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About gocanucks1916

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  1. [PGT] VAN 2 TOR 4

    We already have 6 players 22 or younger on the roster (Baer, Virt, McCan, Bo, Hutton, and now Shink) Could we really handle any more rookies without becoming the Oilers 2.0? Isn't this what people always wanted anyway, save for the fact that Management hasn't straight up called it a tear-down?
  2. [PGT] VAN 2 TOR 4

    Why do people keep saying stuff like this? We all want to see the kids play and do well, but is subtracting Hamhuis, Higgins, or Vrbata actually going to make this team win? Do you really believe that? And don't give me the "high draft pick" argument. We're already losing enough to get that.
  3. [PGT] VAN 2 TOR 4

    What's with all the Miller hate? Are we that uneducated as a fanbase? We gave up 40 shots tonight on "10" turnovers. Miller didn't give up any softies and made some heroic saves on odd-man rushes, the PK, and - in case you forgot already - a penalty shot.
  4. [GDT] VAN @ CBJ | 7e/4p

    Edler played 9 minutes in the 1st. yikes...
  5. [GDT] VAN @ CBJ | 7e/4p

    Our defense sucks, so let's trade one of our better defensemen. Seems legit.
  6. For the "Lets Tank" Crowd

    I am pretty happy about the changes they've made to the format. The question of completely randomizing is more of a philosophical one at this point. You're definitely right that it's hard to build a great support team (coaches, scouts, training staff etc). But that's what makes it interesting!
  7. For the "Lets Tank" Crowd

    I see your point, but it's not like that would happen often. Chicago would have a 1/30 chance to get the top pick - just like everybody else. And when it does eventually happen that a cup contender lands a generational talent...is it such a bad thing for good teams to occasionally stay good? It's different from the pre-cap days when rich teams had free agent superstars. With random draft order, you couldn't systematically get high draft picks the way you could systematically throw money at stars back in the old days. So in the long-run we'd still have the parity that the NHL brass craves so much. I just don't think lousy teams should be coddled. If you're an NHL GM and your team sucks, improve your scouting. Improve your development program. Hire better coaches, nutritionists, and sports scientists. Don't rely on the NHL to rig the game in your favour...
  8. [GDT] VAN @ CBJ | 7e/4p

    Drives me nuts when people complain that Hansen creates grade A chances but doesn't finish, thus shouldn't get time with the skilled players. In the long run, more chances = more goals. Shooting percentages mostly even out in the end. Same things get said about Higgins, Burrows...
  9. For the "Lets Tank" Crowd

    They have made a lot of progress with the lottery changes, but if the draft order were totally randomized, you'd have a completely level playing field. In the long-run, the only way to gain a competitive advantage would be good scouting and development programs. Isn't that what we'd all prefer? Sure, once in a while a cup contender would luck out and get a top-5 pick, but isn't that better than watching teams lose on purpose?  Pre-salary cap I thought the draft system made some sense because the rich teams had such a massive advantage in the free agency market. The draft was a way for poor teams to get good players too. That's not really as big a problem anymore.
  10. Veterans & Rookies Overall Play

    People need to just stop with the vets vs. youth narrative. If our team is going anywhere, every player need to be better - period.
  11. For the "Lets Tank" Crowd

    Every time I hear someone suggest that we tank, I feel a little bit sick. That's not what hockey's about. It's not a winner's mentality. Plus it's not even a very good strategy. Half the teams that (allegedly) try it end up sucking for 10 years or more. I can't even think about the Oilers, for example, without getting angry. I remember when they had players like Doug Weight and Ryan Smyth. That team brought it every night. They played with pride. The current incarnation of the Oilers is an embarrassment. I hope karma gets them and their young players are all either busts or they leave the team for greener pastures. And shame on the NHL for giving teams an incentive to lose games. The draft order should be randomized.
  12. [GDT] VAN @ CBJ | 7e/4p

    Also, does anyone else think that Baertschi - McCann - Vrbata should be a thing? Obviously not going to get a lot of D-zone starts, but I bet they could score some goals. Here's what I'd do if I were the coach (and luckily I'm not!)... Sedin - Sedin - Burrows (we know they work together) Baertschi - McCann - Vrbata (OFFENSE) Higgins - Sutter - Virtanen (decent speed, good 2-way game + JV's size & physicality) Dorsett - Horvat -Hansen (we know they work together) Spare: Prust, Cracknell    
  13. [GDT] VAN @ CBJ | 7e/4p

    Stop talking so much truth, Sid. You're killing the mood around here. Hansen sucks! Higgins sucks! Burrows - do we even need him!?
  14. Radim Vrbata a MINUS 8 ??!!

    Radim Vrbata is going to be just fine. Only 2 people in the entire NHL have more shots on goal. And Vrbata gets prime scoring opportunities - I wouldn't be surprised if he leads the league in scoring chances. He's just going through a funk: an unfortunate combination of bad luck and a bit of hesitation. All of the advanced stats suggest that his output is going to improve (check out that PDO, for example). Regression to the mean. It always happens eventually. If I were a betting man, I'd be putting a LOT of money on Vrbata miraculously re-finding his scoring touch, and the knee-jerk nut jobs on CDC inventing a weird "reason" for it.
  15. [GDT] VAN @ NJD | Sunday Nov. 8th | 2PM | SNP/MSG

    McCann and Hutton looking good on that PP shift