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  1. Artyom Manukyan | RW

    I think so, he was a pretty good little player for us for a few years.
  2. Nikita Tryamkin | D

    I think the same thing. He showed signs of being able to really elevate his game, but he needed to work with coaching and continue to adjust and fine tune his game for the NHL. My concern is that he jumped back to an inferior league at the wrong point in his development and could very well wind up becoming no better than a 7th D in the NHL. Time will tell. Hope he still develops and comes back, but we've seen lots of guys from the KHL try and make the jump to the NHL past 25 years old and many have not been able to make the jump. 20 - 25 is when certain principles of being a pro at the NHL level and being able to maintain pace for 82 game schedule, plus playoffs, get driven home. Its a process that we are going through right now with Virtanen. I see this whole situation as, Tryamkin took the easy approach instead of pushing himself from being a pretty good D towards becoming and exceptional D.
  3. Artyom Manukyan | RW

    Maybe Manukyan will become our new Gary Lupul See how many of you remember THAT name
  4. Quinn Hughes | D

    Aside from the semi hysterical rush and panic from the CDC fans.....
  5. Benning, Goldobin, and a logjam of forwards?

    Plus 10 We have more depth in prospects than ever before in the history of this organization and media and some fans have no patience to let the rebuild follow its natural course to completion. They have little understanding of what it takes to build a long term, stable team in the cap space and on the media side, NONE of them have any qualification to judge prospects and zero ability to run even a midget hockey team, much less an NHL one. I don't see Benning or Linden in risk of being out, even if we miss the playoffs this year (I expect us to), I think Aqualini is excited about the talent level that is being assembled and that this year, we should start and see them coming together. We have depth at all positions and camp will be a real battle to see who will stick and who gets sent down. We have the space to bury someone like Nilsson in Utica, if Demko shows that he's ready to challenge for number 1. Doesn't matter how good these guys perform, people will still panic and freak out.
  6. [Signing] Canucks/Comets sign Ivan Kulbakov

    Sign enough guys like this, stack them like logs in front of the next, nothing will get in
  7. [Proposal] Darnell Nurse (Offer Sheet)

    No thanks, would much rather have JB continuing to work his magic at the draft.
  8. [Value Of] Tyler Johnson

    Works for me! Somebody get Jim on the horn and see if he can make it happen
  9. Quinn Hughes Vs Rasmus Dahlin!

    Was waiting for this, knew sooner or later, someone with few posts, would venture into this territory
  10. I would say that its extremely likely that when camp concludes, that even if a prospect has played his way onto the team and outplayed a veteran, they will likely start in Utica for asset management. This happened a couple of years ago when Stecher played his way onto the opening lineup but was sent down until a spot could be opened up. As happened, and as often happens, someone got injured early in the season and Stecher was recalled after 3 or 4 games in Utica, where he had been playing top 4 minutes. Because of Dorsett's contract, we will need to assign someone, at least on paper, before we can move Dorsette to LTIR for the duration of his contract with the Canucks. The thing that many people on this board seem to forget every year is, there will be injuries in training camp. Someone (in past you could always count on Salo), will get injured and open up a spot for other rookies. How this team is setup now for veteran depth is exactly what we want. We want these guys challenging veterans for spots and pushing the pace of the camp. On Defense, I think its safe to say, Edler and Tanev are a lock, so Juolevi needs to come in and beat out MDZ, Hutton, Biega etc, and if he can't then he should be starting in Utica and fine tuning from there. Personally I think part of the reason that Juolevi hasn't been on the team yet is that he put too much emphasis on gaining weight and that it impacted his game in other areas and it took some time to adjust. Its important that players put on weight in the right way, or they won't be able to keep pace. Just look at Virtanen a couple of years ago. There's always going to be some concern on losing someone on waivers, but the difference I see this year, if the kids are pushing and outplaying someone ahead of them, I think the veteran gets traded or waived. The reason I think the team is willing to do this is, for the first time in a long time, we have cap space. We'll have about 15 million in room, once Dorsett gets moved to LTIR. Just as an example, and I'm not singling anyone out on here, but if Gagner wasn't playing to expectation in camp, His contract is 3.15 million. If we aren't able to trade him, we have the cap room that we could assign him to Utica, take the 950k credit and eat the other 2.2 million on the cap with pretty much no negative effect to the team, other than Aquaman's pocketbook. Overall, I see your concerns and you've done a well thought out post, but especially this year, I don't see it being an issue. There will be a lot of juggling when we have to submit opening night roster, but I'm pretty confident that we can do it without losing anyone significant.
  11. (Newest) 2018-2019 Time Capsule thread

    Donald Trump gets accused of groping a man in a highly inappropriate way! Also known as "Reserved"
  12. Kole Lind | RW

    Oh no, we have too many good prospects pushing for spots on the team!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  13. Quinn Hughes | D

    I agree, him going back to NCAA isn't a bad option, and I don't think it would hurt his overall development either. I'm trying to decide if being in Utica, playing a lot more games and getting to know his future teammates better would accelerate it at all. I don't think either one is a bad option though.
  14. Quinn Hughes | D

    Really on the fence on signing him this summer. I'm not 100% sure that he's ready physically, to play in the NHL, but at the same time, I'm not sure that he might not benefit from spending a year in Utica, getting to know the other players who will form the new core of this team and playing a lot of minutes and a lot more games than he would at the college level. From the article posted, sounds like JB thinks its a good idea to sign him, and I trust his overall judgement.
  15. [Discussion] Bring Hamhuis back?

    The Hamhyis plane has sailed! Coaching in a year or two.