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It sure was nice hearing Rutherford who has seen the arena in Pittsburgh and their practice rink and then stating his things need to change here. Rogers arena needs to be modernized to remain being competitive with other markets. I just love that they are looking at everything. Rutherford is basically saying you can’t cheap out here. They have top notch facilities. Sounds like he has come in and seen how bad it is.

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2 minutes ago, Canuckfanforlife82 said:

It sure was nice hearing Rutherford who has seen the arena in Pittsburgh and their practice rink and then stating his things need to change here. Rogers arena needs to be modernized to remain being competitive with other markets. I just love that they are looking at everything. Rutherford is basically saying you can’t cheap out here. They have top notch facilities. Sounds like he has come in and seen how bad it is.

How so?  I have been to a few other arenas.  Despite it being one of the older 'new' arenas, it still seems pretty good.

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8 minutes ago, goalie13 said:

How so?  I have been to a few other arenas.  Despite it being one of the older 'new' arenas, it still seems pretty good.

Did you hear Rutherford?, he obviously sees things that he think players want and that we don’t have. You can like the arena all you want but he brought it up so he must see things that he feels are important to remain being competitive.

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Just now, Canuckfanforlife82 said:

Did you hear Rutherford?, he obviously sees things that he think players want and that we don’t have. You can like the arena all you want but he brought it up so he must see things that he feels are important to remind being competitive.

No, I didn't.  That's why I am curious what those things are.

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Just now, DeNiro said:

The Aquilinis have been trying to build a new practice facility for years now. Seems like it always falls through.

 

Would be nice if they got that built. Kind of a joke they still travel out to a University to practice.

Yes and that matters to players who are asked to join the team. I know some people say it doesn’t matter but we are in a new era and you can’t just ignore things like that if you want to remain being competitive. You compare Rogers Arena to another like Edmonton’s it’s not even close.

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1 hour ago, Canuckfanforlife82 said:

Yes and that matters to players who are asked to join the team. I know some people say it doesn’t matter but we are in a new era and you can’t just ignore things like that if you want to remain being competitive. You compare Rogers Arena to another like Edmonton’s it’s not even close.

and look at the Oilers soar since the new arena! or the Islanders. i just don't understand how are the Flames having a pretty decent season while playing in the oldest arena in the league?!

 

make no mistake, shiny new arenas and new training facilities don't make any players play better... they might help attract UFAs of sth, but that's about it.

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12 minutes ago, Rubik said:

and look at the Oilers soar since the new arena!

No but if they didn’t have it there would be little chance of getting players like Hyman etc. It just allows you to be competitive when attracting free agents. Players compare situations. 

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2 minutes ago, Canuckfanforlife82 said:

No but if they didn’t have it there would be little chance of getting players like Hyman etc. It just allows you to be competitive when attracting free agents. Players compare situations. 

I don't think the situation is that dire in Vancouver. And when it comes to attracting UFAs, I think the city itself is much more important anyway: Vancouver being more beautiful and more comfortable to live in than some hellhole like Calgary or Winnipeg. Other than that, I think it's pretty clear nobody can compete with the original six franchises, it's always the Rangers or the Maple Leafs that scoop up all the juicy ones. and we can sign the Loui Player Names and the likes lol

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2 minutes ago, Rubik said:

I don't think the situation is that dire in Vancouver. And when it comes to attracting UFAs, I think the city itself is much more important anyway: Vancouver being more beautiful and more comfortable to live in than some hellhole like Calgary or Winnipeg. Other than that, I think it's pretty clear nobody can compete with the original six franchises, it's always the Rangers or the Maple Leafs that scoop up all the juicy ones. and we can sign the Loui Player Names and the likes lol

Ok but if that is the case why do you think Rutherford would mention it? He’s sees something obviously.

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8 minutes ago, Canuckfanforlife82 said:

Ok but if that is the case why do you think Rutherford would mention it? He’s sees something obviously.

This is not new- the team has been working to get a new practice facility for a while, and some of the seating was going to get done a yr or two back; but a global pandemic kind of messed things up.

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12 minutes ago, Canuckfanforlife82 said:

Ok but if that is the case why do you think Rutherford would mention it? He’s sees something obviously.

That's always the case with new ownership/management/coaching staff: "big changes are needed around here and i'm the one who can/will get it done". You should've seen how enthusiastic and eager Benning was when he got the gig

 

let the on-ice product speak for themselves instead.

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2 hours ago, Canuckfanforlife82 said:

Yes and that matters to players who are asked to join the team. I know some people say it doesn’t matter but we are in a new era and you can’t just ignore things like that if you want to remain being competitive. You compare Rogers Arena to another like Edmonton’s it’s not even close.

In the province where the Cons aren't right wing enough for the voters there, the ultimate paradise of "free enterprise", the Oilers play in an arena largely funded by the taxpayers unlike the province of hippy/tree huggers (where Rogers was built with private money & not the taxpayer).  Unless the Aquilini's are willing to fund for a new arena themselves, I don't see a new arena happening soon (corporate welfare to an enterprise likely valued close to a billion ain't going to fly in this province/city).

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12 minutes ago, Canuckfanforlife82 said:

Yes and that matters to players who are asked to join the team.

No, it doesn't. Name a single player who would turn down a job with an NHL team because he doesn't like the practice facilities.

 

13 minutes ago, Canuckfanforlife82 said:

I know some people say it doesn’t matter but we are in a new era and you can’t just ignore things like that if you want to remain being competitive.

Arenas have NOTHING to do with being competitive.

 

1 hour ago, Canuckfanforlife82 said:

You compare Rogers Arena to another like Edmonton’s it’s not even close.

Okay. So what? So you want a new arena/practice facility to keep up with Edmonton, just so you can say ours is better? So what would you rather have, the best arena in the league and an okay team, or a great team in an average arena?

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1 hour ago, BureBurrito said:

Not sure why they don't look at a sports/practice facility near Rogers Arena or in the Langley region (half way between Abbotsford and Vancouver)...

 

Revamping Rogers Arena would be a great idea - lower bowl needs a refresh. Go Jim Go!

but, but, I think JR would prefer having the guys travel to a safer area without the need to wear a bullet proof vest like Langley/Abby.

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