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  1. Great vision, and first pass too.
    13 points
  2. This "debate" seems pretty easy for me to parse: Did we pay more for Poolman? Yes. Why? Because we weren't the only team interested in his services and he was a free agent. Were there other RHD options for the same cap or cheaper on the market? Maybe Hakanpaa, but maybe he didnt want to sign with us. Will Poolman's cap cripple us? No. Could his cap look good long-term? Yes. In the end, did we fill a need of a defensively-minded RHD? Sure did. Am I missing something? Oh, yeah, Benning is both the worst and best GM in the league. I think that covers everything in this thread hitherto.
    13 points
  3. Who would’ve guess that Tucker Poolman would become the hot topic of Canucks fan discussion in the off-season of 2021? But get used to it, Canucks fans, because I have a feeling we’re just getting started. I think we can all agree that the contract took most of us by surprise, especially the 4 year term. This is a player with a pretty limited NHL profile, in term of his games played. The sample size is hardly large enough to offer a really clear picture of his value as an NHL player (either by analytics or “eye test”), so it’s extremely difficult to project and evaluate his impact over a contract that runs the next four years into the future. It’s a gamble by Vancouver. Not a particularly expensive one, at $2.5M AAV, but still, it has the potential to be another inefficient long term contract by this management group, and we all know how those types of deals have gone in the past. We’re just getting out from under a number of those deals, and it took some significant effort (and risk, in taking on OEL’s contract), to clear those deals last time around. However, there is also the potential for reward, if Poolman proves to be the player the Canucks are gambling he will be in Vancouver. There’s a pretty credible argument that the Canucks intend to pair Poolman with OEL next season, and if that pairing works, it may become a staple of the next four years. And if it indeed works, $2.5M for the guy playing alongside OEL, on a top-4 pairing, used in a matchup role at evens, and eating significant minutes, would be money well spent. That’s if it works, of course (notice that I’m repeating myself? ). But with Hamonic almost certainly playing alongside Hughes, it’s either Myers or Poolman who draws in beside OEL. And if recent usage tells us anything about how the Canucks view Myers, they don’t like him in a matchup role, and they recognize that he’s not a “defensive” D or a player who provides “cover” on a pairing, especially in “tough” minutes or versus high quality competition. So I’d expect to see Myers kept in the same sheltered EV role as he played last season, partnering one of the young LHDs in Juolevi or Rathbone, at evens, and bumping up his total minutes with special teams play. Which leaves Poolman as the heir apparent to the right side of the new OEL pairing. And Benning has never been shy about being willing to “pay up” to ensure he gets the guys he wants in free agency, and being willing to compensate players according to the future role and value he sees in them, even if the history to-date, and the perceived player value outside of the Vancouver front office (especially when it comes to the analytics), don’t necessarily agree with him. But in the case of Poolman, I’m not even sure the argument holds that this is Benning truly overpaying, based on what we’ve seen in free agency this year. The market for defencemen was overheated, with a lot of activity on day one, and plenty of Dmen getting more term and higher AAVs than expected. And Dmen who profile as more “throwback” types, with size, rugged/physical makeups, and on-ice value mainly focused in their own zone, saw an uptick on value, after a general decline trend in recent years. This is most likely due to the recent playoffs and the Canadiens effect, and the Habs’ success was largely credited to their defence, and teams always seek to emulate whatever worked recently. So while the analytics may point to Poolman being “replacement level,” he’s also a big man who’s perceived as solid in his own zone (and the suppression side analytics generally back this up), who doesn’t necessarily give you much offence, but offers dependable in-zone defence, can play a matchup role, and, unlike other similar profiling Dmen, actually skates rather well for a big man. It’s easy to see what the Canucks like in this player, even though it is a bit of a gamble. On the positive side, I do see a fair amount in the analytics that supports betting on Poolman. His early career profile is actually similar to what you often see in a good defensive D who’s been on either a bad team or a bad pairing, and you could make the case for both the Jets, and for Poolman’s most frequent partner, in Morrissey. While the overall metrics haven’t been great, there is evidence of solid suppression ability in Poolman, and his numbers fit a certain mode that I’ve seen in other players of this type. His differentials get better as you move from Corsi, to Fenwick, to shots for/against, and his goal f/a outperform his expected goals. Analytics often view this type of profile negatively, but when it comes to defensive Dmen, I’ve often seen these numbers in players during “down years” and then with improved team situations (either an overall team improvement or a new pairing with better “fit” and chemistry), the player seems to maintain their suppression side stats, and see an overall improvement in the areas where they were perceived to struggle, either from positive team effects or a positive change their D partner. And suddenly, a “replacement level” Dman can become an analytics darling, even though it could be argued that the player himself didn’t really change all that much. Even within Poolman’s last two seasons, if you merely combined his defensive value last year, with his offensive value the previous year, you’d probably end up with about a 9 GAR player, and suddenly you’d see those JFresh charts showing a whole lot of green. Of course, there’s just not really enough data available on him right now to try to predict what the next four years will bring. But if Poolman can play solid in his own end, and provide above average suppression rates, while having the mobility to at least “tag along” with the offence, and maybe pickup some points along the way, and possibly also enjoy better overall “possession” metrics, just by virtue of team play, then it really wouldn’t take much for him to suddenly chart as a 1.5-2 WAR defenceman (one and a half to two wins above replacement), which fancy stats tend to value as $6-8M AAV players, just for what it’s worth. Not saying this is what he’ll become, but more just trying to show the volatility in the numbers, and how quickly a “bad player,” by the analytics, can become a “good player.” Hockey is a messy game to try to explain through analytics. So much randomness, and just the nature of this game doesn’t lend itself well to using numbers to evaluate current individual player on-ice value. And it’s even worse when you attempt to predict future performance. The Poolman signing is a gamble, and it’s largely a pro scouting call (and I won’t get into my level of confidence in the Canucks pro scouts here ), as the analytics really don’t offer much help here. But if the scouts are right, and we get four years out of Poolman, as a rugged, defensive/suppression, matchup, Top-4 D, then his $2.5M AAV will be a bargain for this team. And if that happens, the analytics will likely turn around dramatically, and all those fancy charts might very well turn into seas of green. Look, it’s not necessarily the gamble I’d make if I were sitting in the GM’s chair, but I don’t hate it either, and I’m very interested to watch how it works out, and willing to just “wait and see,” when it comes to Poolman. I have a feeling we’ll be talking about him a lot, either way, but hopefully it will be a positive conversation.
    12 points
  4. Bad idea for several reasons: - OJ looked good with Myers. Could be great matchup pair. - OJ's value is as low as it can be, no point in trading him now. - Considering the cap situation he is good value. - He is on the upswing. After his injuries he hasn't had a proper camp nor the playing time to grow. If anything they should try to somehow squeeze him into the AHL and give him 25 minutes a night. Still has the potential to become "really good". - Three offensive D on the left is one too many. One pair with a rover is enough as well. Need more balance. OJ can play the PK, hit, block shots, stay at home - can Rathbone? - You can't bank on Rathbone just yet. He has only played a handful of games + the first year with a full schedule, travelling, pressure etc. can be brutal. You need insurance. - SInce when is depth a bad thing to have, especially on D for the Canucks, where 3-5 players are usually injured?
    9 points
  5. IMO, everything you said would be an absolute bone-head move. Yeah, he had bad luck with injuries, but he's finally getting healthy and wasn't picked 5th overall because he's a punk. He showed last year that he's a very stable D with a great stretch pass, a really nice, accurate shot, and isn't afraid to take the body. People need to have more patience.
    9 points
  6. Juolevi has far more worth to the team at this point. He showed extremely well in the games he played last season. Poise, intelligence, patience, and physicality. As others in the thread have already stated, he's not going to get you much in a trade, so why bother? Shaw's influence and experience will have a positive effect on him.
    9 points
  7. What would Barry know about Benning's intentions to trade? Seems odd that a player agent would make that claim.
    9 points
  8. Some people are finally pushing back against the negativity that exists on this forum. Frankly, it's nice to see. There are far too many people online who simply want to justify their negative mindset and double down on that justification rather than pausing to see, acknowledge, and understand the value of the other side. There's a huge difference between negative opinion and chronic negativity. The latter in most cases is cancer to the health of online forums like this. Checks and balances are needed and necessary. The reactions you're pointing out fall into a check and balance, imo, which is actually good for the community. What I see ... a lot of people are saying, hey, pause the reactionary negativity for a second and take a look at the positives. Maybe, just maybe, there really is too much whinging around here. Just because some people are seeing the positives with Poolman and the contract doesn't mean they don't see the negatives. Hell, I could very easily look at Poolman and be down on the guy. Sure, there are reasons for me to go there. But there are other things to consider. With the influence of Brad Shaw - a proven developer of elite defensive talent - there's a positive dynamic at play that we're not seeing and has yet to play out ... and - imo - reason for more optimism rather than pessimism when it comes to our D. And quite frankly, I'll be shocked if Shaw doesn't have a positive impact on our D. I'll be even more shocked if things stay as equally negative with our D as they have been with a guy like Shaw on our staff. Also, I see more positives in Poolman's style of play in relation to what we need and I trust Shaw can help Poolman succeed. I also see his connection to Boeser as a former teammate, which - imo - should be a positive. I also see Poolman getting the right opportunity at the right time to take his game to the next level. To me, what's obvious and apparent is that there's a portion of the fanbase and media saying the exact same negative things year after year no matter what changes are made. We just turned over seven roster players, took care of the bad contracts, have Podz coming in, got a dynamo in Garland, a great defensive forward in Dickinson, got OEL out of a bad situation, have legit stability in our Top 9, now have solid depth a C, got a quality backup in Halak, have Poolman and Hamonic ... we re-signed Clark and brought in Shaw ... you really have to put a lot of effort in to maintain the same level of negativity about the team as last year.
    9 points
  9. Listening to an interview with him on 650, I loved hearing that he chose to come back here not only because of the moves made by the team this summer, but because he knew that Vancouver taking a chance on him in his first time here had a snowball effect on him signing with Tampa, which gave him the two Cup rings he was looking for. Schenn is all class.
    9 points
  10. So, all 3 of your "bads" are "let's see how they perform"? Perhaps it's just a "question mark" then, not "bad"?
    9 points
  11. Tkachuk takes out Juolevi's legs, Juolevi takes revenge.mp4
    8 points
  12. Juolevi has size, he skates really well, and he's got some smarts. I wish Green would give him more opportunity to grow and gain confidence. I think he'll still become a very good Dman if he's given a chance.
    8 points
  13. How about we see how he does now that we've taken steps to minimize the damage Baumgartner can do?
    8 points
  14. Guy hasn’t played a game for us yet and people already talking about whether he will be easy to move.
    8 points
  15. We got a big bodied, strong skating, R-handed NHL d man on cost controlled 4 year deal. What’s not to like? ...it’s not like he has an NTC or anything... and chill out. You’re scaring away talent
    7 points
  16. The only thing keeping him from getting the same contract as Makar is his small size and poor defensive play. Other teams target him , he got creamed a few times last year, now he hears footsteps every time he has to turn back for a puck. He’s a PP specialist at best right now, he has to evolve his game to elevate it.
    7 points
  17. Can only get better under Brad Shaw.
    7 points
  18. OJ is about 6’3” and over 200 pounds now too. I can see him having a very good year.
    7 points
  19. He's a moron. Pure and simple. An analytics only clown who has zero actual experience in the NHL. I have time for analytics when they're utilized in tandem with actual physical observation and experience. I'm sure he's basing his depth chart on nothing more than spreadsheets, which is his bread and butter. Hunt, yes, has more NHL experience, but he also hasn't displayed the combinations of traits and strengths that Juolevi has last season. There's a reason that Hunt is primarily looked at as AHL quality depth. Juolevi was praised by Green last year, and got some good words in from his teammates. He made some sublime stretch passes that players with quadruple the NHL experience struggle to do. His poise in his own end was similar to Tanev in his first years here. Calm and collected. Did he make mistakes? Yes, he's a rookie. I do believe that anyone with a modicum of understanding of the game can see that Juolevi is a better player than Hunt.
    7 points
  20. So this is the new VIrtanen thread.
    7 points
  21. I personally like the signing of Tucker Poolman. A right handed defenseman with speed and skill who can play defensively responsible hockey and also provide offense with a pretty good skill set. He has decent size and is right in the age range where he isn't " long in the tooth " or inexperienced. I have read a lot about him, not on these types of boards I mean scouting reports, video and I personally think its the kind of deal where he has been building experience at the NHL level and now this is his big opportunity, I like the Canucks approach to lock him up as there is potential there for a reliable, mobile, durable defenseman who can put up 20 ? + ? points or so a year and not hurt the team defensively, he can transition the puck well which will be big for the team and getting the puck to the skilled forward group. Obviously the jury is out and just taking a glance at the stats people tend to value most in goals and assists there is a question mark, but the tools are there, he can provide offense ( previous seasons being the defensive partner with no PP time or little offensive starts 5 on 5 ) if put in that position. I just like the deal, it is a relatively cheap caphit for an NHL defenseman or at least I see it that way ( everyone gripes about non ELC numbers it seems these days lol ) and I just have a feeling this will be an under the radar signing if people can stop drawing negative attention to it. Frustrating as OEL's agent said the negativity in this market is a known flaw, whether media/fan driven it exists and its really tiring. Tucker Poolman is a Canuck, I will be cheering him on with the rest of the team game in and game out.
    7 points
  22. I don't think its that at all, I'm not sure anyone would have been that upset to see Jim replaced by another experienced GM. Say Aqua fired Jim and hired Gorton this offseason, I don't think you would have seen many people upset. I think people are tired of the instant criticism that seems to come along with every player that comes here, often based in flimsy stats that mean very little to new pairings, new coaching , etc. I think it has more to do with fatigue around seeing the negativity and just wanting to enjoy the changes for 5 minutes before we start picking it all apart.
    7 points
  23. I’m still bitter Adam Larsson didn’t go to free agency. having him with Quinn Hughes would have been my dream come true especially at the price and term he signed for. Damn shame. Don’t understand why he didn’t go to free agency he could have circled back to Seattle no problem. MY OFFSZN REVIEW THE GREAT 1 Garland - literally one of the most under valued forwards in the NHL. Also a Right Hand Shot seemingly valuable to our forward group. He also completes our top 6 and I think he’s the perfect forward to play with Horvat. Everyone doubting this player is in for a big surprise. This also allows Pearson to play down in the lineup where he belongs. The chance Guenther becomes a better forward than Garland I would say are the same odds the pick traded for miller exceeds him. Highly doubtful and the return we get from these players now with their st certainty is 100% worth it. 2. Dickinson - bringing in a 3rd line C who’s young, has upside, embraces a checking role and is an awesome dude just brings a smile to my face. This also frees up Horvat for offensive deployments. And brings great depth to our team down the middle. 3. Hamonic - resigning hamonic was very important. By the end of the season the difference in his play was very noticeable. Coaching staff liked what they saw and wanted him back. His deal and term are very reasonable. And everyone should be stoked on this resigning. 4. Ian Clark contract - investing money into demko it only makes sense that we brought back Clark. Super happy they didn’t get weird about his contract. He’s the best goalie coach and has a great relationship built with demko was going to kill me if they didn’t sign him. 5. Bringing in Coach Shaw - our defence sucked. I truly believe Shaw will help with the development of our young dmen and also with the entire teams approach to defending. Very happy with this addition especially since green wanted it. 6. Bringing in the Sedins in - not only did we los bracket and linden but we didn’t replace them. Believe it or not they did a lot of work and supported JB. Now those bodies have been replaced and they are phenomenal resources and are going to help the org at all levels. Especially with player development in Abby. 7. AHL IN ABBY - well look at the team. We were able to attract quality ahl players mostly hometown guys who love what we are doing here and love that they will stay in the same city between call ups. 8. Aquilinis- green lit spending and it looks like they’ve giving JB space to work. All round a great thing for the club. THE GOOD 1. Signing Sutter - 1 year contract 1 mill. Can’t go wrong we needed this C to preferably be right handed. There weren’t many options better than sutter here he can kill penalties, win draws, he has a good presence and he will score goals. Something our fourth line C don’t usually do. 2. Podkolzin Coming - this was bennings pick and we were patient with him. we have a third line wing spot ready for podkolzin to earn in camp. Top 6 spot will be a battle between him and hoglander throughout the year and this healthy competition and mix of players will be great. 3. Dumping Dead Weight - we cleared out all that dead weight and don’t have to talk about these guys anymore: beagle antoine , JV, little things 4. Clearing Holtby and bringing in Halak - perfect back up for demko. Will work well with clark and I like the cap hit and bonus structure he is signed to. THE JURY IS STILL OUT 1. OEL - this is a polarizing discussion. His contract is big, or will take him to about where edler is now who was making 5 million. With the retention him at 7.25 isn’t horrendous especially since the cap should go up by then. He was a top 2/3 dman in the league not so long ago. The explanation for his drop off in play is understandable, he is motivated and he has taken accountability. The gamble that a motivated and inspired star player can return to form after a down couple years at the age of 30 I think is not too hard to digest. If this fails and he is awful/mediocre, on par with edlers play that would be a fail. But I’m going to remain optimistic and hopeful. He also brings great leadership and mentorship to our young players. If he comes out next season and has a monster season we should all be praising JB and our team for an unreal pick up and could go down as one of the greatest trades of all tiem for our org. If he continues to struggle and his play declines each year this will be a tough contract to stomachs and the market will get very dark and the fire JB crowd will be very loud. 2. Tucker Poolman - honestly I’m personally a big fan of this signing. I think he could even skate with Hughes leaving hamonic to play with Rathbone/juolevi/hunt. I like his skating, his size and I loved how he played in UND last season was a bit weird coming back from that facial injury then getting covid so think this season we will see him take another step in his development. 3. Will an AhL guy stunt Rathbone / juolevi - have this feeling brad hunt could earn the bottom pairing left side spot out of camp pushing Rathbone / juolevi down. But healthy competition is good and the best player needs to play. So healthy competition should actually be good for them. 4. Losing Lind - honestly we had to lose someone and it was him or gadj. I prefer to keep gadj as well cause I can envision him in his prime being a bottom 6 guy who slots in top 6 in playoffs and scores dirty goals and makes space for petey. He’s also a harder kind of player to replace and I still get holmstrom vibes from him. THE BAD I’m biased don’t think anything bad was done by GMJB except he hasn’t signed our big RFAS yet. Offer sheet risk is making me uneasy for petey and I want these guys signed ASAP. Other than that amazing offseason. Big concerns were addressed. He was aggressive. We have a deep and improved team. Now the guys need to gel together, compete and perform. We should all be very pumped for next year!!
    7 points
  24. Ferland was put on the NHL's list of 18 players with career ending injuries so we kinda knew already that this was the case. But it's nice that Micheal has confirmed it and I am glad he is not going to play any longer. He has a wife and a kid so needs to take care of himself moving forward. He will be on LTIR for the next 2 years so hoping that the money can help to ease his pain. Good luck Micheal. You are a warrior and I wish you had been able to play out the 4 years in Vancouver. We could have really used you the last couple of years...
    7 points
  25. Well hated him in 2014. Squashed as like bugs and we had no pushback whatsoever. You can tell he loves hockey though, so this is sad news to hear he won't be playing again. Good luck to him in his other pursuits!
    7 points
  26. Source A statement from David Krejci:
    6 points
  27. So basically, you want to continue to post the garbage you've been spewing in here and not have anyone call you out for it. That's not how life works. Hope this helps.
    6 points
  28. Says the guy who got butthurt about a joke regarding buying a jersey. That's 10 ply.
    6 points
  29. Dubass making his team harder to play against. This guy is nasty. Said no one. Hes from that country over there in Europe. What’s it called?
    6 points
  30. I think he will be solid, especially with Shaw here now.....and honestly, that's all he needs to do i think. Just quietly go about playing solid defense and if there's more there, great!
    6 points
  31. Considering OJs uneven development time and his reported tough COVID illness last season I'd be inclined to see what kind of off season work be can put in. Now that he has has a small taste and knows what it takes, I'm hoping his development starts taking some solid strides. Hes a smart player and has great puck skills-just needs to improve his athleticism.
    6 points
  32. 6 points
  33. His size is great. His hockey IQ is just as good.
    6 points
  34. If people can characterize optimistic posters as pom pom wavers then they should have no issue when negative posters are referred to as snivelling whiners.
    6 points
  35. Posted this in the Schenn thread - in response to the question whether DeMelo is/would have been a more attractive option than Poolman - probably more fitting in this thread....clearly DeMelo is more 'proven' - but let's look at where they were/are in the present (only having a pair of seasons of Poolman sample) Their 5 on 5 defensive outcomes this past season: Poolman 39 games 18:18 ice time/game 69 hits 49 blocks 47.6% ozone starts 47.0% corsi 8 takeaways, 34 giveaways .932 on ice sv% 1.9 on ice goals against per 60 5on5 1:19/game penalty killing (3.4 on ice goals against per 60) DeMelo 52 games 16:58 ice time/game 76 hits 58 blocks 49.8% ozone starts 48.8% corsi 9 takeaways, 48 giveaways .925 on ice sv% 2.0 on ice goals against per 60 5on5 2:35/game penalty killing (5.3 on ice goals against per 60) * I'd mitigate this goal metric by saying he was a top unit killer, so higher ga may not be 'meaningful'. Both of these defensemen played primarily with Morrissey and Stanley - with very similar 5on5 context and outcomes - so we actually have decent conditions for considering them 'comparables'. There is clearly very little that separates them above. Poolman played 16:54 / game 5on5 DeMelo played 14:20 / game 5on5. Poolman with slight edges where on ice goals against and sv% are concerned. DeMelo was relied upon more to kill penalties... If you want to dig into the (imo less relevent offensive production - but worth noting) - DeMelo with 9 and 10 pt seasons, Poolman with 1pt and 16 pt seasons.... DeMelo got a 4 yr deal worth $3 million per prior to last season - reupping in Winnipeg. Poolman just got 4 x $2.5 (obviously - so highly contested on these boards).
    6 points
  36. GMs hand out trade protection. There was no expectation from anyone. You make passive aggressive posts like this, but then whine about people not being civil in the online world. It's obvious that you enjoy trolling others on these boards, but lack the actual spine to admit it. I see this contrived superiority complex in each one of your posts. Thing is you're just as "civil" as anyone else here, yet you choose, hilariously, to take some sort of moral high road, all the while make these mealy mouth statements.
    6 points
  37. Poolman has zero trade clauses, so moving him wouldn't be difficult, should a fit not happen.
    6 points
  38. Well, back from a 1 day ban. While i have no problem being responsible for things i said / dealing with the consequences, all i saw on here for the last 1-2 days is the usual suspects continue to consume multiple threads with their agenda as usual. I guess the old saying is true, the inmates run the asylum! For yourself, myself and most others, it's never been an issue of people having a different opinion, having constructive criticism, not agreeing with everything the team / Benning does, not seeing eye to eye and so on. ALL it is about is hate and negativity with these people...day after day, thread after thread and post after post. It's consuming this forum! Just a few examples...hate and negativity even with the positives, continuing with the hate and negativity even when proven wrong, not dealing in facts, repeating the same neg post over and over, posting neg things just to get a response / stir the pot, judging things the team / Benning do that haven't happened or had a chance to play out, applying past mistakes to current situations and much more. Never ever a positive!! For those defending them, if you can't see the difference between the first group of things i mentioned and the second group of things I mentioned, plus what this group of peoples agenda truly is, then again, i'm not sure what to tell you, but they aren't here to be a fan, support the team or have a constructive discussion re: everything Canucks. Am i (some others) really harsh in calling them out sometimes, for sure, but when is it enough. The multiple threads (especially the Poolman one) are just an example of that this last week or two. We're frustrated and done because it is consuming this forum and pretty much every other source of Canucks / hockey info...twitter, radio, FB and so on. We should be able to go somewhere to enjoy / discuss the Canucks without the all consuming hate / negativity by a minority. Some say ignore / block it, but it's so all consuming that that's become impossible...people need to put their foot down and say enough is enough. It's nice to see Devron44 and many others continue to hold it down and call out this stuff out!! As i said before, i hope the team (everyone assosiated) kicks a** this coming season and shoves it down the haters / neg peoples throats! Peace and go Canucks go!
    6 points
  39. In all my years as a fan of this team, I have NEVER seen a player on our back end as dynamic as this kid. Pay him.
    5 points
  40. I'm also not comfortable paying QHs after two 2/3ish seasons 8-9...it's crazy nuts.
    5 points
  41. As well, did Brad Hunt knock Matthew Tkachuk on his ass last season? That was pretty awesome.
    5 points
  42. Juolevi likely has little value on the trade market. Makes more sense for us to keep him and see if he can tap into some of his potential.
    5 points
  43. anyone "tracking" how lockstep @AV. and @Provostare LOL. (the sadness of the secondary ego support fake account...) I think we all need more fresh air tbh.
    5 points
  44. Funny, imagine actually tracking posts to try and give your self the ego boos of proving yourself right, in your own opinion.
    5 points
  45. Mc David gets traded to Canucks for Michael Ferland's contract. Second post in thread, not trying to joke " Wish they could have got Draisaitl instead"
    5 points
  46. no, that is not what I'm looking for. I enjoy a good argument. I don't need anyone to 'fall in line' at all. I like it when people have different takes, I usually learn something. What I find tiresome is the near instantaneous firehose of negativity from some corners about anything Benning does. You can set your watch to it. But the worst part is you learn nothing from it, its just spew.
    5 points
  47. Jim's offseason to do list 1. Dump bad contracts - Tick 2. Sign Petey and Huggy - Pending 3.Get top pairing Dman - Tick 4. Get top six winger - Tick 5. Improve bottom six forwards - Tick I'm not sure what any Canuck fan could have wanted more from GMJB. Time will tell if OEL can put up the numbers has done in the past but if he gets 45+pts and is positive +/- for the next 3 years then the money was worth it. So far he is 4/5 on his to do list and hopefully he can make it 5/5 in the next few weeks.
    5 points
  48. I am a huge Edler fan. Class player and did everything for us. Enter OEL. 6 years younger. Better Comparison: Career/game Category OEL Edler Pts. 0.5 0.44 G 0.17 0.11 A 0.34 0.34 PIM 0.63 0.72 Ave TOI 23:43 22:91 Blks 0.90 1.89 Hits 1.75 1.53 TK 0.34 0.32 GV 0.56 0.66 OEL has received Norris votes 5 times and placed 7,9,11,14,17 (Most recent 2018-19, 11th) Edler has received Norris votes 1 time and placed 13 (2011-12 OEL has received All Star votes 5 times (Most recent 2018-19) Edler has received All Star votes 1 time (2011-12) Other than blocked shots, OEL is a superior player in all categories. I don't say this to disparage Edler, but to point out that JB has added a really awesome player. If he was a free agent and anybody signed him for 6 years at 7.25 mil yesterday, the hockey world would be praising that GM. JB added him with a top 6 winger while dumping 12 million in dead contracts along with a 1st round pick. I remember when Dubas was praised for giving away Marleau(who was a much better player than Eriksson, Rousel, or Beagle) and a 1st for a 6th round pick just to save 6 million. Of course I can't predict how Ekman Larsson will play, but in the right perspective this is an awesome deal and Benning deserves huge props! Go Canucks Go!!!
    5 points
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