Li'l Fra

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  1. 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!
  2. 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...???
  3. 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.
  4. Loui Eriksson | #21 | RW

    Any injury update for Loui?
  5. 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.
  6. Loui Eriksson | #21 | 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
  7. Loui Eriksson | #21 | 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!
  8. Loui Eriksson | #21 | 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.
  9. It is very hard to be patient. Of course I would love to see Virtanen, Goldobin, Boeser on the team this year, selfishly. It would be way more fun to root for our hungry, young rookies than watch some overfed vets give it one more go. But what is best for the development of our young players? It is hard to say. They are all in different stages of development. Hopefully there will be a spot available when they are ready and ripe. Meanwhile I agree that Vanek, Gagner and the others should be more entertaining than Chaput and Megna. I dunno, I'm floundering a bit here. Kinda like management. lol.
  10. [PTO] Brandon Prust with Kings

    Go Prust, you can do it!
  11. That article is an interesting look back at the 2012 draft. A very engaging and honest interview. It seems like Yakupov is a smart kid. Now only 23. Anyway...I'm starting to be intrigued by this rumour. It is also hilarious to read the comments at the bottom of the article. So much hope for a #1 pick. No one knew what the future would hold. No Hall, no Eberle, no Yakupov, no Gagner. And some kid named McDavid with Lucic, Draisaitl, and Pujjarvi. Dang it...look at those riches. That's why I will always enjoy cheering against the Oilers. It's like they stole all the luck!
  12. All the second tier centres were available. I'm sure McPhee realized if Glass was taken he would still have great options. Maybe he might have had something brewing with Benning, but it could have been very tenuous. I'm not a fan of McPhee talking about this potential deal to swap draft spots. He's steeling Jim's thunder. It's like he's giving himself credit for outsmarting Benning. It doesn't make Benning look very good and it takes the shine off the player we did draft. It seems like McPhee is a bit full of himself, and still feeling like a bigshot. His temporary power went to his head. Alright George, you're the shrewdest dude out there. lol Canucks fans are just trying to have some hope, and some fun, we don't need anyone piling on. Especially other GMs. Beat it McPhee...we'll see how smart you are now that you are on the same, level, ice surface as the rest of the league. Coulda, woulda, shoulda, if, if, if. Enough. Let's be happy with what we've got.
  13. I was skeptical at first because of course I was leaning towards a big Canadian centre, or a sexy D-man. The Pettersson pick fell flat for me, but I'm always willing to be convinced. And it usually doesn't take long. lol. But I like this pick...he could be a Zetterberg or a never know. Also, by picking two big Canadian players next, that scored a bunch in the WHL and OHL, the Canucks more than make up for any "grit" lost by picking Pettersson. And Pettersson is 6'2"...when he grows to man size he won't be small. I think our forward group is looking good going ahead. We've seemingly got a good mix of European style skilled players (Goldobin, Dahlen, Pettersson, Baertschi, Palmu) and Canadian style skilled players (Horvat, Boeser, Virtanen, Gadjovich, Lind) Plus my boy Gaunce is about to have a breakout season (if he heals up quickly)! And Granlund's got some game.
  14. As a funny footnote: Rathbone was first in pullups at the combine.
  15. Brendan Gaunce | #50 | C

    I am super stoked we didn't lose Gaunce to Vegas. He had a perfect storm year to avoid being plucked in the expansion draft. Played all year, was dangerous but had no puck luck, then hurt his shoulder and had surgery. If he had had a great year he'd be gone. Anyway, I've been a fan of Gaunce since we drafted him, I watched him at the young stars tourney way back. He has always had intelligence, solid skills and a good work ethic. He should have been on the team two years ago instead of Cracknell, and outplayed him in preseason. Then he went back and killed it with Green in Utica playing all three forward positions. Green already knows what Gaunce can do and I predict he's going to have his best year yet!