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  1. Jake Virtanen | #18 | RW

    The Neely trade was a typical Vancouver deal IMHO. Trade for today and forget about tomorrow. Petersen was supposed to put the team into contention. To bad he came up lame in the stable. (do you think the Bruins trainers shot him up before they shipped him?) The deal should never have been made. No, Virtanen is not close to Neely. Virtanen is a better skater but that is about it so far. No point in comparing the two. I am not giving up on Virtanen yet. He has all the tools to be a NHL'er. His struggle is in his head.
  2. [GDT] Canucks @ Jets, Jan 21, 2018, 5 PM

    More than a couple are big.
  3. Dowd is a center but I doubt he sits. Likely Jake or Gaunce. Found Gaunce's fairly aggressive defence of his broken stick goal interesting. 'I was in a position to score that goal' or something to that effect. He was right. If Gaunce played the body a tad more I would be quite happy with his progress this year. The scoring should come. Virtanen had a couple of tough shifts against the Oilers but he is also progressing. Rattling their chains doesn't hurt either one.
  4. Not sure what you are arguing? Like all orgs you have to have a plan that works towards a goal. In hockey it is winning a CUP. Gathering players together who will mature into a group that can challenge for a CUP is a must. Assuming such an effort will end up like the Oilers or Laffers is not comparable in my opinion. Those two orgs have had decades long issues in their managements. IMHO the failure to convert veteran assets into picks and prospects since 2012 is likely the greatest failure the org has committed. Failure to make a realistic assessment of where the org was in the fall of 2012 and what had to happen in a time line to competitiveness actually pushed the org backwards for another 2 years. I am confident that when Linden/Benning came into the org they knew what had to be done and are doing so. Their biggest challenge is roughing out a vet retention number for next season and trying to make TDL deals that will help increase the picks and prospects. Ideally they can pick up another 1st & 2nd Rounders.
  5. You are so bang on. Not just Stecher but MDZ and Tanev and even Poulliot. Not saying there is not room for smaller d-men and even those not that physical but as you point out you have to have a physical capability especially in CUP play. Look at Cherry's highlites of the Bruins-Habs game. Backes chased the Habs player after he hit him all the way back to the net. Cross checking etc. Cannot remember the kids name but there was no way he was taking on Backes and to be fair he was smaller. Cherry's point was that someone on the Habs team had to step up and they did not. It reminded me of many Canuck teams over the years.
  6. [PGT] Vancouver Canucks vs. Edmonton Oilers

    Pretty sure that Green is so desperate to drive offence off the points that he is coaching his d-core to pinch to maintain ozone pressure.
  7. [PGT] Vancouver Canucks vs. Edmonton Oilers

    You are more confident in the Canuck talent pool than I can be. Comparing position by position The Canucks struggle in comparison with both the Oilers and Jets. But they should. The timelines of these three orgs are not close. The Oilers were within a whisker of CUP finals last year. This year they are going through a maturing process which should pay off. The Jets have already done that IMO and should be a very serious CUP contender this year. My concern about the Canuck talent pool has as much to do with the length of time before we see them in the NHL. Some will make it some will not. The 2018 Draft will be huge for where the org will be in another 3 years. So yes, I want Benning to move vets to get another 1st & 2nd Round pick. 4 picks in the first 2 rounds, in a strong draft is needed. Sadly, the market place for vets might not yield those picks.
  8. [GDT] Canucks @ Jets, Jan 21, 2018, 5 PM

    I think Canuck fans should watch the Jets game as they should have the Oilers game and measure how the rosters compare. The Oilers and Jets are years ahead of where Vancouver has to get to. Two years ago I was saying 5 years to go. Now I have to reconsider the org being 3 years away. My conclusion is that it is not. As well as the prospect depth has improved over the Benning admin it is not near complete. Not near complete means the 2018 Draft is huge for the Canuck rebuild. IMHO Benning has to deal vets to acquire another 1st & 2nd Round picks. 2018 is a very strong draft year and failure to cash in would be a huge setback. The threat is that Vancouver becomes a mid quartile team that performs well in regular season play but cannot seriously challenge for a CUP. The failure to convert vets from 2012 to last year when Hanson and Burrows yielded potential roster players is a major org failure.
  9. 2017-18 Utica Comets Thread

    Who is Blujus? Where did he come from? Used to be TBay property?
  10. Nikolay Goldobin | LW/RW

    Goldobin says he does not know Tryamkin or Burmi personally. I thought earlier in the season he said the opposite? I think the big dif with Goldy is that he has not played hockey in Russia since he was 16. He has 135 OHL games (over 2 seasons); 138 AHL games (over 4 seasons); 38 games in Helsinki ( only 1 season) and 37 NHL games (over 3 seasons). Total of 213 pro games. This kid is far from done in NA and I doubt he gives the KHL much interest unless it becomes obvious that he has no future in the NHL. To early for that.
  11. Elias Pettersson | C/LW

    I thought Canada's WJC team selection is a good case supporting your thinking. What? 4 first roounders on that team. They actually picked a team that emphasized position and team building rather than BPA.
  12. Brock Boeser | #6 | RW

    Don't think it is one or the other but a mix. Equal skill but one player is bigger who do you take? Sounds easy but making that type of call when a player is 18 is more than hard. I also lean towards size because of the brutal endurance in CUP play.
  13. Good points. Many talented athletes are catered to as they focus on their training and games. They can be very naive in many aspects of life not just finance. Successful money makers are always targets by those who make their livings by supplying services to them. They have to become very aware quickly. Financial illiteracy is endemic in Canada and the USA. It is not taught in school and education after school can often be disguised as an opportunity by the provider to provide services. Understanding an expense sheet, cash flow and a balance sheet does not exist for most. If more people had a better grasp their financial decisions would be better. A better grasp would see more politicians thrown out of governments for the absolute disregard for taxpayer dollars.
  14. At the end of the day sports media is a business. Number of listeners = advertising revenue. I would not be surprised to find out that rates actually increase during the TDL period. Just like CUP media minutes go up. By extension media news rooms are also dominated by the need to generate revenue. Trump was very accurate when he told reporters during a presser that their companies business plans were failing. It has been a reality for many years now. MSM is failing, they are not called presstitutes for no reason.