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  1. My point was specifically at being in the leadership position. I think the first line sets the tone for the entire team. We've had the twins as our first line, and our leaders, for the last 10 years with no Cup. The last 4 we haven't gotten past the first round. All I want is a first line with edge. The big minute forwards need to have attitude, leadership, AND the skill so it trickles down through all our forwards and all our defence. I think Calgary did a great job with that, and other competitive teams do as well. I don't know how to get that. That's Bennings job to set up, and Willie's job to coach. As much as I love the Sedin's, I want them to retire Canucks, but I would love it if they could step back and have someone with FIRE be leading this team.
  2. I think the Twins are absolutely phenomenal. But it's time they step aside from the leadership role. I'd actually prefer them to become Line #2. This team needs leadership with edge. The calm/collected gig has gone on for far too long with no results.
  3. Tanev brings absolutely no edge to the Canucks back end. He will not shoot (Neither will Edler for some reason), he gets absolutely manhandled by everybody, and he doesn't play physical. Sorry, but that's the complete OPPOSITE of what a team needs come playoffs. Remember folks, the goal in the NHL is playoff hockey! If you can't ramp it up for playoffs, you don't belong there.
  4. I actually really liked the fact that he screamed at Ferland from the bench after game 2's brawl (where everyone was talking about Miller pointing his finger and what he might have said). Just shows to me he's not willing to sit and let things happen. He's got intensity!
  5. So - been watching the games. My feelings are like a lot of others I can imagine. Last night was absolutely disgusting at how tenacious Calgary is on the forecheck. There's been a TON of talk and love from CBC on Bennet and Gaudreau. Yeah Lack got some time last game as well, although I could care less about his dad being there... However, since CBC isn't going to give any love or appreciation to this topic, I thought maybe we could talk about something that is actually going great for us. Bo Horvat. He just turned 20, he's another playoff rookie, and he has been absolutely phenomenal. He is ALSO outscoring Sam Bennett AND Johnny Gaudreau - 1G 2A for 3pts. Yet he's barely getting any recognition from the CBC meat heads. His power moves have been brilliant, he is playing extremely physical, I saw him chirping from the bench during the game 2 brawl. The kid has some fiery attitude, and is an absolute work horse. And he does it all with Hansen and Kenins as his linemates... He is the future of this team. I'm excited. Well done Bo. I can't wait for next year to see him in a more prominent/offensive role!
  6. 2 years is outstanding - allows time for our young wingers to truly develop over the next two years instead of rushing to the team.
  7. Am I the only one who isn't too keen on drafting the kids committing to college? I'm not too keen to wait 4 years to see them in the bigs... Obviously they can leave school early, but I'm still not that excited to have to wait potentially 4 years to see them in Vancouver. And Ho-Sang? Seriously? The kid has serious issues I want nowhere near Vancouver's dressing room.
  8. I just forgot to mention that those are the more useless assets we have. They won't get much interest from other teams most likely, but at least they are somewhat moveable contracts.
  9. People thinking anyone like Jensen, Horvat, Gaunce, etc. are going to be traded need to give their heads a serious shake and come back to reality. Benning is not stupid enough to trade these young kids, one of which has shown to be exactly what this team needs at the NHL level. The others haven't even played in a real NHL game and they are going to get traded? No chance. The ONLY real assets we have to acquiring 1st overall is as follows: Kesler (doubt he'd waive for Florida) 6th overall 36th Tanev Hansen/Booth/Higgins People also need to forget the ideas of Garrison/Bieksa/Edler/Hamhuis/Sedins all waiving their NTCs. It's not going to happen. Realistically, if a deal of: 6th overall/Tanev/Hansen doesn't get the job done then nothing is going to work. Unless assets are used through a separate Kesler trade...
  10. And since when, in the last 8 years, has a prospect been "given" anything? We've been rolling with the exact same core group since 2006 almost. Maybe the team should actually USE a prospect in a role they will succeed? It's not like Vancouver has been an elite team the last 3 seasons...
  11. If 7/10 of last years draft picks were able to play in the NHL, there is absolutely NO reason why Horvat (after spending another year in Jr) should not be able to spend the season with Vancouver. There is nothing for him to be gained with spending another year in London. I fully expect him to be on our starting roster. 2nd line C. Full time. Sink or Swim. Kesler traded.
  12. It all comes down to depth and the injuries. He specifically mentioned depth in his interview. The team lacks it, and having players he's not comfortable with in a game down 2-1, he has to go with the guys are have proven their reliability. I don't blame him. He's taking SO much crap, yet people are forgetting the team was annihilated for the majority of the season with injuries, with NO depth to replace anything. He wants to play 4 lines. No depth.
  13. Thinking that Luongo is going to be traded is absolutely foolish. If Vancouver IS re-tooling, the LAST thing Gillis wants is to do it with unproven/average goaltending. Look at Edmonton and Dubnyk. I would feel so secure (and it would do wonders for the young players) to have a world class goalie like Luongo between the pipes.
  14. If he develops quickly and is outperforming Kesler (just like Hodgson WAS doing at the time), then I damn well better expect him to not be stuck behind Kes or Hank.
  15. There is absolutely no reason why I SHOULD be watching him. His stats speak for themselves. First of all, Stuart and Ferriero are not prospects. I don't give a rats ass about them. Archibald just add's to the sad state that our prospects are in over there because his stats are pretty underwhelming as well. Second, sorry. 7 goals in 52 AHL games. Amazing. Third, he should have been ready to play AHL after spending a year in the SEL TWO F'ING years ago. For some reason he's either not good enough for NA hockey, or he's screwed up in the head. I don't need to waste my time watching him play in Utica, because I can see for the past 2 years he has been awful and there has been no real trend upwards.