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#1 George_Costanza

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Posted 10 November 2012 - 09:53 AM

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With the recent, confirmed story of Francesco Aquilini travelling to meet Pavel Bure to work out a jersey retiring got me to thinking how lucky we are as fans to have the Aquilini group as the Canucks ownership.

This ownership group has been fantastic with spending the money to give us the best chance at competing for the cup along with making many beneficial contributions to the community.

Thanks Francesco and co.!!

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Posted 10 November 2012 - 10:11 AM

Aquilini, please help solve the lockout issue instead of going to eat lunch with Bure!
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Posted 10 November 2012 - 10:31 AM

I love you!(sometimes)
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Posted 10 November 2012 - 10:44 AM

He is the best owner this orgainization has had since the griffith's.
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Posted 10 November 2012 - 11:36 AM

I love the Acquilini's! I just hope Gillis, on the other hand can work some magic this offseason and in the draft and put this team over the top.
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Posted 10 November 2012 - 11:57 AM

Remembering the doom 'n gloom haters when Faq was rumoured to be taking over. Not sure how he could've been worse or as uncaring as McCaw, but needless to say, those haters have grown silent.

Meanwhile, we hate McCaw, but he kept the franchise afloat during the brutal economic times that saw the Jets and Nords leave. Golf claps.
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Posted 10 November 2012 - 12:19 PM

I love the Acquilini's! I just hope Gillis, on the other hand can work some magic this offseason and in the draft and put this team over the top.



Well Unfortunately Gillis can't do anything until they have a new Cba.We really don't know for sure what the salary cap will be or even know if they are going to push ufa up for any other details in the new contract will definately change how Gillis will run this team.

Edited by canacks1970, 10 November 2012 - 12:28 PM.

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Posted 10 November 2012 - 12:22 PM

I really think he's trying to get us over the hump zoolander. And what can Gillis do in the draft when your always picking in the 22 plus as your first pick. It all depends on what other teams are looking for if Gillis wants to move up in the draft. Thats why he ask the owner to put more money in scouting and player developement.
And what really helps is that the Acquilini's were hockey fans first before they became Owners. That maybe the big difference as to why they invest so much into this hockey team.


Edited by canacks1970, 10 November 2012 - 12:32 PM.

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Posted 10 November 2012 - 12:51 PM

Acquilini actually cares about winning. Reminds me of this old story from the San Jose series in 2011. I am sure many have read this before but it's brilliantly written and highly entertaining and worth another read. How many other owners in the league would do this?

http://deadspin.com/...mped-for-game-5

Here's a little bit from the story.......

We see a limo pull up to the bar and out steps Francesco Aquilini, the owner of the Vancouver Canucks, his two buddies, and the three hottest girls I have ever seen. They walk in and for whatever reason are drawn to us. We offer them a seat at our table and they sit with us.
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The girls that came in with the Canucks brass think we are cool and continue to sit with us. One of the guys brings over a bottle of Patron and 20 shot glasses and fills them all up. This is the very last thing I remember. Everything else my buddies filled me in on the next day.

I grab a shot and spill it on one of the girls. She yells "party foul" and says I have to take a shot. I down it. She says "again." I down another shot. She says "again." I down another shot. In the end I did six or seven shots of tequila straight. Keep in mind that I've already drunk seven tallboys, a Jägerbomb, and at least a triple vodka-cran, and I haven't eaten or slept in 36 hours.

We tell Aquilini's friend our story of how we got to the game. He thinks it's the coolest thing ever and tells Francesco our story about five times (he has been drinking as well). They all think it's pretty awesome that we drove straight down, so they get our names, and tell us there will be tickets for us at will call for Game 5 back in Vancouver in two days. They ask how we are getting home from San Jose. Jared tells them that we drove down and are going to drive home again in the morning. This answer is unacceptable. They insist we get on the airplane with them. We say we can't because Jared's car is in San Jose. Their solution is to buy Jared a new car once we get back to Vancouver. Jared and Cody stand and debate whether they should actually get in the limo with them. At this point I am sitting at the bar in a half-comatose state. Aquilini and his entourage leave. We think we are legends.

Edited by nuckin_futz, 10 November 2012 - 12:55 PM.

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Posted 10 November 2012 - 12:55 PM

He is the best owner this orgainization has had since the griffith's.

The Griffiths had their hearts in the right place but were rather clueless with some of their hiring.

The Acquilinis hired Gillis who at least played the game at a high level. He invested money in the org infrastructure which has IMHO paid big dividends for Canuck players and those in the minors.
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Posted 10 November 2012 - 01:05 PM

I don't appreciate the outrageous ticket prices but I appreciate they spend to the cap ceiling and want to win.
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Posted 10 November 2012 - 03:38 PM

amen brother! has to be near the best, or they are the best ownership group in the NHL.
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Posted 10 November 2012 - 03:49 PM

The 'best' ones are in Bettman's inner circle.

Not sure where Faq ranks, but i don't think it's that high. Then again 25-27 owners are excluded.
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Posted 10 November 2012 - 10:28 PM

If I was one of the multi-billion dollar having owners I would just say "heres 350 million dollars, shut the frack up and sign the CBA you useless chodes"
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Posted 11 November 2012 - 02:41 AM

If I was one of the multi-billion dollar having owners I would just say "heres 350 million dollars, shut the frack up and sign the CBA you useless chodes"


No, no you wouldn't.
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Posted 11 November 2012 - 10:02 AM

Aquilini is most certainly one of the owners who wanted the season to start on time. Unfortunately Count Chocula rules the league.
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Posted 12 November 2012 - 12:17 AM

I like him. But seriously, make stuff cheaper at the games.
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Posted 12 November 2012 - 11:53 AM

All I know is that there's a lockout in the NHL and no owner has stepped up. So, as far as I'm concerned my anger and frustration at the general direction of all NHL owners include our own Aquilinis. Retiring Bure's jersey is nice... but it wasn't Aquilini's decision btw; there's an "independent" board who decides. I think Bure's induction into HHOF is what stimulated the decision, not necessarily Aquilinis decision.
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Posted 13 November 2012 - 01:10 PM

I like him. But seriously, make stuff cheaper at the games.

It's good to know he's spending some of the money he makes from concessions and merchandise and ticket pricing into what the fans of the city wants and that's competitive hockey. At least he's making an investment on our team to improve our hockey club and not keep all the money he makes. It's good to know that an owner actually cares about something he owns and not just look at it as if its another money-grabbing investment.
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Posted 13 November 2012 - 04:32 PM

It's good to know he's spending some of the money he makes from concessions and merchandise and ticket pricing into what the fans of the city wants and that's competitive hockey. At least he's making an investment on our team to improve our hockey club and not keep all the money he makes. It's good to know that an owner actually cares about something he owns and not just look at it as if its another money-grabbing investment.

couldn't agree more sir!
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Posted 13 November 2012 - 04:58 PM

He is the best owner this orgainization has had since the griffith's.

From my perspective, Aquillini is the best owner this franchise has ever had. He is doing more to create a winning team than all the others.

It may sound like hypocrisy because I support a boycott of merchandise and certain owners core businesses. I wrestled with this for quite a while before I decided to voice these opinions. I finally decided that Aquillini is sitting in a very comfortable position and could weather this better than many other owners. If we have a long Playoff run, then merchandise will take off again and he won't really be affected.
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Posted 15 November 2012 - 10:06 PM

It's good to know he's spending some of the money he makes from concessions and merchandise and ticket pricing into what the fans of the city wants and that's competitive hockey. At least he's making an investment on our team to improve our hockey club and not keep all the money he makes. It's good to know that an owner actually cares about something he owns and not just look at it as if its another money-grabbing investment.


I never said that he isn't giving us the best team that he can, and isn't willing to spend the money. But, if he was the decrease prices of food and beverages by 20%, he wouldn't notice significantly. Take a beer, let's say it's roughly $7.00? Now it's $5.60, that's an appropriate price and gives more money towards food. And merch, which is still quite expensive.

I'm thinking of myself, who doesn't have much money for sport outtings and those like me.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 10:45 PM

It's good to know he's spending some of the money he makes from concessions and merchandise and ticket pricing into what the fans of the city wants and that's competitive hockey. At least he's making an investment on our team to improve our hockey club and not keep all the money he makes. It's good to know that an owner actually cares about something he owns and not just look at it as if its another money-grabbing investment.


Make no mistake about it, winning is part of the big picture of making money in this investment.
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Posted 17 November 2012 - 11:36 PM

I think Aquilini is just doing what any smart owner would do - trying to get the most skilled player the franchise has ever had to be supportive of the franchise.

Quinn should be the one who really gets noticed - he's gone way out of his way in getting Bure into the HHOF, and publicly crediting him for his greatness.

It's worth the investment for Aquilini to pursue, and he knows it. Think about Orr's presence in the audience when the Canucks faced the Bruins in the finals. It got the crowd going, it got the players going, and it helped the Bruins kick our butts in Boston.
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Posted 18 November 2012 - 06:16 AM

Aquilini - or any of the other owners that want to play - would really be smart to speak up and put some pressure on the NHL to get a deal done. Even if it were to result in a $1M fine, the amount of goodwill received towards the organization would be massive.
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Posted 18 November 2012 - 07:38 AM

There is a lock-out voted unanimously by the owners.

You make an appreciation thread.

Heck, you deseve the lock-out.

Have fun.
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Posted 21 November 2012 - 03:47 PM

There is a lock-out voted unanimously by the owners.

You make an appreciation thread.

Heck, you deseve the lock-out.

Have fun.


Right on mate .

I do not appreciate not being able to watch Hockey .

In fact it is really starting to piss me off .

For years i have been trying to get my friends here in australia to share my love of hockey , and with the canucks run at the cup , this was starting to happen .

Now they just think the NHL is a joke , and everyone invovled is a greedy bunch of SOB's
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Posted 21 November 2012 - 04:03 PM

Aquilini's are my favorite pasta.
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