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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. Props to Corey Hirsch

    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. Time to waive Higgins, hear me out first

    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. Jannik "Stone Hands" Hansen

    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. Jannik Hansen

    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.
  6. Kevin Bieksa you are really...

    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.
  7. Kevin Bieksa you are really...

    Bieksa has been living off his reputation for years. He's always been an average player who's success comes from riding off the coat tail of a better partner (Mitchell, Hamhuis) or racking up 2nd assists when on the ice with the Sedins. When he has to be the main man, he falls flat. He does just enough: occasional fight, highlight reel play to keep his supporters rallying for him. But all in all, he is a very inconsistent and unreliable player, especially when you play him 18+ mins a night. Now that salary cap isn't an issue, I'm fine with keeping him around for "leadership". But I would dump him in a second if a clear better alternative came around. Or I would limit his ice time and let the younger players play in the key situations. Regardless, this is as good as Bieksa gets and it isn't nearly good enough. He is on the decline (and has been for a while IMHO)
  8. Kassian for Hodgson now ?

    Does it really matter? It's not like Kassian has cemented his spot on this team. In a few years, both of these players could be finding new teams as new youth gets injected. Kassian is still wildly inconsistent and has not proven anything yet.
  9. Vancouver Salaries: Lowest in Canada?

    It's okay dude. All of us thought we would be making $100k+/yr by age 25. I admit I was one of those guys back when I was a naive teen.
  10. ECF: (4) Montreal Canadiens vs (5) New York Rangers

    Holy cow, what a shot. But bad breakdown at the end, you don't leave MSL open like that.
  11. If Lucic didn't make a big scene in the handshake lineup, then the reporters wouldn't be hounding Weise about what happened.
  12. So can we assume A V wasn't the problem?

    Give me reasons why you think Kassian would have not been available during the off season. Short of Hodgson suffering a career ending injury in the playoffs, Hodgson had much more value than Kassian who was pushed out of the lineup into the AHL by guys like Stafford and Foligno at the time. Kassian was still way too rough along the edges to make any difference in the playoffs, let alone having AV trust him on the ice with only a month of being on the roster. MG's narrow-minded vision of a hockey team just includes a weigh scale.
  13. So can we assume A V wasn't the problem?

    While I'm not the biggest AV fan, I was calling for MG's head since the end of the 2011-2012 season with the disasters on Torres, Ehrhoff, and Hodgson. Simply put, MG should have been canned last year, not AV. If this year was still disaster, then can AV.
  14. I don't mind Chinese only signs if the context is right. For example, shops at Yaohan Centre or Crystal Mall where the shop owner can barely speak English himself. But this is on public grounds and by a large corporation. They have no excuse to not have that translated, as they have more than enough resources to have someone do it. This isn't some ragtag Ma and Pa shop scraping to get by and making makeshift signs on scrap pieces of cardboard.
  15. who cares, he already surpassed expectations. Any team is lucky to have a 4th liner step up and play hero for one of their 16 wins in the playoffs.