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Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Vancouver Canucks Bottom Out, New Blood Coming, Sedins Retire


 
 
Not sure who the audience is for this piece but what the hell...... I got it off my chest I guess.

Several nights ago the Vancouver Canucks were shut out for the 3rd time in a row. They hadn’t scored a goal in their last 200 minutes of playing time. They may have reached a new low in their franchise history. Things couldn’t be any worse.
5 out of 7 of the Canadian NHL teams won’t make the play offs this year. I’m pretty sure they mostly don’t have a lot of empathy for the plight of the Canucks. The Ottawa Senators have gone from making the 3rd round in the play offs last year to trading away their veterans and defenseman Erik Karlsson may be playing somewhere else next year. Montreal has floundered and Carey Price doesn’t look like their savior anymore. Calgary has 3 elite players in Gaudreau. Monahan, and Giordano but is pretty thin after them. Connor McDavid can’t carry Edmonton by himself and the team has several slow forwards and a porous defense.
Although we have milder winters here on Vancouver Island than the rest of Canada, we too hunker down somewhat waiting for the warmer weather to return. TV is always an option for a bit of escapism. We can watch people looking to buy beach houses or get wired into “Survivor” in some tropical location and watch the contestants pull the rug out from each other.
If you like sports, watching them for 2 or 3 hours on TV can while away a few hours of the winter doldrums. Golf is always being played somewhere and I’ve been up in the middle of the night on occasion watching the Australian Open in tennis. The Toronto Raptors are having a great season in the NBA. The Olympics filled 2 weeks of this winter and Canada brought home a lot of medals.
Like many other Canadians who follow pro sports, the NHL and hockey has always been the big deal every winter. Some of us are old enough to remember when we only got one televised hockey game per week on Saturday nights and often neither of the teams was ones we were fans of.
Nowadays we get to see every home and away game of our home team. Even those that prefer to pull for another team other than their home team can buy a TV package where they can watch that other team.
We Canadians have pretty well hit the saturation point when it comes to hockey. Strangely, one of Canada’s sports networks doesn’t have the rights to broadcast any NHL games. Even without any broadcast rights that network still manages to have a panel of about 18 experts on NHL trade deadline day.
Most hockey fans in Canada closely follow the NHL team that is closest to them geographically. There are some exceptions like people who grew up in cities like Montreal and Toronto but later moved away.
When I was kid growing up in Montreal, I was a big Chicago Black Hawk fan but my allegiance changed in 1970 when the Vancouver Canucks were awarded a franchise.
I wrote a story on my blog some time ago (My First 20 Years Of Being A Vancouver Canucks Fan in December of 2013.
Every professional sports team has its ups and downs. Rebuilding eventually becomes a part of the process. Players that once could be counted on, can start to fade away. The legs are often the first thing to go as players get older.
Stocking a minor league team with young players who will eventually step into NHL jobs is a difficult thing to do. The best young players in each year’s draft get taken by the NHL teams with the worst records. The pickings can get pretty lean after the 1st round of the draft. An NHL team at the top of the league or even in the middle of the pack in points often needs some luck in finding even one young player each draft that is going to make it to the NHL.
High scoring young players from the junior leagues, college, and the European hockey leagues often don’t transition to high scorers in the NHL. In the under 20 years of age leagues high goal scorers are often playing against kids with considerably lesser skills. Defensemen usually take longer to develop and goalies almost always need years of seasoning in the professional minor leagues.
Anyone chosen in the annual draft beyond the 2nd round is really a long shot to make it. There are all kinds of young players that are not the total package. Some are small in stature, some don’t have great foot speed, and others have trouble making split second decisions.
In the old days a career hockey player could toil for as long as 20 years in the minor leagues. Those days are long gone. In most cases these days decisions are made on young hockey players when they are 23 or 24 years of age as to whether or not they are going to have NHL careers. Some who were big scorers when they were younger are converted to 3rd and 4th line defensive players. Every hockey team needs players that can score consistently at the NHL level and the audition for that role often isn’t very long.
Superstars in the NHL usually have the capability of playing with a variety of line mates and can up the game of those players.
They used to say that every good team is built down the center. 3 good centers that can distribute the puck well and score goals can take a team a long way. Today’s game is all about speed and quick transition from offense to defense and visa versa.
All of the best teams have at least 2 really offensive defensemen who can get the puck up the ice quickly and can blast a shot from the blue line. These guys also know how to quarterback a power play.
The last ingredient for an outstanding NHL team is having a superior goalie. Without one everything else doesn’t matter.
The team that has the most points currently in the NHL is the Nashville Predators. They have all the boxes ticked off…. 4 solid defensemen with offensive skills in Roman Josi, Mattias Ekholm, Ryan Ellis, and P.K. Subban. Strong at the center position with Ryan Johanson, Kevin Fiala, Kyle Turris, and Nick Bonino. Wingers who can score like Victor Arvidsson and Filip Forsberg. Role players who can chip in and one of the best goalies in the NHL in Pekka Rinne.
So How Could Nashville Get Things So Right And The Vancouver Canucks Get Things So Wrong?
The easy answer is probably better management.
To get a better idea of why the Canucks are where they are today you have to go back about 15 years. There was a period of 3 or 4 years in the early 2000s when the Canucks had one of the best scoring lines in hockey with Markus Naslund, Todd Bertuzzi, and Brendan Morrison. The trio was nick named “The West Coast Express”. As good as they were the Canucks never went far in the playoffs.
In February of 2004 Colorado forward Steve Moore hit Canucks player Marcus Naslund with a cheap shot causing a concussion. A few games later Bertuzzi went looking for Moore and ended up smashing Moore’s head into the ice. Moore never played hockey again and sued Bertuzzi for damages. The whole deal was a big distraction on the team and 2 years later Bertuzzi was traded to the Florida Panthers for goalie Roberto Luongo.
By 2008 both Markus Naslund and Brendan Morrison too had left the Canucks as free agents.
West Coast Express
Brian Burke was the GM of the Canucks in 2000 and the Canucks had the 2nd pick in the draft. Somehow Burke cooked up a deal where the team would also have the 3rd overall pick and he chose the Sedin brothers, Henrik and Daniel.

18 year old Sedin Bros
For the first several years the Sedin brothers were 2nd line players and got better and better as time went on. By 2006 they were both leading the team in scoring.

Alain Vigneault
Also in 2006 Alain Vigneault became the new Canucks coach. He would direct the team to 7 ensuing winning seasons peaking in the 2010-2011 season when the Canucks lost to the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup finals which went to 7 games. Young shit disturbers, mostly from the Vancouver suburbs, decided to riot and loot stores. A few cars were also burned. So much for the “mellow” West Coast eh? 

Would it have been worse if the Canucks won?

The Gillis Years


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Mike Gillis
In 2008 player agent Mike Gillis convinced the Canuck’s owner to let him run the team. One of Gillis’s clients was Markus Naslund. Among Gillis’s first moves was not resigning Naslund and Morrison. Instead Gillis tried to sign former Maple Leafs star Mats Sundin to a 2 year 20 million dollar deal. Sundin eventually signed for a partial year for 8 million dollars. He scored 9 goals in 41 games that year.

One of Gillis’s best deals was getting offensive defenseman Christian Ehrhoff from San Jose for next to nothing. Gillis also signed goalie Roberto Luongo to a 12 year 64 million dollar contract. That contract would be a killer in the coming years.
In the 2010-2011 hockey season the Canucks had the best record in the NHL and Gillis was given the manager of the year award. And then things started to come apart for him. Young goalie Cory Schneider became the #1 goalie and Luongo became the back-up. Gillis signed Schneider to a 3 year 12 million dollar contract. Luongo wanted out of Vancouver in the worst way even though he had a no trade clause. Trading a guy with 9 years left on his big contract wasn’t going to be easy.
Corey Schneider and Roberto Luongo
Unable to make a trade for Luongo, Gillis shipped Schneider off to New Jersey for their first round pick who turned out to be Bo Horvath.
Vigneault was fired in 2013 and John Torterella became the new coach. “Torts” only lasted 1 year and it was a fiasco. The team won 1 more game than they lost. The Sedin twins combined for 27 goals and 2nd line center Ryan Kesler wanted to be traded. A young Eddie Lack and Luongo were now sharing the goaltending duties. The Sedins were in the first year of their new 6 year contracts that paid them each 7 million dollars a year.
John Tortorella
In March of 2014 Luongo was finally traded. He was sent to the Florida Panthers in exchange for goalie Jacob Markstrom. The Canucks are still on the hook for part of Luongo’s salary.
In April of 2014 Gillis was fired.
The Linden/Benning Years
Trevor Linden and Jim Benning
After firing Gillis, the owner of the Vancouver Canucks, Francesco Aquilini, hired former long time Canucks player Trevor Linden as president. Gillis and Linden weren’t the best of pals and Linden stayed away from the Canucks during the Gillis years.
Personally, I thought Linden was overrated as a hockey player. His goal scoring ability ended 8 years into his NHL career. In the next 12 years he never scored 20 goals in a season. They used to call that kind of player a “journeyman”. On the upside Linden knew a lot of the players personally throughout the league because he was the head of The Player’s Association.
Linden hired former Canuck teammate Jim Benning to be the new GM. Benning had been the assistant GM in Boston.
Ryan Kesler
Long time Canuck center Ryan Kesler could see the writing on the wall as to the Canucks future. The Canucks were going to have to go into a rebuild mode. Kesler forced Benning’s hand and Kesler was traded to the Anaheim Ducks for center Nick Bonino and defenseman Lucas Krajceck.
Realizing that the Canucks couldn’t rely on Jacob Markstrom ,who they received in the Luongo trade, as their main goalie, Benning signed reliable Ryan Miller to a 3 year 18 million dollar contract.
Ryan Miller
A combination of poor scouting and not having a high draft pick because the Canucks had a string of good years previously, meant that there wasn’t much in the system in the way of a new exciting player joining the team.
The Canucks didn’t have a draft pick in the first 3 rounds of the 2010 draft and of the 6 players they chose, 1 player played 1 game in the NHL. The 2011 draft was another flop. 2 marginal players in the 2012 draft, Brendan Gaunce and Ben Hutton, eventually made the team. The Canucks used the 9th overall pick in the 2013 draft that they got by trading goalie Cory Shneider to New Jersey to take Bo Horvath.

Bo Horvat
The 2014 draft saw 4 Canucks drafts make the NHL eventually. The #6 overall draft pick, Jake Virtanen, is the only player still with the team.

Jake Virtanen
Long time minor league coach Willie Desjardins was brought in to direct the 2014-2015 team. Goalie Ryan Miller stood on his head some nights and there were just enough of the old regulars to carry the team to a winning season. Free agent Radim Vrbata helped out with 31 goals.

Willie Desjardins
Linden and Benning didn’t seem to know whether to rebuild the team totally or do some patching up by signing free agent veterans. With nothing to speak of on the farm they started to work around the edges. Veteran defenseman Kevin Bieksa was shipped off to Anaheim for a 2nd round pick.  They acquired forwards Swen Baertchi and Marcus Granlund from Calgary as reclamation projects. The team didn’t get anything for defenseman Dan Hamuis in free agency. Veteran Chris Higgins was so bad that he was sent to the minors after playing in more than 700 NHL games.
Free agent Loui Eriksson was signed to a 6 year 36 million dollar contract and a Canucks first round prospect, Jarred McCann, was traded to Florida for defenseman Erik Gubranson.
The Canucks dropped to 7 games below .500 in the 2015-2016 hockey season and to 13 games below .500 in the 2016-2017 season. 2 long time Canuck veterans, Alex Burrows and Jannik Hanson, were traded away for young prospects Nicolai Goldobin and Johnathan Dahlen. By this point the Sedin brothers and defensemen Alex Edler and Chris Tanev were the only Canuck players left from the 2010-2011 Stanley Cup run. The one bright spot for the team was rookie Brock Boeser scoring 4 goals in 9 games at the end of the season.
Willie Dejardins was fired as coach in the summer of 2017 and Travis Green was promoted to Canucks coach from their farm team in Utica, NY. Green. Green played close to 1,000 games in the NHL.

Coach Travis Green
With nothing much down on the farm in Utica to promote to the Canucks, GM Benning went out and signed 5 free agents, forwards Sam Gagner and Thomas Vanek, defensemen Michael Del Zotto and Derrick Pouliot, and back-up goalie Anders Nillson.
Thomas Vanek
It was pretty obvious that the Canucks were pretty thin on defense. Before the 2017-2018 season had even started monster Russian defenseman Nikita Tryamkin (6’7” 265 lbs.) notified the team that he wouldn’t be coming back.

Nikita Tryamkin
The surprise at the beginning of the 2017-2018 season was the play of veteran shit disturber Derek Dorsett who had 7 goals in the first 20 games. And then his career was over due a severe neck injury. For some odd reason coach Green sat out Brock Boeser for the first 2 games of the season.

Derek Dorsett
The Canucks started to totally fall apart not long after Dorsett’s injury. Long term injuries happened to other key players on the team like Horvat (22), Baertchi (29), Eriksson (32), Sutter (20), Granlund (29), Tanev (41), and Gulbranson (30). Only 2 Canucks have played in every game this year.
The one bright spot on the Canucks this year was the play of sniper Brock Boeser. Unfortunately he was injured 3 times this year including a season ending one which took him out of contention for the rookie of the year trophy. He scored 29 times in 62 games. He has scored 33 goals in the 71 NHL games he has played.

Brock Boeser
Boeser also proved that he isn’t just a one trick pony with his wicked shot. It is pretty clear that like other elite players he understands the game better than most and knows where to go on the ice and can make great passes.
Many predict that Boeser will become the poster boy for hockey in Vancouver. His off-ice character is quite admirable. He once took a mentally challenged girl to her prom.
The trade deadline came and went and the Canucks dealt Thomas Vanek, who had a productive season in Vancouver, go to Columbus for veteran Jussi Jokenen and prospect Tyler Motte. Neither of these players will probably be with the Canucks next season. Brendan Leipsic was picked up from Las Vegas in exchange for Canucks minor league defenseman Phillip Holm.

Brendan Lypsic
Hockey has been so bad in Vancouver this year that scalpers are asking for a lot less than the ticket’s values.The only thing diehard fans are interested in now, in the last 6 or 7 games of the year, is how well the leading scorer in American college hockey, Adam Gaudette, does in his early audition to make the team next year.
Rating The Management, The Players, And Is There A Brighter Future?
Management:
GM Jim Benning has done a decent job of drafting in most cases and has stockpiled a number of young prospects with scoring ability including  Adam Gaudette, Ellias Petterson, Kole Lind, and Jonathan Dahlen.
The teams best defenseman prospect is Olli Juolevi. For some reason the European prospects are allowed to play in men’s leagues overseas instead of for the Canucks’s farm team in Utica.
The Canucks have a very decent goalie in Utica in Thatcher Demko and a promising goalie prospect in junior player Michael Dipietro.

Thatcher Demko
The team desperately needs an offensive defenseman with a big shot.
Benning appears to be a lot less astute at acquiring players through free agency or trades. Imagine explaining to your boss that you have signed free agent Loui Eriksson for 6 years and 36 million dollars and that Eriksson has scored a total of 21 goals in his 2 years with the Canucks? Often injured Defenseman Erik Gudbranson has 3 goals and 11 points in his 2 seasons in Vancouver and Benning recently signed him to a 3 year 12 million dollar contract. What was the sense in trading center Nick Bonino for  center Brandon Sutter and then giving Sutter a 5 year contact for 22 million?

Brandon Sutter
To be fair, Benning hasn’t had a lot to work with and limited assets to make a trade with. On the other hand he got a new contract even though the Canucks have been close to the bottom in the NHL for the past 3 years.
Coach Travis Green is a bit hard to figure out at times. From the start of his first year as coach he has made it known that players have to earn their ice time. Sounds simple enough but what he really seems to mean is “younger players” and not the vets who have big contracts.
Two of those borderline players are Nicolay Goldobin and Reid Boucher. Both spent a lot of time with the Canucks’s farm team in Utica this year. Both players aren’t great defensively but Boucher is pretty good on the fore check. Boucher scored 25 times in 45 games for Utica this year. He’s a goal scorer who I think should have been on the power play from the time he was called up. Boucher is 24 and Goldobin is 23.

Reid Boucher

Nicolay Goldobin
With all the injuries to the Canucks this year, Green often didn’t have a lot of options as to would and wouldn’t play. 4th line center Nick Dowd with his 3 goals this year got a lot of playing time and it is unlikely he will be with the Canucks next year.
The Current Roster
The Sedin Twins….
The Sedins are finishing off the 6th year of their 42 million dollar contracts this year and have decided to wait to the end of the year to tell the team whether or not they are coming back. 14 million dollars a year is a lot of money to have to pay two players. They have always been a package deal.
The Sedins have always been a class act. Several years ago the Sedins donated 1.5 million dollars of their salary to the BC Children’s hospital without any fanfare. P.J. Subban, on the other hand when he was with the Montreal Canadiens, donated about 300 thousand dollars of his own money to the Montreal Children’s Hospital and never bothered to correct fans and reporters that he didn’t actually donate 10 million dollars.
The Sedins have been Canucks for 17 years now and both have played over 1,000 games in the NHL. It is time for them to go. Yes they are still putting up close to 50 points a year but they aren’t what they used to be.
They were never fast skaters to begin with and have gotten slower and slower with the passing years. They have started to take a lot of hooking penalties trying to keep up. Of the 2, Daniel can still score a bit but Henrik has lost any scoring touch he once had.
Neither of the brothers is very good at checking. Often it seems that they are afraid to meet opposing players head on by the boards and they choose to slide in backwards to check so they can avoid any potential face injury. It is hard to take control of the puck when your back is turned to it.
Today’s NHL is geared towards speed. The Sedins don’t have that. At this point in the season Henrik has 3 goals and Daniel 21. 8 of Daniel’s goals have come on the power play which means for 14 million dollars the Sedins have scored 16 goals between them at even strength. This is not a good deal.
Opinions on the Sedins future are split in Vancouver. It is highly unlikely that the Canucks will make the play offs next year and even if they did the Sedins aren’t going to lead the team anywhere. It is time to move on and play the younger guys as far as I’m concerned.
Forwards:
Brock Boeser and Bo Horvath are definitely long term Canucks. After these guys, things get a little thin at the forward positions. Jake Virtanen has speed and size along with a decent shot. Goldobin is “iffy” as is Reid Boucher. Baertchi also has some skill. Sutter is s decent shut down player.

Sven Baertchi
The team is stuck with Eriksson and his 6 million per year for 4 more years contract as they are with Sam Gagner and his 3.15 mil deal for 2 more years.

Loui Eriksson
Sam Gagner
Forwards on the bubble for next hockey season: Goldobin, Boucher, Archibald, Leipsic, and Granlund.
Forwards who I think should move on or sent to the minors: Gaunce, Motte, Jokinen, and Dowd.
Defensemen:
Alex Edler is getting on in years and too much has been expected from him. Lately he has been playing about 25 minutes a game. Regular shifts against other teams top lines, power play time and killing penalties have worn him out at times. He hasn’t had much support on the back end.

Alex Edler
The often injured Chris Tanev is the other “senior” defenseman. Defensively he is great but has almost no upside offensively.

Chris Tanev
Free agent signees Derek Pouliot and Mike Del Zotto have puck moving capabilities but aren’t great defensively.

Troy Stecher
Troy Stecher is hard worker but often seems undersized up againt opposing forwards. Ben Hutton has been benched several times this year and his play seems to have dropped off.

Eric Gulbranson
Eric Gulbranson actually has a heavy shot but doesn’t play on the power play. His best asset is his size. Spare defenseman Alex Biega is at best a good spare part.
The Goalies:

Jacob Markstrom
The Canucks goalies Markstrom and Nillson are both big guys at 6’6”. Both have the habit of letting in soft goals, often at the beginning of games. They are also both 28 years of age. Markstrom is clearly the better of the 2 and has 2 years left on his contract. Nillson has 1 year left on his contract.
Armchair Quarterback.........
The Draft
This year’s draft has a number of good young players available. Like all other bottom dwelling teams in the NHL, the big prize would be landing Swedish defenseman Rasmus Dahlen. The Canucks desperately need 1 or 2 grade A defencemen including one who can run the power play.
It is very hard to get a top 4 defensemen in a trade. Edmonton had to let star player Taylor Hall go to get defenseman Adam Larsson.
There are 3 other defensemen rated in the top 10 in this year’s’ draft. One of them is only 5’9”.
As I see it there are a couple of ways the Canucks could go if they don’t get the #1 pick in Dahlen.  If they pick 2nd or higher they could go with a forward like Brady Tkachuk who will play in the NHL for sure. They might also pick up one of 3 defensemen in Adam Boqvist, Jared McIsaac, or Bode Wilde if they find themselves picking 4th or higher.

The Canucks may also get a chance to get something from another team with a top draft pick by backing off a forward and choosing a defenseman who isn’t rated as high as that forward.
If the Canucks have the 2nd pick I would take 6’3” winger Brady Tkachuk. 3rd pick 6’1” Filip Zadina. 4th pick I would pass on Russian winger Andrei Svechinov. The Canucks have not had a lot of luck with Russians. 4th/5th/ or 6th pick they should take the best defenseman available.
There is a good chance that whoever they draft will have a shot at making the Canucks next year if they draft 1 to 5.
Free Agency
There are some possibilities this summer for the Canucks in free agency. At 27 John Tavares is a proven star. It is unlikely that he wants to go another team other than the Islanders. If I was Canucks management I would pitch him at 10.5 million per year for 7 years. Players like this just don’t come around. That would be 3.5 million less than the Canucks are now paying the Sedin twins. Tavares is a guy a team can be built around.
The Canucks should have enough goal scorers in the system and the only other free agent forwards I think they might consider are Josh Bailey and James Van Reimsdyk.
There are a few decent defensemen available including John Carson.
Making offers to free agents other than Tavares should have 2 requirements, that the players be under 30 years of age and the offered contracts should be no more than 4 years.
Changes Over The Summer And Next Year?
Goalies:
The team may have to go out and find a more capable back-up goalie and eat Nillson’s contract or send him to the minors. Possibly Thatcher Demko could be the new back-up and challenge Markstrom.
Defense:
Something has to be done with the team’s defense. A defensemen who can pound the puck would be a good start.
Unfortunately both Ben Hutton and Troy Stecher didn’t get any grooming in the minors. Hutton has the size but makes a lot of bad decisions on the ice. Stecher doesn’t have the size but has a lot of tenacity. It may be time to ship Hutton somewhere else or send him down to Utica for seasoning if he clears waivers.

Mike Del Zotto
Mike Del Zotto has 1 more year on his contract at 3 miilion per and Derrick Pouliot is a restricted free agent this summer. I would resign Pouliot. He’s only 24.
Gulbranson at 4 miilion a year for the next 3 years isn’t going anywhere.
Alex Edler is 31 and has 1 year left on his contract. He still has some miles on him but the team needs another offensive defenseman to help run the power play.
Chris Tanev has 2 years left on a no trade contract. He is sound defensively but has little upside offensively. Also gets hurt a lot. It might be an idea to see if he would wave his no trade deal.
29 year old Alex Biega is signed for 2 more years. A 7th or 8th depth defenseman. Ashton Sautner is just 23 and has looked good defensively in the 4 games he has played for the Canucks.
Hutton and Pouliot may be on the outside looking in or traded depending on what other defensemen the Canucks can upgrade to.
THIS JUST IN…..THE SEDIN BROTHERS WON’T BE COMING BACK NEXT YEAR
This changes a whole lot of things including freeing up 14 million dollars annually in cap space. It also means that there will be several positions at forward open for competition next fall.
There are a number of forwards that will make the team simply by their existing contracts including Sam Gagner, Loui Eriksson, and Brandon Sutter. Sutter is a competent shut down center who can kill penalties. Gagner and Eriksson make 9 million a year between them and their contracts would be hard to move.
On the bubble: Nicolai Goldobin, Reid Boucher, Jussi Jokinen, Darren Archibald, Tyler Motte, Brendan Leipsic and Marcus Granlund.
Should be waved or sent to the minors: Brenden Gaunce and Nic Dowd.
Core forwards from this years team: Brock Boeser, Bo Horvath, Sven Baertchi.
Jake Virtanen needs to be signed to a new contract this summer.
Training camp this fall: The Canucks have a boatload of prospects at the forward positions including Kole Lind, Adam Gaudette, Elias Petterson, Jonah Gadjovich, Jacob Strukel, Adam Gaudette, Jonathan Dahlen and Oli Juolevi.

Kole Lind

Adam Gaudette
Jonah Gadjovich
Jonathan Dahlen
Oli Juolevi

Elias Petterson

Prediction Of What The Canucks Will Look Like After Training Camp This Fall
There are 22 players on an NHL team including 2 goalies. Markstrom is in for sure but the Canucks may need to look for a more competent back-up.
Defense: Edler, Del Zotto, Tanev, Stecher, Pouliot, Sautner, Biega, and a free agent. Oli Juolevi starts season in Utica. If their #1 pick is a defenseman other than Rasmus Dahlen, he too starts in Utica, Dress 6 or 7 defensemen per game.
Fowward lines: Boeser, Horvat, Baertchi……Lind, Petterson, Goldobin…..Virtanen, Gaudette, Gagner…..Archibald, Sutter, Eriksson….Lepsic, Dahlen
Let’s see what happens!
A special salute to the Sedins.

Go Jets!

 

 

Monday, 22 January 2018

2018: New Index


 

New Index

A Faster Way To Find My Stories

I thought that there must be a better way for people to find my stories easier on this blog. This is what I came up with.

First I broke the stories down into categories. For instance: Stories about growing up in Montreal.

Each story in a category has a date when it was written.

Make a note of the story and date and then go to the front page of the blog.

Look for the list of years and click on the year when the story you are interested was written and then scroll through the months until you come to the month the story was written…..and voila!

Hope this helps. 

Growing Up In Montreal In The 50s And 60s

- Willingdon School….May 21, 2012

- The Great Grocery Store Robbery….May 21, 2012

- Remembering Frank Crabbe….May 22, 2012

- The Bomb (Le Bombe)….May 25, 2012

- N.D.G, Montreal….From The 1950s to the 1960s….May 25, 2012

- West Hill High School, Montreal Quebec….June 5, 2012

- Expo 67….October 7, 2012

- Working In Montreal 1964-1970….October 7, 2012

- Un Autre Cinqante S’il Vous Plait….Montreal Nightlife 1964-1970….October 13, 2012

- Confessions Of A 1950s Child TV Addict….December 30, 2012

- The Browns….May 14, 2013

- Those High School Dances 1962-1964….January 16, 2014

- Some Of The Best Things I’ve Ever Eaten In Montreal And Other Places….June 25, 2015

- Down And Out In Montreal….August 22, 2015

- Hampstead, Quebec….February 14, 2015

- Montreal Trivia Quiz For Old Farts….December 5, 2015

- Montreal Trivia Quiz For Old Farts Answers….December 12, 2015

- Monkland Village 50 years Ago….November 6, 2012

Last Visit to Montreal 2012

- West Hill High, Montreal 2012….July 30, 2012

- Willingdon School. Montreal 2012….July 30, 2012

- 4590 Harvard Avenue….July 31, 2012

- Goodbye Montreal….September 13, 2012

Other Places In Quebec

- Ste Margeurites Station….May 21, 2012

- Chateauguay, Quebec….May 21, 2012

- Noyan, Quebec….May 21, 2012

- Georgeville and Stanstead Quebec And Lake Memphremagog….September 22, 2012

- Nymark’s Lodge, St. Sauveur, Quebec….May 22, 2012

Places In Canada Where I Spent Some Time

- Banff Springs Hotel 1971….April 14, 2012

- Toronto 1970-1972….March 5, 2013

Vancouver, BC

- Benndorf-Verster….June 3, 2014

- On Being Electrocuted….January 2, 2014

- Expo 86….March 28, 2014

- My Toyota Celica GTS Sports Coupe….April 17, 2014

- Bowen Island Saga….March 27, 2012

- Bowen Island 32 Years Later….July 12, 2013

Vancouver Island

- West Coast Trail 1994….April 14, 2012

- Walking The Dog….July 13, 2013

- Florencia Beach July 2013….August 20, 2013

- Lost At Sea….Oct. 18, 2012

- Shelby: First Pics….Nov. 11, 2012

- The Outdoor Murals of Chemainus, BC….October 8, 2012

- Vancouver Island: A Summer Paradise….March 13, 2014

- Summer 2013 On Vancouver Island….August 27, 2013

- The Summer So Far And Seeing Chilliwack Again….August 18, 2014

- Kayaking Vancouver Island 2014….September 11, 2014

- The Starbucks Experience….October 22, 2014

- Trout Fishing Mid Vancouver Island….July 11, 2015

- Port Alberni BC 1974….March 21, 2013

- Fanny Bay, BC….March 30, 2013

- Climbing Mount Benson….August 8, 2013

Travelling In The U.S.

- On The Road In 68’….June 2, 2012

- On The Way To Ernest Hemmingway’s….February 2012

- Pine Bluff Lodge Redux….July 26, 2012

-Plattsburg, New York….May 22, 2012

- Seattle And Northwestern Washington State….December 15, 2013

- Motoring West….September 27, 2012

- Oregon….June 8, 2013

- Bucket List: Grand Canyon Part 1….October 26, 2015

- Photos Of The Grand Canyon….November 3, 2015

- Trip Home To Vancouver Island From Grand Canyon….December 4, 2015

- Manzanita, Oregon And Nehelam State Park….September 9, 2016

Mexico

- Puerto Vallarta 1980….January 28, 2013

- Mayan Riviera-All Inclusive….February 12, 2013

- Club Med….January 12, 2014

- Rethinking Mexico….February 23, 2014

Sports

- Baseball Memories….May 22, 2012

- Golf….January 22, 2013

- Jean Beliveau…December 12, 2014

- 1960-1961 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks….April 6, 2013

- Gone Fishing….April 6, 2013

- The CFL (Canadian Football League)….August 1, 2013

- A Brief History Of The Montreal Alouettes And Football In That City….August 10, 2013

- The Dark Side Of Sports….April 25, 2014

- Riding The Iron Lung….January 10, 2015

- Old Time Hockey-The Original 6 And Before….December 5, 2014

- Tennis….January 30, 2015

- My First 20 Years Of Being A Vancouver  Canucks Fan….December 25, 2013

- Ali….June 21, 2016

- The P.K. Subban Deal

Music

- Gimme Some Of That Rock And Roll Music….July 7, 2014

- Jazz: My Take On It (Part 1)….April 12, 2012

- The Yale….April 13, 2013

- A Little Love On A March Night In Nanaimo….April 27, 2015

- David Bowie….January 24, 2016

-Buzzed Out On YouTube….August 7, 2016

- Whatever Happened To Folk Music….August 14, 2017

Politics

- Chris Hayes….June 1, 2012

- My Political Rant: US Election….October 15, 2012

- The Awful Progressive Liberals….October 14, 2013

- The Batshit Crazy American Right….October 10, 2013

- JFK….November 22, 2013

- US Politics: Obamacare….April 4, 2014

- Communism….June 10, 2013

-I’m Voting For Justin Trudeau….October 15, 2015

- American Clusterfuck….April 25, 2016

- The Day America Proves It Isn’t Totally Insane….November 7, 2016

- Trump Part 1….March 19, 2017

- Trump Part 2….March 31, 2017 

Miscellaneous

- Hot Dogs….And Other Sausages….November 3, 2012

- Train Stories….December 15, 2012

- Hippies….January  12, 2013

- Cartoon Memories….December 16, 2013

- Playboy Magazine….November 18, 2012

- I Am An Atheist….May 11, 2013

- France….May 28, 2013

- Gay Today?....July 14, 2013

- Black And White Movies….June 14, 2013

- Is It Just That I’m Getting Old?....July 17, 2013

- Facebook And Nostalgia Aren’t Always A Good Mix….May 2, 2017

- Whistler, BC….February 24, 2013

-Late Night Talk Shows….April 14, 2014

- Hornby Island….August 27, 2015

- Blog Update….October 10, 2014

- Pickers….November 7, 2013

- Chance Meetings….February 22, 2016

-Taking A Break….February 8, 2016

- And So This Is Christmas?….February 22, 2014

- Planting Trees….November 6, 2012

- Road Trip Back East With Cooper….May 28, 2012

 

Ever since I took the Evelyn Woodhead sped riddin’ course, my riddin’ has improved 100% and also my “comprension’ has incrissed won-der-full-lee. Don’t forget to tell your friends you heard it here first on Roller Derby.

Cheech & Chong 1973