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  1. Ferland Petey Boeser Pearson Horvat Toffoli Gaudette Miller Virtanen Sutter Beagle Motte
  2. Watching the Blues Avalanche game... Commentators are talking about the poor ice. Also mentioned it during Edmonton Hawks game. That may a hard adjustment for canucks and favors the wild for their playing style. These first 2 games will be hard for van to play their game. Will have to adapt and do a more dump and chase style, play patient opportunist hockey. Don't expect many goals off the rush.
  3. Green said Virtanen was part of the main group in practice today along with Eriksson (practiced with 14 forwards MacEwen being the extra skater). There's to much hand ringing going on here. Travis knows Jake inside and out. He knows how to motivate him. Travis is letting Jake know that nothing's being handed to him. He's got to earn it. You can't rest on the successes of the regular season. This is about now... And Green is getting Jake prepared because Jake needs that push. He'll be in by game 2 at the latest.
  4. That's a tongue twister there... Am I stoned...?.... or do you not make any sense at all?
  5. Okay... Fer is in then... Yahhh... Just stay healthy.... AND EAT!!!!
  6. +1 Campbell or Rafalski shouldn't and won't be in the conversation... Housley on the other hand.... Good comparison. This young man... Short of major injuries, will be a hall of fame player. He's already changing what defence puck possession style is becoming in the new area of hockey. Quinn is a big part of it.
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    Russel Wilson has a new addition to his family Win Wilson.... AND a new addition to his extended family Adams!!! Adams + Win= Winning!!!! Go Hawks!!!!
  8. I wouldn't bet on it... I think seattle will be a competitive team with the first 3 years. Maybe not like Vegas but close... Mostly because to the market place change due to covid (and the positive deals they will be able to make as a result). As good as the canucks will be for years to come, we will still have to contend with Edmonton and Vegas for the next 2 or 3 years (at least) and by then one of the California teams will start rising up again... And thats just our own division. So Seattle may find it hard to make it to the playoffs for the first while but I don't think they will be pushovers.
  9. I'll tuck this statement away for safe keeping. Cause if the nucks win it all... Loui will have played an important roll in achieving their goal of winning the cup.... And that means you have a crystal ball hidden away somewhere! 1000000 to 1 odds!
  10. Not as deep but never had a Quinn caliber type of defender either... So there is an argument to be made that with Quinn, overall comparison equal out.
  11. Yah, it was designed to highlight what (I believe) this teams greatest strengths are in order to have a 'snowballs chance in August' to win it all. If per chance the hockey gods shine down upon us and award our Nucks the cup, we can come back here and debate what were the main components in importance (prioritize) that led us to the grail.... Or maybe we'll be to busy partying our asses off all fall long... Yah that sounds more like it.
  12. I was thinking the same thing in relation to Eriksson... I mean maybe last season off the rush once?... I know I've seen more hole in one's sporadically watching golf highlights then loui scoring outside the blue paint! What did Imac say?
  13. I know right?! Embarrassment of riches! Quite honestly... He's our most complete player. He checks the boxes in so many categories, he's a category within his own.
  14. Hey different strokes different folks! No judgement here lol! Maybe Greener knows something we don't? Didn't know glimmer had such a different connotation than twinkle... Who knew lol!
  15. No expectations from my side... Hope and cautious optimism are a lot different then expectations... Let a brother be excited! No need to be a Debbie downer. (I don't mean you Deb lol!) These are Greens words, though relaying with cautious optimism himself, you can see his excitement when talking about Ferland... Very encouaging!
  16. "He's got that spring in his step... He looks happy..." "He looks ready to go" "He's going to be a handful" "He's got that glimmer in his eye right now." Greener talking about Ferland Ohhh boy!!!
  17. That makes sense... by the time he's out of quarantine, the team will be headed to Edmonton... And from what I understand, he won't be part of the group going there. Not sure what the point will be him being here now if that's the case. Hopefully they clear this up so us rabid fans are in the know lol!
  18. Really?.... Why no news in him and how it's going?
  19. Is this list for the framework needed for general team building success or strictly playoff for success? I understand that you can't have one without the other but maybe priorities change between the two 'seasons'.
  20. I'm glad you have cap utilization at/near bottom of your list of importance in relation to this team lol! Not convinced JB will ever be good at signing FA's.
  21. Geeze... Hard crowd! Guess I should know better.... And won't quit my day job. Deep take thanks Cap!
  22. Agreed... My optimism is obviously the fanatic dreamer in me but really nothing is orthodox in playoff hockey, anything can happen especially with this never seen before format. Fascinating all around. Definitely as deep as the 92' team mixed with 08' Chicago?
  23. Okay cdc'ers... My first kick at the can starting a topic.... Don't hold your breath lol! So today is a historic day with the naming of our new and true rivals just to the south 'the Seattle Kracken' and their krackhead fans. So to commemorate the occasion I've decided we should show our fledgling neighbours how to build a Stanley Cup winning team. Yes you heard it here winning team. Why you say?... Well, it's a number of factors. I'll highlight the main ones I see giving us the edge to win it all. I'll use a sliding scale of 1 to 10. 1 being most important. 10) team identity 9) adaptability 8) professionalism 7) team chemistry 6) puck possession 5) veteran leadership 4) youth 3) depth 2) goaltending 1) coaching Now, I'm obviously no expert on rating most important to least...(or on anything for that matter lol). Nor do I think anyone else can during these unprecedented times. I believe this list as far as importance is concerned will shift based in each series and within each series. I'm simply giving talking points for debate. Ultimately this list shows what I think regardless of order, what I believe this team encompasses.... Let me explain... Highly skilled character youth We have franchise players in Petey and Hughes (elite pick possession) that are young, got stronger during the break and are the second and third most important positions for a team (center and defense) to build upon. A motivated, stronger more well rounded sniper in BB. Plus a number of high end youth that provide well rounded complementary skill sets with high character and leadership Horvat, Gaudette, Stetcher. Veteran experience and Stanley Cup winners. Though overpaid compared to the market and for their regular season bottom 6 roll, we have some very savy, warriors 'been through it all' players. They're professional through and through. Beagle, Sutter, Eriksson... Yes major anchors for salary but all three will play a major roll in helping us win the cup. Pearson, and the addition of Toffoli both cup winners and both still very effective difference makers on and off the ice. Both great additions to this team at the right time. The old guard Edler and Tanev... Both warriors that have been here their whole careers. Seen the whole team around at the highest highs and the lowest lows through two eras. Both have been hurt more times then we can count yet are still here, still effective and still love this team and want to stay here till they retire. Heart and soul if this team... It counts, the continuity matters. Depth Just like any team that wins the cup.... Luck plays a big part... Especially when it comes to injuries to key players... They will need to stay healthy for the most part. But should a key player get hurt for a short period, we should be able to weather the storm. We have quality depth, especially on forward.... We've been debating on whether Virtanen and 18 goal scorer this year, should be in our starting line up for series against Minny. Good problem to have! Also, though our defence is our weakness, we have sone dependable young defensemen that can fill in our bottom pairing if needed. Last line of defence Marky, Marky, Marky.... I'm sold. This year, watching Markstrom play, I'm convinced that outside if Hellebuyck he was the best goalie in the league this year. But the main reason I'm convinced is his compete and fire and leadership is elite. He has figured out how to manage his fire. He gets better the more shots he faced... He's a gamer, he's clutch and he's our last line if defence... I'm good with that! Last but not least Greener... He will come out of these playoffs as the best coach for these unprecedented times.... Adaptable, a players coach, creative, isn't scared to change tactics mid game. I think he may nit be the best coach overall in the league but during a pandemic... Obviously this is just a hunch but I think he has the right mix of character traits to lead this very talented up and coming team to the cup. Coach in my opinion will be more important this year then any other year before. I think Green understands his players on an emotionally intimate level and as a result will be able to direct, support and make his players better during these trying times. X-factor Oh yah... Why I started this whole topic... And to me the cherry on top. What will truly get us over the hump. Bring it all together. That one player that can swing a series with a timely goal or big hit. Unstoppable when it matters most. Just built for this time if year. The player that really gets under the skin of the opposition AND can back it up... Ferland... It's been said so may times before. He was brought over just for this purpose. IF he can stay healthy enough to get into the line up and stay... My god he will be a BEAST. Mark my words, dude needs to eat!!!! He will just be that force this team has needed since Big Bert destroyed MacInnis in the St. Louise series. AND if Ferland doesn't make it well gee we still have a very capable hungry up and comer in Big Mack. So there's my take sorry for the length. Was fun to share regardless... Fire away! Go canucks go!