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do you guys think this team is better then last years?


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Your joking right?

Zero improvements, everyones a year older, Sedins are past their prime and getting slower, no addition to the top 6, lost our number one goalie.

M.G. is getting paid to destroy this team. He want's to resign the Sedins to some stupid term and number which will take them to retirement. When he should be making the hard choice of trying to make the biggest deal in the history of this franchise. He's a pathetic G.M. who will be fired at the end of the season because the Canucks won't even make the playoffs, just breaks my heart.

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Much better, and here's why.

Kesler, the fulcrum of this team, is healthy and has been all offseason for the first time in two years.

The goaltending situation is settled and there is a clear starter, again for the first time in two years.

With a new coach - an excellent new coach, and watch 24/7 NYR/ Flyers if you don't believe me - everyone will have to play their hardest and win their ice time

The prospect pool is the best it's been in years, with Jensen, Horvat, Shinkaruk, Gaunce, Corrado, and the rest, and there are several open spots to fight for and again, a new coach these guys can impress. Lots of motivation there.

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This has been covered already but

You have to remember, even at the start of last year canucks were considered one of the strong contenders. A lot of player didn’t perform as well as the should have. Injuries, shortened season, and a coach who lost control of the room. On paper we may not look a whole lot different but it a new coach can spark are player to get the most out of them once and again we are a strong contenders. Add the energy and excitement if a prospect makes the team and you got a completely different team. Besides adding two prospects did the 2013 Canadians look a whole lot different than the 2012 team that finished in the bottom 5?

Coaching change, fresh start, healthy team, youth excitement. This team can be a whole lot better than last year.

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Perhaps the most important thing of all, in my opinion, is that the constant swirl of media negativity is, unlike the previous two seasons, totally disconnected from reality. The opinion columns bashing random players, the critiquing of the coach, the wild and unwarranted speculation (always with a conniving, negative twist) is transparently ridiculous this time around, it's just straight-up obvious trolling for storylines.

In previous years, there was some concrete thing that the hacks could get their hooks into: the fallout from the Finals against Boston, the goalie controversy, the familiarity of the coaching staff breeding contempt...those were foundations that those jerks could use to build their venomous edifice.

This season, they are just flailing around looking for angles to be negative about, anything and everything they can think of (witness Gallagher's latest...Tortorella is a motivational coach and so Kesler might get too motivated and injure himself? That's the best he can do?).

They're making fools out of themselves in their desperation to find some new thing to complain about, which can only be to the good. The usual suspects have missed the big picture, missed out on the biggest storyline of all, which is that the Canucks, with an already excellent core group of players, are energized and invigorated by the presence of a new coaching staff and a bunch of top-tier young prospects. The narrative in the media and among the fanbase is more or less completely disconnected from what's actually going on with the team itself, and that it why the Canucks are poised to dramatically exceed expectations this season.

I'm not saying we will win the Cup or anything, but I think we will finish top-two in the new Pacific Division (with Anaheim our closest competitor) and will knock Chicago out in the playoffs.

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Across sports fans constantly undervalue internal improvement/regression, as if each player is a static value to be added up into just how good the team is.

The reality is that player performance fluctuates wildly from year to year for numerous reasons. The amount of possible outcomes for these variables makes these threads an exercise in optimism vs. pessimism.

That being said, here's some optimism because it seems you desperately need it:

Kesler is healthy. That drastically changes our regular season lineup from last year, which changes the roles with which players develop themselves for.

Kassian, Schroeder, Corrado, and Jensen are a year older. Young players are the ones who typically make the greatest year to year jumps in performance. Any one of these could break out into a much higher quality player than they showed last year. Horvat is a possibility too. When you have a number of these kind of players, the likelihood that one exceeds expectations increases - just like having more draft picks produces a greater possibility for hitting on a star.

A new coaching system means a wholesale change in where players play on the ice. The system the team uses is under new management. Changing how our forwards play on the breakout is one potentially massive change that can lead to a whole new outcome for the team. Changing our Dman style to one more accepting of playing the man physically instead of collapsing to the net front zone is another example of potential change. How we play the neutral zone defensively is another area of potential change. The power play/pk are under new management. Put the same players in different positions and you will get different results. Not all will be positive but the potential is there that many of them will be, particularly since AVs system near fell apart in miscommunication whenever adjustments were made to it.

Simply looking at last year and counting the changes is fallacious. New year, new team.

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The curiousity measurement-gauge is ramped up to TEN!

How many kids will make it? Who, of them will stick?

How will Lu perform(new coach; post-drama; Oly yr)?

How 'bout our Swedish 'tenders?

How many of our vets will hold standard, or hopefully exceed themselves?

What style/approach will Torts employ?

How 'bout our Utica boys?

If Cap appears to be ramping up, how will MG utilize it?

Will Booth start hunting beavers?

...I could go on.

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Perhaps the most important thing of all, in my opinion, is that the constant swirl of media negativity is, unlike the previous two seasons, totally disconnected from reality. The opinion columns bashing random players, the critiquing of the coach, the wild and unwarranted speculation (always with a conniving, negative twist) is transparently ridiculous this time around, it's just straight-up obvious trolling for storylines.

In previous years, there was some concrete thing that the hacks could get their hooks into: the fallout from the Finals against Boston, the goalie controversy, the familiarity of the coaching staff breeding contempt...those were foundations that those jerks could use to build their venomous edifice.

This season, they are just flailing around looking for angles to be negative about, anything and everything they can think of (witness Gallagher's latest...Tortorella is a motivational coach and so Kesler might get too motivated and injure himself? That's the best he can do?).

They're making fools out of themselves in their desperation to find some new thing to complain about, which can only be to the good. The usual suspects have missed the big picture, missed out on the biggest storyline of all, which is that the Canucks, with an already excellent core group of players, are energized and invigorated by the presence of a new coaching staff and a bunch of top-tier young prospects. The narrative in the media and among the fanbase is more or less completely disconnected from what's actually going on with the team itself, and that it why the Canucks are poised to dramatically exceed expectations this season.

I'm not saying we will win the Cup or anything, but I think we will finish top-two in the new Pacific Division (with Anaheim our closest competitor) and will knock Chicago out in the playoffs.

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