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  1. [Report] Josh Gorges on the Trading Block?

    Never mind.
  2. [rumor] benning wants reinhart

    Even if their best case scenarios were in fact similar, their worst case scenarios (excluding injury, etc) aren't likely to be. If Guance were to find a middling career as a bottom 6 player, or even a fringe NHL/AHLer, people wouldn't be nearly as surprised with that as they would if Horvat failed to be a top 6 player.
  3. It's bigger scope than that, though. You're paying a guy like Kane 6 million, not 900k like Horvat. So...the question becomes - what could you do with that 6 million while keeping Horvat? Could you do more elsewhere? Maybe. Horvat has a lot of promise in all areas of the game as a complete player that makes players around him better. Kane is a proven force on the ice. But I don't think the argument is as simple as 'guy from junior" for a guy that's shown strong offensive output. Personally, I'd rather see us move other pieces, preferably older ones. We aren't going to win next year with Kane, nor will we win with Horvat next year. But that money spent in smart ways could bring us 1 or 2 good players while the Horvats and Shinkaruks mature and give us a bonafide scoring threat to compliment the older players here. I'd love Kane here. I'd also love to see us actually develop the few stud prospects we have.
  4. At the World Championships? I'd be surprised if they didn't ask Hammer and Bieksa
  5. Really? Fans get over stuff pretty quick, the second the player steps onto the ice and proves himself. IF - and that's a mighty long IF - Bolland were to sign here, he'd probably go out in the first game and drop the gloves. Sort of like Iggy did his first game with Boston. Fans come around right quick when a player shows up and proves their worth.
  6. I agree with this. Personally - I'd like to see Nicholson come in as GM, Linden as President. If Linded has eyes set on GM'ing, he should go up slowly like Stevey Y did.
  7. Multiple Warning Signs Surrounding Zack Kassian

    Though you're just a troll, and a banned one now - I do hope you come back and read the thread just so you can be reminded by everyone that you're easily in the bottom contingency of no-nothing fans. Even with 6 games to go, Kassian has hit your upper limit, and more importantly, he's a 23 year old, and clearly a development player that doesn't step in and hit his mid-range to upper-limit from day one like a Toews or Crosby. But no one's ever considered him to be a #1 draft pick caliber player. Kassian's the type of player that joins the league around 20/21 and works first to keep himself in the lineup, then needs to learn to be a reliable player that earns his minutes through intangibles, all the while working to develop a more consistent offensive output. He is your prototypical power forward, and guys like this usually bloom at age 25/26 into the player you can rely on them being until their body starts to slow around 33/34 (barring significant injuries, of course). So at his current age, and just finishing his entry level contract, he needs to show that he's growing as a player, learning the game and continuing on an upward curve overall. If you're not seeing that, then you have major legitimate concerns. But Kassian has been doing exactly this: His points per game average has increase each season - 0.22 in 11-12, 0.2 in 12-13 and currently at 0.38 in 13-14. Likewise, his shooting % has gone up each year: 0.090% 11-12, 0.143% 12-13, and 0.157% in 13-14. Even a stat that needs to improve, his +/- has remained consistent, -2, -7 and now -4, even though the teams overall offense and defensive numbers have plummeted this year. Hodgson's, meanwhile, has jumped off a damn cliff with a sweet old -23 at the moment. I was a massive Cody Hodgson fan, I was mad when he was traded, but my team is my team, so I'm going to want the best for the players on it. Kassian's a very different type of player, and he's not as naturally gifted with his pure offensive talent. But he is the type of player that can drastically improve his output by further learning the game and developing the assets that take time to learn to be able to put them into use on a game to game basis. Thankfully, he's proving that over the long term that's exactly what he's doing. Grow concerned when he stops that upward curve or starts to trend downward, not just from one game, or three, or even a month. But throughout entire seasons. The same can be said to his cheerleaders as it pertains to him deserving more icetime.
  8. [Trade] Canucks Trade Luongo to the Panthers

    Being cynical is easy, everyone can do it! I prefer to take a pragmatic stance on this; The situation had become an unhealthy distraction for far too long, even after Schneider was moved there were still rumblings that Luongo would push for a trade like after this season. Whether there was any truth to that, who knows - but the sheer fact that such beliefs became so standard among the media and fanbase means it was always going to be a tenuous situation here with Luongo. So a deal was finally made. For sure giving up a goalie like Luongo is a tough pill to swallow when you aren't getting a great player in return for what many consider a great or even elite level goalie. But the contract proved to be too big a hurdle. So we got Markstrom and Matthais. Markstrom hasn't done enough at the NHL level to instill blind confidence but he has shown his ability to improve at the pro level this season, and has continued to improve his numbers in the AHL each of the past 4 seasons. Remember, too, that the Panthers have been absolutely terrible over the last 3 years, finishing in last place twice and squeaking into the playoffs once due to being in the weakest division possible. Defensively, Florida has been atrocious for years and years now, having failed to be on the + side of goal differential since 2008! Markstrom has work to do, for sure, but he's a very solid prospect that should fit in well here, and force Lack to keep working hard to keep getting better and better. With luck, we'll have a much cheaper goal tending tandem for the next few years here. And also, he JUST turned 24...he's still quite young. And Shawn Matthais is exactly what this team has needed for years (one of many things they need, certainly) - a proper, effective 3rd line center. He's averaged 48.9% on faceoffs over the last 4 years, which isn't anything to write home about but it doesn't hurt you a ton, either. The one trait that's followed him everywhere he'd gone since he was in junior is that he's a tireless hardworker. With his size, and his willingness to go to the net and into the corners, we finally have a 3rd liner that will use his size to his advantage. He isn't a wrecking ball type of hitter, but he's not afraid to use his size, or go to the net. He's managed 9 goals so far this year even though he's been getting the least average ice time per game of any regular on the Panther's Roster. He was also top 10 on the Panthers for SOG and Shooting Percentage, all while netting only 14 PIMs. Is Matthias going to turn this Canucks ship around and send us straight to the playoffs? No, probably not. But he instantly creates competition for the guys on our Bottom 6, he gives us some much needed strength and size and more offensive upside for our 3rd and 4th line (he'd fit in tied for 10th in scoring on our team). He's also got work to do, but at 26 he should be reaching his potential in the next 2-4 years. No doubt, he took a step back this year from the potential he showed during the lockout season...but it seems like things were going poorly in Florida, and his enthusiasm for leaving tells me he wanted a change and a fresh start. Now he's got something to prove again, and I wouldn't be surprised if he works his tail off to net him a contract offer in the offseason. Things went pear shaped a couple years ago, and Gillis and Co. dropped the ball. So they were left taking what they could get and the solace of putting the Luongo drama behind them. I think this deal works well for everyone, The Canucks, The Panthers, Markstrom, Matthias and Luongo. I'm please with that.
  9. We're going to need 2-3 years for Horvat, Jensen, Shinkaruk, Guance and the players/picks that we acquire through any big deals to manifest into contributing top 6- top 9 players. By that point, I'm okay taking on an older Hawks team again.
  10. I know how you're feeling - but even as someone that owns a few Kesler jerseys and would be sad to see him go, I believe this is the single best way for the Canucks to get back on track and compete again, not this year, but for years down the road. Kesler is going to net us some serious pieces, Edler and him could turn this club back into a contender again when you also add in Horvat and Shinkaruk and Jensen. In an ideal world the Canucks move Kesler, Edler and Luongo and this team is instantly stocked to the brim with prospects, picks and younger players ready to play starting next year. It may still take 2-3 years before everyone is ready but I'd much rather see us turn around in a few years and have to give up some of my favorite players then to have to go through another stretch like 1995-2001
  11. Is Bo Horvat over rated?

    At least a few people caught on...but why is everyone else even debating this? Brick posted stats from last season and even admitted his sample size of viewing, with which he based his assessment, was next to nothing. Why not come back and admit you were wrong, or at the very least jumped to conclusions for whatever reason you did. I'm a big Horvat fan and was really excited when the Canucks drafed him, but I'll still acknowledge that nothing's ever a given with prospects. Still, he's one of the few players this organization has drafted in a long time that's generally considered a Blue Chip prospect by nearly every reputable hockey analyst in the business. Why feel the need to crap on that anyway before the kid's even had a chance to play for a stretch in the league?
  12. Kassian making a case for himself

    You seem very fond of the big guy. That's great, I can't fault being passionate about your team. But I'm not exactly on board with you here. Frankly, Kassian hasn't earned a top-spot he's played good, not great and certainly not 'lights out'. He's played 39 games now. He played 39 games last year. 2012-2013: 39 GP 7 G 4 A 11 PTS -7 51 PIMs 70 HITS 4 BLKS .429% FW% 1 GWG 48 SOG 2013-2014: 39 GP 8 G 3 A 11 PTS -4 47 PIMs 53 HITS 3 BLKS .182% FW% 0 GWG 41 SOG On a pure stats level he's really not playing much better than last year. It's surprising, even, that BLKS are still so low considering the emphasis Tortorella puts on that part of the game.More concerning to me is that he's near 0.5 less HITS per game. As you mention, he's been put into a defensive role by being stuck on the 3rd/4th line. You applaud him for his offensive numbers, even though he's tallied the exact same points as last - when he didn't exactly light the world on fire. But now he's been asked to perform in a checking role he's got less hits, a worse faceoff %, less shots and, again, next to no BLKS. Granted, he's and has take slightly few PIMs. The Pims are negligible but the =/- is a good sign. Let me be clear: I like Kassian, and I have high hopes for him. He has the potential to be exactly the type of player the Canucks have needed, especially in the playoffs. He's got skill to put up great numbers, he's got the size to cause havoc in front of the net and make it hard to move him off the puck, he's a deceptively fast skater, and he shows a lot of creativity out there. But he makes a lot mistakes, too, and constantly over-thinks things resulting in too many turnovers. . Kassian is still young, which is great. He shows a ton of promise and has plenty of time now to learn and grow under a coach who's track record with developing young talent has been phenomenal. But I'm not sure what you think you've seen this season that leads you to believe Kassian deserves a spot in the top 6. Frankly, I don't see it.
  13. Don't see Tortorella as an improvement on AV

    This is basically the same team it's been for the last few years, save for some small additions (many solid ones this year) the coaches are still playing with the same hand, and it shows. Torts, however, is icing an aged core compared to what AV started and peaked with. So if you're frustrated with the team basically being where they were points-wise, blame Gillis. Even still - the one noticeable change this year is that the team usually looks engaged and they're far more tenacious on the forecheck. Aside from the terrible final minutes the last few games -- thie team under Torts has been more fun to watch .
  14. [Official] Canucks coach talk. Keep all talk here.

    While I agree with the sentiment - the problem is that sports are one of the few professions where the easiest change with noticeable results often comes from Coaching moves. It's not even a matter of better coach or worse coach, sometimes it's just about the right coach at the right time..
  15. Jason Garrison so far?

    Yeah, moving to a new system, with a brand new team and teammates doesn't really allow for a speedy transition. That's why so many deadline acquisitions look terrible or 'lost' on teams. It's not easy in any sport to just switch everything around you and play well right off the bat. Yet, he's managed to put up points and he's got a great +/-...two things you NEED to have to have a successful defensive corps. If you're going to criticize him for anything, it'd be his physical strength in his own end...and even that is right on par with everyone else we have back there.