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Poll: Garrison (203 member(s) have cast votes)

Who do you think should play with Garrison next season?

  1. Edler (164 votes [80.79%])

    Percentage of vote: 80.79%

  2. Hamhuis (8 votes [3.94%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.94%

  3. Bieksa (6 votes [2.96%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.96%

  4. Ballard (15 votes [7.39%])

    Percentage of vote: 7.39%

  5. Tanev (9 votes [4.43%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.43%

  6. Other (please specify below!!!) (1 votes [0.49%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.49%

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 07:06 PM

The real question is who will our top pairing.



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Posted 17 July 2012 - 07:20 PM

If Edler becomes consistent in hitting this year and Ballard and Hamhuis start throwing hip checks again, we could have a pretty physical D with Garrison.

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 08:05 PM

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 08:30 PM

Exactly. Edler doesn't have the wheels Campbell has, but has the offensive instincts and is a bit more well-rounded. With Hamhuis - Bieksa already a proven combination, Garrison is very likely going to play with Edler, but it wouldn't hurt to have a true shutdown pairing against those juggernaut offensive systems.

I'm really stoked for the preseason and first few regular season games because we haven't really had this good a defence corps, especially with Ballard and Tanev showing a lot of promise and chemistry as a third pairing.

I agree with the above post. With the above three defensive pairings, Canucks have impoved their defence.

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 09:24 PM

Gotta be Edler. He and Juice just didn't work.
Edler and Garrison could be epic.
Hammer keeps Juice and wins the Norris.
Ballard and Tanev will be the best third pairing in the NHL.

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 09:29 PM

I would say Bieksa...Bieksa is the most adept playmaking defenceman out of the mix, which would allow for a nice transition for Garrison (i.e., Brian Campbell to Kevin Bieksa). Garrison's stay-at-home abilities would complement Bieksa's high risk game.

My opinion of Edler is that he's a shoot first, pass second kind of a D-Man in the offensive zone, so a pairing with Hamhuis would be a good complement to his game. As well, I see Edler still on the development trajectory, so Hamhuis, being a calming influence, would further complement Edler.

Garrison LD - Bieksa RD
Edler LD - Hamhuis RD
Ballard LD - Tanev RD
Alberts LD (platoon) - new guy from Hurricanes (platoon)

Hamhuis doesn't like playing RD, they tried that last year when they paired him with Edler so Garrison will end up on the RD side with either Hamhuis or most likely Edler.
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Posted 17 July 2012 - 09:50 PM

The only problem with this is that Garrison and Bieksa are the only defencemen who play right (in the top four). Ballard is also comparable to Brian Campbell, at least in the skating department, and perhaps Garrison's shutdown ability will complement Ballard, giving the threat of a rush by Ballard or a cannon by Garrison without missing out on too much in the defensive zone.

Also, Hamhuis should play on the left, as he's our best defensive defenceman (and we don't want to lose that ability by playing him on his off side). If we keep Hamhuis and Bieksa together, it means Tanev can develop his offensive game with Edler. I'm not sold on Edler - Tanev yet, but it's worth a shot early on.


Those are good points Bieksa...and I would agree with your assessment on Ballard. What is now about having Garrison in the line up is that it gives us some nice options, including a player who can log heavy minutes if necessary (which is the one distinct advantage of having Garrison in the lineup over Salo).

If Ballard can rediscover the game he had in PHX and Tanev's development trajectory is northward, then AV will have lots of options. Internal competition for ice time will hopefully make everyone that much better.

One last thought...wouldn't it be great if we had a completely healthy defence corp for an entire season? I realize this is not likely to happen but, wishful thinking on a hot July evening.

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 10:54 PM

i hope MG knows we need more studs on D. no offence to Ballard and Tanev but id prefer to have a couple monsters back there 6"5 + with mean streaks that clear the front like nobodies business
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Posted 17 July 2012 - 11:01 PM

Edler hands down.
The chemistry between Hamhuis & Bieksa is too good to be broken up
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Posted 17 July 2012 - 11:05 PM

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Posted 18 July 2012 - 12:33 AM

Edler- Garrison
Hamhuis - Bieksa
Ballard - Tanev

(Throw in Alberts instead of Tanev when playing the more physical teams)

If we want to throw 3 equal pairings I'd like to see:

Hamhuis - Bieksa
Ballard - Garrison (Ballard's puck-rushing abilities and his good passing would be a nice compliment to Garrison's style and his big shot)
Edler - Tanev (Tanev is a great passer and puck mover as well and plays a smart defensive game which works well with Edler.)

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Posted 18 July 2012 - 12:57 AM

Went with Edler. It was the overwhelming majority to no surprise. Hammer and Bieksa work well together so leave it alone.
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Posted 18 July 2012 - 01:33 AM

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Posted 18 July 2012 - 02:32 AM

edler for sure
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Posted 18 July 2012 - 06:04 AM

Garrison needs to be fed the puck so that eliminates Bieksa.

If Hamhuis is the chosen one where goes Bieksa?

Edler and Bieksa together would be entertaining but not sure how many games we would win.

Garrison is defensively responsible so I vote for Ballard as a partner and put Bieksa on the third pairing for a while.

That way he might start playing like Ballard did down the stretch-as in cover for his mates and use his body.

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Posted 18 July 2012 - 06:06 AM

i hope MG knows we need more studs on D. no offence to Ballard and Tanev but id prefer to have a couple monsters back there 6"5 + with mean streaks that clear the front like nobodies business


Ballard and Hamhuis were the only D that even looked interested in taking the body,
Tanev will be a very good d man,just not in the physical sense.

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Posted 18 July 2012 - 10:48 AM

i hope MG knows we need more studs on D. no offence to Ballard and Tanev but id prefer to have a couple monsters back there 6"5 + with mean streaks that clear the front like nobodies business


Studs =/= big bodies.

While I agree that we would like a physically imposing defenceman, I also think we're spoiled to have Ballard and Tanev as a (tentative) third pairing.


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Posted 18 July 2012 - 11:24 AM

Edler for sure. When we get into the offensive zone we have two d-man who can absolutely murder the puck on the end. Just have to make sure to have a responsible centre to be there when they pinch too much.


Edler is great at murdering the puck. Now if only he could hit the net once in a while.

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Posted 18 July 2012 - 11:27 AM

Obviously Edler. No one else besides Hamhuis is good enough to cover his brutal defensive ability. Hamhuis is already covering Bieksa's terrible defensive ability.

Lol, our d sucks. Hopefully Garrison can turn that into a top notch line, with him they should have all the bases covered.

Edler or Ballard. Garrison would complement their games very nicely.

Ballard is the kind of guy who would benefit most from a defensively sound, defensive-minded partner, because Keith likes to rush the puck up the ice. If you go and watch a lot of his highlights from his Phoenix is Florida days, a lot of his assists are from him flying up the wing.

I would be very intrigued to see him with Ballard and think they might be awesome together but then were f'ed with Edler again. He has to play with him or AV is just stupid. Everyone else has proven they can't adapt their game to play with Edler.

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Posted 18 July 2012 - 11:42 AM

Edler for sure.

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Posted 18 July 2012 - 12:23 PM

Ballard because they know the FLA system and each other well. Maybe their past experiences would help pull KB4 out of the muck and mire
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Posted 18 July 2012 - 12:24 PM

Edler is great at murdering the puck. Now if only he could hit the net once in a while.

No doubt. He's too dumb to understand that you need to actually get the puck on the net, that is if your stick doesn't break.

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Posted 18 July 2012 - 01:21 PM

Depends on what MG still has left up his sleeve regarding trades. I'd still rather see some balance with L/R pairings all the way through the depth chart rather than pairing 2 LH shooters together if he's partnered with Edler. If MG can make something relatively significant (meaning: trading Ballard) happen regarding a RH partner for Edler --- preferrably a puck-moving defenceman --- I'd have no problem with Garrison on the 3rd line with Tanev. Had my eye on Mike Green, but, I don't see that happening.

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Posted 18 July 2012 - 02:33 PM

Eddie Eagle or Ballard.

If Tanev's ready (or Garrison slumps) I'd be willing to try Eddie - Tanev, Ballard - Garrison (Tanev and Ballard would be the puck moving guys and passers, whereas Eddie and Garrison provide the cannon for their passing mates to rack up assists. Either combo with Hamhuis, Garrison and Tanev all on separate units should provide the stability needed.)

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Posted 18 July 2012 - 03:15 PM

Obviously Edler. No one else besides Hamhuis is good enough to cover his brutal defensive ability. Hamhuis is already covering Bieksa's terrible defensive ability.

Lol, our d sucks. Hopefully Garrison can turn that into a top notch line, with him they should have all the bases covered.

I would be very intrigued to see him with Ballard and think they might be awesome together but then were f'ed with Edler again. He has to play with him or AV is just stupid. Everyone else has proven they can't adapt their game to play with Edler.


Our D sucks? Get a clue. The Canucks were 4th in the league last year in GAA and don't say that was solely because of the goaltending because most people here also claim Luongo sucks.

The D as is, is very good. It's deep, mobile and offensively gifted. Also, Edler is not nearly as bad as you make him out to be. In reality, the guy is a defensive stud. The key is he's just not consistent yet, which explains some of the horrible games he has and his sub-par showing in the playoffs.

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Posted 18 July 2012 - 03:40 PM

I want to say Ballard as I want this year to justify his 4.2M salary but I assume he will end up with Eddie so..

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Posted 18 July 2012 - 03:45 PM

Keith Ballard.

Edler first off, I think that's a pair we should try off the get go but I think if Garrison was put with Ballard it would be a great scenerio for both players. It would enable Keith to use his speed more and join the rush more like we have seen with Bieksa, and I think Ballard would really benefit, more so than Eddie.

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Posted 18 July 2012 - 03:46 PM

Edler.....Garrisson sounds like the same player that edler is.. pair them up

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Posted 18 July 2012 - 04:04 PM

Depends who plays RD and LD, but for Garrison to get his offensive potential it has to be a player with very good skating and passing skills, which i think is Edler. Campbell was the big reason for Garrison's one-timers.

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Posted 18 July 2012 - 04:14 PM

Tanev seems to be developing into a realiable defensive defensemen. Since Garrison is more of a shut down guy, it might be more effective playing a shut down role with Tanev. He'll also be able to play the Left side. Tanev could compliment to Garrion's game by adding good mobility.

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