C_worthy

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  1. Is there a team in the league with more question marks than Vancouver heading into this season? Can they fix the cultural vortex they fell into last year? Can the Sedins regain former prominence? Can Burrows? How much will they miss Kesler? Can Bonino make fans forget him? Will the overall D continue the decline we have seen over the last couple years? Will Miller ask for a trade by Christmas? Will Vrbata score 40? 30? 20? And most importantly - will they make the playoffs? (no, no, no, yes, no, yes, yes, no, no yes, no!)
  2. Gaudreau has elite skills - he will be far more impactful than MA Kane (with the puck) and Datsyuk (without the puck) are better examples of the way he plays. Whether he can achieve their levels of success is yet to be seen, of course.
  3. Gillies has two more years of college, but I will bet dollars to donuts he goes pro before then. And there is no way he goes to Alaska unless he shows up in camp with a pot belly and a smoke in his mouth. As for the Brossoit trade, Brossoit has (like any decent goalie prospect) a 10 - 20% chance of being an NHL starter. If he makes it, good on him. But it was a good trade by Feaster regardless because, with Berra and Ramo getting NHL starts, and Ortio getting AHL starts, and Gillies quite possibly (probably IMO) here next year, Brossoit was not going to get the chance in the Flames organization. If Brossoit becomes a backup, that does NOT make it a bad trade for the Flames
  4. I think Berra has shown more than Ramo. And Berra's mistakes are the coachable kind - over-committing, rebounds, etc. He has all the tools to be a good goalie. As for Ortio, I would keep him in Abby and let him play lots on a good team. He is only 23 and the NHL could be a disaster for him if they bring him up too early. The Heat could go deep in the playoffs, let Ortio run with that. As many have said, our defense is awful and the goalies are seeing too many quality chances - hard to judge them in that environment. But tit will play itself out. As for Berra playing over 90% of the starts, that's ridiculous analysis. It's only been about 10 games. If he plays the next 20 in a row, then yeah, we have a problem. But there is nothing unusual about playing 10 in a row (or whatever it's been).
  5. The Fonz is burning out the big boys. And since all of them are going to have prominent roles in the Olympics, that doesn't exactly seem like a smart plan.
  6. I don't like putting ceilings on players, but there is very little chance of Arnold being a top 6 C in the NHL.
  7. 1) a team of all kids like that would get destroyed 2) you'd be about $20m under the salary cap floor
  8. Was that? I made a comment that hoping that 18 year olds will step up is a pretty good indication that the team probably isn't all that strong. The Nucks currently sit 8th, but LA is 2 back with 3 games in hand. So based on winning percentage, the Nucks aren't on pace to make the playoffs. If you want to dismiss that as trash talk, knock yourself out.
  9. Each player needs to do what is necessary for their own development. Gillies is ready for the next level.
  10. I believe you are correct with all of those contract points. As for burning a year - I couldn't care less. I would view it as an enticement to get him signed. Just get him singed and get him here. As soon as possible. I am hoping the Heat will make a deep run so that we can get him signed. And not just Johnny. Agostino and Arnold are both seniors and it would be great to get them on the Heat as well. But more importantly (and like JG) I think Gillies will turn pro early and a run with the Heat might entice him as well. Imagine if we had Gaudreau and Gillies helping the Heat go deep this spring? I would enjoy that almost as much as a deep run for the Flames.
  11. If the Nucks were looking for either of this year's picks to step up in order to be cup contenders, well then, they aren't
  12. I don't know what you watch but Berra has been great and continues to solidify his position with each start. He kept them in it tonight. It's only been 3 games - not much to go on - but right now he is the clear front-runner.
  13. On a more general note... Berra is playing well for us at the moment. Ortio is playing really well in Abbottsford Brossoit is playing really well in Alaska (though it sounds like their team is pretty dominant, so hard to gauge) And Gillies is insanely good in Providence If we can get Ramo going, things would be pretty good.
  14. No way can you blame Berra for that game. He was solid again and was consistently square to the puck again. Unfortunately there were a few defensive breakdowns and the Wild made some really good plays Give them credit and move on. Berra will get the start in St Louis and he deserves it.
  15. That was the big thing for me too. Stay calm and stay square to the puck. In the NHL, the D usually know what they are doing. And the play is more predictable. So playing goal can also be more 'predictable'. Goalies that remain square to the puck, keep their head, and excel at fundamentals are the goalies that are successful.