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  1. Oh...god...man...that was painful ~cringe~ We old-timers end up listening to the panic and laughing our asses off.
  2. Send him to the minors???? Look through his stats and I think you'll find your answer there: 2013-2014 Canucks 73 14 15 29 -4 124 1 0 2 91 15.4 2014-2015 Canucks 42 10 6 16 -5 81 1 0 3 55 18.2 *Re-entry waivers The 2005 NHL-NHLPA collective bargaining agreement (CBA) introduced "re-entry waivers." With limited exceptions, any player who was subject to waivers before assignment to the minors must clear re-entry waivers before being called back up if said player is on a one-way contract or a two-way contract with an AHL salary in excess of $105,000. Exceptions are players who have played in over 320 professional games (180 for goaltenders) and have not spent more than 80 games on an NHL roster in the past two seasons or 40 games during the previous season On top of that...he'd be a UFA at the end of the contract. At least we got something (better than a bag of pucks for him) rather then letting him sit in the minors until his contract was off the books.
  3. "(FULL ON SARCASM MODE - for those stupid enough that they don't get it... )" Even printed out in black and white you missed it. FFS...did you even graduate from school? Let me make it clear to you if I wasn't before: I see what Benning's doing and agree with it. I think Prust is a good addition to the locker room. He goes full out every season - he's physical and consistent, plus he's willing to stick up for his team-mates. He'll set an example in the locker-room. Bartkowski is a reclamation project from the Bruins - maybe he'll have a bounce-back season playing with the 3rd pairing. We got picks for next year to restock the cupboard. And we got a few good guys that might do well in Utica and provide depth. Benning said it before. They need depth on defense - because they had D going down like flies sprayed with RAID. And if things suck for us, we'll end up in a better position for the 2016 draft.
  4. (FULL ON SARCASM MODE - for those stupid enough that they don't get it... ) I'm SO MAD that we didn't trade half the team to get Lucic. He would have been the missing puzzle for our team. BENNING, YOU SUCK! ~tongue firmly planted in cheek~. #stillhavefaithinBenning I've seen darker times than this... so hell yeah... Bring it on... Full-on Rebuild, Here we go. GO CANUCKS!!!
  5. Probably means that you're also a youngster... I remember the good ol' Smythe when we were getting pounded by the Flames every time the Canucks made it into the playoffs in the ugly ol' days before Pat Quinn. It was a guaranteed first round exit for the Canucks when they matched up against Edmonton or the Flames...or the Kings. Hell, even in 89-90, the Jets got into the playoffs. We were a perennial basement team. God, how we prayed for an Original JETS matchup...when they were sucking like we were. Guys patrolling the ice like Garth Butcher, Dan Quinn, Jim Sandlak, Jim Benning, Tony Tanti, Dave Capuano and Petri Skriko...Anybody remember Vladimir Krutov? He was the fabled third part of the KLM line but never realized his full potential because he seemed to be more interested in donuts than in hockey. You think Big Bad Avalanche period was a dark time? Late 80s, early 90s (prior to 94) was a DARK time. We had Igor Larionov (pre-Red Wings Larionov) and somehow got f*d over big time by some contractual crap a couple years later. So...those of us who have suffered through that can swallow this and get through. Pull up yer britches, young'un, it's gonna be a bumpy ride.
  6. Guy's slipperier'n a greased pig.
  7. Yep...looks like a rebuild is in the works... Yep...saw it coming. 1st year was Benning's assessment year... This year was getting rid of dead-weight (the players who do a disappearing act in the play-offs). Seen it before... Those guys who can't stand the suspense...well, get ready for some pain... Reminds me of the 80s. Gotta love it.
  8. Guess I don't fall into either category. There's a third - the long-timers who've seen worse s*** come down the pike and are taking a wait-n' see approach to this. I'm not about to lynch the GM and the President of Hockey Operations. And I've seen the Canucks scrape the bottom of the barrel throughout the years. Been waiting 45 years for a Cup... won't hurt to wait a bit longer. Not going to hit the panic button.
  9. Sorry, we already had him once...and I don't want to see a mercenary in the locker-room who is going to skip for the next big payday.
  10. Part of the team's restructuring is the mindset - Prust is noted as "being a great team guy, willing to do whatever it takes to win, no matter the cost to his body" according to The Hockey Writers before they hurled some venom. Part of the team's current make-up is that they disappear in the playoffs. Prust is probably an addition to the locker to help change that dynamic.
  11. Surprisingly, I agree with Mark. I hope that there's no NTCs in the new contracts signed by Benning. "Having the NTC with all those players enabled us to get said players cheaper." - it also hampers the team when the player's production takes a downturn. Feel good doesn't help you when you have to turn this team around when your team's core goes into the tank. "I'm excited to sit back and see what Benning does with the team. Worst thing that can happen is we still get no cup... but we're all used to that now aren't we? :P" 45 years, awalk, buddy, 45 years... ~sigh~ Here's to hoping we get one before I end up "fertilizing grass".
  12. Don't know if Canucks fans can forgive him...
  13. Well...I see the "bandwagon" is going to be WAYYYYY lighter this year. To all of you complaining about Benning/Linden... See ya... Adios.
  14. I, for one, am happy. We got a solid power forward prospect in Brock Boeser if he pans out as projected. Guillaume Brisebois looks to be OK..."has a cool head on his shoulders and not prone to defensive mistakes..." Most comment on his hockey sense. As far as contending for the play-offs. I doubt that it will happen this year, but that just forces us farther up the draft pick and we might get a better pick in 2016. But as anything. Draft picks are a crap-shoot. It's whether the Nucks player development staff can get through to the players in their system to get them to the next level. Let's just say...things won't be boring in Canucksville. :D Looking forward to it. But then again, I've been a 'Nuck fan since the early days (the 70s) so I'm not whining like the ones who have only known the winning years. I'm actually looking forward to seeing some good drafting for a change.
  15. Boston is looking to move up, not move down. I'd leave the picks out of it. Just a simple swap of players currently on roster...IF it's even possible.