Credit Gregg Forwerck, Carolina Hurricanes.
We went radio silent again over the weekend due to life, but we’re back for what should be a fun week. New podcast should drop on Wednesday. Lets get into it.
Hurricanes Expose Their Guys For Vegas
— Michael Smith (@MSmithCanes) June 18, 2017
No real surprises on this end. I would have protected Lee Stempniak over PDG, but I get where GM Ron Francis is going. Why protect a 34 year old forward when you signed him to a two year deal for this exact purpose? PDG may never score 40 pts in a season but we’ll take youth and a little more salary cap room. Speaking of salary cap room, if Stempniak is taken in the draft then thats $2.5 million more in cap room for Francis to spend on that ‘big splash’ I like it! Good thinking Ron!
Also, Canes will reveal the Adidas theme jerseys today. Don’t expect too much of a change, other than getting rid of the black jersey. We heard about this back in February which is why we made sure to pick up more third jerseys when they started going on sale in the spring.
— Carolina Hurricanes (@NHLCanes) June 19, 2017
NCFC Drops Tough One to Indy Eleven
It’s been a tough last couple of weeks for NCFC and this past Saturday was no different. The men of Sahlen’s Stadium fell to the Indy Eleven 2-0. The good guys weren’t without their chances, Nazmi “We still don’t have a nickname for him” Albadawi just missed on a goal that could have made Raleigh implode. In the end, the legs just got tired on the guys. Luckily, they’ll have a full week to rest up and get healthy before we welcome the Eleven to Raleigh this Saturday at 7:30 PM. I’m feeling a real push here over the last few weeks of the first half!
NC Courage Pick Up Where They Left Off
The Courage cruised to a 3-1 victory over the Virginia Beach..errr Boston Breakers on Saturday evening at Sahlen’s Stadium. The Courage were led by two goals from Kristen Hamilton and one from rookie Ashley Hatch.
The draw by Chicago gives the Courage a nice four point cushion heading into next week against the Boston Breakers up in Boston. The Courage dominated without Lynn Williams and Jessica McDonald. The emergence of rookie Ashley Hatch is definitely exciting for this team who doesn’t seem to lack any forwards.
- Cleveland and GM David Griffin decided to part ways heading into the offseason. Griffin had done a lot to manage the roster over the last few years. However, lets be honest, LeBron is pulling the strings so at least they’re saving a couple million by having Bron do both. Smart management.
- Kevin Durant will opt out and resign with Golden State for less than the max. I’d normally say this is pretty dumb..take all the money you can get when you can get it, but there’s more to this than basketball. Durant is delving into investing in start-ups in the Bay Area, which is pretty smart. Giving up $4 million and having access to some of the smartest people in the world isn’t a bad idea. Maybe Durant can work with an app developer on how to trick all of society into thinking he’s better than LeBron even though he joined a 73 win team. Oh wait…
- San Diego MLS stadium was put on hold until November of 2018 vote (Technically there can be a special vote). I feel for these cities where the bids came in fast and build all of this excitement and then HEARTBREAK. It’d be pretty cool to get a stadium rending and location announcement in Raleigh in the coming weeks. Just something to come a long and crush the competition, but I’ll be patient. In other older news, I heard FC Cincinnati is considering sites in Kentucky. Always a strong selling point…