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  1. Yep, totally agree with what you are saying, I'm just putting it out there that, if they really want to get things rolling on a temporary basis in a safe way, in an environment which caters to the international tourist and is sports mad, you could do a lot worse. In the current environment, it would just take one person to start a new outbreak, but with closed borders, geographic isolation and mandatory quarantine upon arrival and until fully cleared by medical staff, they could do a lot worse than New Zealand. The NHL has to weigh what they want and need with what they can do safely, and it may be impossible to do what they want and need in North America without any risk, something which the union may be unwilling to compromise on. Just an idea.
  2. You have to really think outside of the box to make things work. Here's an idea ... here in New Zealand, there are basically 0 cases of covid-19, with 0 local transmission. If I were the NZ government, I'd be banging the drums saying to all sports to bring their players/support staff/families etc here, do the mandatory 14 days isolation, and then be free to play according to whatever schedule they determine in multiple venues. For us here, the benefits would be huge; just think about the spend up on accommodation, food, supplies, etc. But, for the NHL, there would alos be huge benefits: all broadcasting would be the same, and in fact would be gaining an in with the crowd here in Australasia which is starved for entertainment; players can do their thing with their loved ones in a safe and healthy environment, with no risk of infection (unless brought in from outside, hence the quarantine period), teams get the revenue from broadcasting and live attendance (supporting the salary cap), and the fan support would be massive given the novelty factor and strong expat community in this region. Do it for the remainder of the year until things settle down in North America, and you may find that all sides benefit in such an arrangement. even better, we're just entering winter, which means that hockey could be played in conditions which make it work better, not in slushy, summer conditions. Couldn't be a long term solution, but it could definitely work short term.
  3. I wouldn't say there's a difference in the number of cases, but in the way the response is being handled. We've already been in lockdown for 2 weeks, but border controls and other restrictions here have actually been in place since mid-January. The government was very proactive given the number of international students who were set to return in late January for studies from their homes in Asia, and that really stunted the spread of the virus here. Basically, virtually all cases here are imports from tourists just prior to that lockdown, and the follow-on infections from their contacts, but we fully expect to be out of lockdown by around mid-April here, and back to full-on normal by the end of April, whereas other areas around the world are looking at months of restrictions. Never been stopped by police before, but in the last 2 weeks, when out shopping for essentials, it happened 3 different times. Arrests have also happened for breaking the restrictions. So, serious response, and I applaud NZ for that. Hopefully, BC will fare as well.
  4. Lazarus, I wish you the best, but from where I am in New Zealand, it looks like BC is doing okay, though it could be a lot more stricter in terms of testing and combating the spread of the virus. I have to say, the lockdown here in New Zealand is quite a bit more strict than just about anywhere else, with the expressed goal of eliminating rather than mitigating or suppressing (as is the case almost everywhere else) the spread of the virus. but even here, testing is not widely available. Instead, everyone except essential services have been at home for almost 2 weeks, with strict cluster of the virus being followed up on and traced exceptionally well by the medical system. As a transplanted Canadian and BC resident, I feel extremely lucky to be living here right now. If it is knocked on its head in another 2 weeks, we'll be lucky, as we can go back to normal and still keep the borders closed to tourism and business and travel for a few more months while everyone else deals with the virus and waits for a vaccine. The benefits of being isolated!
  5. Untenable. Changes must be made to the coaching staff.
  6. Don't underestimate what ownership wants. I say personally fire Green, because he has had enough chances, and hasn't shown an ability to adapt (rather, he has shown a stubbornness on having a certain style of play with certain players), but FA pays the salaries, and I'm sure he wants that guaranteed playoff dough. If the playoffs are slipping away as this losing streak extends a few more games, after so many years out of the playoffs, I think he will go for the chance at a coaching change bump to save the season. I also think that the team would respond well, especially if it goes hand in hand with a returning Trymakin and a set lineup based on effort. Can hardly be worse than what has been happening recently.
  7. Too late ... Jake should be playing top 6 minutes right now. Green has now begun to stunt his growth.
  8. Agree. Been saying it all year as well. Sad to say, but to still make the playoffs, it may be that the best thing now is for the Canucks to lose a big one next game, to force ownership to make the change before it's too late. Players have tuned him out.
  9. He better be ... fed up with this insistence to play Loui in a role he has proven to be unable to perform in; fed up with his insistence to keep Jake from fulfilling his potential; fed up with his mixing of lines with neither rhyme nor reason. The guy is a slightly better version of Tom Renney circa 1997. He is past his use by date, and needs to go asap. Save the season, fire Green!
  10. Green is playing for his job tonight, and that's what he does with the lines to break a losing streak ....
  11. Benning made a few bad decisions in free agency, but overall he has done a good job to get the team back to respectability, and that's why he has the contract extension. Where I have a problem with Benning is the decision, with ownership's blessing, to stay loyal to Green and to extend the other muppets behind the bench. Green and co have done nothing to adapt to the strengths and account for the weaknesses of his players. He seems to have a one size fits all approach to the game, and the players have, based on their recent play, tuned out to his messages and game plan. The only thing holding them in the playoffs right now is the game or two less which they have played relative to other teams. Lose those games in hand, and other teams get on a roll, and we will be out of the playoffs. The way they are playing, they might get a win against Arizona, but then they may lose the next three before seeing Arizona again, and even the Coyotes are no guaranteed win given they are close behind the Canucks. Fire Green now, take the loss against Arizona, and work to getting back on track with a new coaching team for the game after against Colorado. If they don't make a change, it will be too late this time next week. They can't afford to waste a great opportunity to give this team playoff experience.
  12. Post from game against Ottawa: Same record, over and over again. Complacency is a killer for this team, and when things get easy, or an excuse is to be had, they lose focus and/or become lethargic. By "they", I mean coaches and players alike. They should be playing like their chance at the playoffs depended on the outcome, because it does. One losing streak, and it can easily be no playoffs. Loui has got to sit, Jake has got to play top 6 minutes, and youth has to be served. Get some of that energy from Utica up here to light a fire in the dressing room. The team has been carried this year to what it has due to some monstrous individual efforts at times from various players. That can't be counted on to happen every night, not now with Markstrom out. I almost want a losing streak at this point in time, to force ownership's hand in demanding a coaching change. Ownership cannot want to miss the playoffs again, not while spending to the cap as they have done. They have put their money where their mouth is, Benning has done well, and now the players and coaches have to show that they give a damn game in and game out. Post from Toronto game game: Here comes the losing streak. Can Green, before it's too late. The players need a wake-up call, asap. Post from today's game: Told you so. Fire Green now, bring in a new face, blank slate, get rid of the dead weight on the team ... or kiss the playoffs goodbye.
  13. Post from last game against Ottawa: Same record, over and over again. Complacency is a killer for this team, and when things get easy, or an excuse is to be had, they lose focus and/or become lethargic. By "they", I mean coaches and players alike. They should be playing like their chance at the playoffs depended on the outcome, because it does. One losing streak, and it can easily be no playoffs. Loui has got to sit, Jake has got to play top 6 minutes, and youth has to be served. Get some of that energy from Utica up here to light a fire in the dressing room. The team has been carried this year to what it has due to some monstrous individual efforts at times from various players. That can't be counted on to happen every night, not now with Markstrom out. I almost want a losing streak at this point in time, to force ownership's hand in demanding a coaching change. Ownership cannot want to miss the playoffs again, not while spending to the cap as they have done. They have put their money where their mouth is, Benning has done well, and now the players and coaches have to show that they give a damn game in and game out. Post for today's game: Here comes the losing streak. Can Green, before it's too late. The players need a wake-up call, asap.