Hindustan Smyl

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  1. [proposal] Brandon Sutter getting shot out of a cannon into the Pacific Ocean As much as I like Sutter *when he’s healthy* the fact of the matter is that he hasn’t been healthy enough while he’s been here. I’m also now of the opinion that Gaudette should stay up here for good this time. No more biting boners in Utica, and no more playing on the Wings. Gaudette should be the team’s 3rd line C. So the obvious question becomes - what type of trade value does Sutter have around the league? Would the Canucks be better off trying to move him now, or should they move Sutter to the wing? I wouldn’t be opposed to keeping Sutter since he adds to our depth, but *not* if Gaudette gets pushed out of the line-up or onto the Wings. Eriksson and Baertschi are pretty much immovable. What would you do with Sutter, if anything?
  2. You’re probably right. If something like this were to go down, you might have to keep Canada as its own separate division due to the border issues (ie Boston having to spend so much time going through customs, etc.). Another division might have to consist of 9 teams.
  3. That’s a great find. Very interesting. I didn’t even realize that Chicago was atop the list (makes sense though). Good point about convincing those bottom 10 owners. Lots of powerful hockey higher-ups in New York, Toronto, Montreal, etc.
  4. You make great points, but I think the newfound parity has more to do with the OT loser point than it does with the Time Zone divisional alignments. At the end of the day though, I suspect that there’s a significant advantage in being a part of the Metropolitan division than it would be in being a part of the Pacific Division. Road trips to the West aside, those “road trips” that Metro teams have to go on are pretty much next door. That $&!# has to add up over time.
  5. Has there been a noticeable drop in TV ratings whenever East coast teams play West coast teams? (due to the time difference). I haven’t checked, but my gut feeling says no. I would argue that the newer and more interesting match-ups would lead to higher TV ratings of anything.
  6. Baseball style series, in that, they wouldn’t play the 2-3 games all back-to-back. They would get a rest in between days (like in a regular NHL playoffs). Perhaps to compensate for this, there could be larger day breaks between series’? (I.e. after a “series” is completed against a team, you could more days in a row off than teams currently get). Basically - under this new system, teams would work harder but rest harder. If you combine the above with reasonable geographical proximity within road trips, then perhaps the schedule could be even easier (for instance, a team playing 3 games over 6 days against the LA kings in LA......having a 3-4 day break afterwards, and then doing 3 games in 6 nights against the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim). If the NHL planned it right, perhaps a system like this could be even easier than the current one.
  7. Perhaps this could be combated with longer homestands? Road trips can also be arranged as such that when a team goes out on a road trip, they would stay within the reasonable time zone (for example, a California trip where you play all the California teams). Maybe you could also do something like baseball where when you visit a team, you play an entire series (2 or 3 games in a row in that team’s barn). Playing a “regular season series” against a team would not only make the travel much easier, but could also manufacture more organic rivalries.
  8. Conference and Divisional realignment that would bring equality to the NHL: The Canucks are at a disadvantage in terms of how much they have to travel relative to most other teams. This is one of the reasons why we often struggle with injuries. meanwhile, teams in the Metropolitan division (amongst other divisions) have the easiest (or easier) travel schedules in the NHL and tend to experience less wear and tear on their bodies as the season progresses. I think it would be more fair if all teams had to experience approximately the same travel schedule. I think one way to achieve this, is to align teams from Northernmost to Southernmost as opposed to Easternmost to Westernmost. 1) Patrick’s Division: Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, Boston. 2) Norris Division: Seattle, Las Vegas, Colorado, Minnesota, Detroit, Chicago, New York Rangers, Buffalo 3) Smythe Division: San Jose, St. Louis, Los Angeles, Columbus, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, New Jersey, New York Islanders. 4) Adams Division: Anaheim, Arizona, Dallas, Florida, Tampa Bay, Carolina, Nashville, Washington Please keep in mind that these are just off the top off my head. Ideally, you’d have a divisional realignment where the divisions would be classified in a horizontal geographical manner, where teams would be grouped together depending on how far north or south they were (again, my list was off the top of my head and so I have no idea if I made some geographical discrepancies). The NHL can then go old school and bring back the old divisional names (Smythe, Patrick’s, Adams, and Norris). That “Canada Division” with Boston added would be a huge draw for the sport. LA being in the same division with one of the New York teams (ideally the Rangers) would also be big from a marketing standpoint. Perhaps Colorado and Detroit can rekindle their role hatred from decades past? The bottom line here is that a divisional realignment such as this might bring more equality and fairness to the game in terms of the travel schedule. The newer match-ups and newer rivalries might also help take the sport to another level.
  9. My bad. I forgot about him. ps - Tree will be playing for the Canucks again this season. Book it!
  10. Good points. I gave the edge to the following year since Podkolzin and Hoglander would be here, while many of our younger prospects/playerswould either be making our line-up (Woo, etc.), or coming into their primes a little more (as great as Petey, Quinn, and Brock are, they are still extremely young).
  11. The Canucks will have a great chance of winning the cup in 2021-2022. This is the year that I have marked on my calendar. Why? You may ask: Here’s why: 1) Miller will still be on his “sweetheart” contract. 2) Boeser will still be on his bridge deal. 3) Podkolzin and Hoglander will be here with on ELC deals. Both players are the real deal, and will undoubtedly provide Horvat the necessary 2nd line help that we need. 4) One of Markstrom and Demko will still be here, with Dipietro or a veteran back-up providing back-up. 5) Quinn Hughes: My guess is that Hughes will be signed to a bridge deal a la Zack Werenski style (whatever the equivalent of 5.5 million is at that time). 6) Tyler Myers. Myers will be older, but not old enough to the point where his game will be noticeably worse than it is now. He will still be more or less the same player. 7) Eriksson: Eriksson’s contract will expire in three years, but mark my words: He’ll be gone after this season. Period. 31 of the 36 million will have been paid to Eriksson after July 1st 2020. Retirement might be a realistic option here. I’m not saying that this WILL happen, but I will say that there’s a really good chance. 8) Chris Tanev: I don’t think the Canucks will move Tanev, and will likely keep him at a very similar cap hit (with a longer term being the trade off). 9) Woo and Juolevi should be full time roster players by this point. 10) Elias Pettersson: I think Pettersson is the one guy that will get the huge 8 year deal, but I don’t see us having cap issues at this point. 11) Edler: The Canucks will either re-sign Edler to a one year deal, or will find the Edler equivalent in the off-season prior. Given how expensive top pairing dmen will be however, my guess is that the Canucks will bite the proverbial boner and offer Edler another two year 6 million deal. I can see the Canucks facing cap issues shortly after the conclusion of 2021-2022, but I think 2021-2022 will be our best shot at winning a cup for the immediate future. Please keep in mind that my math is super half-assed here.
  12. I wouldn’t mind trying out Virtanen there, but I’m not sure if he has the smarts or the defensive game to play with Petey and Brock. You never know though. I think Virtanen’s fast and physical game might mesh well with Horvat’s. Miller-Horvat-Virtanen might turn some heads. Pearson-Pettersson-Boeser Miller-Horvat-Virtanen Leivo-Gaudette-Sutter Schaller-Beagle-Eriksson 100% healthy line-up Pearson-Pettersson-Boeser Miller-Horvat-Virtanen Roussel-Sutter-Ferland Schaller-Beagle-Motte Leivo Gaudette and Baertschi go to Utica and help lead the Comets to a championship. Eriksson gets punted off of Grouse Mountain into the Pacific Ocean.
  13. An Eriksson for Kovalchuk swap might also help guys like Tryamkin and Podkolzin assimilate better if and when they come to Vancouver. As others have mentioned, maybe Kovy would get excited about hockey again playing in an old familar role. Kovy's presence on the top line could then allow Miller to play with Horvat, and get Horvat going. Having said all that, I still likely wouldn't make this deal. I still think Eriksson will retire from the NHL after this season. 31 of the 36 million will have been paid to Eriksson after July 1st 2020. 5 million is still 5 million, but I don't think Eriksson would be willing to ride buses for two years just to collect that relatively small amount of money.