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  1. The ghost of Pavel Bure is alive and well. EDIT: I see that this Hoglander "incident" is at least a few days old...and I see that HockeyHarry already made reference to Pavel Bure, and went as far as posting the epic Bure elbow on Churla. I need to up my game here on CDC.
  2. Classy move by JB, though it's not anything that another GM would not do for a highly regarded character player which Alex Biega is (e.g., Dubas trading Leivo to the Canucks for Carcone). I really liked Biega as the no. 7 guy on the point. Probably one of the best 12-14 minutes per game d-man in the NHL. I haven't seen his advanced stats, but I'm going to guess his numbers per 60 minutes are quite strong. It is just when he was asked to play more than 15 minutes per game, his game would fall off. Loved his heart...gonna miss him and wish him a successful time in Detroit. Maybe Alex Biega will find his inner Brian Rafalski during his time in Detroit. I hope he does. On Dave Pope...turns out he's the second Pope to be on an NHL contract with the Canucks. Anyone remember the first Pope? I digress...good luck and success to Alex Biega.
  3. A bear and a rabbit are sitting side by side on a big log taking a poop. The bear looks at the rabbit and asks, "Excuse me Mr. Rabbit. Do you have any problems with sh!t sticking to your fur?" The rabbits responds, "as a matter fact, Mr. Bear, I don't." So the bear grabbed the rabbit and wiped his @$$ with it. As bad as the joke is, that's the best I got.
  4. I thought that got done when Canucks cut loose Pouliot. Sorry...bad joke. Couldn't resist. Said it before, will say it again -- the off-season just passed would have been a resounding success if JB would have found a taker for Eriksson. It is looking like the only way to get rid of Eriksson is to give him the Alex Burmistrov/Anton Rodin treatment.
  5. I'm with you on this debate...I have always wanted a Canucks team that could beat you up with their fists and beat you up with goals and skill. The 1994 Canucks team was the closest that I've ever seen for my ideal team make up. Pat Quinn, as gentlemanly as he was, knew that hockey was about beating the opponent on the ice and in the back alley. I am all for a fourth line that gives you 10 minutes of physical, high pressure, knuckles in your face hockey. Sorry if I sound like a dinosaur...but this is what I wish for the Vancouver Canucks to be. At the very least, they are moving in the right direction.
  6. ^^^^this is hands down the worst analysis of the Canucks' prospects that I have EVER read in the ten+ years that I have been sniffing around CDC. OP showing complete lack of analytical capabilities resulting in what amounts to some seriously questionable conclusions. There's being a contrarian, and then there's being clueless. Gonna guess that analytical thinking is not one of OP's strengths. Epic failure.
  7. LA is the perfect place for an easy going, laid back dude like Hutton. Hand and glove. Good on Ben.
  8. On a completely other subject on dogs, for all of you dog owners/lovers...who loves you more? Your dog or spouse? To find out... Put your wife/husband and your dog in the trunk of your car...after driving around for a few hours, open the trunk and see who is happy to see you.
  9. May I suggest that you put Timrafan on ignore? That's what I have done...this way, the only time I read his dribble is when someone engages him, which I wish didn't occur. The Eriksson and Dahlen thread would be a much better place if everyone simply ignored Timrafan and didn't respond to his zzzzzzzzzz argument (singular on purpose).
  10. Methinks OP is suffering from the side effects of the Federal legalization cannabis for recreational use.
  11. Thanks for the trip down memory lane Dr. C...I vividly remember this particular issue, with JB, McGill and Boimistruck on the cover. Benning and Boimistruck the two smallish PMD and Big Bad Bob McGill that threw it down as good as anyone during his day. Hate to admit it, but was bit of a Leafs fan as a kid growing up in Winnipeg. Thought the three "babes" were going to be something special. Never really panned out for the three of them. I must have had a subscription to THN since 1979. I used to read it cover to cover. I think it cost less than $30 for the entire year. I loved the draft preview issues.
  12. It took Chara five years in North America and at the age of 25-26 before he finally put it all together. IMO, Tryamkin is a little behind on his development curve, but by the time he's back for a full season, I'm thinking (more like hoping, TBH) that he'll be producing at the rate that you're calling for. I don't think Tryamkin is that far off.
  13. Brock Boeser = Superstar Hockey Player = Out of this world Superstar Son. If I had a son, I would want him to grow up to be just like Brock...Duke must be one helluva of a father to elicit this sort of love from his son. Prayers to Duke and the Boeser family.
  14. The world according to a furry alien^^^. No matter how you analyze it, Loui is still an NHL calibre hockey player. It's a question of whether his $1M or so cap relief is of greater value by having him in Utica vs. having him as a roster or 13th man in the NHL. He's obviously not a fit on the Canucks and a difficult contract to move and moving him is on evereyone's wishlist, but please stop spewing the nonsense that Loui is too slow, lost his hands, too soft, etc. If the Canucks sign Boeser to a $6M AAV, then all it takes is moving one of Gaudette, Schaller or Eriksson to create the cap room...if it's $7M AAV, then it's two of the three mentioned that needs to be moved to the minors. Of the three, Eriksson is the least likely to be moved. Get used it, you furball.
  15. Don't have the numbers to back up my points, but I think the notion that Canada's development of hockey prospects is trending down is a little overblown. Granted, the proportion of Canadian-born players are down, but I don't believe that's an indictment on the Canada's hockey program. Some of the top US kids are only Americans by their place of birth...for example, the Tkachuk bros could very well be Canadians and would have been born in Winnipeg if the Shenkarow family didn't sell the Jets to the Phoenix group back in the early 90s (their mother is from Winnipeg); the Hughes bros cut their teeth in the Toronto minor hockey programs; Tyler Myers, American-born, and raised in Calgary played in the Canadian hockey system, to name a few off the top of my head. As well, we are seeing a lot more European and American kids playing in the CHL and getting drafted into the NHL (Yakupov, Draisatl, Palmu, Edler, Galchenyuk, Chara, Byfuglien, Jones, Landeskog, etc.). Hockey Canada opening its doors to international players is a good thing...this way, we get to see some of the best international athletes develop their game here in Canada and carry it forward into the NHL. IMO, Hockey Canada is alive and well...the CHL, which I consider to be a major player in Hockey Canada, has been the most desired place for elite junior players in the US and Europe to develop their talent and be drafted into the NHL.
  16. IMHO, the NHL is a better place with Mike Gillis in it. Need to preface my comments by saying that I have always liked Gillis as an ex-NHL player (top 10 first rounder) whose career ended prematurely because of career ending injuries, to becoming a lawyer (i.e., finding something for life after hockey), to being one of the guys to bring down Alan Eagleson (who, in my opinion perpetrated the biggest fraud in NHL history by stealing millions of dollars from his clients), to being an agent who truly worked for the benefit of his clients (and making lots of enemies with rich owners/powerful hockey people and some everyday fans along the way), to being one of the most innovative hockey execs during his time in Vancouver. I truly believe that if he was allowed to rebuild the team around the Sedin twins after the 2011-2012 season, the Canucks would have had another shot at the Cup before the Sedins retired. But that's all sort of revisionist history, with no way to substantiate, so it's just an opinion. Gillis didn't help himself by being prickly with the media, but can you imagine what it must be like to deal with the likes of Tony Gallagher, Dave Pratt, the Moj, Farhan Lalji, Jeff Patterson, Jason Botchford (RIP), etc. on a near day-to-day basis? I am shocked that there aren't more of the Phil Kessel/Dan Boyle/John Tortorella/Ron Wilson sort of outbursts (goes to show you how congenial hockey players/hockey people are). Anyways, I hope the Gillis finds his way back into the NHL...I would be 100% on board if he came back to the Canucks in some capacity.
  17. Gonna go out on a limb and say that Quinn Hughes is Phil Housley reincarnated...1495 games played / 1232 career points. I am predicting that the kid is going to be a superstar.
  18. On a completely different topic, we are a little over five years since the ridonculous canucktravella post that you've had time stamped in your sig...have you had a chance to talk to that guy about his invitation to discuss how much better Dane Fox (who?) is better than Drouin? Thank God that guy isn't on the Canucks scouting staff. To bring it back to the OP, I thought your sig post was the most ridiculous post on CDC, until I read this one. We have seen the first true casualty of pot legalization.
  19. Minus 48 goal differential still nets out a bad/losing season, just as it does today. I remember those days...pocket sized goalies -- Rogie Vachon, Gilles Meloche, Chico Resch, Pelle Lindhberg, Don Edwards, Mike Vernon, Andy Moog, Greg Millen, Don Beaupre, Bob Froese, Kelly Hrudey, Billy Smith (tiny by today's standards). Giants were guys like Barasso, Peeters, Roy, Liut, Essensa.
  20. Great read...thanks for writing and posting. Not at all trying to be negative, or trying to be funny, by saying Billy Smith, I'm guessing you're saying Gary Smith.
  21. Dzingel strikes me as the modern day Lee Stempniak. That is, a one dimensional, good filler player who produces at a decent rate (0.5 PPG), but is more of a passenger than a driver. I'd be a little skittish about doling out anything more than $2.5M to $3.0M and 2 to 3 years for this guy.
  22. Carjacking with three kids inside...pretty serious crime, but not worthy of the death penalty. Carjacker deserved a good beating, but punishment =/= crime in this case. Just my opinion.
  23. What a nice story...thanks for sharing. There's nothing stronger than love.
  24. From a cap perspective, the Canucks need the $950,000 each that a buried Eriksson and Schaller provides. But imagine if Boeser signed for $7.0M and $6.0M could be charged against Eriksson's LTIR? That would be sweet. So a well-placed collision between Eriksson and the zamboni might be the best thing that could happen at training camp. Maybe Eriksson could play a little ball hockey with Sami Salo this summer. Assuming a line up as follows, with Eriksson and Schaller buried in Utica, and Boeser at $7.0M cap hit: Ferland -- Pettersson -- Boeser Pearson -- Horvat -- Miller Baertschi -- Sutter -- Virtanen Leivo (in place of Roussel's $3M cap hit) -- Beagle -- Gaudette Motte (13th forward) Edler -- Tanev Hughes -- Myers Benn -- Stecher Fattenberg -- Biega Markstrom/Demko would give the Canucks a 23 man roster with a cap hit $58K under $81.5M limit. A Loui on LTIR opens up some maybe a well-timed Ferland run at Loui in training camp is just what the doctor ordered (JK - I don't wish harm on anyone, except for Brad Marchand).