In a world where time machines exist... if we got this kid and he single-handedly won us the Cup in his rookie year, I might feel ok about missing a year of hockey.
In the real world, though, I just want to watch hockey. I don't care if we don't win the Cup next year or the year after. Every season is filled with hundreds of special hockey moments. Those are the things I look forward to each summer. A shot at a Cup is just a nice bonus for me.
He's only listed at 5'10, 184 pounds. He wouldn't be able to handle the traffic in front of the net, in the NHL, IMO.
Yeah screw anyone under 6' tall, 200lbs. They never amount to anything.
^ in case the image doesn't show. That's Joe Mullen. 5'9, 180 lbs. Undrafted. Rookie debut at 24. Played 17 seasons. Scored 502 goals, 1063 points. 3 Cups. Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000. Current assistant coach in PHI. And oh yeah Patrick Mullen's father.
I recently attended a charity event and in a silent auction I bid 175 for two 7th row Canucks tickets. I won. However, knowing the donators, and knowing the recent developments of the current negotiations I am entering a smaller but similar limbo. Do I donate my hard earned money to the new Westminster fire fighters burn fund, and not get the tickets I bid on? Do I wait until the season is resolved and donate the money then in return for thos tickets? What if there is no season? Is there no donation for this charity?
In the end my problem is trivial. Can these owners not realize that without the players there is no wager to profit from, without owners putting up big dollars there's no venues and games. The only losers here are fans, children of fans, local charities, employees of teams not covered by the nhlpa, local eateries, bars, pubs, equipment and sports apparel shops, bclc charities, season ticket holders, Airline and hotel staff who host such events, vendors, taxi drivers, police officers who get overtime working the streets supporting their children, all 50/50 recipients on both sides of the coin, scalpers ( ok no sympathy but nonetheless an existing side business that supports livelyhoods ) beggars that thrive on the throngs of fans that show up at the arena, costco's hotdog sales, etc.
It is finally July 1st. The offseason is in full swing, and tomorrow could be a huge day for the franchise. Luongo, the goaltender to whom the organization initially comitted to for 12 long, fruitful years, may in fact be traded away only a couple of years into his contract.
The Canucks will be looking to acquire some help in the top 6 forwards, the top 4 defence, as well as some depth, if they wish to really get over the top, and win the Stanley Cup.
But this is also a huge test for the FANS of this city's team. I urge you all to hold back your negativity. Don't believe any rumours, don't bash General Manager Mike Gillis and Co. for any deals, until all is said and done. Hockey is a business, and it is extremely difficult to deal PLAYERS. These are human beings with families, who have to relocate across the continent.
There are friendships that will be severed, and emotions will be high. I just hope that through everything that we have faced over the last several years, we will come through as a fan-base, and we will be respectful. Lets just stand by this team, and see what happens.
Stay level headed, and stay golden CDC & Canucks Nation.
I actually think its necessary, I'm tired of being pussies. The history of this team has been big and strong, we've gotten away from that. We need balance between size and skill and we need to add size to keep it even. This is a terrible draft year for skill so you might as well draft some muscle.
Sure why not - if they want four or five pieces why not throw in 6? Why stop there. Who needs Connauton, Jensen or Kassian? We should look at this as an opportunity to unload every prospect we have... and then go out and buy ourselves BlueJackets jerseys.
Hey CDC, thanks for taking my post. Long time reader, 2144th poster.
Gillis' most critical call this season isn't going to be which goalie he trades, what he does with Pahlsson, Booth, Kesler, or Salo.
It's going to be whether or not he retains our longtime bench boss, Alain Vigneault. Everything depends on it.
Personnel decisions aren't made alone by the GM in his office. He consults with the rest of the staff to determine what they feel they lack. If AV is gone, the new coach may indicate to MG that he wants certain players to stay.
First, Luongo's team next year depends heavily on who the Canucks coach is next year. He lives here, loves the city, and moving away isn't going to be easy for him. In the end, it might not be his decision, but rather Gillis'. AV gave his vote of confidence to Schneids. If AV stays, Roberto's gone. It's clear. If a new coach comes in, MG can have the option. I'd be shocked to see any players get moved before the coach for next year is set in stone. I don't necessarily believe that Cory has more value than Roberto on the open market either. One thing that I think everyone overlooks is that Cory is unsigned going into next season. A team is trading for his rights, not a guaranteed contract. That comes with risk. What if Cory decides to hold out or has his sights set on another team? I know RFA rights don't grant the player the same latitude as UFA rights, but it's still a factor to consider. This alone discounts Cory's fair market value.
Second, for all the people demanding for Booth, Ballard, and others to be gone, you can't completely judge next year's Booth, Ballard or etc. based on this year's version of them. We all know that AV has his favorites and dogs. Raymond plays game after game, while Ballard never sees ice. If AV is gone these players might receive different roles. Imagine if a coach like Tortorella was brought in and got on Booth's ass like he did on Gaborik to "stop in front of the net for once". Maybe Booth gets a few more black eyes but bangs in 25 garbage goals. What if he encourages Ballard and plays him game after game until Keith has the confidence to dominate offensively like we've seen him do and he notches 40 assists? If the new boss can motivate and assign roles correctly, we might see Booth and Ballard revive their careers in major ways. Then we'd all love them on CDC. Raymond of course would no longer be sucking up top-6 minutes.
Thirdly, I like the Kassian trade. For all the hype around Cody's vision, Kassian doesn't seem to be too far off as we've seen him make some really nice passes. No one knows how much Cody would have contributed this playoffs, but the ironic thing is that AV was the main factor for Cody's departure and now he might be on his way out, only a few months later. Food for thought: if MG never rushed the trade, Canucks still lost in the first round, and AV got canned, Cody might have been slotted onto the 2nd line, been the playermaker between Kesler and Booth next year, and loved it.
Ok I'll hit submit now and listen to what you guys have to say.
EDIT: I'm disappointed that no one's said anything about my team1040 call in reference.