Is there a possibility that we lose Quinn Hughes by not signing him now?
— Francisco Varas (@PanchoVaras) July 30, 2018
There’s always a chance, but it seems unlikely given the fact that Hughes would have to spend another three years in college before he’d be able to hit free agency. Taking the Jimmy Vesey route really only makes sense for players who don’t see a clear route to the NHL with the club that drafted them. Hughes doesn’t have that problem. He’ll be on the NHL squad in 2019-20.
Any chance the Canucks hire Burke to bring in Jack Hughes? He’s got a pretty good track record of bringing brothers together.
— Blair Bertrand (@BlairNucks) July 30, 2018
I know this was asked mostly in jest but by all accounts, Brian Burke is done with being an executive. He’s a broadcaster now, and seems well-suited for the new gig.
How do you see Markus Granlund's situation and role incoming season?
— Juha (@Jpylv) July 30, 2018
I think out of all the players on the Canucks roster, Markus Granlund has the widest range of possible outcomes for next season. He was not good last year. If he continues to struggle, it’s not outlandish to think he could find himself on waivers to start the season. On the other hand, if he can play the way he did in 2016-17, that’s probably good enough to make him a fixture in the team’s top six. Outside of Bo Horvat and Brock Boeser, how the top end of the Canucks’ 2017-18 lineup is shakes out is anyone’s guess. As far as how I see Markus Granlund’s season going, I’d imagine he ekes out a spot on the team’s fourth line, and maybe sees some time in the middle six if this group struggles to score.
Did Hughes make the right decision? Would they actually make room for Joulevi or is he destined for Utica? If Hutton bounces back, do we keep or trade him? How many own goals will Gudbranson score this year?
— ithinkicanuck (@ithinkicanuck) July 30, 2018
Time for the Lightning Round:
- If he plays well enough, they’ll make room, but don’t be surprised if he spends some time in the minors to start the year.
- I honestly have no idea. I lean towards a trade because I think the relationship has soured beyond the point of being salvageable.
- Less than 4.
How do you choose which questions you’ll answer?
— 1st OverLOL (@1stOverLOL) July 30, 2018
I spoke to J.D. about this and we’re both on the same page about it. We basically answer every question we get on Twitter. If you choose to ask a question via a different medium, there’s a good chance we’ll miss it. We also occasionally get questions after we’ve already published the mailbag. Sometimes they will get rolled over to the next week but they also might occasionally get lost in the shuffle. Other than that, if your question wasn’t answered, it’s for one of the following reasons:
- It was abusive or hateful in some way.
- The question is unclear or incomprehensible due to poor spelling/grammar/syntax.
- It’s a repeat of a question from the same mailbag.
- J.D. or I have muted your Twitter account.
Anything else is fair game. I’ve answered questions about movies, food, weird internet stuff, music, etc., and I’m happy to do so. The mailbag is fun and light and occasionally provides an excuse to talk about things that don’t merit an entire article. I’m happy to keep it that way.
The Sedins' jerseys will surely go up the rafters. What do you think: will it happen this season and who would be the most fitting team/opponent? I am going with the Oilers.
— Daniel Schwarz (@dan_qotsa) July 30, 2018
There’s been some speculation that the organization might wait until it’s 50th anniversary but that seems unlikely to me. There’s just no way they can wait another two years to retire the numbers of the hands-down best players in franchise history. I’d imagine it’ll happen sooner rather than later, and yes, a game against the Oilers makes perfect sense.
So how many 'grade A prospects' do the Canucks have and who?
— Daniel Schwarz (@dan_qotsa) July 30, 2018
If you ask me, the answer is three. Elias Pettersson, Olli Juolevi, and Quinn Hughes. Maybe you can add Thatcher Demko if you’re feeling generous. If you ask Jim Benning who the 6-8 prospects he was referring to, I’d imagine it includes the four players I just mentioned, and some combination of Jonathan Dahlen, Adam Gaudette, Kole Lind, and Jett Woo.
Who should I cheer for instead of the Canucks?
— Howard Ng (@howardng02) July 30, 2018
I’ll assume you live somewhere near the city of Vancouver, so you want want to go too far out of the Western Hemisphere. That eliminates most if not all of the Eastern Conference. Your prior association with the Canucks also means the Oilers and Flames are out of the question, as is most of the Pacific Division and the old Northwest Division. That means that if you’re looking for a new team, you’d probably look to the Central Division. Chicago’s out of the question, and Dallas and Saint Louis aren’t particularly sexy picks. That basically just leaves Nashville and Winnipeg. Both are teams on the cusp of greatness so I’d jump on that bandwagon if I were you. You can use the fact that Winnipeg is Canadian as a tie-breaker in either direction.
Give me your figure in millions that the Canucks have in current overpayments (Benning Tax) on contracts for this and the coming years? Why would Aquaman tolerate this unless he wasnt on board for 4 more years of Tank? Aqua is a shrewd business man – IMO it is part of the plan.
— Steve (@orchistporkist) July 30, 2018
It really depends on how you define being overpaid. In terms of player value, you could make arguments that Loui Eriksson, Erik Gudbranson, Brandon Sutter, Sam Gagner, Michael Del Zotto, Anders Nilsson, Jay Beagle, Antoine Roussel, and Ben Hutton are all playing at a level below their dollar value. If you define “overpaid” as being paid more than what the market dictated, that changes things. Like it or not, players like Loui Eriksson in particular are usually going to make mad bank. That doesn’t mean the market is correct or efficient, it just means it’s harder to decide what qualifies as paying too much. I could tell you what I think that players are worth, but that would be pretty unscientific and frankly a little mean.
Instead, expect an article later this week devoted to the topic using this piece by Andrew Berkshire to establish performance tiers for position, and whatever information I can find on NHL salary averages.
Think the @Canucks should hire (a) an NHL agent to be President (e.g. like they did with Mike Gillis) OR (b) Lawrence Gillman (history & experience) OR (c) Other OR (d) no one???
— ReSean (@VictorReSean) July 30, 2018
I’m not sure I fully understand this question, but I think there’s a wide range of options for the Canucks to explore. I don’t think they should leave the position vacant for long, though.
Do you see Olli Juolevi playing 30+ games for the Canucks this season?
— John Canuck (@CanucksJohnny) July 30, 2018
I think 30.5 would be a great over/under for games Juolevi plays next season. Personally, I would take the over. The team needs a PR victory.
What exactly IS a President of Hockey Ops?
— Deedlbug53 (@deedlbug53) July 30, 2018
This is a great question. Its not always clear and seems to vary from team to team. My understanding is that usually the President generally handles the business side of things and takes an advisory role when it comes to personnel decisions. Often, the President lays out the owner’s vision for the team and hires a General Manager to handle the specifics of enacting that vision. Sometimes, the GM and President jobs are combined. In this instance, it doesn’t seem entirely clear what aspects Trevor Linden handled or how much they overlapped with the responsibilities of the General Manager.
Does having Lord Stanley’s Cup rings, make a difference amongst your players & mgnt, help with ‘culture’?
— WaterProtection (@CoyoteWFG) July 30, 2018
The short answer is no. Let’s take the Capitals as an example. Just about everyone in that organization was looked at as a perennial loser who couldn’t get the job done when it mattered until a month and a half ago. Every year, players who have never won a Stanley Cup before win a Stanley Cup, which means the qualities that helped them get there existed before they had the hardware to prove it.
Would like to add, Would you trade Juolevi straight up for Reinhart?
— RandyRanderson (@DangerZoneRandy) July 30, 2018
In a vacuum, maybe, but the Canucks are so thin on defense I don’t think you could justify it.
What's Linden Vey doing these days?
— Philip Jh Kim (@ipjhk) July 30, 2018
Last I checked he was one of the KHL’s leading scorers.
Thoughts on rumours saying Linden wanted a full rebuild and left because the Canucks wanted to make a big trade?
— Joshua (@JoshDoesStuff91) July 30, 2018
Who do I trust on this benning v linden thing?
— Tim Wong (@DutchTLW) July 30, 2018
When you get conflicting reports like this the only real takeaway is that the Canucks lack a sense of organizational symmetry. I don’t know who wanted what or who signed off on which decisions, and I don’t know who to believe or not to believe. What I do know is that the public’s confusion about the team’s direction is justified, because no one in the media or even the organization seems to know what it is either.
Keeping a team in Utica?
— John Ryczek (@JRyczek) July 30, 2018
From a hockey operations standpoint, it makes more sense than you’d think. Travel on the east coast is a breeze, and it allows the Comets to get more practice time in. From a business standpoint? It should be somewhere on the Lower Mainland. There’s an appetite for it.
Regular-ass hot dog or smokie?
— More like SAJBaseball these days (@SAJHockey) July 30, 2018
Come on. Smokie, obviously. Is this even a debate?
What could the Canucks get for MDZ in a trade?
— Markus Meyer (@Markus_Meyer27) July 30, 2018
They could probably fetch a mid-to-late pick if they wait until the deadline.
Do you think Benning just dug his grave by removing the only insulation between him and Canuck fans? I all for throwing these guys on the dumpster fire they built. Just seems like an odd move…..ok like all his moves…dammit.
— Stan (@lepage_stuart) July 30, 2018
Trevor Linden was a huge part of the reason this team had any good will remaining at all after three awful seasons. His departure doesn’t exactly auger well for the remaining executives.
We know the excitement around Quinn Hughes, and if he signed, would’ve likely made the team. That being said, if Juolevi now comes into camp and proves he’s ready, do we actually see mgmt making moves to make room? They likely would for Hughes. But for Juolevi?
— Josh Crawford (@joshcrawford93) July 30, 2018
If anything, Hughes returning to college increases Juolevi’s chances of making the team. Let’s be real here, the defense was awful last season. They could justify sitting or waiving at least three of the defensemen on their active roster. They’ll make room for Juolevi if he can play. It just might not be on opening night.
Is TL leaving the canucks a nothing story since he was the only person who would have hired JB as a GM, and now that JB has a 3 year extension TL has become obsolete in that the GM is here to stay?
— Mike Ing (@mikeIng18) July 30, 2018
You’re asking if one of the most beloved players in franchise history abruptly stepping down from his position within the organization in the middle of the summer is a “nothing story”? Really?
Not alot of talk around goaltending with the Canucks. Do you think the Canucks would actually send Nilsson to the minors if Demko shows he can be the new backup? Or is this teams defense still too fragile to insert a rookie goalie?
— Josh Crawford (@joshcrawford93) July 30, 2018
Demko will get some starts this year, but they aren’t waiving Nilsson to make it happen.
Hey JD! EP prefers playing center. Who would be ideal line mates for the first 20 games?
— FantasyHockeyAmateur (@HockeyAmatuer) July 30, 2018
I still think the best option is to put him on Bo Horvat’s wing, but if he must play centre, I’d like to see him with Loui Eriksson and Sven Baertschi.
Why do the canucks like brisebois so much
— John Puck (@johnpuck1992) July 30, 2018
My best guess is because they seem to place absurdly high value on low-event players. Brisebois is boring, and boy do the Canucks love boring.
In the possible scenario that there was a split between Weisbrod/Benning and Linden, how much time does Aquos afford to Weisbrod/Benning? 1 more season? I mean, let's face it, this Canucks team will be bottom 3 next year.
— Kristo (@kristo_01) July 30, 2018
How soon do you think we'll see a new president?
— BJ Peters (@BJPeters02) July 30, 2018
My best guess is we’ll see the organization clean house next summer. New President, new GM, new everything.
This may be unpopular, but could Linden being gone be a good thing for the Canucks?
— BJ Peters (@BJPeters02) July 30, 2018
Every time the Canucks made a bad move over the last four years, they had had a charismatic, beloved figure to defend it. They don’t have that anymore. Ultimately that’s a good thing. It puts the organization on a short leash.
What are your thoughts on Lind and Gadjovich being in AHL roster age limit limbo? Does this further complicate the 23 man roster to start the season?
— Jared Stepp (@jared_stepp) July 30, 2018
The team will find a place for them to play. I’m not concerned.
Why did I have to be a Canucks fan?
— Beantown [insert new team tbd] (@BeantownCanuck) July 30, 2018