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Poll: Connauton or Granani (198 member(s) have cast votes)

Which defenceman has more upside,or do You think will be a more valuable Defenceman in the future ?

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#181 falcon

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Posted 15 July 2011 - 05:38 PM

Yeah, everything I see says he's still under contract to Frolunda but I don't think the $100k would deter us from trying to sign him up until August 15th.


Well I guess if that's the case then it's better for him to stay in Sweden and try and dominate the league. If Sulzer is sent down, and depending on our situation with the cap, we wont likely wont have enough spots for our prospects to play regularly.
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Posted 15 July 2011 - 10:03 PM

I wasn't a fan of Connauton being paired with Baumgartner at the beginning of last season, but that was when Baumer was unmotivated and was pretty much pissed off at getting cut (not knowing his role of the aging vet that was supposed to show our young guys how to do it). i might feel more comfortable with him paired with Kevin this season, but I'd rather Kevin be paired with Tanev (if he doesn't make the nucks) or Sauve. let him get some chemistry with a potential partnet on the canucks in the future, not someone who he will be leaving in the minors in a year or 2 with no hope of being reunited.


I seem to recall this as well, that Baumer may not have been as motivated to do a good job and act as a veteran role model for the young D in Manitoba last year. Hence my surprise when we retained him. Honestly I wished we could have kept Lee Sweatt for that role but he must have wanted to get a bigger opportunity elsewhere.

Hopefully Baumer is more engaged next year, as I still remember his angry comments about being cut from the Canucks at training camp. Otherwise there isn't much point in signing a disgruntled veteran who might not even be interested in playing hard and leading the way for the young guys in Chicago.

I agree that it might be better for Tommernes to stay in Sweden for one more year as we can afford to not rush him into the AHL. He's also under contract to Frolunda for one more year so I could see the Canucks letting him honour his contract. We already have some depth on the Wolves' D too, with guys like Baumgartner, one of Parent or Sulzer (perhaps even both), Sauve, Connauton, Erixon, Matheson and Polasek too. Tanev could potentially start in the AHL too so there might be even more of a logjam on the back end.
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Posted 16 July 2011 - 10:43 PM

Did we get a coach for the Wolves yet?
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Posted 16 July 2011 - 11:28 PM

I seem to recall this as well, that Baumer may not have been as motivated to do a good job and act as a veteran role model for the young D in Manitoba last year. Hence my surprise when we retained him. Honestly I wished we could have kept Lee Sweatt for that role but he must have wanted to get a bigger opportunity elsewhere.

Hopefully Baumer is more engaged next year, as I still remember his angry comments about being cut from the Canucks at training camp. Otherwise there isn't much point in signing a disgruntled veteran who might not even be interested in playing hard and leading the way for the young guys in Chicago.

I agree that it might be better for Tommernes to stay in Sweden for one more year as we can afford to not rush him into the AHL. He's also under contract to Frolunda for one more year so I could see the Canucks letting him honour his contract. We already have some depth on the Wolves' D too, with guys like Baumgartner, one of Parent or Sulzer (perhaps even both), Sauve, Connauton, Erixon, Matheson and Polasek too. Tanev could potentially start in the AHL too so there might be even more of a logjam on the back end.

baumer picked it up in the second half, i'm thinking he realized his role.
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Posted 17 July 2011 - 12:23 AM

baumer picked it up in the second half, i'm thinking he realized his role.


I see. Somehow I'm just not convinced he'll be able to keep that up for the whole year though, but we'll see if that happens to be true. He can actually be good when focused and motivated, but I've heard before from Moose posters that his indifferent play hurts them at times so there's that . MG's trusting his professionalism to come through, especially when he's being paid on a 1-way I believe. I'm just wondering what other options were out there.

Hopefully the new coach of the Wolves is announced soon.
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Posted 17 July 2011 - 01:44 AM

it won't be up until after the preseason.

The Expected lineup would be something like this:

Bill Sweatt		Jordan Schroeder	Anton Rodin
Steven Anthony		Kevin Doell		Tim Miller
Darren Archibald	Prab Rai		Stefan Schneider
Aaron Volpatti		Mike Duco		Darren Haydar

Nolan Baumgartner	Kevin Connauton
Ryan Parent		Adam Polasek
Yann Sauve		Chris Tanev
Mark Matheson

			Eddie Lack
			Matt Climie


I think the forward lines would be more like this...

Sweatt-Hodgson/Ebbett-Mancari
Archibald-Schroeder-Haydar
Anthony-Doell-Rodin
Duco-Schnieder-Volpatti
Miller-Rai

I think the Canucks will only keep one of Hodgson, Ebbett or Mancari as an extra forward as they will likely keep 2 extra dmen. This is assuming everyone is healthy. Oreskovich's spot is up for grabs too and could change the roster. I like Rodin, but the guys ahead of him that I listed are solid AHLers. Rodin could play well and move up, but with his latest injury, I'm not if that happens right away. Duco could even be ahead of Anthony with decent AHL stats and adds a physical element to the 3rd line, but that may hurt Anthony's development. I could replace Duco with Archibald if Archibald's offense doesn't translate into the AHL. I just wanted to add some size and toughness to that line.
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Posted 17 July 2011 - 04:09 PM

It's so nice to come onto a parent club's board and actually see their fans excited or at least happyy to talk about the Wolves. Especially since the last club's 2 fans wanted to blame Chicago for everything under the sun from global warming to their team leaving...AGAIN.Anyway it's nice to see you guys actually taking an interest in the Wolves and wanting them to do well.Theo....I think you are on the right path with your line-up, but I think you'll find Tim Miller in the line-up for his pk ability. He scored, I want to say 3 or 4, shorties last year on a team that was absolutely dismal on the pk. Kid plays hard every shift and has some nice ability as well. While I can't say much about the vancouver prospects for a lack of knowledge on many of them, the ones I do know about will really mesh well with the Wolves. I've been a Wolves season ticket holder for almost 15 years now and will be happy to answer any questions about anything you want to know.
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Posted 17 July 2011 - 04:32 PM

It's so nice to come onto a parent club's board and actually see their fans excited or at least happyy to talk about the Wolves. Especially since the last club's 2 fans wanted to blame Chicago for everything under the sun from global warming to their team leaving...AGAIN.Anyway it's nice to see you guys actually taking an interest in the Wolves and wanting them to do well.Theo....I think you are on the right path with your line-up, but I think you'll find Tim Miller in the line-up for his pk ability. He scored, I want to say 3 or 4, shorties last year on a team that was absolutely dismal on the pk. Kid plays hard every shift and has some nice ability as well. While I can't say much about the vancouver prospects for a lack of knowledge on many of them, the ones I do know about will really mesh well with the Wolves. I've been a Wolves season ticket holder for almost 15 years now and will be happy to answer any questions about anything you want to know.


The Canucks had probably one of the best minor league affliate relationship with the Moose. Hopefully the same will happen with the Wolves.

Welcome to the board! We will probably be relying on a lot of your and other wolves fans' opinions throughout the year on our prospects.
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Posted 17 July 2011 - 07:37 PM

[quote name='falcon' timestamp='1310945528' post='9890012']<br />The Canucks had probably one of the best minor league affliate relationship with the Moose.  Hopefully the same will happen with the Wolves.<br /><br />Welcome to the board! We will probably be relying on a lot of your and other wolves fans' opinions throughout the year on our prospects.

Quite honestly, when the question was posed to me about who would fit here in Chicago,my comment was Vancouver almost immediately. The one thing that made me think that is the philosophy that Vancouver has in regards to their minor league affiliate. The Wolves have one mission statement and it does not vary one iota....anything less than the Calder Cup is unacceptable. The brainchildren in Atlanta argued with us Wolves fans forever about how because the Wolves wanted to actually win....that their prospects were being hurt by that.That they weren't being developed properly or at all. Vancouver has always given it's affiliate the tools to win including signing veteran players for the affiliate. Whenever  the Moose came here to play I always hated it because I knew it would be a hard game.One thing that could be interesting to watch this year in how blechhawks fans react to this partnership. If you haven't figured it out....I'm not a hawks fan at all,too many reasons to go into now but believe me when I say I can't stand that team...to the point where my personal name for them is the craphawks( hope I can say that on here).So I guess the next question is pretty simple.... can we drop the puck soon?

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Posted 17 July 2011 - 08:07 PM

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Quite honestly, when the question was posed to me about who would fit here in Chicago,my comment was Vancouver almost immediately. The one thing that made me think that is the philosophy that Vancouver has in regards to their minor league affiliate. The Wolves have one mission statement and it does not vary one iota....anything less than the Calder Cup is unacceptable. The brainchildren in Atlanta argued with us Wolves fans forever about how because the Wolves wanted to actually win....that their prospects were being hurt by that.That they weren't being developed properly or at all. Vancouver has always given it's affiliate the tools to win including signing veteran players for the affiliate. Whenever the Moose came here to play I always hated it because I knew it would be a hard game.One thing that could be interesting to watch this year in how blechhawks fans react to this partnership. If you haven't figured it out....I'm not a hawks fan at all,too many reasons to go into now but believe me when I say I can't stand that team...to the point where my personal name for them is the craphawks( hope I can say that on here).So I guess the next question is pretty simple.... can we drop the puck soon?
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we all will be looking forward to your input. I think you will enjoy watching Eddie Lack in goal this year and we all want to hear about Rodin, Archibald and Anthony as they get a taste of the AHL.
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Posted 18 July 2011 - 12:24 AM

Welcome to CDC axecrew! It's nice seeing more Wolves fans on the board. I'm sure you'll be getting tons of questions from Canucks fans once the Wolves' season starts and they're ripping up the AHL. Posted Image

And anybody who hates the Hawks is fine with us... it's great to know that there are people in Chicago who despise that team too. Posted Image
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Posted 18 July 2011 - 12:51 AM

It's so nice to come onto a parent club's board and actually see their fans excited or at least happyy to talk about the Wolves. Especially since the last club's 2 fans wanted to blame Chicago for everything under the sun from global warming to their team leaving...AGAIN.Anyway it's nice to see you guys actually taking an interest in the Wolves and wanting them to do well.Theo....I think you are on the right path with your line-up, but I think you'll find Tim Miller in the line-up for his pk ability. He scored, I want to say 3 or 4, shorties last year on a team that was absolutely dismal on the pk. Kid plays hard every shift and has some nice ability as well. While I can't say much about the vancouver prospects for a lack of knowledge on many of them, the ones I do know about will really mesh well with the Wolves. I've been a Wolves season ticket holder for almost 15 years now and will be happy to answer any questions about anything you want to know.


As i'm sure you can tell by this forum we love our prospects, just look at cody hodgson's thread over 300pages :) i know a lot of us are wondering where we can find wolves related news, is there a newspaper for articles during the season, radio that broadcasts games online and highdef highlights for games? I noticed most of the highlights on wolves tv were lowdef. The highlight packs are quite good, just wondering if anyone else does them.

I was impressed with the play by play guys they were quite good for ahl commentators i was expecting a lot worse. Hopefully this affiliation can benefit everyone for years to come welcome to CDC! :)

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Posted 18 July 2011 - 01:44 AM

Hopefully the Wolves will be coming out here to Abbotsford to play the Heat at least four games this season, same as they did last year. I am/was a huge Shirokov fan, and made a point of buying ticket packages so I could watch him play live. I plan on doing the same thing this year. I'm sorry we won't see Shiro this season but the Heat vs Moose games were a blast and I'm sure the Wolves will pack the arena when they're here as well. Abby is close enough to Vancouver so we get good attendance when the Canucks prospects are in town. CJOB Winnipeg did a magnificent job of broadcasting the home games, and streaming them. I never missed a game and I hope there's a Chicago station that can do the same thing this year. Winnipeg Free Press and The Sun also did a great job with in-depth articles about players and their games. I'll really miss them!
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Posted 18 July 2011 - 05:52 AM

I think the forward lines would be more like this...

Sweatt-Hodgson/Ebbett-Mancari
Archibald-Schroeder-Haydar
Anthony-Doell-Rodin
Duco-Schnieder-Volpatti
Miller-Rai

I think the Canucks will only keep one of Hodgson, Ebbett or Mancari as an extra forward as they will likely keep 2 extra dmen. This is assuming everyone is healthy. Oreskovich's spot is up for grabs too and could change the roster. I like Rodin, but the guys ahead of him that I listed are solid AHLers. Rodin could play well and move up, but with his latest injury, I'm not if that happens right away. Duco could even be ahead of Anthony with decent AHL stats and adds a physical element to the 3rd line, but that may hurt Anthony's development. I could replace Duco with Archibald if Archibald's offense doesn't translate into the AHL. I just wanted to add some size and toughness to that line.

my lineup was made almost 2 weeks ago, before the most recent additions. there are a lot more parts to it now.
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Posted 18 July 2011 - 12:45 PM

Sounds like Craig MacTavish is the coach, good coach.
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Posted 18 July 2011 - 12:58 PM

I hope MacTavish is good for the young guys in Chicago and gets their offense rolling. Our farm teams have never really been one of the higher scoring teams in the AHL, come to think of it. Under Vigneault, Arniel and Noel they've always been low-scoring clubs with a defense-first mindset, likely due to the dearth of talent on the roster. Hopefully we see those guys rack up the points and really develop their offensive game.
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Posted 18 July 2011 - 08:30 PM

<br />As i'm sure you can tell by this forum we love our prospects, just look at cody hodgson's thread over 300pages <img src='http://content.forum...fault/smile.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />  i know a lot of us are wondering where we can find wolves related news, is there a newspaper for articles during the season, radio that broadcasts games online and highdef highlights for games? I noticed most of  the highlights on wolves tv were lowdef. The highlight packs are quite good, just wondering if anyone else does them.<br /><br />I was impressed with the play by play guys they were quite good for ahl commentators i was expecting a lot worse. Hopefully this affiliation can benefit everyone for years to come welcome to CDC! <img src='http://content.forum...fault/smile.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' /><br /><br />Regards, Stexx<br />

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Truthfully the coverage here is lacking...problem is being in a major city with bears,bulls,hawks,cubs and sox. The Chicago Sun-Times does have a reporter at home games so there is the occasional article, but most times its just a blub in the print edition.
There is no radio coverage, but going to the Wolves website will allow you to listen to the game online.
All Wolves games are on tv including playoffs and the best place I've found in the past for highlights is to go to the fan site wolfkeeper.org, it's run by an off-ice official and when i was still registered there they had a section called on the ice where they would have game day threads. Usually inside those threads he would post highlights from the tv broadcast and sometimes full games.
The pbp guy is Jason Shaver and his partner is analyst Billy Gardner. Gardner played in the NHL for a number of yearsd for the hawks and also Hartford. One thing I can tell you about him is he pulls no punches and tells it like it is, play well and he'll say so.....play like you don't give a crap and he will call you out on the air. Since he played the game back in the 80's he does a good job of keeping fans informed without talking over their heads.

Kitty....the Wolves will play 4 games in Abbotsford this year.I would suspect only 2 trips tho, but who knows. They usually go up and play back to back games there.
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Posted 18 July 2011 - 08:52 PM

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Truthfully the coverage here is lacking...problem is being in a major city with bears,bulls,hawks,cubs and sox. The Chicago Sun-Times does have a reporter at home games so there is the occasional article, but most times its just a blub in the print edition.
There is no radio coverage, but going to the Wolves website will allow you to listen to the game online.
All Wolves games are on tv including playoffs and the best place I've found in the past for highlights is to go to the fan site wolfkeeper.org, it's run by an off-ice official and when i was still registered there they had a section called on the ice where they would have game day threads. Usually inside those threads he would post highlights from the tv broadcast and sometimes full games.
The pbp guy is Jason Shaver and his partner is analyst Billy Gardner. Gardner played in the NHL for a number of yearsd for the hawks and also Hartford. One thing I can tell you about him is he pulls no punches and tells it like it is, play well and he'll say so.....play like you don't give a crap and he will call you out on the air. Since he played the game back in the 80's he does a good job of keeping fans informed without talking over their heads.

Kitty....the Wolves will play 4 games in Abbotsford this year.I would suspect only 2 trips tho, but who knows. They usually go up and play back to back games there.


awesome thanks for the info, looking forward to chatting with you and others throughout the season.
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Posted 18 July 2011 - 11:06 PM

Hey friends.

I know MacTavish is still the guy the Canucks want despite the story the Vancouver Sun ran today. He just needs to sign the contract, and it will be announced soon. No idea if he's dragging his feet but I don't see any other candidates besides him.

Hopefully something more concrete is heard in the next few days!
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Posted 18 July 2011 - 11:58 PM

Thanks Axe. Yes, it seems all the AHL teams that visit Abbotsford play back-to-back games. Must be a bit tough on the visiting teams, but they fly in to Abbotsford and that must be a bit easier than riding a bus. (Do the teams in the East still do that?) I've been really impressed with the level of hockey in the AHL. It's great fun and I'm looking forward to the season start.
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Posted 19 July 2011 - 09:45 AM

<br />Thanks Axe.   Yes,  it seems all the AHL teams that visit Abbotsford play back-to-back games.   Must be a bit tough on the visiting teams,  but they fly in to Abbotsford and that must be a bit easier than riding a bus.   (Do the teams in the East still do that?)   I've been really impressed with the level of hockey in the AHL.   It's great fun and I'm looking forward to the season start.<br />

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Kitty.....Believe it or not the Wolves don't fly to Abbotsford.....well at least not in the traditional sense. They actually fly to Seattle and then bus to Abbotsford from there. The reason is it is actually quicker through customs etc to bus from Seattle....at least that's what I've been told.

As for the eastern teams...you have hit upon my biggest gripe about the AHL. I'm so sick of seeing then same teams over and over, year after year. The reason for this is because the eastern conference teams all refuse to travel outside their cushy little bus league. So yes they still do that. The ONLY reason Abbotsford sees any of them or saw them in the past is because they(abbotsford) pays for all the travel cost for any team they play at home. That was part of the agreement for them to get into the league 2 years ago.
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Posted 19 July 2011 - 11:07 AM

Axe, I suppose the teams bus from Seattle to the border via I-5, the main crossing into BC, and they think it's faster? That's insane! Abbotsford has an airport, and they can clear customs there. The border traffic at the main Port of Entry at Peace Arch is notoriously slow! Poor guys - I don't envy them.

I didn't know about the Eastern teams and their "bus league" mentality. That's not likely to change any time soon, I guess. I did know about Abby paying for air travel, though. Good thing they do that. Otherwise the Heat likely wouldn't be in the league at all, and that would be a shame. Much as I'm not a Calgary Flames fan, the Heat hockey is good and it's easy to forget about the affiliation.
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Posted 19 July 2011 - 12:51 PM

Axe, I suppose the teams bus from Seattle to the border via I-5, the main crossing into BC, and they think it's faster? That's insane! Abbotsford has an airport, and they can clear customs there. The border traffic at the main Port of Entry at Peace Arch is notoriously slow! Poor guys - I don't envy them.

nobody with any sense goes to peace arch, especially to go to abby. they would cross at Sumas, like everyone else with any form of rational thought (or a GPS). Sumas border crossing is basically right beside the rink (10 min) and extremely low volume.

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Posted 19 July 2011 - 01:24 PM

nobody with any sense goes to peace arch, especially to go to abby. they would cross at Sumas, like everyone else with any form of rational thought (or a GPS). Sumas border crossing is basically right beside the rink (10 min) and extremely low volume.



Exactly! I travel to Washington State a lot, and always take Hwy 9 to by-pass the madness of the I-5. And I have a Nexus card! I still find Peace Arch and Aldergrove really busy! I'd be willing to bet the team bus uses Peace Arch, though.
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Posted 19 July 2011 - 01:42 PM

Exactly! I travel to Washington State a lot, and always take Hwy 9 to by-pass the madness of the I-5. And I have a Nexus card! I still find Peace Arch and Aldergrove really busy! I'd be willing to bet the team bus uses Peace Arch, though.

you make absolutely no sense. why would you be willing to bet the bus would use peace arch when it would add at least 2 hours to the trip and it takes them WAY out of their way. do you think the bus driver is an idiot, doesn't have a GPS and has no clue about the sumas border crossing? the furthest west they would go would be aldergrove, and even that is pushing it.
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Posted 19 July 2011 - 06:39 PM

Well of course I'm just guessing the bus would cross at Peace Arch. Freeway all the way (in other words faster), largest Port of Entry, more facilities, etc. I suppose it would depend on which bus company they use, and driver familiarity of course. This much I can say; I have never seen a bus at the Sumas border crossing, either north or south, and I take that route very often.
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Posted 19 July 2011 - 09:16 PM

Welcome to CDC axecrew! It's nice seeing more Wolves fans on the board. I'm sure you'll be getting tons of questions from Canucks fans once the Wolves' season starts and they're ripping up the AHL. Posted Image

And anybody who hates the Hawks is fine with us... it's great to know that there are people in Chicago who despise that team too. Posted Image



I think you will find there are a number of people who don't like the Blackhawks. I am one of them. A couple years ago Chelios skated with the team. I have to give him credit for being a good mentor while with the team but, I never accepted him as part of the team. Oh well, that is done and over.

For the videos I do think the highlights were posted on youtube.com. Just put in Chicago Wolves and a ton of stuff pops up. Look for Skates Black Betty. That was always a great thing during the intermission. You will also find the opening fireworks there.

Can't wait for the first meet and greet in September to welcome your prospects. It should be a great time.
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#208 avelanch

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Posted 19 July 2011 - 09:34 PM

Well of course I'm just guessing the bus would cross at Peace Arch. Freeway all the way (in other words faster), largest Port of Entry, more facilities, etc. I suppose it would depend on which bus company they use, and driver familiarity of course. This much I can say; I have never seen a bus at the Sumas border crossing, either north or south, and I take that route very often.

i saw one there the last time I crossed into canada. there is no logical reason why anyone would assume a chartered bus would enter at peace arch when headed to abby, especially with the advent of GPS systems.
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Posted 21 July 2011 - 08:47 PM

So is this the place to be for some Chicago Wolves lineup talk? Anyways, what do you guys think will be the lineup for next season?

My expected/wishlist for 2011-2012 lineup:

Sweatt - Hodgson - Mancari
Archibald - Ebbett - Schroeder
Anthony - Schneider - Rodin
Duco - Doell - Haydar

Sauve - Tanev
Connauton - Baumgartner
Polasek - Erixon
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1st line: Sweatt gets to ride shotgun with Hodgson. Mancari is the big body presence, and Hodgson should have some good linemates to play with.

2nd line: Schroeder gets another season on the wing - people are quick to put him back at center position after a dismal season at wing, but we need to stay the course. Last year was a big adjustment year for Schroeder - new league, new living space, new team, new position. He should be ready to go at wing next season, playing with Ebbett and a big body in Archibald.

3rd line: Scheider is a very capable AHL shutdown center, being 6'4" and able to skate. Anthony and Rodin will only add to that smothering shutdown 3rd line some physicality as well as some skills. Great place for Rodin to start out - this is how he started out in everywhere - SEL and WJC, and moved upwards from there. Anthony should look good here as well.

4th line: Career AHLers

1st pairing: Sauve and Tanev are the two shutdown pairings. Sauve will likely play the stay-at-home style, allowing Tanev to explore and tap into his offensive potentials. Sauve also has an underrated offensive potential, so look for both to be taking some shots from the point.

2nd pairing: Connauton is paired with the AHL veteran Baumgartner. Connauton needs to be much better defensively, and will have to be while playing with Baumer, because he's not too sharp in his own end either. K-Conn will be a force on the PP and should look to improve on his defensive play.

3rd pairing: The new guys Erixon and Polasek pair up. Polasek is supposed to be a pretty decent defenseman while Erixon is also supposed to be very sound defensively with some great offensive instincts. Erixon needs to bulk up, while Polasek has the size. Should be a good pairing to watch.

Edited by Dasein, 21 July 2011 - 08:53 PM.

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 09:31 PM

Haydar is a top-six or bust player, Dasein.

I hear ya on Schroeder, and since he's likely two years away from NHL readiness anyway that's probably worth a shot for half a season, but Shroeder's the guy that needs big powerforwards to insulate him not Hodgson. However, if we're playing Schroeder on the wing at least put him on a line with Mancari (Schroeder being the more skilled puckhandler/playmaker is able to play his offwing easier) because he's a proven AHL All-Star calibre forward. This will only help Schroeder's development and I think Schroeder's disappointing AHL rookie season is the main reason why Gillis went out and grabbed a proven AHL version "Ryan Stoa".

Schroeder-Hodgson-Mancari
Sweatt-Ebbett-Haydar
Archibald-Anthony-Rodin
______-_______-________

This is what I would do if I were MacT:

Sweatt-Hodgson-Haydar
Archibald-Schroeder-Mancari
Anthony-Ebbett-Rodin
Duco-Schneider-Pinizzotto

AHL veteran on every line to help the prospects along. Mind you, the Wolves management might not look too fondly on Doell & Miller being scratches...

The other thing to consider is where you see Hodgson cracking in on the Canucks, at centre or on the wing? If you say the wing, then wouldn't it make sense for him to get used to that at the AHL level? And if you do that, then you most certainly have to move Schroeder back to centre (since he's likely to spend twice as long in the AHL as Hodgson anyway) no?

Edited by Millerdraft, 21 July 2011 - 09:34 PM.

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Kassian.... Taylor Pyatt 3.0

Lies. He's more of a Steve Bernier. Hopefully his talent level goes up so he can become like a Taylor Pyatt.






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