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  1. Olli Juolevi | D

    Hopefully that will be the plan, seeing as his contract will end next July. I'm hoping he has a great season and then goes to a contender for a young prospect or pick in next years' draft. I wonder if Edler will be traded at TDL or if he is re-signed with less term and $.
  2. Tavares, Kane, Green, Carlson are all players that have never won a SC, so they are likely going to choose a contending team. IF (and that's a big IF) any of them came to Vancouver, it would have to be for big $$$, term and NMC. Not a great situation for a team in the midst of a rebuild. Stay the course, Jimmy. Trade anyone that can be spared or doesn't fit team needs for picks. Only sign an UFA(s) that might get you picks or young players -Like Motte or Dahlen at TDL. Ignore impatient fans (and owners) that want the rebuild over with already. Have yourself a busy summer next year, as there will be a # of desperate teams that will be up against the cap in the fall. That's when you want to be adding to the team. And please...NO NMCs!!!!!
  3. (Proposal) Full rebuild

    Oh come on now. It's the GM game. Anyone can be one!
  4. Elias Pettersson | C/RW

    Well, you appear to be on the hype train, so fill your boots. The term 'generational player' seems to be overused these days. I will be very happy to watch EP become an elite player with a long lasting career.
  5. Elias Pettersson | C/RW

    Nedved was a very good player; he just didn't measure up to the hype. 717pt in 982 games is a good player and that was in the dead puck era. Player development in those days is nothing like it is now. Cody Hodgson was also a good prospect. Unfortunately his career was negated by a genetic disorder called malignant hyperthermia. We'll never know if Cody could have become the kind of player that he was projected to become. Pettersson is looking very promising, but to call him a generational talent is sheer hype. He's still a kid and has never played in the NHL, so why put all this pressure on him? Just sit back and enjoy the ride. My guess is that he will be an exceptional player, but will need time to grow into it.
  6. If you look at the list of team captains, you will find that most of them are closer to 30 than 20. Many of the rebuilding teams have opted to go without a captain for the time being. I think that Bo will be the Canucks captain at some point and he is certainly being groomed for it (I have noticed that he has often been the spokesman during the last few weeks of the season.. He's very well spoken with the press and is the type of player everyone loves. As each year goes by, he seems to be even more cut out of the same cloth as Linden. Heart, integrity, commitment, tenacity, selflessness, confidence and respect from teammates. These qualities do not necessarily belong to the best player on the team. In Vancouver, there is a lot of off-ice pressure coming from (mostly) the press, but many fans as well. Bo has a lot of games under his belt and has already been with the team longer than any other player under 25yrs. He knows what to expect from the environment. They might wait for a year or two and go with the 'no captain' situation and have the 'A' group lead by committee, but I do believe Bo is their guy.
  7. Jim Benning will represent the Canucks at the Draft Lottery

    lol I was referring to big Jim.
  8. Jim Benning will represent the Canucks at the Draft Lottery

    So easy to picture him as a little kid. Just a down home guy. Seems like such a rarity these days.
  9. Happy Birthday, Markus Granlund!

    It's gotta suck to end up with a coach that insists that play the shutdown role; especially in a contract year. Really hope he gets re-signed and has more offensive opportunities next year.
  10. Bure vs Boeser

    Yeah, he's more like Hull. Pettersson will be our Bossy.
  11. Good thing the Blues and Stars took notes.
  12. Kole Lind | RW

    I think TO is losing mostly due to a complete lack of PO experience (too many babies on their team); where as Vegas has a good number of experienced vets sprinkled amongst the younger players. Boston has only 8 players under 25yrs on their team. It's still important to have size on the back end: Vegas only has one dman under 6'1; TB dmen are bigger with 3 players over 6.5 and only 1 player under 6'1. TB has a very small forward group, but their overall quickness and skill is superior to most NHL teams. It will be interesting to see how it works out for them as the games become more difficult later in the POs. Your final statement couldn't be truer. Any team that has a number of players that are intense and feisty will likely do well in the important game. The size of a player doesn't guarantee the level of 'scrapiness,' but it helps if they have some weight and strength to back them up.
  13. Kole Lind | RW

    AHL is a big adjustment coming from Jrs. Lind has only played 4 games, so he will need more time to adapt to the speed and physicality in an adult league. This is a great experience for him and he will take it with him into the offseason. He'll be ready for next season. Pettersson is a different beast altogether. He's already had the experience playing alongside/against adults for a couple of years now. Lind is going to be a good player, but Pettersson is in another zone. He has some elite skills and he might even become a star player in the NHL one day. Most of the coaching staff in Sweden and Vancouver think he is NHL ready (skill wise), but he needs to work on his physical game. We'll just have to wait and see how it plays out during training camp in the fall. Somehow, I don't think he ever plays in Utica.
  14. Loui Eriksson | #21 | LW/RW

    There is no verification on this speculation, is there Adarsh?