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  1. sounds like Canucks legend Artem Chubarov.
  2. Of our current D core only Hughes and Myers (given the lengthy contract) are long term locks so I don't quite understand why some are having this Juolevi v Rathbone or prior to that Juolevi v Rafferty argument. With Edler in his twilight, Tanev and potentially Stetcher gone this fall via free agency and the likes of Fanta, Benn as short term depth pieces, we will have more than enough spaces for these guys to play (provided they prove capable at this level). Moreover if any of our prospects do prove good enough to crack the roster this management has shown the willingness to let those who merit playing time get into the lineup even if it means burying big salary in the minors (Sven) or in the press box (Loui). Remember having competition for spots is a good thing and having good assets in the system whether as depth, in the lineup or as a trade chip is essential. If you look back on our best teams from the WCE era to even the Sedins peak the one thing that we have often lacked is depth and young competition to battle for spots.
  3. First allow me to note my username bias (chosen all the way back in 06 to be fair which is wild now that I think about it) Naslund was our leading scorer from 99-06, a nd had a three year stretch where he was top 5 in Hart voting and another year where he finished 12th. This falls in line with Hank who also had similar 4 year runs at the Hart (winning once, followed by a 10th, a 9th and 14th place finish) and Danny (who like Naslund won the Pearson). I, like most others here love the Sedins but I feel many forget that their peak lasted roughly as long as Naslund's. The separation is that the Sedins had the longevity as the number one option partially by talent obviously but also because we lacked any sort of viable succession plan to overtake them as our top players in their twilight years and benefit of being on better teams in a salary capped league that introduced more parity. Now that being said the Sedins are unquestionably the two greatest to ever play for the Canucks but please recall that before they became stars (which took a few years) it was Naslund leading the team and was an instrumental mentor for the Sedins and Edler (our all time leading scoring forwards and D Man). People, even then were quick to rag on his quiet leadership style but I think when guys like the Sedins and Edler speak so warmly about his influence on them that speaks far greater volumes than anything else. In terms of playoff success Naslund was an unfortunate victim of circumstance in many regards. The lockout at the peak of his powers, The Moore incident which forever altered his running mate Bertuzzi coupled with poor complimentary pieces surrounding him (this was when Cloutier was letting in clappers from centre ice sparking the beach ball memes on the forums for years and the team was drafting gems like Nathan Smith with its first round picks). In our now 50 year history we flat out don't have the rich history other teams do so should a player who was arguably our best player for a decade of those 50 years be in the rafters? Absolutely, though again I will cite my bias along with a very specific subsection who grew up watching him play.
  4. With all the uncertainty and chaos surrounding the playoffs and its structure I think we stand a better chance of running deep than we would've had the season continued. Who knows? Maybe the pick ends up being the 31st pick
  5. Based on his numbers (currently though subject to change should he light it up or falter with us these last 20ish games) I don't anticipate him getting much of a raise (if at all) on the open market. A comparable from last year's free agency is Nyquist. Nyquist got 5.5 per for 4 years. Toffoli has slightly lesser numbers and despite bouncing back this year, isn't as consistent statistically as Nyquist so I anticipate a smaller deal for Toffolli than what was given to Nyquist. Thus I don't think the contract or term will be much of an issue for those concerned. It'll be interesting to see what else Benning has planned for the deadline and how these acquisitions fare during this stretch drive.
  6. CDC mentality every time we trade picks or prospects. In love with the mystery box even though most of the time we move prospects they amount to mediocre NHL players at best. Not saying Madden won't be good per say but his success is hardly a given. Plus as others have noted we have too many centres as is anyway. To flip that asset for a legitimate top 6 winger, a position we are lacking makes sense especially if we can resign him at a reasonable cost. You have to give something to get something. People operate as if we can trade our junk and get value in return.
  7. Marky's a UFA at year's end so the question is what the UFA market will be for a 30 year old starting calibre yet not quite elite goalie? If there is belief that there's a market that'll offer him long term and / or high salary then I think you have to trade him and run with Demko (who is still unproven but has shown flashes). Obviously if there's no market then you can resign Marky to a 2-3 year deal wherein we get more time to evaluate our two young goalies and that contract is much more moveable than a contract with extended term / money Given our cap situation I think that's the correct move especially given if Demko for whatever reason doesn't work out you still have De Pietro in the wings who also has potential. The more likely scenario? We ride Marky the rest of the year hopefully ending in the playoffs and he walks in free agency for money / term (good for him in that case).
  8. We need cheaper players to fill out the roster when EP and Hughes' ELCs expire. Getting Podkolzin on a rookie deal at that point will be ideal as he is cheap and will hopefully be ready to be an impact player in two years time
  9. 39 million in projected cap space - a large portion of which will go to resigning Kerfoot and Rantanen both of whom are RFAs. That puts them at just 7 forwards signed which means they'll have a few spots to fill up front plus they'll have to find a backup goalie as well. I'm not familiar enough with their farm system to know if they can address these within (thereby allowing them to go for the likes of Panarin who'll command a very high price) but Sakic has a lot of work to do to fill out that roster
  10. Avoid splashing in free agency, it's almost always a mistake because the term will kill you when these 27-30 year old guys want 6-7 year deals. By the midpoint those contracts become albatrosses (which is also why the Miller acquisition despite the high price is valuable as he is on a good deal with excellent term). I don't mind signing depth guys on shorter term deals though - those contracts are way easier to move.
  11. Based solely on what I've read (including that great post in the Other Leagues section of CDC) I like Kakko better than Hughes. Hoping that we land the 2nd pick so it's an easy can't go wrong decision as there seems to be a divide in opinion from 3 onward
  12. He strikes me as a Higgins type utility player capable of playing up and down the line up as needed. Hopefully as we acquire more talent on the wing he can be used as a nice 3rd line piece with Gaudette and Virtanen.
  13. So when Virtanen comes back, Spooner goes down to Utica to take Dahlen's spot and when Hughes' College season ends he comes in to theoretically take Guddy's spot. That's roughly the roster math right?
  14. Knowing nothing about the guy. What the OP says is very encouraging, echoing what others have said, the one definite strength of Benning's tenure has been scouting and we tend to do well in Sweden so here's hoping he can make an impact down the line
  15. We clear up some short term cap space with this deal (Nillson was expiring I believe) so maybe Benning is gearing up for another move? That, or he sees this trade as a wash and gets an additional pick out of it (something his detractors always say he doesn't do enough of)
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