Red and Black Hockey
by David Lee on 11/12/09 at 11:21 PM ET
On Wednesday, the Hurricanes stretched their losing streak to seven games and their winless streak to an astounding 13 games. After falling behind 2-0 to the Kings, they tied the game in the third period, but everything fell apart, and they ended up losing 5-2. Tuomo Ruutu had the only two goals for the Canes.
At times, Manny Legace looked good. At times, he looked worse than Johnny Crackers. He, for absolutely no reason, came so far out of his net on a couple of occasions that I actually thought he was going on a beer run. Again, though, it wasn’t bad goaltending that lost the game. The defense left Legace out to dry on two power play goals. In the offensive zone, not much good happened. Right now, as fragile as this team is, the only way they’re going to win any games is when the final score is 2-1. The defense isn’t playing well enough to make that happen. And the forwards certainly aren’t playing well enough to get into a track meet with anybody.
On Thursday, the Canes placed winger/defenseman/pugilist Tim Conboy on waivers. Unless some GM is completely out of his mind, Conboy will clear waivers on Friday afternoon. For some unknown reason, he’s on a one-way contract, but after he clears waivers I believe he can be assigned to Albany. It was a mistake to give him a one-way contract, as he has absolutely nothing to offer the big club. Nothing. His only marketable skill is that he isn’t afraid to fight anyone, but the sad reality is that he can’t fight his way out of a soaking wet paper bag. Even if you gave him a knife and a gun. He has absolutely no offensive upside and is a bad choice even as an emergency fill-in on the third defensive pairing. Even with the injuries that the Hurricanes have been enduring, Conboy has been a healthy scratch. I like his vigor, but he’s not bringing anything useful to the table, and it won’t hurt my feelings one bit if he gets reassigned or released.
If he clears and if he is reassigned or released, the Canes could call up another player from Albany. For months, I’ve been hoping that Jerome Samson would get a chance, and this might be it.
On Friday, the Canes will continue their four-game homestand against the Islanders. Michael Leighton will probably be in nets. Maybe they can snap their unlucky 13-game skid on the unlucky date of Friday the 13th.
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David Lee is a restaurant manager with an unused degree in political science. He can be found at Carolina Hurricanes games, Scrabble tournaments and indie-rock shows. Sometimes, all in the same day.