Iggynucks

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  1. Please stop with the Marc Crawford suggestions people. After his success with the Avs team that had 3 first ballot Hall of Famers and several other star players, he has underachieved at every other NHL stop with some very talented rosters. He does coach an upbeat style and is a likeable personality which would generate interest but I don't believe he's the answer. We've been hearing lots about Green the last couple years but another rookie coach might not be a great idea. I'm actually interested to see which coaches are let go after their teams are eliminated earlier than expected from playoffs. There could be some big names with proven a track record of success. No rush to find a coach when a more qualified candidate could become available.
  2. Vancouver 2010 was the only Olympic hockey tournament that I've really enjoyed (North American ice surface makes for much more exciting hockey and the atmosphere surrounding that tournament was incredible). The Salt Lake 2002 gold medal game was exciting but the rest of the tournament was held pretty stale. I'm fine with this decision. The NHL is a business and the Olympics takes away from that business. Not to mention the risk of injury to players who are integral to their NHL team's success (ex. Tavares). NHL success trumps Olympic success.
  3. Well I'm inclined to agree with you, I think it can actually work out for the Canucks. While it doesn't seem ideal to lose a year off an entry level contract, it could save the team much more money for Boeser's second contract. Most talented young NHLers seem to breakout their third full season in the league (except for the cream of the crop prospects, usually a top 2 draft pick, will breakout immediately). Many young players tend to regress or at least plateau in their sophomore season. If you can get a player to commit to say a 3 to 5 year deal on his second contract about $2 million cheaper the savings could be well worth it. Imagine Horvat had burned a year off of his entry level deal to only play a handful of games in his 18 year old season. His deal would've been up last year and the Canucks may have been able to sign him to something like a 4 deal at $3.25 million. The Canucks would certainly be in a better position with their salary cap in the coming years. As it stands now, Horvat will be due something north of $5 million for the next several years. It could go either way so it is a gamble. Perhaps Boeser does breakout in the NHL the next couple seasons, then you've just lost a year of cheap production. But if he does take a couple years to figure it out at the NHL level, the money you save on his second contract could be very valuable. Either way, I'm glad to hear that he's so eager to join the Canucks as soon as possible and begin his pro career.
  4. There seems to be confusion about the NCAA playoff format. I posted this a few pages back but I'll post it again: They're in the final four of their conference (NCHC). If they win that, then they'll automatically move on to the NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championships. The NCAA Championships consist of 16 teams (the 6 conference winners and 10 other teams chosen by an NCAA selection committee) which will be announced on March 19. So even if UND doesn't win their conference next weekend, they can still be selected to the NCAA Championships. The 16 teams will be divided into 4 separate brackets (referred to as Regionals) consisting of 4 teams each. Regionals are held at 4 seperate locations and are all on the same weekend (March 24-26). Regionals have semi-finals and finals and that's it. The winners of the 4 Regionals move on to the Frozen Four. From the beginning of the NCAA Championships it's all single elimination meaning 4 total wins (semi & final of your Regional then semi & final of the Frozen Four) gets you crowned National Champions. The Frozen Four is held April 6-8 in Chicago this year.
  5. Yeah, because that's the reason why he didn't sign with Vancouver.
  6. CDC implodes on JB and somehow WD in 3...2...1...
  7. They're in the final four of their conference (NCHC). If they win that, then they'll automatically move on to the NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championships. The NCAA Championships consist of 16 teams (the 6 conference winners and 10 other teams chosen by an NCAA selection committee) which will be announced on March 19. So even if UND doesn't win their conference next weekend, they can still be selected to the NCAA Championships. The 16 teams will be divided into 4 separate brackets (referred to as Regionals) consisting of 4 teams each. Regionals are held at 4 seperate locations and are all on the same weekend (March 24-26). Regionals have semi-finals and finals and that's it. The winners of the 4 Regionals move on to the Frozen Four. From the beginning of the NCAA Championships it's all single elimination meaning 4 total wins (semi & final of your Regional then semi & final of the Frozen Four) gets you crowned National Champions. The Frozen Four is held April 6-8 in Chicago this year.
  8. If SJ wins the cup, it's a sure win for both teams if that makes sense. Not every trade has a winner and loser.
  9. Pretty much the most ridiculous post I've ever read. Go tell that to a grieving parent who was coerced into vaccinating their child for the "greater good". I'm sure the fact that other parents get to watch their children grow and lead regular lives while their own family is destroyed is a great comfort to them. All because a child might catch some relatively benign disease that the overwhelming majority who are afflicted with it completely recover from and then have natural immunity for life. I can't believe how many in our society have completely lost the ability to use reason and think for themselves.
  10. I'm still kind of on the fence with Benning. I don't think his trades/signings have been as bad as everyone makes them out to be (the Eriksson signing looks very bad but I'll give him another year). Most of his trades, my original thought has been WTF but most of them have actually either worked out for the better or been a wash. There have definitely been a couple rookie mistakes that have made him look foolish (for example, getting baited into answering questions he shouldn't be or the organization forcing Virtanen to the NHL when he clearly wasn't ready). I believe he is learning from his mistakes and I still like the overall younger direction the team is headed in, there is an adjustment period. This off-season will need to be a good one in terms of trades and signings. Really hoping both Boeser and Virtanen have great camps and prove they are ready to contribute in the NHL next season. I am concerned that we don't have enough top tier talent in our prospect pool up front to replace the kind of production we are losing with the Sedins as they age. The cupboard isn't bare but it certainly isn't full either. Benning's ability to draft well with later picks is obvious while his two early first round picks are questionable but too early to tell. Jake seemed like a no brainer (hometown boy, goal scoring power forward, plays with an edge). He hasn't worked out yet but is still just 20 years of age. This off season is also a big one for Virtanen in regards to the direction his career will go. As for last year's draft; in hindsight Tkachuk may have been a better pick than Joulevi but only because the rest of our young defencemen are developing so well this year. Jim obviously identified a need on defence which I can't fault him for but it appears to have been a need he already addressed so the pick could've been used to provide some offence much sooner in this re-tool/re-build. If Joulevi ends up being a top 4 defenceman, I won't have a problem with the pick. All in all, a C+ seems like the proper grade. As I said earlier, I believe he is learning from his mistakes. The trade deadline and off-season will be a good indicator if he can right his past wrongs.
  11. Ahhhh. So refreshing to hear a voice of reason around here once in awhile. Was going to post something quite similar but figured I'd just quote yours. I'd add that most of Benning's major moves (good or bad) have come in the Canuck's off-season as well. The only players that require real urgency are UFAs (Miller & Burrows). I can see Burrows going somewhere (Montreal seems like a good fit). Unfortunately UFA goalies are much harder to trade unless there is an injury to a playoff team's goalie or there is some very poor goaltending for a team that has hopes of making some noise in playoffs. Tampa will be looking to move Bishop as well, and I would assume he'd be first on everyone's list. Although he would cost more to acquire which could work in Benning's favor.
  12. As I've stated before, I use to absolutely love Edler. Everyone was so optimistic about Bourdon but I was always talking up Edler. I don't seek to be negative towards our players. I don't root for our players do poorly but his play has declined so much over the previous few seasons that I can't ignore it. In my opinion it's time to move on.
  13. I don't know where you're finding the giveaway stats but all I know is I find myself saying "nooooo" while watching a game when Edler turns the puck over. I don't find myself doing that with Sbisa nearly as much. Maybe Edler's turnovers seem to lead to glorious scoring opportunities so often that I notice them more. I agree that being able to eat up minutes is valuable. It's a tough decision that is made tougher by the fact that there are no realistic for a top 4 minute eater in free agency (maybe Alzner). On a side note, I doubt he would sign here but I would do everything I could to sign Shattenkirk. He's a legitimate #1 - 2 defenceman. Freeing up $5 million would go a long ways to being able to offer the kind of money needed to sign a player of his calibre.
  14. I'll admit, I didn't think the Miller signing was awesome when it happened. I didn't mind it but definitely thought he was on the decline. He played very well that first year but I still didn't like his body language or some of his post game interviews when things went wrong but his on ice play was exactly the calming influence the team needed. Especially after the goaltending circus that occurred the previous few seasons. Last year absolutely everything went south in the last third of the season so it was tough to get a read on anything moving forward. I've grown new respect for Miller this year though and that interview just reinforced what I think about him. As I said, I'm not crazy about his body language toward his own team when he gets scored on but he has definitely shown he is a team leader and is able to put a team on his back for stretches. The fact he admits sometimes he gets too emotional and says and does the wrong things goes to show that he's probably a different person in the dressing room than what we see. Obviously his teammates know this as I haven't ever gotten a bad vibe about him from them. I also love that he immediately jumped to Stecher's aid earlier in the year when Martin jumped him (that kind of thing goes a long way towards team building). I would be OK with the Canucks re-signing to short term deal (preferably a one year deal but it might take two). I'm cautiously optimistic about Markstrom and I feel Demko is still at least a year away from just being an NHLer let alone a starter. If it becomes obvious the Canucks won't make playoffs and a good return presents itself, then definitely move him at the deadline. If its a case of just getting what you can for him, then keep him. Its tough to deal big name UFA goalies at the deadline. Most solid teams already have their starting goaltender so usually a case of an injury to a contending team has to occur.
  15. Hey, there it is. Thanks.