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  1. 72 points
    I see that most people are pretty upset at the Jay Beagle and Antoine Roussel signings. I'm someone that'd be dancing in the streets if Benning got fired tomorrow, but I have to defend these signings for a few reasons. 1. First of all, everyone wanted Vancouver to get tougher which is what they did. It's a lot better in my opinion to sign toughness than trade for or draft it. 2. Some people have quoted Benning as saying that the NHL is now a speed/skill game so why is he signing these old guys? Well, if you look at the players he's drafted he DID target speed and skill. In the meantime, someone has to do the grinding so that our up and coming youngsters can play offensive roles. Been saying it for years, better to sign these types of guys instead of trading 2nd round picks for them. 3. To those that are upset about term and money, you should be used to it by now with this management group. If you want these contracts to look better, just compare them to what we gave to Eriksson, Sutter and Gudbranson. Contracts are one of Benning's biggest weakness but the ones today aren't terrible, just bad and that's an improvement. Baby steps. 4. Finally and most importantly, what do these signings signal. Benning didn't target the types of players that will actually make a difference in wins/losses. He signed guys that will fill the bottom 6 roles and this leaves more room for our talented forward prospects to break onto the 2nd line and get power play time. No Vaneks or Erikssons or Millers in a sad attempt to squeeze blood from a stone. This was a rebuild type of free agency day. At the end of the day we got some good 4th liners and overpaid them but why would anyone sign in Vancouver unless they were overpaid? They're small enough that you can trade them, buy them out or bury them in the minors if you get in cap trouble in a few years. There was nothing Vancouver could have done to turn this ship around any faster and IMO they didn't really shoot themselves in the foot.
  2. 46 points
    I was browsing through some Canucks records and came across the list of all-time game-winning goals. I knew Daniel was at the top, and I knew it would be by a fair margin, but I was shocked at the gap: Daniel - 86, Naslund - 49. Then I started thinking, "86? That's an awful lot for a guy with fewer than 400 career goals." So I took a bit of a look through the numbers. Looking at the list of NHL all-time GWG leaders, none of them could stack up as a percentage of career goals. After digging a bit deeper, what I determined is that of all players that have scored at least 250 career goals, only Canadiens great Aurèle Joliat, who won games with 65 of his 269 goals in the 1920s and '30s, had a higher percentage of game winners than Daniel. Now, one could make the argument that having more game-winners in general, regardless of whether or not there are also more non-game-winners, would qualify as more clutch. They're still ending more games on their stick, right? Guys like Jagr, Howe, Esposito, Selanne and many others have more GWG than Daniel, while also having far more career goals. Personally, though, I've always viewed "clutchness" as a measurement of timely production relative to talent level. Guys I've thought of as clutch always seemed to outperform their expectations when it mattered most. Maybe the crux of the argument is that true "clutchness" doesn't reveal itself until the playoffs, making the premise of this thread entirely pointless. Oh, and for the record: Daniel's 86 game-winners were out of 393 career goals, which works out to, of course, 22%.
  3. 42 points
    So tired of people *****ing about a kids weight. Weight can be put on. You fatties behind your keyboards should know that first hand.
  4. 41 points
    I'll just post my usual response to our local media:
  5. 39 points
    https://www.nhlpa.com/news/1-15180/burrows-retires-after-13-nhl-seasons
  6. 39 points
    I went to the Canucks Development Camp practice at Rogers Arena and I was absolutely blown away by Quinn Hughes. Great skating, edges, and puck-handling. Now the question is: where will he be playing in October?
  7. 38 points
    Brock Boeser scores hat trick in first game back
  8. 36 points
    A little lotto luck going the other way for both teams, and where would we be? Add to that, Toronto started their shanaplan after years of not being really competitive, draft picks and all. Benning kind of walked into a tirefire from a prospect pool perspective.
  9. 36 points
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  11. 36 points
    Fitting. Perhaps the most fitting award of their careers. Love what these guys did for the game and I don't care who says otherwise, tough guys who will be locks for the HOF on the first ballot. Looks good on you Hank and Danny. Well done! 8:25 p.m. ET Sedins win King Clancy Trophy Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin won the King Clancy Trophy, which goes to the player or players who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community. Selected second and third, respectively, in the 1999 NHL Draft, the twins are the only sibling duo in League history to each record 1,000 career points. Henrik is the Canucks' all-time leader in games played, assists and points, while Daniel sits atop the franchise's all-time goals list.
  12. 35 points
    Are we really doing this?
  13. 35 points
    “I’m thrilled right now. I didn’t think I’d slip past Vancouver. If there was a spot I wanted to pick, it was Vancouver.” - Hughes
  14. 35 points
    The plane Mike Hoffman was on.
  15. 34 points
    So sick of people complaining about the 4 year term and money that was giving out to Beagle and Roussell. I remember when Dorsett was giving out 4 years at 2.5 mill per everyone was complaining then. He became an instant fan favourite with his toughness and tenacity. Now that he is retired, people know how valuable he was and no one has talked about his contract. Money is not going to be an issue either. By the time our young guys are up for a nice raise, tons of people will be off the books like Edler, MDZ, Gagne, Gubranson, and etc. Good Job Benning on the signings. I much rather have these guys play the tough minutes than have Horvat kill penalties, block a shot and break his ankle. Skill young forwards are meant for the top 2-3 lines, theres is not point putting goldinbin or lepsic on the fourth line. If they are good enough, they will make the team to score and not play in a checking role. Beagle and Roussell will be a Fan favourite just like Dorsett!
  16. 34 points
    I am surprised Ron McLean hasnt publicly blamed Burrows for all the BS going on in Ottawa.
  17. 34 points
    Those huge California teams did well these last playoffs.
  18. 33 points
    Uh, who is upset? All of the posters that seem to have good hockey knowledge are pretty happy if not ecstatic about the moves. Other than the 4 year terms (3 years better IMHO), these moves ticked all the key boxes for the Canucks. No one to interfere with top 6 forward talent development but adding oodles of leadership, a good dose of speed and some very nice hard to play against elements that include great PK and face-off abilities. If someone is "hating" this, it doesn't seem to be on CDC. I think Toronto media is in a Tavares delirium and perhaps that is where you are perceiving an issue? Or, perhaps you are reading the opinions of Flame, Oilers and other Pacific Division fans who are thinking "perhaps the Canucks are going to be harder to play against and they do have all those young studs coming....crap, they might just be good faster than we thought they would be". Is that it? Is that where you see the hate?
  19. 33 points
    Fourteen years ago my son met someone ON THIS SITE....they were married on Sunday. Two of the attendees also met on here, are married and expecting their second child. So this site delivers!
  20. 33 points
    I've waited 7 years, 7 freaking years, for them to add a puck moving presence to replace Christian Ehrhoff. They have done that today. This team is finally going to take that next step into becoming an elite hockey team once again. I can't be any happier.
  21. 32 points
    Curious to get the thoughts of others here, I hear daily on 650 ( I enjoy the Canucks coverage overall ) about a few things that grind my gears. Jim Benning: it seems the consensus in the media? Is Benning will be on thin ice come the end of his current contract. We are hearing Benning needs Hughes, Boeser, and his other notable picks to reach max potential on sky high ceilings in order to save his job ?!? I don't get it, am I one of the very few who sees with ownership in place the Benning/Linden regime here long term? Benning has greatly improved the teams overall depth and quality of youth I just don't see how he'd be on a short leash. Nikolay Goldobin: have heard more than a few times and again just now how little Goldobin is viewed even now how he is the Canucks reclamation project who maybe gets flipped for a 4th ir 5th round pick ?!? sorry what? I mean the guy was a 1st round pick, has shown slick skill, speed, and finish. Has spent time in the organization learning the defensive side of the game as well. 22 years old and a scorer's touch that will need scoring. How is he a reclamation project? If anything in a contract year, opportunity to play an offensive role, this reclamation project could pot 20 goals and make some defense look silly doing it. We saw flashes of this last year. Again, scratch my head when I hear project. Logjam at forward? Defense?: one if the biggest ironies here is fans and media alike complain for years the prospect cupboard is bare, not enough players pushing for NHL jobs and the complaint once injuries hit that the Chaput's of the World get minutes. Now the team has greater depth at all positions. Prospects knocking on the door and regulars and depth players under contract. Some people keep sounding off about the team needing to trade out players because there is too many now especially at forward. Or on defense where will Hughes ir OJ fit. You dont go into camp with only enough bodies to fill roles and you certainly add veterans where you can in the event prospects cant make the jump. Worst case is come the end of camp what? Biega, Gaunce go on Waivers ? nobody claims them because 30 other teams are trying to sneak their guys down too.... Like to hear others thoughts as maybe I'm out to lunch but seems there is a voice here that Benning is on thin ice, Goldobin is a project, and the team has too many potential NHL pieces on their roster.
  22. 32 points
    I am always happy to see trolls reveal themselves early on, it makes it easier to ignore them, prior to wasting time reading multiple posts.
  23. 31 points
    Quinn Hughes | D 5'10" | 174 lbs | Vancouver Canucks Born: October 14, 1999 Birthplace: Orlando, USA Shoots: Left Draft: 7th overall, 2018, Canucks Scouting Report: Stats: --- Regular Season --- ---- Playoffs ---- Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2014-15 St. Michael's Buzzers OJHL 1 0 0 0 10 -- -- -- -- -- 2015-16 U.S. National Under-17 Te USHL 34 4 7 11 10 -- -- -- -- -- 2016-17 U.S. National Under-18 Te USHL 26 4 22 26 10 -- -- -- -- -- 2017-18 U. of Michigan Big-1 37 5 24 29 26 2017-18 U. of Michigan Big-10 Statistics Unavailable -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  24. 31 points
    I don't get the reasoning for Bergeven to come out and say this publically. He just looks desperate and if no good offers come in he has backed himself into a corner. Not sure what the French word is for tool. But Bergeven = Le Tool.
  25. 31 points
    I suspect Toronto's regime had a bit of a head start by inheriting accumulated assets from missing the playoffs for the vast majority of the 10 prior years. They also had a lotto win where they drafted an elite franchise player (contrast that with losing draft position almost every year) It would also be interesting to examine their roster from 2013 to see if they had the same number of challenging contracts the Canucks had to move too (No trades, Kesler handcuffing management with a 2 team trade list). In the end I dont think they started with the same cupboard - so its hard (and probably unfair) to compare.
  26. 31 points
    Only ignorant people compare them. Different expectations, different phases of the competitive cycle, different core of players. Apples to Oranges really
  27. 30 points
    Follow this plan: 1. Get a huge face puncher from the AHL. One that is basically done as a hockey player but who seems to be a bit psycho. Pay him 3 million to just play one game. Put him in against Boston for one reason: to punch the living hell out of ratface. As our goon smashes ratface into the ice he must whisper in his ear...this is for the Sedins. Give our goon his bag of money and let him retire from hockey. 2. Find a 2nd AHL face puncher. Repeat #1 above when Canucks play Chicago. This time goon, after the beating, whispers in Keiths ear the same thing. Give goon bag of money. Of course I do not in any way endorse violence.
  28. 29 points
    Love these videos when JB Mic's up really gives you some insight on the hockey world. I like the JB wasn't really willing to give up those draft picks for extra picks just so they can select the guy they want. I've been impressed with the drafts that he has done I'm really excited for all these prospects they have acquired over the years and look forward to more of these videos.
  29. 28 points
    When Linden said they were willing to take on some bad contracts, I didn't have this in mind. 4 years!
  30. 27 points
    Hey guys, first time poster here, (btw, this is a really long post) It's pretty well known that the Canucks struggled at the draft for a while prior to Jim Benning coming in, but I was curious about how the Canucks recent history measures up against the rest of the league so I crunched some numbers looking at the Burke, Nonis, Gillis and Benning eras of drafting. I chose to simply count how many players who were drafted, ended up playing at least 100 games in the NHL and how this stacked up against league averages for each GM's era. Obviously this does not tell the whole story as it doesn't indicate much about quality of player or how long they played in the NHL so I've discussed the quality a bit and other interesting findings throughout. What I've done below is listed all players that have played 100+ NHL games drafted by each GM (or players that may still get there for recent years) and their draft position and stats to date. Then looked at the league average number of players drafted in the time period and formulated an adjusted league average which takes into account where the Canucks drafted in each draft and how many picks they had relative to other teams. Burke Era (1998 - 2003 drafts) Players with 100+ NHL games: - Bryan Allen: 1998 1st Rd, 4th OA (721GP - 29G - 107A - 136Pts) - Artem Chubarov: 1998 2nd Rd, 31st OA (228GP - 25G - 33A - 58Pts) - Jarkko Ruutu: 1998 3rd Rd, 68th OA (652GP - 58G - 84A - 142Pts) - Daniel Sedin: 1999 1st Rd, 2nd OA (1306GP - 393G - 648A - 1041Pts) - Henrik Sedin: 1999 1st Rd, 3rd OA (1330GP - 240G - 830A - 1070Pts) - R.J. Umberger: 2001 1st Rd, 16th OA (779GP - 180G - 212A - 392Pts) - Kevin Bieksa: 2001 5th Rd, 151st OA (808GP - 63G - 215A - 278Pts) - Ryan Kesler: 2003 1st Rd, 23rd OA (941GP - 253G - 312A - 565Pts) Canucks picks during era: - 6 1st rounders (2, 3, 4, 16, 23, 23) - 4 2nds, 8 3rds, 5 4ths, 7 5ths, 3 6ths, 7 7ths, 8 8ths, 6 9ths - 54 total picks, 8 players with 100+ GP League average during period: - 13.80 players with 100+ GP Adjusted for Canucks picks - 13.11 players with 100+ GP Discussion: Based on the adjusted average, Burke was short about 5 players from what an average team would do with the Canucks picks. He did however find some very good players in the Sedins, Kesler, Bieksa and Umberger. Bryan Allen and Jarkko Ruutu also had fairly solid and lengthy careers. Still, missing on as many picks as he did did not bode well for the Cunucks in the long term. It's interesting that the GM that made some of the best draft floor moves in Canucks history to get the Sedins actually shows up fairly poor overall at least in terms of quantity of picks to play 100+ NHL games. Nonis Era (2004-2007 drafts) Players with 100+ NHL games: - Cory Schneider: 2004 1st Rd, 26th OA (370GP - 161W - 0.920Sv% - 2.36GAA) - Alex Edler: 2004 3rd Rd, 91st OA (758GP - 84G - 250A - 334Pts) - Mike Brown: 2004 5th Rd, 159th OA (407GP - 19G - 17A - 36Pts) - Jannik Hansen: 2004 9th Rd, 287th OA (626GP - 109G - 147A - 256Pts) - Mason Raymond: 2005 2nd Rd, 51st OA (546GP - 115G - 136A - 251Pts) - Michael Grabner: 2006 1st Rd, 14th OA (553GP - 158G - 91A - 249Pts) Canucks picks during era: - 4 1st rounders (10*, 14, 25, 26) - 2 2nds, 2 3rds, 2 4ths, 4 5ths, 5 6ths, 3 7ths, 1 8ths, 1 9ths - 24 total picks, 6 players with 100+ GP League average during period: - 8.23 players with 100+ GP Adjusted for Canucks picks - 5.32* players with 100+ GP *Didn't include Luc Bourdon in any calculations as unfortunately we can't say if he would have made it or not Discussion: What's interesting here is that Nonis had fewer picks than those initially allotted to the Canucks at every draft so despite drafting 6 players over the 4 years compared to the overall league average of just over 8, the adjusted average actually shows that he beat the average by almost one player. He also didn't have a lot of high picks other than the Luc Bourdon and Michael Grabner picks and these weren't really that high at 10 and 14. Another note is that 4 of the 6 players to play 100+ Games came from the 2004 draft which is clearly one of the best drafts in recent memory. The other drafts weren't very good with only 2 players over 3 years though. Gillis Era (2008-2013 drafts) Players with 100+ NHL games: - Cody Hodgson: 2008 1st Rd, 10th OA (328GP - 64G - 78A - 142Pts) - Jordan Schroeder: 2009 1st Rd, 22nd OA (165GP - 18G - 24A - 42Pts) - Kevin Connauton: 2009 3rd Rd, 83 OA (260GP - 26G - 42A - 68Pts) - Brendan Gaunce: 2012 1st Rd, 26th OA (144GP - 5G - 7A - 12Pts) - Ben Hutton: 2012 5th Rd, 147th OA (207GP - 6G - 44A - 50Pts) - Bo Horvat: 2013 1st Rd, 9th OA (295GP - 71G - 90A - 161Pts) Others possible: - Frankie Corrado: 2011 5th Rd, 150th OA (76GP - 3G - 5A - 8Pts) Canucks picks during era: - 6 1st rounders (9, 10, 22, 24, 26, 29) - 3 2nds, 4 3rds, 5 4ths, 6 5ths, 7 6ths, 6 7ths - 37 total picks, 6 players with 100+ GP League average during period: - 10.97 players with 100+ GP Adjusted for Canucks picks - 8.74 players with 100+ GP Discussion: So, honestly, this era looks pretty bad overall. They were almost 3 players short of the adjusted average, 5 short of overall average and where Burke and Nonis found a decent number of high quality players at least, Gillis failed for the most part. Only Horvat looks like a real stud from the Gillis era. Looking back at this, I feel like this draft era could be a big reason why the Canucks have struggled a lot in recent years, when you have 5 draft years from 2008 to 2012 and don't have much to show for it, it really hurts the current team. At least he picked Horvat... What do you guys think? Did the Gillis draft era really hamper the current Canucks? Benning Era (2014-2017 drafts) Players with 100+ NHL games: - Jake Virtanen: 2014 1st Rd, 6th OA (140GP - 17G - 17A - 34Pts) - Jared McCann: 2014 1st Rd, 24th OA (166GP - 19G - 34A - 53Pts) Very likely possibilities: - Thatcher Demko: 2014 2nd Rd, 36th OA (1GP - 1W - 0.867Sv% - 3.93GAA) - Gustav Forsling: 2014 5th Rd, 126th OA (79GP - 5G - 13A - 18Pts) - Brock Boeser: 2015 1st Rd, 23rd OA (71GP - 33G - 27A - 60Pts) - Adam Gaudette: 2015 5th Rd, 149th OA (5GP - 0G - 0A - 0Pts) - Olli Juolevi: 2016 1st Rd, 5th OA (0GP) - Elias Pettersson: 2017 1st Rd, 5th OA (0GP) - Quinn Hughes: 2018 1st Rd, 7th OA (0GP) Others possible: - Nikita Tryamkin: 2014 3rd Rd, 66th OA (79GP - 3G - 8A - 11Pts) - Guillaume Brisebois: 2015 3rd Rd, 66th OA (0GP) - Lucas Jasek: 2015 6th Rd, 174th OA (0GP) - Will Lockwood: 2016 3rd Rd, 64th OA (0GP) - Kole Lind: 2017 2nd Rd, 33rd OA (0GP) - Jonah Gadjovich: 2017 2nd Rd, 55th OA (0GP) - Michael Dipietro: 2017 3rd Rd, 64th OA (0GP) - Jack Rathbone: 2017 4th Rd, 95th OA (0GP) - Kristopher Gunnarsson: 2017 5th Rd, 135th OA (0GP) - Petrus Palmu: 2017 6th Rd, 181st OA (0GP) - Matt Brassard: 2017 7th Rd, 188th OA (0GP) - Jett Woo: 2018 2nd Rd, 37th OA (0GP) - Tyler Madden: 2018 3rd Rd, 68th OA (0GP) - Toni Utunen: 2018 5th Rd, 130th OA (0GP) - Artem Manukyan: 2018 6th Rd, 186th OA (0GP) - Matthew Thiesen: 2018 7th Rd, 192nd OA (0GP) Canucks picks during era: - 6 1st rounders (5, 5, 6, 7, 23, 24) - 4 2nds, 5 3rds, 2 4ths, 6 5ths, 5 6ths, 6 7ths - 34 total picks, 2 players with 100+ GP League average during period: - 1.33 players with 100+ GP Adjusted for Canucks picks - 1.93 players with 100+ GP Adjusted expectations for Canucks picks (based on historical data)** - 8.52 players with 100+ GP (Before 2018 Draft) - 10.47 players with 100+ GP (Including 2018 Draft) **I used the 2005 to 2009 draft years for this data - because these were the first 5 years after the NHL went to 7 rounds and they're far enough back that most players who will end up playing 100+ games already would have. I didn't use the years before this as there were often a bunch of extra picks given away for various reasons so often the second round would have around 35 or so picks and then the 3rd would start later and subsequent rounds would also start later and later. Discussion: It's probably a little early to look at the numbers from this era. So far Virtanen and McCann have played 100 Games but that's it. Overall, 40 players have played 100+ NHL games who were drafted from 2014 onwards so Benning's slightly ahead of the league average and adjusted average for that matter. What I would rather discuss here is how many players could make the NHL and have solid impacts. The adjusted expectations based on historical data. is 8.52 players for the picks that Benning had. 2 have already made it, 2 others (Forsling and Boeser) are well on their way and I put 4 others (Demko, Gaudette, Juolevi and Pettesson) as very likley candidates to make the NHL and play 100+ games since they all have legitimate shots to make the team out of camp next year. Of the others, some are more likley to make it; I like the chances of Kole Lind for instance and there's a pretty decent chance Tryamkin comes back. If I had to guess, I'd say about 4 of the others make it, not sure who and that's a wild guess, it could very well be more or less than that. I don't think it's unreasonable to think that 10 to 14 players drafted in a 4 year period could have a solid impact in the NHL and I would be quite surprised if at least 9 players don't make it, meaning that Benning should beat the average even for his high draft picks. If 14 make it, that would be half of his picks which would be pretty incredible considering generally only about a quarter of picks make this impact from a given draft year. I would also say that the players that he has drafted appear so far to be quite high quality too. Most notable in group are Boeser and Pettersson but Demko, Juolevi, Gaudette, Virtanen, McCann etc. could be really solid, maybe even excellent players too. What do you guys think, how many of the Benning era draft picks make it? What do you think about the quality of picks? Who did the best job of drafting? Who did the worst? Edit: Added in 2018 draft picks. Figured Quinn Hughes is very likely to make it, the others went into others possible category. Adjusted numbers which now show that the average team would get 10.47 players with 100+ games given the picks Benning has had during his 5 years of drafting (again using historical data as mentioned above). I still think he is on course to beat that average with several of those players being good quality NHLers. I would change the 100 GP to 200 GP as several posters have mentioned this would be a better benchmark. At this point, however, that would involve recounting everything which is a lot of work and I don't know if it would add enough to make it worthwhile.
  31. 26 points
    And with that, Willes makes his official entrance into the company of mainstream media muppetry and irrelevance. Equating the two teams in 2014 is the absolute height of myopic simple-minded ignorance. Not one mention of the previous years of high Leaf picks and young core already in place. Is there anyone left with an iota of grey matter than can put together an actual insightful, contextual, and rational article?
  32. 26 points
    Hate to see apples/mangoes compared. Willes likely serving up divisive, summer tripe. Also, league WANTed TO rebuilt asap..it's a cash cow, rising tide(terms of cap), to lift all boats. "Conspiracy theorist!" some will surely squeal at me. With all of the fake news & diabolical biz & gov't corruption, it's SOOO naive to think all teams(entire NHL) is run with integrity. It's so easy to have a few extra teams lob softball trades(for expiring UFA's) in the direction of Hogtown, for one thing. No, I haven't trusted how this league is run, dating back to the 90's. Shame really..cos' I love the game of hockey.
  33. 25 points
    He is wildly inconsistent. He disappears for long stretches. He reminds me of Chris Higgins. But at least with Higgy we had memories of when he first joined the club and was good. No such memories of Gagner. Yes he put up 10 goals and 31 points. Can you remember anyone of them? Did any of them make a difference? I literally have no memory of him playing for us yet you say he played 73 games. He's like the plant in the corner of your house. Does nothing but he's physically there.
  34. 25 points
    Wow. I had no concept if him falling this far to Vancouver. I honestly think he could be the best player out of this entire draft including Dahlin. I am tired, been up since 6 AM my time yesterday but am currently very pumped that Canes got the best forward and Canucks may have the best Dman. Quinn is likely a year away but I would not be shocked if he made it out of camp either - his WHC showing was impressive and he did not look out of place. He has an edge and will become the league's next Ryan Ellis in my mind. Wow, I am so surprised. I think short of winning the entire lottery and taking Dahlin, this may have been Benning's pick at 2. Shocked and very happy for the Canuck organization.
  35. 25 points
    This will end up being the best d man we have ever drafted To the people who think he won't sign because he wants to play with his brother , I say whoever picks jack should be worried, not us . Jack is already a Canuck
  36. 25 points
    Hey Chia, I got a good one for ya. Seeing as you traded MVP Hall for Larrson, how bout we talk Stecher for your 10OA? Look at it this way, Ellis shoots right, so does Stecher! Ellis is an offensive dman, so is Stecher (I think?)! Ellis is 5'10", so is Stecher! Now get this... Stecher is younger by 3 years! So? Do we have a deal? Right on! I knew I could count on you! Canucks acquire 10 OA from the Oilers for Stecher.
  37. 25 points
    vancouver fans dump this at cloutier's feet because of unfair resentment they hold towards him from 15 years ago. in reality, neither markstrom nor nilsson are nhl calibre starters and never will be, and when you only have 2 quality top 4 defencemen on the team, that really compounds the issue.
  38. 25 points
    Maybe they met his girlfriend? Lol
  39. 24 points
    While my wife is out for her monthly girl's night out and I wait for the call to come and pick her and her drunken BFFs up from wherever they are (yah...this is what my life has become), I'm left contemplating what might be for this coming season for the Canucks. Just curious what everyone's bold predictions (or wishful thinking) for the upcoming season are? Here are some of mine (caveat: lines are heavily blurred between what's real and what's fantasy): 1) Pettersson does what Matt Barzal did this past season and breaks 80 point barrier, en route to Calder Cup season (as a centerman); 2) Boeser scores 40 goals and quells concerns about his back and the myth of the sophomore jinx; 3) Gaunce makes the team out of camp and has a break out season and becomes Canucks permanent third line centerman, forcing Sutter to RW, where he re-discovers his 21-goal self of 2009-2010 and 2014-2015 (that's a two-for-one); 4) Hughes signs ELC and becomes the re-incarnation of Phil Housley/Brian Leetch; 5) Demko makes the team out of camp and becomes the undisputed number 1 goalie by Christmas; 6) Roussel -- Beagle -- Schaller form the best (and most expensive) fourth line in the NHL; 7) Pettersson, Dahlen and Eriksson form the Swedish Connection, resulting in Eriksson have a renaissance season; 8) Virtanen finally puts everything together and turns into the second coming of Cam Neely, Rick Vaive, Curt Fraser, Dirk Graham and all the other power forwards that the Canucks gave up too early on; 9) Juolevi makes the club, and plays with such poise that he makes Del Zotto and Hutton redundant, and removes any sort of urgency to re-sign Edler, forcing him to waive his no-trade clause at TDL to go play in Tampa Bay with his buddies Hedman and Karlsson; 10) Del Zotto, Gagner, Granlund and Hutton are moved out for a mittful of draft picks giving the Canucks a gazillion picks in the fourth and fifth rounds next draft in Vancouver where we know Benning, Weisbrod, Brackett rule the universe; 11) Canucks make the playoffs, lose in the first round in seven games, and gain invaluable experience. Everyone touts "losing this one in seven hurts, but it didn't kill us, so it will make us stronger". Would love to hear what everyone's predictions/hopes for the coming season are...
  40. 24 points
  41. 24 points
    Did HF Boards have a power failure?
  42. 24 points
    I honestly can't stand this guy. It might be the Max LaPierre effect. You like him when he's on your team but hate him everywhere else.
  43. 24 points
    smh at the twitter guy protesting about not being able to take any more signings like this.... (or Sutter). "foundational?" 58.5% faceoffs this year. 25.2% ozone starts - and was a plus player (+3, 7g, 22 pts in that role) - playing with Smith-Pelly, Stephenson, Chiaison +7 with 8 points in the playoffs - with 24.4% ozone starts 2.1 on ice goals against per 60, only one player (Stephenson) was on ice for a lower frequency of goals against. Meh. who needs that?
  44. 23 points
    Dobber prospect rating just put us at 4. https://dobberprospects.com/2018-19-organizational-prospects-rankings/ While I understand this is just one ranking, I think it was a fair, unbiased opinion. We have top end talent at D, forward, and goal tending. We even have built some decent depth in many positions excluding RD and LW. I don't think its unreaonsable to conciser us top 5, even with my blatant homerism aside.
  45. 23 points
    Edmonton kills another prospect
  46. 23 points
    Beagle and Bozak should never appear in the same sentence as the Sedins.
  47. 23 points
  48. 22 points
    VAN Karlsson Ryan OTT Goldobin Baertschi Hutton
  49. 22 points
    As long as they have no trade restrictions, then these contracts are fine. I'm sure we will be able to trade them when our kids need new contracts. I'm not buying the garbage some people are spewing about these contracts. You act like these guys are plugs. They're not. I bet they will prove themselves to be very important pieces to our team rather than expendable plugs.
  50. 22 points
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