Are the Pens still loving Gudbranson? How come he never got his game together in Van? Was it our system?
— Aaron (@Curious_Aaron) April 15, 2019
Gudbranson’s underlying numbers remain strong with the Penguins, although some of the shine might come off if the Penguins get swept tomorrow.
My guess is that this strong performance by shot-share is a mirage driven by small sample size and that he’ll come back down to earth eventually, but I also think Pittsburgh is a much better landing spot for him than Vancouver ever was. Ever since Travis Green took over as the Canucks’ bench boss, the team has emphasized getting defenders to play a more active role in transition offence. The Penguins take a more glass-and-out approach with many of their defenders, which makes sense given the speed and skill of their forwards. They’ve had a lot of success with defenders who haven’t worked elsewhere and it’s possible Gudbranson might be yet another example of this.
Would you trade Quinn Hughes to NJ for Hischier & Ty Smith?
— steve frost (@VancouverFrosty) April 15, 2019
I think this trade would be an overpayment for the Devils but I’m still not convinced I’d do it. The Canucks are at the point now where things are looking so dire for them on defense that I’m not sure I could justify trading away the one sure thing they have on the back end. I think the world of Ty Smith but he’s yet to play an NHL game and if he doesn’t pan out then the team is left with essentially no D core as they enter Horvat, Pettersson, and Boeser’s best years. I think it’s more than fair value but I also don’t think I could pull the trigger unless I knew without a doubt that Ty Smith was going to be a top-pairing defenseman.
Is there a divergence between the eye test and advanced statistics when it comes to Tyler Motte? Would you want to see him on the fourth line next season?
— Fred P (@Meerschaum529) April 15, 2019
There’s a divergence for sure, and a pretty big one at that. At even-strength, Tyler Motte was the Canucks second-worst regular forward in shot share and worst in goals-for percentage. He’s always hustling and working hard, but just because you’re working hard doesn’t necessarily mean you’re making an impact.
That doesn’t mean they can’t or shouldn’t bring him back. The Canucks are still at a stage in their life cycle where they can justify keeping a guy like Motte around as an example to other players. Instilling work ethic in the team’s young players is obviously important, and if Motte helps them do that, then he can stick around for another year. When the Canucks are seriously ready to contend, though, they’ll need more impactful wingers in the bottom six.
should we trade markstrom
— Vyas Saran (@vyassaran) April 14, 2019
This is a tough one. My gut instinct is to say yes, because he’s 29, has struggled with inconsistency for his entire career up until about 4 or 5 months ago, and he’s going to get a huge raise. The problem is that Thatcher Demko is still a bit of a question mark and if he doesn’t work out, where do they turn? If they think they can sign someone like Petr Mrazek to a reasonable deal, then selling high on Markstrom is probably the right call, but I can see why they would approach the situation with caution. The goalie position is highly volatile and their trade value never seems to be in line with how important they are to a team’s success.
The simple answer is it depends on what his agent is asking for. If you can’t get the AAV and term down to a reasonable number, then look to move on.
what are some good movies
— Justin Morissette (@JustinMoris) April 14, 2019
Some context for this one: Myself, Elliot Hoyt, and Vyas Saran absolutely roasted former Canucks Army Managing Editor J.D. Burke for his list of favourite movies on the most recent episode of Roxy Fever (be forewarned, the show is not for everyone).
So, I think the purpose of this question is just to prove that I actually do like things, or for my own movie taste to be judged.
I’m not really big on talking about “favourite” movies because there are literally dozens I’ve seen that I would say qualify as nearly perfect and the list I provided today might be radically different from the one I would give you next week, but here’s ten:
The Grapes Of Wrath (1940)
It’s A Wonderful Life (1945)
The Thing (1982)
Paris, Texas (1984)
Back To The Future (1985)
Do The Right Thing (1989)
Barton Fink (1991)
Children of Men (2008)
Side note: I could have done an entire list of just horror movies. Night of The Living Dead (1968) Halloween (1979), The Fly (1986), It Follows (2014), Green Room (2015), and Get Out (2017) are all honourable mentions. I don’t generally watch a lot of comedies but The Death Of Stalin and Sorry To Bother You are two I saw recently and really enjoyed.
Goldobin for Colin Miller. Who says no?
— thirdlinewinger (@thirdlinewinger) April 14, 2019
My guess would probably be Vegas. They don’t really need a Nikolay Goldobin in their lineup and could probably get better value for Miller from the right team. To be honest, I don’t think you’re going to get much for him at this stage, so they would probably be advised to hold on and hope he puts it together.
Does Palmu play in Utica next season? And out of Lind, Jasek, and Gadjovich… Which one gets a Canucks call up first?
— Malcolm McLeod (@malcolmrjmcleod) April 15, 2019
I would assume that Palmu will make the transition to the AHL next year, but with Trent Cull returning, who knows? Obviously I can only speculate as to what the relationship between he and the coaching staff was like, but Palmu didn’t seem particularly happy with the way he was handled.
At this stage, I would say Jasek is the furthest along in his development and thus the closest to earning a call-up, but Lind has the highest ceiling. If he takes a step and becomes the player many thought he could be when he was drafted in 2017, then he has a shot to overtake Jasek.
assuming the canucks are 100% taking a defenseman, would you rather trade assets for 4th overall and take Bowen Byram or stay at 10th and take a Soderstrom or Harley?
— Noah/Risa | CTSW (@risas___pieces) April 14, 2019
It’s a bit of a cop out, but it depends on the price. Byram is a cut above the other defensive prospects in this draft, none of whom I’m convinced warrant a selection at 10th overall. Byram is definitely the kind of prospect you can justify giving up assets for, but obviously the so-called “core four” players are off the table, and there’s a steep drop in value after those players. The Avalanche need help at forward, would Jake Virtanen, the 10th overall and the team’s second round pick be enough to get a deal done? I would do that, but I’m not sure it’s enough.
If by some divine miracle Benning somehow gets his hands on additional picks, at this point would you rather see him draft more players for the farm system or trade for other teams' players or prospects?
— Trevor Crawley (@tcrawls) April 14, 2019
Again, it would obviously depend on what’s out there. At this point, the Canucks have the beginnings of a core you can build a winning team around, so they can probably justify trading for some pieces that are further along than whatever players will be available at the draft this year. They have to approach doing so correctly, though, or they could set themselves back by a few years. There are some interesting buy-low candidates out there at the moment – Colin Miller, Andre Burakovsky, and Josh Ho-Sang come to mind- but if the Canucks are going big game hunting my preference would be for them to do it in free agency rather than trade away draft picks.
Do you like current way of determining draft order? If not, how would you change it?
— Steve Conelley (@steveconelley) April 15, 2019
I don’t like the current system at all, and that isn’t just because it’s fucked the Canucks over in every draft since it’s been implemented.
Ultimately, the best draft picks should go to the worst teams. That’s the best way to keep fans of bad teams invested in the game and to keep teams from being too bad for too long. The fact that the Edmonton Oilers’ front office has become a jobs program for ex-players who couldn’t handle a career in broadcast journalism shouldn’t change that. If I had my way, the draft order would simply be the order of the standings in reverse, although the argument that this encourages tanking is certainly valid even if I don’t necessarily agree.
It would seem to me that the obvious compromise would be to revert to the old system where the bottom five teams are the only ones eligible to move up in the draft lottery, with one new catch: the team that wins the draft lottery will now be disqualified from winning any future draft lotteries for the next three years. In the event that the any of the three previous years’ winners finishes in the bottom five, the team(s) with the next-worst record (26th overall) will be entered into the lottery in their place.
This solves the problem of the Oilers winning four lotteries in six years and also encourages teams who have recently won the draft lottery to turn things around quickly since they will now have a disadvantage at the draft table for the next three years.
I’m open to other suggestions, too. All I know is that hockey is already driven by random chance enough as is, and the current system only serves to make front offices less accountable to their fans.