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  1. 2 points: 1- Don't feel bad for Markstrom, this will make him a very rich man, he will be the highest paid Canuck next year 2- What do you think were management's expectations given they protected their first round pick this year in the Miller trade? Why do fans have higher expectations than management who put the team together?
  2. Do you mean the Leivo who scored one of the two goals and was named the game's second star?
  3. What do you mean by "for real"? Are we better than LA or Detroit? Absolutely. Are we a play-off team? Not many picked the Canucks, besides their fans, to make the top 8 this year. I mean even JB wanted protection for missing the play-offs in the Miller trade, tells you what his confidence level was for this year. It takes time. So if you mean a contender by "real" then you are asking the team to prove something they can't prove.
  4. Exactly, its tough to go to bed around 4AM and play the next evening. This game was close until late (and tied if Horvat scores from in close) and that is quite the accomplishment given the circumstances. You try to win some of those games but you can't be too upset if you lose them.
  5. Way better than the record shows. We are victimized by the injuries and the crappy schedule. Winnipeg was sitting at home waiting for us to fly in late last night after a tough game in Chicago. That is brutal.
  6. Do you even remember where you stored it 4 years ago?
  7. Everyone knows that the games do not matter until April. That is what teams are judged by, and only that. Anyone cares that St Louis was in last place overall in early January? Anyone cares that Tampa Bay finished first? Did Calgary have a good season last year, or how about Colorado?
  8. I can understand what you would love to see happen BUT the reality could be quite different. Sign a UFA RW for Horvat, sounds to me like another Erickson signing danger. Sign a first pairing D? How likely is that to happen, sounds to me like a Shattenkirk signing. Bottom line is, free agency is not the solution. Look at the first 5 years of Benning, it is not a small sample, 5 years. Who do we have? Erickson was the big signing, and then we have Gagner, Beagle, Schaller, Roussel.... That is the reality. I agree that our talent is steadily increasing but there are still huge gaps, like we have no second line talent and, well, you know about the D group. So yes we are close to the playoffs. That is the first step. Look how much Edmonton is struggling to get there. And if we can become a steady playoff team in a couple of years, that will be huge. But then compare our roster to Washington or Tampa Bay and you can see the gap.
  9. We are close to what? Making the playoffs? I would say yes, we are close to that and maybe next year, but more likely the year after that. As for being a contender, well I mean realistically, we are a full second line and 3 top 4 defencemen away, so that is way out still. If the rebuild goes well, then maybe in 5 years??
  10. So much positive from this year, really. You can see where this is going. This team will be exciting next year and will be a contender in 3 to 4 years.
  11. That really summarizes where this franchise is at at this time: "Hope we loose all remaining games and get the best draft lottery odds possible at this point. " When fans hope for losses, it tells you the franchise is very deep in the rebuild and the end point is not even in sight. This has been a very successful season but realistically, this team is still needing 3 top 6 forwards, and 3 top 4 defencemen. 6 more high draft picks needed?
  12. Maybe so but what an unbelievable season this has been. To be still in contention in Mid-March, it is truly ahead of schedule. The team has 4 wins in the last 10 games at the toughest part of the season. Way ahead of schedule.