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  1. Right now we don't need him. Let him play top minutes in in Utica. For him, it's better for his development at this point imo. We already have too many forward as it is up here at the moment tbh, especially now with reports saying that Higgins could be good to go tomorrow (that's what I heard at least). If Higgins slots back in then someone has to be scratched. The next little while will indeed in regards to the lineup. We are going to have to trade someone, I love Higgins, his work ethic is great something the young guys can learn from but we should look at moving him. His position seems to have been taken over this season.
  2. When was the last time a team traded a top defenceman? Seriously, the last one I can think of on the top of my head was Pronger and he wanted out himself. Top defenceman aren't traded easily unless the particular team is lucky enough to have a few top D-men. If we want that top D-man we have to draft them and be patient and wait for them to fully develop...it sucks but that's the way it's done these days.
  3. Anytime a player has to hang it up it sucks, it's even worse when it's an early retirement because of health reasons. Hope all the best for him in the future.
  4. Oilers could be one to look out for. And it's not because of McDavid. Hall and Eberle with open space should be able to do some damage.
  5. Yes they are and they will (hopefully) be on the 2nd line then. The youngster we have now will be the 1st line and then we'll have a good run at the cup for them! Happy Birthday to them.
  6. I see where you are coming from but one statement you made confused me. Play the young guys for their nine games and if they are not ready for the NHL trade them? Just because players aren't ready for a full time spot in the NHL doesn't mean you trade them. How will we ever get a contending team in the future with that attitude? I would like to see a few of the guys get nine games. Maybe Shinkaruk has a chance this year? I don't really follow the prospects as much as I could but if I remember correctly, Shinkaruk was the last(or one of the last) player cut a few years ago. It looked very possible he would make the team with Torts yet since then it seems he has been passed down the depth chart. Again, I don't follow the prospects so maybe he has had injury issues that I was unaware of, just find it interesting.
  7. I would take away the trapezoid, and have the rulebook enforced and stay the same throughout the season and playoffs. When the playoffs come much fewer calls are made and honestly no one seems to know what a penalty is....just keep it consistent. How can a normal roughing call in the reg season be fine in the playoffs? I just don't understand the logic behind that. Also, just reading some of the suggestions above; call the dive or the trip, it shouldn't be both!
  8. We definitely heading the right direction. We have guys that play with heart and grit, and add that with a nice mix of veteran guys with some rookies and the next few years will be a lot more exciting and be working towards something. In the past few years (last few years with Gillis) we were pretty boring and players we added weren't exactly players to get excited for. This year we have Sutter, Prust, Horvat's sophmore season (hoping he picks up where he left off last season) and hopefully Virtanen or Shinkaruk or any other young rookie will added to the line-up. It will be tougher season to get to the playoffs but no doubt I think it will be another exciting year.
  9. I'm pretty fine with this. Vrbata had a good season. Hamhuis had an off season. Will be nice to see how both do this year. Would be nice to keep both, but then again Linden/Benning are clearly trying to clean house and get the young guys a shot. If a young guy can be had for cheaper and provide the same as these guys then from a management perspective, it makes sense. Also, just because they aren't being extended this year doesn't mean they won't be next year before FA. Having said all this, I would want to keep Hamhuis just for the sake he would be a good guy to keep to mentor the young d-men like Corrado, Sbsia, Subban, etc.
  10. Last year was his year. I thought he played quite well when he did play. Injuries and being in and out of the lineup didn't help. Sounds like he may be healthy now, so that will help a lot. He had 16pts last year where he played about half a season, easily could have gotten a nice 40-50pts in a full season. The guy is still young, some players take longer to fully develop and obviously injuries haven't helped him.
  11. Edmonton went on a rebuild 10 years ago. It's still going. Would you rather a team that will be competitive while injecting youth or a team that injects youth and goes nowhere? Fans complain now, imagine a losing culture. Canucks did a lot better this year than expected. Playoffs were disappointing but I honestly didn't think they'd even make the playoffs, so this past season is a win in my books. Next season will be better regardless of what happens in the off-season mainly because we know what Horvat can do. He won't get those sheltered mins at the start of the season like he did last season. Not at all saying he is our 'saviour' or anything but imagine having the 2nd half of the season Horvat for a full season. He really picked up his game and made good strides, and he'll be better next season. Hopefully another young guy gets injected or others can pick up their game too (Vey, Kassian, etc.)
  12. Think about the beginning of the season....very few people thought we'd even make the playoffs. It does suck that the season has ended as it has, but still I am pretty happy that this team did as well as they did. They were a big surprise and next year should be even better with the young guys having matured and grown a bit.
  13. You never ever say that in sports. You can't guarantee anything. Backlund may have shot his team in the foot here. We've heard players say this and then losing big, lets hope that happens tomorrow!
  14. The fat lady can sit back down....it ain't over! Saturday is going to be a big, tough game. Lets get the first goal this time to shut down the 'sea of red'. Hard fought game, played with a bit more desperation....which is what was lacking the past few games. Good game, now lets watch the turnovers and do it again on Saturday!!!!
  15. NO. Despite how this series has gone, lets not forget that the Canucks have done more than they were supposed to this year. This was supposed to a slightly better than average year. Very few people expected us to make the playoffs at the beginning. No matter what happens, this year has been a success and that starts with Linden, Benning and WD. McLellan, if available last year I would have been very interested but I like how the team has played this season (as a whole - not including the playoffs atm).