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Everything posted by Maddogy

  1. The narrative from the media for several months was that the ownership was in a financial squeeze due to COVID. The ownership could not afford to pay Travis Green what he wanted. Ownership cut management and staff and the organization was trying to survive.
  2. I think teams should be allowed to ice 20 players within the cap limit. If Tampa is playing 20 players within $81.5M it should be fine.
  3. I don’t get it. I thought the Aquilini family is going broke and had to nickel and dime the coaching staff especially Travis Green. Where did they get all this money? Are they selling powder on the street?
  4. I don't think he is going to ruin his career like Virtanen did.
  5. I do think Newell Brown did a much better job than Manny Malhotra in Toronto considering that Pettersson was unavailable for a significant portion of the season.
  6. J.B. made his salary cap bet on Nate Schmidt and Virtanen as opposed to Tanev and Toffolic. So far it is not working well. It was a rational bet though.
  7. The biggest mistake J.B. made was he thought he had more time with the retool/rebuild. He did not anticipate the Pettersson pick and the Hughes pick. That's why he overpaid and signed all those veteran players on the bottom 6 for lengthy contracts. He also thought that he had at least 6 years and therefore the Eriksson contract would not be an issue by the time the prospects can take over.
  8. Yes, the 1st overall pick is guaranteed for Vancouver. Then would be shxxstrom about whether they should pick Luke Hughes or someone else and how does that affect team's relationship with Quinn.
  9. No, the franchise altering player is unlikely to be in this draft year, which is why I am very certain Vancouver will win the lottery tonight.
  10. J.B. is at the very least an average G.M. The problem then is if you fire him, how certain are you that you can find someone better? We've seem a a lot of teams that go through changes in management and coaching staff and they are still underwhelming. People think that if you fire a G.M., someone better will magically show up. If you quit your job, a better job is just around the corner. If you divorce your spouse, your soul mate is waiting at the altar for you. Yes but at what level of certainty? The risk is, if J.B. is fired they may hire someone that really end up
  11. Also their cap numbers would not be higher than $7M per year because losing close teammates to other teams in the off season as well as suffering through a terrible season make them appreciate that depth and winning are more important than individuals' gains.
  12. I'm hoping that Seattle's management is under heavy pressure from ownership to make the playoffs ASAP. If so, then Seattle may consider taking Holtby or making a trade with Vancouver to expose Nate Schmidt for the picking. In hindsight, which is rarely a fair way to assess decisions, J.B. should have signed Chris Tanev and Tyler Toffoli instead of acquiring Nate Schmidt and resigning Jake Virtanen.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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
  20. 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.
  21. He is playing better than Troy Stecher did. He is also more mobile than Olli Juolevi.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
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