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#91 Oregon Canucky

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 04:57 PM

I have some expectations but none of them are anything I would BET on...

I have a feeling we'll keep both goalies (and start Cory). I hope we do ANYTHING other than this but...
something in me just says were gonna end up with both and no awesome trade....

I think Kesler will do better this year but not as good as 2010/2011.

i think well try new linemates with the Sedins and Burrows is going to get moved around A LOT (as well as booth and/or Higgy)

I dont think we'll win the presidents trophy

I think well make it out of the first round (not sure after that)

and i think well have a lot of big/young/aggressive players (Vol,bits,pin,kass) getting suspended, while they figure out how to do what we want them to do, without breaking wishy-washy rules...

I think mag will Go bye-bye (maybe as soon as the draft)

Good enough?

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 06:54 PM

My prediction is that next season, Hank will pass to Dan, Dan back to Hank, Back to Dan and then Burrows will score.

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 09:01 PM

None. I just want to see them play well!

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 09:02 PM

None. I just want to see them play well!

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 09:53 PM

2nd round exit... Can this group raise their game in the playoffs and get it done in the clutch? I haven't seen enough to be confident that the Canucks best players can be the difference. The team needs major improvements in several areas to have a chance to knock off the likes of the Kings and the rest of the elite teams in the West.

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 09:57 PM

Are window ends next year.
So we have to win the cup next year,or we will have to wait an other decade to get our shot again.
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Posted 12 June 2012 - 10:09 PM

None. I just want to see them play well!

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 10:17 PM

I'd say we can win our division again easy. We should be able to get at least 2nd in our conference, and maybe 1st.

As for the playoffs, I'd say a second round exit, but you never know for sure.

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 10:28 PM

My expectations every year are winning the Stanley Cup.

Anything short is just a disappointment.

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 10:32 PM

Make the playoffs. No cup finals. Without some changes they just wont do much more. The team needs something. They just need something more. I don't know what it is, guess if I did I'd be working in Vancouver.


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Posted 12 June 2012 - 11:10 PM

a presidents trophy and a trip to the conference finals

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 11:14 PM

Well Im deffinately not expecting us to make a big trade because thats just not the way we role.
Also deffinately expecting us to win our division and expecting a cup.
hopefully MG can pick up a solid defence man that can play in our own end looks like we lack that as long as our forwards can gel and Kesler can return to form and Booth can rise to the occasion I feel we are pretty strong on the offensive end.

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 11:23 PM

4th place, 2nd round exit.

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 11:25 PM

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 11:30 PM

I think the best way to handle the goaltending luxury will be to make the decision quite soon. Mike Gillis has said that he is prepared to go to training camp with both goaltenders, and that makes sense if there aren't reasonable offers out there, but I think if they are going to move a goaltender it seems more likely to be Luongo, and if there is interest currently, then the time to do so would be in the next week. If in fact Toronto and Florida are interested (Columbus is also rumoured to be 'very interested') - they to are probably not going to want to wait it out either. As far as the Canucks are concerned, a potential Luongo deal in the very neare future would give them time to sign Schneider to a longer term deal, avoid a one year deal and the prospect of him becoming a UFA in a year, avoid offer sheets and the continued speculation mill.
Neither Florida nor Toronto have a power forward/right wing of interest, which would be a nice piece to acquire in a Luongo deal, but that will have to come elsewhere. If I were guessing, I would say that Luongo winds up in Florida. I would like to see one of Florida's prospect centers and a prospect blueliner as main components of the deal. Luongo would probably be happiest there, Gillis and Tallon are regular trade partners, and Florida probably has the most viable young assets.
I would like to see Sami Salo re-sign for another year. Henrik can pass him the Cup first.

Ideally I would re-sign Raymond, or qualify him if necessary, but would not risk losing him as a UFA. I'd wait to see what he looks like in training camp (and ignore all the sign and trade threads for now.) Qualify Weise as well.

There are a number of depth/shutdown blueliiner UFAs available this year - in addition to the interest in Schultz and Garrison that is strong on CDC. I don't see the need to waste any assets to go after a top 4 guy when the Canucks have good depth, and a few solid prospects.
Garrison, Filip Kuba, Bryan Allen, Matt Carle, Hal Gill, Adrian Aucoin - some interesting UFA options out there.

Of all the UFA wingers I think Shane Doan would be the best fit - a big right wing power forward would be a great option to play with the Sedins or Kesler/Booth and a prototype for Kassian to learn from. If the cap space were there following a Luongo deal, that would be a pitch I would make. A respected, veteran, power forward, character guy...

I would like to re-sign Pahlsson as well. The third line looked great after his arrival at the trade deadline. It would be nice to have him for the shutdown role again at a lower cap hit, and have Schroeder and ideally a second prospect from the Luongo deal - a big two way center that is close to ready for the NHL. Question marks are if Malhotra and Raymond benefit from some more healing time?

Eddie Lack has paid his dues as Schneider did, and is near ready for a shot at the backup role. I would give him that shot if ready - if not, perhaps Theodore would be a good piece to take back in a deal with Florida - he has one year left at 1.5 cap hit and could be good insurance.

I think Kassian is ready and will play a good, versatile role this year. He and Jensen could make the necessity of adding a top end forward less urgent. A big skilled guy who hits (like Latendresse/Pyatt) might be a nice upgrade for the fourth line with the versatility to move up the lineup.

If things panned out as wished, my roster would look like this...

Daniel 6.1 Henrik 6.1 Doan 5 /Burrows
Booth 4.25 Kesler 5 Burrows 2/Doan
Higgins 1.9 Pahlsson 1.75 Hansen 1.35(Raymond 2)
Malhotra 2.5 /(Latendresse /Pyatt 1.5 ) Lapierre 1 Kassian .87

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Schroeder/ prospect center (Bjugstad) from Luongo deal / Weise / Bitz

Hamhuis 4.5 Bieksa 4.6
Edler 3.25 Salo 2 UFA (3)
Ballard 4.2 Alberts 1.225 Tanev .9
Connauton.9 Gragnani 1 (Petrovic?)

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Schneider 3.5/4 Lack .9

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69.77 cap total even if no roster players are moved (aside from Luongo), leaving some flexibility for moves if any current roster players are not qualified, not re-signed, or traded. A lot of depth and room for a few potential upgrades.

If the Canucks add a few young prospects in a Luongo deal they have more freedom to trade a young asset or two if they felt they need to acquire a top six forward or top 4 blueliner.

I think that they will be well positioned to take another run at the Cup.




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