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Our defense lacking leader

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Our team specially the D has lost a lot of veteran leadership with the departure of Sami Salo.Last 4-5 years our D matured slowly and steadily under the wing of leaders like Ohlund, Mitchell and Salo. We certainly have the skill and talent this year but lacking the leadership. Canucks have a gaping hole in dictatorship to fill on our blue line. Seasoned players like Bieksa and Hamhuis need to step up.

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We no longer have a wiley veteran on this team and that's what's costing us. I knew this would happen when Salo was traded - the Canucks defence are still full of young guys who panic and aren't very calm without a veteran presence.

Get Vandermeer and Barker into the lineup, they're the closest we have to a real grey-beard to calm our panicky guys like Edler, Garrison and Bieksa down. Tanev is doing the best he can with Ballard...

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Canucks D do it by committee. They don`t have a leader per se.

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We no longer have a wiley veteran on this team and that's what's costing us. I knew this would happen when Salo was traded - the Canucks defence are still full of young guys who panic and aren't very calm without a veteran presence.

Get Vandermeer and Barker into the lineup, they're the closest we have to a real grey-beard to calm our panicky guys like Edler, Garrison and Bieksa down. Tanev is doing the best he can with Ballard...

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I always said Salo was our best D-man when healthy. If he had a NORMAL injury history, he would easily have been a 6-7 mil D-man. Completely underrated. Shame on Gillis for letting him go.

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"We certainly have the skill and talent this year but lacking the leadership. Canucks have a gaping hole in dictatorship to fill on our blue line. Seasoned players like Bieksa and Hamhuis need to step up." Van Can Man

Nah,the blue liners are all mature and even Tanev plays more steady than the old guys.

Bieksa and Hamhuis are having a rough start.I think the longer Dan carries Kevin the more it will become apparent whom is dragging down whom.

However, " a gaping hole in dictatorship" has to qualify for the most ridonkeyless statement of the short year.

Well done and step up to claim your prize.

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I would have said he's the leader.

Good luck leading everyone else though when you're playing like horse doo-doo.

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Tanev for Tsar!

We will rename Canucks nations Tanevgrad.

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I thought bieksa played good tonight played simple didn't make many mistakes but now he's gotta do it more consistently but Edler has to start playing alot better defensively

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Bieksa is only a leader on contract years. So awesome a leader, in fact, that the rest of our team followed his example!

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tanev doing best he can with ballard??? ballard has been just fine this year..

cam barker is a grey beard????

:picard:

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"We certainly have the skill and talent this year but lacking the leadership. Canucks have a gaping hole in dictatorship to fill on our blue line. Seasoned players like Bieksa and Hamhuis need to step up." Van Can Man

Nah,the blue liners are all mature and even Tanev plays more steady than the old guys.

Bieksa and Hamhuis are having a rough start.I think the longer Dan carries Kevin the more it will become apparent whom is dragging down whom.

However, " a gaping hole in dictatorship" has to qualify for the most ridonkeyless statement of the short year.

Well done and step up to claim your prize.

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gaping hole in dictatorship.... :sadno:

bieksa and tanev and ballard have been our best d...so far in the games we have played...

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We no longer have a wiley veteran on this team and that's what's costing us. I knew this would happen when Salo was traded - the Canucks defence are still full of young guys who panic and aren't very calm without a veteran presence.

Get Vandermeer and Barker into the lineup, they're the closest we have to a real grey-beard to calm our panicky guys like Edler, Garrison and Bieksa down. Tanev is doing the best he can with Ballard...

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When is MG FINALLY going to give this team what it needs...................a game changer and a big ball breaking D!

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Didn't trade Salo.

I don't think we need one as we have experience throughout all pairs, we do it by committee, we don't have 1 guy that steps up, everyone knows they have to calm down.

Also "Tanev is doing the best he can with Ballard.. " What do you mean by that? Ballard has been great, together they have been our best pair, both bring something to that pair that adds to the success, it's not one carrying the other llike Hamhuis/Bieksa are sometimes if that's what you are saying.

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