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  1. Sundin refused to waive his ntc. Kiprusoff said he wouldn't report to another team if traded. Iginla gave Calgary two trade options which rather limits the options of a return. Other Sedin comments like wanting to stay in Vancouver? How about Bennings comment that as long as he's GM the Sedins won't be asked to waive their NTC's? Your problem is you ignore far too much that goes on.
  2. You deal with what you know at the time. Clendening had good AHL numbers and appeared NHL ready, while Forsling was years away. That's why the trade happened. It's why we traded a 2nd for Vey and another 2nd for Baertschi. Attempting to speed up the process rather than waiting years. Those trades all made sense. No trade, or draft pick, comes with guarantees. Again, Clendening became a piece in acquiring Sutter. Pittsburgh insisted on Clendening being a part of the deal, then lost him to waivers. Sutter is the win.
  3. Although it's a pretty exciting start to the season, for once I agree with you, it's rather early to be making proclamations. Although I will say, team tank can suck it.
  4. So far Miller is 1-0-0 with a 0.00 GAA and 1.000 S%. Why would we trade him when we don't have anybody really ready to replace him?
  5. So you're looking for a big young tough winger that can score while giving nothing up for him? The reason nothing has happened so far is the price tag has been too high for what Benning is looking for. Giving up nothing of value doesn't seem to be an option.
  6. That trade was to speed up the process rather than wait a few years for Forsling. I'd say we have pretty good D depth now anyway so it doesn't really matter. What we got in return from Chicago helped become Sutter. So let's see, we're solid down the middle, and good on D (with Stetcher and Juolevi still coming up). Just need a couple of wingers (Virtanen + Boeser coming next year) to pan out now. I'm pretty happy. Our "rebuild on the fly" is shaping up very nicely.
  7. Team tank can suck it!
  8. How tough is it to do this instead of just the link..... There’s the Grouse Grind. There’s the Chief. And then there’s Mount Kilimanjaro. If you’re looking for some symbolism on how Luca Sbisa prepared for what the Vancouver Canucks defenceman hopes is a long trek back to the National Hockey League playoffs, check out his off-season. As an extra blue-liner for Team Europe in the World Cup, he played one game but trained harder than most because those who don’t play, skate until they drop and then hit the gym. It not only gave Sbisa a conditioning leg up to start this Canucks season — he was aggressive, dependable and not error-prone in weekend victories over Calgary and Carolina — he also got a major measure of personal satisfaction and perspective in July by ascending 19,341 feet (5,895 metres) to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania with his wife Lauren. Defending better down low is an obvious priority for Luca Sbisa this season. They were married July 9 and five days later started the seven-day sojourn. From camp to camp, from stamina-testing daily hikes upward that lasted from five to seven hours, they held true to a pledge when they met six years ago to master Kilimanjaro. “I’ve got to tip my hat to my wife because she trained and practised for it for over a year,” said Sbisa. “She used to do the the Grind and the Chief and mentioned it (Kilimanjaro) as a Bucket List thing. To be honest, I didn’t think we would actually do it. But standing up there and basically on the roof of Africa, it’s a really special feeling — especially when you go down. “You feel like you can do anything in the world. And quite a few times already this season, when things don’t go your way, you kind of reach back and use it as motivation.” The final leg was a seven-hour climb to the peak and then three hours down to one of the camps. “You’re just exhausted,” added Sbisa. “You take an hour nap and then six more hours down to the next camp. And you can’t spend too much time at a high altitude. That was a challenge.” It’s early and Sbisa has played just two games, but he has looked quicker, stronger, tougher and more calm. He set the physical tone early against the Flames with a thunderous and well-time sideboards bodycheck on Michael Frolik. It didn’t put him out of position or in danger of giving up an odd-man rush. Sbisa also blocked shots and the only adventure came Sunday when he pushed the envelope. Attempting to rush the puck out of his own zone, he got caught up in traffic at the blue-line and the Hurricanes managed a shot on net. A third pairing with Philip Larsen has drawn attention because of what the Canucks saw and didn’t see during the pre-season. Larsen was often outplayed by Troy Stecher, but a commitment to make the experienced Larsen quarterback of the first power-play unit was already set. And with Sbisa at the World Cup, curiousity needle didn’t move much when Nikita Tryamkin showed little consistency or a physical presence. He remains an intriguing project as the seventh defenceman, which only makes the spotlight focus more on Sbisa. He also skated with Chris Tanev in the second half Sunday. Luca Sbisa played just one World Cup game, but benefited from tough practice environment. Last season, foot, hand and shoulder injuries limited Sbisa to 41 games and he finished with two goals and six assists. And because the 26-year-old has two more years remaining on his extension — $3.6 million this season and $4 million in 2017-18 — he’s a lightning rod for criticism. He landed the generous extension in April of 2015 because there wasn’t much in the system and Ben Hutton had yet to shock the world and make the club last fall. Sbisa doesn’t have a no-trade and is good at shutting out the noise because he has been dealt twice and knows the Canucks are starting to stock prime prospects. It’s why he embraced the World Cup experience. “I did a lot of skates,” he said. “The coaching staff gave a lot of time off the ice because it was a tournament and you want to keep the guys fresh, but guys like me, I stayed on extra. “It wasn’t the most fun thing, but I knew when I came back that I had an extra month of skating and in the long run it’s going to pay off. Just being in a high-level environment — even the practices were more intense and sharper.” Which is the challenge for Sbisa. The Canucks need to defend better and can’t have opposition forwards flying through the neutral zone with a clear path to the net. Willie Desjardins liked what he saw of Sbisa in the first two games: a big defenceman who played big and kept his mistakes small. Like the 2-0 club, it’s encouraging. “Time will tell,” said the Canucks coach. OF NOTE — Jake Virtanen won’t face a disciplinary hearing for shoving the head of Carolina forward Joakim Nordstrom into the boards Sunday. Virtanen was not penalized on the play.
  9. Premature to be talking about 8 year contracts.
  10. Personally I've never seen much point in predicting what players will or won't become. Or when some say "if they reach their full potential". How does anybody know what their full potential is? Maybe 4th line grinder was their full potential all along. It's really just something a person has set in their own mind as opposed to anything fact based. It's a guessing game. Just like that Hockey Futures site, they are predicting a players future based on a junior career. That doesn't always even translate to an AHL career never mind an NHL career. I am curious as to the the rest of the statement about Bo though. In what way will he disappoint and why?
  11. No. What you move at the deadline are expiring contracts you're not likely to re-sign. Not good players on reasonable deals with years left.
  12. You seem to be arguing current assessment versus predicting the future as being the same. I thought Baer was ok when he got here, but seemed another perimeter player. I'd say that (current) assessment was bang on. I'm glad he listened to the coaches and changed his game to aggressively going to the net. Had I said when he got here he's a perimeter player and will never amount to anything more (predicting the future) I would have been wrong. There's a difference between the two scenarios.
  13. I agree that "slammed" is hyperbole, but he did "shove" his head to the boards. It wasn't needed and was something of a cheap shot. My problem with it is it's the type of stupid selfish play, if called, can cost you a game. And you don't want to lose on that type of penalty.
  14. I believe it was 2011 against Montreal