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What a Day

Thursday, 12.4.2008 / 10:05 AM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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What a Day

Now that the madness has subsided a little bit, I wanted to take a minute and reflect a day that was surreal on many levels. 

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The Laviolette dismissal didn’t come as a huge surprise, although the timing of it did.  I was expecting it a bit more the morning after the Ducks loss on Monday.  When it was quiet then, I figured nothing would happen until after the three-game homestand, if at all.

Laviolette leaving would have been enough in itself.  But not only was Paul Maurice his replacement, he was already in the building and ran practice literally one hour after the press conference.  Covering a Paul Maurice-run practice was probably the last thing I expected to be doing when I arrived at the rink yesterday morning.

Oh, and for good measure, Ron Francis is now on the coaching staff.  Wild, wild day.

We can discuss the reasons for the changes all day, but for me, the following sums it up in a way that’s fairly short and sweet:

Canes’ record in November 2007: 7-6-0 total, 5-4-0 at home

Jim Rutherford in April’s season-ending press conference:

”For whatever reason we then went through a period of time in November and December of undisciplined, lackluster, inconsistent ... poor work ethic, and that’s what really cost us the playoffs,”

Canes’ record in November 2008: 7-9-0 total, 5-6-0 at home.

A few weeks ago, Rutherford said he was shying away from major changes since the team won three straight after first three-game losing streak of the month.  A 1-4 record since then probably sealed the deal.  The sluggish play in November of last season extended all the way until late January, which is something the Canes can’t afford to do again.

It’s always a huge shame to part ways with a coach, especially a very good one who won a Stanley Cup in the not-so-distant past, but here’s hoping Maurice provides the shake-up the team clearly needs.

Best of luck to Laviolette, who I’m sure won’t be out of work for long.

Pregame skates are back in the Maurice regime, and I’ll have updates afterwards.  Justin Williams is participating.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 52 39 9 4 171 117 82
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 53 30 18 5 150 135 65
4 NYI 52 28 18 6 145 129 62
5 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
6 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
7 BOS 53 28 19 6 153 146 62
8 PIT 52 27 18 7 138 132 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
12 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
13 PHI 52 23 20 9 122 137 55
14 BUF 54 21 27 6 124 146 48
15 CBJ 55 21 28 6 137 170 48
16 TOR 52 19 24 9 120 144 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 54 15 19 -13 34
J. Skinner 54 19 12 -3 31
V. Rask 52 12 19 0 31
J. Staal 54 12 19 8 31
K. Versteeg 53 10 21 1 31
E. Staal 54 9 21 0 30
E. Lindholm 54 8 16 -9 24
A. Nestrasil 47 7 12 0 19
J. Nordstrom 43 5 9 2 14
R. Hainsey 54 3 11 -11 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 15 11 6 .908 2.38
E. Lack 9 10 3 .901 2.74
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