end of the first period left hope. After watching OKC take 3 goals without ever looking back the Checkers needed to regroup and come back with a fire. Instead it took 5 minutes and 27 seconds for Rob Madore to be pulled. Current backup and fan favorite, Michael Murphy, entered the game, one he was surely not prepared for and arguably had no chance to be. The second period was awful, no other way to put it or option to sugar coat it. The Checkers had three shots on goal. Yes, three. Instead of regrouping they allowed the Barons to get under their skin and affect their play. For a large portion of the period they were played as puppies chasing their tails in hopes that something would happen. This proved unfruitful though, thankfully only two more goals were allowed in the hellish second.

When the third came around, Charlotte actually seemed somewhat rejuvenated and was well aware of the play they had to make up for. Things improved slightly, but nowhere near where they should have been. The Checkers did see some inspired play in the third after Zach Boychuk potted Charlotte’s only goal of the night. The team had not given up but the messy icing on the cake was surely having one of our own players tip in a goal on himself. But that is the story of the game. The loss was one the team gave to itself. Play was sloppy on both ends of the ice and frustrated to say the least, I’m not even sure Brett Sutter properly received a pass all night. Despite this the blame cannot be placed solely on one players’ shoulders, it is a burden that the entire team carries in one way or another.

All in all, this night is past everyone. It’s over. Tomorrow brings a new game, a new opportunity, a fresh start to advance to the second round of playoffs. The Checkers must take that new opportunity and face it as if this is the first game they’ve played against OKC. They have to lay everything on the ice and will have to bring their focus back to the moment rather than focusing on the frustrations of tonight’s game. The Checkers have all the talent in the world to make Calder a reality, but face elimination tomorrow night at 7pm.

The History Behind the Cup

It’s game day, so what better way to prepare than learning a bit about the ultimate goal of the playoffs! Thanks, as always, to the great writing team of Tess and Sara here at Chasing Checkers! – Jenni – Editor-of-Awesome

Most hockey fans know the history behind the Stanley Cup, but what about the Calder? The Calder Cup is 77 years old and bears its namesake from the late great, Frank Calder. This Cup is awarded to the American Hockey League’s final playoff championship winner. It is also the second oldest trophy of it’s kind, only trailing Stanley itself.

Frank Calder is a familiar name to many. Another piece of hardware claims the Calder title, the NHL’s Calder Memorial Trophy given “to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the National Hockey League.” Calder served as the NHL’s first president from 1917 to 1943 and was instrumental in making hockey what it is today.

The first Calder Cup was given in 1938, the same year that the IHL (International) and C-AHL (Can-Am) formally merged together as one, to the Providence Reds. The season prior, when the leagues merely had interlocking schedules, the 1937 Syracuse Stars allegedly never got the privilege of receiving the Cup despite being the rightful champions and in 1996 finally had the chance to hoist it.

This season nurtures the Checkers’ second run at the Cup, their first was in their AHL inaugural season (2010-2011) where Charlotte made it all the way to the semi-finals only to lose four straight games to the Binghamton Senators and relinquish their fight to glory.

The Calder Cup stands at 24 inches tall, a beautiful mix of sterling silver and Brazilian mahogany boasting the names of the last 20 teams to hoist the hardware.
Be sure to go out and support your Checkers on the road to the Calder and help to make them a bigger part of this history!

OKC Barons drill the Checkers. Charlotte loses 4-2.

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Luke Pither has been a bright spot on the Checkers during the past month, and one of the most significant additions to the post-lockout team. (Photo – J. Propst)

It was a pretty ugly loss in Charlotte tonight.  Though not as devastating as it could have been, the Checkers fell by a score of 4-2 to the Oklahoma City Barons.  The first two periods were just abysmal, and the third only slightly better.  Overall though, the Checkers couldn’t maintain control of the puck, rarely were able to take it into the offensive zone, and lacked any of the effort required to win hockey games.    

In the first period, Checkers goaltender John Muse, in his first game as the number one goaltender in Charlotte, he allowed three shots on four goals.   

What impressed me the most though, was that Muse was able to shake it off and come back into the game, allowing one more goal on 20 shots. It’s not easy to shake off one of the worst periods I’ve ever seen a goaltender have, but Muse did it, which I believe is a great sign of his potential.  

An ever changing lineup certainly contributed to a lackluster performance by the Checkers, the team knows what needs to be done to get back to winning.

Sean Dolan was very honest about what needs to happen to get back to winning. “We’ve got to come out more physical and know we have a good team. Doesn’t matter who’s in the lineup or who’s not in the lineup. You’ve got to play as a team like coach says, and come out and, you know, bang bodies and get pucks on net.”

 

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Chris Terry, though not on the scoresheet tonight, has contributed to the Checkers seven-game streak of a perfect penalty kill. In 26 attempts, no other team has scored while Charlotte is on the PK. (Photo – J. Propst)

Chris Terry, one of the few players who has played in every game for the Checkers this season with the exception of a brief AHL suspension he served earlier in the year, knows he has to continue being a leader on the ice, especially as a skater who is a key member of the Checkers special teams, and a veteran leader.  

“I don’t think my role is changed… ” Terry said, “I need to do my job everywhere and obviously scoring has been a good thing lately, but I don’t put any added pressure.”

Positives to look forward to after a tough loss, and a few random thoughts that don’t fit anywhere else:

  • Tomorrow at noon, there’s always the chance that the Checkers could have a new (again) forward by the name of Zach Boychuk. The Pittsburgh Penguins put him on waivers today, and the Hurricanes are the only team in the NHL that could claim him and assign him to the AHL.
  • Rob Madore is the newest addition to the Checkers.  He dressed as John Muse’s backup for the first time tonight, and with Cam Ward’s season-ending injury and Justin Peters recall to the Hurricanes, it looks like Madore will be in Charlotte for the duration.
  • John Muse, while pretty flat in the first period, came back to have a strong rest of the game. Hopefully, his turn-around mentality will rub off on his teammates and they’ll find a way to turn it around!  There’s #NorfolkingWay the Checkers can allow another loss in Virginia like they did last week!
  • A fellow writer sent me this link today. After you read the dodgy German translation, what do you think about the author saying Justin Krueger may be headed back to the Swiss elite league? I think he’s been a great asset to the blue line in Charlotte, and would hate for there to be any truth to the rumor.  I feel like it’s wishful thinking on the part of his former team and it’s fans, just like I can name a few thousand (million?) Canes and Checkers fans who would do just about anything to see Mike Murphy return to the Hurricanes organization!
  • A very small sampling of photos from tonight’s game can be found here