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  1. One of the things that people have to understand in life is it is always easy to question things. It is much much harder to find an alternative and do better. The tough question is, if J.B. is fired, who is actually available to come in and do a better job than J.B.? This is the tough part. We have seen many many GM and coaching changes made in the league and things actually got worse for many teams.
  2. We do not know what happened behind the scenes. There may be other reasons for this trade. It is pretty clear from his earlier interviews last year that J.B. has been disappointed that some of the young players did not take a step forward this season. Recall that at the start of the season Gaudette mentioned that penalty killing may be in the cards for him. I guess the coaching staff may not have seen sufficient progress in his defensive game this year to vouch for him before J.B. I do not like this trade from a value point of view.
  3. After all these years, there is only one more try left. Podkoldzin so far has been a better play matcher than scorer. Maybe Podkoldzin will set Virtanen up for goals. Other than than that, I give up.
  4. Vancouver Canucks core roster age: franchise centre: 22 franchise winger: 24 franchise captain: 25 franchise defenseman:21 franchise goalie: 25 The good: Canucks have franchise players in all key positions. It should be a fairly straight forward job to fill the roster with depth through drafting and other means. The bad: Even if all the bad contracts are off the salary cap, the franchise players have to get paid.
  5. You are being too rational. Mentally weak fans are berating the mentally weak team for being mentally weak. Typical Canucks fan base. Don't worry though. When the Canucks start winning again, the mentally weak fans will come out of the woods and declare their undying love for this team.
  6. J.B. does not B.S. as well as Ken Holland. Ken botched several of his trades/signings during the past 2 years and yet he is still very much liked among the Oiler fans. Generally speaking they do not pin the blame on him nor call for his job.
  7. Take a look at the Colorado Avalanche. Did their rebuild go smoothly? No it did not. Sakic was coming close to getting fired at one time. Nathan MacKinnon's career did not take off until his 5th NHL season. Did the 2011 Canucks get to where they were smoothly? Fans wanted the Sedins to be traded because they could not beat Chicago time and time again. Rebuilds are not easy and they take a long time, with TRIALS and ERRORS (i.e. mistakes) along the way. This is why I am not buying into this Montreal hype. Was it easy and smooth for Toronto, Calgary and Edmonton? It took Ovechkin, a
  8. This guy's balance is incredible. He seems to have a low centre of gravity. He gets back on his feet real quick. His stick work is better than Elias Pettersson. His hockey IQ and vision are exceptional. I am not sure about his shot.
  9. He is playing better than Troy Stecher did. He is also more mobile than Olli Juolevi.
  10. My criticism of Nate Schmidt so far is that he has not outplayed his D partner Edler who is much older. He is also not as flashy or notable as Tyler Myers who has made some nifty plays skating the puck out of D zone. At the start of the season, I expected Schmidt to be a noticeable upgrade over Edler and Myers. So far, he is just as leaky as Myers in the D zone and yet not as exciting in the O zone as Myers. He does not take as many penalties as Myers though.
  11. Last night was Hughes' best game so far this year, granted it was against a Senators team that did not play well. Hughes was confident on his skates. Most of his passes worked and did not lead to icing. His stick work was great in the D zone breaking up plays against much bigger forwards.
  12. For purposes of comparison, Gaudette has all of the physical gifts of Tyler Toffoli. He is a decent skater. He has decent hands and shot. He has decent size. He just lacks T.T.'s hockey IQ. He does not read plays well. He does not know how to anticipate plays as they develop in all 3 zones. He is similar to Jake Virtanen in this respect. Some players learn to read plays as they play more and more games. The problem is that unless he can replace Brandon Sutter's PK and matching roles, the coaching staff can't really find consistent minutes for him to play to develop those hockey instincts.
  13. Do you think that they would concede your argument when it comes to contract negotiation? "Sure we will take less money because we are not franchise players."
  14. Sadly his salary cap will still count against the Canucks.
  15. Chatfield played very well last night. He was mobile. He got to the puck quick. He made good first passes. He read plays effectively. He was fairly physical. He played better than Juolevi so far.
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