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  1. [Rumour] Canucks interested in C Par Lindholm

    I can't see the harm with signing the guy. At best, he provides the Canucks some depth at the NHL level and he may exceed the play of Gagner. At worst, he presumably can be sent waiver free to Utica. The Comets may be losing a bunch of Canucks players (e.g. Chaput, Megna, etc.) next season, even as they may be gaining prospects (e.g. Pettersson, Dahlen, Lind, Gadjovich, etc.), which means they'll still need depth and veterans in the AHL. The Comets had too many veterans this year so I'm not sure how adding Lindholm might affect their roster decisions but if he's treated the same way that Holm was, then it might be fine since many of this year's veterans may not be returning.
  2. Brett McKenzie | C

    Thanks for the correction! For some reason I thought strong faceoff ability was in McKenzie's repertoire. As you said, it's not the thing that's going to get him signed but I always thought he was known more for defensive ability (including faceoffs, i.e. possession, which appears to be mistaken) with this year's offensive performance showing that he has a more well-rounded game than he might be getting credit for. I'm assuming he has higher upside than Kellan Lain did in any case...
  3. Brett McKenzie | C

    I think they'll sign McKenzie. If I'm not mistaken, he's fantastic at faceoffs (at the OHL level at least) and he showed that he can step up his game. The ECHL or AHL is the logical next proving ground for him and, as mentioned by others, we just don't have that many centers.
  4. Jim Benning will represent the Canucks at the Draft Lottery

    Maybe we'll get to see this again, but in a good way.
  5. Brendan Leipsic | #9 | LW/C

    Interesting. Leipsic seemed fine in games where there was more flow but it's not surprising that in a tight checking game, he would be far less noticeable. Question is whether Leipsic can still do the things he needs to without the puck to help the team. Never heard Hirsch's comments but it would seem that he doesn't think so.
  6. [Report] Ken Hitchcock to retire

    AV makes sense for where that organization is at. They need to win now.
  7. As unlikely as it is to happen, I would be happy if the Canucks acquired Spezza. By now, Spezza's a shadow of his former self but he should still be able to help shelter the younger guys and would be a good stop gap before the younger guys are ready to take on more responsibility. Even if the Stars bought him out, the Canucks could try to sign Spezza. I'm not sure he would be willing to come to Vancouver though unless he's not picky about going to a non-contending team.
  8. Adam Gaudette | #88 | C

    If Gaudette makes the team next season, I see ice time breaking down as follows (based on centers): Horvat (16-18 minutes most nights) Sutter (16-18 minutes most nights in a shutdown role) Gagner or Granlund (14-16 minutes most nights in a secondary scoring role, provided that Granlund is re-signed) Gaudette (12-14 minutes most nights in a tertiary scoring role) I'm pretty sure that it's a foregone conclusion that Horvat's line will be the primary offensive threat on the roster next season. Presumably this means that Boeser will play with him. If Baertschi is re-signed and not traded, then he'll probably round out the top offensive line. I see Green rolling Sutter out to shut down other teams' top lines which means that he's going to get top minutes most nights. Although Archibald (if he's re-signed) played admirably with Sutter down the stretch, it's premature to expect him to handle those minutes in an 82 game season. My guess is that everyone's favorite whipping boy Eriksson will ride shotgun with Sutter for most of the season (if everyone stays healthy) and that this will help to shelter the young guys. Unless the Canucks sign a FA center or trade for another one, I presume either Gagner or Granlund will center a secondary scoring line (maybe with Goldobin, Virtanen or whoever is not playing center). For Granlund, this would mean that he's both re-signed and taken away from a shutdown role with Sutter (which he might end up back in next season on the wing). I'm not convinced that Gagner can carry a line at center but the Canucks don't have too many options. Unless Pettersson blows away the competition in training camp, I can't see them putting both Pettersson and Gaudette in the line-up next season. I think this is why there's likely smoke to the rumors about Tyler Bozak being a target this summer as he is a way better faceoff man than either Gagner or Granlund (which frankly makes him a better center IMHO). Problem is with dollars and term for Bozak. A less notable option may be a guy like Derek Ryan who is a UFA from Carolina but he's maybe a 35-40 point guy at best but he's a solid faceoff man and is a veteran pro (kind of like Richardson was). Riley Nash may also be an OK fit but he's less able on the dot. That leaves Gaudette and his line (maybe a combination of Leipsic, Virtanen and/or Gaunce) to play against lesser competition in an offensive role and to build confidence. That would give the Canucks four lines that won't necessarily get steamrolled when everyone's healthy. The challenge for management is going to be bringing in enough depth to deal with the inevitable slew of injuries that the Canucks get every season. They got burned this year with Burmistrov (who I think would have received a lot of opportunity to get the playing time he was looking for with all of the injuries the Canucks suffered had he toughed it out) Gaunce could be the depth forward or be a call up option as I'm not expecting him to get claimed if waived. The fact that Gaunce is a natural center also makes him more valuable as a depth forward. He hasn't lit the world on fire during his tenure with the Canucks but there have been flashes of skill, especially later on in the season, that make it seem like Gaunce might have a bit more to show. Hopefully he has a good summer of training! All in all, I think it's feasible for Gaudette to be on the team next season but I'm not against him spending the year in Utica either (even if it burns another year of his ELC), particularly if it means that Utica really becomes a development team with Pettersson, Dahlen, Lind, Gadjovich and Gaudette. That would be amazing and would make seeing anyone of them on a call up all the more exciting.
  9. Jets win Cup in EA Sports NHL 18 playoff simulation

    Jets are deep up front and have both size and speed to handle the grind of the playoffs. Their D is a bit more shallow but they had their success this season despite Trouba missing big chunks of time. Hellebuyck had an awesome season but it'll be interesting to see how he does with the stakes raised. I could see them making waves but hard to call this for them. I can't believe I'm saying this but Vegas might have a good run. Fleury has had a good season and they have a very even roster. Theodore had a slow season but he was turning it up towards the end. They have some solid vets which should help them with a long run. The Kings should put up a good fight but I think Vegas might be able to out skate them. I don't see the Ducks or Sharks being real contenders but I could be wrong. Hard to bet against Nashville coming out of the West though. They are ridiculously balanced.
  10. Ben Hutton | #27 | D

    I think it's a fair criticism of Hutton that though his underlying analytics were strong, his production was way off where anyone would have hoped for it to be. In Hutton's first year, his skating and stick handling seemed decent but for whatever reason, he seemed to have trouble with coordination this year. I didn't watch every game that he played but whenever I did, Hutton would have some solid plays but he would also seem to regularly misplay the puck and skate himself into odd ice positions without the ability to recover. I'm sure it didn't help coming in and out of the line-up and playing with a variety of D partners but I presume all young defencemen need to be able to play effectively through those challenges. It seems likely that Hutton will be on the trading block this summer and maybe a fresh start will help to rejuvenate him. I would be content with him being kept on next season though the Canucks still need to bring in more depth at D anyway. There's a lot to like about Hutton's game but it needs to come together (which there is precedent for in his rookie season) and, unfortunately, this season it looked like his game took a step back.
  11. As poorly as this season went, I am feeling positive about next season, even if the Canucks have another poor statistical season. There is hope in the pipeline and potential for some of that hope to actually be in the NHL next season. Regarding Bo and the captaincy, I think he should get an A next season. It could be Edler's final season in Vancouver so I'm not sure if he will get the C but I would be fine with Sutter or Guddy getting the C before it eventually goes to Bo. I don't see the Canucks adding players who would be contenders for the C in the next few years (with no offence meant to guys like Gaudette, Pettersson or Dahlen but they're also quite young and have yet to prove themselves in the NHL - this comment is primarily about FAs). I'm very curious about how active management will be this summer. There's potential for the movement of some roster players, including some of the RFAs, but management will also have to replace those guys if they do that while simultaneously building internal competition and depth for the possible incoming top prospects. Looking forward to the draft lottery and the draft!
  12. Brendan Leipsic | #9 | LW/C

    Leipsic seems like one of those bottom-to-middle-six wingers that is not a bad liability in the D-zone and adds enough offensive skill to make a line more dangerous. I'm not expecting him to turn into a first liner for the Canucks but he does look like he could be a player who can help to eat minutes to help bridge our younger prospects in. Leipsic's still quite young himself so he could very well be around when the younger prospects begin to enter their prime.
  13. The Coyotes will have a good tandem in net next year. I don't think goaltending has been their biggest issue this year. Their D needs a bit of work but if they get Dahlin and their forwards take a step forward towards consistency next year, they'll only continue to get better. They have some solid talent and skill.
  14. [Rumor] Canucks interested in Tyler Bozak

    Neal would be a good addition depending on his contract. Although I think criticism of Eriksson hasn't always been fair, there's no doubt that he's not producing at the expected level for someone with a contract like his. It would be terrible for the Canucks to hamstring themselves with another contract like that on someone like Neal since he's about the same age as Eriksson was. There are some risks to signing Kane to a long term, high dollar deal but, at the very least, he's a lot younger. To me, JVR is a bit in the middle of Neal and Kane so there might be a fit there but again, who knows what he's looking for and what might be offered to him. Bozak might be a fit but I have noticed that Gagner doesn't get accounted for in a lot of projected line-ups, even as a winger. Are we assuming that Gagner gets moved this summer? The way I see centre ice breaking down for the Canucks next season in terms of ice time is: 1-Horvat, 2-Sutter, 3-?, 4-?. "?" could be filled within the system by: Gagner, Granlund (if he is re-signed), Gaudette, or Gaunce (if management ever puts him back at C). I'm pretty sure the Canucks will be out of the running for guys like Tavares and Stastny (though they should still enquire with Tavares at least). There will be dollars available for use by the Canucks so a signing of Bozak and one of Neal, JVR or Kane would give the Canucks time to develop guys like Pettersson, Dahlen and Gaudette with the Comets alongside Lind, Gadjovich and MacEwen (maybe even Jasek if he can get out of his Czech league contract). This could be good assuming that term and dollars make sense. With the Sedins retiring though, I agree that they do need to bring in some veterans.
  15. Lukas Jasek | RW

    Pretty neat to see Jasek finally in NA. Hope this performance doesn't raise expectations too high but this is definitely promising! The Comets might have way more internal depth next year without needing as many FAs. Jasek coming over is a potential game changer as he seems like a super versatile player. Anyone know what position he played in his debut?