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  1. I love EP, and I love me some Tryamkin, so would love both to be core members of the Canucks for years to come, but it probably won't happen with Try, and we don't know the future with EP. But ok, just for the sake of discussion, I'll date myself by putting on my Ron Caron hat and "professoring up" a trade that would be talked about for years to come: Rights to Tryamkin/Virtanen/EP/1st this year/2nd next year for Eichel/Reinhart/Dahlin. Would Buffalo do this ... I think they might. EP is similar to Eichel in value going forward and better value as well in the short term, and add n a 2nd fo
  2. I have never thought throwing good money after bad was a great business decision, so I can't blame ownership for not wanting to lose even more money on bad deals. I don't know why people here in Vancouver don't appreciate the ownership of the Canucks the way they should. They pay big money to (hopefully) ice a good team, and don't (from what I can see) interfere in the on-ice product to any great degree. If anything, I wish they would interfere more, instead of leaving the product in the hands of Dim Jim and his merry band of coaching idiots (with the exception of Ian Clark, or course).
  3. There is no blame here on Tryamkin at all. He did nothing wrong at all in his past time with the Canucks, and again, he is not to blame here either. The man had a choice: certainty (hometown team, good money), or the unknown (Benning, Canucks budget). Based on track records ... can you blame him for taking the certainty? He has a family to look after, and that is what he is doing. I wish him all the best.
  4. We should all know by now the following: 1. Benning doesn't trade vets out of "loyalty"; 2. Because of the above, we are stuck with albatross contracts until they either retire or come to end of contract; 3. Because of both of the above, the team will always have needs, but will never be able to get what it needs the most; 4. Because of the above three points, the coaching staff and Benning are safe, as the "process" can never be completed due to circumstances beyond their control, aka other teams not being willing to pay anything for our junk; 5. Finally, because of
  5. Sorry, but there is a tier for god-level players, and McDavid isn't there ... yet. By god-level, we can disagree about order, but we're talking about Orr, Gretzky, Lemieux, and Howe (and asmall group of others) for different reasons on and off the ice. Rules changed and game play changed due to the effects these players had on the game. McDavid hasn't had that effect now, and he wouldn't have had it in the past. Maybe arguable after a career's worth of play, but not now, and personally, I doubt if it will ever be arguable.
  6. Everyone has mentioned some great players, and personally would put Orr at #1 just for how he changed the game, but one that needs more love is Viacheslav Fetisov (I think I spelled his name right?). I remember Gretzky once saying that he was the best D he'd ever played against, and he was the immovable object not only in international play, but also mentored someone like Lidstrom in his early years. If he had had a chance in the NHL when he was younger, I think he would have impacted the game as much as Orr, not point wise, but definitely in how you use all of the ice to dominate the opposi
  7. QFT! Failing to have him here after his first full season in the NHL on a long term contract was the result of management and coaching issues when dealing with him, not with Tryamkin himself.
  8. The only drama is from anyone not understanding what actually happened. Signed a contract, played out his contract. End of story. The team agreed to the no AHL stipulation, and Tryamkin used it. Good for him. He has never said anything bad about the Canucks, only wondered why he didn't get more ice time, as would any fan watching the horrible back end that year. The rest is basically hearsay and gossip, possibly compounded by miscommunication due to things being lost in translation. He still shows an interest in the team, so if the team does well and shows interest after his current con
  9. And, how strange ... I could swear this thread was locked the last time I looked at it, and even went to the bugs forum to complain, so when did it get unlocked?
  10. The man played out his contract, and went back home. He didn't screw Vancouver in any way in terms of withholding services like other players have in the past, and in my opinion, has the right to play wherever he wants to play without being bashed in absentia. I hope he comes back in 2 years and makes an impact again, but at the same time, the team is moving on as well, so who knows? But, no matter, I do enjoy reading other people's opinions on what will happen with him, just not the other garbage being posted. Here's hoping the discussion stays civilized.
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