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Mailbag Part 2: Brock Boeser, Buying out Loui Eriksson, and the Sedins’ All-Time Best Games

It’s a deal that could potentially make sense for both teams, but I’m not sure Honka’s stock has fallen enough for Nikolay Goldobin to be considered a sufficient return. I think it’s more likely the stars would package Honka in a trade for a more established player.

It’s an open secret that players heights and weights are often embellished on team websites. As far as why or how that happens in spite of measurements that occur at the draft combine, I’d imagine there are just too many factors that make it difficult to test the accuracy of listed NHL height and weight. Every year, the combine is a story for about a week, and afterwards its quickly forgotten. After that, information on combine measurements become harder to find, and besides, players can add weight or even grow an inch or two in the aftermath.

Another factor worth considering is how often our eyes deceive us. We may think we have a good idea of what 6″ looks like, but other factors play tricks on us all the time. Things like distance from the person were measuring and that individuals surroundings can make us believe they’re taller our shorter than they really are. For example, my friend and I are exactly the same height (5’10”), but we both have disparate body types. He’s often described as tall, whereas I’m rarely if ever described that way.

You can mark it down as yet another reason why size is overemphasized in the modern NHL.

I can’t make heads or tails of anything the Senators are doing these days. I can’t imagine that was the best possible deal they could get for arguably the best defenseman of his generation.

But hey, at least they’re a team.

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When watching the team last season and looking over the data, the only thing that really stood out to me about the Canucks was how extreme Travis Green’s zone start splits were for many of his players. Whether that had anything to do with the team’s questionable defense is anyone’s guess. The Canucks were significantly below league average in shot-generation at evens last year, and were slightly above average in shots allowed, so it’s possible Green favoured low-event hockey at even-strength because of his lack of faith in his defensemen. It’s tough to say.

These games are meaningless, Boeser’s spot on the team is secure, and he’s returning to play after a pretty significant injury. It’s early to start sounding alarms. That being said, don’t be surprised if it takes awhile for the old Boeser to emerge. Everything is going to be harder this year than it was for him as a rookie. Opponents will be keying in on him, he won’t have Henrik and Daniel to play with when the Horvat well runs dry, and barring the possibility that he’s literally the best shooter in modern NHL history, his shooting percentage is bound to regress by at least a couple points.

If we strip away all context and just look at who received the better assets (and not what the teams did with those assets once acquiring them), the Cam Neely trade wins hands down. The Ballard, Kesler, and Luongo trades merit consideration as well, but none were even remotely as lopsided.

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He looked fine in a couple of games last season, but Ashton Sautner is an afterthought when it comes to the Canucks long-term plans on defense. I’m not convinced the Canucks have much in Derrick Pouliot either, but it’s worth exploring for the time being.

Olli Juolevi doesn’t look ready for NHL action. I don’t normally like to criticize a player’s work ethic because it’s a purely speculative exercise, but he just looks very disengaged. At this stage, I wouldn’t want to reward him with a spot on the team.

Yes, but the Leafs wouldn’t.

The Canucks have shown a tendency to target players they’re familiar with, so it’s possible that’s how they keyed in to Petrus Palmu’s value early on. I’d imagine that happens with a lot of teams. They send scouts to look at a specific player, but come away having been equally impressed by their teammate. I absolutely think that’s what happened with Pettersson. I’d hesitate to say their familiarity with Jonathan Dahlen is the primary reason they drafted Petersson, but I’m almost certain it influenced their decision.

(If you’re as confused I was, he’s referring to Jake Virtanen and Jonah Gadjovich.)

I think it depends on how Gadjovich develops. At times, he flashes the offensive instincts to be a top-six player, but he may never make the necessary adjustments and improvements to realize that potential. There’s a very good chance both players could top out as fourth-line guys, in which case the pairing would make a lot of sense.

Lind and DiPietro have the best shot of the four of making the NHL, but Lind looks like he needs some serious AHL seasoning, and DiPietro is years away from getting an NHL start. On the flip side, Chatfield an Palmu are older and already have a year of pro experience. I’d say the two of them are more liekly to earn a call-up in the near future, but Lind has the inside track on earning a full-time job when he gets his chance.

(Sautner was reassigned almost immediately after Cameron posed this question.)

I like Sautner as much as anyone else, but he falls into the same category as many prospects we’ve seen in the past: Evan McEneny, Andrey Pedan, Alex Grenier, Alex Friesen, etc., etc. If he can play well enough to earn a call-up and and look competent in spot-duty with the big club, that’s great. I wouldn’t expect much more than that.

Eriksson’s contract is so bonus-laden that it’s essentially buyout-proof. Even if the Canucks were to terminate his contract, they’d stand to save very little against the cap.

Nobody saw it coming.

Grab a drink and settle in, you may be here for awhile.

March 13, 2009 Henrik Sedin scores on a spin-o-rama in a 4-2 win against the LA Kings:

February 19, 2011 The twins combine for three goals in a 4-2 win over the Dallas Stars, including this famous tic-tac-toe goal with Alex Burrows:

October 10, 2007 “The Shift”

May 18, 2011 the Twins combine for 5 points in a dominant 7-3 win over the San Jose Sharks in game 2 of the Western Conference Final:

January 20, 2017 Henrik scores his 1000th point on a goal against his old teammate, Roberto Luongo:

November 30, 2017 Daniel Sedin scores his 1000th point in a 5-3 win over the Nashville Predators:

April 11, 2007 Henrik Sedin scores a quadruple overtime winner against the Dallas Stars in game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinal:

April 10, 2010 Daniel Sedin registers a hat trick to clinch the Art Ross Trophy for his brother:

April 5, 2018 The Sedins go out on top in the final home game of their careers:

  • NeverWas

    Thanks for that Sedin recap! Man I miss those guys already… that last game was so magical. Damn I just wish they won a cup. I think they are the 2 most underrated super stars in history. They dominated games.

  • That April 10, 2010 game is one of the most memorable games of hockey I’ve ever watched. That final goal scored is easily the best goal I’ve ever watched in real time. The Sedins were a pleasure to watch over their entire careers, but watching them between 2008 and 2012 was really something else.

  • Dirty30

    What are the bonuses in LE’s contract? They can’t be on-ice performance driven, he wouldn’t make a dime!

    My best guesses:

    1. Oh good, he’s still breathing.
    2. He didn’t score on his own net!
    3. Didn’t fall asleep at the bench this period.
    4. Showed up in the correct uniform (bonus doubles if he shows up at the rink wearing pants).
    5. Bonus for not speaking Finnish to players and coaches. Extra bonus for speaking Swedish — unless he’s talking to the life-size poster of the Sedins.

    • Eriksson doesn’t have any performance bonuses. He has signing bonuses, paid out at a rate of $6 million this year against a salary of $1 million. Next year he makes $4 million in signing bonus and $1 million in salary.

      Buyouts do not affect signing bonus, only base salary, so buying out Eriksson results in a cap savings of about half a million dollars a year, making the contract effectively buyout-proof. The only time it makes sense to buy Eriksson out is if he is literally the worst player on the team – worse than a player earning a league-minimum salary.

        • truthseeker

          It’s lockout protection and it’s one of the few things of leverage the players have right now to ensure they don’t get screwed over in the long term.

          And the idea that players stop trying after they sign a contract is dubious at best. For every example of a floater you find me, I’ll find you 10 guys who are playing up to their potential and beyond. Is McDavid checking it in since he signed his extension? How bout Horvat? How about Stamkos?

          Plenty of extensions and F.A.’s are motivated and play amazing after they sign.

        • liqueur des fenetres

          You wouldn’t have these types of contracts if there was no salary cap. But because there is only room for so many $8M players on a team (for example) if a guy feels he’s worth that money but isn’t going to get it his agent asks for things to make up that difference, like no movement clauses or salary structured as bonuses. Benning wasn’t obligated to structure the contract this way, but freely chose to do so because he wanted to outbid the market for Eriksson’s services.

          Eriksson shouldn’t be on the Canucks, he doesn’t fit into the line up. It’s all romantic to think that once a guy signs a deal he plays like a superhero or even just plays to his pay grade, but life’s a little more complex than that. Check out the recent Eriksson interview (Province?). In it he said he was promised he’d be playing with the Sedins and that didn’t materialize to his expectations (kinda Vrbata-esque). Is it any wonder that he’s not the same Eriksson as he might be if he were on a contender?

  • Kanuckhotep

    Daniel and Henrik have to be the most unique pair of athletes anywhere at least in North American pro sports history. The gifted symbiosis they displayed playing together night after night can only be described as awesome but then again they were born 11 minutes apart. (Henrik is older) Hats off to Burke for pulling off what may have been the most genius draft day coup in NHL history by getting them at #2 and #3 overall. By doing this we had two of the most classy professional athletes in all of Vancouver pro sports. I’ll miss 22&33 as well.

  • crofton

    Thing is….there were dozens more clips of the Sedins that could rank up with these. What a tremendous way to go out in their last home game. I feel truly blessed to have witnessed two of the greatest players of all time all these years.

    • DogBreath

      It’s not green. It’s the players he has. If tonight is any indication this year is going to be difficult. Other than Pettersson, none of the kids have stood out to this point. Good thing they signed the veterans to carry them through the next year or two. It’s gonna be messy unfortunately and the kids would have even in tough to succeed and develop.

      • Braindead Benning

        it is Green as well, he is cocky and arrogant but has not proven anything at the NHL level to have that attitude. I realize he is not given the best roster however, he is as much to blame as is all who assembled this mess of a team.

  • Kanuckhotep

    IS coaching the problem? Consider this. We had a year with Tortarella, three with Willie Desjardins and now into a second year with Travis Green and what’s changed and what will change? We made the post season once in all that time and I’m certain we’re not going on any ‘82/‘94/‘11 run this year. Judge for yourself.

  • We need a second farm team. One team in Utica for player development and a second team in Nowheresville, USA for underperforming players like Eriksson. If they’re going to take the money and not work, might as well make ’em suffer for it.

  • TheRealPB

    You should repost all those links to Sedin goals once a month just to get us through the season.

    Also, while it’s true that the Neely trade in retrospect cost us dearly (not to mention Wesley), but I highly doubt CA (or anyone) would’ve argued against it at the time. Pederson was a 24-year-old center with 3 x 100 point seasons and a point a game after coming back from an injury. Neely was a 20-year-old power forward who hadn’t produced a ton. Adjusting for era, it is akin to us trading for Drouin or Nylander and giving up Virtanen and a first in exchange. I wouldn’t do it today, but it is literally the kind of trade CA almost always advocates doing.