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Canucks Army Monday Mailbag: August 7th

That’s a good question. If I were to wager a guess, it probably has something to do with Bo Horvat’s ask on dollars, rather than term. The figure I most often hear as a floor for any long-term extension on Horvat is $5-million. I’d hardly blame the Canucks if they wanted to bring that cost down, if only slightly. Horvat’s a restricted free agent without arbitration rights who’s a long ways away from unrestricted free agency. The team has all the leverage in this situation.

That probably has as much, if not more, to do with the desires of the Sedin twins who have a full no-trade clause in their contract. I don’t think that at this stage in their respective careers that either of the two has an appetite to split up.

I won’t even try to rank the Pacific Division teams by points or where they’ll sit in the Western Conference or league standings, but I’ll take a stab at which order they’ll be in the standings relative to one another.

  1. Edmonton Oilers
  2. Anaheim Ducks
  3. Calgary Flames
  4. San Jose Sharks
  5. Los Angeles Kings (lol Corsi -> bad)
  6. Arizona Coyotes
  7. Vegas Golden Knights
  8. Vancouver Canucks

As for whether the California teams have any space left in their Stanley Cup contention window, I’m not ready to write any of the three teams off. The Anaheim Ducks have a roster so deep and a prospect pool so rich that they can overcome even the likes of a Randy Carlyle, it seems; the Los Angeles Kings lack finishing power but have been one of the most dominant puck possession teams of the Behind the Net era; San Jose has, it seems, aged out of their window, but again, they’ve a strong prospect pool and an incoming wealth of cap space that could shove it back open in no-time.

I’ve answered this question at least once before, so my apologies in advance if I come up with a different answer now as opposed to when I last responded to this query. It’s not one that I’m personally invested in outside of the mailbag, which would explain the potential lack of consistency.

Keep an eye on Olli Juolevi. I watched a lot of London Knights down the home stretch of last season, and Juolevi left a strong impression in nearly every viewing. He already thinks the game at an NHL level.

The Canucks just signed Michael Del Zotto, and Alexander Edler isn’t going anywhere. That leaves Ben Hutton, who’s probably the worse of the three options and the one that the Canucks can move with the most ease.

Jake Virtanen will probably spend another year with the Utica Comets. The Canucks have too much riding on this player to let him get off to another stagnant start. At that point, the media attention will turn on the player and we’ll start to hear everyone in the market use the “bust” word.

I’d expect Virtanen to play in a top six role with the Comets. The influx of talent around him should help him produce offence at a better clip, too.

I can’t speak for the rest of Canada, but Vancouver is an awful lot like Mordor right now. The forest fires are wreaking havoc on the province, and we’ve had a week of thick smoke covering Vancouver like a blanket.

Hutton’s a fourth defenceman as is, and I don’t expect a tonne of growth beyond that role.

The answer is no.

All I’ve seen of the Summer Showcase are highlights, courtesy of Canucks Army’s own Ryan Biech. I saw his one goal from last week. It was the Cale Makar I’m used to seeing. There’s an opening in the high slot, and Makar rushes into it to take the puck in stride and put it past the goaltender. This kid’s going to be a tonne of fun to watch in the NCAA next season.

Then again, everyone has highlights. I have no clue how the rest of Makar’s exhibition tournament’s played out.

I’ve asked my butcher to order a tri-tip in time for next weekend, so keep refreshing your Twitter next Saturday.

Check my earlier answer for a Summer Showcase question. Sorry, bud.

Honestly, I wouldn’t even know what to do with myself if I had to watch the game. It’s all about the spreadsheet all the time.

Again, all I watched from the Summer Showcase were highlights. I’m on the side of letting people enjoy hockey however they want to enjoy it and as often as they want to.


  • wojohowitz

    I don`t think the Canucks have all the leverage in dealing with Horvat, mainly because their depth at center is lousy and they cannot afford to `poison the well`. Consider the situation a year from now without Henrik and Horvat – yikes Sutter is their best center.

    The hockey world has been down on Chayka (?) and the `Yotes for being young and for letting go Doan and Tippett but I see them bringing in leadership to help the young talent compete – something the Canucks have tried to do with Sutter and Gudbranson – groan. Next years Jack Adams could go to Tochett.

  • Dirty30

    The Tanev deal wasn’t exactly closed with any alacrity and JB does need to think out past this season. Are the Sedins coming back for another contract? What’s that going to cost? Do you need to keep cap space in case a player comes available that might make a difference?

    5 mil for 5 years for Bo won’t break the cap or the team, but I still have to wonder how it is some teams manage to pay contracts like Crosby and Kessel, or Toews and Kane and win SC’s while the Canucks pay to the cap and finish 28/29th.

  • tyhee

    Quoting from the article:

    Do you think Hutton is/will be a bonafide top 4 dman? Also what do u think Stecher’s ceiling is?

    — Harman Dayal (@harmandayal2) August 6, 2017

    Hutton’s a fourth defenceman as is, and I don’t expect a tonne of growth beyond that role.”

    Was the second part of the question, about Stecher, missed by accident, on purpose, or did I miss the answer being somewhere?

  • Bud Poile

    I’m all for Olli playing for Sami in Finland this year.
    Give him 9 NHL games and allow him to have six months back home under Salo’s tutelage before coming back to Canada to work and live.
    The kid left his family ,friends and home at 15.

    • Sandpaper

      Not trying to pick a fight but don’t a lot of Canadian kids leave home at say 14 – 15 to go play lower level juniors all in the hopes of making major juniors?
      We are very quick to call some players a bust at 20 but if you play elsewhere you aren’t a bust until at least 25 ((Rodin).
      Just sayin

      • Bud Poile

        No Canadian kids go to Sweden,Russia or Finland to play hockey at 15 years of age.
        The Canadian kids can call home every day,visit home regularly and family members visit,as well.
        They go home on holidays,speak their mother’s tongue and experience little or no culture shock.
        Anybody that lived abroad alone at a young age knows there’s a huge difference.

    • Dud

      Yah, let’s get Sami to tuck him in with milk and raindeer cookies too. Bless! Meanwhile Matty Tkachuk will be in his second straight season in the NHL for the Flames. Get a grip foo.

      • truthseeker

        yeah…cheap shot artist and whopping 13 goal scorer who disappeared in the playoffs and provided no “grit” whatsoever to the flames as they were embarrassed, Tkachuk….lol….

        Not to mention the absolute zero value of wingers in the league. Along with the value of D being higher than pretty much anything else in hockey aside from a “franchise” Crosby/Matthews/McDavid.

        Yeah…the canucks made a huge mistake not drafting “matty” tkachuk….lol…..

        • Dud

          ”absolute zero value of wingers”
          yeh Pat Kane, Ovie, Tarasenko, Kessel, Perry, Marchand, Panarin, Laine, Pastrnak too name a few all worthless… yeah… sure. Idiot ”lol”

          Matty is in the show and so are Chychrun and Sergachev despite all being picked lower than no show Juolevi who is *still* nowhere. End of convo pheen-seeker…

          • truthseeker

            yeah? I’m talking trade value. What did Taylor Hall bring back in a trade? You know, the Taylor Hall that’s better than everyone you listed short of Kane?

            That’s right….he brought back a # 4 D man, who may or may not develop into a top pairing guy. So far he hasn’t.

            So yeah…..wingers are virtually worthless. They have very low trade value. End of conversation, one with the very appropriate user name.