My 5 Worst Articles Of The Season At Cardiac Canes

May 18, 2023; Raleigh, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Jaccob Slavin (74) checks Florida Panthers left wing Matthew Tkachuk (19) during the third overtime period of game one in the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports
May 18, 2023; Raleigh, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Jaccob Slavin (74) checks Florida Panthers left wing Matthew Tkachuk (19) during the third overtime period of game one in the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports /
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Just like a princess has to kiss a lot of frogs to find her prince, you kind folks have had to read a lot of less-than-stellar articles I’ve written just to get to a few good ones.  Though some of you might just say all of what I have written should go on this list, here is a top 5 of the worst, and most infamous articles I have produced here at Cardiac Canes.

5) You Heard It Here First, Greensboro Is The Next AHL Town

Little more in this world do I want than for Greensboro to get an AHL team. Having lived there, I know just what a cool place it really is, and I would have never moved had a job not brought me to Raleigh. There are some many great opportunities. Naming, branding, a baked in rivalry with Charlotte.

We can dream.

The responses to this article were the worst. Please shooting down a piece written as an idea, or sniping at particular points in a speculative article. Come on people. It’s an idea piece. Nothing more.

May 24, 2023; Sunrise, Florida, USA; Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere (41) shoots the puck against the Florida Panthers during the third period in game four of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs at FLA Live Arena. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports
May 24, 2023; Sunrise, Florida, USA; Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere (41) shoots the puck against the Florida Panthers during the third period in game four of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs at FLA Live Arena. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports /

4) Would Gavrikov Or Chychrun Add To The Canes Defense?

This article aged like cheese, wrapped in tin foil, on a metal roof. Almost the instant it was published the Canes finished out their trade deadline work. Still it was fun to write and see just what the two would do for the Canes.

Is it the worst? No by a long shot. But it failed before it was complete.

I am afraid to say, it is not much unlike the moves Carolina made. Time will tell.

3) Canes Podcasts: Who To Listen To, Who To Ignore

Boy, if I ever whacked a hornet’s nest with this one. Headlines are tricky like that. In the end, I tipped my cap to the podcasts I liked, and tried as politely as I could, to hedge against those I didn’t. Judging their responses, I was a little too nice to some, and too hard on others.

Just like Cleopatra had a face that launched a 1,000 ships, this article launched a 1,000 Tweets and as many remarks on podcasts. And that’s ok.

Worst of all is that this article is still living rent free in the minds of several podcasters to this day…and we know who….

Guys, if you’re that bent out of shape about it, feel free to have me on. It’ll spice up the ratings for everyone involved.

And while you’re at it, get out of your head, and certainly get me out of there too. Please and thank you.

Apr 11, 2023; Raleigh, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Hurricanes center Sebastian Aho (20) looks up at the fans after their victory against the Detroit Red Wings at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 11, 2023; Raleigh, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Hurricanes center Sebastian Aho (20) looks up at the fans after their victory against the Detroit Red Wings at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports /

2) Trade Sebastian Aho; And Get What?

If the previous article launched 1,000 Tweets, and hate filled remarks, this one launched 10,000. But let me defend myself once and for all. I heard on several different podcasts what I understood to be joking remarks about trading Aho.

Being curious enough to run that logic out to the end, I tried to see what would happen in the Hurricanes did in fact trade him. Worst mistake of my Cardiac Canes career. Heaven forbid anyone use some logic on the internet. Oh well, it was fun to watch the trolls who didn’t read the article (albeit not the best I’ve written) get up in arms.

That being said, there have been SEVERAL podcasts coming out at seasons end calling for a trade of Aho AND Necas. I can’t agree with anything of the nature. (I will give you a hint, it ends in a “T”) Not just because of this article, but it certainly does not help that I took a heaping helping of flack for it.

Looking back, there are realms of the internet that are just the worst.

Apr 8, 2023; Buffalo, New York, USA; Buffalo Sabres center Tage Thompson (72) celebrates his goal with teammates during the third period against the Carolina Hurricanes at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 8, 2023; Buffalo, New York, USA; Buffalo Sabres center Tage Thompson (72) celebrates his goal with teammates during the third period against the Carolina Hurricanes at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports /

1) Tage Thompson For A Song?

“Obviously you’re not a golfer” The Dude

Anyone who didn’t get this OBVIOUS joke, just isn’t getting any joke. We had people say I would lose my journalistic creditability, tell me they didn’t get the joke, and tell me it was a stupid joke to start with. My responses were, in order, “What journalistic credibility??? I write for Cardiac Canes. Ya’ll think we’re garbage anyway,” “Sorry you can’t take a joke,” and “If I was talking to you, I’d let you know.”

Still it was a hoot to write, and a blast to see folks struggle with their fragile senses of reality. I thought I made it obvious enough the whole thing was a joke, but I guess some folks just aren’t golfers.

At the end of the day, we’re just out here generating Carolina Hurricanes content. Some of it is good, some of it is bad. Some of it ends up on lists at the end of the year when the next Canes game is further away than the last.