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  1. My 23-man starting roster for the season... D. Sedin - H. Sedin - Eriksson Baertschi - Horvat - Rodin Burrows - Sutter - Hansen Ruutu - Gaunce - Dorsett Granlund Edler - Tanev Hutton - Gudbranson Sbisa - Stecher Pedan - Tryamkin Miller Markstrom I have Rodin, Gaunce and Stecher making the team. Although Labate has shown really well pre-season, it is toss-up decision as to whether Ruutu or Labate makes the team - I choose Ruutu as the only PTO to make cut: sign Ruutu for 1 yr contract. Trade Etem or put on waivers. Send Labate, Virtanen, Biega, Larsen to Utica but these guys provide good depth.
  2. Garteig has already been sent down to Utica. See https://www.nhl.com/canucks/news/roster-reduced/c-282251602. The Utica Comets camp is just about to start. It will be interesting to see if Utica carries 3 goalies (Bachman, Demko and Garteig) or whether Garteig presummably goes down to ECHL Alaska Aces.
  3. Ruutu missed 27 games with a broken foot while with the Devils. When he returned, perhaps he was not 100% fully healed - hence his lacklustre performance. This fall, his health and fitness could be improved.
  4. Ruutu missed 27 games last year with the Devils because of a broken foot. Hopefully his foot has healed fully.
  5. When you remember the devastating hip checks that Canuck Hilliard Graves used to make, and when you remember how high-touted Canuck rookie Bill Derlago blew out his knee in his first season when he got hip checked while admiring one of his passes. Derlago was never the same even after traded to the Leafs.
  6. I think Thatcher Demko will really benefit in Utica from Rollie keeping a close eye!
  7. Elliote Friedman said this on Sportsnet - see http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/ncaa-free-agent-drake-caggiula-sign-nhl-team-friday/
  8. There are some interesting potential trade scenarios among #4 EDM, #5 VAN, #6 CGY and #7 ARIZ if you consider various team's positional needs (i.e. Forward or Defence). But, consider a scenario where Arizona covets Pierre-Luc Dubois as a forward knowing that #4 Edmonton wants a D man but are unsure whether #5 Vancouver wants a forward (e.g. Tkachuk or Dubois) or a D-man, and are unsure whether Calgary prefers Dubois or Tkachuk. Would Arizona GM Don Maloney consider trading with Edmonton to guarantee that they get Dubois ahead of the Canucks or do they take a chance and trade with Vancouver (expecting Edmonton to stay put and choose a D-man and that Vancouver would get their 2nd best D man available anyway at #7)? Or does Arizona stay put, expecting both Edmonton and Vancouver to pick D-men, hoping that Dubois falls into their lap if Calgary goes after Tkachuk? Does Edmonton risk trading down to #7 (losing the ability to choose the best D available (knowing that Benning probably is also leaning towards a D man too)? It might be advantageous for Benning to signal or bluff that he wants to take a forward at #5 (hoping that Arizona trades up and Edmonton would then trade down to #7) so that Benning actually takes the best D-man available at #5? I guess it also boils down to whether both Edmonton or Vancouver think that Juolevi, Chychrun and Sergachev are all equally acceptable D picks, or whether they see a big difference in ranking between those options. And it depends on whether Calgary and Arizona see a preference between Tkachuk and Dubois. And it would depend on the compensation in a trade. My money is on all four teams staying put (no trades) because Edmonton does indeed think that one D man available at #4 is much better than a second D man available at #7. Edmonton can only guarantee the best D man if they stay put.
  9. With us in 3rd last position as of March 28th in the standings, it is only about 50/50 that we will pick no better than 4th (and 5th at 37.8% is the most likely choice as of now). The worst we can pick in our current is 6th. So don't be surprised if the NHL lottery simulator has us selecting 4th through 6th. There is only roughly a 1/3 chance (~34%) that we pick top 3 right now.
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    Cumulative odds of at worst this pick by reverse order of team selection as of 2016-03-28
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    Odds of pick as of 2016-03-28
  12. I'd like to see us trading Vrbata at the deadline for a young D with size and some offensive upside from either the Blues or the Preds - they both have good depth on D. Maybe Vrbata for Carl Gunnarsson or else Mattias Ekholm. The only issue is the Blues lack of cap space - the Canucks would have to absorb some of Vrbata's salary if he went to the Blues - but maybe not if he went to the Preds. Now that Biega has proved himself more reliable defensively than Weber, I could see the Canucks sending Vrbata+Weber to the Preds for Ekholm. Hamhuis back to his old team with Vrbata is another option.
  13. Add Brendan Gaunce to the list. As much as Cole Cassel's a great future prospect, Brendan's more strong, physically mature and further along in his development. He has taken great strides with Utica in the AHL this last year (much better protecting the puck), and is a possibility depending on how he shows at training camp this fall.
  14. Given that Kass is coming off an injury-plagued season, it would be a mistake to trade Kassian now in the off-season - he won't fetch as much now as he could during the coming season. I have heard that Kass has been training exceptionally hard, and I think Benning's plan is to hopefully see if Kassian can rebound. Then he has more flexibility - he can either keep Kass if he has a break-out year, or at least JB improves Kassian's value as a trading chip before the trade deadline during the coming season.