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  1. Well you would be protecting a 25 yr old vs a 32 yr old and up to 4 million in cap space for a couple of years.I am just thinking of 2 years into the future. As far as a trade, once Marky is signed every team in the league would know the Canucks would be trading from a position of weakness because it is trade or lose for nothing. Seattle reaps the rewards because they can select him and if they decide to trade him they can package him for a top pick from some other team that could be in the same boat as Vancouver. There has to be a plan because now the cap is known for the next 3 seasons and young prospects and draft picks will be currency of gold. Next season the draft isn't nearly as deep and this and the 2022 draft so just have to wait and see if the Canucks can make the playoffs this year or miss for the 5th year in a row, so far it is a miss if the season is finished.
  2. It is only a sport so it doesn't have much meaning in real life but still it is a team we attach to and can help relax us. In 1970 - I am a young guy, so I have many years ahead of me, a new team, patience is needed In 1982 - I am a young guy, so I have many years ahead of me, Surprise run but they beat every team they were ahead of in the standings For 12 years of patience a cup run. In 1994 - I am a young guy, so I have many years ahead of me. Wow, probably the best team ever, this year they squeaked in but the previous two years they were giants Another 12 year reward, In 2011 - I am not so much a young guy anymore, the years ahead of me are less than those behind. Stat wise, they are the best team in the league in every category, this time should be the charm. In 2020 - I am not a young guy, so I have just a few years ahead of me, the end is nearer. Hmm, that was fast, suddenly all that patience has amounted to 50 years, two generations. Well I have seen a team start off, build, and rebuild 5 times, I kind of have an inclining of what has worked in the league and mostly what has not worked. Does 50 years count towards anything? IMO, Edmonton, with the best player in the league with another super star player are not enough, so this Canuck team is not enough either, they need more. LA looks to have surpassed this version of a rebuild in this draft, Ottawa is way ahead. So how did this team have 7 to 9 years to fall behind? If not for a Vezina performance they are behind Arizona and close to it anyway. Buffalo may be an example of a failed rebuild, Edmonton was and now, well Vancouver still hasn't made the playoffs yet and may not have if the season had continued as they were dropping like a rock when other teams put the pedal to the metal. The Canucks don't have a chance at the cup this year or the next 3 either, mostly because there is no internal control of spending or any apparent view of the future. Nothing done here, no moves trades or signings show any indication of a plan that extends beyond the "now". eg; Markstrom or Demko? One is for looking good for the now and the other for the future, but only one can be kept because in the future there is an expansion draft and Demko is a west coast kid, pretty much acknowledged as a premier prospect and likely the best player exposed by the Canucks, he would have major trade value at the minimum for Seattle, not for the Canucks though because all teams would know the Canucks HAVE to trade him or get nothing, this doesn't take a 160 IQ to figure out. Keeping Markstrom also limits the cap spending for the next 5+ years. That is just one aspect of next year. I hope the Canucks get Lafreniere, he still would not be enough but he would jump the team 2 years of serious rebuilding. This team needs a 3 year plan at the minimum, cap and player age structure.
  3. Yes per Eliot.NHL owners are completely against compliance buyouts Judging by the number of wins vs loses, not any, just keeping those bad deals going or letting players go for free, although maybe no teams want those players because they just aren't good enough for the rest of the NHL. IMO giving up any future at all for a rebuilding team is bad mmanagement, now for a cup contender it might be different to give up picks especially if new players could not crack the line up anyway.
  4. Evidently there was a vote and it was a unanimous result or at least defeated. I am getting tired of so many "sweeteners" to fix Benning's mistakes, the "sweetener" is always a draft pick, young NHL player or top prospect. Like this team is a cup contender, it is still a rebuilding or should be, team. "The Plan, No Plan"
  5. Still no! Definitely not Markstrom, if they let him go then they save his salary and Demko, if they sign him then they will lose Demko. There have been other one season wonders in goal with other teams and Marky wants a NMC clause or at least NTC and an Eriksson type contract which makes a trade almost impossible without a clause. Not to correct mistakes made by this GM, Supposed to be rebuilding THROUGH the draft, not hoping to get to a middle of the road team, AGAIN. This team is not good enough yet as was shown even with Markstrom and Toffoli playing.
  6. "The team that wins the Vezina, wins the playoffs" a quote from one of the greatest coaches, Scotty Bowman. Boston, okay but Chara was playing half the game, they could rotate 5 guys on the other side Just about all "predictors", guys that make predictions say the goalie is the "Stud". "They forgot to measure the size of his heart" or "not the size of the dog in the fight, it is the size of the fight in the dog" But attrition mounts up and skill doesn't take much to become impeded. That said Tryamkin would be better down low in the Canucks end than Stecher or Hughes, maybe even Tanev and getting close to Edler, not an offensive force but a monumental challenge to get by, ask McDavid. Sometimes it isn't a goal that wins a game, often times a combination of holding the ground, taking the puck away and intimidation and not always because of fights, a big hitter can turn heads, remember how many players were looking (heads on a swivel) around for Torres, he wasn't huge but his heart was and his hits. Once he got muzzled he was not as intimidating. On the other hand Lucic was a force, even though no one knew at the time he had a severe shoulder injury from the Hamhuis hip check. Sometimes the number of shots isn't the whole story if they are perimeter shots. I remember in the last few seasons Canuck shots for were bolstered with dump ins on goalies from center ice or further, little trickle dump ins the goalie had to wait for. Size is needed but skating is too and if the "role" is skill, then more brain and hands, but if it is just being big and nasty, well Odjick is a good example, scored more with Bure than in his whole previous career. Same with Ferland, Eriksson and other side kicks, play with the best and reap the rewards. I like Greenway, he would be a great fit in Vancouver.
  7. I'll chime in, The 94 playoffs had Gregson calling penalties behind him that he didn't see, a boarding call when the hit took place on the face off dot,and watching Beukeboom (6'5") elbow Bure in the head sending Bure back to the bench on spaghetti legs behind the play but not calling it, Babych getting a tripping penalty while 20' away because Larmer tripped over his own two feet and fell by himself and slapped his stick on the ice or the cool replay of the puck going into Richter's glove and the glove hitting the net cam, one overhead shot of his glove totally behind the goal line up to his elbow, but it didn't count because they couldn't see the puck that was in the glove.Gregson later became the NHL's head man in charge of referees for quite awhile. And we got "game management" in spades ever since.
  8. StLou, Wash, LA the Bruins were all overall large than their opponents, Pittsburgh and Chicago both have or had multiple HoFer's to make up the difference and they were not tiny either. Te dynasties? Montreal was one of the biggest teams with Hofer's ditto Edmonton. Even as far back as 94, the Canucks were one to the largest teams in the league with a big defence. Tampa has been trying to get bigger for the playoffs for a few years now and they are one of the best teams in the regular season, there is a lesson there, small is okay for the regular season but large counts in the playoffs.
  9. All fans are guessing but a fact is revenues are not going up. Many hockey people, who are a lot closer than joe fan, are guessing a flat cap as a best case scenario so that could be a platform to start and some GM's have stated they are assuming or planning around a flat cap or that they don't think it will go up. Benning has a huge problem to deal with being so far over the cap with all those clause contracts to older players and so many to sign this year, I believe he has 20 mil to sign 10 players according to CF. Letting players go for free is not good management. The only plan Benning has shown is reactionary and essentially a "Plan, no plan" approach. The team certainly doen'ts look set up for cap issues or players in 3 years or even the expansion draft next year. No cap space to improve the team at expansion, certainly he can't be contemplating trading away more draft picks to keep the status quo. While your reply might include "who knows in 3 years" or something like that, good GM's plan in those areas as well as the immediate future. Toffoli, like Kesler, has played very hard and like Kelser his shelf life could decline very fast besides all players that have played beside Miller and Pettersson has flourished so why him at his prices? He isn't going to take a cut to play here, he already does with the tax situation and cost of living and he will want to cash in on his last big contract. Another 6 year 6 mil deal with a clause for a player that will be 34 or 35? Ditto Markstrom, 6 years at 6 mil? Better to let him, Tanev and Markstrom go and build for the future, save money and protected spots for the expansion draft, play the younger kids and be better sooner than another 5+ years waiting. Just to point out, Ottawa, in much bigger issues all over, has followed what the owner dictated, internal cap with no long term older players signed and played 3 times as many young players, the type that Benning says, in all his brilliant genius estimation , can't play, but Ottawa was only 8 wins behind the Canucks and they have 13 draft picks and 42+ million cap space this year and 3 protected spots available to trade for players at the expansion draft. At least with Ottawa there is a definite plan, rebuild with young players down to when contracts will start being increased is planned out. One thing for sure no fan can state that the Aquilini's are all about money, under Benning he has spent over 375 million in salaries, seen a decline in the team values of 300 million, had revenue from sales of team apparel decline and seen empty seats, they have shown immense patience for losing 250 games is so short a time. If they bow out, an almost blow up could occur IMO, can't keep going the way of the last 5 years.
  10. If the Canucks lose that means 5 losing capped out years in a row doesn't it? This round is a anomaly isn't it? I wonder if jobs are at stake yet. Isn't the draft pick traded an option if the Canucks don't make it, this year or next? With the draft using the alphabet instead of team names, until the play in round is over, will it influence some teams to bow out? If team B, D and G get 1rst, 2nd or 3rd will some teams just not "be up for the game"? Lot's of legit excuses for some teams to build for the future without the desperate need of making the playoffs like the Canucks have to. What a reward, lose 3 games and maybe get the #1, 2 or 3 pick and set up the team for a decade or longer, it has to be tempting. It is a situation now where a player or two for whatever reason see's sitting out as a benefit to his career or an enhanced chance to win a cup next year.
  11. An example of what happens when there are really big defensive defensemen. Chara wasn't an offensive force but his size dominated down low. St Louis kind of copied that formula with huge defensemen that were not there to score but to dominate the boards, interfere with passes due to huge wingspans and clear the net. Even a declining Chara still can dominate although not like when he was younger, his offense fell off but his defense picked up. That is why all NHL teams look for huge men that can skate to play defense, offense is optional. Canucks could have two of those in Myers and more so in Tryamkin. The big Russian was leading his team in plus minus and minutes played the last 15 games they played and in the playoffs. Now St Louis had 4 of those guys, the Canucks could have two. I just hope the fans remember the last time the team went small and skill thinking that was the new NHL only to waste a number of years readjusting to reality. The bigger team usually win the cup.
  12. I was looking at previous pages on this topic and you have participated in about 45 pages with several posters that have all found rules, clauses previous examples and given dozens of explanations but you still continue to argue you are right and everyone else is wrong. Perhaps the NHL recently ruling that KHL players are NOT eligible for the PLAY IN ROUND would show you that they are indeed allowed to play this year. They have ASKED teams not to play KHL players this year, ASKED. That Benning hasn't signed him is no big deal, he hasn't signed anyone except Holander, he isn't even talking with agents evidently. Benning also said he wanted to sign _______ next year, "we think he will be a reeeeall gooood player for us" numerous times. Current media is discussing players joining their teams from the KHL. You really need to read some of this stuff, Pooparty and Nylander were different circumstances,they hadn't played for a full year on a foreign team. There is something I remember reading a post that refereed to cap friendly about well. Don't get mixed up with current players and those on reserve lists and learn about defected players and signing FA's that were not under contract the previous season. Didn't Carolina have a player that signed after the TDL that was a FA on their reserve list, Justin Williams signed January 7.
  13. He is listed on the reserve list as a defected player, meaning he had signed and played in the NHL and then returned to the KHL after his NHL contract expired, he was not under contract with the NHL and not a RFA, if he was his years in the KHL would have had him a UFA now. When this happens the Canucks list him as a defected player and on their reserve list as such he is always their property and on their team, one of the 80 or 90 they are allowed to have on their lists. As a defected reserve player he is not a RFA until he signs with the team but as a defected player on the reserve list he can sign at any time his KHL contract is terminated or expires. Just like Ferland is on a injured reserve list, Tryamkin is on a defected reserve list. No he was different, he was under contract the previous season and the December 1 date is for all players and hold outs and if he was going to play this year or be traded and signed by another that he has spent a year with a different club he would be listed as a defected player but Edmonton still holds his rights and list him on their reserve list. Next year he or his rights could be traded anytime and then sign and play, it is a loop hole in player eligibility as a defected player. The intent was to not punish a team with a high draft pick that bolts not give the player extra leverage. For any player to exercise this option they have to play a season in the KHL or other professional league. TO is getting a Swede after the TDL and December 1 to play this year I think I heard.
  14. The Vancouver Canucks retain Nikita Tryamkin’s RFA rights and have him on their Reserve List—which means that they can sign him and add him to their roster at any point, regardless of the deadlines that govern other signings from European leagues. He would not have to pass through waivers and could theoretically start suiting up for the Canucks immediately after signing his new contract—following a lengthy flight across several time zones, of course.
  15. He wasn't under contract, the Canucks just held his rights and he hadn't had a contract for over two years so just like Cale Makar last year or Radulov years ago, nothing has changed. With the KHL season officially being cancelled Wednesday, players with expiring KHL contracts are free to sign with NHL teams as of May 1. Golden Knights may get playoff boost from KHL MVP Nikita Gusev will join the Vegas Golden Knights this weekend and could possibly play in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, TSN reported Friday. Gusev is the reigning MVP of the Kontinental Hockey League. The 26-year-old left wing has played with SKA St. Petersburg since 2015-16 and this season led the KHL with 82 points (17 goals, 65 assists). There is an agreement between the KHL and NHL a memorandum; The agreement respects the professional contracts of players from both leagues and obliges both sides to complete a range of procedures to avoid conflicts in the process of players moving from one league to the other.