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  1. Just got in....Jensen on the 4th line eh? How's he looking?
  2. 1) Canucks start slow. Finish strong thanks in large part due to emergence of youth movement (JV heats up post trade deadline a la Bo last year) barely making the 8th seed 2) Vey disappoints and Gaunce ends up taking his spot (I know they transitioned him to wing last year in Utica but I think he takes the 4C by seasons end) 3) Slow start leads to fire sale leading up to deadline. One of Higgins/ Hansen gone early in the year (for picks or another quick development guy like Vey/ Clendening) to make room for Kenins who impresses in training camp 4) Both Hamhuis and Vrbata get moved at the deadline. Hamhuis wins the cup on his new team. The return on one of these trades will net a late first and the other trade will be a marginal pick package 5) Markstrom challenges Miller mid season for starting role after a few good games (because its not Vancouver without a goalie controversy) 6) Sutter becomes a fan favorite (I know the Penguin fans hated him last year) 7) Final Lineup by the end of the season Sedin-Sedin-Burrows Sven-Sutter-JV Kenins-Horvat-Higgins/Hansen (whoever remains) Prust-Gaunce-Dorsett Edler-Tanev Corrado- Sbisa Weber-Barkowski Random not season specific predictions 8) Benning uses cap space to chase best available D-Man in FA 9) Canucks lose round 1 in 7. Team plays hard and shows signs of promise 10) Canucks lose the game they wear the 94 retro jerseys because we never seem to win when we go retro
  3. Happy that the pick is 2015 instead of 2017. I know others have stated its a deep draft but I like that we know the pick will be in the late 40s (perhaps even later ) whereas in 2017 we have no idea how good/bad this team will be. Either way don't know much about the kid but I trust GMJB, hopefully he's a big part of the future
  4. Not to defend Gillis here but the Luongo trade was always about dumping his contract onto another team. Had we kept him he would've been a relatively good goalie in the short term but would have held a cap hit of 5.33 million til 2021 (7 more years!). That would have put a huge burden on our ability to make moves down the line (especially if Luongo started to decline towards the back 4 years remaining - which is the case with MOST goalies as they reach their late 30s like Luongo is). There was pretty much no way a GM would be willing to take on that contract AND give up valuable assets to do it You could argue that having the 15% cap recapture is bad (which it is compared to having no cap recapture obviously) but even if Luongo were to retire today the canucks would only be looking at a penalty of 1.25 million over the next 7 years (compared to 5.33 over 7 if we had kept him). At worst the canucks are looking at an 8.5 mil penalty for one year if Luongo makes it to 2020 but in all likelihood it will be a 2.3 mil over 3 years penalty when he retires in 2018 (at age 39) (again 2.3 million caphit is better than 5.33 if we had kept him) - numbers via capgeek In short even if we lose Markstrom the Luongo trade in my opinion isn't too bad because we gain flexibility that didn't exist before. Plus signing Miller (a goalie similar in age and skill wise is not a dramatic dropoff from Luongo now) at a much friendlier term (3 years vs 7) means that we didn't really lose much in terms of on ice quality anyways
  5. Why is everyone so keen on moving up to 1st? From what I've read and seen in mock drafts there doesn't seem to be a consensus number one guy (Reinhart,Ekblad and Bennett have all been up there in the rankings/mocks) and the gap between those three and the other 3/4 guys slated to go after doesn't seem that large (again just purely based on what I've read not professing to be some expert on jr hockey) So I don't see why there is such a big push to trade assets and/or the number 6 to move up to 1...Maybe someone more knowledgable can shed some light?
  6. As long as we don't give up picks for any rental I'm fine with so given our injuries I'm happy with this trade. Our bottom 6 as people have pointed out is loaded with similar talent so losing Weise isn't a major hit. I doubt an Edler trade is coming until after the break and we see the timetable on return of our other D men
  7. To be fair Hodgson only had 1 Goal last year after 8 games and none in 12 playoff games albeit he played sparingly but don't just let stats tell the story ... see how he does after a few games first
  8. I think the point in the AHL numbers was to show that Kassian isn't as big a project as people think he is...He's illustrating this by showing you what Hodgson did at that age and that level. This doesn't mean that Kassian will necessairly be better than Hodgson at the pro level but I think that it is much to early to be judging this trade and we need to see what Kassian can do playing a few games before we judge. Personally I think that Kassian can be as good or even better than Hodgson given the right line mates and maybe some time to develop like we gave Hodgson.
  10. My thoughts go out to those affected by the earthquakes today hope everyone is okay