Li'l Fra

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  1. Marchand Told by NHL to Stop Licking Players

    It's seven years too late, but I was so happy Leafs' fans and the rest of Canada go to see up close just how "classy" those Bruins are. Next time a Canadian team goes up against the League's darling Bruins hopefully the narrative reflects the truth and not the opposite. I love how the rat had to be told to stop his licking by the league, but I guess low bridging players with intent to injure is still fine. His quote when asked about being scolded: "It is what it is. I think it's pretty stupid, the whole situation, but if that's what they want to do, it's what they want to do." Seriously? So Colin Campbell, the guy who has let your dirty team do whatever it's liked for years, the guy who helped you get your Stanley Cup because his kid was on your team, finally has to say something because you're such an ingrate and this is how you reward him? The "whole situation" was all his doing. What a doorknob.
  2. NHL 2018 Draft Lottery

    While I appreciate that getting a high draft pick is something the Canucks desperately need, it is soul destroying to actually hope they lose games. When Demko won his first NHL game that was awesome. He needed it. Wasn't it more important for our goalie of the future to get that win than for the team to get better odds in the draft? When the Sedins went out on a high note and the fans got to show the younger Canucks what the future could be like for them, wasn't that worth a couple of percentage points? Did anyone (pro-tankers) really want to see the Sedins slink off into retirement after a couple more losses? For perspective I look at Bo Horvat. He doesn't want to lose. He would never try to lose on purpose. He wants to win. We should support our team. We should all feel like Bo. We should always want to win. I look at my team and try to align my feelings with theirs. If they don't want to play to lose, I certainly am with them. Perhaps one day we will benefit from some luck and jump up the draft order in a huge way like Carolina or Philadelphia. One day...sigh...
  3. NHL 2018 Draft Lottery

    I just puked in my mouth.
  4. Just another muffin chucker. His shot sucks. Seriously, you are in your early 30s, you are not an old man, hit the gym and then go practice your shot. WTF? What's the problem? What's the excuse?
  5. We got something for nothing out of Vanek. All our other assets are signed. We can still trade them. We could even trade them at the draft...for picks!
  6. As long as there is no NTC we can trade him later. I'm of the opinion he will still have value around the league for a few more years if only for his size, draft position, and handedness. Can't lose him for nothing.
  7. Benning Extended (Official)

    I don't mind the re-signing of Benning. I think it is clear that Linden is in charge. He has a solid drafting GM in Benning who works well as part of his management team. Does he want to bring in someone who he might end up having a power struggle with? Looking around the league at GM's who will be available to hire this summer, as well as seeing the performance of GM's currently employed in many markets, is a major eye opener. It is hard to name more than a couple (Yzerman, ?) who are better than all the rest. Mostly there are examples of just how bad it could be (Chiarrelli, Bergevin, Holland). Every GM in the league makes mistakes, sometimes huge ones. Benning has made mistakes, but no more than most. I would argue he's done a good job at mitigating the huge mistakes. Beyond that. Continuity might be beneficial. Burning down the management group every four years doesn't allow any real work to get done. We HAVE to be conscious of the fact that in four years Benning has done more for our prospect pool than the handful of GMs who came before him. Credit where credit it due. Our poor drafting over the years is the reason we are where we are. That cannot be laid on Benning's desk. I believe Benning and Linden's biggest failing has been the poor job they've done controlling their message to the media and fans. Linden always used to be able to say the exact right thing in interviews. I believe that's a big part of why he was hired. But whether through ignorance, arrogance, or incompetence they've stumbled enough times to make fans and media wonder about their abilities. The media moves a million miles an hour these days. You simply have to be aware and stay ahead of it. If will be left wondering about your intelligence. That said. Benning and Linden take a lot of heat for not getting their "rebuild" right. There is no blueprint for rebuilding. There is no successful recent rebuild story. Toronto? Edmonton? Please. Just give us our 3rd overall picks instead of those 5ths. Or better yet, McDavid or Matthews. Then we'll see how smart our management group looks. Judging Benning harshly should be left for other markets who have no true idea what really happens in Vancouver. Consider the team and the mandate he was given. Consider how far we've actually come in four years. We've made a major shift in direction. We've had a major shift in personnel. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Benning! Benning! Benning! ...I think I talked myself into it. lol
  8. Jake Virtanen | #18 | RW

    Pffffft! Green is sitting him because he has too many vets to manage and Virtanen is paying the price. Also because we got a win and he didn't want to change the lineup. Telling him he needs to get more hits is an excuse. Hopefully this BS doesn't confuse Jake too much. We've got to stop messing with this Kid and let him play. He was going play for play with Boeser in the preseason. Give him some rope. Once again Jake is being held to a different standard than his teammates. There is no lack of players who could take a turn in the press box. It's Jake time!
  9. Erik Gudbranson | #44 | D

    Guby. Oh, Guby! I want so much to like this player's game. But he is struggling to be average. Unfortunately it usually isn't good to watch a player's game under a microscope (like Bieksa some years, and Sbisa). But once I start doing it I have a hard time not focusing on all the little things in said player's game. Guby is not the player I want him to be. And that sucks. He is big. He can deal with bigger, slower players, like Lucic, on nights when that is needed. How important is that? Very. How much do you need to pay a guy to play that role? It depends what else he can do. What else can Guby do? Come on, Gubester! Play some power hockey, lock down your defensive game, and truly become useful to your team. Or...???
  10. Canucks Army joins forces with TSN 1040

    I don't always agree with the CanucksArmy guys, but I sure do appreciate their dedication to pumping out Canucks content. That's why I surf their site every day. I just wanted to drop in and talk about Dave Pratt for a second. I know his job is to stir up controversy, talk trash. He's a moving target. But some days. lol. Holy sheesh he just freaks out. Him and Tomlinson had it out this morning. Pratt going nuts about Green "throwing Horvat under the bus" based on some pretty innocuous comments. Making a mountain out of a mole hill. Later when Pratt was talking to Kuzma he suggested Kuzma should coach the Canucks. Talk about throwing Green under the bus. Just calm down Pratt. All these dudes, and fans, getting on Green about his decisions already is bananas. He should be given the freedom to coach, and make personnel decisions. It is early days. Players are going to bounce around the lines a bit. And, I'm sure Green will get around to using the combinations that armchair coaches are screaming about. The level of panic, hand-wringing, and insanity is unprecedented just four games into the new season. Welcome back to the NHL, Green. hahaha Apologies for the random rant.
  11. Loui Eriksson | #21 | LW/RW

    Any injury update for Loui?
  12. We need a #1 goalie...

    Markstrom could be a good to great starter. This is his opportunity. But patience will be required. Goalies pitch poor games sometimes. He needs a chance to rebound.
  13. Loui Eriksson | #21 | LW/RW

    Dang it! I wasn't whipping on Louie so he'd get hurt. I was whipping on him to get going. Now I feel bad. Curses! lol
  14. Loui Eriksson | #21 | LW/RW

    We gave Eriksson a year to get his butt in gear. Hardly anyone said anything. That is patience. I think he's had more leash than almost any Canuck player ever. But the time for that is past. As much as the Canucks are paying that guy he deserves a wakeup call. Maybe we let him off easy last year and he now believes he can float through the next 5 years of his contract. It sure looked like he quit on himself last year. For sure he is the new whipping boy and it is entirely fair. You don't get paid the big bucks in a Canadian market without getting the intense scrutiny as well. I don't think it is unfair to say he's been a Gigantic Disappointment. So much so that no one even knows what to expect. Can he still score in the NHL? As a Canuck fan I hope for a lot of things. Sometimes all it seems I have is hope. I'm sick of hoping Louie Eriksson can do more than just piddle along on the third line. I'm tired of hoping he's not a total waste of time. This team has too many other things to worry about. To have to worry about Eriksson actually being the player he's being paid to be is disheartening. Prove me wrong've only got five years. FFS!
  15. Loui Eriksson | #21 | LW/RW

    Eriksson. Sheesh! J-Pat and Botchford were talking about how no one is/was speaking about Louie Eriksson. I honestly think that after last year we are all holding our collective breath, hoping that this guy does SOMETHING this year. But the fans won't be holding their breath for long. The contract is looking so bad, and Eriksson is looking, well like Eriksson. We can't trade him and no one would want him. The years of uselessness disappear into the fog of the future. WTF? What I really don't like is that he has taken no ownership of the team, doesn't hold up his end of the bargain by doing interviews, and is showing zippo leadership in that direction. When the Sedins retire (possibly next year) he is our highest paid player. He's been a ghost since he arrived. That can't continue. Seriously, get it together Louie! At this point MDZ seems like more of a Canuck than Eriksson. And he's only been here two months.