Why isn't Horvat signed yet?
— Mr. Big Stuff (@BoringBortHova) August 6, 2017
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.
Why are the Sedins a package deal in a trade? 33 MVP season he played a bunch without 22, 2/3rd C should fetch a good package.
— Matt Baer (@baerzerk84) August 6, 2017
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.
How do you see the Pacific Division shaking out? Have the windows closed on the California teams?
— Abu Am'mar (@taizzzz5) August 6, 2017
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.
- Edmonton Oilers
- Anaheim Ducks
- Calgary Flames
- San Jose Sharks
- Los Angeles Kings (lol Corsi -> bad)
- Arizona Coyotes
- Vegas Golden Knights
- 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.
What are your training camp surprises to make the opening night lineup? How about duds?
— Ogie (@Trolley_Tracks) August 6, 2017
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.
If Juolevi makes the team, which LD do you think gets traded and for what?
— S7 (@S7HDesign) August 6, 2017
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.
what's gonna happen with virtanen
— Corsi Guy (@CorsiGuy) August 6, 2017
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.
How's Canada these days?
— Stephanie Pagani (@Pagnificent) August 6, 2017
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.
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.
What'll happen first, the Canucks win the Stanley Cup or I can buy a single detached house in Victoria?
— /Cam Robinson/ (@CrazyJoeDavola3) August 6, 2017
The answer is no.
What did you think of Makar's play at the summer showcase?
— Taranvir Atwal (@Taranvir_Atwal) August 6, 2017
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.
When can we expect to see more pics of bbq brisket?
— Norm Mills (@NormMills3) August 6, 2017
I’ve asked my butcher to order a tri-tip in time for next weekend, so keep refreshing your Twitter next Saturday.
Did you watch Summer Showcase? If so, who was most impressive player from each team, and overall?
— Canuck (@gillisisgod) August 6, 2017
Check my earlier answer for a Summer Showcase question. Sorry, bud.
Do you take "watch the games, nerd" holidays?
— Beantown Canuck (@BeantownCanuck) August 6, 2017
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.
What do you think of this World Junior Summer Showcase thing? Are you on the great to watch or waste of time side?
— Josh The Zamboni Guy (@Josh_ofthe_Mace) August 6, 2017
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.