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  1. I think an AHL Canadian Division is likely to be formed. Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal already have Canadian AHL teams. (Manitoba Moose, Toronto Marlies, Belleville Senators, and Laval Rocket). Only Vancouver, Calgary, and Edmonton would need to find temporary homes from there AHL teams. Abbotsford was home to an AHL team once upon a time ago, so Vancouver temporarily moving its AHL team to Abby makes a ton of sense. And I'm sure Edmonton and Calgary can finding temporary Canadian homes too. Kelowna, Saskatoon/Regina could be options for the year.
  2. Yeah, but that snap trade involved trading our other 3rd stringer (Zane McIntyre) for Domingue.....
  3. Yeah, that is freaky to think about that Mikey is technically the next goalie up if Holtby or Demko go down. Mikey did have a pretty solid rookie season in the AHL but the more time down there, the better. Guys like Garret Sparks, Landon Bow, Zane McIntyre, Michael Hutchinson, Andrew Hammond, and Jared Coreau are technically available if the Canucks want an AHL veteran goalie with some NHL experience as their 3rd string goalie. Sparks would be my pick personally. Though, Hammond, being a BC boy, would be an interesting signing too... However, with the uncertainty of where the Canucks AHL team will play this year (whether that team will temporally play in Canada or not) -- I can understand why signing another goalie isn't a priority at the moment.
  4. But Juolevi and Rafferty don't meet the Games Required minimum. Now, that can easily change, but I'm not convinced the season will be much over 40 games (probably somewhere between 42-48 games)... so they'd need to play almost the entire season as a regular -- each -- to be qualified -- am I wrong?!? That said, you can easily just swap out Myers for Juolevi and I don't think anybody would be upset by that besides maybe Edler himself.
  5. Tyler Myers can be exposed. However, unless they re-sign Edler before the expansion, I suspect that Myers will be protected (unfortunately). With Hughes, Rathbone, Juolevi, and Rafferty are all on their ELC's, they won't need to be protected. Benn is set to become a UFA next season and he won't be protected. Schmidt will be protected, for sure. And with that, the other players that logically could be protected are Myers and someone like Jalen Chatfield or Briesbois?!? If one of those two guys have a breakout season, they'd be a logical protection choice. There's also the likely possibility that the Canucks add an expansion eligible defenseman before the expansion draft. A guy like Oscar Fantenberg could be brought back on a two year deal and protected over a Chatfield/Breisbois. My expectation for protection right now is that the Canucks will protect: Schmidt, Edler, and Myers. But this will probably change before June. Also -- looking at who the Canucks protected at the Vegas expansion draft -- all players but Bo Horvat (and possibly Alex Edler) will have been traded/left in free agency/retired/not good enough to be protected anymore. That's good turnover. It's funny how the Canucks actually protected Erik Gudbranson, Markus Granlund, and Sven Baertschi at one point in time.
  6. Jalen Chatfield turned 24 in May. I think it's perfectly reasonable that he gets a legitimate shot in the NHL this season and having him be the 3rd RD is not a bad place for him to start/be tried out at. When we signed him, I believe the comparison was that he was like a young Chris Tanev. With Tanev gone now, it's time to see if Chatfield really is a young Tanev or not and see if he can be a defensive defenseman at the NHL level. I think he's got the tools to do it. With the flat cap, I think this is the perfect time to see which fringe NHLers can really stick in the NHL and remove the fringe tag from themselves. Outside our elite prospects like Quinn Hughes, Elias Pettersson, Brock Boeser, Thatcher Demko -- the Canucks haven't given a lot of our more less rounded prospects (like Chatfield, Rafferty, Lind, etc) chances to make the NHL. I believe we'll see a split between Chatfield and Rafferty in terms of playing time -- especially if there isn't an AHL season and possibly expanded rosters. Chatfield and Rafferty at 24 & 25 are perfectly reasonable options as the 6th & 7th d-men on the roster.
  7. RFA. Great d-man. Aves loading up for a cup run in the next couple of years. Really good move for the Aves. Not sure what the Islanders are thinking but getting back to back second round picks can't hurt that much. I expect Toews to get a 5 year deal. BC boy too -- wish the Canucks made this deal. Devon Toews is a great d-man.
  8. Didn't they all get pissed the first time Stan Bowman dealt Brandon Saad?!? And then they lost Panarin to get him back... I have a feeling one of those core guys are gonna be dealt soon. Probably Duncan Keith first. Could see Buffalo make a push for Patrick Kane. Brent Seabrook probably gets bought out next year. Not sure who the taker for Jonathan Toews would be... Blackhawks management know it's time to rebuild. The players don't. Feels very much like Vancouver in 2015 with the Sedins.
  9. Watch Kyle Burroughs turn into Ryan Graves 2.0 for the Aves this year.
  10. Come on Benning, Cernak is right there! Be the one who changes things! Offer sheet him! Cernak for a 2nd because of an offer sheet would be a steal! Do it!

  11. According to Tyler Motte's re-signing interview, he and Jacob live in the same neighborhood in Michigan. Says Truscott has really smooth skating and that he models his game after Zach Werenski. Who knows if Truscott and Motte will ever be NHL teammates but it's cool that they've worked out together. Truscott is going to the University of Michigan and Tyler Motte (as well as Quinn Hughes) are alumnis of that program. Good sign!
  12. He turns 31 in January. The contract will end when he's 37. I'm glad he got his money but that contract is gonna be an anchor in 3-4 years from now.
  13. Statsny doesn't have trade protection, VGK needs to shed salary, and apparently Winnipeg was really disappointed when Stastny didn't re-sign with them. I see this going down tomorrow. Makes a world of sense for both teams. Don't know how Stastny will personally react but it could be a win/win for Winnipeg and VGK.