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  1. You might be right. And the more I think about the SSS line, the more I like it. Sutter takes the draws on Henrik's weak side. Sutter goes to the net similarly to the way Burrows does, except he is a bit bigger.
  2. I think he more than likely passes through waivers and plays in Utica. Which I'm fine with. He's a decent option on the wing, but he is not an NHL center. Particularly in Western Conference. Particularly when his wingers are Prust and Dorsett.
  3. I think that will be the on-ice configuration on Henrik's weak side when taking draws. Opposite combo on Henrik's strong side. Henrik is just listed as the 1st line center because that's where he's always listed.
  4. This is the lineup I and every host on TSN1040 wanted after last game. However, that 2nd line simply leaves Jim and Willie's hard-ons for experience unsatisfied.
  5. Given this lineup, plus Vrbata's comments about chemistry, plus Willie D's game day presser, here's what I expect (hope?) opening night to look like: Sedin - Sedin - Burrows Baertschi - Horvat - Vrbata Cracknell - Sutter - Hansen Prust - McCann - Dorsett Extra: Virtanen Edler - Tanev Hamhuis - Weber Sbisa - Bartkowski Extras: Hutton, Corrado Miller Markstrom Notes: - I think they can take a flyer on Vey with waivers. ~75% chance he isn't claimed - the Sutter thing is probably just a gimmick, unless Sutter manages to instantly fit in a way Burrows and Vrbata haven't managed yet - unlikely. Sutter will be back at center on opening night - given Vrbata's comments about chemistry and Willie D's comments about liking the Horvat-Vrbata combo, I think this comfirms Horvat as our 2C, and Sutter as our 3C. Horvat has been our best forward throughout the preseason, and Sutter with Hansen is great shutdown line which can score in transition - McCann, Cracknell, and Virtanen will fill some combination of 4C/3LW/extra until Higgins returns. - Willie D has cast doubt on how many 19-year-olds the Canucks will carry, but Virtanen I think is a lock for the roster, and McCann has thoroughly outplayed everyone in the preseason except Horvat. Virtanen and McCann make the team, but will not play in the same games. - the Corrado/waivers issue is solved for now by carrying 8 D.
  6. Prust-Sutter-Dorsett.... the $8.4 Million 4th line. Woot!
  7. The PITB guys (who were very bearish on Ryan Miller all through last season) put up a great piece detailing Miller's in-depth stats and arguing that they indicate an excellent goaltender who simply struggled with some technical changes he was trying to make on perimeter shots: The TL;DR version is this: Ryan Miller was 8th in the league in SV% on high-danger shots (shots between the faceoff dots, below the hash marks). His high-danger SV% was in fact the second highest total of his career - second only to his Vezina-winning season. What dragged his SV% down, then, were his medium- and low-danger SV% numbers. These were exceptionally bad - around 40th in the league among goaltenders who played enough minutes. For a veteran starter to struggle this mightily with easy saves is a total anomaly - one that I don't think will repeat this year. The knock on Ryan Miller last year was that he seemed to make the toughest saves with ease, yet inexplicably let the easy shots elude him. The numbers bear this out. This can be explained by Miller making significant changes to his technique on these shots (incorporating the reverse-VH, for example) which is a process which takes time and repetition. As Miller was carrying the bulk of the starts, he had less time to work on technique with the goalie coach. But he has now had a full season and an offseason to work on them. I'm going on the record here: I think Ryan Miller is going to have a great year in 15-16: 30+ wins, top-10 in GAA and SV% and 8+ shutouts. I hope Markstrom lives up to the faith Jim Benning has in him, but for now, I think the net is in good hands with Ryan Miller.
  8. I'm thankful that for the first time in years there are prospects in the Canucks organization worth getting excited about - Horvat has handled himself like a grizzled vet on most nights. Can't wait to watch Virtanen at the WJC. McCann, Subban, Cassels... Lots of kids to watch for. I'm thankful that our organization has righted the ship and has clear direction again. After losing the Cup, getting unexpectedly ousted by LA and then swept by San Jose we were shell-shocked and lost our way. With Linden as Prez, Benning as GM and Desjardins as coach, we again know who we are and what our game is. Makes me almost thankful that last year was as bad as it was.... sorry - too soon, too soon! I'm thankful for Sedinery, the End-to-Endler, "Mean Face", Chris Tanev's hair, Eddie Lack's dance and the Boninophone. Because they make me smile. Merry Christmas everyone
  9. The argument that "his win percentage isn't sustainable given his SV%/GAA" doesn't make sense to me....why not the other way around? Maybe it's his below-average SV% that will have to rise to meet his win%? Miller has had games where he's been brilliant and games where he's been downright terrible, but so has the team in general. Just this month: - We were great against Pittsburgh - IMO our best game this season, we absolutely manhandled the Pens and made Sid and Malkin look like 3rd-liners. -Then we went and played a few stinkers against Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal - no one was particularly great in those games. -Then we came home and played the stinkiest stinker of all against the Rangers - both Miller and the team were doubleplusbad -Then we squeaked past Calgary -Then we annihilated Arizona - a game in which Miller was so good no one noticed he was there, because the Canucks took all of his rebounds up-ice and scored. I expect the extreme highs and lows to level out in January/February and then we will see what sort of team, and what sort of goaltender, we really have. I expect Miller's stats to rise modestly and the team will stay respectable enough to get into the post-season without overmuch drama - say 3rd in the Pacific. Until at least late January I think it's still too small a sample size to define Miller or the team accurately. The next couple months will really define our season - I'm cautiously optimistic it will turn out fairly well. Go Canucks Go!
  10. Papayas, I totally agree. Hank is a great captain, and the whole "we need someone more passionate" line is crap. Every player in the Canucks room has a lot of respect for Henrik - you know that because they go out of their way to say so every time they're asked. There's no denying that Henrik is clearly the leader on this team.
  11. I'm thinking Matthias will be a better fit as a 3rd/4th line winger than a center. Our centre depth chart on opening night should read: Sedin Bonino Richardson/Vey Vey/Richardson Richie played well as the 3rd center last year, and I think he should take the majority of the D-zone faceoffs this year.
  12. 1. What San Jose did is dumb and should not be emulated by anyone ever. It's basically a public shaming - the way a bad parent scolds an 8-year old child. Thornton and Marleau should be pissed. 2. Henrik is a great captain. There's too much "Henrik isn't passionate enough" BS around. First, yes he is passionate, as everyone in the Canucks dressing room states when asked. Second, having a captain who screams at the ref, celebrates every goal as if he just won the lottery and cries every time his team loses makes for good TV, but it isn't necessary to be a great captain. There are great captains who are really emotional: Dustin Brown, Ryan Getzlaf, Sidney Crosby, Shane Doan.... There are great captains who usually keep an even keel: Jonathan Toews, Zdeno Chara, Mikko Koivu.. and yes, Henrik Sedin. Henrik's style of leadership reminds me of one of the greatest, longest-serving captains of all time: Mats Sundin
  13. Also, I think San Jose is ceasing to worry about the regular season and trying to solve their playoff woes. We could easily slot into one of the top 3 spots in our division. San Jose is not in the same weight class as Anaheim and L.A anymore.
  14. I think the biggest difference-maker will be Desjardins. Call me a starry-eyed optimist, but I don't have many doubts about most of the players listed: - Under Desjardins I expect the Sedins to be 80-point producers with relative ease. I expect Vrbata to mesh well with them and achieve 25 goals/60 points with similar ease. - I expect Edler to have his best season ever - there's nowhere to go but up, and he improved yearly during the days of PP and 5-on-5 dominance from 2009-2012. - Bieksa and Hamhuis are not question marks. They'll be top-4 guys and will play well. - I expect Miller to be solid in goal. I think Melanson will temper his aggression just enough to keep him solid positionally. - I think Kassian will take another step forward. Whether he will breakout and become the Bertuzzi/Neely everyone wants him to be remains to be seen, but I don't expect him alone to make the difference this season. Ditto for all the young guys and depth players. - Overall, our 3rd and 4th lines are a lot better on paper than in the past couple of seasons, and that will be a huge difference. I particularly like Dorsett and Vey - the fourth line was a revolving door for years, it would be nice to see some consistency and contribution from the bottom 3. The biggest question for me on the player side is how effective Bonino will be right out of the gate as the #2 Centre. I think he will be a solid #2 in the near future for us, but how well will do this season will depend on whether he can do that right away or requires more time. In any case, he's our best option at #2 for now, everyone else being too young or not skilled enough offensively. So how well he fills the role in October/November will play a big role in determining our fate in the standings.
  15. Per the OP: I think snagging 2nd or 3rd in the Pacific is well within the realm of possibility. In my opinion, if Willie Desjardins was the only change we probably would make the playoffs anyway. Let's face it - Torts was a disaster. Thanks to the AV-for-Torts trade, we pretty much know that for sure. New York went to the Final. Vancouver dropped to the 7th circle of hell. A coach who doesn't use his players effectively can take a good team (which the Canucks should have been last year) and drive it into the ground. But seriously, look at the stats sheet for last year. Henrik led the team with 50 points.... he barely passed his 45 points from last year, despite playing 22 more games. He was +19 two years ago.... he managed +3 last year. Speaking of plus-minus, Alexander Elder... -39. MINUS-G**D**M-M*****RF***ING-THIRTY-NINE!!!!!!!! Makes me sick just looking at it. There is nowhere, I repeat, nowhere to go from here but up. Will we dominate? Doubtful. Will we be a playoff team? Yes. No one on this roster needs to be a superhero for us to make the playoffs. This team played it's D+ game last year..... just play at a B+ level and we'll be fine. Solid in goal, solid top-6 with an NHLer as a 7th and some experienced callups as 8 and 9, more depth at forward to give us a more balanced attack. Excited to see how Vrbata meshes with the Sedins, and how Bonino looks as 2nd line center. I came, I saw, I drank the Vodka-laced Kool-aid of eternal optimism.... Go Canucks Go!