-AJ-

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  1. Tkachuk had 6 as well I think.
  2. I'm a huge fan of Canadians and when players get together to represent Canada at an international event I cheer hard for them. But when it comes to the NHL, it's the Canucks and no one else.
  3. The speed exactly matches the hardest shot of his career, which would be a crazy coincidence. I somehow doubt he can match his career best as an NHL player 20 years later at 56 years old.
  4. Alas, I'm pretty sure it actually was staged. A shame. I'd love to see how hard he can actually shoot.
  5. I honestly hate these videos. It's just fans of one sport sucking up to fans other sports and telling them how great their favourite sport is for views. So disingenuous.
  6. Is anyone else astounded that a 56-year old MacInnis can still shoot over 100mph with a wooden stick? I literally thought that it was fake.
  7. I've passed both core modules, but gave up part way through my first attempt on Finance. I plan to give it another shot with the new extended modules in the summer.
  8. Largely government grants. I have mild-moderate hearing loss, so Canada decided to give me tons of money. Beyond that, I just lived at home, so paying out of pocket was doable. I also went to a very cheap school for my undergraduate, so that helped too. Things will very likely be much tighter if I go for a masters and I'm currently paying for my CPA schooling out of pocket.
  9. I think he's probably gonna end up with another bridge deal, but there's a small chance he gets a longer term deal. If he gets a bridge, it'll probably be around 3 - 3.5M for 2 or 3 years.
  10. What's the time the skills comp starts? I'm at work all day, so unless it's in the evening I'll miss it. Don't care about the actual games and I'll only watch a few highlights maybe.
  11. Given that he shot almost 100 MPH at the Canucks superskills last year, he might at least impress. It's unlikely he'll beat Carlson or Weber though.
  12. A play-in sort of thing might be okay, but I am a staunch opponent to expanding the regular playoffs beyond 16 teams. I personally feel the playoffs should have an air of exclusivity to them so that making the playoffs means you're actually a good team, in stark contrast to the 80s when even our beloved Canucks made the playoffs six seasons in a row despite being pretty bad most of the time, because 16 of 21 teams made the playoffs.
  13. Come on, Alf, be reasonable. Fans can be critical of players from their own teams and of course can still think that not all their players are the best in their respective positions. I personally admire fans who make a concerted effort to remain objective in their analysis while passionately cheering on a team.
  14. I think his PIM numbers are probably a smidge higher than most Lady Byng players, but if you look way back in the past, you'll find that some Lady Byng winners actually had quite a bit of PIM. This is likely because while they may have accumulated more penalties, they still very well embodied the spirit of the Lady Byng award. I think Pettersson is in this vein. While he's on pace for about 20 or 22 PIM, which is a bit high for a Lady Byng contender, it's clear he has a gentlemanly spirit about him and cares about others (while still being fiercely competitive).
  15. He's still technically a Duck. What's more, he spent many years there as well, so it's understandable that he would be fond of Anaheim as well.
  16. No, but not because of how he left or any of those bad feelings. I don't really hold much against Kesler--I just want to retain a high standard of play and longevity for our honours and I'm not sure Kesler quite reaches that standard.
  17. I still believe Horvat's intangibles are more valuable, but of course, that becomes more subjective. Regardless, through reading both yours and the posts of @shiznak and @48MPHSlapShot, I've become convinced that my proposal was probably still a bit too short to be fair for Montreal.
  18. I strongly agree with the rest of your thinking, but I'm not sure I follow you on this point. I can get behind there being a lot more than one or two factors in determining who's a 1st liner and who's not, but I'm not sure I understand the logic of there being more or less than 93 1st line forwards. If we don't use the simple 31x3 metric, then what do we use as a benchmark for a 1st liner? I could argue that one needs 0.80 points-per-game to be a first liner, but one could easily counter with "why 0.80?". As I said, I'm totally on board with many many criteria (which is why I'm careful to at least only use points-per-game to show where players are offensively), but I'm not sure where you place the benchmark if not at 93 forwards. I also fully agree that teams like New Jersey might not have any starting goaltenders, but other teams may have two. Tampa Bay certainly has more than three first-line quality forwards. The question is, by what measuring stick do we measure Tampa's forwards to determine this? Certainly we may use many different metrics by which to measure them, but where is that dividing line between a first liner and a second liner and how do we pick that particular line? Sure, the mark changes throughout the season and is fluid, no doubt, but that doesn't necessarily mean that's not real. I hope that made sense, as I find it somewhat difficult to express what I'm thinking with this. P.S. I love these kind of nitpicky analytical conversations.
  19. I'm not sure cap hits are calculated as partial hits midway though the year unless a free agent is signing a new deal (like Nylander and Sundin). Wouldn't we then see contenders buy hugely expensive stars for the final quarter of the season then? I've never heard of anyone using this partial cap situation to their advantage before, so I'm skeptical of it. Do you have past evidence or a link to the CBA point that shows it?
  20. Fair enough, but I feel my offer to substantially more than the OPs proposal. Lind and Virtanen aren't exactly in our junk drawer. Throw in a high pick like a 1st and I'm not sure you're too far off in value.
  21. I think you'll find that as ATOI goes down points per minute will overinflate. This is likely because players who play less minutes most often play against weaker competition. In addition, because they play fewer minutes, they're also fresher when they do play, so it's easier for them to play well. Increase Jake's minutes and I nearly promise you his points per minute goes down.
  22. Intangibles. Horvat is our team leader and inspires our guys.
  23. Horvat is more valuable than Domi, imo, albeit only slightly. Lind looks very good in Utica this year and I think is likely to end up as a good 2nd/3rd line player. Virtanen is already a good and young 2nd line player with great physicality to boot. I debated between a 2nd and 1st rounder, but either way, those are fairly high picks. I don't feel that value is far off and it's much closer than the OPs proposal.
  24. I think you'd be looking at something like Virtanen, Lind, and a 2nd...at which point I'm not sure it's worth it.
  25. The timing could be right, but I suspect he won't come cheap. Even though he hasn't put it all together yet, he's still a good 45-50 point guy who's good for 20 goals. Unless your name is Sven Baertschi, that's usually worth a fair bit.