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  1. Yes, the team he inherited was a perennial division-champion over the previous decade - and the team we have today is arguably the worst team in the entire league... Definitely night and day.
  2. Well... He's one of the 15 best centers on Earth - you can have him for free - and he'll probably sign for less than those other 14 guys, so...
  3. I'm surprised we didn't have to somehow throw in draft-picks in order to get him signed...
  4. Ahem, Sundin. Ahem, Messier...
  5. And you are cherry-picking. You didn't mention our other recent 3rd round picks: Daniel Rahimi, Kevin Connauton, Brett Skinner, Lukas Mensator, Thatcher Bell, Tim Branham, Rene Vydareny, Justin Morrisson, etc...
  6. Jeez, absolutely no one here understands the actual value of draft picks. Here's a primer. You'll notice that the value of a 3rd round pick is a bad minor leaguer. Not a good one. An average one. Someone who will never make the NHL for any more than a few games here or there. Here are some Canucks who fit that bill: Alexandre Bolduc Rory Fitzpatrick Jason Krog Fedor Fedorov And, actually, Rory Fitzpatrick and Jason Krog are too good to be in that group (Fedorov too). Would anyone here say that Jason Krog is far too much to give up for Vesey? Nope. Not on your life. But, they are all saying that something worse than him is...
  7. Puljujarvi?
  8. Back before this season started, when everyone was saying that we had a good team, all I had to do was add up all the goal-scoring we were likely to get and it was patently obvious that we'd be one of the worst teams in the entire league this year: We had roughly 190 potential goals before the season started - and so far we've scored 166 (on-pace for 200 goals). So, the prediction was pretty darn accurate. So, why don't we do that again and see if next year will be any different...: Sedin/Sedin/Virtanen: 23/12/13 Baertschi/Horvat/Hansen: 18/14/18 Burrows/Sutter/Dorsett: 8/18/9 McCann/Vey/Granlund: 12/10/10 Edler/Hutton: 10/5 Sbisa/Tanev: 5/5 All the other D combined: 5 Any goals scored by players not listed above (AHL'ers and fringe-NHL'ers for example) - will be when the unlisted player is taking the spot of someone else, so they have no net effect. And, even if we add a goal-scorer in place of Vrbata via free agency, it won't improve things much. Adding that up, we get 195 goals, which will (again) put us in the bottom 5 or 10 teams in the NHL. To be among the top teams in the NHL next year, we'll need to score 250 to 275 goals. Where do you think those extra 55 to 80 goals are going to come from?
  9. Ummm, about 2 weeks ago, it was clear that the Canucks' brass decided that the playoffs were out of reach and that they should tank. So, it should come as absolutely no surprise that they're messing with anything that works. Right now, they don't want lines that work. They want lines that get scored on. A lot.
  10. AHL Quality
  11. Not quite. There's a lot more to it than that... The Miller contract was god-awful, not because Miller isn't a good goalie - but, because it showed that our GM had absolutely no clue about the quality of our players. A GM's entire job is evaluating talent, and with this one contract, it showed us that he hadn't evaluated his own team. The fans knew we didn't need a goalie. We had Lack and Markstrom. Why on Earth would we need an expensive new goalie??? And, by signing Miller, we had to throw Lack in the trash-can. We could have had Lack & Markstrom in net - and an extra $4+ million to upgrade one (or more) of our forwards. And, Miller-Markstrom isn't that much better than Lack/Markstrom. And, definitely not when you consider the extra four million and change you get with Lack/Markstrom. In fact, it could be argued that Miller/Markstrom is actually the worse tandem. That's why the Miller contract was bone-headed.
  12. And, don't forget how phenomenal Horvat has been defensively! Oh wait, he's got the absolute worst plus/minus in the entire league...
  13. Well, let's see... Drouin - 40pts in 89 NHL games, +4 Horvat - 36pts in 108 NHL games, -27 Yet, Horvat has proven everything, while Drouin has proven nothing???
  14. My God, Canucks fans are delusional!... A 23 year old first-line center - and you people seem to think that you can get him for our injured 3rd line non-offensive center??? Or Hamhuis??? Or Tanev??? Give your heads a shake people!
  15. Just to point out guys... This will set Kassian back a year or two. So, he'll still have 6 to 8 good years in the NHL. Prust only has 1 to 3 more years. Oh yeah, and Kassian will produce a lot more during that time-span.