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2019-20 Canes Miscellaneous News Thread

jeffbear

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So ... the Hurricanes have finally decided to do something about all that ticket money they've been sitting on for the "paused" 2019-20 games. See selections and the FAQ from the email below ...

While the remaining eight home games of the 2019-20 regular season have not been officially cancelled, the Hurricanes want to continue to provide flexibility to our Season Ticket Members as we all plan ahead for the 2020-21 season. Because we are approaching your next scheduled payment on 6/1/20, we will be applying all credit* from un-played games to decrease this payment, and all future payments for the 2020-21 season. Credit amounts include all un-played 2019-20 regular season games and parking, as well as any funds paid toward the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Your credit* will be applied automatically to the 2020-21 season so no further action is needed at this time. However, if you wish to opt out of this rollover program and receive a refund instead, submit your request here prior to May 21st.

FAQ’s for Applying 2019-20 Credit to 2020-21 plans:

How will credit be applied to 2020-21 payments?

Your credit will be applied to your total 2020-21 remaining balance, which will reduce all future payments, starting with your payment scheduled for 6/1/20.

Does this mean the 2019-20 season is cancelled?
No. The 2019-20 season is still on pause and the NHL is exploring options to finish the 2019-20 season and award the 2020 Stanley Cup. Should the NHL allow the remaining 2019-20 games to be played at PNC Arena with fans and as planned, you will have the opportunity to re-purchase your seats for those games. Your seats for the 2019-20 remaining games and the 2020 Playoffs will remain on your account for the time being.
 

Paulie Walnuts

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Good idea but I think that points to games being played elsewhere. Related : U of Fla said they will allow pro teams to play there but I doubt they have any ice rinks.
 

cmaleski2

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This was the right thing to do. The chances that any of these game happen, with fans, at PNC arena, is pretty much nil at this point. But in the unlikely event that any of these games are played with fans, you just repurchase your tickets, which are still assigned to you. I will appreciate not having any of the next two 20-21 season ticket payments hit my credit card.

I am very glad now I exchanged parking passes in advance for games that I wasn't going to be able to attend to random games near the end of the season. I do that normally so I can gift them to people near the end of the season in an effort to not have them go to waste. I was credited for all of those extra parking passes as well (7 of them) in addition to the 8 parking passes for the remaining games.
 

jeffbear

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Yeah ... this is pretty much a win/win, both for fans who already committed to renew (no payments for a few more months) and for those who didn't (no longer holding your money/credit capacity hostage). There's pretty much no chance the balance of the games from 19-20 get played in front of people, much less in the PNC. Since pretty much every scenario the league seems to be flirting with involves something else, I wouldn't be surprised to eventually hear that the league office issued instructions for the teams to do something with those account balances now.
 

andyt

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A majority stake in the Greenville Swamp Rabbits has been sold to Spire Hockey South, a subsidiary of Spire Holdings. Through another subsidiary, the company also owns the ECHL Rapid City Rush. Another subsidiary, Spire Motorsports, owns the #77 car in the NASCAR Cup Series driven by Reed Sorensen. The car will feature the Swamp Rabbits logo on the hood, rear quarter panels and tail. One of the owners of Spire Holdings is Chip Ganassi, who owns the #1 and #42 cars in NASCAR.

The former majority owners will retain a minority stake.

 

jeffbear

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Interesting news ... I guess. IIRC the Canes affiliation agreement with the Swamp Rabbits was only for the one year with an option for two. One presumes the Canes possibly picked up the option, but they haven't been swift about announcing minor league plans under Dundon.
 

Paulie Walnuts

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Play might resume with the playoffs only in 4 hub cities. hub city front runners: Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, Vegas, Dallas and Minneapolis/St. Paul Playoffs might start with a round robin round with either 20 or 24 teams, either way the Canes are in the playoffs:

 

andyt

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Play might resume with the playoffs only in 4 hub cities. hub city front runners: Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, Vegas, Dallas and Minneapolis/St. Paul Playoffs might start with a round robin round with either 20 or 24 teams, either way the Canes are in the playoffs:

LeBrun tweeted that the Return to Play Committee has talked throughout the weekend and they’re making progress on a 24 team playoff format. More talks over the next few days.

 

bagopux

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Gotta have teams like Chicago, Montreal and Rangers in who would not be in with 20 teams right? For TV ratings of course.
I have no gripe with the Rangers getting a shot (well, unless you count the Adam Fox thing). If you go with just 20 teams, then the bonus teams in the East are the Islanders and the Panthers. The Rangers are 1 point ahead of Florida and own the tiebraker. If the league had gone 1 more game in the schedule, and Florida lost that game (even in OT) to the Capitals, then the Rangers would have been in the 20-team field. Montreal, on the other hand, is 10 back of the last WC spot and they had only 11 games left. No chance they would've made it.

Chicago would be the last team in the West in a 24-team field. They are 6 points out of the last WC spot with a few teams to leapfrog. Not easy and highly unlikely they would've made it, but nowhere close to the hole the Habs were in.
 

jeffbear

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According to today's ... whatever, let's call it chatter ... it looks like we might be down to two hub cities instead of four. Fine, I guess.

Wake me when they have an actual, workable plan.
 

Paulie Walnuts

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12 teams per city? Clearly that won't work here. That almost seems like both cities will be in the great white north, or at least one of them.
 

jeffbear

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If they're talking about 12 teams per city it would limit your options to locations with a massive amount of hotel rooms within reasonable distance from practice facilities and the arena ... and with Canada and California being problematic, I'd say you're looking at Vegas for sure, and maybe one other location outside of the Northeast corridor.

But again ... I see no reason to keep breathlessly "reporting" on this process until there's an actual plan to be announced. This is like play by play on sausage grinding ... except less interesting.
 

CanadaCanes

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Montreal getting in the playoffs under a 24 team format is just nuts, sorry, even our resident Habsy and HabsPatrol friends in here must feel that way...they sold off their UFA's and were waving the white surrender flag at the trade deadline!

LeBrun and others are convinced the NHL is about to release their return to play plan this week, so like JB mentions, let's have some concrete plans released over the spitball media news speculation and at least have some real, honest to goodness dates and times to hopefully see some hockey back on the calendar down the road this summer! With no fans in attendance and a two city tournament style set up to implement the strict conditions and testing required seems like a smart idea. It just seems to make much more sense that the smaller amount of hub cities you have to pull all this off would be easier with 2 cities than 4 or 6 or 8. The goal is to finish the season with a playoff and award the Cup and of course reap all that TV money in the safest way possible right now, so keep it confined to two cities and try and be as consistent as you can with everything else to pull it off.
 

jeffbear

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Honestly ... all this stuff is nonsense at this point anyway. Whoever ends up winning a Cup under these circumstances will have a giant silver asterisk in their hardware cabinet instead of a trophy. It's all a very specific concoction that will have almost nothing to do with they manner in which they normally crown a champion ... and pretending otherwise is frankly ridiculous.
 
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