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Everything posted by iceman64

  1. that's not true... we need the balance of both... like every other team... we're in the same boat, whoever balances the best and has enough depth to get through the grueling playoff run... wins...
  2. lots were labelling Bo to be a bottom 6 grinder as I remember...
  3. Well that's because he only had limited time with them, give the guy a whole season and then we can pass judgment but hard to do that with a tiny sample size.. he has the tools, all he has to do is hone them some more but it's there.. much like Bo when he started out, took him some time but he arrived. Zack will too.. just needs time..
  4. Who said Big Mac can't play 2nd line? You? If so your just wrong, he's deployed 3-4th line because Rous is back.. and he adds grit but could slot in on 2nd line if needed and would not look out of place.
  5. Goldy? We hardly need a smaller player who can and does get muscled off in the corner puck battles that we need to win and Big Mac suits that..
  6. No I never would say JV is soft but the whole team wasn't build for the rough long haul that it takes to win a cup, are we headed in that direction? Yes.. We're getting closer but at least we have a much better team and a core that's still young and talented but we have to build around it or it will get wasted.. AGAIN... ask the Sedin's how well soft did for us..
  7. That was the old style of nucks hockey recently as there weren't enough big bodies for it, but that's the first thing your told in hockey school to do is stop at the net and sniff for a rebound, I don't think it's a matter of him not wanting to go there but when we were soft as butter, it simply wasn't our style but that seems to be changing (kinda)
  8. Would like to see Gauds put on another 10 pounds on and play the style of Rous and JV.. that would rock! However it's a good line, your right, hope it's left alone by injuries and Greener... Yeah needs some time to gel, hope they get it.. _uck.. we were supposed to be in last place-ish but we're not, the finished build is in the day the Lou's are off the books.. I really hope, like Boeser, Petey's deal is loaded for after both are gone.. I wasn't surprised to see Boeser and JB settled on 3 years. Then others will be gone and replaced by ELC's so hopefully we can pull it off and not break the bank like McDavid.. ouch plus Drai's too? Wow that's too much for 2 players that if either get injured for too long, they're screwed, hope we don't end up like that..
  9. You actually think that? Of course JB knew at the draft Petey was a no brainer, his reaction said it all.. You just scored the MVP of Sweden, how would you react? Omg that's funny! C'mon.. personally, JV is starting to be consistent at the right time and he has a few mentors on the roster besides Bo and he's still not at his ceiling, you can look back and see through NHL history and see a lot of top talented players not peaking until 26+ for personal reasons but as long as Jake keeps maturing he will be brutal to play against.. and we need that kind of gritty scoring and hitting more than ever, the playoffs get rough..
  10. Well what happens when you pay a McDavid cost and he gets injured right before the playoffs or during.. then it's lights out on any cup chance.. it's great to have super elite players but they get injured equal to anyone else regardless so it can bite you in the ass large...
  11. Good question but Rafferty is on a huge roll and might be getting a extra long look in Utica to see if he can keep it up down there, tearing it up right now and maybe they just want to see where it goes before calling him up.. no idea really but who knows, however I'm pretty stoked Rafferty is looking really good, good passer, even better shooter, and a decent set of wheels in a NHL ready body who just might go from maturing past average to being a stand out, JB might have pulled off yet another steal and if JB keeps it up, I doubt anyone will be able to bring up much to say about his previous few rookie mistakes but JB seems to be past that and making the team into something that might look like the B's who beat us for the cup with skill,toughness, and depth but as normal, it's not done overnight, it's looking better and better... Helps when guys step out of the blue and show exactly why they were picked up in the first place and it looks even better for Rafferty and hopefully he's still got more ceiling to go, he's only 24 (fingers crossed)
  12. Well there are exceptions right? Raff looks like one of those and some just pick up late but he's developed really well and he's just getting started, this isn't wishful thinking, great vision and hockey smarts and not small either, and I wouldn't say he's a great offensive guy but not not just a stay at home either and his passes are really good and his skating isn't lacking either so hopefully 2nd pairing but I'm not convinced he's got to his ceiling yet but it already looks really good . Am I saying he's the next tanev? No but has a lot of the same assets tanev does so with Woo OJ and Chatfield, plus Train in the mix makes our D that much better than it is now.. at least when Tman goes down we have guys who need NHL time for experience and the team to see where they are when playing up and who they fit with properly is going to be equally important.
  13. well this is the CDC remember? must blow $&!#e out of proportion and scream the sky is falling... We're still a cpl years off yet but getting there and the team is slowly pulling together with upgrades coming but let's panic if we don't win the cup this year, rip it down and try again right? Good grief! Like Myers, has had a few bad games but some really good ones too like most of our guys this year have but let's write him off and forget how badly we'll need him and his size if we make the post this season, oh yeah... he lost an edge and fell that cost a goal, woooooooooooooo... accidents never happen do they? good grief, even the best hockey players in the nhl have had accidents happen that led to goals (how stupid can you be to think that shi_) Smh...
  14. ummmm we"re still new as a team and building a identity as hard to play against but lately, especially the hard month of november which included the usual injuries but we went .500 which is great if your a nucks fan and watching your team NOT fall right over of the picture as before but this year, we have guys stepping up and others stepping in to fill but as far as i know november was our toughest month so that shows a big improvement and a lot of that came from JT Miller pitching in, so the haters.. well, they can suck it, if they want to still look that stupid when TB gets a middle of the road first round pick AT BEST, then they can just keep looking stupid.. who cares?
  15. Rafferty waves hi with his 21 points this season, a younger tanev, smart, plays positionally well with and without the puck. JB stole one with Raff.. Ok in response to most of the OP's thoughts, the Canucks will only get better and November was one of the hardest months of the year (opponent wise) and we had injuries but came out ok and still in the playoff conversation, a lil early for all this no?
  16. In essence of what comes of it should be and what is the most important trait a person can develop is discipline, body and mind... That's half the battle and makes all the difference when your challenging yourself to the next level. Even in the NHL you can see the guys who have it the most to those who don't, yeah it's hard at the start but like anything, you get out what you put in..
  17. why didn't you just say apart from Bure? That difficult to do? And some of the best players in the NHL have been Russian so just because we haven't had that good of a shot at guys like Ovie doesn't mean you just give up on Russians
  18. Except for D, we're almost back to the October roster, the problem with paying that much for 3 stars shorts a team on the rest of the roster and we don't have that problem, even with both Lou's we have a better team as a whole when we're healthy but even now we have guys who can step up and not look out of place, Big Mac, Chatfield, etc.. We have a much better bottom 6 then they do, they're in a world of hurt if we're on our game and you can bet Leivo is going to be extra pumped for tonight's game..
  19. Thankfully I was one of the ones who was stoked at JT playing here and I knew he'd be awesome and make the media and naysayers look like idiots and JB nailed it over the fence with that one, for a nobody goalie and a conditional first was larceny.. an absolute steal!
  20. and he seems to pot em at crucial times in games which is more important, you can score points but if you still lose by being out scored then how does that help anything but personal stats? Or like how you said for instance OT winner... says it all.. and fans said JB paid too much? NOT! One F of a player! JB smoked one out of the park, for a condition first that may or may not ever make the nhl, odds are so/so at best plus we have a log jam at forward with Hogs n Pods on their way, plus madden, etc so it was pretty good timing and again, JB killed it... delivered a top 6 guy and came out in spades.. and he looks like he's having a blast out there and not heading for a crash anytime soon, even losing a player in the upcoming draft won't hurt too much because of excess of forwards but JT is perfect for the team now and for the next few years as we get even better as JB gets out of the 2 LOU contracts and we'll be at par again with no bad contracts after that, things are looking up! whoa Rous is klling it too! good timing getting him back..
  21. under payment.... what a steal by JB! Robbed em blind... over payment? That's hilarious!!! lmao
  22. It's Macewen At least get Macewen's name right.. doubtful Schaller gets sent down, he's become a big part of the penalty kill.. it's possible though..
  23. Yeah Bure was awful wasn't he? What a waste of a pick... (Smh)
  24. Who said it didn't work? Most people had him as a shoe in as a top for D, forwards with good skill are almost a dime a dozen, d-men on the other hand who can play great D, move the puck up well and throw in goals too is a sought after commodity and that's not going to change anytime soon.. so he had caught the injury bug and he lost time but rest assured that he'll put Salo's teaching to the best use and with that snipe wrist shot, he'll do fine, we have to be patient with the whole team, 1 player at a time.. And aren't we supposed to be dead last or close to it? As far as the media called it, like 25 and lower but we had a crazy hard November and playing the best teams in hockey and won half so that puts that to rest since we had our injuries yet again but coming out of November in the middle of the pack and we're getting guys back, we'll be fine and might even squeeze in a first round but otherwise, we will have a really really good team in 2-3 years but enjoy the ride, the climb is almost over and looking downhill from here.. The most important thing we needed the most is here and on the way, size if Tree makes it back and Pods bringing his Burr-like game and Hogs, his petey-like game, as long as we don't rush anyone and screw up their development, then we're going to be pretty damn good.. OJ just slowed down, he did not stop developing and being taught by one of the best Dmen in Canuck history made sure of that..