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The Tide Has Turned in Vancouver: A Prediction

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No second line to start the year is not exactly what is needed to have a winning year,especially out of the gate.

Kes and Burr are the heart of this team.Kes and now Booth are gone so what do we have for a second?

Ebbett and Manny and Lappy can all have turnaround years so the center position does not bother me for a few months of waiting on Kes.The wingers-solid second line ,tough,veteran wingers that could seriously challenge any other team in a cup run are not here.

Gillis is now forced to trade Luongo,no matter what kind of happy face he would like to paste on the situation in and through the media.

The Lou deal makes this team and is a very significant juncture in this version of Gillis at the helm of the Canucks.

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I think the Canucks will struggle a bit this season.

But i think we will make the playoff between 3-6 (still a weak division) and like the kings, will step it up towards the end. However, i'm not saying(realistically) that we will go all the way, but i think we win our first round matchup, maybe 2.

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Ye you're right King.

Go Flames.

Feel validated now?

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OK King, but here's what we're doing....we're holding you to this and, when it falls apart (your theory that is) then it's ban time? (your inner troll is shining through)

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Glad you started this thread, because it saved me from doing it.

I am also predicting they will miss the playoffs, for most of the same reasons. This organization and the players have grown complacent. It really bothers me that so few players went to play in Europe, especially when you compare to a team like the Bruins.

The Canucks are typically slow starters to the season anyway. In a short season there is allot less time to make up for that. Add the facts that they had fewer players active than almost any other team, that they have some key injuries (most of their second line), that they don't really have a third line centre to begin with let alone one who can move up to the second line to replace Kessler, and that they haven't dealt with the Luongo situation and I think you have a recipe for disaster.

I hope we're both wrong, but I'm not expecting much this year.

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In a sentence, I am officially predicting that the Vancouver Canucks will MISS the playoffs in 2013.

Here's why:

-Goaltending fiasco. Don't care about PC responses from the players or the GM, this will be a major distraction that will have an adverse effect on team morale. Awkward locker room. Poor allocation of cap dollars. I've said for a long time that the Canucks really missed the boat by not trading Schneider for something that could've seriously helped up in a Cup run last year, and it will for a long time be a regret of ours, IMO. Whatever we get for Luongo will be unexciting and we'll still have a relatively unproven goalie backstopping an alleged "team built to win now". Not a good combination.

-Complacency. Why didn't anybody go to Europe? Practicing with the UBC team is hardly an adequate preparation for the season. Makes me think that this bunch has largely lost their hunger. A 5-game post-season exit last year adds credence to this thought. By not going to Europe/Russia, the message in essence is that they'd rather stay in their posh Vancouver homes than be bothered to go try and compete to help stay sharp. Not a good sign. Of course, this doesn't include everybody, but the vast majority of the team chose to not play hockey in the downtime. I expect it to cost them.

-Calgary has gotten better. Added good scoring depth in Hudler, and late-season acquisition Cammalleri. Got rid of Jokinen, which is addition by subtraction. Got a proven PP QB in Wideman. Most importantly, a new coach. Would not surprise me at all to see the Flames win the division, somewhat like the Canucks did in '06-'07, out of nowhere and under AV's rookie year behind the bench.

-Edmonton has gotten better. Justin Schultz is going to be a star. I like the Fistric acquisition a lot. Dubnyk was very good at the Spengler Cup. Heavy momentum going into the year. Key guys are already in mid-season form.

-Minnesota has gotten better. Granlund, Parise, & Suter should all have an immediate and material impact.

David Booth's injury announcement yesterday just makes me more confident that this is one of those years where essentially everything's going to go wrong for the Canucks. The Jason Garrison signing is also one that I was/am vehemently against. Don't expect it to turn out good. Sami Salo's presence on the back end will be sorely missed.

And no, I am not "hating", so please don't suggest that I am. This is an opinion of mine that I am fully entitled to. Feel free to debate and/or include your own prediction.

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If you're not simply hating on the team (you are btw, anyone who feels the need to say they aren't just hating is in fact hating) then you're being a drama queen. (You're that as well.) There will be stumbling blocks; hell there are stumbling blocks but this is nothing new...just like your posts.Employee

I think you are full of it,Employee.

Any fan can be objective all the time,especially when going on five decades without a cup.

Drama queen ,your posts are stumbling blocks,you are a hater,sucking up to Deb.etc..

Pretty ugly stuff first thing in the morning.

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I think the Canucks missing the Playoffs is a bit of stretch, KoES.

The way I see things, the season will probably start out high scoring. Teams will make tons of mistakes in costly areas while they work out rust and build chemistry. As time passes by and teams get a feel for where they stand, the games will probably take on a more defensive style. This will suit the Canucks because, in my eyes, goaltending and defense are the team's strengths right now. The boys are going to have a more difficult time scoring without Kes and Booth, so, a focus on team defence and special teams is imperative. A good PP, a good PK and solid goaltending will go a long way towards being successful until injuries have healed.

The Northwest has improved, KoES, I agree there. I also agree that you are nothing short of a fat, little, bearded troll who enjoys stirring up the sh!t here on a Canuck's message board.

Good day to you, Grumpy!

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Thanks for the early morning laugh King :lol::picard:

And for the billionth time, the goalies will not be a distraction. Luongo an Schneider have stated many times that they're great friends, when will this get through your thick skull? You're almsot as annoying as Canucks Hockey 101 refusing to believe Luongo is being traded.

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