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[Article] The Misunderstood Matter of Olli Joulevi


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19 minutes ago, luckylager said:

I just read the article, and maybe it's my $&!#ty phone, but he doesn't mention Joulevi at all...?

Agreed.

 

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LATEST CANUCKS SPECULATION

 

VANCOUVER SUN: Ben Kuzma suggests the Canucks might have to package some players to land a top-six forward via the trade market. The Minnesota Wild reportedly offered up winger Jason Zucker but their asking price (budding star Brock Boeser) was rejected. GM Jim Benning said he intends to add support for his promising young players like Boeser. 

Outside of Boeser, Elias Pettersson, Bo Horvat, and Quinn Hughes, the Canucks lack sufficient assets to make a one-for-one trade for significant help. Kuzma suggests a package deal of winger Jake Virtanen and defenseman Ben Hutton might draw some interest.

 

Kuzma’s colleague Patrick Johnston cited a report by TSN’s Pierre LeBrun indicating the Canucks had interest in Marcus Johansson at the trade deadline. The Boston Bruins subsequently acquired Johansson from the Washington Capitals. Given Johansson’s solid postseason performance, Johnston wonders if Benning will take a run at him again via free agency.

 

Johnston also noted Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman report claiming the Canucks are at an impasse with pending UFA defenseman Alex Edler. A no-movement clause could be the sticking point in negotiations. He also noted a report claiming the Canucks contacted the Toronto Maple Leafs regarding blueliner Nikita Zaitsev. Johnston doesn’t believe Zaitsev would improve Vancouver’s blueline. 

 

SPORTSNET’s Rick Dhaliwal took to Twitter citing sources from the recent NHL Draft combine claiming the Canucks will pursue Winnipeg’s Tyler Myers or Toronto’s Jake Gardiner via free agency.   

 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canucks aren’t moving Boeser, Pettersson, Horvat or Hughes. As Kuzma points out, they’re the core Benning intends to build around. They also own the 10th overall pick in the upcoming NHL Draft in Vancouver but Benning seems keen to retain it.

 

Maybe Benning can find a decent return for that suggested package of Virtanen and Hutton. I think he’ll have better luck targeting clubs looking to shed salary via trades this summer. Cap Friendly indicates the Canucks have $52.4 million invested in 20 players for 2019-20. Even by re-signing Edler and Boeser, they’ll have plenty of room to take on a significant player or two if ownership is willing to do so.

 

After being burned by the disastrous Loui Eriksson contract in 2016, Benning could be reluctant to spend big in the UFA market. Targeting cap-strapped teams could land them a good, reasonably priced players. I agree with Johnston that the Canucks should pass on Zaitsev, but how about seeing if a forward like Kasperi Kapanen or Andreas Johnsson is available? 

 

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I remember people saying that Juolevi quickness was fine after that Dhaliwal tweet where Salo said Juolevi needs to work on his quickness :lol:

 

But I still think Juolevi could be a good top 4 guy and one that locks down the 2nd pair similar to Lindholm in Anaheim.  

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1 hour ago, Horvat is a Boss said:

I remember people saying that Juolevi quickness was fine after that Dhaliwal tweet where Salo said Juolevi needs to work on his quickness :lol:

 

But I still think Juolevi could be a good top 4 guy and one that locks down the 2nd pair similar to Lindholm in Anaheim.  

Yea I'm with ya man. There's still time for him to become a top 4 guy. 

 

 

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The only thing shocking here is that someone in the Vancouver sports media wrote a positive article about a Canuck.  I guess it must be because he hasn't played for the Canucks yet.

He is a really good prospect who has had some unfortunate luck.  If he can stay healthy he will be a regular on the team before the end of the year.

Having both Olli and Quinn on the blueline will really help with the puck moving and mobility problems with our D.

I still would like to see Benning completely rebuild our D this offseason.  Frankly, I wouldn't be upset if we saw Edler, Tanev and Hutton move on if returns are decent (yes I know Edler's a UFA).

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2 hours ago, DrJockitch said:

The only thing shocking here is that someone in the Vancouver sports media wrote a positive article about a Canuck.  I guess it must be because he hasn't played for the Canucks yet.

He is a really good prospect who has had some unfortunate luck.  If he can stay healthy he will be a regular on the team before the end of the year.

Having both Olli and Quinn on the blueline will really help with the puck moving and mobility problems with our D.

I still would like to see Benning completely rebuild our D this offseason.  Frankly, I wouldn't be upset if we saw Edler, Tanev and Hutton move on if returns are decent (yes I know Edler's a UFA).

Mr. glass-is-half-full, right here.

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8 hours ago, Drive-By Body Pierce said:

So anyone named John, Jack or Jeff are immediate stops as well?

 

Do you also avoid orange juice?

I can only speak for myself but to this day I can’t bring myself to eat Lays potato chips (and I’m a junk food junkie) because one exCanuck (who I refuse to name but everyone knows who I’m talked about....the punk that stole the number 11) did those Lays commercials (eg., “bet you can’t just eat one....”).:P

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