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  1. I like Stetcher... He reminds me of bryan rafalski - they're both small and Rafalski was a great offensive D. Subban is same size but doesn't play big which is his drawback. he may hold value to a team that's looking for a power play QB. I sooner trade Larsen than Subban. Subban still can grow into a great PP q-back where as Larsen is what he is.. bottom 7 D.
  2. don't over estimate our team and don't under estimate theirs. Leafs and Oilers are miles ahead of flames who are several years ahead of canucks. Oil and Leafs finally have prospects that make for exciting hockey and a chance to win every night. Flames need some good Dmen to make them decent. Canucks have holes all over the F position and in D position which just can't be plugged through FA or trades. if they can be plugged its short term fix and requires us to give up our future - Evander Kane for example would require a pick and /or prospect.. .. and he can't really score for Sabres.. i'm not sure he can do better here against more physical competition every night in W Conference.
  3. Yea.. I can think of two.. Flames did this just about 2-3 years ago and completely wiped all veteran contracts away except for a few Leafs recently also did that about a year ago. It isn't that unheard of. if you want to start over, you trade whatever you can and get as much back for them and plug holes with whatever talent you've got.
  4. Well tell me, what have Suter, Hansen, Loui, and Gudbranson done to warrant us keeping them.. They're young, and complementary pieces to a good team which we're not. If they each bring in 1st rounders or more, we quickly fill up our prospect pool, tank to get maybe a top 5 pick and then in the summer sign FAs that can be flipped for more picks at next year's deadline while giving our existing prospects a chance to prove themselves. I'm tired of being in this situation where we suck but have nothing to look forward to. I'm sure many fans are as well.
  5. I get what you're saying but i'm not a GM and i don't have the know-how of who is in need of what. So i can't say trade Miller to team X for Y pick. And all the suggestions above were assumed to be transaction that would happen before trade deadline if opportunity arises. As for Miller, yea no one wants a goalie, but.. by deadline, most teams find a need either due to injury or other factors.. Miller is a good enough goalie to play 1B or backup on a good team. I am sure of that. Skille is dime a dozen sure.. but he doesn't command more than 10 minutes a game. Most teams that have a need to fill a hole on 4th line and need toughness would likely not put their prized prospects in that role and would need a banger. He would fit that role, and he's game ready. I'm sure Burrows fills the same need for teams but we'll have to take back some $$ and i'm okay with that if it translates to a mid-round pick. Larsen, we over valued him. plain and simple. He's not what Benning said he is. and if he is that player, he is that player on a good team that needs secondary scoring or scoring from depth d. We aren't that team. SO i do believe other teams would have value for him. If we consider the list of players i listed above as Fringe, then the players we currently have given roster spots to (other than MIller) aren't any better. Except by replacing the existing players with the younger ones from AHL we have two benefit.. the younger players should be more hungry and will work harder. Secondly, we get some valuable picks in return that will lead to a better prospect pool if Benning really drafts wisely. If i remember correctly, Cassels was on a upwards trajectory prior to his injury about a year ago. Labate was good in training camp this year and i'm sure he'll be able to give the same if not more to the team if he replaces Burrows/Skille. Heck, i'm totally okay with trading away Gudbranson, Hansen, Loui and Suter if it means each gives us higher round picks or prospects in return that will be ready to play in a year or now. Only aged players that should be here .. that have earned their spot are sedins (and maybe markstrom and Tanev). Noone else should be kept.. we need to start over.
  6. I love how CDC over values some players and under values others. Larsen is still a young player who would do okay in 6/7 role on a good team. Skille would be good for a team looking for grit as a 12/13th forward. I think they're worth a mid-low round picks and we can perhaps translate them into better prospects, or space for more deserving players from AHL.
  7. Well i realize you want answers but its not easy to do a fix that took years to mess up. We had no need to trade for players that fill the gap between our 30 something and prospects. We could have let our prospects grow in the AHL, while signing FAs to 1 year deals and then trading them away at deadline. we don't have that luxury anymore because we've filled our roster with sub-par prospects that have a future potential of 3rd line on a good team. Here's who i think can fill roster spots this year: Zalewski, Michael Cassels, Cole Labate, Joseph Pedan, Andrey Grenier, Alexandre Bachman, Richard I would trade Miller for picks call up Bachman Trade burrows and call up Zalewski Trade Skille for picks when Rodin returns Trade away larsen for picks and call up Pedan This fills the holes for us at forward, D and G positions and allows us to ice a full line while gathering any set of picks we can get our hands on. Let Benning draft well and fill the cupboards for one more year. If we're close to bottom 5 in the NHL, then even better as we'll get one more NHL ready piece. Let Virtanen continue to play in AHL for the remainder of the year. In expansion draft, protect anyone we consider to be our best player at the time. We should not have much to worry about at the time because most of our exposed players would not be very desirable to LV. After that, follow the leafs model of signing NHL talented players to 1 year deals to only flip them for picks at deadline. Keep our prospects at AHL and allow them to play together and gel so when they play in NHL they have somewhat of a chemistry. By the end of next season our cupboards should be fuller and Sedins should be ready for retirement. Loui should be traded away for picks and our roster should be filled with NHL ready players that we've developed so far,
  8. Personally I think a proper rebuild is needed. Yes we're one of the youngest teams in the NHL (minus Sedin/Burrows), but the young players we have aren't really that exceptional (not including Horvat, Baer, and Virtanen, Markstrom). We have decent prospects and we need to grow that pool of prospects through draft. Something Benning knows how to do. He needs to be given the leash trade for Picks and then draft well for the future. I've said it before in other threads and i'll say it again.. Leafs did it right for last 2-3 years. They were awful and they cleaned house. They signed free agents for 1 year deals and traded them at deadline for picks and then drafted well. Their cupboards are full now and their prospects are thriving and putting up solid numbers already.
  9. I think when a team properly rebuilds, they build completely from the draft and trades for prospects that have future potential, and then gives those prospects all the room to grow. We have barely given our prospects a chance to shine, and let them run with it.. When it was time to get younger, we gave up on Grabner (waived), Shinkaruk (sp?) (for granlund), Jensen for (etem who we lost to waivers again). we drafted mccaan, & virtanen and rushed them into lineup without letting them grow in AHL/Juniors. That's not how you rebuild. I would argue that the gap that Benning is looking to fill with 20 something year olds and our aging core, needs to be filled gradually over time with quality prospects. we lucked out with Granlund, and who knows how we'll do with Gudbranson. We've already failed with Etem. The right thing to do would be to continue signing vets to 1 year deals and then trade them for picks that land you quality prospects (similar to what leafs did for 2-3 years. In the meantime your prospect pool grows in minors and juniors and you let them compete with good amount of ice time and a winning environment. I trust benning's prospect evaluation, but not his man management style.
  10. I understand.. but similar to how the top 3 are standing out in the juniors.. shouldn't we be hearing similar news about the remaining picks.. or even 10% of those picks? so far nothing.. which really gives me the impression that the bottom end of our past drafts are going to be nothing special like in any other years (i know premature). But perhaps to instill some enthusiasm, our media should do some more coverage of those players so that the fan base has something to look forward to. We have top 3 .. Boesr, Demko, Joulevi, but those it'd be nice to hear about other promising prospects more often as well... And eventually it'd be nice to see them go through AHL and into NHL. Right now, we have noone to look forward to.. and with the team doing so terrible, it really bogs you down as a fan because you really don't see this getting any better any time soon..
  11. Honestly, I really want to see some lower round draft picks come to Canucks and make impact. Benning has selected well in the first round. but what about later rounds, and any where you read about canucks (even Vancouver media), you only hear about Joulevi, Boesr, and Demko. Noone talks about the other picks he's made. If those picks can come to fruition and light it up in the AHL and progress to NHL, i think a lot of people would have more optimism for Canucks. Right now there is noone in the AHL that we can look forward to. We've traded away/waived prospects picked by previous regime in favor of 3rd liners with some upside. If that happens, noone needs to stand up to anyone.. our prospects will eventually start fighting for team spots and we'll be in great shape. I'm still doubting our future with this rebuild on the fly approach.
  12. Interesting.. I was expecting him to make it to our roster by now.. so much was said about him shutting out McDavid in juniors during playoffs.. i figured he would have made a case for a spot by now..
  13. I haven't heard anything about Cole Cassels this pre-season. Anyone know what's going on with him?
  14. i like him.. would have made a good depth signing and would have helped mentor some of the up and coming Dmen
  15. This may have something to do with Leafs ex-coach that the ducks recently hired..