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Old 07-03-2012, 06:50 AM   #1351
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Ennis mostly plays wing...Grigorenko just got drafted...he's not necessarily a lock for the full time gig yet (pending training camp performance)
Ennis played wing due to the log-jam at the centre position and he'll shift back to his natural position.

I agree on the Grigorenko.
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Yep, and a whole team of under achieving Canadians
Canucks have a sizable contingent of Americans too, now:

Kesler
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also Schroeder, Sweatt, and Cannata.

OMGz he's turning into Brian Burke!
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Ennis played wing due to the log-jam at the centre position and he'll shift back to his natural position.

I agree on the Grigorenko.
His characteristics are more suited towards the wing than C...how many 5'9 C @ 160lbs survive the NHL and produce at the C position...at least on the wing he can use his speed and agility
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But we traded for them, not sure what's worse.
We gave up spare parts worth less than Mason Raymond to get Booth and Ballard. Nothing wrong with those deals at all, just cost us some cap money. I think Booth is going to have a really strong season personally, he just needs to be utilized properly. A 100% healthy Higgins/Kes/Booth was a great line combo last season
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Canucks have a sizable contingent of Americans too, now:

Kesler
Schneider
Higgins
Booth
Alberts
Ballard

also Schroeder, Sweatt, and Cannata.

OMGz he's turning into Brian Burke!
Whats wrong with american born players? I think they have a chance to stomp team canada at the Olympics in 2014.
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Whats wrong with american born players? I think they have a chance to stomp team canada at the Olympics in 2014.
Nothing is wrong, who said anything was wrong. The guy I quoted said Canadians, when really there are a bunch of Americans too.
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We gave up spare parts worth less than Mason Raymond to get Booth and Ballard. Nothing wrong with those deals at all, just cost us some cap money. I think Booth is going to have a really strong season personally, he just needs to be utilized properly. A 100% healthy Higgins/Kes/Booth was a great line combo last season
And we got spare parts in return.

Thats over $8.4M for the next 3 years that could sign some pretty interesting players in the next little while.
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I still don't understand the hate on Ballard unless your just following the media hate

For 4.2 or whatever I'd say he's fairly servicable and has alot of potential when you look at the other signings around the league on dmen
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Ballard just has to play his game and he's a great D. Coach V hasn't let him play the way he should be playing since he got here which is the main issue.
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For those who doesnt know keith ballard's potenial, with this scouting report he is worth 4.2!

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I would have given Ballard stud status in Florida. He's a smooth skater good puck handler and good passer. His defensive play is questionable at times, but so is Erik Karlsson's and he just won the Norris trophy.
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Which is why he is the ultimate fit for #5 dmen on the canucks. Ballard's pairing Tanev has all the defensive intelligent to pick up his slack while contributing offensively.
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avs sign erik johnson to 4 yr $15M

Devils sign Salvador to 3 yr $9.5M
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i like our defense right now if garrison lives up to expectations. i think it is time tanev gets a good look to fill in as the 6th D full-time. suter would have been nice but he will be pricey and plays on the left side where we are log jammed anyway.

parise would be awesome to add to kesler's line to play with booth but his asking price/term is too steep.
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Buddy just sent me this pic. The person in the green shirt is Carey Price at the Rodeo in Williams Lake this past weekend. I had no clue he was such a cowboy

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Looks like garrison is an upgrade compare to ehroff. Where does mason raymond fit in on the roster since he helped canucks lure garrison home?
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Carey price is from Anaheim lake and makes it every year to the Williams lake stampede.

Looking forward to the coming Doan news when he makes his mind up.
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Whats wrong with american born players? I think they have a chance to stomp team canada at the Olympics in 2014.
Ugh, speaking of olympics, all the top goalies right now are Americans... unless Luongo or MAF can get their shit together, we might have issues. Although maybe Smith can takeover. Or if Brodeur still has it...
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Doan to the Canucks a possibility?

I think Gillis is going to be patient. He has referenced a number of times now that more deals to be had through trades than signings. He also mentioned that next year's free agency class is much better.

I think the only way he throws money around is on one year deals. I would love to see Doan sign with the Canucks for a year. One year deals and you dont' handcuff yourself next season.
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Doan to the Canucks a possibility?

I think Gillis is going to be patient. He has referenced a number of times now that more deals to be had through trades than signings. He also mentioned that next year's free agency class is much better.

I think the only way he throws money around is on one year deals. I would love to see Doan sign with the Canucks for a year. One year deals and you dont' handcuff yourself next season.
I doubt Doan would sign for a 1 year deal. He's looking for job security.
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