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  1. Aside from their lack of skating speed, they still have the passing and shooting skills. Split 'em up and partner them each with speedy, gritty type players. Preferably with soft hands!
  2. This! Pretty much any NHL team that has played in SC finals, winners or losers, have gone through multiple head coaches post finals. Canucks are no different. Not just multiple head coach changes but also players. The next SC contending team that the Canucks have will look very different. Here's hoping!
  3. I'm with the, "Too early to say," crowd here. Bo and Brock quite possibly. Seems to me we're at the same point as we were in the late 90's. Still searching, waiting, etc.
  4. IMHO, we'll go through a couple of more head coaches before we contend again.
  5. So many, "if' Sedins this," and, "if Sedins that," in this thread. It's evident they're not in their '10 -'12 prime years of performance. However, they can perform duties as 2nd liners, as they were pre 2007 when the WCE were the #1's. That being said....................... it'll be a couple of seasons or so. There is not a definitive #1 line as of yet except the Sedins and whoever is assigned their third. There in lies the rub. Who plays with the Sedins. It took the addition of Anson Carter with them to put 'em over the top, matching and surpassing what was then #1 WCE line. Clearly the Sedins are not on an upswing in performance as they were back then. Matching them with a speedy, gritty, soft handed winger is still an option, but who is that player. We have them, but try as WD did, no one was found. It's my hope that the next coach, whoever that is, will see this dilemma and act upon it. Play 'em 2nd line minutes with whoever or, split 'em up!
  6. So was Pavel Datsyuk!!!
  7. IMHO................. Goaltender: We're fine Defense : Definite need for elite D. Oli Juolevi could be such. Stetcher and Hutton are good, but not elite. Luc Bourdon{RIP} would've but alas........ Forward : A game breaker. At this point, Bo Horvat is looking like that guy. I know Brock Boeser is a possibility and Jake Virtanen as well, but not yet. This thread topic been a topic brought up on an annual basis for god knows how long. Probably since the '99 acquisitions of the twins.
  8. Clouts was a stellar goalie. Especially in a 'Nucks uni. The famous, or infamous, if you will, letting in a weak one in those playoffs was an anomolie. It's been a decade and a half since that. Get over it! Anywho............... Goaltending was never an issue with us. The vast knowledge from all Goalie coaches i'm sure, stick with the players throughout their careers. Clouts wealth of knowledge in such can only make for better performances from our already stellar tandem. In all SC bound 'Nuck teams, the goaltending, IMHO, was never an issue. Though none were original 'Nuck drafts and all were acquired via trade, we rock in this position, new goaltending coach or not.
  9. As Gollumpus says, it's really all about drafting. Picking top three is no guarantee of success, but given that option, I'd take it all the time. The draft has been dismal for the 'Nucks the past decade and a half. Basically since the 2-3 Sedin twins in '99, there's been very few bright spots. Bo's one of 'em, I strongly believe Luc coulda' been another. Pretty much every other has been traded or no longer in the NHL. And Brock/Ollie yet to be tested. A rebuild IMHO requires a top five pick or two. in almost every SC Championship finals, each team's top players are their own top draft picks. Speaking only of our 'Nucks, we reached the big show in '94 and '11 with Linden and Sedins respectively. Heck. Even in '82 with Smyl, Butcher and Snepts, but we're talking modern era. I'm not suggesting a tank situation. That may come to fruition anyways the way they been losing this season thus far. Save for the first 4 and the last win over NYR. Moving up in the draft via trades helps a middling 'Nucks team to gain 1st rounders, but moving our cast offs to acquire other team's cast offs?!?!?!?? Well............Baertschi's coming on and Granlund seems good, but they've yet to pay off. Vey was a bust, so was Adam Clendening. As was done with previous SC bound 'Nuck teams, you build around top young stars. Not aging ones. I love the Sedins and I, being a total Canuck fanboy, would dearly love for them to be hoisting the Stanley Cup in a Canucks uniform. But just ask Flame fans. Building around an aging star in Iginla didn't work for them.
  10. Hannu Virta!
  11. With all the weird names of some hockey players nowadays, this isn't far off at all! Congrats for Manny. Welcome back.
  12. His character is questionable andhis off ice issues give pause to acquiring him. That being said, I think Evander's elite hockey talent would definitely benefit the 'Nucks. In all likelihood, he's gonna cost too much to get him though.
  13. Hammer's credentials are pretty impressive; former Nashville 1st rounder, multi medal winner in International championships, and playoff appearances at every level of his hockey career. However, Willie's got the holy grail SC ring. Hammers usefulness for us is still in high demand. He's not Willie, but Willie ain't Dan either. If we can keep Hammer, then we're better for it.
  14. The Sedin twins are elite NHL players and will be such for us or wherever they play. I believe them to be Canucks for their remaining careers in the NHL. That being said............... Yeah...they're gettin' older, but they have the capacity to remain top point getters. Seems they just need that third player that compliments their style to bring back their former Art Ross glory days. Another WCE type first line would be a dream. If anything, just to help the Sedins play less minutes and remain fresh for a grueling season of NHL hockey. However, that seems not to be happening anytime soon. The Canucks organization deem the Sedins their elite top liner's and they'll remain such till they retire. Okay.....bring in an Erikson or a Stamkos to play with 'em. I'm okay with that. However I really think we need to be more than just a one line team. Needless to say in todays NHL, production from the other lines is essential for success in the post season.
  15. They have my support. I PVR alot of 'Nuck games 'cuz I work evenings. And even though it sometimes slips by my workmates the score or progress of the game, win or lose, I'll still watch the game afterwards.