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  1. With all the turnover in personnel, I was expecting the team to take some time to find chemistry (which, IMHO, has been evident in the first few games), but the game last night was definitely a bit disconcerting with the lack of urgency in their game. They were so-so in the 1st but then the wheels fell off. Lack of urgency has been a theme with the team over the years even if they have had spurts where that's been OK. I get the mantra of trusting in the process but the team really needs to step up its sense of urgency from puck drop every single game.
  2. My thoughts thus far: Game 1 (Oilers) the Canucks were slow out of the gate but hung in there to earn a point in Edmonton. Overall they looked OK but out of sync, basically until the last 5-minutes of the game. Game 2 (Flyers) the Canucks were actually pretty good. They had what might be argued to be a collapse in the last 5-minutes, but some of the calls made against them were questionable. They ultimately salvaged the game in the shootout. Game 3 (Red Wings) the Canucks were actually pretty good but, as seems to happen a bit more often to the Canucks than I would like, ran into a hot goalie. Greiss, while not spectacular, does provided solid goaltending most of the time and has his moments. I guess the Canucks just ran into him at the wrong time and, again, some of the calls were questionable. Game 4 (Sabres) the Canucks started out reasonably well but then just seemed to fall out of sync. It felt like the team forgot how to execute their defensive systems. Demko wasn't terrible but last night was one of those games where it's clear that if the Canucks have any stretch in a game where they fail to execute their defensive systems, their goalie is probably going to need to make many saves on extremely high quality chances. Obviously the team is not trending in the right direction and just as there were signs for enthusiasm in the first few games, there are signs for concern as well. The team wasn't as terrible defensively in the first few games as what was feared, but it's definitely still going to be a struggle for them, especially as they deal with injuries. I think other posters have already said this, but I will just add my voice to whatever already existing chorus that is saying that Green should just keep Miller with Pettersson and Boeser now that Boeser is healthy. I get that the team wants more balance in the line-up, but right now it feels like that pursuit of balance is coming at a cost. Miller at C is a good idea in theory, and notwithstanding the fact that line scored last night, IMHO they should just stick with has worked. I'm not anti-Pearson but I'm also not a huge fan of pairing him with Horvat all the time. If Horvat is somehow making the call to have Pearson ride shotgun with him, then it would make wonder who is actually steering the "ship" of the team. At this point I think Horvat-Garland is the natural pairing rather than Horvat-Pearson and if they were willing to play Podkolzin with Miller, then they might as well give him a shot with Horvat-Garland. He's a better skater and passer than Pearson, notwithstanding the fact that he's still figuring out the NHL game. Shorthouse and Hirsch were mentioning how Hoglander played well with Dickinson so I wonder if the Dickinson-Hoglander pairing might be better suited to have Pearson play with them. It would be a defensively responsible line with the ability to contribute on offense since they should control the puck well. That would leave the 4th line as Dowling-Lammiko-Highmore, for now anyway, which I think is a perfectly fine 4th line. I'm not in the "sky is falling" mode quite yet as I think coaching is still experimenting with lines and the players themselves are still finding (or restoring) chemistry with one another. Let's just hope they figure it out sooner rather than later.
  3. With Motte travelling with the team, a return soon sounds promising but who knows. Pretty sure Motte did play C before, but I don't think he's done much of that at the NHL level. It's possible that Dowling's versatility might make Chiasson the odd man out once Motte is healthy. It'll be interesting to see what coaching/management sees as more important: having a spare PP specialist or having a versatile spare forward.
  4. Makes sense. Dowling seems to have the trust of coaching to do more at the NHL-level. Nonetheless, I assume he's the next to be waived once Motte is healthy. Assuming Petan makes it to Abbotsford, he'll provide a big boost to their offense.
  5. Makes you wonder if the team might see if it can terminate the contract? The suspension is one thing but I would assume that there are some contractual clauses dealing with conduct that might kick in now that the league has basically found wrongdoing?
  6. I might be wrong, but I thought Motte was only on IR, not LTIR, so his full cap hit was still in original cap calculation when rosters were set? If that's the case then Motte being ready would not require the Hamonic suspension. I still get confused a lot with IR, LTIR and cap space.
  7. I would guess this to be the case just by Benning's rhetoric since the start of camp. Suspension makes sense just for team management considering Hamonic didn't opt out for the season. I'm pretty sure clearing Hamonic's cap space now doesn't have any cap implications for the Canucks at the start of the year? It doesn't affect their ability to exceed the cap due to to LTIR? I'm curious if Hamonic has clarified whether he'll come back this season and if the Canucks are close to signing someone?
  8. I agree that Green's comments actually speak to him thinking highly of Hoglander. It can be tough for players to get shuffled around often, and maybe the need for that will diminish when the team is healthy and in a good rhythm, but to be seen as a guy who can make just about any other linemate better is a great attribute.
  9. I like McAvoy in general but $9.5M AAV is terribly high of an AAV. His production is reasonably good but isn't exceptional. If $9M+ is the new "standard" for a decent good young Dman, then at least some elements of the league seem to expect a major increase in the cap and/or significant increases in league revenue. While the Islanders are a traditionally "stingy" team, their cap numbers are generally more in line with what seems reasonable. Pulock just re-signed for the same term but at more than $3M AAV less than McAvoy. Pulock is 4-years older so that could account for some perceived lesser "value" but his contract is, if I'm not mistaken, covering all UFA years. Pulock would presumably have been able to get much more on the open market.
  10. I agree that if Podz is getting very limited usage, then there may be benefit with having him play in Abbotsford for part of the season. Even though there's no 10-game rule for Podz, maybe coaching and management are giving him similar treatment to evaluate his transition to the NHL. If they do need to send Podz down now, I'm pretty sure this would be pretty easy since he's waiver exempt and I believe this would not have the same cap impact compared with cutting him for the opening night NHL roster. I think Podz will be given every chance to stay with the NHL club all year. Let's hope Podz can find his next gear and comfort level with corresponding increased playing time in the next few games but even he doesn't and ends up being demoted, I'm sure we'll see him again quickly.
  11. Keppen makes the opening night roster for the Abbotsford Canucks. Good for him. Hopefully Keppen can make some waves. Like many others, I was disappointed with the loss of Gadjovich on waivers since he seemed like one of the more likely prospects to make the jump to the NHL in the near future. It will be interesting to see if prospects like Keppen, Kunz or McDonough (who seems to be coming along very nicely) will be able to move up the prospect pipeline more strongly with the loss of Gadjovich. Can't forget Klimovich who seems to be assessed as not being too far away from making the jump either.
  12. Burroughs has definitely been a surprise through camp and the first game of the season. Even though that's been good, Rathbone and Burroughs both played very limited minutes last night so we'll see how things look if he is given more responsibility (and Rathbone, for that matter).
  13. Signs look promising that he's a bottom 6 forward with good size and wheels who knows where needs to be to play defensively sound hockey, can kill penalties, and has the ability to play a physical game. I agree that Lammikko could well cement a spot in the bottom 6 even on a healthy squad, especially with Sutter potentially out long term. I thought it was telling that Green put him out in the final minute of play. Already seems to trust him.
  14. The team looks like it's still trying to find it's rhythm, particularly on offense. Pettersson looks like he's still shaking off some rust but he's getting chances and looks dangerous almost every shift, so it feels like the results will come. The defense was thankfully not quite the tire fire that most were concerned about but obviously this is just one game. Still, OEL-Myers doesn't look terrible and Hughes look like he has made adjustments that will help immensely, especially with a steadier partner like Poolman. I was also encouraged by signs of the improved forward depth. Even with Sutter and Motte out, the Canucks depth at forward does look improved with Dowling not looking entirely out place and Hoglander adding a lot to the bottom 6. None of them stood out for wrong reasons, which is good. As much as it sucks to start the season on a 6 game road trip, who knows, this might be good for the team to not have distractions of playing at home and just learning how to gel as a team. Considering that Boeser did not play, I think there's a lot to be encouraged about the team's performance tonight. It's a long season of course but there are good things to build from tonight.
  15. Outside of Boeser's absence, it will be good to see how the team rolls with most of the personnel for the top-2 lines in action. It will also be interesting to see how the Dcore holds up against the Oilers.
  16. If Juho is even an approximation of Jarkko Ruutu, then I think that's a win for the Canucks. Jarkko was a super pest. In 2005-2006, we had Ruutu, Matt Cooke, Ryan Kesler and Alex Burrows. A quarter of the forward group were super pests (although perhaps not quite with that reputation by that point of the season).
  17. That's brutal. Hope you have seen at least some improvement over that time?
  18. Or maybe more Motte-Lammikko-Chiasson given the news about Sutter's health problems. My guess is Petan is waived after Boeser returns and then Highmore is waived after Motte returns?
  19. That would be my guess, until Motte is back. I think Dowling stays on and Highmore is waived once Motte is healthy. Dowling's ability to play C is a significant advantage.
  20. I don't mind Chiasson with Petey while Boeser is out. Chiasson has reasonable wheels to keep up with play and has had a good career as a depth scorer. He can play up in the lineup for stretches as a complimentary guy. I do wonder how he fits once Boeser is back, but he seems like a guy who can make it work.
  21. For me the ship has sailed but I definitely wouldn't mind him coming back. At this point, I'm not going to hold my breath or anything, but it's certainly a plausible outcome if SJS decides they can't fit him in.
  22. Puckpedia has Gadjovich on IR. I guess he got injured some time after the waiver pickup. Could still mean that the Canucks would reclaim him after he's healthy and may or may not have a spot with the Sharks' NHL roster.
  23. Seems like the coaches are trying to send a message to management? Based on how the team is constructed right now (players under contract), I wonder who Chiasson would be expected to displace? He doesn't play PK so I think that would exclude Highmore as his main competition (although I think Highmore is waived once either Motte and/or Sutter are back). That leaves MacEwen and Petan. If I'm not mistaken, they used Petan in a PK role this pre-season but with the acquisition of Lammikko, maybe that's less important a role for him. They also used Petan in a PP role but he doesn't play net front like Chiasson. MacEwen is the guy that is the most easily displaced in terms of special teams contribution, but he's also pretty much the only guy who fights. I doubt Chiasson is going to add that element to his game at this point in his career. I think this might protect MacEwen. My guess is Petan is the odd man out at this point if the Canucks do sign Chiasson.
  24. With everyone clearing yesterday, including Hamonic, I suppose that means the opening night roster is more or less set for Wednesday? I'm assuming Hamonic will be assigned to Abbotsford now that he has cleared which will clear a bit of cap space and Unless I'm missing something, opening night roster looks something like: Garland-Pettersson-Boeser (if he's healthy) Pearson-Horvat-Hoglander Petan-Miller-Podkolzin Lammikko-Dickinson-Highmore/MacEwen MacEwen/Highmore Hughes-Poolman OEL-Myers Rathbone-Schenn Hunt, Burroughs Demko, Halak Either Lammikko or Highmore could play 4C if the Canucks want to move Miller back on wing with Pettersson. I'm not sure how I feel about Petan possibly being a full-time top-9 player for the Canucks but hopefully he will able to finally translate his ample skills into a regular NHL job.
  25. Not a great camp + pre-season for a couple former 5th overalls?
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