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  1. I don't agree that we played like garbage. Did we play too our potential last season? Probably not but I doubt that, even at our best, we would have made the playoffs (we might have squeaked in). The team's Covid outbreak also didn't help - that likely had a big impact on our play. What most here don't realize on CDC is that we are missing a few key players from being a playoff performer (not to mention a Stanley Cup contender). We need a big skilled top 2 or top 4 D man. I'm not sold that Hughes is our 1D because he isn't big enough to hold his position or move forwards off
  2. I am a long standing Canucks fan and I'm getting tired of this treadmill to nowhere. I want to see a plan. I have defended Benning in the past many times but I'm tired of his leadership with "the no plan plan" as Ray Ferraro called it about two or three years ago. I got a chuckle out of that. However, I like Green as the head coach (for now). Last season, it wasn't so much losing Toffoli that I hated, it was losing assets for nothing (Madden and the 2nd round draft pick) when we didn't have a team that was a Stanley Cup contender. Even with his injury, I could see that Toffoli
  3. Great news! Travis deserves more time to mold this team after a rough year. He's a good coach. He needs some better players on D and in our bottom six. Regarding the new guys: Maybe Boyd, Hawryluk and HIghmore will show more (esp like the latter two). Vesey - I'm not sold on. Rathbone has the potential to be a top 4D and maybe top 2D. Juolevi deserves another shot. Chatfield is so so but could be better with more experience. Love Hoglander. Benning needs to do a better job with UFAs and asset management but I'm happy with where this team is heading. I hope we
  4. Rathbone is showing to be a very good D prospect. He's a smart player and solid defensively. He definitely deserves a D spot on the team next season.
  5. Tyler Graovac is doing a "lot of the little things right" but he gets paid a lot less than some other players. He has shown to be a good two-way player with decent skill. I will be disappointed if we can't find a spot on our NHL team next year in a bottom 6 role and depth player. I actually liked him last year until he had the serious injury. Graovac, Hawryluk and Highmore have shown like they could earn a spot but especially Graovac.
  6. At the time, I thought the Toffoli trade was a good one, unfortunately, for whatever reason we couldn't re-sign him. That was the worst part. I hate giving up assets for nothing unless we're making significant improvements to our cap space. We could have decided to not re-sign Virtanen and put that money towards a Toffoli contract. Ahh well, that ship has sailed.
  7. I've supported Jake for years - hoping he would turn the corner but he never did. And now this. Of course it's not proven in court but still this is bad news. Why we didn't trade Virtanen in the off-season rather than re-signing him boggles my mind. We could have used that extra money to sign Toffoli who we should never have let get away for nothing. I was even prepared to trade Boeser for a top 4 D man just so we could sign Toffoli - kudos to Boeser for turning his game around. I like it when players prove me wrong.
  8. Also, we don't have another prospect player anywhere close to stepping into the same role as Tanner. Kole Lind is getting closer but he will need to be groomed and he will likely start on the 4th line. Tanner has more skill than Gaudette and he is more versatile as he can play both PP and PK. I'm hoping to see more from Gaudette though and I think he's getting close but he's not there yet. I'm happy with this 3 year signing. TP will be a good role model for the young guns and he's worth the money.
  9. I have no problem with this contract, The guy is only 28 and he is a solid gritty player who can play up and down the lineup and can play powerplay and PK. I'd take this Pearson contract over Jake's contract any day of the week. Good signing.
  10. Yes, that's likely true. I had mixed feelings about a trade for Ekman-Larsson. That would've been an upgrade to our D for sure but I didn't like his long term contract. To me, that was a bridge too far. $8.25 million to the end of 2025-26 was too much of an investment for a 29 year old; especially, when we had Hughes and EP to sign (and Demko). I would've cut bait earlier in the negotiations and moved on. I really liked Benning's trade for Schmidt which was a good consolation prize. I just wish we were further along in our rebuild and/or had more assets at our disposal; but
  11. That's sad. I remember seeing him play. He was a very good Canuck and I was sorry when we traded him to Boston. Not a big guy but he had a great shot and he really hustled. Rest in Peace Bobby.
  12. Yes, that's likely true. I had mixed feelings about a trade for Ekman-Larsson. That would've been an upgrade to our D for sure but I didn't like his long term contract. To me, that was a bridge too far. $8.25 million to the end of 2025-26 was too much of an investment for a 29 year old; especially, when we had Hughes and EP to sign (and Demko). I would've cut bait earlier in the negotiations and moved on. I really liked Benning's trade for Schmidt which was a good consolation prize. I just wish we were further along in our rebuild and/or had more assets at our disposal; but
  13. Yup. We'll never know because the negotiations never started. I would have at least liked to see an offer given to TT. If he wouldn't take a reasonable offer, then we would have an excuse to move on. My beef is giving up assets (with no returns) for 10 regular season games and 7 playoff games. I liked Benning's trade for TT. From the short time I saw TT in a Canucks uniform, I saw a character guy who had a good skillset and I was very disappointed that we couldn't move some salary/player(s) out so we could sign him. I thought he would be a good veteran role model for the yo
  14. Benning could've made cap room for TT if he really wanted to. He could have signed and traded Virtanen and he would've had room to sign TT. I have supported Jake in the past but this would've been the wise move. Benning had a couple months to work things out from the end of the bubble until the end of free agency. He should've known what he would be up against (re Covid and the cap) and he shouldn't have "run out of time" and end up losing assets for nothing except for freeing up a little cap space.
  15. With what Ian has done with Marky and Thatcher, we would be crazy not to at least make a solid effort to re-sign Ian Clark.
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