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  1. Looking at the standings and.... what the hell happened to Buffalo? Didn't they have a 10 game plus winning streak and were near the top of of their division? WTF happened?

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    2. SabreFan1

      SabreFan1

      Culture is definitely a part of it, but I'm getting a feeling there's more to the story.  Housley is pretty soft on the players.  You can hear it in his post-game pressers.  That's not good when the players see that they have little to play for.  As soon as it was evident that the team was out of the playoffs, some of the people on the ice followed a few of the others who were already playing disinterested hockey.  A better coach would keep his players motivated.

       

      The ball will be in Jason Botterill's court again soon.  What will he do to change things up?  New players?  New coach?  Neither?  Both?

    3. coastal.view

      coastal.view

      too easy to blame housley

      elite hockey players are self motivated

      a bad culture can undermine that

       

      look at riley .. apparently identified a one of the players that needed to be moved to try to correct problems in the sabres culture

      he is in a new culture and excelling .. .it took some time . but he managed to transform

      he is now a key cog in the blues resurgence

       

      sabres have better talent then the blues

      i don't think it is a talent or coaching issue with buffalo, but culture

      but i also think it is not as chronic an issue with them as with the oilers

      i think the sabres will be a different team in their outlook next season

       

      i think the oilers have aggravated their situation by allowing mcdavid this year and last, and draisaitle this year, to use the last part of a season to chase individual production goals

      that is soul sucking for the rest of the team

      and negatively impacts the poor culture that already exists

    4. SabreFan1

      SabreFan1

      Like I said in my last post, culture is definitely a part of it, but I'm not thrilled with the way Housley is so soft on his players.  He doesn't need to go all Tortorella on them, but I'd be happy if he occasionally got angry with them and benched them for playing like they had somewhere better to be.

       

      Botterill uprooted the locker-room last year in an effort to change the culture.  He may have to do something similar again this off-season.

  2. Quiet trade deadline ....

    1. RetroCanuck

      RetroCanuck

      Looks like it should ramp up the next hour but who knows.

    2. goalie13

      goalie13

      There's some movement on the Canucks' front...  

       

       

  3. Discovered a new favorite Pizza combination from Dominos:

    Medium hand tossed
    Garlic Parmasean Sauce
    Pepperoni
    Banana Peppers

    Sweet, salty, spicy.

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    2. King Heffy

      King Heffy

      That garlic parmesan sauce is pretty good.

    3. 48MPHSlapShot

      48MPHSlapShot

      I used to work at Dominos. They had a Philly Cheese Steak pizza that was pretty great. Instead of sauce, they used white cheddar cheese that melted in the oven. Topped with steak, green peppers, mushrooms, onions, and provolone cheese.

    4. VanGnome

      VanGnome

      @48MPHSlapShot that sounds great aside from the mushrooms.

  4. Hot Take: Don Lemon needs to learn to code.

  5. I just noticed how bad Parise's contract is. He's 34, will 35 this off season and will have the balance of 6 full years of a cap hit just north of 7.5M per year. It can't even be bought out easily.

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    2. Jimmy McGill

      Jimmy McGill

      its hilarious how he demanded that his name be mis-pronounced after he moved to the US. 

    3. peaches5

      peaches5

      He has a degenerative back disease and was lucky to play hockey again. I believe he had some type of back fusion surgery but if his back starts to fail again he will be medically unable to play so The Wild should be able to get rid of his cap.

    4. NewbieCanuckFan

      NewbieCanuckFan

      They (management) rolled the dice and went “all in” with not just him but Suter as well.  Understand their decision at the time (window of opportunity often is short and waiting forever to do something could be just as bad as doing something rash)

       

       

       

       

       

       

  6. I just ate one too many pepperocini's. Feel the burn.

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    2. Green Building

      Green Building

      &^@# yeah to derp fried pickles. I'll raise you a 6-pack of deep-fried habaneros mixed into a calamari platter with an extra garlic-y tzaziki.

    3. Green Building

      Green Building

      Hmm, mayhap I'm currently "derp-fried" myself.

    4. VanGnome

      VanGnome

      I'll generally involve some sort of pickled vegetable, whether it be banana peppers, green beans, peperoncini's or pickles with most meals, particularly when I have a meal such as this evening: Steak and fried rice with peperoncini's and caramelized onions with a clarified butter drizzle.

  7. I was just organizing a few things in my office, and I came across something that I would consider one of my greatest organizational accomplishments.










    9 consecutive years of complete income tax return documents, complete with several successful contentions to the CRA "Re-assessing" previous years returns and demanding more money out of me, all neatly 3 hole punched and organized in a binder. I guess I learned something from High School after all.

  8. Merry Christmas CDC. I'm hoping Santa brings us Canucks playoff hockey this year.

    1. ReggieBush

      ReggieBush

      Me too @VanGnome. I see a lot of parallels between this Canucks team and the 2016-17 Oiler team. 

  9. Faith in humanity has risen a smidgen. Went to look at a car today before work. Lost my wallet in the process (400 cash, CCs all in there).

    Got home 20 minutes later, realize it's missing, drive 20 minutes back to where it was dropped.

    Receive a phone call from my wife, a good samaritan picked it up after he and another person randomly arrived at the exact same time. Other person looked super sketchy, seemed like he would have taken the cash.

    Anyway, he drove to my house and dropped it off, refused a reward.

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    2. VanGnome

      VanGnome

      @Tre Mac I must be doing something right in life, I was never afforded this measure of good luck before. The universe (humangous big) is telling me to keep doing what I'm doing.

    3. Nuxfanabroad

      Nuxfanabroad

      Found one in Osaka(few yrs back) took to nearby cop shop(Koban). Had about the same amount(actually 40,000 Yen). They take your info(10% is returned to finder, is tradition)..just said forget about it. Was some college kid's wallet..prob was drunk, dark alley next to ramen shop, yada yada

       

      You hear stories in Japan of briefcases of cash returned...LOVE that about this place.

       

      I usually don't even bother locking my bike. Only thing stolen is my heart(repeatedly!:^)

       

       

    4. Nuxfanabroad

      Nuxfanabroad

      Why you heff to be mad as Hatter?!

  10. When your spotify playlist is on shuffle, and it still plays 3 Lil Jon tracks in a row.

    :emot-parrot:

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    2. CanuckinEdm
    3. Beluga Whale

      Beluga Whale

      I don't think Spotify's shuffle is truly random. It seems to match songs that are similar so subsequent songs flow into each other. 

    4. VanGnome

      VanGnome

      I've noticed this, especially on my rock playlist which is an eclectic mix of 70s, 80s, 90s. Interestingly if I skip over a few modern songs in a row, it will bias toward some of the older music on the playlist and seem to play them more consecutively.

  11. Two names stand out on the roster:

    1. Wacey Hamilton... was he injured during preseason? I think Canucks need to keep him on the active roster and put him on IR until he can be sent to AHL.

    2. Thatcher Demko... They must be looking at him real hard and trying to decide if they should keep him and waive Nilsson, or send Demko down.

    Hamilton to IR leaves 14 forwards. Is Roussel expected to go on IR as well? I thought he was cleared from concussion protocol? If Roussel goes on IR, then we have 13 forwards, 8 defence and 3 goalies.

    Going to be an interesting 12 hours to see if trades are struck, or more vets get put on waivers. We never thought Gags would go down, could we conceivably see Eriksson go down? It would be my wildest dream come true...

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    2. luckylager

      luckylager

      So you're saying there's a chance?

    3. VanGnome
    4. J-23

      J-23

      Demko should stay on the roster.

       

  12. The feels when you refresh CDC and it's down due to too many connections, so you frantically search google for current breaking Canuck news. Then you find out it was just a momentary glitch.

    1. Baer.

      Baer.

      What kind of news were you expecting mid July? Lol

    2. yoshiyoshi

      yoshiyoshi

      Ganger traded to Edmonton for McDavid and Drasitil and a 1st round pick

    3. VanGnome

      VanGnome

      Not expecting so much as having it randomly dropped on us. We just saw Bouchard sign his ELC, so it's possible Hughes could sign his at any point in the summer. Also a trade would be nice.

  13. Just paid as much on truck repairs to get provincially certified as I do on rent... on the same day.

    I hate bills.

    1. luckylager

      luckylager

      Ouch

       

      Gotta love those double whammy days. I had almost the same thing happen to me a couple of summers ago.

       

      End of July - August long weekend pack up the family and head to tofino. Camping for 3 nights plus kind of overspent on a beach house rental for three nights after camping. 

       

      Anyways, my &^@#ing truck breaks down (blew the clutch) on the way home, at Sutton Pass just outside of Port Alberni. No cell reception up there so I wait for a very safe opportunity, pin it like a psycho in first gear with the family looking, terrified throw her in neutral and coast down Sutton into Alberni. Call BCAA and luckily we only have to pay $90 for a tow back to Victoria, but the tow truck can only take two passengers...

       

      So I had to rent a vehicle and pay the drop fee because I had to work the following day and couldn't get the truck back to PA.

      There was a silver lining- the only rental was a Ford f350 super duty crew cab with an 8ft box. That truck had some serious &^@#ing balls.

       

      Rental, gas, tow, new clutch, overspent on vacation, mortgage payment kick to the balls all in two days.

       

      &^@#. I feel your pain, Gnome

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