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  1. I think these kinds of takes overstate Hughes’s playoff “struggles” and underappreciate just how good he was and how much he proved in the bubble. A rookie defenseman was arguable our best skater and most important player through the 2019-20 season playoffs. Hughes was basically the quarterback of our entire attack, with nearly double the puck possession time of any other Canucks player, and he led the team in assists and first assists (and his 16 points were only 2 points off the outright scoring lead). He led the team in on-ice scoring chances-for, Corsi/Fenwick/shots-for, and was second in the few other events-for categories than he didn’t lead. Also was second, and just barely, to Alex Edler in total icetime through the postseason. By the time the Vegas series started, Hughes was also nursing knee and ankle injuries, requiring 3x daily treatment just to keep him in the games. Vegas put their focus squarely on containing Hughes and making his life difficult. And the 2019-20 Canucks weren’t exactly a deep team, especially on the back end, so the Knights were able to attack Hughes in waves, and target him whenever he was on the ice. Quinn still put-up 6 points in seven games that series. Was it a tough series for Hughes? Absolutely. But did he fold under the pressure? Absolutely not. He had some struggles, needed to make adjustments, and Vegas was, at times, successful in containing him. But Hughes was still the Canucks second leading scorer against Vegas, both at all situations and 5v5, and played a crucial role in the team taking that series to seven games. He was playing hurt, and with Vegas devoting their full attention to shutting him down, and he still managed to be dangerous and produce offence at a high rate. Of course, the most important Canucks that series were in the net, but when it came to the skaters on that team, Hughes was one of, if not the, best players for Vancouver. I see no reason why Hughes’s performance should be seen as a failure, or somehow limiting, in his potential. Definitely no reason to question whether or not he can play NHL Playoff hockey. He proved he can. The bubble was more of a coming out party for Hughes (and also for the Canucks’ other young stars), with him proving that he can be one of the best players on the ice during the postseason, and maintain his offensive production even during tough, heavy, physical, “playoff hockey,” push through injuries and rise above the pain, and still be a threat in games where the opposition throws everything they have against him, and focus (but ultimately fail) in shutting him down. And that was as a rookie and his very first taste of NHL Playoffs hockey. He’s only going to get better, more experienced and “seasoned,” learn from his experiences, make adjustments, and overcome the challenges put before him. And hopefully, he’s also going to have more help, and better depth, to support him in any future playoff series, so that it won’t be quite so easy for teams to gameplan against Vancouver with the singleminded strategy of trying to stop Quinn Hughes. Should Vancouver try to protect Quinn Hughes on the ice? Should the team work harder to create more space for him? Yes, absolutely. But more because he’s one of the best offensive Dmen in the league, than merely because he’s small. I think even if Hughes were 6’2” and 210 lbs, he’d still have faced quite a challenge against Vegas, playing injured, while being the #1 target on the ice, and trying to lead the Canucks offence, all as a rookie defenceman, and without a ton of support or depth behind him.
    21 points
  2. My beautiful dad passed away this morning. 05/14/39 09/13/21 Luv u dad!
    18 points
  3. Here's an alternative version of that list. Didn't win anything. Won Olympics Loser Medal. Won Selke. Didn't win anything. Didn't win anything. Didn't win anything. Didn't win anything. Didn't win anything. Didn't win anything. Didn't win anything. Didn't win anything.
    11 points
  4. More and more I suspect the anti vaxx crowd isn't really all that anti vaxx. Sure some have genuine concerns about the medical efficacy. But far too many just enjoy being difficult. I think a lot of them just detest being told what to do. Especially by politicians they didn't vote for. Being difficult has practically become an Olympic sport these days.
    7 points
  5. Ask your vet if Ivermectin is right for you!
    7 points
  6. I copied this from a post on facebook. It's incredibly accurate and if you have kids you absolutely KNOW this is true. This is a tantrum.A lot of us got pretty emotional when the vaccines arrived. We took selfies. We texted our friends. We were happy. Because we thought it meant a return to normalcy.But the vaccine hesitant folks weren’t so sure. So, a lot of patient and smart people in health care and leadership explained and took time to discuss and debate with them. Some of the hesitant came around. But not enough.Then, to improve vaccination rates further, governments introduced vaccine passports. Lots more hesitant people got vaccinated. Practically overnight.And now society is pretty much left with the folks in the photo. The hard-core antivaxxers.No one is engaging with them anymore because there’s no point. And they’re mad about that. People are moving on without them. And they’re mad about that. Governments are making legislation that protects people’s health - a lot like they did with smoking rules back in the day - and they’re mad about that, too.So this picture is not - as the folks in it would have you believe - a pic of people “pushed too far” or who are being oppressed by some tyrant. It’s a pic of people whose only position with everything since this pandemic started - masks, distancing, lockdowns and vaccines - is “I don’t wanna.” Like a toddler yelling before nap time. Nothing more complex or noble than that - just a group of people who think freedom is the right to do whatever they want, damn the consequences for anyone else, and who would rather believe complex conspiracies than embrace a simple truth: that freedom to do as we choose is always balanced with the responsibility we share to each other.I’m glad a lot of hesitant folks have come around lately. That’s great and it takes guts. And they deserve thanks.But these guys - they’re not going to come around. They’ve confused their passion for their ideas with the correctness of their ideas. Their hatred of certain politicians and leaders with their own superior moral authority. They’re mad as hell and they’re going to continue holding onto junk science and propaganda and misinformation and the latest meme because the alternative - that they’re dupes and not really very nice people, either - is too hard to accept. Look at these faces - these are not the reactions of kind, or considerate people who want to do good.These are the faces of people who know that there is no more debate. No more pretending all opinions are equal. No more polite indulging of their latest hare-brained meme or YouTube video. Just the vast majority of us quietly moving on, and, so, these folks are stamping their feet and calling names.This is a tantrum.
    6 points
  7. https://www.espn.com/nhl/story/_/id/29701502/why-nathan-mackinnon-best-hockey-player-world Fights, is in incredible shape, and works hard at improving his defense according to his coach. If Sakic got drunk enough to trade MacKinnon for Petey, I'd drive Petey to the airport.
    6 points
  8. The Jays chased their boogeyman Ryan Yarbrough out of the game. They also have a team OPS above 1.000 this month, which is ridiculous:
    6 points
  9. The two aren't comparable in my opinion because: a) Although Petey and Marner share the same overall PPG in their first three years (0.93), Marners final RFA year PPG was much higher (1.15) compared to Peteys (0.81). Even if Petey played the whole season, it is very unlikely he would have gotten close to Marners 1.15 PPG b) Toronto had set an internal salary cap structure with the Matthews signing and Marner was arguably worth just as much as Matthews. Toronto had backed themselves into a corner. We don't have the same internal salary structure limitation, which is why the QH and Petey contracts are so important moving forward. c) The Marner contract is generally regarded as a bad contract and overpaid. This should not be a valid comparable
    6 points
  10. I appreciate that you knew you'd have to tell that guy more than once, in order for them to understand.
    6 points
  11. Podzilla's English is quite good. Plus, he has hockey and his teammates. It's the young wife the Canucks need to make sure is a happy camper here. "Happy wife ..."
    6 points
  12. For My Beautiful dad! May 14 1939 - Sept 13 2021 He loved this song, would tap his heels, pull on his long collars & swing his bell bottoms ...
    5 points
  13. If we're to bring up Marner's deal, then let's also throw Nathan MacKinnon and Leon Draisatl into the mix. League MVP candidates who have proven much more in the league got these deals: MacKinnon 7 years x 6.3 million Draisatl 8 years x 8.5 million So yeah, Petey shouldn't be getting 9 million unless he signs an 8 year deal with us. It just makes no sense to give him that much money on a 5 year deal even as we're not getting a deal at that price point. We're probably overpaying him by about 2-3 million at the beginning and then saving what exactly in years 4 and 5? $500,000?
    5 points
  14. Appropriately from the Vancouver Giants!!!
    5 points
  15. Canucks goalie Thatcher Demko eager to take next step this season: VANCOUVER — It may have been a throwaway season, but there was never garbage time last year for Thatcher Demko. As the Vancouver Canucks closed their most disappointing season this century with a meaningless stretch of games in May — future National Hockey League historians will be intrigued that the team’s dismal regular season ended AFTER the Stanley Cup playoffs began — Demko was still trying to prove himself. Hollowed by his bout with COVID-19 in April, the Canucks’ new starting goalie was still playing like it meant something, which it did. After losing his first four starts after the coronavirus crushed the Canucks, Demko somehow found the mental and physical strength to finish the season with a six-game stretch that exemplified his breakthrough as Jacob Markstrom’s replacement. Playing behind what turned out to be the worst team in the Canadian division, Demko stopped 93.1 per cent of shots and won four times. His save counts in those wins: 42, 40, 32 and 40. “People talk about Thatcher’s March and how well he played,” Canucks goaltending coach Ian Clark told Sportsnet last week. “But what he did at the end of the season, after what he’d been through and what the team went through, was even more impressive to me. He stole games.” Just imagine if he were healthy. “I think the pandemic put perspective on a lot of different things,” Demko said Friday when asked about his recovery from COVID. “I didn't really follow the typical COVID ... how COVID usually works. I was okay for about a week or 10 days (after testing positive), and then around like Day 11 or 12, it hit me really hard. And that was kind of the time when they were pushing us back on the ice. I was like: 'Hey, like this is kind of just getting to me now.' “Everyone kind of dealt with it a little bit differently. It was definitely hard that last stretch of games, really challenging. There was probably not a guy in the room that was feeling 100 per cent through the last game of the year. But those are the things I'm talking where you play through stuff. There's a bunch of speed bumps and you've got to try and figure out how to manoeuvre through them. Mentally, you can kind of take lessons from it. “I think the intangible things that you can pull from those situations are more important than maybe the entire season itself. Obviously, we want to be a playoff team every year and that ended up not being the case last year. But I feel like there were so many things that I could pull from that to help as an individual and the group. Guys were saying around the end of the year, if you can get through last season, you can pretty much get through anything.” *I understand that I may withdraw my consent at any time. After boosting his save percentage to .915 last season from the .905 of his rookie campaign in 2019-20, Demko is so eager for this season that he has been in Vancouver for nearly a month to get some extra prep work in with Clark. “Pitchers, quarterbacks and goalies,” Clark said, naming highly technical positions that require extra preparation. Demko looked in mid-season form last week during practices Canucks players staged at the University of B.C. Those sessions move inside Rogers Arena this week, ahead of training camp Sept. 23-25 in Abbotsford. The fully-vaccinated 25-year-old from San Diego said he felt he took a significant step last season but, as bad as things went for the team, “it’s hard to look at last year in an overly positive light.” “I feel like there's a ton more room for me to grow,” Demko said. “I think I can get a little bit better, a little more consistent start to finish. That just comes with experience. This year I just want to take another step as far as maybe my presence in the locker room and becoming a little bit more of a leader maybe and just solidifying my role on the team and making sure I'm there every single night. “I think there's no reason we shouldn't make the playoffs this year. That's our goal every year, but I think this year especially, as a group we kind of have it in our minds that we want to prove to people that last year was (a) one-off and we still are that team that was in the playoff bubble (the previous season) and surprised some people. "That's what everyone's goal is. Top to bottom, everyone wants to get back in the playoffs and do some damage. I think last year was a little bit of a wake-up call for the whole group (that) just because you did it one year, doesn't mean it's going to happen every year. Coming in this year, we're going to be ready to go.” https://www.sportsnet.ca/nhl/article/canucks-goalie-thatcher-demko-eager-take-next-step-season/
    5 points
  16. there's also the small point of treating symptoms, vs. trying to prevent them. So far we know the vaccines do a very good job of handling severe disease for most people. Why would you want to risk severe disease, even if there was a drug that might help? But the longer all this goes on, the more I realize we're all learning what its like to be stupid.
    5 points
  17. I think in general people have a difficult time analyzing a player's defense; at least much less so than a player's offensive game. People see passing, dekeing, speed, "shiftiness," vision, shooting, puck protection, and really the list goes on for offense. Defensemen are generally identified for mistakes, like losing board battles down low, being weak in front of the net, getting walked on a rush, misplaying a 2 on 1, not getting the puck out of the zone, ect. Truth is Hughes is pretty weak on the boards, is pretty useless in front of the net defending, and if he gets caught by a big forechecker, he will most certainly get blown up. That said, he collects dump ins and evades forecheckers extremely well, he exceptional at holding the offensive zone, at slowing down opposing rushes in the neutral zone with his gap control there and ability to jump back up to intercept passes, at breaking up plays at the blueline with his lateral closing speed and stickwork, and he rarely gets beat 1 on 1 on rushes. There's a reason he matches up well against McDavid and why Green often uses him there. Arguably best backwards skating Dman in the league. He's also incredibly efficient and can log some serious minutes while maintaining a high level of engagement. Also I believe this is why Myers gets so much hate, too. He make a lot of obvious mistakes, and they are OBVIOUS, let me tell you I scream at him. But he is so rangey at the blueline with his size and stick that he slows down and breaks up rushes at the blue line very well, skates exceptionally well for a big man and has closing speed from a standstill to engage on the boards, was blocking shots on the PK like a mad man last season, and is good in front of the net because he is huge, especially for a defenseman who you can trust to carry the puck and deliver some offense as the trailer on the rush and with his shot at the blueline. Edit: To bring it back to Rathbone, he is definitely much stronger than Hughes where the latter has his weaknesses; board play, physical play, ect. He is a more conventional offensive defenseman, more North-South with a great shot and a good mind in the offensive zone. Definitely need to see more. I don't think he has craftiness of Hughes, i.e. the insane edgework and puck skills, which will always make Hughes one of the best PP QB's in the league for a long, long time. Wouldn't be surprised to see Rathbone as the better 5 on 5 and defensive zone start option, and on a more conventional 2-dman PP2. There is room for both players IMO.
    5 points
  18. I know nothing about that - if there is - it doesn't mean it's safe to use the one that I posted. That's the problem.
    5 points
  19. Heffy, it's YOUTUBE. It's REAL facts.
    5 points
  20. The post you are responding to and others like it are what is so disappointing about this thread. You and countless others have provided links to good and reliable information on topical and controversial subjects like Ivermectin that so many clearly don’t bother to read or watch. Instead they just do quick fly-bys to dump a comment like “Ivermectin can be used on humans too” without even bothering to look at the research and posts on the topic. The video you linked yesterday speaks plainly about the process of studying the use and/or approval of Ivermectin and why it is dangerous to promote at this point. But hey if a self-proclaimed f- - king moron and dumbass like Joe Rogan says he took Ivermectin (among the many other treatments he says he underwent) all some people hear hear is “what they don’t want you to know” about the latest miracle drug. As Potholer54 points out, science is not about picking a team, it’s about evidence.
    5 points
  21. It survived because of the prominence of religion. The bible today is not the same as it was 1000 years ago. It has been translated many times and re-intrepreted to fit whichever narrative serves the ruler at the time. King James ordered the bishops to formulate 'his' bible from the commonly used version at the time which was the Geneva Bible. I don't know what preceded the Geneva version. Religion was a way to explain the unexplainable before significant scientific advancements/discoveries and it continues to be a vehicle for control. It seems interesting that religious leaders can pick and choose what words of God apply to them. As previously mentioned, the words of God include condoning slavery and anti-homosexual activity. Things that are largely unnacceptable in today's society. The pope even is a supporter of gay rights and obviously is not any supporter of slavery. When prompted, he and other religious leaders have simply said the bible is not to be taken literally. Not taken literally = fiction.
    5 points
  22. Small camp this year. Also lol Tristian Nielsen 6'10''...
    4 points
  23. TRADE: The Winnipeg Jets have made a trade with the Detroit Red Wings. To WPG : Brock Boeser To DET : Jakub Voracek Philip Broberg Kasper Bjorkqvist WPG 2023 3rd Round Draft Selection
    4 points
  24. A Swede, a Russian, and a Belarusian walk into a bar…
    4 points
  25. Not intending to pile on, but as others have pointed out, its his Canucks' prime. To be fair, though. In his Canucks' prime, his numbers were still good: 1 captaincy stolen, 11 disrespected every time he wore it, 23 man roster that he managed to destroy from the inside, 207 games where I'd rather have had a steaming pile of s*** on the ice than him.
    4 points
  26. Looking at the photo above. I would say Klim is 6’5 236...thats a full inch shorter and 20 pounds lighter then Podkolzin. Go Canucks Go
    4 points
  27. Either 3 or 6+. Just because Dumbass bent over for Matthews and Bergevin screwed Carolina doesn't mean we should be handing out one of those abominations of a contract. Either Petey signs a reasonable term or he can sit.
    4 points
  28. Last two weeks of hospitalizations here. Score 45 not fully vaccinated to 1 fully vaccinated (/100,000). Those choosing to not get vaccinated need to understand they are LOSING, and by A LOT.
    4 points
  29. Some Evangelicals are nothing but religious prostitutes. Willing to pimp out their boy Jesus and everything they supposedly stand for in exchange for 30 pieces of silver. Or in this case judges and power.
    4 points
  30. Those people are named Rick Dhaliwal and are the direct mouthpiece of JP Barry. People are bringing it up because Rick Dhaliwal kept mentioning it on the Donnie & Dhali show. I wonder if Tyler Motte's agent will bring up Loui Player Name's contract as a comparable next off-season?
    4 points
  31. The ultimate irony is that anti-vaxxers oppose the vaccine for 'not being tested thoroughly enough' yet they are willing to pump themselves full of invermectin to treat covid.
    4 points
  32. I think consensus has been achieved. As Ray Ferraro often says, It's the Hall of Fame, not the Hall of the Really Good. Even if it was, Kesler still wouldn't make the cut, and in my opinion, is not deserving of a spot in the Ring of Honour. Unless you can somehow spin his leaving here was in any way honourable, the most we can do is to thank him for his play while in Vancouver. Full stop.
    4 points
  33. I saw a picture; My Body My Choice? Re an anti vaxer's rights... I have some analogies; You have a right to drink? Not to drink and drive. Fine >> Stay home No Glove, no love.
    4 points
  34. No. The people whose heads are lodged are the ones pushing Ivermectin like it is some wonder drug for the treatment of Covid. There are clinical trials underway to try and demonstrate, one way or the other, if Ivermectin is a safe and effective treatment for Covid. Until those studies are completed, it is against common sense and protocol for medical professionals to push this drug. Is there anecdotal evidence supporting Ivermectin as a Covid treatment. Possibly. In the real world, anecdotal evidence means jack squat. Until you get the proper clinical trial data, you or I cannot say one way or the other if Ivermectin is a valid treatment. There is no conspiracy here.
    4 points
  35. Pretty sure you have a different definition of facts from the rest of us.
    4 points
  36. The sad thing is stupid posts like this that completely missed the point of what I was saying. My point was pointing out the pathetic lies of mainstream media. I was not making an anti-vax rant. Here are some facts that you seem to ignore:
    4 points
  37. Still hoping for camp to start with both signed, and in my book that's still the most logical and rational outcome. Dhaliwal reporting talks are "quiet" is not something I'd put a lot of weight to. If however it does drag on beyond that I have no issues at all with JB playing hardball as everything points to reasonable offers being on the table and missing camp time will hurt the franchise and lower the value of those contracts. IMO this is a pivotal year for taking a big step forward and this not getting done in time is not what we need to start it off. That said - still believe it gets done and as long as it's before camp all is good.
    4 points
  38. When it comes to the first contract after the ELC, I would argue for an independent arbitration process to force a contract not exceeding 3 years. Both sides must sign. No one can opt out and must be done a week before training camp. The arbitrators would be an NHL and NHLPA approved adjudicator that must must be approved on a yearly renewal basis by both the union and league.
    4 points
  39. So testing of vaccines are suspicious. But taking a dewormer for horses, is a sure bet? Something is wrong with this picture. The dosage might kill you, but hey you won't have lice!
    4 points
  40. From the Pixies to NOFX Kim played with a few great bands We miss you Kim....
    4 points
  41. Annie; have wanted to see her live for 35 years?
    4 points
  42. so basically not Virtanen.
    3 points
  43. Doesn't this count as idol worship? Very unchristian of these people. Guess "we can make a religion out of this." (YouTube video reference)
    3 points
  44. How does Podkolzin look so far skating with other players? I'm so excited for this young man. Lots of varying opinions for this guy and what his production is going to be like. Is he going to be a top six forward for the Canucks? How many points is he going to produce for this club eventually? Is he a 70-80 point player? Or more like a 50-60 point player? All questions that will be eventually be answered of course. I am so damn excited about this upcoming season, not only because we're finally allowed into Rogers Arena, but of course the new season is about to start. Feels like some sort of normalcy is coming back. For that I am thankful.
    3 points
  45. Currently, Ryan Kesler. But in the future, it could change to Quinn Hughes, Brock Boeser or Thatcher Demko.
    3 points
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