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#1 406281dylan

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 10:18 AM

First of all I would just like to give my respect to Manny Malhotra who I consider a true Canuck and a great proffesional on and off the ice. As we all know Manny is a saint in the faceoff circle for us and he is very solid on d. With Kesler back in to action we should be ok on the left side of the faceoffs. But someone who will be called upon to play a much larger defensive role is Maxim lapierre. Unfortunatly he does not have what u can say great wingers by his side (weise,volpatti) but they will wreck people in the hitting and agression game. Maxim is emerging in to a leader for us and i think that especially when Booth returns from injury, he will be given either higgins or hansen on his line which is amazing. In my opinion we will look like a better Canucks team then we did during cup year. I think that the Nucks will most likely give Lapierre Higgins as they have instant chemistry i also think that when higgins is on the fourth line we will be roling both the third and fourth line just as much.
Anyways getting to the point I am confident that with Manny out Lapierre will kill it and be a great replacement, this will be a hell of a year and hopefully this will give us the motivation to win the Stanley Cup.
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Posted 15 February 2013 - 10:24 AM

Lapierre will get an upgrade in wingers due to Keslers return. By upgrade I mean from Ebbett.

Sedin Sedin Kassian/Burrows
Raymond/Higgins Kesler Kassian/Burrows
Raymond/Higgins Schroeder Hansen
Volpatti Lappierre Weise
Higgins will replace Volpatti or Weise once Booth returns

Weise and Vopatti are underrated 4th liners on this forum.

Edited by WL Canuck Fan, 15 February 2013 - 10:25 AM.

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 10:26 AM

Lapierre looks stronger and more confident this year, he also seems to be handling the puck a lot better, all in all, a lot of improvement.

Aside from this, I'm thinking number 45 will also have a very large role.
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Posted 15 February 2013 - 10:33 AM

Volpatti-Lapps-Weise is one hell of a fourth line. Lapps hasn't looked as good as last year, but he's slowly comin back.
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Posted 15 February 2013 - 10:48 AM

Lappy is more suited to be a 4th line C. I loved him in 2011 Cup run and he did a good job but since then Lappy has not shown to be a 3rd line C on a Cup winner.

The departure of Manny puts Lappy in 4th C spot. Great spot for him.
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Posted 15 February 2013 - 10:59 AM

Lappy is more suited to be a 4th line C. I loved him in 2011 Cup run and he did a good job but since then Lappy has not shown to be a 3rd line C on a Cup winner.

The departure of Manny puts Lappy in 4th C spot. Great spot for him.


Torres - Lapierre - Hansen was one hell of a shutdown/checking line for us. It's good that his role will expand but we still need a solid shutdown left-handed centreman who is good on the dot -- we can't have Hank out there taking all the left side defensive draws.
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Posted 15 February 2013 - 11:05 AM

When the team is healthy, baring no moves, the 4th line could be Higgins - Lapierre - Weise/Volpatti

I'd say the Canucks should upgrade that RW position, and have Volpatti as the 13th forward...

Imagine a 4th line of something like Higgins - Lapierre - Torres or something. High energy, offensive potential.
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Posted 15 February 2013 - 11:14 AM

Torres - Lapierre - Hansen was one hell of a shutdown/checking line for us. It's good that his role will expand but we still need a solid shutdown left-handed centreman who is good on the dot -- we can't have Hank out there taking all the left side defensive draws.


This team needs a Torres type on the 3rd line.

Raymond Schroeder Hansen is way too soft and small.
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Posted 15 February 2013 - 11:18 AM

i wouldn't mind seeing this line but boy do I miss Torres...

Sedin Sedin Burrows

ELR Shroeder Hansen

Higgins Lappy Kassian

Volpatti kesler Weise
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HAHAHA ANOTHER INJURED MORON ON OUR TEAM

HE WILL JOIN US IN 2019

Benning will be fired next year. Hope he enjoys screwing around for a few months. I just cant believe this. Another injured BC player. We just got rid of garrison. Seems like the canucks and linden just wanted any BC born player. Doesn't matter if hes good or not. We don't need another Linden to get us to game 7 of the Stanley cup and lose. We need someone to win us a cup.

5 million a year for Vrbata? 6 million for Miller? Kesler for Bonino and 24th instead of 10th pick or one of their top prospects? Garrison for scraps?

ive already lost faith in JB. Ive never EVER had this bad of a feeling about management.

 


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Posted 15 February 2013 - 11:19 AM

This team needs a Torres type on the 3rd line.

Raymond Schroeder Hansen is way too soft and small.


I thought Boston had a similar line...
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Benning will be fired next year. Hope he enjoys screwing around for a few months. I just cant believe this. Another injured BC player. We just got rid of garrison. Seems like the canucks and linden just wanted any BC born player. Doesn't matter if hes good or not. We don't need another Linden to get us to game 7 of the Stanley cup and lose. We need someone to win us a cup.

5 million a year for Vrbata? 6 million for Miller? Kesler for Bonino and 24th instead of 10th pick or one of their top prospects? Garrison for scraps?

ive already lost faith in JB. Ive never EVER had this bad of a feeling about management.

 


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Posted 15 February 2013 - 11:19 AM

Torres - Lapierre - Hansen was one hell of a shutdown/checking line for us. It's good that his role will expand but we still need a solid shutdown left-handed centreman who is good on the dot -- we can't have Hank out there taking all the left side defensive draws.


I think I now know what we might need to get in an impending goalie trade.
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Posted 15 February 2013 - 11:19 AM

This team needs a Torres type on the 3rd line.

Raymond Schroeder Hansen is way too soft and small.


I agree. They got speed, nut no grittiness.
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Posted 15 February 2013 - 11:22 AM

i wouldn't mind seeing this line but boy do I miss Torres...

Sedin Sedin Burrows

Raymond Shroeder Hansen

Higgins Lappy Kassian

Volpatti kesler Weise


Now I hope you're not considering this full time.

But I do like putting Kesler on the 4th line for 5 games until he find his groove.

Edited by Armada, 15 February 2013 - 11:22 AM.

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 11:28 AM

Now I hope you're not considering this full time.

But I do like putting Kesler on the 4th line for 5 games until he find his groove.


No no... i meant just to ease Kesler in. AV did say he wanted to slowly get Kesler going.

I however love the third line of Higgy - Lappy - Kassy

that line from the last game reminded me of when Torres was here.

God i love the second and third line lol

I guess once kesler is back and i mean really back...

Sedin Sedin Burrows

?Higgy Kesler Kassian?

May Shroeder Hansen (Since its working so well)

Volpatti Lappy Weise


Who knows...i find this line speculation all kind of fun

Edited by Monteeun, 15 February 2013 - 11:37 AM.

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Benning will be fired next year. Hope he enjoys screwing around for a few months. I just cant believe this. Another injured BC player. We just got rid of garrison. Seems like the canucks and linden just wanted any BC born player. Doesn't matter if hes good or not. We don't need another Linden to get us to game 7 of the Stanley cup and lose. We need someone to win us a cup.

5 million a year for Vrbata? 6 million for Miller? Kesler for Bonino and 24th instead of 10th pick or one of their top prospects? Garrison for scraps?

ive already lost faith in JB. Ive never EVER had this bad of a feeling about management.

 


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Posted 15 February 2013 - 11:31 AM

not to say anything but couldnt he just wear a full cage for instead of a visor
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Posted 15 February 2013 - 11:33 AM

Lappy is going to take almost all the defensive zone draws I imagine, at least until Kesler gets back to full form and can help out. We shouldn't have Henrik do any unless it's an emergency..

Also, I wouldn't mind seeing Ebbett on the 4th line along with Lappy some of the time, just in case he gets waved out, we'll still have a center there.. Especially since it seems the refs are waving everyone out this year, and I wouldn't want Weise or Volpatti taking a face off in our zone...
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Posted 15 February 2013 - 11:35 AM

I think I now know what we might need to get in an impending goalie trade.


Agreed. Now, pending Toronto being the trade partner, options are:

(With other players, including back up goalie of either Reimer or Scrivens coming our way)
Leo Komarov
Nazem Kadri
David Steckel

Komarov lacks size, Kadri is a little weak at faceoffs, and Steckels numbers in the +/- concern me
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Posted 15 February 2013 - 11:36 AM

not to say anything but couldnt he just wear a full cage for instead of a visor


It's not about protecting Manny's eye.. It's about Manny not being able to see things that are around him because his eye is so damaged.. A cage wouldn't help that
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Posted 15 February 2013 - 11:37 AM

Everyone's worried about the softness of our 3rd line, but they haven't really been tested yet, by a big mean team so we have to wait and see how they respond. Hansen isn't soft and schroeder gives his all in the corners as we saw form the GWG last game. Maybe you can throw higgins on that line, but then the mayray JS combo is separated.... I am willing to give them the oppertunity to play together in those situations before we start writing them off for the inability to play in physical games. Don't forget we have two other guys on the ice with them!
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Posted 15 February 2013 - 11:42 AM

Hmmmm; Higgins for Torres at the deadline... :towel:

This team needs a Torres type on the 3rd line.

Raymond Schroeder Hansen is way too soft and small.


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Posted 15 February 2013 - 12:02 PM

bring back raffi lol
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Posted 15 February 2013 - 12:07 PM

Would love Raffi back! He single handily makes a team physical. Scares the **** outta the opposition.
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Posted 15 February 2013 - 12:43 PM

I never understood why AV put Malhotra and Lapierre (two centres) on the same line, meanwhile he put Burrows and Hansen two right wings) on the same line...

With Malhotra on IR, Lapierre can return to his original position.

This is how I think the lines could look:

Daniel - Henrik - Kassian
Higgins - Kesler - Burrows
Raymond - Schroeder - Hansen
Volpatti - Lapierre - Weise

Bieksa - Hamhuis
Garrison - Edler
Tanev - Ballard

Luongo
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Posted 15 February 2013 - 01:33 PM

Lappy will relish this opportunity and will continue to impress us all. Manny will be missed but the over all line-up improves with him out and we get a look at a few guys in different situations.

Edited by Mr.DirtyDangles, 15 February 2013 - 01:33 PM.

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 04:43 PM

Torres - Lapierre - Hansen was one hell of a shutdown/checking line for us. It's good that his role will expand but we still need a solid shutdown left-handed centreman who is good on the dot -- we can't have Hank out there taking all the left side defensive draws.


I miss Torres so much. He is only wants 1 Million and he makes the other teams so scared to handle the puck.
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Posted 15 February 2013 - 04:47 PM

Don't get the Raffi love here. Like we need another guy who's idea of playing tough is checking people into the boards from behind. At the rate he's going he'll be banned from the NHL in no time. Pass.
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Posted 15 February 2013 - 04:58 PM

The last thing in the world we need is Torres back, he's just a goon. I'd rather have someone who plays hockey instead of playing to hurt.
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Posted 15 February 2013 - 05:13 PM

We're lucky Schroeder is going to step in perfectly to fill that #3 center spot, but this team needs an extra center in case of injury. I don't want to see Ebbett play another game at center.

Losing Malhotra, we lose a PKer, good faceoff man but importantly a LOT of size. He was probably our biggest center, now we have Kesler and Henrik (both average-sized), Lapierre (average height but good hitter) and Schroeder (tiny size). The Canucks need a big guy down the middle and preferably a defensive specialist - we have 3 offensive centers now. Someone who's versatile and can play with Lappy on the 4th line as winger too.
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Posted 15 February 2013 - 05:48 PM

I'm still wondering how a 2nd line of Kassian,Kesler,and Booth would perform like... and i can't remember but LTIR doesn't count against the cap right/wrong? concerning Manny of course
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Posted 15 February 2013 - 06:32 PM

What people forget about Torres is his inability to pass and keep the puck movement flowing. Solid checker but his hands of stone limited the other guys on the line.
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