Graphic Comments: Pretty sure there's at least one thing Prust could clear

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January 21 2016 04:43PM

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Well, that's not strictly true. Prust is also able to clear a pretty big paycheque.

But wow that was quite a performance from Brandon Prust against his "former team", wasn't it?

I mean, the Canucks as a whole were horrible in both games in New York, but oof, that was bad. I haven't seen that many shots fired in New York since Lucky Luciano invited "Joe the Boss" Masseria to lunch on Coney Island.

But yes, suffice it to say, Ryan Miller played great. Brandon Prust, on the other hand, did not. Not only was he horrible, especially in the Rangers game, but he also wind up as the centre of attention going into that game.

Now, there has been plenty of discussion and supposition about why exactly Prust was in the lineup when Jake Virtanen had been scheduled to draw back in, but that's kind of glossing over the point. What we really should be discussing, is why Prust vs. Virtanen is even a choice to be made.

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Graphic Comments: Finger Licking Good

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January 15 2016 11:00AM

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Wow.

I'm still kind of speechless at the way that game against the Panthers ended. I mean, it's one thing for players to chirp each other on the ice, but that commentary from an official team broadcaster was something else.

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Graphic Comments: Free Willie

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January 07 2016 02:44PM

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The time has come. 

Willie has suffered long enough in captivity. It's time to return him to the open waters of hockey's minor and junior leagues. He's just not meant to perform on demand night in and night out.

It's time to free Willie.

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Graphic Comments: The Kids Aren't Alright

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December 16 2015 05:34PM

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Something has been bothering me ever since the Canucks made the decision not to send McCann and Virtanen back to Junior for another year.

I couldn't quite put my finger on, but then it finally hit me like a crushing, open-ice hit murder by Virtanen.

It's not this year that's the problem. It's the next two.

Other than elite talents like McDavid or Eichel, or perhaps draft picks with elite teams, who have enough talent in the line-up to shelter their prospects and ease them into the lineup, the best place to develop players is in the AHL. And by putting both of these kids on the NHL roster, the Canucks have made it that much harder to send them down to Utica next year or the year after.

So the problem isn't how they develop this year. It's how they develop over the next three years.

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Graphic Comments: You win some, you lose some

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November 06 2015 09:51AM

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I'm torn. I mean, I am a Canucks fan. On any given night, I want to see them win.

But at the same time, I have seen nothing to indicate that there's any sort of foundation on which to build a contender here.

So I also want them to fall enough in the standings so that they are sellers at the deadline and wind up not only with a high first round pick next June, but also a cupboard full of other picks acquired by trading away some of the looming UFAs.

Now, I didn't always feel this way.

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