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About eagleeyedak

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  1. Choosing Sbisa over Bieksa, which is effectively what they did, was just plain dumb. Signing Miller, playoff push or no, was just plain dumb, and tied their hands significantly to the point that they had to move a Bieksa for cap room and are still short a fourth C. Dorsett's contract is a joke. Our D is in shambles, and we have no top-four pairing guy in the pipeline aside from Hutton (hopefully) and Brisebois (long way out). I understand the idea of a rebuild. But, rebuilding and getting younger just for rebuilding and getting younger's sake is dumb. The moves last offseason were unrealistic and have limited our options this year. Its dumb chasing after dumb. Therefore, whereas I appreciate that you tried to rationalize all this, and admit you may not be too far off in what they're telling themselves around the conference table right now, this whole thing smacks more of them all just winging it more than a coherent strategy. And, results suggest they really don't know what they're doing.
  2. Well...that's sorta my point, though. If things are so bad with our Cap (which they kinda are) that we need to move a guy like Bieksa to free up space, what is the point in giving Sbisa $3.6 over three when Bieksa is a UFA next year anyway? That's $8.2 in room available to us beginning 2016, and there's no drama. I understand that someone on the blue line has to go. We can't afford nine contracts on the blue line, since Corrado and Clendenning are no longer waiver-exempt. GMJB seems to have chosen Sbisa, then, over Bieksa. Fancystats guys argue that Sbisa is one of the worst possession blueliners in the NHL right now. The guys at canucksarmy.com make very compelling arguments as to how bad Sbisa really is. Yes, Bieksa is getting older. But, he's fought a lot of battles for us over the years. If he wants to walk away as a UFA after next year, you tip your cap. He's earned the right to be a third-pairing guy for us, in spite of getting on in age. OK, maybe this is just asset management in their view point, and that theyd have gotten nothing for not tendering Sbisa and letting him walk, as well as they'd get nothing for Bieksa leaving as a UFA next season. That, and saving $1mil in cap between the two contracts. For me, though, if its such a priority to move Bieksa, it was a pile of dumb to retain Sbisa as well. Take the $8.2 mil and make runs at either Franson or Sekera.
  3. If this team is so hellbent on moving Bieksa to free up $4.5M in cap space, why on earth did they commit $3.6 over three to Luca Sbisa? Its dumb move after dumb move compounding even dumber moves... In this case, however, we're talking about one of the cornerstones of the locker room for the last decade. And, as others have said, now its drama time. Benning may be a great scout, and I certainly like what he's doing in the draft. But, their management of the roster is borderline incompetent to date.
  4. I'm going to expand on this thought. In terms of skill, we are absolutely not a bottom feeder. We aren't that far off of the Top 10 finish we enjoyed here this past season. In terms of belief, however, we are absolutely a bottom feeder. Despite the bodies, the experience and the talent, I don't think there is a person in the organization or fan base who thinks that this bunch in its current form can sustain a Cup run. How does that change? I have no idea.
  5. I'm genuinely concerned that this kid and Adam Clendening join Linden Vey as being waiver eligible next fall. That's three spots on the fall roster next year effectively held down by big question marks. Its not Sven's fault that Vey and Clendening are struggling. But, taken cumulatively, its worrisome that GMJB would plug a third player into the roster like this in the fall. Vey is the odd man out when Burr gets back, as it stands. Another body (Dorsett or Kenins?) is going to sit when Richie gets back. Plug Sven in there, and that's two forwards who either have to go this summer to make room for Vey/Sven, or they'll be sitting in the press box. Then, there is the question of the kid's dad. We all know how far south that this can go. Great potential value, no questions. And, sounds as though he was prepared to not sign an RFA contract with CGY this fall. So, its a trade that JB probably has to make, considering. But, I like our UFAs, too, and don't want to see any of them leave either.
  6. Yeah...its hard to figure where a guy like Horvat finds a spot to take...you know they'll give him some chance to do so...but, I think its more likely we see... Matthias-Richie-Hansen(?) Sestito(?)-Horvat-Dorsett ...if Horvat makes the team this year. Vey should be every opportunity to make the second line, hopefully, as weak as it looks...
  7. Sorry...PPK Further...no chance a rookie gets 3rd line responsibilities, like Horvat...
  8. It continues to be laughable that anyone thinks Richie is not our 3rd line center right now...55.2% FO circle winner in '14...Matthias was 42.3%. Yeah, a guy who's now on our first-line PP, and draws better than 55% is going to be resigned to fourth line duties. Anyone suggesting otherwise is clueless.
  9. #wewanttrotz
  10. Well, I disagree with you...but, I appreciate what you're trying to say....
  11. Incidental contact, at best. He was not shoved full bore into the net. In fact, he was actually moved into the post, not the net (watch the replay). The goal was the incidental part of a legal play/scrum for a loose puck. The ref did an A+++ job being in the right position the entire time to see the puck and the play as it evolved. As bad as we all complain about the refs, he was in the absolute best position to see the entire play. All kudos to him. The only whining from the SJBabies bench was based on the thought that Stalock at it covered, as Cheatin' Joe Thornton admitted in the post game himself. There was no complaining about him being pushed into the net. They thought the puck was covered. So did Drew Remenda, as he whined himself through the last ten mins of the game and post-game. They didn't have the right angle, nor see that the puck was loose. Had they, there would have been no complain, even from that bunch of babies. You're trying to hang on to a weak technicality, which no one is even disputing.
  12. Its unreal to me that Canucks fans don't see this en masse. Diving Logan Couture during first intermission..."we need to draw penalites in the second". They whine (the puck was lose girls...the second goal was totally legit), they cry (poor Joey Thornton runs over Drew Doughty, while Todd McClellan is still screaming like a girl on the bench), they scratch (Logan trying to fight for the first time in, what...years? in the third...Andrew Desjardins doing the same and getting his a** handed to him in the first)...this team is the epitome of trash. Garbage team and franchise, all the way up to their crybaby homer announcers. Total trailer trash. They deserve the distinction of blowing a 3-0 lead.
  13. The ref was staring right at the puck! What is he supposed to do? Blow the whistle because, despite the puck being lose at the goaltenders skate, the possibility exists that he may be pushed into the net? Of all the phony controversies. The puck was loose. End of story.
  14. A week ago, I was all Dal Colle. Now, I'm warming up to Ritchie. Either could potentially compliment Kesler and Higgins, though beginning to believe the latter can contribute more quickly and has demonstrated his defensive skills. Unsure whether Ehlers tops these two. Lots of time though to keep digging.
  15. Got his contract.