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  1. Olli Juolevi | D

    Juolevi has done nothing up until this point to prove he’d ever be better than these two down the road. The best thing thats been said about him since he’s been drafted is that he’s looked “bored.” Not exactly a ringing endorsement for a guy management bet the farm on.
  2. Fans at Rogers

    The Canucks have a PR problem right now. Management have been completely tone deaf in their message and the direction of the team appears to change week to week. Ownership, management, coaching, and the players all appear to be operating independently of one another, oftentimes in contradictory and spectalularly idiotic fashion. Fans have been clamouring for a real rebuild since AV was the coach and what we’ve been given is a series of ineffectual half measures that have amounted to little in the way of progress. The Sedins were great in the salad days of their careers, but this protracted epilogue feels like it has gone on forever. The foolhardy notion that the Sedins have “earned” retirement as Canucks is laughable as it broadcasts to the world that the whims of two men are more important than the well-being of franchise. Until they retire, the team doesn’t matter. Nobody cares about wins and losses. No one cares if Brandon Sutter had a decent night. Or Loui Eriksson. Or Derek Dorsett. Or Sven Baertschi. Or Thomas Vanek. They’ve schlocked together a random assortment of washed up vets, C-level bottom sixers, and a prospect here or there to “appease” the fan base. Jim and Trev have taken almost half a decade to assemble what amounts to be a mediocre expansion roster. Tear the team down. Go back in time and stop Benning from signing Eriksson. Don’t re-sign the Sedins when their contracts expire. Move on and actually commit to a rebuild. Maybe then, fans will come back. I have a feeling this won’t occur until the team is under new management, with a President who can keep all the branches of his organization moving in one direction. Because there’s only one goal in hockey that matters, and that’s the cup. And they won’t win one as long as they have coaches who are out for themselves and general managers who would rather watch kids in Latvia than build a contender in Vancouver.
  3. 2017-2018 line up (with what we have)

    Virtanen - Bo - Boeser Sedin - Sedin - Eriksson Baertschi - Gagner - Vanek Burmistrov - Sutter - Granlund I'd like to see them spread the size and skill across all four lines. Virt Bo Brock seem like a dominant line waiting to happen. Virt and Bo bring size and speed and can cause havoc and create space for Brock and his shot. Burmistrov - Sutter - Granlund could be a gritty shutdown line that chips in 55-60 goals this year.
  4. Canucks crowded forward group.

    Sedin - Sedin - Virtanen Eriksson - Sutter - Vanek Baertschi - Horvat - Boeser Granlund - Gagner - Goldobin Burmistrov - Gaunce - Dorsett Rodin - White - Boucher The Canucks are essentially going into training camp with 18 middle 6 type players. You could literally put these names in a blender and come up with a lineup that would yield roughly the same results as whatever Travis comes up with. They're all mediocre, but at least now there's a lot of them.
  5. Do you think the Sedins Retire at the end of this Season?

    If they are willing to sign one year contracts at 4m a piece, I'd keep them for as long as they continue to produce. They're likely going to be the second line by the end of this season.
  6. 2017-2018 line up (with what we have)

    Baertschi - Horvat - Boeser Sedin - Sedin - Eriksson Granlund - Gagne - Goldobin Virtanen - Burmistrov - Sutter Gaunce/Rodin Edler - Hutton Del Zotto - Tanev Gudbranson - Stetcher Markstrom Nilsson Gaunce, Goldobin, Virtanen, and Rodin will be fighting for 2 roster spots on the wing. It'll probably shake down to be between Goldobin or Rodin, and Gaunce or Virtanen. I gather management hopes that Rodin brings the goods this fall, but my thinking is he's too far removed from meaningful games to place any sort of expectation. Goldobin has already proven too good for the AHL and I hope he's given a shot to play with skilled players. He's definitely my choice, especially considering Rodin's injury problems. I hope Virtanen comes to camp like a man possessed. They've invested a lot into this kid and this feels like a do or die scenario for him. Between he and Gaunce, Virtanen brings more speed and a good shot while he lacks consistency from shift to shift. Gaunce has proven to be a sound defender, however it remains to be seen if he can put up points at the next level. Boeser will start in the NHL unless he really craps the bed (I.e., spends his summer on the Virtanen diet--sniff sniff). Make no mistake, they've already got his banner printed and ready to hang outside Roger's Arena. The guy will figure into their marketing heavily next season and they won't risk not having him there opening night. This is a franchise desperate for a face-- Horvat is great but lacks swagger. He's stable but not electric. Boeser is the Kane to Horvat's Toews.
  7. Maybe I'm being a homer, but I can definitely see a scenario in which this team makes the playoffs this season. A lot will have to go right for that to happen, but I am heartened by today's transpirings. Sedin - Sedin - Eriksson The Sedins still feel like they have more in the tank. Eriksson can't possibly be as bad as he was last season. Play them less, giving them only O-zone starts. Maybe 13-16 minutes a night and their stats should start trending towards the their career norms. Baertschi - Horvat - Boeser This line should make strides again this year. I think Baertschi will unlock his true potential with a pure finisher in Boeser. Bo will be determined to prove he's a top line centre. I could see him netting 65-70 points this season. Granlund - Gagne - Goldobin I think Granlund is the key piece here. He netted 19 in 60 with a bum wrist playing with Sutter. I think management wants to see what he can do surrounded by skill. Gagne was brought in to produce offence and I doubt they'll anchor him with the likes of Gaunce or Sutter. If Gagne can come close to his last season numbers, this should be a very effective 3rd line. Gaunce - Burmistrov - Virtanen With today's signings, I really think the nixed Demers trade involved Sutter going the other way. I have a feeling that Sutter is gone by October Tanev - Del Zotto Gudbranson - Stetcher Edler - Hutton Wiercoch looks good guys!
  8. [Signing] Canucks Sign Burmistrov

    Big if true. sedin - sedin - eriksson baertschi - bo - body big boes granlund - gagne - sutter gaunce - burmistrov - goldobin
  9. Love it. Jaybee identified the Powerplay as the major area of weakness and made moves today to fix it. Job's not done, but it's great to see the team moving in the right direction. Well Any direction really.
  10. But is he foundational? love the signing. The guy is a true 3rd line centre who can play up the line up and bolster the PP. we needed this guy last year. Team already looks much better than last year. I hope people get that moves like this actually HELP the rebuild.
  11. [Signing] Canucks re-sign Anton Rodin

    Sedin - Sedin - Eriksson Baertschi - Bo - Boeser Granlund - Gagne - Goldobin Gaunce - Sutter - Rodin I'd like to see Rodin used in a sheltered role until he gets his legs under him. Maybe have them run a balanced 4 line attack to compensate for lack of elite talent.
  12. Comparing the Benning Drafts

    He's missed badly on too many first rounders in the past to have any confidence in this year's crop yet. So far only one pick of Bennings has had any sort of impact in the NHL at all and that situation was bungled so badly from top to bottom that said player ran for the K as quick as he could. Virtanen and McCann are two first round busts plain and simple. He missed clean across the board that year. Juolevi has plateaued in his development and looks to be the third or fourth best defenseman of his draft class. If they did the 2016 draft again tomorrow, there's NO WAY the Canucks take Juolevi at 5 (Even if they want D). Benning's draft hopes now rest on the 2017 draft, Demko, and Boeser. Not a great haul for someone who came in as a great drafting GM and publicly stated he would build the team through the draft. 4 years in and his best piece is still a guy who the last guy drafted.
  13. [Rumour] Nail Yakupov has interest signing with Canucks

    I'd love to see Yakupov on a 1 yr. contract. Let's see if the kid has chemistry with Goldobin. Maybe even split the Sedins up for a balanced roster. Baertschi - Horvat - Boeser Yakupov - Sedin - Goldobin Sedin - Sutter - Eriksson Granlund - Gaunce - Virtanen
  14. 2017-2018 line up (with what we have)

    Sedin - Sedin - Eriksson Baertschi - Horvat - Boeser Granlund - Sutter - Goldobin Gaunce - Cramarossa - Virtanen Edler - Stetcher Gudbranson - Hutton Juolevi - Tanev Markstrom
  15. (Speculation) Cody Franson on TSN1040

    Edler - Tanev Hutton - Gudbranson Stetcher - Franson looks solid and gives OJ time to develop