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  1. I'm old enough to remember as a kid, Don Lever as a 3rd overall pick and a rising star that super novaed out real quickly (it was all down hill for him after his third season as an NHLer). I'm 55 going on 56. Retired. Living a quiet and happy life in our simple abode in White Rock with a bunch of other retirees and 30/40-something stock market/real estate millionaires in the 'hood.
  2. You mean the guy that was super-manned punched by Bieksa and dropped like a dead seal?
  3. All that is true, but it didn't stop Hodgson and his camp from making demands that was characterized by Gillis as someone "who he had to spend an inordinate amount of time dealing with (paraphrasing)". Maybe Hodgson is one of the players that was forced pills by Vigneault when he had his misdiagnosed back injury (disclaimer: speculative chatter on my part).
  4. Yes...that is what I was implying/trying to get across. Thanks for clarifying, @Ghostsof1915. And as far as Hodgson was concerned, I think everything he got from the Canucks organization was well-deserved.
  5. Gotta good laugh at CBC reporting this as "Tax Avoidance" when clearly it is "Tax Evasion" (i.e., a crime punishable by law). Way to protect the hand that feeds you there, CBC. "Communist Broadcast Company".
  6. Daniel Carcillo has. But at every turn, he's been dismissed. NHL owners/management?PA leadership has been mistreating its players since the beginning of time (re: Ted Lindsay vs. Norris family; re: Alan Eagleson, the fraudulent crook who stole from his members). Now, complete denial by Bettmann and the NHL establishment of issues such as chronic traumatic encephalopathy and other long term health issues. Guys like Joe Murphy don't end up on the streets as a homeless man, premature deaths of Rypper/Belak/Montador/Boogaard/Probert/el. al. don't occur without head trauma that go untreated. As much as I didn't/don't like Carcillo, Kesler and Lehner as players, what they say NEED to be taken seriously and acted upon by the powers to be. I'm a true capitalist at heart and often side with the owners on CBA matters, but I am 1,000% behind what Lehner says and I hope he blows the lid off all the NHL cover ups. Remember how vilified Mike Gillis was when he shut down Manny Malhotra because he was nearly steamrolled upon his return from his eye injury (I was at the game vs. the Flames where I literally saw Flames players back off from Malhotra because of his injury)? Love him or hate him, the NHL needs more GMs who care about players as much as Gillis (apologies to those who think this is a Gillis thread).
  7. Starting to feel sort of bad for this NEWBIE^^^^ that everyone is ignoring.
  8. Be that may, Deniskin chose to display his racist behavior on a global platform, so that is where he's going to be judged and found to be lacking on human decency. Off with his head.
  9. Doubt Smereck would stoop to Deniskin's level. Millions of people now know what a racist POS Deniskin is...his non-apology clearly shows what a low life he is. I've learned in my lifetime that best way to deal with these racist scumbags is to let the court of public opinion have their way with them.
  10. Probably been said already, but in case it hasn't... Regardless of whether Klimovich is ready for the AHL or not, my guess is that he's off to Junior A, where he can acclimatize to the North American ice surface and dominate, amping up his confidence level (which doesn't seem to be lacking), all the while having Chris Higgins spend 30%-40% of his time keeping a watchful eye on Klimovich. Klimovich gets paid his signing bonus of $92,500 signing bonus for the 2021-22 season and Canucks get to place him on sliding scale, extending his ELC to 2024-25. In my estimation, Klimovich has one season of junior and one season of AHL hockey before he's NHL-ready. So, in his second year of ELC being in effect, he will be wearing a Canucks jersey. Klimovich will make $92,500 in the 2021-22 season, $172,500 in the 22-23 season and $800,000 in the 23-24 season (the second year of ELC being in effect) and $925,000 in 24-25. Canucks will then have sign to Klimovich to his ELC+1 contract during the summer of 2025. If I was the guy running hockey ops, this is what I would do.
  11. Jake Viratnen is NOT such a tragic story. In fact he's not even a story or a footnote as far as I'm concerned. Afghanistan, residential schools, missing women...those are tragic stories. Jake the Flake is nothing more than a waste of God-given talent. That's it, that's all. If you want to make that a tragedy, then I'll happily call you out on being overly dramatic.
  12. Yeah. You'd have to be following/monitoring/analyzing your subjects for 15 to 25 years. That's a lifetime in academia.
  13. Minus the douche-bag factor.
  14. Awesome and classic post @Ilunga...subconsciously, I thought you or @Alflives would post the story of the Schitt family, @Ilunga. Thanks for the laugh...made my morning.
  15. I've been trading online since the early 2000's and actively for the past 10 years. Before that, I did all my trading through full service brokerage firms (the old Midland Walwyn, which became Merrill Lynch Canada, Mackie Research, Canaccord Genuity) paying a minimum $95 per trade and sometimes in the thousands (yes, a ridiculous amount). I still have margin, RSP, TFS trading accounts with a few full service brokerage firms only because I like to have access to research reports, private placements, and because my Advisors have become friends (easy to call people your friends when they make you money). I still place a few trades a month with my friend/Advisors because they are able to get me things like Nio depository shares which isn't available to online retail investors/traders. Since retiring in March 2021, I've been doing a lot of own research/due diligence and subsequently, a lot more trading. I'm usually on the buy side and take long term hold. Now, I manage my 83 year old mother's account, two sisters' account, my wife's account and my account (wasn't expecting or hoping it to be, but this "new endeavor" is evolving into a Family Office set up, that most in the financial sector will know what I'm talking about). Most days I'm up at 5:30AM (I used to be up at 4:30AM when I commuted to downtown Vancouver) and on my computer at 6:15AM waiting for the opening bell and at my desk until 1:00PM when the North American market closes. In between, I have breakfast and lunch with my wife, take my dogs for a couple of walks, goof around by coming onto CDC for a few minutes at a time a few times a day, etc.). I do all this from the comfort of my home in White Rock from March to November, and Henderson, NV from December to February (CV19 permitting). My assistants are my mini poodle and toy poodle. My favorite sectors (in no particular order): technology (love big data driven AI), natural resources, biotech and real estate. I especially like pre-IPO companies. Have some money invested in a private medical device company based out of the UK, a private O&G development company with assets that are being drilled offshore of Guyana/Suriname with Exxon-Mobil and Total SA, a private gold exploration company with assets in Red Lake, Ontario district. Real estate markets I like are southern California (Carlsbad, San Diego), Las Vegas and recreational properties (Mammoth Lakes, CA and Lake Tahoe, CA are my favorites). I should have done this a long time ago...I spend most my time with my wife (and our expectant first child) and dogs, and get to engage with only people I like. Only people I have to report to are my family members (though they can be more difficult at times than board of directors I used to report to). Life is beautiful.
  16. I petition that anyone making such comparison should be obliged to write "Pre-Canucks Messier".
  17. Agree with everything you wrote in your post @nergish. In the past year or so, I have become a huge fan of Shane Malloy who has coined the term "Duress Factor" when evaluating prospects (Malloy defines this as the ability for players to make the right play when under extreme pressure of game situations...and according to Malloy, the duress level is different for different game conditions -- i.e., the obvious being regular season games vs. playoff games). Though Danny Klimovich may have shown well with skating and puck handling during the rookies one-day camp, it was done in a relatively stress-free environment. So, like you, I'm encouraged by what I saw in the video clips, it would be great to see what he can do under more difficult conditions (which I hope you will report from watching during camp). I haven't heard/seen a full assessment of Klimovich from Malloy so am very interested to hear what he has to say about him and where he rates him on the Duress Factor. FTR, Malloy states that Podkolzin's Duress Factor Score is off the charts.
  18. Over the years, Jim Hughson has been my favorite play by play man. Having retired this past March at the ripe old age of 55, I feel like time is passing by rapidly. I'm totally losing track of people and their place in time. In my mind Jim Hughson is still in his 40s calling a great game. When I hear of retirements and things like deaths of public figures it shocks me because I still think of all these people as young. I laugh every time I hear Warren Buffet preface his commentary with "the Actuaries give me less time with every passing year" because, even though I have a lot of golf left in me (God willing), I know I'm on the back nine of my life. Wish Jim Hughson a great retirement...he's one of the best and I'll miss listening to him.
  19. Winner winner chicken dinner. Runaway candidate for the stupidest and worst trade proposal of September 2021.
  20. Last time I checked, hockey is played as a six man unit. Especially when it comes to defending. This angst about the defencemen being the Achilles Heal of the team is so badly misplaced. Pin this thread...the Canucks will be one of the top 10 goal differential and top 10 defensive teams in the NHL this season. Call it the Brad Shaw factor or whatever you want. The top 8 d-men on the Canucks will be just fine in the defensive, neutral and offensive zones of the ice.
  21. How does that old saying go? Oh yah...it's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog that matters. Hoglander, Garland, Motte - the "small" guys that everyone is concerned about are fierce and fearless. Just what you want from these guys. So happy that Benning got rid of all the players that lacked or played without heart. That includes Roussel who was a shell of a player since coming into his first camp with a concussion he used to be.
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