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Canucks Army Monday Mailbag: August 28th

For Jordan Subban to get a shot in the NHL, the Vancouver Canucks would have to trade him to almost any other franchise.

Alexander Burmistrov, Patrick Wiercioch, Anton Rodin, Erik Gudbranson and Ben Hutton.

I’m not sure who you’re referring to in here, in terms of not mentioning Jonah Gadjovich. I’m fairly certain he’ll be at the Young Stars Tournament in Penticton. I couldn’t imagine why not.

I believe, both personally and impersonally, that the Canucks would benefit from signing either one of Jaromir Jagr or Thomas Vanek. I think that, of the two, Jagr makes the most sense. In fact, it would be an excellent fit for both sides. Jagr can’t move anymore, which explains why teams are afraid to sign him in spite of remaining productive into his mid-forties. Whatever line he’s on has to change their style almost entirely to accommodate having him by their side. If there’s one line in the NHL where that wouldn’t be an issue, it has to be the Sedin line. They’ve never been the fleetest of foot, and that’s only getting worse with age.

Signing either of the two players you’ve suggested runs counter to the Canucks’ nominal youth movement, and that’s sure to draw the ire of some. Being young is a means to an end though; not the end-goal. If you want the Canucks to be young again, it’s because you’re getting players in their prime at their best value. If the current crop of young players isn’t enough to make you a competitor under those circumstances, then who cares if they spend an extra season with the Utica Comets or in junior? In the case of both of these players, I think the Canucks could recoup a draft pick at the deadline, and that’s something a young player shouldn’t be able to do.

Canucks general manager Jim Benning’s future will depend on a number of different things. I’m starting to think it’s not as simple as where the Canucks finish in the standings. If the team is mildly entertaining and not a complete turnstile, then I imagine he’ll have a good chance of surviving the year. If it’s another year like last season or the one before, that’s a different story.

About as slim as Jake Virtanen in those photos from the Utica Comets near the end of last season where he looks downright starved.

I would expect that Subban will play out the year in Utica. The Canucks won’t qualify his contract, and he’ll hit unrestricted free agency.

No.

Unless something’s changed, Jonathan Dahlen is still the Vaxjo Lakers of the SHL’s property, so if he does return to Sweden, that’ll be his team. SHe’ll not only be on Elias Pettersson’s team, but I’d imagine he’ll share a line with him, too. I have no clue whether the AHL or SHL would be better for Dahlen’s development.

Brock Boeser.

Troy Stecher will definitely lead the Canucks defence in points next season. He was a shot-generating machine last year and just didn’t get many bounces. If some of his percentages normalize, then I expect he’ll be north of 30 points in his sophomore season.

Probably not.

I think you’re being facetious about what the Calder Trophy is for, but I get your point — it almost always goes to the player with the highest points. That tends to leave otherwise excellent rookie defencemen out of the race for the Calder by default, which is unfortunate. I don’t tend to care too much about awards. The voters almost always get it wrong. Some of the awards are ridiculous; I’m looking at you, Leadership Award. I can certainly see the argument for a Rookie Defenceman of the Year, though. I mean, why not? I think Zach Werenski deserves far more recognition for the season he just put together, and perhaps this new award is one way of making that a reality.

  1. Christopher Tanev
  2. Troy Stecher
  3. Alexander Edler
  4. Michael Del Zotto
  5. Ben Hutton
  6. Patrick Wiercioch

I’d hate to spoil my next article, going live at 10 AM PST, on this very subject. You’ll just have to wait!

See my earlier answer to a similar question.

I don’t know if Brandon Sutter is just a fourth line centre. That seems a little bit harsh, even for my tastes. I don’t think he’s terribly good. My response to his play last season was as much an attempt to showcase how ludicrous it was that anyone would deploy him as a first or even second line centre as it was anything else. He’s probably an okay third line centre on his best days. On his worst, he’s perhaps a bit below average in that role.

That’s all that should’ve mattered for the last three-plus seasons, too. So, yes, I agree with your priorities for the Canucks next season.

  • Killer Marmot

    About as slim as Jake Virtanen in those photos from the Utica Comets near the end of last season where he looks downright starved.

    I give Jake a better chance than that.

    He is capable of NHL-caliber hockey, as he has demonstrated in the past. So far as I can tell, his face plant last season was due to poor conditioning. He didn’t take his summer training seriously enough, and he let himself go. If he shows up at camp lighter, stronger, fitter, and faster, he might make it difficult to leave off the team. There is a reason he was drafted 6th overall.

    That’s optimistic, but not as improbable as Burke thinks.

    • Knucklehead

      I agree that Virtanen has to be considered for a spot on the 4th line at least to start the season. Failure to do so would be a failure for himself and the team.

  • Chris the Curmudgeon

    It’s a little odd you would announce your next article’s timing at “10 AM PST”, since we are presently using Daylight Savings Time, not Standard Time. Perhaps you meant to say “10 AM PDT”?

    Poor JD, you use so many words and expressions that you think make you look smart, but you so consistently use them incorrectly that it kinda makes you look dumb instead.

  • Killer Marmot

    Whatever line [Jagr’s] on has to change their style almost entirely to accommodate having him by their side. If there’s one line in the NHL where that wouldn’t be an issue, it has to be the Sedin line. They’ve never been the fleetest of foot, and that’s only getting worse with age.

    That would be disastrous. On many occasions last year, the Sedins got trapped in their own end. Unable to make a line change, they got worn down to exhaustion as the other team teed up the puck. Some of Desjardins’ strange line combinations may have been an attempt to prevent that.

    Green is going to have the same problem. Jagr isn’t the solution.

    • Knucklehead

      No Jagr doesn’t make any sense the same way Eriksson didn’t make any sense. Hansen worked well with them because he had the speed to get them out of trouble and would go into the corners to dig out pucks.

  • Goon

    Hey maybe next week you can answer whether Benning will get fired this season? What will it take? Will he get fired if they finish bottom-5?

    I’m not sure this question has been answered half a dozen times already, please clarify!

  • wojohowitz

    No Guddy in the top six? Well, at least he`s ahead of Biega in the seven spot??? No! How about ahead of McEneny in the eight spot? No? Well at least he`s better than Subban…huh?

  • Erik Lonnrot

    Guddy could totally go 5 rounds with Mayweather, assuming he had a few months of full time training and a good coach. He’s 15 years younger and has got 10 inches and 70 pounds on Mayweather, who is an extremely conservative boxer. Zero chance Guddy could win, but unless Mayweather really changes his fighting style he makes it into the middle rounds.

    • Killer Marmot

      Size and height advantages are extremely difficult to overcome in boxing. This is why professional boxing has around 17 different weight divisions (depending on the sanctioning body).

      With Gudbranson having a 70 lb and 9″ height advantage, Mayweather would have a hell of a time figuring out how to hurt Gudbranson, especially if the latter kept his head back and kept firing the jab. Gudbranson’s right is likely heavy enough to go through Mayweather’s blocking gloves.

  • Bud Poile

    I hope the Canucks retain Subban.
    The leading offensive rearguard in Utica is 22 years of age.
    Nik Lidstrom completed his first NHL season at that age.
    I forsee Green calling him up and impressing all,including the sceptics.