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  1. Miller is our $6M dollar man. If he is ready he will get the start. Lack has played well down the stretch but he's only got 82 games of NHL regular season experience and zero experience in playoff games. Miller on the other hand has a proven track record in the playoffs and he's being paid to be the number one, not sit on the bench, so he will play.
  2. Prediction: LA wins all 5 of their remaining games ending with 100pts Calgary goes 2-2 ending with 95pts Van goes 2-2 ending with 99pts and third in the Pacific slated to play LA in the first round. I hope this doesn't happen but looking at LA's schedule I think they can steam roll all those teams (Canucks included) Whether Calgary makes it or not will depend on how the Jets and Wild do.
  3. Cool story bro, but you're reading way too far into WD's motivations and making a lot of assumptions. WD has said that guys that play well (in their role) get rewarded with more ice time. Guys that don't get benched. Obviously the Vrbata/ Bonino/ Higgins line is going right now so they're getting more ice time. The twins have gone cold so they're getting less. I can assure you that if the twin line was putting up points and winning hockey games for us right now WD wouldn't be 'resting' them.
  4. Kassian was a total no show tonight. He looked invisible out there. When is WD going to give him some top 6 minutes to aid in his development?
  5. I say don't wear them simply because they are ugly. They may have been cool 100 years ago (maybe) but in this day and age the striped arms and beige hockey pants just look tacky.
  6. I wouldn't mind seeing the twins split up for a dozen games just to try it out. Maybe go with Vrbata-Sedin-Hansen Burrows-Bonino-Sedin That way both lines have a playmaker, a net front presence, and a sniper.
  7. Are you guys kidding me? Clearly Clendening > Forsling. He is going to be the face of the franchise in a very short time. Give him 3 games and he'll be wearing the 'C'. you can quote me on that. The only question is whether we retire his number now or wait a few more years....
  8. @Fateless. Matthias is a non-impact player. He is invisible out there. Every time he gets the puck in a scoring area nothing happens. He's 27 years old so he should be in his prime. Is this as good as he is going to get? He gets paid 1.75M which is more than Dorsett and slightly less than Bonino (1.9M). Two players who have much more impact on the outcome of the game than he does. He reminds me of David Booth. Need I say more?
  9. Vey was an excellent addition. He's just a rookie yet stepped right in and immediately looked right at home in the NHL. He is only going to continue to improve as he gains more experience and reaches his prime. He'll be at least a 2nd liner in 2-3 seasons time. Vrbata was a great pickup as he is a finisher and I'm neutral about Miller. I think he's a little over paid but he's a good goalie. I want to see Matthias and Kassian go. Those guys are both dead weight.
  10. Does anyone remember when Dank was injured for 20 games and Hank played just fine without him? It would be interesting to pull up the stats from those games. IIRC Henrik was still at a PPG even without his bro.
  11. I do believe both AV and Torts tried Kassian on the first line with the twins when they were at the end of their rope and desperate to make something happen. It didn't work out so well. How many looks should this guy be given? I'm not saying trade him (yet) but putting him on the top line is ludicrous. The Sedin and Vrbata line has combined for about 30% of the teams goals this season. Why screw that up?
  12. Not sure why so many people have a h%rd-on for Kassian. He has potential just like every other player that is drafted every year. That's why they get drafter, because they have the potential to be a great NHL player. Insisting Kassian get top 6 minutes or play on the top line, or the 1PP in order to give him the opportunity to 'prove himself' is the equivalent of giving a rookie a $10m contract and then telling him to go out there and earn it. Obviously it doesn't work like that. You prove yourself then you get the minutes and the contracts, not the other way around. The way Kassian plays right now is deserving of a 3rd or 4th line role, nothing more.
  13. The OP makes some valid points. I noticed a definite decline in the twins play last season. I'm not prepared to throw them out with the bath water just yet though. I think it would be in the clubs best interest to sign them to a 1 year deal and then reevaluate after another season, rather than signing them to a 2-3 year deal. It might make them work a bit harder to get another extension if they really want to stay in Vancouver and it will also be beneficial to all the young up and comers. Henrik and Daniel are such classy players with an enormous skill set. They can teach the young prospects a lot about how to play the game. Think of what a benefit it was to have Kesler play with Sundin. I think Hank and Dank will provide leadership and be fine role models for the new guys. ...and you never know. A young and eager group of guys with a few talented veterans could make a run deep into the playoffs and surprise everyone....they just need better goaltending...but that is for another thread.
  14. Dude! With Kassian on pace to reach 30+ NHL goals this season the only thing we should be worrying about is finding room in the rafters to hang his jersey in 10 years. Also, it's probably a good time to start planning the parade route as the Canucks are winning the cup this year!