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Agoork last won the day on June 9 2014

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  1. If they can't or won't outright buy out Sutter or Baertschi, retain a million or even 50%. If JB is not even willing to do that, trade em for a b prospect or an undesired player on another team. As long as the player they trade for has a cap hit below $2 million, its a win. Hell if the Canucks had the cap space and were offered a half decent $4 million dollar player and all we had to give up was a b prospect like Teves, JB would be all over it. Give em away if you have to. Future considerations is a thing. Use it.
  2. I suggested in another thread that we trade for Wennberg and then buy him out, because the buyout cap hit is so small compared to his cap hit. We'd have to send almost equal cap back the other way though in order to make it worthwhile, so that's not likely to happen. Best bet may be to just wait for Columbus to buy Wennberg out and then sign him cheap. He may be worth the gamble. Anderson is like our Virtanen - too much potential to trade away cheap. There's a risk if you keep him, and there's a risk if you trade him. I wouldn't mind seeing a 3rd line of Anderson-Wennberg-Virtanen. No idea how to make that happen though!
  3. I think Dubinsky is done and will be on LTIR, so they should be able to use his $5.85m cap space as well (if need be). There was an article on The Hockey Writers where they thought Columbus might be interested in Jake Virtanen. Add him to the deal in a swap for a prospect or draft pick and maybe they bite.... and if we don't take an nhl player back, then it results in even more cap savings. Or, maybe get another team involved and do a 3 way trade. Maybe Ottawa would take Eriksson, Vancouver takes Wennburg (and buys him out), and both CBJ and VAN throw in something that would make it worth while for Ottawa. I find it really interesting that Wennburg's buy out costs are so low for his $4.9m cap hit. It's worth exploring.
  4. Ok, so here's an idea that I have not seen anyone talk about: What about doing a trade with Columbus. Loui Eriksson for Alex Wennburg Columbus is rumoured to be considering buying him out, as he just hasn't been playing well. They don't really need the cap relief as far as I can see. Loui is useful as a pk and defensive specialist, so maybe Columbus considers it, and nobody else is going to want Wennburg at that cap hit with how he has been playing. Wennburg has a $4.9m cap hit x 3 years. Doesn't sound too helpful for the Canucks right? The key here is that his buyout cap hits are REALLY LOW. So, we simply buy him out once we make the trade. The buyout cap hit is only $441,167 per year for the 1st 3 years, and then $891,167 for the last 3 years. (as per CapFriendly). It spreads out the cost over 6 years, which is a very long time to have a buyout on the books, but the amounts are low, so with some planning, it should be something the Canucks.can simply plan around. This frees up over $5m in cap space for each of the next 2 years (which is when we really need it), and then adds less than a million for each of the following 4 years. Eriksson has $5m owing in real cash over the 2 years. Wennburg's buyout cost is $5.35m over 6 years, so dollar wise, they are similar, with Columbus actually saving a little bit. . Canucks could even retain $1.1m to make the cap hits even. Overall, this trade reduces Columbus's commitment to 2 years, instead of the current 3.... and the Canucks get the cap relief needed this year and next. Win/Win for both teams. What do you think?
  5. Sign him to a reasonable contract (ie no NMC). Otherwise, if they can't work out a deal with Marky, find out asap and try to get a draft pick and/or send one of our smaller cap dumps for his rights. If Calgary wants him, offer him to an eastern team like Carolina or New Jersey first Finding a decent replacement to share the load with Demko shouldn't be that difficult.
  6. For anyone who missed my earlier post.... I live in Denmark. Even though the country is going to extremes to shut this down, the funny thing is that there isn't really any panic here. Everyone seems ok with the measures being taken. I went to the grocery store expecting chaos and it was pretty normal. People kept their distance from each other, but other than that it seemed like an ordinary day buying groceries. No long lines, no shortages, lots of toilet paper, etc. Employees were busy stocking shelves, and there were even some good sales on food items. No price gouging. I still bought a few more dry goods than usual, but otherwise, they've assured everyone that food supply is not a problem and people shouldn't hoard, as it will only make things worse. People seem to actually be listening and acting sensible. My kids are home from school for the next 2 weeks (at least), but will still get daily assignments over the internet and are expected to keep up with their home work, hand in assignments (online) on time, and spend time reading and doing extra assignments if they have time. This has all gone down within practically no advance warning over the last couple of days too. Crazy.
  7. I live in Denmark. The government just announced that they will be closing the borders for 30 days. Only essential travel permitted (like food, returning Danes, etc). All schools, fitness centers and movie theaters are closed. Concerts and sports events cancelled. Everyone basically instructed to self contain as much as possible and no non essential socializing - even birthday parties and the like are discouraged. Government employees have all been sent home. Many private businesses are closing or sending their employees home and asking them to work from home where at all possible. Confirmed cases went from 39 on Monday to 519 on Wednesday to 801 today. Crazy stuff! Never thought I would live through something like this in my lifetime. Sitting at home with my 2 teenage kids - gonna watch "Weekend at Bernie's", eat candy and chips and see what tomorrow brings.
  8. Trade him to Ottawa for one of their guys on LTIR. Gaborik, 2 years at 4.87 million for example. If we retain the difference, Ottawa can at least use Loui as a defensive specialist, instead of just paying a guy on LTIR. If needed, we'd even be able to use the LTIR cap space to add a player. Win / Win.
  9. Not sure if I would use the word "enjoy". I'm a bit of a loner and love to spend time in nature, so for me, I'd much rather be back home in nature rich BC. The only reason I'm still here is because my kids are here. I don't hate it here - it's comfortable, good quality of life, safe, etc. The weather is almost identical to Vancouver/Victoria as well. For most people, Denmark is a great place to live. It's consistently right up there with Norway, Sweden and Canada at the top of most "top 10 countries" type of lists.
  10. Denmark is flat, farm country with no wild nature. Very civilized, clean, high standard of living, free university, free health care, but its expensive and has very high taxes.
  11. Originally from Victoria, but have now lived in Denmark for about 20 years.
  12. This whole situation is ridiculous. Just because one wears a costume to a costume party, doesn't make them racist. Christ, what is the world coming to? I once went to a costume party dressed as a viking, and wore a blonde wig. Does that make me a racist against Scandinavians or blondes? Quite the opposite really, as I married a Scandinavian, and both of my kids are basically vikings. Trudeau is not perfect, but this is really reaching.
  13. Any PT or Chiropractor that isn't a hack will know a fair bit about what the other profession does, and why, and they all know a lot about how the body works and whatnot. Any good one will refer you to the other profession if it is in your best interest for the problem that you have. If they are telling you not to go see the other profession, that is a danger flag to me, and I would probably run away from that practitioner asap, as they are probably just trying to milk you for all they can. As I mentioned before, my ex wife is a Chiropractor, and a damn good one. I'm not sure how it is in Canada, but in Denmark, where she was educated, it is a 5 year university masters degree ... plus a mandatory 1 year practical stint in a chiropractic clinic. Though Chiropractors are not "allowed" to officially diagnose things and prescribe medicine, they can diagnose a ton of issues and refer you to a doctor or to a physiotherapist, massage therapist or whatever. She once had a female patient who - after thoroughly examining her and performing motion and flexiblity tests and the like - immediately sent the patient to her doctor. She contacted the doctor and told him that she suspected the patient had cancer (I can't remember what type of cancer), and sure enough, after visiting her doctor, the patient was under treatment for Cancer within days. Recently, our own son fell at school and couldn't move his arm. I drove him to his mothers office, she examined his arm and thought it was broken. They don't have x-ray machines there, but she used an ultrasound to look at his arm and could see the break. I was there and saw the whole thing - it was quite cool, and though not the right tool to use for seeing if an arm is broken, it worked. Anyways.... we took him to the emergency room, and the admitting nurse/doctor did the usual round of questions about where it hurt, could he move his hand etc, and were very skeptical that it was broken, and thought he probably just needed painkillers. After insisting on an x-ray, they reluctantly agreed and sent us up to x-ray. And yes, it turned out that there was a very clear break on his ulna. Long story short, he ended up with a titanium plate in his arm with 6 screws. So, basically to say that Chiropractors are not doctors - though true in some sense - is also utter bull$&!#.
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