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  1. Kesler? Are you sure? He didn't even play a full season in the NHL until like his 3rd year. If Virt was drafted before Bo, people won't have high expectations for Virt and let him slowly develop. It is just that Bo was the only one in recent memory that hit the ground running immediately. Anyways, a good video here about his memory of his friend who passed away a few years ago
  2. And then Pierre Mcguire calls him the second best player in the league..OMG..he is definitely smoking something and I want some!
  3. I like how he called out Jake a bit in this article but also stated that his friends see Jake hitting the gym everyday so at least it seems like Jake is getting physically prepared but I do hope he gets mentally prepared. Considering how he is a "slow starter", he most likely will have a better season next year. During his juniors, he had a bad rookie season and then the next few years, he exploded which caused him to have such a high draft rank.
  4. I agree..people are really clueless
  5. Don't they normally go through 4 people wearing As? As in they alternate between home games and away games?
  6. I just read this article and it seems quite fitting for Chris Tanev as it explains his road to success and being a "rookie" for team Canada. I searched everywhere and couldn't find it posted so the link is here: "The Rookie" THE ROOKIE One of the oldest players on Canada’s National Men’s Team, Chris Tanev is the youngest in national team experience Wendy Graves | May 12, 2016 | Favourite (2) Six years ago, as a freshman at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Chris Tanev was equal parts optimist and realist. According to the defenceman’s bio for the 2009-10 Tigers season, Tanev “would like to obtain a career in professional hockey or have a job in the financial sector in the next 10 years.” “I thought I was going to college for four years,” he says. “If I did well, maybe I’d have a chance to play somewhere.” Tanev had reason to hedge his bets. At the time, he had flown mostly under the radar – of professional and national team scouts alike – and taken a path that didn’t resemble one that typically leads to being a top-pair defenceman in the National Hockey League and, now, a member of Canada’s National Men’s Team at the IIHF World Championship. At 26, Tanev is the oldest member of Canada’s blue-line in Russia; he’s also the only defenceman playing for Canada for the first time. It’s not unheard of for a player to make his first national team appearance at the world championship; only last year, Jake Muzzin, David Savard and Patrick Wiercioch did just that. And two years ago, then-32-year-old Kevin Bieksa – a former teammate of Tanev with the Vancouver Canucks – served as captain his first time representing his country. But few faced the same bumps – and breaks – along the way. If Tanev didn’t necessarily take the longer road to the NHL and Canada’s National Men’s Team, he certainly took a scenic route. Success initially came early for the Toronto native. At age nine he won a league title with the Novice AAA North York Canadiens. (His teammates included P.K. Subban and Steven Stamkos.) From there he joined the Toronto Red Wings and continued in the Greater Toronto Hockey League until he was 15. By then he was maybe five feet tall and 120 pounds, at the most. The next season he couldn’t find a team to play on. He attended tryouts for seven different Midget teams and didn’t make the cut for any of them. For two years, Tanev didn’t play high-level hockey; instead, he joined his high school team at East York Collegiate Institute and played inline hockey in the spring. But repeatedly being told no left a long-simmering wish to return to a more competitive game. “I didn’t play for a few years and obviously missed not playing with all the guys I grew up playing with,” he says. “You’re watching them play, so it definitely motivated me once I started playing again to try and get as good as I can.” He landed with the Durham Fury of the Ontario Junior Hockey League, then the Stouffville Spirit, where he saw limited ice time. Partway through the 2007-08 season, he was traded to the Markham Waxers. “We saw in him the heart and desire to compete and excel at that level,” says Joe Cornacchia, then the general manager of the Waxers. “We couldn’t understand why the other team wouldn’t play him. It became our luck and their loss. “He was the type of player who never quit and worked so hard all the time. I always found that the [the difference] between success and failure is taking the game seriously and applying yourself, and that kid was the ultimate. He just worked hard all the time – never took a shift off, never took a day off, never took a moment off.” His first year Tanev was named Markham’s most improved player and helped it win a division championship. The following year he was named the team’s top defenceman. From there it was on to RIT, where Tanev did more than what he hoped for. As the Atlantic Hockey Association rookie of the year in 2009-10, he posted a +33 and led RIT to its first trip to the NCAA tournament and an eventual berth in the Frozen Four. He was noticed by an old acquaintance. Dave Gagner was then the director of player personnel with Vancouver. Gagner had been Tanev’s inline coach and before that seen him play in the GTHL against his son, Sam. Tanev signed as an undrafted free agent with the Canucks and left school three years earlier than expected. In his first NHL game in January 2011, he stopped a three-on-one late in regulation to preserve a point against the Colorado Avalanche. (The Canucks lost 4-3 in overtime.) Two years after playing Junior A hockey, Tanev was playing in the 2011 Stanley Cup Final. “Everyone has their own way of getting where they are,” he says. “[Mine] definitely motivated me, just trying to be as good as I can, looking up to guys who are already there and seeing what kind of habits they had, and trying to emulate them as much as I could.” After splitting time between Vancouver and the American Hockey League for three years, he’s been a fixture on the Canucks blue-line the past three seasons. A defensive defenceman, he depends not on size and physicality, but rather on speed and positioning, relying on stick work and knowing what angles to play. He’s already been an impact player at the worlds – he was named player of the game in Canada’s win over Hungary. Despite waiting longer than most for that first national team appearance, Tanev never felt slighted. “It’s Team Canada,” he says. “It’s the best country in the world, so it has the best players. I just go out and play as hard as I can every day and I’m happy that I got the opportunity to join the team this year.”
  7. I was reading Ben Hutton's blog and he is roommates with Brad Marchand. Unbelievable. Why isn't he with Tanev or at least another D? But it seems like Brad is a cool guy off the ice. I can't seem to believe that but I don't think Ben will lie about it. You can read it here at|VAN|home
  8. I won't say it is a curse but it is a really depressing yet enlightening trip down memory lane. I'm sure other teams have experienced similar things but as a fan, you sometimes feel that your team always gets the short end of the stick.
  9. Thanks for providing the picture as I saw that picture too. My apologies for going off topic, for the main topic, the crowd at the AUD seems crazy and I hope the Comets pull through! Yes, Subban is starting to heat up.
  10. But Virt is dating Chloe of his better choices..hahaha..
  11. Wow thank you. There are only a select few on this board who understands that during the Naslund/Bert years, we had great offence but we had one of the worst defences. Jovo had zero defensive capabilities but he made it up with his great offensive awareness. Naslund and Bert floated in the defensive zone. If people actually watched all the games that Clouts played, he was hung out to dry at least 7/10 times he was scored on (maybe a bit lower percentage but you get my point). As for Playoffs, not every goalie necessarily succeed. To be honest, it took Lu around 2-3 season being on the Canucks to finally get past the 1st round. In relation to Butcher stating that a person who has a good winning history will eventually be a good coach because he has a good mentality and knows how to succeed is partially true. People who were born with talent like Gretzky will never be able to coach because it came so naturally to him, he wouldn't know how to teach it. Therefore you need to find a person who has success but also worked super hard for it. It is really hard to find. It also applies to education. I was taught Calculus and Corporate Law by two so called "geniuses" but ended up learning more from the tutorials taught by "non-geniuses" because the geniuses were so smart they didn't know how to make us understand how it works as because for them, they don't need to think and already know how to do it.
  12. Let me rephrase. It is funny how you thought Benning made a mistake in thinking they were long term benefits to the team. Benning never stated they were long term benefits and it was quite evident in the contracts he signed with them.
  13. Sorry to say it but the fact that you thought Miller and Vrbata were long term benefits for the team, you really need to re-evaluate how you perceive things rather than thinking what JB could of done.
  14. So he gets a tip in goal and then you say JB is wrong? I don't think JB meant in his comment is Shink will get 0 goals. That's not what he meant by his skill transferring from AHL to NHL, did you guys even finish school? He meant that Shink having a spectacular year in the A might not have a somewhat similar year in the NHL. Furthermore, did you know that Granlund has equally as many or more points than Shink in the AHL?