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  1. I dunno I don't remember hearing anything about Dickinson's offensive potential, apart from some commenters here on the boards saying he has some. From what I heard when the trade was announced was that he is a excellent defensive forward that will kill penalties, but won't bring much scoring. So I'd say the main difference between him and the players you listed is that Dickinson is younger, better and cheaper. Cheaper being my favorite part. I just want him to be a solid tough defensive center that will allow our top 6 to focus more on generating offense, in particular allowing Horvat to have more offensive freedom then past seasons. Edit - just to confirm I see you mentioned it was Benning who said he had untapped offensive potential, which is fair I must have missed that though. From what I was reading and hearing from analysts and Stars fans (who were upset he was gone which is a good sign) is don't expect much offense, but he is great defensively.
  2. I saw a few people posting this and I agree, Poolman looked really solid out there. He had some really good defensively plays and a couple against McDavid that were well done against the best player in the league. Demko and Hog were our best players, but for the most part everyone played quite good (Miller maybe needs to shake some rust off). Happy for OEL to score, I hope Vancouver really works out for him for this second half of his career.
  3. I agree. I watched the game yesterday and he definitely stood out. My goodness the amount of checks this dude finished was very noticeable. Not saying he is more then a bottom 6 forward (which is totally still great), but really like what I'm seeing and expecting him to only get better.
  4. I'm glad everyone is so high on Rathbone! However, that seems like a bad idea to have Juolevi as #7 even though I understand Rathbone might be NHL ready right now according to many forum posters. I think putting either of our young Dman as a #7 and not playing much is a big waste of development. Our D has quite a bit of offense already on the left, so I'd lean towards having Juolevi as our #6 and letting Rathbone have one more season as the top guy in the AHL. Only due to Juolevi being older and I think his defensive ability is better. But regardless I don't want either sitting much this season they both need to play.
  5. I don't think you'd find many Canucks fans who disagree with you about letting assets walk for nothing in the past. I would guess most feel the same and agree when the Sedin era was ending we should have been trying to stockpile the draft picks and commit to a rebuild. But you're comparing where the Canucks have been at over the past 7 years to where they are now. This isn't a team in a rebuild anymore, we are trying to create a winning culture and while I don't think the team is a cup contender yet I definitely think they should be making the playoffs. Yes it would absolutely suck to lose Miller for nothing if his salary ends up needing to go to our younger core. But I think it is healthier for the team to keep him, push for a good playoff run and accept that we'll lose him in the offseason. Dumping a current key part of our top 6 for a draft pick, while that may be great asset management, I think is another blow to these young guys who want to play on a competitive team that is trending in the right direction.
  6. I'm excited about Rathbone and damn I am surprised by how high a lot of people here are on him. That's really great and I'm looking forward to seeing more of him then. However, maybe I'm in the minority but I definitely expect OJ to be the 3rd pairing LD. I thought he looked solid for a rookie coming off a big injury last year and the biggest issue was the coach didn't play him enough and he didn't play in the AHL, so it was not a productive year. This year feels like the make or break year for OJ and I am hoping he gets a lot of NHL games in, so everyone can get a better idea of what kind of player he will be and even if he'll be good enough to be a long term Dman in the NHL. Rathbone is a year younger and has barely played pro hockey. I definitely understand there is lots of hype around this kid and I'm not trying to downplay him, I just think a year in the AHL wouldn't be bad for him and then next year let him push into the big club. That will give both of these young guys a good shot at being Canucks for a long time instead of forcing a choice between them now at training camp and likely losing 1 of them to waivers.
  7. So excited for Olli, hope he gets a full season in of playing.
  8. Super excited about Podz, but the fanbase should really try to keep expectations in line. He was a 4th liner in the KHL for the most part. I know he deserved more time than he got, but at the end of the day he was typically in the bottom 6 in the KHL. Expecting him to make the move to NA and play in a better league in the top 6 right away is a lot of pressure to place on this kid. Garland is not playing 3rd line, at least to start the season. If things go bad then who knows, but he will be and I think should be Bo's winger. I say give Hoglander the LW line 2 spot and move Pearson down to 3rd line LW (only concern is that makes our second line a little small, so you can swap these two around a bit to find best fit). Pearson is a decent 2 way forward that can handle defensive matchups with Dickinson and that 3rd line RW spot can be Podz or Motte perhaps takes it since he's likely a better checker and then Podz can start the year on the 4th line which is okay as well.
  9. Like most here Bure is my choice also. Just such an elite offensive player, would put up massive points in the NHL today where you can't be grabbed and hooked constantly. Someone I was considering though for our team today would be a guy like Ohlund. There are definitely better players on the list of course include better offensive defensemen, however if we look at our team right now what are we missing and I think it is Ohlund (especially if he was a right shot haha). A big strong Defense that is tough to play against and is very physical. Would be a great partner to someone like Hughes or OEL. Ohlund was consistent and definitely one of my favorite Canucks D.
  10. Yeah that's fair maybe the changes won't work and we'll get the same struggling/can't keep the puck out of our end or net type of defense we have had before. I think Hamonic should be better than last season since he was injured to start and it was the covid year. I don't know anything about Poolman so I'll go with what you're saying and he's a bottom pairing guy that won't have much impact in the grand scheme of things. I suppose we'll see how this group does compared to last years group. I do think OEL is an exciting risk that could pay off and having two offensive LD might help us keep the puck more and move it to the forwards could be beneficial overall.
  11. I dunno it sure feels like you are just assuming all the worst things happen to our new D group next season. Sure if everyone on D sucks we'll be bad. Hughes is only getting better, but we also know his role isn't purely defensive he is an elite offensive defensemen. Saying Rathbone is a rookie doesn't mean anything. Even if you just look at our team, look at what rookies have done in the last few years. I personally think Meyers had a decent season last year on a bad defensive team. Has some bite to his play and skates well for his size. I think he'll pair with OEL and we'll have to wait and see how they do together. It isn't that OEL has performed badly all around the last couple years. He's been weak defensively specifically. On that I 100% agree and he needs to get back to who he was, but offensively wasn't he still on pace for 40+ points in a full season last year? Canucks fans have long complained we get 0 offense from our D, then we got Hughes and people were upset he had to carry all the Defensive production. It is nice to have another top 4 offensive Dman. I get it, I understand the concern and definitely agree OEL has risk, but I think this D group looks better than last year and our forward group has absolutely had a great upgrade. Goaltending also looks good. I'm excited for next year.
  12. Overall I think this was a really fun and exciting offseason for Benning. Still needs to sign those last 4 (Peaty, Hughes, Dickinson, Oli) contracts and hopefully he is able to pull it off and get good/fair price and term. OEL is obviously the biggest risk and depending on how he plays will determine a lot when looking back on Benning's time as GM. But damn that forward group looks sweet and I think our D is way more balanced. Schmidt clearly wasn't a fit (not saying he isn't a great top 4 Dman still) and everyone complained about Edler being too slow and old (especially in relation to his cost). OEL can definitely put up points and Canucks management (and himself) believes the Defensive side of his game can improve again. Our LD is a more offensive group with two rookies fighting for that 3rd spot. Now on RD we have a tougher group that provides a focus on D and will support the LD well.
  13. It's too bad they couldn't move him even for a late pick or something. However, if it helps with all the signings we have to do this offseason I think it will be worth it. Next off season should be easier thankfully with only Boeser as the big contract to sign. This season we just need to find a cheap back up for a million or two. I think next season they should start going with Michael DiPietro. He will be getting a new short term cheap contract after this season and I think will be around 23. We've only been hearing good things about Mikey so far I would say, so I think that could be an exciting backup option for a goalie who has gotten some AHL experience and should be getting ready to break into the NHL. A more experienced veteran is often safer I agree, but on top of Mikey just getting his shot I think working with Clark would be very beneficial to him.
  14. I'm pretty torn on this trade as many others are. I don't know OEL well (he was in Arizona after all), used to hear great things about his play and over the last year or so mainly negative talk around him and his contract. Garland sounds like he is a great addition. I would like this more if we could have gotten them to retain a little more salary on OEL or if we didn't have to add in the 2nd next year. Does anyone know if Garland likely has already agreed on an extension with Vancouver?
  15. I'd do this trade, but I don't think Boston would. Value on Schmidt seems down right now and DeBrusk is better then JV, so I just don't see Boston that interested in. However, if they are then definitely make this trade. We get another 1st round pick and a 24 year old winger that is definitely at least a 3rd line scorer and could even take another step and be a top 6. On top of the cap savings which would be great.
  16. Damn this is a great contract for Seattle. Does no good now, but wow imagine if we got to sign Larsson for this deal. Also very surprised he left Edmonton for that. Must have wanted a change.
  17. Well Boeser is better than Norris so that might actually be a trade they'd be willing to do. That 10th overall pick might be hard to get with it, but perhaps if we toss in a sweetener. I just don't see a reason to do it. Boeser is a great goal scorer and we saw that this year on a bad team. I don't think we're a contender next year, but I also don't think we're 5 years away anymore. I think the current core (Peaty, Hughes, Boeser, Horvat, Demko) need to be ready to compete in the next 2ish years. They seem to really like each other which I honestly think is an important factor and finally after so many years of waiting after this season pretty much all the bad contracts (and the recapture penalty) will be expiring. The trade isn't bad, but just feels like trading Boeser will leave a massive hole in the lineup and we'll be back here talking about needing a scoring winger. (I've heard Cernak is good though so I'd likely do that trade)
  18. Calgary needs to make changes after a very bad season for a team that should have been a competitor. Schmidt (allegedly) wants out, so slightly a joke, but also... To Cal: - Schmidt To Van: - Tanev (Calgary retains 500k - 1mil) - 2021 (or 2022) 4th round pick Calgary gets an overall better two way, slightly younger Dman. Canucks get a defensive top 4 RD (who I have a feeling would be willing to waive that NTC ) and we move out Schmidt who feels this hasn't been a good fit.
  19. I like Gaudette and I'm still hoping he can be a solid 3 line center/winger for us. I swear though sometimes I feel like skating is his one of his weaker areas, but then a game like yesterday happens where he looked so much faster to me hahah. Seems like a great guy though and I hope he can take another step forward in his development during a tough season.
  20. I thought Juolevi had a very good game. Super promising skill set and seems like a smart player that reads the ice well. Not bad size either and he definitely played with more intensity and some aggression. The team is having some issues no doubt, but I am very pleased about this kid and hope he continues to play well and can stay healthy. I've been excited about him and I think he can be a good replacement for Edler and an important piece for when we are actually ready to compete. Not that I think we should let Edler walk or anything, he's still solid (just need to reduce his minutes by a bit in future seasons) and I'd love to sign him again on a short term contract hopefully around 3 mil or a little less.
  21. While I agree Marky was excellent and our MVP. I just disagree here. Keeping him at that price for 6 more years just doesn't seem like a good contract for our young team. This isn't our window to win right now, so I don't understand why the conversation is making it sound like we are blowing our chance. We need the kids to grow and get better as well as shed the big contracts on older players. In a couple more years our team will be entering the window to be competitive and I'm not sure an expensive Marky (even though I love him) is still going to be playing at his peak then.
  22. I must have missed it, but does anyone know why Juolevi is scratched? I've listened to Green's press Q&A the last few days since his goal, but don't feel like he has mentioned it/been asked about it. I'm sure he wanted to see more of Chatfield, but unless it's just me I thought Juolevi played quite good so far and was very solid defensively in that last game where he scored. I hope he isn't hurt. If he can develop into a solid top 4 dman for us after all the draft drama and injuries he has dealt with, that would be a big win for this young team. I know Green is icing the team he believes will give them the best chance at winning and that's understandable. I just hope Juolevi isn't getting sidelined and his development impacted anymore.
  23. I don't love that they scratched him last game and I hope he slots back in tonight. I know there is really only 1 slot available for the rest of our D to contend for (so I get our other rookie D need to get their chances also), but I really feel like Juolevi is at a point in his development where he can't be sitting around. The guy needs to play games and keep working on his game if he's going to be apart of this group going forward. But that doesn't mean he deserves a spot by default so I'd rather if he isn't gonna play then send him back to the AHL (when that season starts up) where he can play first pair. In general apart from some mistakes I feel like he's played quite well and as said above with a lot of poise for a rookie.
  24. Yeah I agree. I think we can manage our cap going forward with no big signings during this UFA period, but the key thing will be our young guys from Utica stepping up and starting to fill in our bottom 6 forwards and bottom 3 D roles.
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