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  1. Sure he might get 11-13 minutes of ice time, but he'd get well over 20 minutes in the WHL.I still think the WHL (and WJC) would be better for his development next season. He can fine tune his offense (dominate), take on leadership roles on the Hitmen and Canada WJC team and mature, work on his defense and positioning (easier to do at the WHL level), and gain confidence. We also need to remember he was one of the youngest guys in his draft class so his +2 season is "earlier" than others (especially with time lost because of his injury). However, I am really interested to see what he looks like in training camp. I'm not really concerned about size/speed but rather his defence and positioning in pre-season games. I noticed watching the Hitmen that he often goes out of position for a hit, or to try and intercept a pass. At the WHL level he can get away with it because he is so much quicker than the others he can easily recover. I am curious to see if he becomes more risk adverse when starting at the NHL level.
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  2. The truth, as usual, lies somewhere in the middle. Did he have a super-awesome-amazeballs season? No. Did he have a super-sucky, 'disappointing' season? No. Within the context of his shoulder injury/no off season training he had a decent season including a WJC gold championship and some valuable (and meaningful) AHL playoff time, though he was not great or great consistently enough in Calgary. His season is neither to be overly celebrated or fretted over. He merely did "well". I'd imagine that while management is far from disappointed in his last year, they're expecting a much bigger jump in his development this year.
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  3. Jasek held off Czech summer camp list , Not a big deal per article as it is mostly younger guys who will not make the team . Just needs to have a good start to the year with Trinec . http://canucksarmy.com/2015/7/23/canucks-prospect-lukas-jasek-spurned-from-czech-u20-camp
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  4. I agree with this. I've seen Virtanen play live over 20 times, more this season than last, and I would agree he has rounded out his game this year. But he still struggles to be consistent all the time (both offensively, but also physically). Sometimes I wouldn't notice him for a whole period and I was specifically looking for him. But this is common for a lot of junior players. Personally, I would prefer him to go back to junior for another season rather than be a bottom 6 guy for the Canucks next year.
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  5. A Dangerous Answer A woman is at home alone when she hears someone knock at the door. When she opens the door there's a man standing there. He asks her: " Do you have a vagina? " She slams the door in disgust. The next morning she hears a knock at the door and it is the same man and he asks the same question of the woman, ' "Do you have a vagina?" She slams the door again. Later that night when her husband gets home she tells him what has happened for the last two days. The husband tells the wife in a loving and concerned voice, " Honey, I am taking tomorrow off to be home just in case this guy shows up again." The next morning they hear a knock and both run for the door. The husband says to the wife in a whispered voice: "Honey, I'm going to hide behind the door and listen and if it is the same guy I want you to answer YES to the question because I want to see where the Bastard is going with it." She nods yes to her husband and opens the door. Sure enough the same fellow is standing there and asks the same question; " Do you have a vagina'? ' " Yes, actually I have," she says The man replies "Good! Would you mind telling your husband to leave my wife's alone and start using yours?"
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  6. I'll be watching for that. It's kind of funny, because despite the eye rolling that Dickey gets and deserves, he shouldn't be anywhere near as bad as his record indicates. Nor should Hutchison's be anywhere near as good. His stats are actually noticeably worse in certain respects. But I'd still rather take a Hutchison outing over a Dickey one, with fewer walks, more strikeouts, to go along with that strong occurrence of winning. edit: The probable pitchers have changed so that Hutchison is now pitching the Friday Mariners game. So I got what I wanted, I guess.
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  7. Day 60 Titans 16 @ Wings 10 Mammoth 10 @ Bandits 7 Knighthawks 7 @ Rock 10
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  8. Reblogged from: https://narwhalhockey.wordpress.com Hint: There’s no puzzle, that was just to lure you in, and it rhymed. Anyways… Look out Anaheim, California! Or shall we say, look out National Hockey League. GOOD friends Ryan Kesler and Kevin Bieksa have been reunited in Anaheim and are poised to have a strong season. Adding these two players to the team gives The Ducks two more players. In doing so, The Ducks have also made themselves immune to things such as smaller/inferior NHLers, Michael Ferkland, playoff losses to Nashville/San Jose, and guys who don’t play like bastards. The main thing these guys bring to the Ducks team is personality. If these two improve anything on the team it will be interviews, because guys like Getzlaf and Perry just don’t compare off the ice. Like, they just don’t have a chance, they suck in comparison, Kesler and Bieksa have so much personality that they could even have their own show. I’ve said enough, and Kesler actually already has his own show so I’m totally right on this. Although they make the Ducks better on and off the ice by bringing their hard working spirit and personalities to the team, they also bring other things like Kesler bombs and milk hotdogs which can make any team THAT much better. I really feel like if there is anything that’s gonna take that team to the next level, It’s gonna be the Kesler bombs. Every player that get’s Kesler bombed becomes a better player/person afterwards. It worked with Raffi Torres, after being Kesler bombed he put up more points and never dressed up like Jay Z again. Torres was actually in Arizona when he did that, but still, it probably would have been something even worse had he not been Kesler bombed the year before. Kes is a hero, really. So if Perry or Getzlaf get Kesler bombed who knows what can happen? the thought of them getting better via Kesler Bomb is a scary one. They have the potential to be a very dangerous pairing next year if this happens, more dangerous than putting Luca Sbisa in for a 5 on 3 Penalty kill. But enough about those guys. The big thing here is, on one hand you have #17 Kesler, and then when you add #3 Bieksa into the equation, you get 20. I don’t know where I was going with that, but I’m gonna keep it in because it completes this paragraph. (Just imagine they’re both in Ducks uniforms, I don’t have photoshop) It’s a Vancouver reunion of sorts, okay it’s a total Vancouver reunion, as Kesler and Bieksa form the Mighty Nucks of Vanaheim (Has that been used before? probably, that also should of been the title) So good luck to the Mighty Nucks, if you guys get a cup we can win and celebrate vicariously through you, if you make the finals and lose in game 7 we riot, vicariously, via GTA. Unless by lose in game 7 finals we mean conference finals and it’s vs the Canucks, in which case we celebrate our victory for real, and trip on confetti. Shane O’Brien is also joining them. But he’s clearly not as entertaining, and only get’s this one sentence. I like Kesler.
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  9. "Adding these two players to the team gives The Ducks two more players." "The big thing here is, on one hand you have #17 Kesler, and then when you add #3 Bieksa into the equation, you get 20. I don’t know where I was going with that..." Add the two to the two, and the 3 to the 17, and what do you get?
    1 point
  10. You need guys like Cassels to actually win games.
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  12. That fluff piece played a Stanley Cup final with broken ribs, that had to be frozen before each game. Played in the league for almost 20 years. Hit like a wrecking ball. Was president of the Players Association. Gave everything he had in every game. Scored 99 points in 124 playoff games, and won the Memorial Cup twice. Sounds to me like a guy who knows hockey.
    1 point
  13. Pecans in the cemetery On the outskirts of a small town, there was a big, old pecan tree just inside the cemetery fence. One day, two boys filled up a bucketful of nuts and sat down by the tree, out of sight, and began dividing the nuts. 'One for you, one for me, one for you, one for me,' said one boy. Several dropped and rolled down toward the fence. Another boy came riding along the road on his bicycle. As he passed, he thought he heard voices from inside the cemetery. He slowed down to investigate. Sure enough, he heard, 'One for you, one for me, one for you, one for me...' He just knew what it was. He jumped back on his bike and rode off. Just around the bend he met an old man with a cane, hobbling along. 'Come here quick,' said the boy, 'you won't believe what I heard! Satan and the Lord are down at the cemetery dividing up the souls!' The man said, 'Beat it kid, can't you see it's hard for me to walk.' When the boy insisted, the man hobbled slowly to the cemetery. Standing by the fence they heard, 'One for you, one for me. One for you, one for me.' The old man whispered, 'Boy, you've been tellin' me the truth. Let's see if we can see the Lord... Shaking with fear, they peered through the fence, yet were still unable to see anything. The old man and the boy gripped the wrought iron bars of the fence tighter and tighter as they tried to get a glimpse of the Lord. At last they heard, 'One for you, one for me. That's all. Now... let's go get those nuts by the fence and we'll be done.... They say the old man had the lead for a good half-mile, before the kid on the bike passed him.
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  14. You just blew my mind.
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  15. A blonde gets a job as a physical education teacher of 16 year olds. She notices a boy at the end of the field standing alone, while all the other kids are running around having fun kicking a ball. She takes pity on him and decides to speak to him. 'You ok?' she asks. 'Yes.' he says. 'You can go and play with the other kids you know' she says. 'It's best I stay here.' he says. 'Why's that sweetie?' says the blonde teacher. The boy looks at her incredulously and says, ‘Because I'm the goalie!’
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  16. Men Are Sensitive, Too! A woman awakes during the night to find that her husband is not in bed. She puts on her robe and goes downstairs to look for him. She finds him sitting at the kitchen table with a hot cup of coffee in front of him. He appears to be in deep thought, just staring at the wall. She watches as he wipes a tear from his eye and takes a sip of his coffee. 'What's the matter, dear?' she whispers as she steps into the room. 'Why are you down here at this time of night?' The husband looks up from his coffee, 'It's the 20th Anniversary of the day we met.' She can't believe he has remembered and starts to tear up. The husband continues, 'Do you remember 20 years ago when we started dating? I was 18 and you were only 16,' he says solemnly. Once again, the wife is touched to tears. ‘Yes, I do,' she replies. The husband pauses. The words were not coming easily. 'Do you remember when your father caught us in the back seat of my car?' 'Yes, I remember,' said the wife, lowering herself into the chair beside him. The husband continued. 'Do you remember when he shoved the shotgun in my face and said, "Either you marry my daughter or I will send you to prison for 20 years?' 'I remember that, too,' she replied softly. He wiped another tear from his cheek and said, 'I would have gotten out today.'
    1 point
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