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  1. I think we need Sutter to help form our identity going forward. So no chance I would expose him... Sutter does all the little things and is a good foundation piece to have depth at center. He is not a true #1C but he can play against and shut them down. He is a Kesler lite IMO, but without the cheap shots. Not overpaid IMO, he would be a huge value to a team in the playoffs. I just know he is a playoff style player. He is a Sutter after all...
  2. Bure was awesome, my favorite player all time and he was the most talented player to ever play for the Canucks. Bure was not however, a Captain, nor was he Captain material either. He was a talented scorer. He left Vancity under unfortunate circumstances, which I don't blame him, but none the less he bolted and left us high and dry. Hank has played his entire career here, has always been classy, has outscored any other player we ever had and led an era of 10 great seasons. Pavel was involved in 1 playoff run, that's about it... Hank has done way more for the Canucks, in addition to the stats he put up than my favorite player Pavel ever did. Now, if it was 1 on 1, I would take Pavel for sure, but I think Hanks 10 years was more valuable to my enjoyment of the Canucks than the 6-7 Bure seasons, where he was great but nobody else around him was.
  3. I agree, I thought Loui did pretty good for an Oiler guy. He was pretty balanced. I don't mind the homerism, but I prefer the balance on a national broadcast over the regional homerism most of the time. With John and John I feel like they are being homers most of the time, as they should, but they are also trying to be balanced at times for the out of market viewers. They certainly tone down the homer stuff when viewers from another game suddenly join.
  4. The Canucks defense was decimated by injuries and suspensions in 2011. Hamhuis was out, Rome (who was proving invaluable) was out, we had Ballard and Alberts playing major minutes. Kesler was near invisible in the finals because he had torn ligaments but tried to play through it (put too much in carrying the team past Nashville), Raymond was crippled by Boychuk early in the series, Burrows was allowed to be legally raped at any time due to the Auger rule. I recall Max Lapierre being our best player in the finals, which doesn't bode well. All in all I think we had the team to do it, but ran into injuries and we took the 'us against the world' attitude a little too far and made the world hate us. Boston played the only way they could to beat us and it worked, that's all it was in my mind. And I don't blame Luongo at all, even though he had his meltdowns, he also was 1 shutout away from setting a record and winning the cup.
  5. Larsen has some skill and truly is border line really good. He just isn't quite as fast or good as Erik Karlsson but he plays the same small fast D man style (weak in D zone, good at transition). Since he can't quite put up huge numbers, his defensive weakness is glaring. I am sure the Canucks brass see this same as everyone else, but the only way to get anything back for him is to play him and hope he has a few good games before the deadline and a team that needs some puck moving depth shows interest. keeping him in the press box means that we get nothing for him and he takes up roster spot and cap space. I am certain he will not be back next year, if he is even playing by the end of the year.
  6. I think the Sedin's have been playing better of late. I have seen them winning battles on the wall gain (seemed like forever since they could control the wall), they are going to and passing to open space instead of just blinding throwing it to the other side expecting bro to be there, and they are actually generating chances especially since Megna was taken off their line. I think they are going to break out soon, maybe not like they once would but it would surprise me to see them have a 2-3 point night (ea.) and go on a 4-6 game point streak. I think their play overall this year has been uninspiring too many nights, but i can still see a bit of mojo left in them with the young guys stepping up to carry some of the load. I hope they can put together a little run and re-establish themselves. Danny needs to get 1000 this year.
  7. Shorty's great, a true pro. Hope he is with us for many years and TO don't steal him. I wasn't a fan of Garrett at first, but I like his quirky charms. sometimes gets a little carried away but Shorty is a great balance to keep things on track, as many have said. I think they are great and don't really care if Oiler of Flames fans don't like them. Go cheez whiz and jam sandwiches!!
  8. Yes absolutely... Maybe we have a low bar, but he has been a very honourable Canuck in his time. Oh and he's an underdog story coming out of the ECHL, and Canuck fans love the underdog.
  9. I don't mind some negative articles, and over the years of TonyG the Canucks have had many reasons to write negative stories. However, during the glory years leading up to 2011, I didn't like how his articles after a loss were always "here we go again... " referencing back to past choke jobs. He never had much optimism about Luongo, who is the best goalie our franchise has ever seen (honorable mention to Captain Kirk, and an argument could be made for King Richard if he played longer and on a better version of this team). He did write some good articles, both positive and negative, but I will remember him mostly for his negative articles and pessimism towards the Canucks chances of success. I also thought he came off as a pinhead whiner in an interview with Thornton during the finals in 2011.
  10. I felt Tony G. was trolling more often than criticizing. He had some good articles from time to time, but being a reporter for 35 years, you should be able to make some decent articles on occasion. Certainly don't have any ill will for him, but won't miss him either. The chicken little syndrome, everyone is out to get us mentality that seems to surround the Canucks annually was often generated and fueled by TonyG articles. Around the rest of the league seeing articles he wrote would make the entire Canucks fanbase look like tinfoil hat wearing kooks, in particular when playoffs rolled around and he would write that the league doesn't want a Canadian team in the finals. He wrote articles that he knew would enrage some fans and confuse others and I don't think it was just his opinions that decided what he wrote about. It all seemed to come down to hits on the webpage or comments after the story that drove what he wrote about.
  11. I know Sbisa makes some mistakes, but I don't think he is anywhere near as bad as he's made out to be. He has top pairing potential, but makes some bone head mistakes. But if you are being fair to him, he has been making them less and less often and IMO has been developing into the potential he was drafted for. He is huge, strong, skates well and shoots hard. He can do things due to his talents (size, strength, speed) that most others will never be able to do. His only draw back over the years (including in Anaheim) has been a penchant to make dumb plays. But I think that has improved a lot since he came to Vancouver. And how is putting a rookie in his spot going to prevent stupid mistakes made by young defensemen? Sbisa is still young, especially by defensemen terms...
  12. Hodgson would have a lot more than 2 pts if he was on the Canucks... Hodgson is a much better player than Kassian, but Kassian can fight ... If we need bottom 6, take Kass for cheap, if we need top 6, Hodgson would obviously be a much better fit. Would you rather have Crosby or Hartnell?
  13. That's what they said about Iggy in Calgary for years before hitting the rebuild button.... "just get him a center and were good..." uhhh, no, no your not Flames fan.... and now we can say that about ourselves... If Kes wants out and we get a good return do it... if he wants to stay for the long haul, keep him, he is a great player and can carry his line on his shoulders.
  14. I live in Calgary, albeit don't watch the Hitmen much... But the guys here that do watch them all rave about him. They say his numbers do not show what a special player he is. I would be quite happy to get this guy. I agree with everyone who says he has a lot of the things you can't teach, which are coincidentally things are team will need moving forward with our rebuild. (yep, I used the R word.)
  15. U suck Thunder Nuts. Dana Murzyn was a rock solid D-Man. You probably wouldnt know because you are on your way back to grade 8 for the third time though.