2009-10 Canucks goats and stars

bingofuel
September 30 2009 12:30PM

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It's become a tradition: every year at CanucksArmy (and at our sister sites FlamesNation and OilersNation), our writers and commenters pick their stars — that one player who they will praise without end no matter what — and their goats — their yearly whipping-boy; he who can do no good for the season.

And this season is no exception.

Your soldiers working the trenches this hockey season, Cam Davie and Brian O'Neill, have submitted their goats and stars for the 2009-10 Canucks hockey season. Who will you pick?

Brian O'Neill's Star and Goat

Star: Cody Hodgson

Cody has become the Golden Boy of Vancouver, yet to see regular season action, Vancouver fans are currently mining the bronze for his statue in front of General Motors place. Compared to Trevor Linden as the best Canucks prospect in years. Fans are losing patience waiting to reap the benefits of such a strong draft pick.

Fans will be patient with Mr. Hodgson as he is a brand new baby Canuck and the faithful are just looking forward to see him hit the ice. Expect a Stamkos, style season with a very slow start followed by a promising finish. (Assuming Shirokov doesn't jack his spot.)

Goat: Pavol Demitra

Depreciating faster than a KIA driven off the lot. Demitra, despite his 20 goal season last year will continue to frustrate fans all year because of his Sami Salo durability and almost Luongo sized cap hit. Consider Demitra to be on Vancouver's most wanted to be traded list. His $4mll of the Cap would give the team some breathing room.

Expect Pavol to put up similar numbers this year. Hopefully, he will have more of an impact if his shoulder issues are solved. However, until he starts lighting the lamp, I, amongst the rest of Vancouver, will consider Demitra an anchor limiting the range of motion the Canucks have in the standings.

Cam Davie's Star and Goat

Star: Mathieu Schneider

The Canucks power-play woes were well documented and were never more evident than in the the Canucks second-round playoff loss to the Blackhawks. Schneider brings a ridiculous slap shot and a long history of quarterbacking successful power-plays. He also comes to the team at a very reasonable rate to the team. Even if he doesn't reach 40 points, Canucks fans will just look at his cap hit and his age, and all will be forgiven. However, I think the elder Schneider will deliver as promised and lead a much swifter and more talented Canucks defence corps.

Goat: Pavol Demitra

Demitra has simply not delivered on many of the expectations of him, when he came to Vancouver last year. He's fragile, he's already starting the season hurt, and he has the third highest salary of the Vancouver forwards (behind only the Sedins). It is highly unlikely that he will play more than 60 games, and rack up more than 50 points. For someone making $4m, this is just huge underachievement.

Honourable goat mention: Sami Salo

The Finnish Glass Figurine will undoubtedly suffer several injuries this year. The Canucks brass, however, will insist on having him in the lineup as much as possible, and won't ask him to waive his No-Trade Clause in order to move him to make room for a more durable defenceman, which they have in spades. The bright side is that he'll likely be out of the lineup so often, that one of the younger D will get to play some decent minutes with the big club this year.

The competition

You can also read about the competition's goats and stars:

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#1 RossCreek
September 30 2009, 12:41PM
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So Brian... care for a do-over on your STAR? ;-)

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#2 MattL
September 30 2009, 12:59PM
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LOL Cody Hodgson.

I guess Brampton is the promised land this year.

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#3 Greg
September 30 2009, 01:01PM
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I like how there are so many things wrong on this site; Canucks beat the Oilers 5-4 and the fact some people think Hodgson is making the Cancuks.

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#4 Brian
September 30 2009, 01:19PM
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Bear in mind, that Star pick was before Hodgson hit pre-season ice. Considering people were debating whether he should make the team after such a dismal pre-season, Vancouver still has a total semi over this guy. At least I didn't pick Sundin.

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#5 I'm a Scientist!
September 30 2009, 01:36PM
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Ummm *awkward pause*...

Mr. Bingofuel?

You seem to have the score in the last Canucks game wrong. I believe that the Oilers won that game...

*kicks at a pebble on the ground*

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#6 bingofuel
September 30 2009, 01:38PM
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@ I'm a Scientist!:

Don't call me Mr. My dad is Mr.

And thanks for pointing that out!

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#7 Jonathan Willis
September 30 2009, 01:48PM
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Star: Pavol.. just kidding. Andrew Raycroft's direct superior, for obvious reasons.

Goat: Alex Burrow. Because I think that offensive outburst was more a result of playing with the Sedins than anything else, and I don't think he will play with the Sedins this year.

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#8 OvenChicken8
September 30 2009, 03:03PM
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Goat: Luongo, I just hate that guy. (is jealous the Oilers do not have him)

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#9 ScubaSteve
September 30 2009, 03:36PM
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I find it kind of funny that all the stars and goats will not start the year in the line-up, maybe bingofuel could re-do the article to include some players that might actually take a shift in the first 10 games.

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#10 Cam Davie
October 01 2009, 10:01AM
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@ ScubaSteve: Score has been fixed.

Unfortunately for the Goats/Stars feature, it was submitted about a week ago before Hodgson was sent back to Brampton.

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#11 2009-10 Oilers Goats and Stars - FlamesNation.ca
October 01 2009, 12:12PM
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[...] CanucksArmy Writers’ Stars and Goats [...]

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#12 Mike D
October 01 2009, 12:38PM
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Mike D's Stars & Goats

GOAT Brian McNeill

STAR Any scribe who picks the canucks to miss the playoffs, because guess what - that's EXACTLY what's going to happen.

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#13 Sedinz
October 01 2009, 02:04PM
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Cam Davie wrote:

Unfortunately for the Goats/Stars feature, it was submitted about a week ago before Hodgson was sent back to Brampton.

This makes it all the funnier. Well played!

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#14 2009-10 Flames Goats and Stars - FlamesNation.ca
October 01 2009, 02:09PM
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