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Honestly liking a lot more about the Canucks' game now than I have all year, even during December. Just looks like a team that knows how to play in today's NHL. No way to even come close to this many injuries next season and now that a new style of play is being established, you can tell scoring is going to be much less of a problem. Won't hurt having a crap ton of money for the UFA market this year. Just practice that PP and we're looking good.

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Kinda funny to look at these stats, given how tough some people are being on Eddie Lack:

Tonight's games:

Eddie Lack: 4 GA, 17/21, 0.810 Sv%

Cory Schneider: 4 GA, 17/21, 0.810 Sv%

2013-14 Season:

Eddie Lack: 0.915 Sv%, 3 shutouts

Cory Schneider: 0.915 Sv%, 3 shutouts

Kind of makes you think that the Canucks would probably be doing just as bad this season even with Schneider in net.

Except they wouldn't have Bo Horvat coming along nicely for the future.

And let's try not to worry too much about Eddie going through a little bit of a rough patch. The transition to starter is a tough one for any young goalie. Most aren't asked to do it during their rookie season. Most get some degree of warning and the time needed to mentally prepare for assuming the mantle of #1 goaltender. Most young starters, when they are given the #1 job, will also be given a capable back-up (or at least one that their coach will actually use) that provides some sense of security and a safety net. And nearly every goalie (whether he's a rookie or even an elite veteran) would probably struggle at some point, if he's minding the net behind a team that's played as poorly as the 2014 Canucks.

I haven't lost any faith in Eddie Lack. I still believe that he'll be an excellent starter in this league. I just didn't expect him to be tested so soon (and I doubt Eddie ever expected he'd be taking the starter's job this early in his NHL career).

Let's see how he finishes out the rest of the season before making any judgments on his readiness. I suspect that he'll settle down soon and he'll have another stretch of games where he dominates. Hopefully, the Canucks will play well enough in front of him that his efforts won't be completely wasted.

Eddie Lack's transition to starter has got to be one of the toughest ever faced by a young goalie in the modern era of the NHL. Not just the on-ice difficulties of playing behind a team that's struggled as much as the 2014 Canucks, but all the off-ice (especially in the media) stuff surrounding this team and its recent goaltending history.

That's a lot of weight to suddenly put on Lack. No surprise he's buckled a little at first. But I fully expect that Eddie Lack will pick himself up and show everyone that he can carry the full weight that comes with being the starting goaltender for the Vancouver Canucks.

Some brief growing pains were bound to happen. Especially when Lack is being forced to grow so quickly.

He'll be fine.

Nah, scratch that. This kid's gonna be great.

EDIT: grammar and flow

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At least we scored more than one goal without Daniel and Kesler. Shame our GM traded away both our true No. 1 goaltenders.

As much as Lack has some maturing to do (aka more experience) goaltending has not been, and is not, this team's problem.

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.... you can tell scoring is going to be much less of a problem. Won't hurt having a crap ton of money for the UFA market this year. Just practice that PP and we're looking good.

Nowhere to go but up on the scoring side.

The team are tied for second to last in the NHL in GF.First to worst is quite a managerial accomplishment.

It must be that lack of practice that took them down to 28th place on the PP.

Gillis has to sign eight FA's/UFA's so there is not a lot of dough to put a fresh face on the franchise.Well,if Kes is thrown that will provide a new face or two.

The team might jettison a few of this year's players but they still have to fill out the roster:

http://www.capgeek.com/canucks/

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Nowhere to go but up on the scoring side.

The team are tied for second to last in the NHL in GF.First to worst is quite a managerial accomplishment.

It must be that lack of practice that took them down to 28th place on the PP.

Gillis has to sign eight FA's/UFA's so there is not a lot of dough to put a fresh face on the franchise.Well,if Kes is thrown that will provide a new face or two.

The team might jettison a few of this year's players but they still have to fill out the roster:

http://www.capgeek.com/canucks/

Yeah, everyone (including Gillis) keeps saying the Canucks have all this cap space for next season but lets examine that...

For the sake of argument lets keep the roster intact with the exception of using the CBO on David Booth.

Also for the sake of argument (because there have been conflicting reports recently) lets put the cap at $69.5m which is between the $71m # that was initially given and the low end of $68m that recent reports have indicated.

The Canucks will have 17 players signed for a total of $55.4m.

So MG wakes up Canada Day morning and has $14.1m to spend and needs to sign 7-8 players to fill out the roster.

Lets start with the RFA's

Tanev should easily get $2.5m-$3m and that could creep higher if he is "offer-sheeted".

Kassian probably gets $1.5m and again that could go higher on an offer sheet although less likely than Tanev.

Schroeder and Weber $1m or just under each.

That's 21 players signed and $7.6m of cap space remaining.

A couple of young/depth players at $550k-$1m (Santorelli/Jensen/Horvat etc) and that leaves about $5.5m-$6m for Gillis to use on an outside UFA.

Given Gillis' recent letter to the STH's and the current state of the Canucks who would you use that $6m on..?

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Yeah, everyone (including Gillis) keeps saying the Canucks have all this cap space for next season but lets examine that...

For the sake of argument lets keep the roster intact with the exception of using the CBO on David Booth.

Also for the sake of argument (because there have been conflicting reports recently) lets put the cap at $69.5m which is between the $71m # that was initially given and the low end of $68m that recent reports have indicated.

The Canucks will have 17 players signed for a total of $55.4m.

So MG wakes up Canada Day morning and has $14.1m to spend and needs to sign 7-8 players to fill out the roster.

Lets start with the RFA's

Tanev should easily get $2.5m-$3m and that could creep higher if he is "offer-sheeted".

Kassian probably gets $1.5m and again that could go higher on an offer sheet although less likely than Tanev.

Schroeder and Weber $1m or just under each.

That's 21 players signed and $7.6m of cap space remaining.

A couple of young/depth players at $550k-$1m (Santorelli/Jensen/Horvat etc) and that leaves about $5.5m-$6m for Gillis to use on an outside UFA.

Given Gillis' recent letter to the STH's and the current state of the Canucks who would you use that $6m on..?

Evander Kane.

Next year (while Hovat,Shink,Gaunce,play in Utica)

E.Kane-R.Kesler-Z.Kassian

Sedin-Sedin-Jensen

Higgins-Matthias-Burrows

Archibald-Lain-Sestito

Richardson,Grenier

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Evander Kane.

Next year (while Hovat,Shink,Gaunce,play in Utica)

E.Kane-R.Kesler-Z.Kassian

Sedin-Sedin-Jensen

Higgins-Matthias-Burrows

Archibald-Lain-Sestito

Richardson,Grenier

Evander Kane isn't a UFA and I doubt anything short of a package involving Kesler gets him to Vancouver. And Horvat isn't eligible for the AHL next season so either he's a Canuck or a Knight in '14-'15...

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Nowhere to go but up on the scoring side.

The team are tied for second to last in the NHL in GF.First to worst is quite a managerial accomplishment.

It must be that lack of practice that took them down to 28th place on the PP.

Gillis has to sign eight FA's/UFA's so there is not a lot of dough to put a fresh face on the franchise.Well,if Kes is thrown that will provide a new face or two.

The team might jettison a few of this year's players but they still have to fill out the roster:

http://www.capgeek.com/canucks/

It's been rocky but it looks like the Canucks players have finally shaken some lingering tendencies in their mindset and play (whether it was a pervading attitude developed after the SCF loss or some persistent habits drilled in by AV, we'll never know). Generally when the best team in the league needs to relearn the game because the game has changed so radically, theirs is the most dramatic, lengthy change.

It was never going to be a few short tweaks and suddenly we're presidents trophy winners again. Torts knew it when we were winning in December that people would want his head later in the year. MG knew it too. I actually think we've gotten lucky to get so many injuries. Our troubles were exposed more quickly and the locker room got shaken up like crazy in no time. Both our dramatic decline and sudden change of faces made the players more likely to abandon persistent habits and adjust. Don't underestimate the effect this had on culture.

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Evander Kane isn't a UFA and I doubt anything short of a package involving Kesler gets him to Vancouver. And Horvat isn't eligible for the AHL next season so either he's a Canuck or a Knight in '14-'15...

Another year in junior for Horvat would be a waste of a development year. He's ready for the big leagues.

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Yeah, everyone (including Gillis) keeps saying the Canucks have all this cap space for next season but lets examine that...

For the sake of argument lets keep the roster intact with the exception of using the CBO on David Booth.

Also for the sake of argument (because there have been conflicting reports recently) lets put the cap at $69.5m which is between the $71m # that was initially given and the low end of $68m that recent reports have indicated.

The Canucks will have 17 players signed for a total of $55.4m.

So MG wakes up Canada Day morning and has $14.1m to spend and needs to sign 7-8 players to fill out the roster.

Lets start with the RFA's

Tanev should easily get $2.5m-$3m and that could creep higher if he is "offer-sheeted".

Kassian probably gets $1.5m and again that could go higher on an offer sheet although less likely than Tanev.

Schroeder and Weber $1m or just under each.

Weber will walk, as he can be replaced by Corrado. I think (unfortunately) Schroeder will be part of a package trade. He will be replaced by Horvat.

That's 21 players signed and $7.6m of cap space remaining.

A couple of young/depth players at $550k-$1m (Santorelli/Jensen/Horvat etc) and that leaves about $5.5m-$6m for Gillis to use on an outside UFA.

Santorelli will be asking for more $, so I think (unfortunately) he walks. Perhaps they are thinking Matthias replaces him?

Given Gillis' recent letter to the STH's and the current state of the Canucks who would you use that $6m on..?

I think they end up with a little more than your prediction. Maybe they could convince Stastny or Callahan.

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