Tony? Is that you? I thought this was the fan zone not the media zone? Controlling the message is tres important.
No, it's John Cerruti. Is that you, Casper Jr?
I don't know what you thought of Nazzys retirement and don't really care.
And I do not care about your opinion on the matter either. See? We're establishing so much common ground here. And people are saying that you're a "douche". Well, I'd never say that.
Why was it that Bure did not want to be here? As has been discussed, Bure was manipulated and grossly mismanaged by the canucks before he even set foot in Canada. After that, Quinn tried to rip him off for 33% of his contract by switching US/Can $. I wouldn't want to play here either if any of that happened to me.
Yup. I have acknowledged the possibility of such in my posts. This must be an understanding or retention issue on your part. This does not change that, to my mind, Bure did not want to be here regardless of the situation with management.
It could also be argued that, because of this negligent fraudulence, no bonafied star players are interested in playing for Vancouver. Who have we signed since Bure left that can be considered star material? Besides over the hill guys looking for one last payday?
Hamhuis ain't bad. Sundin, albeit he was past his prime, liked the money enough to come here (sorta'). Willie Mitchell is still well thought of, by some.
Yeah, there might be something to your perspective on this. On the other hand, have you looked at other, related issues which could affect a UFA choice on whether or not to sign here? I'm sure you have, but I'll note some of them anyways for the rest of the folks reading this:
a.) Who would he be playing with, or behind? Vancouver has had a number of decent 1st lines or top d-men for the past while. Yeah, there wasn't a Suter or Weber in the bunch, but they weren't that bad, and just because a guy is a UFA doesn't mean he will automatically sign with the team of your choice. Shocking, isn't it?
b.) What about cap hit? maybe the Canucks couldn't afford what the player was asking? (also, see d)
c.) Travel schedule. This can be a real grind.
d.) Maybe they didn't like some of the personalities on the team, or the team ownership/management.
The coaching situation was a bit weird after Quinn left the job in '94. There was what, four coaches in five years? And some of those were with Keenan. Him being here probably caused a lot of players to think twice about signing here.
Maybe some UFA's were turned off by the rather tight belts of the Canucks' ownership during these times.
In any event, working on the assumption that Quinn was a bad, bad man, he hasn't been here since 1997. Are you suggesting that UFA's are not signing here because of Pat Quinn? Gee, Harold Ballard was a S.o.B. Does this mean that players don't want to sign with the Leafs, even though he's been dead for over 20 years?
Yeah, you might be on to something.
Following the Canucks since before Don Cherry played here.