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  1. Stealth-Renewal Is 99.5% Realized (beauty, eh? :^)

    I'd take the 2nd over Gudbranson anytime considering where the team was in 2016. we'd still have McCann in the middle, sign another UFA like del zotto, and have a 2nd rounder from a deep draft (Dahlen was a 2016 2nd rounder, look how good he's doing! I was hoping we'd draft Jodran Kyrou or Alex Debrincat with that pick (one is a 50 point rookie on an aging blackhawks team, the other tore up the world juniors) I wish to heavens we'd kept that 2nd rounder. Benning would have done more good with it than what Guds brings to the team. And that's something I acknowledge we'll never agree on, but don't you find it concerning that it was Florida that reached out to us first to sell us Gudbranson? They knew that physical players of his type peak out at a certain age, and as soon as they trade him to us, he get's more injured than ever vs his previous seasons? We were read like a book and played with that trade. I can appreciate the value of having an almost certain NHL plyaer on the roster today in Leipsic or motte versus an unknown that could never make the NHL. But it's just my opinion that those guys will just top out as depth players since they're already several years into their development. Of the star players in the league, most of them are high picks and drafted and developed by one team. How many players had breakout career years after being average after their draft plus 2/3 years on a hockey trade? I'm genuinely curious. I just think drafting is your best chance to land star players, and those are players you build a team around. Draft picks are an absolute good for a team, especially in a rebuild. The point is that management is paid millions of dollars to be forward thinking and have foresight to ensure that the team is prepared to deal with these situations. vrbata deliberately gave us a list of teams that didn't want him because he didn't want to upend his family on short notice. Had we done it earlier in say, december, he'd may have been more cooperative. Management didn't even approach Hamhuis to waive his NTC until the day before the trade dead line. The point is, it doesn't seem like management had a contingency plan in place last year for something this basic. And it costed the team a chance to recoup assets. And if management couldn't do this basic planning, how can we as fans trust them to manage any other aspect of this team when we are primed to contend? --------------- On an unrelated note Oldnews, i kinda want to see you get into a debate with your twin opposite Y2kCanucks from HFboards. You're literally 2 sides of the same coin. the debate would be like the Foreman and Ali of the Canucks Fandom haha.
  2. Stealth-Renewal Is 99.5% Realized (beauty, eh? :^)

    I prefer a Satin couch myself To be fair, i've heard Willie D was more of a Linden hire than a Benning hire due to the medicine hat connection, and JB's plan was to groom Travis Green for the role. I have no source aside from the interweb rumors but if that's true, I think it's more indicative of how Linden's vision hasn't worked than the GM. He certainly hasn't done his job the 1st 3 years in insulating JB from ownership pressure.
  3. Stealth-Renewal Is 99.5% Realized (beauty, eh? :^)

    We are trending in a positive direction, by virtue of every team being gifted 7 picks each year. The question is, are we improving our prospect pipeline at the same rate as our other rivals. The D Pipeline is looking a little bare right now (come back Tryamkin!), but the forward and goalie crop is very good. So far i think we're trending to be like the Islanders, but with better goal tending. A way i can see us going back to contention is to at least try and replicate what Pittsburgh did, stack the forwards, no big names on Defense (Letang aside) but good serviceable dmen who excel at moving the puck to the forwards. The 2nds we gave up for Vey, Guds, Sutter would have been useful here at replenishing the pipeline in that department. Again, i argue you can still shelter the youth with UFAs. What's the difference if the goal against is scored with Guds on the ice versus a UFA? Except that we keep our picks. More Vanek/Gagne/Del Zotto signings in the transition period, less trades for complentmentary players like Sutter/Guds at premiums.
  4. Stealth-Renewal Is 99.5% Realized (beauty, eh? :^)

    But what if they trade Hutton?
  5. Tank Thread

    Hoping this lines us up for Boquist if we can't get Dahlin.
  6. We're on the hook for 8.5 Million in Cap for Luongo's contract I believe, this is the 8 mil divided over the number of years left on his contract when he retires. If he retires with 2 years left, we get hit with 4.25 mil for 2 years If he retires with 1 year left, we get hit 8.5 mil, 1 year. I'm hoping we appeal to the league and win on this when it does come, since it was a retroactive rule.
  7. Benning is doing a great job! (Discussion)

    The Thread Necromancy is real nowadays haha People know stuff about hockey, they just value different things than you that's all. I'm perfectly fine with Sutter as a player and his contract is bearable considering where we are now as a team. It was the transaction that brought him to us that i have issues with. We had the leverage over pittsburgh considering their cap situation but we ended up paying the premium. Same with Guds, Florida read us well, called up our GM and wringled more picks out of us. He costed us a 2nd in a pretty good draft class. I'm mentally considering acquiring Dahlen for Burrows a do-over of the 2016 2nd round, but how good would it have been to have Dahlen and Kyrou/Debrincat/Asplund/Benson. Debrincat is a 50 point rookie right now in the NHL. We'd be blowing our minds and praising the sky on that pick. Same with Kyrou i feel, considering how similarly hyped we are about Lind. Having Sutter and Guds didn't prevent us from losing and being at the bottom. With the reality that we're at the bottom anyway, i'd rather be at the bottom with more assets. It's really just an opportunity cost. We're hoping what they bring to the team in the locker room and on the ice can make up for having potentially 2-3 more high producing prospects in the pipeline (has Benning ever missed a 2nd round pick? I don't think so). I just hope it is, i just don't see it yet. I'm just of the opinion that the Sedins/Edler/Tanev were enough of a veteran group to mentor the young kids. But just because some of us don't see it doesn't mean we're 'whiners' or we aren't open to being proven wrong. Yeah it's all stop gaps this year really. Don't foresee another Eriksson contract. That being said, hope Benning has Luongo's potentially looming $8.5 mil cap recapture penalty on mind when he's dishing out contracts. I'm not disagreeing with you. I'm just wondering what your take is on holding this opinion that Benning has an above batting average, yet when Benning trades away picks, it is explained away by the statistic that having a 2nd round pick being a 15% chance at being a good player comes up. If we have a higher batting average over other league GMs, shouldn't a higher % apply to us and thus, picks are more valuable to us? It just seems contradictory to me.
  8. I think the main thing is this. Our prospect pool is better than a fair number of competitive teams prospect pools because their prospects graduate out of their pool to become full time NHLers (For instance, Pastranak and Ehlers will not be in prospect pool comparisons, same eventually with Keller/Barzal/Macavoy, even though they were acquired as drafted prospects during Benning's tenure.) We have been improving our prospect pool (i still argue the defensive cupboard is bare bones and could have benefited from keeping some of those traded picks for defensive projects), but we haven't been translating that prospect pool to NHL level players at the same rate as our rivals are. How many of Bennings picks are full time NHLers in the 3 drafts? Virts and Boeser. We need to have more graduates from our prospect pool to mean anything with the team. I'm hoping this trend reverses next year with Dahlen/Gaudette/Pettersen. I for one look forward to the day our prospect pool is ranked lower, on account of our players becoming full fledged NHL players and not remaining prospects forever.
  9. Was 2010-2011 a successful season?

    First thing I remember after game 7 was just being proud of our guys for making it that far and to accomplish what they did that year. I enjoyed the experience and the road to it. The followong riots however made me feel immediately ashamed and embarrassed to be a fan and really took all the positivety out of that year. The loss hurt, but it was really the riots that put a horrible exclamation mark to it for me at least.
  10. Scr*w the Whiners and the Bandwagoners

    This is more a vent and rant than any attempt to engage in a conversation so ill only address a few things in your post. People advocating for picks are actually more patient than you give them credit for. Because they are willing to wait a few extra years on a prospect who has a higher Shot at being an impact player than a 22 yr old player acquired today who is more likely to make it the line up but tops out as a bottom 6 player or 3rd D. You might be able to field someone that can make the lineup today, but the odds of getting an elite player this way is slim to none imo. Not to mention you don't have the benefit of a cost controlled elc to help with your cap for those guys. Also, this team has been bottom 5 in the last 3 years. You can't accuse anyone still following this team right now of being a bandwagoner. Negative maybe but this is pretty much the opposite of people who jump on the teams side when the rewards are reaped. I'd say anyone with criticism who is still here cares just as much for the future of this team as you. Just in a different way with different opinions, and obviously with different levels of enjoyment and frustration. I think in this age of social media you have to keep in mind. Someone having a different opinion on the team doesn't make them your enemy. At the end of the day, we're all fans of the same thing And for the record, no, I'm not totally on board with all the moves this team is making. I like our scouting and picks and we're definitely trending in the right direction, but this is more on account of the default 7 picks we receive each year (like every team) in the draft and the fact our team is bottoming out more than anything proactive the management team is doing to bolster the rebuild. Ironically, if we had succeeded in the original vision of making playoffs I'd argue our team's future would be in a worse position now due to a worse drafting position. So really, the benefit of the prospect pool exists because management's initial stated goal of playoffs failed. And as much as I love our prospects we have a huge hole in the pipeline w upcoming defense. We have only Juolevi as a blue chipper. After spending picks on projects that didn't pan out (Pedan, Larsen) we should just stick to drafting d and retaining/hiring picks, as our pro scouting on this area isn't as strong as our amateur scouting. I'll agree with you in one sense. The results on the ice in the next few years will speak for themselves. I frankly don't see us making playoffs for at least 3 more years. Happy to be wrong though.
  11. The Trade Deadline. Deals Done.

    Leipsic was fine, but Vanek...ugh. even a 5th rounder would be better. I'll hold my breath till draft day, but so far Benning isn;t earning his extension.
  12. [article] Canucks next dynamic duo

    Now we just need future dynamic duos on D.
  13. The Trade Deadline. Deals Done.

    Very few of those teams however are actively shipping out picks and prospects to acquire these 25 yr Olds. Because they know the chances of landing higher ceiling player lies in drafting, not projects.
  14. Your ideal send off for the twins?

    Ideally, lifting the cup in their final game ala Ray Bourque. But I'm imagining a similar send off Linden got from Iggy.
  15. How about the good old fashioned eye test? http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/karlssons-two-goals-help-golden-knights-double-canucks/ https://streamable.com/a8f0d