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  1. Obama really screwed us on this one. How long have they been purposely dithering on Keystone? Everyone knew those prices weren't gonna last and he wrecked our chance to get all that oil to market before the market conditions changed. Obama bends over backwards to help out Iran and all the while he's giving Canada the finger, you wanna talk about your skewed priorities.
  2. I mean, the parallel IS pretty decent. Even down to appearance. You've got the buttoned-down incumbent with the "conservative" (ahem) haircut, who's maybe worn out his welcome. You've got the hotshot young candidate with the inexperience and stupid hair. You've got the grizzled old hand with the scruffy salt-and-pepper look. And someone actually agreed! If this keeps up yall are gonna hear about my 2011 Canucks/World War One analogy, so be careful cause nobody wants that.
  3. The one thing I can't stop thinking about, and this being CDC I feel like this is a good place to discuss this without seeming too crazy, now when a government's been around as long as Harper's has been, there's a lot of pent-up "throw the bums out" feeling, it just accumulates over the years. That's natural. But the thing I can't put out of my head is, it's this traumatic memory I have of how the Canucks got rid of Vigneault and brought in Tortorella, right? "Throw the bums out!" is a natural response to have when someone's been around in a controversial spot for a while and grievances build up, it's an emotional response. But sometimes that reaction leads to the bums getting thrown out and there not being anyone better. Now I am not going so far as to say that Harper is Vigneault, and Mulcair is Tortorella, and Trudeau is Eakins. That would be unfair and premature, since we know how that situation panned out while in the political arena the jury is still very much out. But it COULD be like that. I am haunted by the parallels in that analogy and it tempers my visceral "throw the bums out!" line of thinking as an undecided voter.
  4. I did hear one interesting claim concerning the election just the other day, a theory that was put to me which I had not considered. We've all seen those damn commercials with young Trudeau getting rejected for a job interview. I found it baffling because the commercials are so annoying I figured they couldn't possibly be doing the Tories any good. Well the theory goes, polling shows those commercials are actually hurting the Tories slightly, because they make people feel sorry for poor young Trudeau, getting beat up by the Conservative media machine. The effect is weakening the Conservatives relative to the Liberals but strengthening them relative to the NDP. The media strategy is to divide and conquer by annoying us all with these intentionally stupid ads.
  5. I got a big problem figuring who to vote for in this thing. See, I've always believed and followed the old dictum "anyone under thirty who votes conservative has no heart, anyone over thirty who votes labour has no brain." Trouble is this election is taking place as I am thirty years old precisely. I figure I will therefore lean more towards the conservatives as the campaign goes by and I, in turn, grow older. However at the moment I am entirely undecided. None of the four major parties or leaders have displayed any governing philosophy, developed any platform, or announced any policy ideas that really appeal to me strongly. On the other hand all four have done, said, or proposed a variety of minor things that tick me off. If it continues like this it will be down to which of the local candidates for MP seems most competent and capable of representing the local interest to the chumps back in Ottawa, provided there is such a person and their party/leader doesn't do anything egregiously awful.
  6. As good as Hodgson was/is/may still become, Kassian has quickly become one of my favorite players. Sure, Hodgson showed some terrific skills but there are always a ton of good young offensive players coming in to the league. Guys with Kassian's size and grit who can skate and make plays like he does are rare. If there's even a chance that he can reach his full potential here it's a risk worth taking. To me the trade was won when he punched Eager in his face, and everything else is just gravy.
  7. Ouch...well I guess when Lucy from TPB is against you you got no chance.
  8. Maybe it's just me but adding Dorsett with that pick makes this trade look a lot better, not that it was that bad to start with but that's three roster players and a first-round pick for Kesler and next year's third. I've been saying the Canucks should add Dorsett for years now, he's a scrappy, feisty guy with good wheels and a nose for the net, perfect fourth-line winger, wore an A with Columbus, led the league in PIMs a few seasons back. Kesler, 2015 3rd for 24th overall Bonino Sbisa Dorsett NOT BAD, Benning, NOT BAD. Especially given the restrictions he was dealing with, and trying to get one over on the guy who just won the award for the year's best GM, you can't ask for much more. I mean, it sucks having to deal with Kesler in Anaheim for the next couple years at least, a team with Getzlaf, Perry, Kesler, and DSP up front is just vicious. But LA and San Jose and the rest have got to deal with them as well, it's not as bad as all that. I like what Benning is doing here, hopefully he takes a restrained approach to blowing all that cap space I don't wanna see any seven-year deals here!
  9. I am hearing that we give ANA our 3rd next year for their 3rd this year, so actually we are adding a pick this year. Anyways more importantly, we got two more italians! To me this indicates that we are re-signing Santorelli. I can't really say much about Sbisa's game, I've seen him throw a few big hits. I remember him being highly touted coming into the league though, played in the WJC if I'm not mistaken. Bonino is a real good player, fast, versatile, well-rounded. Pretty good return, first-rounder plus two guys who are going to be on the opening day roster for sure (barring injury or trade of course). Obviously with trading partners limited, we weren't going to get a major haul like DSP+Etem+10th, I mean it would have been nice but it wasn't going to happen. I don't think it makes the Canucks better, but it makes us younger and cheaper and gives us two more picks in the top 100 for this draft, and it solves the biggest headache that Benning and co. inherited without letting it get all drawn out. Gives us lots of flexibility to trade up with two first-rounders and two third-rounders. Me, I think we ought to try and trade into the top four, my opinion, this draft splits into two classes at the top, you got Ekblad, Reinhart, Bennett, Draisatl, those guys are a tier above the likes of Nylander, Fleury, Ritchie...Dal Colle and Virtanen are the guys I would stay at six for if Benning and co. really like one of those guys, otherwise you gotta move up.
  10. The model for the trade should be Bobby Ryan trade last summer...similar caliber of player but Kesler has a better contract situation than Ryan did. How's about, Kesler for DSP, rights to Hiller, 24th overall and ANA's 2015 first-rounder. Then trade 6th overall and 24th overall to FLA for 1st overall. There's a lot of flexibility in that framework to make some changes. Let's get really crazy, Kesler, Hansen, and 2014 3rd-rounder to ANA for DSP, 10th overall, 2015 first-rounder; then Edler, 2014 2nd-rounder and Schroeder's rights to OTT for Anderson and Greening, then we have the 6th and 10th overall to play with.
  11. Eh, maybe three to five years ago when we were in solid contention, you could say that the hateful, self-important local media, the aggressively bi-polar fanbase, and the conspiracy of international jewry were the main obstacles to the Canucks getting over the hump...but now we have much bigger problems, such as a lack of young talent, lack of overall depth, shaky goaltending situation, three coaches in three seasons, and major front-office transition. Hell, maybe an extended period of sucky play and finishing out of the playoffs is exactly what the Canucks need to shed of some of the ignorant bandwagoners and spoiled frontrunners who are giving our core fanbase a bad name.
  12. I can't believe that the Province is already slagging Trevor freakin Linden. One of the most popular guys in British Columbia, and he gets less than a day on the job before they publish an anonymous editorial calling him a liar. Why? Because he didn't confirm his position to some random reporter the day before the introductory press conference! What a bunch of freaking jokers over there, if I still lived in Van I would go down there and give them a piece of my mind. Those scum would write a hit piece on their own mothers if it got a couple of pageviews, the best thing the Canucks organization could do would be to refuse any and all comment to any Province employee. Hit em where it hurts!
  13. There's preferential treatment for some teams, it sure looks like it to me. Teams whose success would be beneficial to the league sure seem to end up having an inordinate amount of success. Teams whose success does not matter one way or another to the league always seem to be fighting against the current. There's something of a favourite sons/abused stepchildren dichotomy to the way the NHL treats its franchises, and it comes down to where there are profits to be realized. Remember Bettman comes from the NBA background, and the NBA was notorious for boosting the favoured sons, remember when Sacramento almost upset the Lakers until the league intervened? That's the environment Bettman comes from. It's not that the outcomes are predetermined, but when you see certain matchups you know ahead of time that one team is gonna have to go above and beyond in order to overcome those in-built biases. It's not so much "the fix is in" sort of business, it's more swimming with the current or against it, that's the metaphor I'd use.
  14. CBC doesn't ignore the Canucks at all, they bash the Canucks every chance they get!
  15. When we got that top-ten pick I was all, "take Shinkaruk Gillis, c'mon" then they took Horvat and I was like, "ok he's pretty good too." To get Shinkaruk at 24 and to stick it in Calgary's face like that is just amazing! Watching this kid play against Saskatoon this spring, he was far and away the best player in that series, it was crazy.