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About Raph

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  1. It's so short sighted of the NHL owners to think a few premium seats is worth it over making a better game that will increase worldwide viewership.
  2. I just know my motivation to follow hockey on a regular basis has dropped a lot ever since Don Taylor and the Sportsnet Pacific crew left.
  3. Even if one of our kids is a better option, it doesn't necessarily mean we should do it. Unless if the kid was a significantly better option, which is unlikely. We don't want to be an Edmonton type team where we throw the kids in on a trial by fire basis. If we can let them develop in the AHL, we should let them do that. Overloading our roster with kids when they are not ready is not good in the long run. And dumping Higgins mid-season will just put another black mark for the club. Try to trade him for a 6th rounder, or buy him out when the season is over.
  4. Always been a huge Jannik Hansen supporter from the start. Trade Raymond, trade Bernier, trade Booth, trade Higgins, I don't care, but please... DO NOT TRADE HANSEN Every team that wins a cup has a Hansen type player who is capable of filling in on all 4 lines and is a rock on defense. Opponents hate playing against him because it you know you're in for a tough shift. While I am glad he is putting up points, it does make you question the Canucks as a whole. Other players need to step it up!
  5. There are lots of big nasty players in the league who have an equal chance as Lucic of being targeted. Except that Lucic doesn't have the respect of his peers and the referees as he is known to be a dirty player and a bully.
  6. Agreed. You need some rock solid guys who you can depend on.. Hansen has always played well with young players, and his defensive play is a great asset to a young player who will make the odd mistake and not get reemed out for it.
  7. bah, this season is pretty much over. Everyone in the house is boring. John's charm has faded a while ago for me. Austin has been such a disappointing character this season, from an entertainment standpoint. The twins are just annoying, repeating the obvious over and over. Vanessa's crying and explosions are annoying. Someone freaking stand up to her. And Steve... his grapefruits are size of raisins. He will go down as the most cowardice player in the show.
  8. Even though everyone raves about his booming slapshot, the best part of his game was actually his game sense. He always made the right decision, and he made his teammates better players.
  9. Neely was unproven when he was traded. Kesler was already a well-established player getting paid handsomely. This isn't even a comparison.
  10. I don't see the problem in throwing him a bone. He is something what our team needs. And it's not like he is taking up a roster spot of a promising young stud. And to people saying he won't bring us a Stanley Cup, well you could bring Sidney Crosby on the team and we still probably won't win the Stanley Cup in the next 2 years. If anything, he'll be similar to Ryan Miller. A stop gap to keep the team competitive while not having to rely on youngsters to carry the team and stunting their development. And it's not like Ehrhoff will be logging 25+ mins a game anymore, I hope not anyway.
  11. I've seen the transit police board the #99 BLine at like Clark and Fraser St on multiple occasions. They do catch quite a lot of people.
  12. I wasn't aware that our cap hit was the biggest problem with the team... We have cap space to burn, and Miller fills in a stop gap while we "re-tool". Unless if we have plans to go after some big free agents and be near the cap ceiling, I don't see a problem in letting Miller's contract expire. If anything else, Miller is essentially JB's insurance policy for the goaltending situation. We don't know if Lack chokes, get injured, gets the starting job, or gets flipped in a trade.
  13. I really do not like how they are turning this into a George W Bush type campaign, "either you're with us, or you're against us". And they also seem to have a crap load of money for this marketing machine with radio ads, tv commercials, and glowing newspaper articles. Now they're even sending / bribing people hit the streets to convince people as if they were part of Unicef or something. I also find it absurd for them to say they have no money and that our system can't handle 1 million more people. Well I mean, if we have 1 million more people, we have 1 million more people paying taxes. That means you will be getting money for your projects. (assuming you don't flush those funds down the drain like the Compass project)
  14. How come when the Canucks get a bad pairing, Bieksa's name is always in the conversation? ie. Bieksa / Edler. Maybe because Bieksa is just an anchor and freeloader, and he can't stand by himself as a defenseman. He needs someone else to make him look good.
  15. Let's do something productive such as a Facebook boycott with plenty of "Likes" instead of doing something more useful such as helping out at a soup kitchen or donating to the UGM or Salvation Army.