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***** UPDATED! YAY! ************


With 76 games played, and only 168 goals scored (2.21 goals per game), and a downward trend, the canucks are likely to break the franchise record for lowest goals per game scored in a season. The previous record is held by (YOU GUESSED IT), the 1998-99 Messier team. In that year, the Canucks scored 192 goals in 82 games (2.34 goals per game).


We are now almost guaranteed to beat it.

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Vancouver's PP is a joke with the twins keep passing to each other to slow down the pace every time they have the puck. Eventually Henrik will make that cross-ice pass to turn it over to result in an odd men rush against Vancouver. No surprise the PP has no goals in 20 attempts recently, which is a coincidence with the return of Henrik from injury. It has been like this all year and nothing has changed. The sorry Canucks don't even have a coach.

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1 hour ago, OptionalPants said:

I just want to point out, that previous record was set in a very different era, with a lot more goals. This really shouldn't be too surprising, we're a bad team in a low scoring era and we haven't been bad since the games were a lot higher scoring.

This is a good point and implies that this year's team is not nearly as bad as the 98-99 Messier team. But it is still a poor team. It is good that there are now some good prospects in the pipeline and some good young guys on the team. But, considering that Benning was trying to put as a good as possible on the ice this year and acquired a lot of veteran players over the past two years, this year's performance is not a good endorsement of Benning's skills. The vets he has brought in over the past two years -- Miller, Vrby, Prust, Dorsett, Sutter, Bartkowski, and I will include Sbisa have all, in my view, under-performed relative to their cap hit.


Benning is a good judge of prospects, but in judging prospects you don't have to worry about their cap hit and you don't have to worry about using advanced stats, as good stats do not exist for most non-NHL players. So Benning's superior eye gives him an advantage. But, with vets, the willingness of other GMs to use advanced stats gives them an advantage and Benning does not really seem to "get" the cap (which led to conflicts with Gillman and Gillman eventually being fired).


Let's hope he has learned from his mistakes. And let's hope the silver lining of a bad season is a good draft pick. But it is a shame (and a mistake) that no other assets were obtained this year. It is striking that of all the players on expiring contracts this year, not one generated a reasonable offer at the deadline.

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