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  1. Wow, overreaction much everyone? This is a good trade based upon organizational need and given that HS had a "work ethic" issue, character likely also played a role. Granlund has exceeded his draft position and is good in the circle which few of Canuck prospects or regulars can say. Go ahead and quote this post but in two years, HS will not be in NHL and Granlund will be a solid regular.
  2. what YOU see and what professional hockey coaches see is not the same. Unless you are at each and every game AND watch the game afterwards on tape for play away from the puck, you really have little idea on how any player actually played other than the times they are near the puck. There is so much more to the game than what the TV shows you are even what you see from your seat. You either trust your coaches or you don't - but their perspective is based upon a lot more knowledge and information than anyone posting on this board - and I say that with certainty.
  3. It is just you. After four games, the only thing that you can tell is who misses their summer break the least around the league. Weigh back in after the US Thanksgiving and then after New Year's Eve has occurred and if they are remotely in the shape they are now, that would outstanding for Canuck fans.
  4. Agreed and soon. Clearly a cancer. Traded to Montreal to get Kassian back so more integrity in the room, and on the party circuit with the rookies, can lead to better on-ice results.
  5. what ever happened to the days of having a GDT started on the actual day of the game?
  6. My favourite thread and I feel personally responsible for poor Clutch's demise. Hard to imagine an undrafted player toiling in the ECHL going on to play this many games and contribute so consistently over all those games. He remains underrated and a player that ANY team in the NHL would find room for in their line up. I was lucky enough to play 18 holes with him on our group. The fact he is about the nicest and most humble professional athlete on the planet doesn't hurt either. To Clutch, wherever you are, thanks for being so epically wrong.
  7. Disagree - each day those who live in your beautiful Province wake up and say "wow, we live in paradise". Think that Oiler fans say that? Think those who live in an oven in Phoenix say that? Think those who have to deal with Toronto winters, summers and "Torontonians in general" say that? Canucks fans are mostly the luckiest in the world as the majority live in paradise. The fact they have a good team as many years than not in recent memory is like sprinkles on top of an already over the top sundae.
  8. Wow. Your team has two locks of for the HOF and you drag up something that in a team sport is out of the control of any individual. These are two talents that have been in the top 10 at their positions for nearly a decade including seasons as being in the top 3 (or even the top). Unreal careers and to boot seem like about the nicest guys on the planet. The lack of team hardware is more of something fanboys will worry about than hockey purists who understand the nuances of the team game and the fact that those President's Cup teams and the razor closeness of 2011 would never have been even a dream without the Sedins. If they would have had even "above average" clutch goaltending and a winger with them who could score 30 goals WITHOUT THEM and then gone 50 plus with them, the conversation is about why the team didn't win more than two or three cups in those seasons.
  9. Do the words "John Tortorella" mean anything to you? It takes at least five to eight years to judge a GM (if they are given that long) as that is how long their moves, their drafts and their mistakes really start to show the trend of direction. Coach selection is also part of that puzzle. AV was, and is, a great coach and wasn't the problem Vancouver had and that mistake was a huge one for Gillis. He made some good moves for sure, all GMs make good and bad moves, but his time was up given it was very clear he didn't know what to do next. Give Linden and Benning a couple of seasons - this is clearly a transition time for the Canucks, and then judge. If the Canucks can play .500 this year AND develop two or three players they may be back in playoff hunt as soon as next year. Very few teams doing a rejig can turn things around so quickly (look at how long it is taking Edmonton, Phoenix, even Calgary) and it looks at least there is promise Vancouver might be one of those exceptions.
  10. Wow, this guy is good. Being able to skate roughly 6 times plus the fastest players otherwise in the game is a real advantage for the guy and to be able to do that from 40 feet away (another zone in fact), is indeed awe inspiring. Too bad the Canucks don't have players who can shoot the puck, say, 600 mph or have a 36 foot tall goalie to compensate in the same manner of scale.
  11. Wow. Unreal how many (not to pick on this one as there were many similar) people here don't understand hockey let alone how to rebuild a franchise so it can both compete now and grow in the future. There are five right wings in the system who all project to be better than Kassian has shown he will ever be AND his attitude, effort and general lack of ability to learn the pro game is glaring. Prust is not only a great role model for some of the newer Canucks who will be coming through over the next year or three, but is someone who just wants to win EVERY night and not when the mood suits him. This is a good deal and I, for one, love the direction the Canucks are taking - no tanking but not sitting around and simply decaying.
  12. Wow, pretty harsh considering it is July. The Canucks could trade up in the draft come next June OR perhaps a team that averaged well over a hundred points with a goalie arguably not as good as Luongo and an overall team that may actually be more balanced now might just surprise a lot of people...including apparently you. There is cap room left and I would like Legwand signed too but also for short term. I am a huge fan of the draft picks for the past two years and think at least three of the four first round picks will be top-end players for years in the NHL. Hunter is only one I am not sold on. People are also forgetting about Dane Fox - he is a darkhorse and the kid can flat out play. Only reason not drafted high was attitude which he has apparently repaired.
  13. Hey, another Panthers fan here! Love 'em. Follow them. That is why I think the fans in Vancouver will fall in love with Ballard as he is a horse and was better than JayBo the last year they spent together. Not sure if Canuck fans know how good this guy is.

  14. Bryan...I am a HUGE Panthers Fan. 'Canes are my first and fav team followed by Panthers and then Canucks/Kings. I just plain like hockey. Wish Panthers/Canes boards were like this one though.