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  1. Wish Goldy would simplify his game

    The Canucks need some fun in the line-up and Goldobin has made positive steps in his game which deserve to be rewarded. I don't think Green has a problem with guys making mistakes so long as he can see that they're learning from them and working hard to be on the right side of the puck at all times. That has been the most impressive thing about EP. As awesome as EP has been, there are still times when he over handles the puck and gives it away but he is always hustling to get the puck back or to least get back into a good defensive position. It looks like this has really rubbed off on Goldobin and its nice to see. I think Green and fans can live with mistakes if the players, at minimum, show that they are trying to do the right things on the ice and really care about getting better. All this said, I can't wait for EP to get back into the line-up.
  2. Loui Eriksson Can't Be a Passenger (Article)

    I'm more or less with you on these points. The problem with Eriksson is primarily with his contract. Since Eriksson arrived, he hasn't produced at the rate that one would have hoped for but he's a reasonable contributor to the team in other respects. The way Eriksson has been playing could technically be replaced for a lot less $, but I'm not sure what his presence is like in the locker room. It's probably not worth the extra $ but it might still be valuable for the young players on the team.
  3. [PGT] Vancouver Canucks vs. Pittsburgh Penguins | Oct. 16, 2018

    I think that's probably right. I can see DeSmith's point though. He did get a piece of the shot which, I think, is partly why Boeser delayed his celebration. Was a healthy reminder to Canucks fans (and to the Penguins goalies :P) that Boeser can still blast the puck (the goal against Tampa was also a hard shot but it was a slapper). Boeser's accuracy was a bit off with his shots and passes in the pre-season and first few games but he seems to be getting his touch back which is good to see.
  4. Emergence of Nilsson

    There are two narratives about Nilsson running that currently have different conclusions. A. Nilsson has been playing well and deserves to be given a chance to go on a run with more starts. If Nilsson can continue his level of play over a long stretch as the "#1", then he should be given a chance to be the Canucks #1 over Markstrom. B. Nilsson has been playing well but to conclude that he has emerged as a #1 goalie is premature. Around the league, it's not uncommon to see goalies go on hot streaks (e.g. Andrew Hammond). The main issue for these goalies is always consistency. They're unable to keep up this level of play for a prolonged period of time or after brief periods of rest which is where true #1's distinguish themselves. For Nilsson's sake, I do hope he has found a way to keep up this level of play consistently, even if it means relegating Markstrom to a backup role. It's way too early to conclude that Nilsson is playing at a #1's level however, though he does deserve the chance to keep taking this streak forward to prove that this is not just a hot streak. At this point in Nilsson's NHL career, my guess is that this is a hot streak. Nilsson's still relatively young though, and there are some guys who seem to "get it" at a later point in their careers (e.g. Roloson, Dubnyk, etc.) so we can't rule out that something has clicked for him. Whatever the case is, both Markstrom and Nilsson still need to establish themselves as possible #1's in the NHL and with Demko and Dipietro waiting in the wings, they don't have much time to do so with the Canucks.
  5. [PGT] Vancouver Canucks vs. Pittsburgh Penguins | Oct. 16, 2018

    Just thought I would throw this out there if it hasn't already been noted: every Canucks roster player except for Markstrom, Nilsson and MDZ has recorded at least one point so far this season. I'm not including Gaudette as he was only recently called up. There have been 12 different goal scorers also. The team knew that it would need to score by committee and it looks like they're doing just that to start the year. Let's hope they can keep this up to at least continue to build confidence.
  6. [Report] Mike Matheson suspended 2 games

    Objectively speaking, this is probably a fair suspension. The hit itself was not the problem. Even if EP had just fallen to the ice it would probably not have been to different from other hockey plays where the stick goes into the legs. The throw down was ridiculously unnecessary and idiotic. I'm no Matheson fan but he's never struck me as a goon and is actually quite skilled. There are a few videos showing EP dancing him all game including one play where EP does kind of take out his feet so it seems to me like it just accumulated to him losing his temper on that play against EP. No excuse for Matheson - he's got to reign that kind of anger in. The 2-game suspension isn't a huge deterrent to guys taking liberties on EP because he's going to be dancing guys all of his career. However, at least there is some precedent now that an unpenalized, unsportmanslike play could still get attention from the league. There might be some other examples but this is one of the first times I can recall seeing this. I agree with previous posters that NHLDP is probably getting wise to the fact that when this kind of crap goes unpunished, it can lead to even worse things in the future. The next Canucks-Panthers game will almost certainly be watched over very closely by the league. I think the Canucks will take every opportunity to hit Matheson that game and he might even still get challenged to a fight, but my guess is that it will be tame.
  7. [Waivers] Biega & Dano

    Motte can play C as well. I think that's an additional reason why the Canucks kept him besides his strong play in the preseason. With the Canucks carrying 14F, it's less critical for them to call up a second forward. Glad that Biega cleared.
  8. [Report] Canucks recall Adam Gaudette

    Good to see Gaudette get a shot in EP's spot. Will be nice to see what he can do at the NHL-level.
  9. Emergence of Nilsson

    Nilsson had a hot start last season too. Not going to get too excited yet. Nilsson has his moments (e.g. World Championships) but it remains to be seen if he can keep up this level of play at a starter's pace.
  10. [PGT] Vancouver Canucks vs. Carolina Hurricanes | Oct. 09, 2018

    3 games into the season (long way to go and lots of time for improvement...), Canucks fan's primary concerns with the team are with respect to: Boeser's play; the lack of progress with the D; and shaky goaltending. Losing 2 of the first 3 games in the season is not a big deal but I think the concern from those losses is undergirded by those concerns. Concerns #2 and #3 were easy to expect however, so I don't think we as fans should be too surprised. Personally, I was expecting a very up-and-down season with those two concerns being the main factors as well as uncertainty about how the new forward core will do. It was nice for the team to start on an up with their encouraging opening-night win. The last two games have been closer to where I expected them to be. It's discouraging that the D group seems to still be having a lot of trouble with coverage. Green said they made some tweaks to their systems but they have already had one season to figure it out and it's literally the same group of guys. I'm not expecting them to have several 30+ point defencemen but I am expecting them not to blow coverage so often. Still, I can't say this was improbable. The hope at D and G (i.e. Hughes, Juolevi, Demko and even Dipietro) are in the pipeline so all we can do is hope that the D improves enough this season so that more talented teams don't just walk all over the Canucks all year. I would be satisfied with that. Boeser's slow start is a bit of a concern if only because of his injury to end last season for him, but I think he'll be able to turn it around. For now, I'm just looking forward to seeing the young forward core develop (especially EP). It wouldn't hurt for the Canucks to try to tweak the D but I presume that any changes at this point will probably be lateral or future oriented rather than immediate help.
  11. [Discussion] We can not trade Tanev

    The way the Canucks are set up, they will probably only trade Tanev next season. The D is fragile. I'm wondering if it might serve the Canucks better to do a fairly lateral deal moving MDZ and Hutton to Tampa for Coburn and Koekkoek (and, ideally, a pick). The primary incentive for Tampa is that they clear cap space. Both teams end up in relatively the same position (a RFA and an UFA next summer with the RFAs both possibly benefiting from new surroundings). Coburn is a lot older than MDZ but I'm wondering if he might be a steadying presence on D simply due to his experience. Hutton hasn't done anything to deserve being shipped out but neither has he turned the corner. Pouliot is another possibility but I could see Tampa having more interest in Hutton. It's a relatively lateral move with the possibility for the Canucks to increase their pool of picks next summer. If Hughes signs at the end of the year, the Canucks could look at dealing Tanev next summer for additional assets (i.e. picks and/or prospects). They can then re-sign Edler and/or additional veteran D to support the incoming young guys and turnover the D core that way.
  12. [PGT] Vancouver Canucks vs. Carolina Hurricanes | Oct. 09, 2018

    With this D, the Canucks may give the Sen's a run for their money this season. It's nice to see the young talent grow though Hughes and Juolevi can't make the jump soon enough. End of the day, I'm not disappointed so long as the Canucks are exciting to watch. EP's play is great to witness and I think Boeser will eventually get his timing back. Bo and Baer are still growing into their status as the "1st" liners on the team this season. Next up is the D which still needs a lot of work. I'm looking forward to Roussel joining the team as I think he will add some more tenacity up front. Going to run with a hunch that if Roussel plays with Virtanen, that might just get Jake going as Roussel is a skilled guy even if he's mostly known as a pest. They both have speed to burn too.
  13. [PGT] Vancouver Canucks vs. Calgary Flames | Oct. 06, 2018

    I wonder if part of Brock's gain of muscle was because of the back injury. I have never suffered an injury like he did to close out last season but I know that part of protecting the weakened portion of the back is to build up the rest of the muscle structure of the torso. If that's the case, then it might take Brock a bit of time to fine tune his game again. Brock is still going to the right places on the ice so right now the main problem seems to be the finer details of his game which was so strong last season.
  14. [PGT] Vancouver Canucks vs. Calgary Flames | Oct. 06, 2018

    EP, Goldobin and Eriksson line should stay together. They have been effective with EP leading the way. I agree with previous posters that one of Virtanen or Leipsic should take Baertschi's spot next game. It's not a slight against Baertschi but that line could use a shakeup. 5-on-5 they have been ineffective since the preseason. Boeser should come around but he seems to be struggling to play the point on the PP right now. Either one of Virtanen or Leipsic would give that line more speed and a different play style. Overall, the Canucks need to stop taking penalties. They have otherwise looked ok.
  15. Hamonic on Injured Reserve - Broken Face

    Too bad for Hamonic. Stupid thing is that Guddy may still be challenged to fight in the next game or he'll at least have a big target on his back. It's not out of the realm of possibility that one of their "tough guys" might try to go after Pettersson too. My guess is the league is going to watch this game carefully. Guddy answered the call already and didn't go looking for that fight with Hamonic. The hit on Dube was borderline but, again, he answered the call. There was some allegation that Hamonic had tried to stop the fight and Guddy continued, but that's hard to say. I'm not necessarily against fighting but there's also a sense that retaliation will never stop.