11 games. A franchise record since moving to NC. Sadly we’re not talking about wins in this one either. 11 straight without a win, and something significant has to change.
I’d say start making trades with the presence that Sutter and Boychuk have brought in their first few games here, but Samson is the only one left in the AHL that I believe is NHL ready forward wise. Bowman needs the rest of the season, or at least until the deadline. Terry probably a 2nd full season in the A. None of the others (Dodge, Chaput, Blanchard) would have an offensive impact with the team.
But one change I would like to see made, one that I honestly feel could help out, is a move to get a new coach in. The one I’m proposing for now? A familiar face to those around this franchse. A former captain, a Whaler legend, and one of the members of the team upon its move to North Carolina, the original #11 for the Canes: Kevin Dineen.
Before anyone says I’ve lost it, here’s what he’s done as a head coach in the AHL since retiring as a player.
Record: 174-107-16-23, a franchise record winning percentage for the Portland Pirates even over current NHL head coach Barry Trotz.
Two appearances in the AHLs Eastern Conference Finals.
2005-06 Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Trophy winner (AHL Coach of the year)
If Mo Must Go (and I think he must, whether right now or after the season) then could there be any better story then Dineen taking a franchise that he was a key component of for years back from being laughing stock of the league to that team nobody wants to face in the playoffs?