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  1. The promise land is not the Stanley Cup, heavens we are far away from that; however, this line-up could potentially be bad enough to give us a top lottery pick and a shot at #1 center prospect, Nolan Patrick. Sedin-sedin-eriksson Baertschi-Horvat-Hansen Rodin- Sutter-Virtanen Etem- Granlund-Burrows Guance/Dorsett Edler-tanev Gudbranson-Hutton Sbisa- Tryamkin Larsson Miller Markstrom I predict the sedins will have relatively the same success they had last season, give or take 8-10 points. Eriksson will NOT score 30+ this year, probably closer to 25. Horvat takes till the All-Star break to get going again, but ultimately will break the 50 point plateau this season. Baertschi Scores 20 Hansen regresses from his career year last season while playing with the Sedins Rodin, Virtanen, and Etem score around 15 goals and provides decent depth scoring. Edler and Tanev have a chance to be a solid top defensive pairing, but will probably flop as per usual. Sbisa will be around a -25 before sitting in the press box as he watches Phillip Larsson contribute on the PP. Barring any significant rejuvenation, Burrows may be Chris Higgins(ed) to the Pressbox as well, or worse, Utica. Do i think this team will end up 30th, heck no! But can they finish in the bottom 5 again and have a solid shot at winning a lottery pick, potentially winning pick #1, yes i do [hope]!
  2. The Vancouver Canucks had a dynasty in the making from the years of 2009-2012. Within that time period they won two presidents trophies, the division each year, a trip to the Stanley Cup final in 2011. Since that cup run, however, they have not been able to replicate the same type of success. They won the presidents trophy the next season, but ultimately lost out in five games in the first round against the eventual Stanley Cup winners, Los Angeles Kings. Four years later, and the Canucks find themselves in a much different situation. They’ve been a lottery pick team two of the past three years, and look as though they will be the leagues basement dwellers for years to come despite trying to stay competitive. What happened? How did this once ferocious and offensively gifted team fall off so fast without any signs of hope to replenish the good name of the Vancouver Canucks anytime soon? This team is in hockey purgatory. A few reasons are at fault for this purgatory position the Canucks have found themselves in. Firstly, bad drafting. Between the years of 2005 and 2010, the Canucks have just one player on their roster that they drafted, Anton Rodin. He was a second pick in the 2009 draft; and even then, Rodin spent the last few years playing in Sweden. Just one of 34 picks panned out for the Canucks in those drafts. In other words, former General Managers of the club, Mike Gillis and Dave Nonis left nobody in the system for Mr. Jim Benning and company when they came into town back in 2013. Benning and Canucks President, Trevor Linden, continue to express the notion of acquiring 24-29 year old players in order to stay competitive. If just two or three more of those draft picks would have worked out and the team had a fallback replacement for Henrik and Daniel Sedin, maybe they would be in much better shape going forward. But that is not reality. The Vancouver Canucks lack top end players in their prime right now and are trading away assets and draft choices to acquire cast away players entering their prime with the hopes of them finding lightning in a bottle since they were unable to draft any of their own talent. Some examples of these acquisitions include: Emerson Etem, Sven Baertschi, Erik Gudbranson, Brandon Sutter, Markus Granlund, and in their most recent efforts, Loui Eriksson. The first few players in that list were highly touted players coming into their draft year and were first round picks; but inconsistent play had derailed them, and they became expendable allowing the Canucks to try to revitalize their careers. However, none of these players have top end skill and talent that can replace franchise players, Henrik and Daniel Sedin, who are 36 and in the twilight of their careers. Having two future Hall-of-Famer’s in the line-up on a daily basis must bode well for any team, right? Wrong. As much as the Sedins have been a product of Success in Vancouver, they are currently another major reason for their purgatory status. Not at their own fault, but the team’s willingness and competitiveness to try and stay competitive until they retire– which many still be a couple years away. Sadly, IF Vancouver tries to stay competitive with the Sedins as their main point producers, and Jannik Hansen as their secondary scoring option, they will once again have a lottery pick. Rarely does the league see players regress from their prime and then revamp for a Stanley Cup run. This past season the San Jose Sharks had Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau step their game up and helped lead the team into the post season, and two games away from a Stanley Cup; but that is a rarity. If Vancouver tries to pull a San Jose and the Sedins pick up their offense with newly signed forward, Loui Erikkson, they will be sadly misguided from the Sharks fairy tale because the Canucks do not have a Logan Couture, or a Brent Burns, or even a Joe Pavelski. The Sharks aided their resurrection with the ability to find players in the 2005-2010 drafts and will be able to remain competitive for years. As mentioned earlier in this article, the Canucks have not done so. Thus, purgatory status remains. Barring any type of massive move, the Canucks will have the Sedins signed through till the end of next season. They may not be done with hockey and could receive new extensions, which would ultimately set back the rebuild yet another season. Benning is working in an unconventional way to try and please ownership, the players, and the fans. Thirdly, I do not place much of the blame on Jim Benning and Trevor Linden. Many have reported that the owners, the Acquillini family, are looking to sell the franchise. The belief from ownership is they need to put a competitive and winning product on the ice in order to get value for their team. Yet, sorry to break it to you, Francesco, the roster does not allow for that possibility without mortgaging the future. If this is in fact the case, then you’ve got to applaud Benning for what he’s been able to do, which keeping the Prospect reasonably pool intact, besides McCann, Shinkaruk, and Forsling. Jim Benning comes from a draft background so it’s odd to see him move so many draft picks, however. Since acquiring the job in 2014 he has traded away 11 picks since becoming GM; note some were acquired picks, but nonetheless, for a GM who got the job by being a great talent evaluator and an amazing drafter, he has given away 11 opportunities to find an NHL player for the Franchise. In a cap world, that is not the way to field a winning team on the ice. Luckily, He has drafted a good nucleus that seems like they could be the beginning of a new regime in Vancouver with Bo Horvat, Jake Virtanen, Brock Boeser, Thatcher Demko, and Olli Juolevi. The Canucks will try and compete for a few more years, this much is evident with the key word being try. Can Bo Harvat and Virtanen become top end talent a top 10 pick should be? Will Demko, Boeser and Joulevi become cornerstone pieces of the Vancouver Canucks in the future? We shall see, but one thing is for sure, this team will be in hockey purgatory for at least a few more years.
  3. Canucks in Hockey Purgatory

    The Vancouver Canucks had a dynasty in the making from the years of 2009-2012. Within that time period they won two presidents trophies, the division each year, a trip to the Stanley Cup final in 2011. Since that cup run, however, they have not been able to replicate the same type of success. They won the presidents trophy the next season, but ultimately lost out in five games in the first round against the eventual Stanley Cup winners, Los Angeles Kings. Four years later, and the Canucks find themselves in a much different situation. They’ve been a lottery pick team two of the past three years, and look as though they will be the leagues basement dwellers for years to come despite trying to stay competitive. What happened? How did this once ferocious and offensively gifted team fall off so fast without any signs of hope to replenish the good name of the Vancouver Canucks anytime soon? This team is in hockey purgatory. A few reasons are at fault for this purgatory position the Canucks have found themselves in. Firstly, bad drafting. Between the years of 2005 and 2010, the Canucks have just one player on their roster that they drafted, Anton Rodin. He was a second pick in the 2009 draft; and even then, Rodin spent the last few years playing in Sweden. Just one of 34 picks panned out for the Canucks in those drafts. In other words, former General Managers of the club, Mike Gillis and Dave Nonis left nobody in the system for Mr. Jim Benning and company when they came into town back in 2013. Benning and Canucks President, Trevor Linden, continue to express the notion of acquiring 24-29 year old players in order to stay competitive. If just two or three more of those draft picks would have worked out and the team had a fallback replacement for Henrik and Daniel Sedin, maybe they would be in much better shape going forward. But that is not reality. The Vancouver Canucks lack top end players in their prime right now and are trading away assets and draft choices to acquire cast away players entering their prime with the hopes of them finding lightning in a bottle since they were unable to draft any of their own talent. Some examples of these acquisitions include: Emerson Etem, Sven Baertschi, Erik Gudbranson, Brandon Sutter, Markus Granlund, and in their most recent efforts, Loui Eriksson. The first few players in that list were highly touted players coming into their draft year and were first round picks; but inconsistent play had derailed them, and they became expendable allowing the Canucks to try to revitalize their careers. However, none of these players have top end skill and talent that can replace franchise players, Henrik and Daniel Sedin, who are 36 and in the twilight of their careers. Having two future Hall-of-Famer’s in the line-up on a daily basis must bode well for any team, right? Wrong. As much as the Sedins have been a product of Success in Vancouver, they are currently another major reason for their purgatory status. Not at their own fault, but the team’s willingness and competitiveness to try and stay competitive until they retire– which many still be a couple years away. Sadly, IF Vancouver tries to stay competitive with the Sedins as their main point producers, and Jannik Hansen as their secondary scoring option, they will once again have a lottery pick. Rarely does the league see players regress from their prime and then revamp for a Stanley Cup run. This past season the San Jose Sharks had Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau step their game up and helped lead the team into the post season, and two games away from a Stanley Cup; but that is a rarity. If Vancouver tries to pull a San Jose and the Sedins pick up their offense with newly signed forward, Loui Erikkson, they will be sadly misguided from the Sharks fairy tale because the Canucks do not have a Logan Couture, or a Brent Burns, or even a Joe Pavelski. The Sharks aided their resurrection with the ability to find players in the 2005-2010 drafts and will be able to remain competitive for years. As mentioned earlier in this article, the Canucks have not done so. Thus, purgatory status remains. Barring any type of massive move, the Canucks will have the Sedins signed through till the end of next season. They may not be done with hockey and could receive new extensions, which would ultimately set back the rebuild yet another season. Benning is working in an unconventional way to try and please ownership, the players, and the fans. Thirdly, I do not place much of the blame on Jim Benning and Trevor Linden. Many have reported that the owners, the Acquillini family, are looking to sell the franchise. The belief from ownership is they need to put a competitive and winning product on the ice in order to get value for their team. Yet, sorry to break it to you, Francesco, the roster does not allow for that possibility without mortgaging the future. If this is in fact the case, then you’ve got to applaud Benning for what he’s been able to do, which keeping the Prospect reasonably pool intact, besides McCann, Shinkaruk, and Forsling. Jim Benning comes from a draft background so it’s odd to see him move so many draft picks, however. Since acquiring the job in 2014 he has traded away 11 picks since becoming GM; note some were acquired picks, but nonetheless, for a GM who got the job by being a great talent evaluator and an amazing drafter, he has given away 11 opportunities to find an NHL player for the Franchise. In a cap world, that is not the way to field a winning team on the ice. Luckily, He has drafted a good nucleus that seems like they could be the beginning of a new regime in Vancouver with Bo Horvat, Jake Virtanen, Brock Boeser, Thatcher Demko, and Olli Juolevi. The Canucks will try and compete for a few more years, this much is evident with the key word being try. Can Bo Harvat and Virtanen become top end talent a top 10 pick should be? Will Demko, Boeser and Joulevi become cornerstone pieces of the Vancouver Canucks in the future? We shall see, but one thing is for sure, this team will be in hockey purgatory for at least a few more years.
  4. Van: Vrbata NYI: Pelech, Ho-Sang, 3rd. (Ho-sang has clearly fallen out of favor on the island and Snow would probably get rid of him for pucks... High potential.Low risk-High reward for nucks.) Van: Prust, 4th WPG: 2nd VAN: Hamhuis, Vey/Jensen CBJ: Milano, 1st. Sedin-Sedin-Burrows Baertschi-Sutter-Higgins Kenins-Horvat-Hansen Dorsett-Vey/Friesen-Jensen/Guance Edler-Tanev Hutton-Sbisa Corrado-Bartkowski Weber Miller Markstrom
  5. same reason LA did for a lesser man in sekera in a deep draft and they gave a prospect as well.
  6. The canucks have done a good job of loading up on talent for the future. however all that loading up has been offensively... with Edler and Corrado as the only Canucks drafted prospects dman (Tanev was undrafted). I thought they'd adress that this year and drafting a great D-prospect instead of taking Boeser at 24 (WE HAVE ENOUGH TOP 9 WINGERS). Since this organization hates drafting D-men, i propose we make a move for one. I have a few proposals. Possible partners CAR: Fleury VAN: Jensen, Grenier They are stocked with defensive depth and can sacrifice this prospect since they have Faulk, Hanifin, Murphy, McKoewn etc. FLA: Matheson VAN: McCann/Cassels/Baertschi NYI: Pulock, 3rd VAN: Vrbata (Deadline deal ^) WILDCARD Assuming Philly is in a contender by the deadline. PHI: Provorov, Lecavalier VAN: Hamhuis (50%) , Higgins, Vey/Jensen/Guance, and Tryamkin rights. (Deadline Deal^) Although farfetched, If the Islander and Philly trade could get pulled off theyd have an offensive QB for the PP in Pulock and a defensive stud in Provorov. Salivating... Thoughts?
  7. Wouldnt mind trying for gudbranson. but i like corrado a lot and think he will find his stride this season and take on a good role wiht the nucks. plus idt we could afford him under the cap unless we unload hansen or higgins which is unlikely with the NTC
  8. FLA: Michael Matheson VAN: Linden Vey MAtheson would be a solid defensive prospect for us wiht top-4 potential. needs a year in the AHL since he spent the past couple seasons in NCAA. FLA has Gudbranson, Kulikov, Ekblad, Petrovic, and Olsen already so are fairly deep with youth on the blue line. Vey could slot into a bottom 6 role in the east and fair much better than in the west. He has top 9 potential and would fit in with FLA young team.
  9. VAN: Plekanec, McCarron, 1st MTL: Vrbata, Subban, Bonino, Pedan MTL needs a bonifide goal scorer now more than ever since pacioretty is out 12-weeks and they get that in vrbata. they replace Plek with Bonino and a cheaper contract which will allow them to resign Galchenyuk easier, and give him the reins as a top center. Brother subban joins the system (and then Bergivan calls up the Bruins and gets Malcom since their new GM is insane and is tearing the team apart!) They they get Pedan to beef up their Minor league D since they are a fiaely smaller team. could be an injury call up later in the season. Van gets a quality two-way playmaking center who is good on special teams. only on a 1-year contract so it will let Horvat/McCann/Cassels season a little more before battling for the #2C role. Plus itll make us more competitive than we are looking now since we will be stronger down the middle. McCarron is a former 1st wiht size and top-9 potential, at best could be bert 2.0.... hopefuly not a kassian 2.0... and then a 1st round pick to keep stocking the prospect pool. Sedin-Sedin-Burr Baert-Plek-Higgins (Virtanen) Kenins-Horvat-Hansen Prust-Vey-Dorsett Grenier/Gaunce/Jensen Edler-Tanev Hamhuis-Sbisa Bartkowski-Weber Corrado/Clendening Miller Marktstrom Thoughts?
  10. Bonino carries team friendly cap hit of 1.9mX2 , while Plek is 5m and entering his last year. Bonino had a stud year in 2014 but had a subpar 2015 in the #2 slot on Vancouver. 15-24-39. Plek is coming off a solid year wiht 26-34-60pts. good 2-way player who kills penalties. (3SH). a solid #2 center and would be a stud locker room guy for the youngsters. Do you guys think we should try adn go after a guy better suited for a #2 center role and shove Bonino to #3 or to the wing? Would MTL do Vrbata for Plek? Both have same contract and with pacioretty out for the first bit of the season now they REALLY need a goal scorrer, and we've got a logjam at the wing considering we want to get younger and get our young wingers in the line-up (Virtanen, Baertschi, Shink?). Sedin-Sedin-Burr Higgins-Plek- Baertschi (Virtanen) Bonino-Horvat-Hansen Prust-Vey-Dorsett Kenins? MTL would still have good depth down the middle. Galchenyuk (46 as a 20-yr old) Desharnais (49pts) Eller (27pts) Mitchell (14 pts, and a 5P +4 in playoffs)
  11. i know its highly unlikely to trade within your own division but a deal with edmonton that could bolster their line-up and help the canucks retool could help out both clubs. But would they do it? EDM:Hamhuis, Hansen, Jensen, (Conditional 2017 2nd if hamhuis doesnt re-sign) Van: Draisaitl, Ference/Nikitin Vancouver doesnt have a prospect that could be slotted into a top 2 role down the middle since KEslers departure and Hank ages. Thus, Draisaitl would be a perfect fit for the canucks and could assume that top role in a the next few years as hank will be on the decline. acquiring ference or Nikitin is basically taking a defensive contract back as they'd have 8 NHL d-man (mostly bottom pair guys) and it gives us depth and keeps us competitive. Love Hansen but ronnie Kenins can easilly take on the role Hansen has had the last 8 years as a canuck. plus it free's up the log jam we've created in teh bottom-6 wingers (Prust, Kenins, Vey, Higgins, Dorsett etc.). Nick Jensen hasnt panned out yet... hes still young and has time to reach his potential but he may need a change of scenery. other than that 5 game try-pout wiht the sedins where he had 5G he hadnt been able to find his game at the NHL level; and with Baertschi, Shink, Virtanen, and Boeser now ahead of him on the depth chart.. he may be best off switching teams to a thinner Oilers squad. As for Edmonton they get themselves a top tier defenseman to play wiht new Oiler Sekera . a top d pairing that they've needed since Pronger left. Hamhuis was an olympian last season and is a solid two-way defenseman and could bring leadership to a young team and help the young guys flourish (Reinhart, Klefbaum, Schultz). They have a lot of high end talent in the top 6 but a weaker (Both physically and with scoring) bottom-6 and Hansen is a perfect fit for them. great PK guy who can chip in 15G a year and is in his prime and signed for another few years. Jensen could also slot into a top-9 role with the Oilers if not a top scorer wiht their AHL affiliate and a top candidate for injury call-up. VAN Sedin-Sedin-Burr Baertschi-Bonino-Vrbata Higgins-Draisaitl-Dorsett Prust-Horvat-Kenins Vey Edler-Tanev Sbisa- Ference/Nikitin Weber-Bartkowski Clendening/Corrado Miller Markstrom EDM Hall-Nuge-Eberle Pouliot-McDavid-Yakupov Purcell-Letestu-Hansen Korpikoski-Lander-Jensen (can be moved thorughout the bottom 9 or Minors). Gazdik/Hendricks Hamhuis-Sekera Schultz-Fayne Reinhart/Nurse-Klefbaum Talbot Scrivens (I personally thing they need to move a couple Dmen to get thier young guys playing.)
  12. The buffalo trade is laughable. Mccabe is a bottom pairing dman and hamhuis is a solid top-3 guy. i mean he was a gold medal winning Olympian a year ago?! plus buf wont finish last this year i dont thinkwhich means itll probably be in the 35-45 range in a significantly weaker draft class than the one that just past. as for the Detroit trade, they would never do this. they love maantha and wouldnt give him up for an aging forward on an expiring contract. Ken Holland isnt as dumb as MG.
  13. We could use one more season to "retool" while also helping the future of this aging team and it starts a the draft. VAN: 21st, 31st BUF: Lack, Bieksa, Jensen. VAN: conditional 2016 4th round pick TOR: rights to Matthias. (think he plans to sign there since he's a GTA boy.) VAN: Lou Ericsson (Cap dump to ensure they don't lose Hamilton/Krug/Smith to a tender offer). Boston: Kassian WILDCARD TRADE VAN: Subban, Vrbata MTL: McCarron, De la Rose. 2016 line up Sedin-Sedin-Ericsson Shinkaruk-Bonino- Baertschi Higgins-Horvat-Dorsett (Santorelli) Kenins-Vey- Hansen/De La Rose Edler-Tanev (Franson) Sbisa-Hamhuis Corrado-Weber/Clendening Miller Markstrom We've stocked the cupboard with McCarron, 21st, 31st, and a 4th next year. and freed up cap space to possibly sign Franson or Santorelli or both!
  14. How is Miller a Rental when he's signed for 2 more years?
  15. I dont see the canucks making a run this season. theyre a bubble team who could find themselves on the outside looking in. Wiht the lack of consistency this year i doubt theyd get passed the first round anyways. The time clock on the Sharks is ticking and if they want to finally become a contender they need a proven NHL goaltender. Niemi isn't getting it done for them this season and hasn't the past 3 years. Thornton and Marleau are entering their twilight years and the window to contend for a cup is shrinking. Thornton, Marleau, Couture, Pavelski, Hertl, Vlasic, and Mueller would deem to be players that they woudnt be willing to trade unless for a top-notch hockey deal. SJ: Miller, Higgins VAN: Wingles, Nieto, 1st, 2016 3rd Vancouver is able to trade Miller because Lack has stepped up since the ALL-STAR break and has looked like the better goalie. Plus, with the depth in goal that we it allows Markstrom to get back to the NHL. He deserves it based on his play this season in the AHL. This would also allow Ericsson to be the top goalie in Utica, and still have Demko waiting in the wings. With Bonino out of the line-up the Canucks need a #2/3 center to fil the void and Tommy Wingles has 20-goal potential and hes plays the PK. Nieto is another young winger to add to our prospects list and could slide into a bottom-6 role to replace Higgins. Then they get a 1st in a deep draft and a 3rd next season. PIT: Richardson, Weber, Grenier. VAN: Dumoulin Pit tries to improve their depth with cheap affordable contracts with UFARichardson and UFAweber. and youngster RFA Grenier for the system. Sedin-Sedin-Burrows Vey-Wingles(Bonino)-Vrbata Nieto-Matthias-Kassian Dorsett-Horvat-Hansen Edler-Tanev Hamhuis-Bieksa Sbisa-Clendening Lack Markstrom