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  1. Being a Canuck in Toronto.

    I'm in India right now, which is a 12.5 hour time difference from Vancouver. When I'm here I usually have to watch the games in the morning, but if I'm going to work, I'll usually power through it during a lunch break. 8 months of the year I'm home in Vancouver, but the rest of the year I travel on business. When I'm away, I'm sure to check highlights, watch pre/post game videos...and yes, waste countless hours on these very forums. I applaud your commitment to the team, despite the recent struggles (especially after the 2011 drop-off). True loyalty is rewarded as all patience is (hopefully), and I along with the rest of Canuck nation, hope to share the joy of a Stanley Cup one day! Until then, enjoy the process, support our team, and keep well!
  2. I remember when I was young kid, I was at a Vancouver Grizzles game sitting 1 row behind floor seats. During one of the timeouts, I noticed Scott Walker (who was then a real "Glue guy" on the Canucks) sitting a few seats over. With an anticipatory excitement, I walked over to him with small notepad I had from school with me, and asked him if he was Scott Walker. With a smile, he answered yes, and asked if I'd like an autograph, since I was holding a pen and a notepad. I was a bit star struck and just nodded rapidly, and he was great about the whole thing. He chuckled, asked my name, and asked if I wanted the guy sitting next to him to autograph the notepad too. I said "yes please" admittedly not knowing who it was, and it turned out to be Esa Tikkanen. It was my first time meeting a professional athlete, he really made my day, and I'll always cherish that moment. Welcome back to Vancouver Scott, you were a class act.
  3. Canucks Need Hutton

    Actually, Edler-Tanev was a fantastic pairing and I'm thrilled they both played so well against the opposing teams' best lines. The problem comes after Hamhuis, our 3-6 is meh.
  4. Jared McCann Talk

    McCann has been unreal, but let's not forget about what Gaunce can bring to the bottom 6. Size, speed, defensive awareness, leadership, and he's versatile like McCann in C/W. I think they've been the two best forwards, and Hutton has impressed a lot on D.
  5. I've watched golf tournaments like the U.S open, live, and the crowd gets loud when Tiger or Rory make a big putt, or hit an amazing shot. Don't compare Rogers library with the roars you hear from golf majors!
  6. Dallas - Vancouver (proposal) Talent Analysis Honka is a slick, puck-moving defenseman. With a hard, accurate right-handed shot he is a threat from the point and is masterful on the powerplay unit. Honka can dominate in offensive situations, but also understands positional play. He handles physical play despite his lack of bulk and stature. Future Honka impressed at the Traverse City rookie tournament and in the Stars training camp before being assigned to AHL affiliate Texas to start the 2014-15 season. Making his North American pro debut as an 18-year-old, he has skated in every game for the defending AHL champions and has seen his role increased with the recall of John Klingberg. He was chosen to play for Finland in the 2015 World Juniors. Still a bit thin and undersized for the NHL level, his skills and instincts suggests he can be a top-four offensive defenseman as he grows and matures.
  7. Metal detectors being introduced this year... chaos?

    I take it you don't go to airports much.
  8. 2015 and the problem with 17

    Let's get all the local boys, CDC... Jamie Benn - Ryan Johansen - Milan Lucic Evander Kane - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Curtis Lazar Mike Santorelli - Andrew Ladd - Jake Virtanen Sam Reinhart - Kyle Turris - Troy Brouwer Dan Hamhuis - Shea Weber Duncan Keith - Brent Seabrook Karl Alzner - Tyson Barrie Morgan Rielly Carey Price Andrew Hammond Martin Jones Honorable mentions: Jason Garrison - Cody Franson I mean, does THAT look like a team that can win a cup? Why would you want this CDC?
  9. Horvat will start as 2C / Sutter as 3C

    and hopefully next year, after we move Hamhuis and Vrbata for 1sts and futures... Sedin-Sedin-Lucic Baer-Sutter-Virtanen Dorsett-Horvat-Burrows Gaunce-McCann-Hansen Shinkaruk Edler-Tanev Seabrook-Corrado Sbisa-Pedan Subban Miller Markstrom
  10. Ray Ferraro on Analytics and Brandon Sutter

    I feel some people simply desire new perspectives, and ways of understanding the product they already love, I seriously doubt hockey fans enjoy "Crunching numbers" more than the game itself. I'd love to see in-game stats one day, where you can see a player's speed as an optional on-screen display, have real-time play formations setup on a separate screen/viewing device. From these types of enhanced data capture, we'll be able to derive "better" ways to assess the game. People with inherently closed minded outlooks rarely accept innovation in its infancy. Most things take time to grow into something great, simply expecting a "great finished product" from the outset is ridiculous.
  11. I'm pretty happy we drafted the Sedins and Edler. We've drafted some "soft" Canadians too, like Mason Raymond... How about we avoid the racism and just say we're happy that we can add a player like Virtanen to the mix?
  12. Where do you see Vancouver finishing?

    All over Edmonton's face.
  13. Future of Dan Hamhuis

    Ideally, we ship Hamhuis out for a 1st + prospect or 1st + young player at the deadline...and he comes back and signs with us in the Summer. That would be awesome for the canucks in terms of asset management.
  14. Will Virtanen make the Canucks 2015-16?

    Here is a list of 6th overall picks from previous years to gauge expectations... 6th Overall NHL Draft Picks Now, if He turns out to be a dream power forward like an Iginla, we can all be ecstatic. But let's temper those expectations and just be happy if he plays a gritty, exciting, fast-paced brand of hockey in his first season, and chips in offensively once in a while. If he's not a defensive liability, that's the most important thing.