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  1. I believe Benning is done with reshaping the defence. The top six are set and you have Biega and Fantenberg as probable 7th/8th guys. I firmly believe Juolevi is close to making the team, and Brisebois will push for a call up spot. Rafferty and Teves weren't signed to be Utica drones and will also push for NHL time. In another year Woo will fight for a job and you also have Sautner, Chatfield, Eliot and possibly Rathbone all aiming for NHL time. So, to sign another defenceman would push some of the prospects further down the depth chart. IMHO Benning has assembled enough defensive depth to withstand the inevitable ton of injuries to the back end. And no to signing Hutton. Nice guy, works hard, but he has had his time in Vancouver so it is time to try another option. Really, since Benning has been here, this roster and protected list is the strongest in years. Benning went out looking for size, speed, strength and skill and seems to have succeeded in improving the player pool. One more unrelated thought: Eriksson very probably refused a move to anywhere in Alberta, so that's why he wasn't part of the musical chairs that saw Neal and Lucic trade palcces.
  2. Went to a game in the Saddledome many years ago. The first thing that struck me was I had always figured the ice surface ran from the high end to the high end of the dome, but it turned out that it runs perpendicular to the long axis. Because of course it does. How could it be any other way? Major facepalm moment. Glad they are getting the a new arena. The other thing that was immediately apparent was how narrow the concourse was in the Dome.
  3. Don't be so extreme. I would end the Chuckwagon race to prevent needless death to horses and potential injuries to drivers and/or riders. I have no issues with other rodeo events, but then again I don't watch rodeo, not for any sociopolitical reasons, but because it doesn't interest me. For everyone who loves it, fill your boots.
  4. All I know is that if I hear the words "Chuckwagon Race", the first image that pops into my head is dead horses. Why is that? Because EVERY YEAR horses die at the Calgary Stampede competing in a crazy dangerous pointless exercise called a chuckwagon race. But hey, I eat meat so I guess that makes me some kind of SJW hypocrite that has no right to speak about anything because reasons. Does anybody else believe the only reason we get so much coverage of the Stampede every July is because CBC has to fulfill a certain quota of Canadian content, regardless if nobody outside of Calgary is actually watching onTV? I mean, seriously, how many time have you ever heard this; "Hey, come on over every night this week and we'll have a Calgary Stampede watch party/barbecue/tailgate party." Me either.
  5. Luongo made it very clear that he was no longer willing or really able to work himself into playing shape. At a certain point the body says enough is enough and Luongo couldn't see milking it just to cash a cheque and take up a roster spot when he has no intention of doing the work required to play at an NHL level. He also made it more than clear that he intends to stay in his community for the rest of his life, in a place where his wife, her family, and their children were born and raised. As much as any other Canucks fan I wish he had played the game to keep the cap recapture from hamstringing Vancouver, but what can you do? The guy is a principled man and you have to respect him for that, at least.
  6. He is listed at 5'2" and 112 pounds. That's the same size as one of Zdeno Chara's legs. Needless to say, he is unlikely to play in the USHL.
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  8. Good point, Alf. I have, however, heard the Lightning are looking to move some salary in the form of Tyler Johnson ($5 mil) and JT Miller ($5.25). They also have three defencemen who will become UFAs on July 1 (Coburn, Girardi and Stralman) so they are clearly looking for defence. I guess if GM Brisebois really wants to, he could make Karlsson work, but you are correct in that you can't add expensive pieces without removing expensive pieces.
  9. So, is Erik Karlsson damaged goods? Not according to Brian Burke. Skip to 2:48. That said, I still wouldn't want either the dollars or the term involved in bringing him to Vancouver. Won't matter much anyway as I think he wants to play in Tampa with his buddy Victor Hedman and on a team that SHOULD have gone all the way in the playoffs.
  10. Years ago Brian Burke sounded the alarm that GMs around the league were effectively eliminating the "second contract". It used to be a guy signed his three year entry level deal, then normally signed a two, three or four year deal for incrementally more dollars. Once the second contract was done, that was when the player signed the big dollar, long term contract. Now, however, guys are coming off their three-year entry level deal and are getting seven and eight year deals at $5.5-$7+ million, thereby putting the team in cap hell if they happen to have three or four players like that (cough-Toronto-cough-Chicago-cough). How would we like it if, in the 21-22 season, the team has three guys making $10 million each and Vancouver has yet to make it out of the first round, assuming they even make the playoffs? Call me old-fashioned, but I'd offer Boeser $5.5 million per year for three seasons with the understanding that his next contract could well be eight years at 8-10 million per. I just don't believe in paying huge dollars when neither the player nor the team has had consistent, high-level success over time. Pay for performance, not for potential.
  11. Let it go, man. Don Henley states it quite well: There are people in your life Who've come and gone They let you down You know they've hurt your pride You better put it all behind you baby 'Cause life goes on You keep carryin' that anger It'll eat you up inside baby
  12. This raises a point that I have long thought about, and it is this: When some of the more thoughtless posters on CDC disagree with someone's opinion, they seem incapable of separating the person from the opinion. It is like "I don't agree with Botchford, therefore he is <insert favoured demeaning adjective here>." Now I am a hell of a lot older than most people on this board, and here is one thing my many years on earth have taught me: It costs nothing to be civil, and we can disagree without insulting the intelligence, opinions or beliefs of others. We can treat each other with respect without thinking that because you don't agree, you must therefore be an idiot/stupid/brainless. And a second point, I don't know how anyone can form an opinion about a writer's work if, as they claim, they never actually read it. This sounds like "I don't actually know what he's written, but it is fashionable to slam the guy, so I will, too." If anyone hasn't gone back and read Botchford's last couple of month's work in the Athletic (it's permanently free now) and can then honestly say that he didn't know what he was talking about, well, I don't know how to help you. Botchford put in the work to make his writing engaging, challenging and, this is a big, big thing, unique. Perhaps the anti-Botch army wants their news coverage to be gushing praise and boring game summaries. Again, if that's what you want, I don't know how to help you, but the Vancouver media is full of that kind of work. Finally, I have been writing all my life and read voraciously from a variety of sources. My yardstick about the talent of a writer is when I read something and say, "Damn, I wish I had written that." Jason Botchford did that every time he sat down at a keyboard, and NOBODY else in the Vancouver market has that effect on me. Just wait until next season and there are no Provies or Athletties to provide a vastly different perspective on the games, the players and the issues around the team. I will certainly miss that part of the post-game coverage, and I suspect that even Botch's most vocal critics will, too.
  13. TBay announces: We have re-signed Jan Rutta to a one-year, one-way contract worth an average of $1.3 million. Uhh, how do you "average" a one-year contract?
  14. I have always defended Botch. Of all the local media guys, he was the most engaging and had a drive to get the details behind the story. Yes he could be irritating, but nobody worked harder to track down the facts. It was popular around here for people to pile on whenever some of his work was brought up, but he was never a fan boy and he didn't serve up fat softballs to players, coaches or management. He asked the questions I had and he was fearless. His invention of the Provies was groundbreaking, current and a much needed refresh to traditional, hero-worshipping sports journalism. When I wanted reaction to something the Canucks had or hadn't done, I trusted Botch more than any other Vancouver media member. I will miss him making management and coaches squirm and will miss him on the Patcast. I feel terrible for his wife and kids and hope they can adjust to the gaping hole left in their family.
  15. I can't remember who I heard talking about this, but whoever it was made a couple of salient points about paying big bucks to players on a team (Toronto) that hasn't made it out of the first round in, well, forever. The basic idea was "Why would you pay these young stars as if they had won three or four Stanley Cups when they haven't won anything? And what will you do if they happen to actually win the Cup, since there is no room for more players to make big money?" If Vancouver is prudent, they will keep salaries at the reasonable end UNTIL the team has had legitimate success. In that vein, I'd offer Boeser no more than $6 million over three years, then make it clear that he has an opportunity to make really big money IF a) he turns into a reliable 40 goal guy and b) the team makes a couple of long playoff runs. My battle cry: No big dollars until we see big results.