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Postby mattola » Tue Oct 03, 2006 3:13 pm

Sun had a question of its writers. here are their answers. http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news ... e3c2cc&p=1

below are the questions. what do you think?

1) Will Roberto Luongo be the difference-maker the Canucks are banking on him to be?

2) Will the Canucks make the playoffs?

3) Who will win the Stanley Cup?

4) Which team will be the most improved over last season and why?

5) Can we expect a big drop-off in performance from any team this year?

6) Who would be your first pick in a fantasy hockey league and do you have a sleeper pick?

7) Who will win the Art Ross Trophy and how many points will it take?

8) It's been pretty much a draw so far between last year's top rookies, Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin. Will one of them pull away from the other or will the rivalry continue?

9) Who will win the rookie of the year award and can it possibly be as exciting as last year's race?

10) Will former Canuck goaltenders Dan Cloutier and Alex Auld blossom in Los Angeles and Florida respectively?

11) Will Todd Bertuzzi find peace -- or find his form -- with the Panthers?

12) Which Canadian teams can we expect to make the playoffs this year?

13) Will Luc Bourdon be to Vancouver what Dion Phaneuf was to Calgary or are fans expecting too much of him?

14) Will the Calgary Flames miss Darryl Sutter behind the bench?

15) Will Ryan Kesler be able to live up to his $1.9-million annual salary?

16) Do you think performance-enhancing drugs are a problem in the NHL?

17) Will Mike Keenan find another job?

18) Who will be the first coach or GM to be fired?

19) Who will score more points this season: Anson Carter or his replacement on the Sedin line?

20) In his next life, Mike Milbury will return as:
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Postby mattola » Tue Oct 03, 2006 3:23 pm

1) Will Roberto Luongo be the difference-maker the Canucks are banking on him to be?
A: Yes he will be.

2) Will the Canucks make the playoffs?
A: I cant help but say yes. I have some reservations for this team however they do have some talent to get into them and who knows.

3) Who will win the Stanley Cup?
A: Anaheim Ducks

4) Which team will be the most improved over last season and why?
A: Pittsburgh. Their rookies are a year older and have added a solid piece in Malkin to take a little attention of Crosby. They still wont make the playoffs.

5) Can we expect a big drop-off in performance from any team this year?
A: Edmonton. Their defense was decimated in the off season and not much was replaced.

6) Who would be your first pick in a fantasy hockey league and do you have a sleeper pick?
A: Thornton.

7) Who will win the Art Ross Trophy and how many points will it take?
Thorton. 115 pts

8) It's been pretty much a draw so far between last year's top rookies, Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin. Will one of them pull away from the other or will the rivalry continue?
A: Crosby will start to show more. As I have said before Ovechkin will be the better rookie but Crosby will have the better career

9) Who will win the rookie of the year award and can it possibly be as exciting as last year's race?
A: Brule if he can stay healthy

10) Will former Canuck goaltenders Dan Cloutier and Alex Auld blossom in Los Angeles and Florida respectively?
A: CLoutier in LA. Not so much for Auld in FLA (hell be the same)

11) Will Todd Bertuzzi find peace -- or find his form -- with the Panthers?
No. He will be the same as this last year. he lost his fire for the game.

12) Which Canadian teams can we expect to make the playoffs this year?
A: Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa, and Montreal

13) Will Luc Bourdon be to Vancouver what Dion Phaneuf was to Calgary or are fans expecting too much of him?
A: Too much expectation. Bourdon will not be the next Phaneuf. He will be the next Bourdon

14) Will the Calgary Flames miss Darryl Sutter behind the bench?
A: Yes. they will not be the same team but Kipper will save them again.

15) Will Ryan Kesler be able to live up to his $1.9-million annual salary?
A: No. Nor should we hold him to that. Dont blame Kesler blame Clarke. Would you turn it down? he will be a better player than last year however.

16) Do you think performance-enhancing drugs are a problem in the NHL?
A: not as much as other leagues but its there.

17) Will Mike Keenan find another job?
A: of course he will. we need some more miracle trades down the road.

18) Who will be the first coach or GM to be fired?
A: Kitchen in St Louis.

19) Who will score more points this season: Anson Carter or his replacement on the Sedin line?
A: Carter unless you combine all the players that will be on the Sedin Line, then those guys.

20) In his next life, Mike Milbury will return as:
A: Back up goalie of the New York Islanders
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Postby JonnyLaRue » Tue Oct 03, 2006 4:03 pm

below are the questions. what do you think?

1) Will Roberto Luongo be the difference-maker the Canucks are banking on him to be?
No. We need better offence and D

2) Will the Canucks make the playoffs?
Sorry, I have to say no.

3) Who will win the Stanley Cup?
San Jose

4) Which team will be the most improved over last season and why?
Boston or Florida

5) Can we expect a big drop-off in performance from any team this year?
Yes: Rangers

6) Who would be your first pick in a fantasy hockey league and do you have a sleeper pick?
Joe Thornton , Sleeper=?

7) Who will win the Art Ross Trophy and how many points will it take?
Joe Thornton (160)

8) It's been pretty much a draw so far between last year's top rookies, Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin. Will one of them pull away from the other or will the rivalry continue?
Alexander Ovechkin (125pts) will pull away but Crosby (110pts) will still be good

9) Who will win the rookie of the year award and can it possibly be as exciting as last year's race?
Don't know not as exciting as last year

10) Will former Canuck goaltenders Dan Cloutier and Alex Auld blossom in Los Angeles and Florida respectively?
Yes on both but Cloutier will still choke in the post season

11) Will Todd Bertuzzi find peace -- or find his form -- with the Panthers?
Todd will find peace and return to form (85pts)

12) Which Canadian teams can we expect to make the playoffs this year?
Calgary, Ottawa, Edmonton, Montreal

13) Will Luc Bourdon be to Vancouver what Dion Phaneuf was to Calgary or are fans expecting too much of him?
NO. The fans are expecting too much of him. This will be one of the many reasons Vancouver will not make the Playoffs

14) Will the Calgary Flames miss Darryl Sutter behind the bench?
NO.

15) Will Ryan Kesler be able to live up to his $1.9-million annual salary?
NO

16) Do you think performance-enhancing drugs are a problem in the NHL?
NO

17) Will Mike Keenan find another job?
YES

18) Who will be the first coach or GM to be fired?
Ken Hitchcock but they should really can Clarke

19) Who will score more points this season: Anson Carter or his replacement on the Sedin line?
Anson Carter

20) In his next life, Mike Milbury will return as:
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Postby jchockey » Tue Oct 03, 2006 4:38 pm

1) Will Roberto Luongo be the difference-maker the Canucks are banking on him to be?
- Yes, he'll steal games for us - something Auld couldn't do last year.

2) Will the Canucks make the playoffs?
- Seventh at best.

3) Who will win the Stanley Cup?
- Nashville.

4) Which team will be the most improved over last season and why?
- Atlanta. They were on the bubble last year and this year they're gonna make some noise.

5) Can we expect a big drop-off in performance from any team this year?
- Rangers and Red Wings.

6) Who would be your first pick in a fantasy hockey league and do you have a sleeper pick?
- Thornton, and I do have a sleeper pick.

7) Who will win the Art Ross Trophy and how many points will it take?
- Thornton and all 120 points.

8) It's been pretty much a draw so far between last year's top rookies, Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin. Will one of them pull away from the other or will the rivalry continue?
- The rivalry will continue.

9) Who will win the rookie of the year award and can it possibly be as exciting as last year's race?
- It will not as exciting as last year's, but exciting nonetheless. Gilbert Brule will take it.

10) Will former Canuck goaltenders Dan Cloutier and Alex Auld blossom in Los Angeles and Florida respectively?
- Cloutier will, Auld will remain respectable, but both still inferior to Luongo.

11) Will Todd Bertuzzi find peace -- or find his form -- with the Panthers?
- He will find peace, but not more 40 goal season for him in his career.

12) Which Canadian teams can we expect to make the playoffs this year?
- Sens, Habs, Flames.

13) Will Luc Bourdon be to Vancouver what Dion Phaneuf was to Calgary or are fans expecting too much of him?
- No he will not be, but he'll make a positive impact nonetheless.

14) Will the Calgary Flames miss Darryl Sutter behind the bench?
- No they will not. The style they play is pretty much carved into their brains.

15) Will Ryan Kesler be able to live up to his $1.9-million annual salary?
- No, not this year. Maybe five years down the road when Kes hits 20 goals.

16) Do you think performance-enhancing drugs are a problem in the NHL?
- No, I do not.

17) Will Mike Keenan find another job?
- Unfortunately, yes.

18) Who will be the first coach or GM to be fired?
- Toss-up between Garth Snow and Ted Nolan.

19) Who will score more points this season: Anson Carter or his replacement on the Sedin line?
- Sedins' replacement.

20) In his next life, Mike Milbury will return as:
- Jesus.
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Postby levelheaded » Tue Oct 03, 2006 5:29 pm

1) Will Roberto Luongo be the difference-maker the Canucks are banking on him to be?
He'll be as good as he was last year, but he can't be relied upon to carry the team in times of need.

2) Will the Canucks make the playoffs?
The optimist in me says yes, the realist says it won't be easy.

3) Who will win the Stanley Cup?
Buffalo Sabres.

4) Which team will be the most improved over last season and why?
The Predators, a good team that keeps getting better, they could even win the West this year.

5) Can we expect a big drop-off in performance from any team this year?
Edmonton, offensive depth is second-to-none, but its going to be defense and goaltending that will provide the Ws in the Northwest this year.

6) Who would be your first pick in a fantasy hockey league and do you have a sleeper pick?
Sidney Crosby. Sleeper: Justin Williams

7) Who will win the Art Ross Trophy and how many points will it take?
Jason Spezza: 120pts

8) It's been pretty much a draw so far between last year's top rookies, Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin. Will one of them pull away from the other or will the rivalry continue?
Crosby will pull away as a pointgetter, Ovechkin will pull away as a goalscorer. The rivalry probably won't last much longer then another season or two as one or both of them hits their maximum potential.

9) Who will win the rookie of the year award and can it possibly be as exciting as last year's race?
Evgeni Malkin (so long as he's healthy) It's not even going to be close, Malkin is 100 times better then anyone else in this rookie class. (Brule will be 2nd in Calder voting)

10) Will former Canuck goaltenders Dan Cloutier and Alex Auld blossom in Los Angeles and Florida respectively?
Clouts will be pretty good in LA away from the fishbowl here, Auld is really a tossup, he could either learn to get over his weak goal problem and turn into a top 15 netminder, or he'll fold without a defense and lose playing time to Belfour.

11) Will Todd Bertuzzi find peace -- or find his form -- with the Panthers?
Todd won't return to form, he was a 1.5 season wonder. It might be a contract year, but don't expect career bests in anything from him. (Except for maybe interviews about what he intends to do next year)

12) Which Canadian teams can we expect to make the playoffs this year?
Ottawa and Calgary are essentially sure things, Vancouver, Montreal and Edmonton are bubble teams. Toronto is a joke.

13) Will Luc Bourdon be to Vancouver what Dion Phaneuf was to Calgary or are fans expecting too much of him?
WAAAAY too much if that is what they expect of Bourdon. Phaneuf is a franchise defender and has a Norris with his name on it, he just needs to claim it. Bourdon will be our #6 this year, in a few years he will be a solid #2 guy, he might even be a good #1 some day, but he's not even in the same school as Phaneuf, let alone class.

14) Will the Calgary Flames miss Darryl Sutter behind the bench?
No, he'll just do everything from the skybox.

15) Will Ryan Kesler be able to live up to his $1.9-million annual salary?
Nope, expect him to sign a 3 or 4 year contract for about $1.5 mill come January 1st.

16) Do you think performance-enhancing drugs are a problem in the NHL?
I'm geussing they're out there, but I don't think they're much of a problem.

17) Will Mike Keenan find another job?
I'd say there is a 25% he'll be the GM of the Leafs come next march.

18) Who will be the first coach or GM to be fired?
J.F. Jr, I hate to rag on the Leafs (actually I don't) but I think they'll be making a hard push for Angelo Espistio this year.

19) Who will score more points this season: Anson Carter or his replacement on the Sedin line?
Anson Carter, the Sedins made him, but he is still more talented then anyone else on our Right side right now.

20) In his next life, Mike Milbury will return as:'
A punching bag in a long island gym.
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Postby Meerschaum » Tue Oct 03, 2006 6:04 pm

1) Will Roberto Luongo be the difference-maker the Canucks are banking on him to be?
Yes.

2) Will the Canucks make the playoffs?
Yes. 8th place by one point. Just slipping past the Flames, who will regret their mid-season trade for Cloutier to replace the injured Kipper. Clouts' GAA in the final seven games of the season will hover above 5.5. Whaddaya mean realistic predictions??? I thought this was an exercise in wish fulfillment!

3) Who will win the Stanley Cup?
Preds.

4) Which team will be the most improved over last season and why?
Minny. Demitra.

5) Can we expect a big drop-off in performance from any team this year?
Avs.

6) Who would be your first pick in a fantasy hockey league and do you have a sleeper pick?
Thornton. Hemsky will have a 100 pt season.

7) Who will win the Art Ross Trophy and how many points will it take?
Thornton. 127.

8) It's been pretty much a draw so far between last year's top rookies, Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin. Will one of them pull away from the other or will the rivalry continue?
Ovechkin will be runner up to Thornton for the Art Ross.

9) Who will win the rookie of the year award and can it possibly be as exciting as last year's race?
Malkin. No.

10) Will former Canuck goaltenders Dan Cloutier and Alex Auld blossom in Los Angeles and Florida respectively?
Do you even need to ask? Cloutier will do what he always does. Crash and burn spectacularly, taking down his team, coach and GM with him. Auld will be solid, but let in that one easy goal every game.

11) Will Todd Bertuzzi find peace -- or find his form -- with the Panthers?
No and no. He will be pursued to the ends of the earth by the Furies (not to mention Moore's lawyers) and die alone, unloved and unshaven.

12) Which Canadian teams can we expect to make the playoffs this year?
Montreal, Edmonton, Vancouver

13) Will Luc Bourdon be to Vancouver what Dion Phaneuf was to Calgary or are fans expecting too much of him?
No, but he'll be a serviceable third pairing d-man by the end of the season.

14) Will the Calgary Flames miss Darryl Sutter behind the bench?
Not as much as they'll miss Kipper and Regher, who will both suffer career-ending injuries courtesy of the iron elbows of Tommi Santala. :shock:

15) Will Ryan Kesler be able to live up to his $1.9-million annual salary?
Surprisingly, yes. He and Burrows will emerge as two of the best third line players in the league.

16) Do you think performance-enhancing drugs are a problem in the NHL?
I thought Pronger's wife had locked away his Viagra supply?

17) Will Mike Keenan find another job?
Two words. Garth Snow!

18) Who will be the first coach or GM to be fired?
Ferguson Jr.

19) Who will score more points this season: Anson Carter or his replacement on the Sedin line?
Markus Naslund.

20) In his next life, Mike Milbury will return as:
The Islander's back-up, thus repairing the galaxy-rending tear in the fabric of the Universe's karma caused by the madness of Charles Wang.
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Postby Sid Dithers » Tue Oct 03, 2006 8:24 pm

1) Will Roberto Luongo be the difference-maker the Canucks are banking on him to be?
No, he will be good, but not God.

2) Will the Canucks make the playoffs?
No. They'll watch it all on TV.

3) Who will win the Stanley Cup?
Ottawa, its time.

4) Which team will be the most improved over last season and why?
Minnesota. The change to a more attacking style will inspire the troops.

5) Can we expect a big drop-off in performance from any team this year?
Colorado, they're in bad shape. Carolina, a Stanley Cup hangover awaits.

6) Who would be your first pick in a fantasy hockey league and do you have a sleeper pick?
Joe Thornton. Joffrey Lupul.

7) Who will win the Art Ross Trophy and how many points will it take?
Joe Thornton. 128 points.

8) It's been pretty much a draw so far between last year's top rookies, Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin. Will one of them pull away from the other or will the rivalry continue?
Crosby will pull ahead a little based on the simple fact he's got more talent around him to work with.

9) Who will win the rookie of the year award and can it possibly be as exciting as last year's race?
Gilbert Brule. I refuse to underestimate this kid.

10) Will former Canuck goaltenders Dan Cloutier and Alex Auld blossom in Los Angeles and Florida respectively?
They'll both be decent starters with their respective clubs, but no more.

11) Will Todd Bertuzzi find peace -- or find his form -- with the Panthers?
No. His career is now a bad movie now going to sequel.

12) Which Canadian teams can we expect to make the playoffs this year?
Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton.

13) Will Luc Bourdon be to Vancouver what Dion Phaneuf was to Calgary or are fans expecting too much of him?
No. He'll alternate between struggling and having a few good moments this year. A Dman rookie like Dion Phaneuf only comes around about once a decade.

14) Will the Calgary Flames miss Darryl Sutter behind the bench?
Yes. That's what they repsond to.

15) Will Ryan Kesler be able to live up to his $1.9-million annual salary?
No, but he'll be better than the offered $900,000.

16) Do you think performance-enhancing drugs are a problem in the NHL?
I've seen Linden in a t-shirt, so I'll say no.

17) Will Mike Keenan find another job?
Only when his latest buyout money runs dry.

18) Who will be the first coach or GM to be fired?
John Tortarella

19) Who will score more points this season: Anson Carter or his replacement on the Sedin line?
The Sedin winger, whoever that be.

20) In his next life, Mike Milbury will return as:
Charles Wang. Onward and upward!
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Postby Momesso » Tue Oct 03, 2006 8:32 pm

1) Will Roberto Luongo be the difference-maker the Canucks are banking on him to be?
Yes.

2) Will the Canucks make the playoffs?
Yes. 6th or 7th. This team will surprise.

3) Who will win the Stanley Cup?
Nashville


4) Which team will be the most improved over last season and why?
Minny. Finally loaded up.

5) Can we expect a big drop-off in performance from any team this year?
Colorado. Jose Theodore.

6) Who would be your first pick in a fantasy hockey league and do you have a sleeper pick?
Crosby. Sleeper Getzlaf or Bernier

7) Who will win the Art Ross Trophy and how many points will it take?
Crosby 125

8) It's been pretty much a draw so far between last year's top rookies, Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin. Will one of them pull away from the other or will the rivalry continue?
One horse race - Malkin

9) Who will win the rookie of the year award and can it possibly be as exciting as last year's race?
Malkin in a cakewalk 70 games, 80 points

10) Will former Canuck goaltenders Dan Cloutier and Alex Auld blossom in Los Angeles and Florida respectively?
Clouts will be solid in regular season but Kings won't make the playoffs. Auld will improve enough to lead Florida to a playoff performance.

11) Will Todd Bertuzzi find peace -- or find his form -- with the Panthers?
He'll start off well and finish weakly. 80 points and a lot of lazy PIMs

12) Which Canadian teams can we expect to make the playoffs this year?
Calgary, Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa, Edm

13) Will Luc Bourdon be to Vancouver what Dion Phaneuf was to Calgary or are fans expecting too much of him?
Luc will make his mistakes but will finish the year strong if he can stay healthy. He'll never be a Phaneuf. But he'll rattle some cages and I'll be happy with that.

14) Will the Calgary Flames miss Darryl Sutter behind the bench?
Yes. Flames will either do really well or miss the playoffs entirely. It all depends on how the team responds to Playfair

15) Will Ryan Kesler be able to live up to his $1.9-million annual salary?
He will have a great year and earn his money. His play is more than stats. Still, at this stage, he should be underpaid.

16) Do you think performance-enhancing drugs are a problem in the NHL?
??

17) Will Mike Keenan find another job?
He's done.

18) Who will be the first coach or GM to be fired?
Don Waddell, Garth Snow, or JFJ


19) Who will score more points this season: Anson Carter or his replacement on the Sedin line?
Even if Kesler were on that line he could outscore Carter in CBJ. Nazzy should double Carter's point totals. Carter won't struggle but his numbers will decline significantly. 24g, 20a?

20) In his next life, Mike Milbury will return as:
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Postby tuzzi44 » Tue Oct 03, 2006 8:43 pm

Wow... some good answers there guys.... now for a lady's point of view 8-)

1) Will Roberto Luongo be the difference-maker the Canucks are banking on him to be?
Hes certainly has the capablility to go out and have shutout games... and the lower our GAA is, the better our chances are. but we all know that theres alot of teams who get into the playoffs because of killer goaltending... and this is the most talented goalie we've had in a long time.

2) Will the Canucks make the playoffs?
As a huge fan im thinking.... GOD I HOPE SO :D , and i hope we take the division. however the chances of them squeezing in is more likely... but it has been proven many times that your position in the playoffs doesnt really matter

3) Who will win the Stanley Cup?
Im gonna go with the ducks, you cant help but look at the tandem they have on the blueline and think they have a shot

4) Which team will be the most improved over last season and why?
Im hoping that the Pens improve at least a little... they have a ton of talent out there and its only a matter of time before things start to happen out there...

5) Can we expect a big drop-off in performance from any team this year?
Detroit... im not too sure if they will make the playoffs. First time in forever that they will have a new captain and now that most of the team is aging or has moved on they are only relying on a couple stars to score goals

6) Who would be your first pick in a fantasy hockey league and do you have a sleeper pick?
Ovechkin... sleeper= J.P Dumont

7) Who will win the Art Ross Trophy and how many points will it take?
tough one...

8) It's been pretty much a draw so far between last year's top rookies, Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin. Will one of them pull away from the other or will the rivalry continue?
that "rival" will always be around, Ovechkin is more of a natural goal scorer, but with the amount of talent in pIttsburgh.... look for it to stay even at least for now...

9) Who will win the rookie of the year award and can it possibly be as exciting as last year's race?
its not going to be as exciting as last season's rookies.... but its gonna come down to Brule or Malkin... lol whoever plays the most games (stays the healthiest) wins...

10) Will former Canuck goaltenders Dan Cloutier and Alex Auld blossom in Los Angeles and Florida respectively?
well for our teams sake lets hope cloutier wont disapoint us and do terrible... as for auldy... he has the talent to break out but may crumble and if that happens its all over for florida

11) Will Todd Bertuzzi find peace -- or find his form -- with the Panthers?
He may think to himself that he could find "peace" in florida do to lack of attention, but thats the sort of thing that will be with him forever. i LOVE bertuzzi (thus the name) so i wish him well and i hope he has a great season.

12) Which Canadian teams can we expect to make the playoffs this year?
Kinda depends on how everyone's goaltending goes.... if kipper has another great season expect them to be there... same with luongo... same with Roloson.... oh, and ottawa

13) Will Luc Bourdon be to Vancouver what Dion Phaneuf was to Calgary or are fans expecting too much of him?
Phaneuf is a damn freak of nature! i dont think we'll ever see another rook d-man play like he did... but i do hope Bourdon develops into an eventual top d-man

14) Will the Calgary Flames miss Darryl Sutter behind the bench?
Naaaa, that guy is still runnin the show...

15) Will Ryan Kesler be able to live up to his $1.9-million annual salary?
He damn well better!!!

16) Do you think performance-enhancing drugs are a problem in the NHL?
no way

17) Will Mike Keenan find another job?
of course, it may not be until the next offseason... always an opportunity for a GM like that guy...

18) Who will be the first coach or GM to be fired?
Garth Snow... what a joke

19) Who will score more points this season: Anson Carter or his replacement on the Sedin line?
Well i would like to say his replacement... but i think it also depends on what kind of ice time carter will see in Columbus

20) In his next life, Mike Milbury will return as:
ol mad mike will return as the Islanders mascot... do they have one??
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Postby Jyrki21 » Tue Oct 03, 2006 9:06 pm

1) Will Roberto Luongo be the difference-maker the Canucks are banking on him to be?

No. He'll be good, but fundamentally this team's problem in the regular season has not been goaltending.

2) Will the Canucks make the playoffs?

Frustratingly, no. The 7:3 ratio of rebuilding-to-success years lives on.

3) Who will win the Stanley Cup?

We've been pining for 36 years, and yet freaking Nashville is going to win the Cup. Perhaps San Jose or Anaheim.

4) Which team will be the most improved over last season and why?

Pittsburgh, or maybe Columbus.

5) Can we expect a big drop-off in performance from any team this year?

Carolina. You can't really base anything on last season in a cap structure, yet all the experts are trying.

6) Who would be your first pick in a fantasy hockey league and do you have a sleeper pick?

Probably Crosby. Sleeper whoever his or Ovechkin's linemates are.

7) Who will win the Art Ross Trophy and how many points will it take?

Crosby, 119

8) It's been pretty much a draw so far between last year's top rookies, Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin. Will one of them pull away from the other or will the rivalry continue?

They'll both be close, but for reasons mentioned by others, Crosby will probably outscore Alex by a negligible amount.

9) Who will win the rookie of the year award and can it possibly be as exciting as last year's race?

It's going to be some dude like Wolski just because everything always goes Colorado's way, and they get disproportionate media coverage.

10) Will former Canuck goaltenders Dan Cloutier and Alex Auld blossom in Los Angeles and Florida respectively?

Cloutier will have a good season à la Potvin. Auld will never get the chance, because no one will take him seriously, even though I think he inspires way more confidence than Dan.

11) Will Todd Bertuzzi find peace -- or find his form -- with the Panthers?

I think he'll have a good season. It's a contract year. Neighborhood of 90 points.

12) Which Canadian teams can we expect to make the playoffs this year?

Ottawa, Montreal, Calgary, maybe Edmonton.

13) Will Luc Bourdon be to Vancouver what Dion Phaneuf was to Calgary or are fans expecting too much of him?

Our volatile fans have already turned on him. No point in asking.

14) Will the Calgary Flames miss Darryl Sutter behind the bench?

Unless Sutter puts himself in goal instead of Kiprusoff, I don't see why they should.

15) Will Ryan Kesler be able to live up to his $1.9-million annual salary?

No. And despite the talk, El Viño won't give him enough of a chance to, either.

16) Do you think performance-enhancing drugs are a problem in the NHL?

I think they exist... perhaps even widespread, but no one really cares.

17) Will Mike Keenan find another job?

Not for a while.

18) Who will be the first coach or GM to be fired?

Tortorella.

19) Who will score more points this season: Anson Carter or his replacement on the Sedin line?

Depends who it is. Carter, for anyone but Näslund. Or maybe Bulis.

20) In his next life, Mike Milbury will return as:

Mike Milbury III.
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Postby Bartman » Wed Oct 04, 2006 12:25 am

1) Will Roberto Luongo be the difference-maker the Canucks are banking on him to be?
YES, HE WILL STEAL ENOUGH WINS TO GET US INTO THE PLAYOFFS BUT WE WON'T HAVE THE DEPTH OR GRIT TO GET PAST THE FIRST ROUND THIS SEASON.

2) Will the Canucks make the playoffs?
YES BUT IT WILL BE DOWN TO THE WIRE.

3) Who will win the Stanley Cup?
BUFFALO. THEY ARE HUNGRY FROM LAST YEAR AND WILL HAVE ANOTHER GOOD FAST AND HUNGRY TEAM.

4) Which team will be the most improved over last season and why?
BOSTON. CHARA.

5) Can we expect a big drop-off in performance from any team this year?
RANGERS. JAGR PROVED HIMSELF LAST SEASON AND WON'T HAVE THE SAME DESIRE THIS YEAR.

6) Who would be your first pick in a fantasy hockey league and do you have a sleeper pick?
THORNTON. SLEEPER: HEMSKY

7) Who will win the Art Ross Trophy and how many points will it take?
THORNTON (130)

8) It's been pretty much a draw so far between last year's top rookies, Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin. Will one of them pull away from the other or will the rivalry continue?
IT WILL CONTINUE. OVECHKIN WILL HAVE A FEW MORE POINTS BUT CROSBY WILL PROVIDE ENOUGH LEADERSHIP TO FUEL THE DEBATE.

9) Who will win the rookie of the year award and can it possibly be as exciting as last year's race?
BRULE AND NO IT WON'T BE AS EXCITING. MALKIN WILL BE INJURED AGAIN AS TEAMS POUND HIM INTO THE GLASS. HIS SHOULDER WON'T HOLD UP AND HE WON'T BE GIVEN TIME TO HEAL PROPERLY.

10) Will former Canuck goaltenders Dan Cloutier and Alex Auld blossom in Los Angeles and Florida respectively?
AULD WILL BE AVERAGE AND CLOUTIER WILL BE SOLID BUT WILL GET HURT AGAIN NEAR SEASONS END.


11) Will Todd Bertuzzi find peace -- or find his form -- with the Panthers?
NO AND NO. STEVE MOORE WILL DOG HIM FOR ALL HIS DAYS IN HOCKEY.

12) Which Canadian teams can we expect to make the playoffs this year?
VANCOUVER, CALGARY, OTTAWA

13) Will Luc Bourdon be to Vancouver what Dion Phaneuf was to Calgary or are fans expecting too much of him?
NO HE WON'T. YES WE ARE EXPECTING TOO MUCH. HE WILL TURN OUT TO BE A SOLID #2 DMAN IN ABOUT 5 YEARS.

14) Will the Calgary Flames miss Darryl Sutter behind the bench?
YES.

15) Will Ryan Kesler be able to live up to his $1.9-million annual salary?
NOT A CHANCE IN HELL BUT HE WILL DO ENOUGH THAT NONIS WON'T LOOK LIKE A FOOL FOR MATCHING BOBBY ASSCLOWNS OFFER.

16) Do you think performance-enhancing drugs are a problem in the NHL?
NOT REALLY. THEY ARE THERE BUT NOT LIKE BASEBALL OR FOOTBALL.

17) Will Mike Keenan find another job?
YEP.

18) Who will be the first coach or GM to be fired?
J.F.J. TORONTO IS GOING TO SUCK.

19) Who will score more points this season: Anson Carter or his replacement on the Sedin line?
CARTER. BUT THE SEDINS WILL HAVE A ROTATING DOOR FOR A RW. NASLUND, KESSLER, BULIS WILL ALL TAKE TURNS WITH THE TWINS.

20) In his next life, Mike Milbury will return as:
A PUPPET DANGLING ON STRINGS FROM WANGS FINGERS. THE OTHER HAND WILL BE MANIPULATING SNOW AND WISPERING IN WANGS EAR WILL BE NOLAN.
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Postby Cookie La Rue » Wed Oct 04, 2006 1:44 am

1) Will Roberto Luongo be the difference-maker the Canucks are banking on him to be?
If not what's left ? :?
2) Will the Canucks make the playoffs?
Somehow they'll squeeze in.
3) Who will win the Stanley Cup?
Sure to say one of the teams which will make the playoffs.
4) Which team will be the most improved over last season and why?
Pittsburgh because of Crosby and Malkin...
5) Can we expect a big drop-off in performance from any team this year?
I hope it's not the Canucks
6) Who would be your first pick in a fantasy hockey league and do you have a sleeper pick?
No comment on this 'til the pool deadline.
7) Who will win the Art Ross Trophy and how many points will it take?
About 130 points for....
8) It's been pretty much a draw so far between last year's top rookies, Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin. Will one of them pull away from the other or will the rivalry continue?
The saga continues.....
9) Who will win the rookie of the year award and can it possibly be as exciting as last year's race?
Brule or Kessel ? But not as exciting as last year.
10) Will former Canuck goaltenders Dan Cloutier and Alex Auld blossom in Los Angeles and Florida respectively?
If they stay healthy a clear yes.
11) Will Todd Bertuzzi find peace -- or find his form -- with the Panthers?
He'll find peace but not his form if the point production will be any indication.
12) Which Canadian teams can we expect to make the playoffs this year?
Expect the unexpected. All six...
13) Will Luc Bourdon be to Vancouver what Dion Phaneuf was to Calgary or are fans expecting too much of him?
And i thought he'll be better than Dion who ? :lol:
14) Will the Calgary Flames miss Darryl Sutter behind the bench?
No, btw who could be missed ?
15) Will Ryan Kesler be able to live up to his $1.9-million annual salary?
Good question. Is anybody in the NHL able to live up to his salary ?
16) Do you think performance-enhancing drugs are a problem in the NHL?
No performance-enhancing drugs are a problem.
17) Will Mike Keenan find another job?
If life repeats in circles Vancouver is an option. :twisted:
18) Who will be the first coach or GM to be fired?
If i take #17 serious, it's AV.
19) Who will score more points this season: Anson Carter or his replacement on the Sedin line?
Anson will score more goals but the replacement more points. ;)
20) In his next life, Mike Milbury will return as:
Does he deserve to have a next life ? :lol:
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Postby *CanucksForLife* » Wed Oct 04, 2006 11:50 am

1) Will Roberto Luongo be the difference-maker the Canucks are banking on him to be?
- Yes. injured = we're effed. plays good = woohoo!

2) Will the Canucks make the playoffs?
yes, but in 7th or 8th spot.

3) Who will win the Stanley Cup?
Anahiem Ducks,

4) Which team will be the most improved over last season and why?
Tough one. Boston looks pretty improved.

5) Can we expect a big drop-off in performance from any team this year?
Please don't answer Canucks guys...

6) Who would be your first pick in a fantasy hockey league and do you have a sleeper pick?
Ovechkin, Nope.

7) Who will win the Art Ross Trophy and how many points will it take?
Ovechkin with 117 points.

8) It's been pretty much a draw so far between last year's top rookies, Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin. Will one of them pull away from the other or will the rivalry continue?
It will for quite some time. Sidney will win it in the end.

9) Who will win the rookie of the year award and can it possibly be as exciting as last year's race?
I hope it's Brule, and probably not as exciting.

10) Will former Canuck goaltenders Dan Cloutier and Alex Auld blossom in Los Angeles and Florida respectively?
Dan Cloutier = Yes. Alex Auld = No.

11) Will Todd Bertuzzi find peace -- or find his form -- with the Panthers?
Not sure...

12) Which Canadian teams can we expect to make the playoffs this year?
Calgary, Ottawa, Edmonton, and hopefully the Canucks.

13) Will Luc Bourdon be to Vancouver what Dion Phaneuf was to Calgary or are fans expecting too much of him?
He will not be like Phaneuf.

14) Will the Calgary Flames miss Darryl Sutter behind the bench?
Yes.

15) Will Ryan Kesler be able to live up to his $1.9-million annual salary?
Sure hope so.

16) Do you think performance-enhancing drugs are a problem in the NHL?
Not as big as MLB and NBA.

17) Will Mike Keenan find another job?
Yes.

18) Who will be the first coach or GM to be fired?
John Ferguson Jr.

19) Who will score more points this season: Anson Carter or his replacement on the Sedin line?
His replacement.

20) In his next life, Mike Milbury will return as:
Public Enemy ;)
I Hart Luongo.
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Postby DavidPratt_ » Wed Oct 04, 2006 6:44 pm

1) Will Roberto Luongo be the difference-maker the Canucks are banking on him to be?

Yes. He'll make a difference stopping 93% of the shots he faces. The problem is that with all the money invested in him, the lack of depth on defense in front of him will be the Canucks' achilles heel, not its offense.
2) Will the Canucks make the playoffs?

Yes. Barely.


3) Who will win the Stanley Cup?

Anaheim. Burkie will have the last laugh on us, and more particularly on some of us.

4) Which team will be the most improved over last season and why?

Montreal. They came on strong last season and were a handful in the playoffs. If Huet can play as well as he did last season for a full season as a starter, Montreal could be a big surprise.

5) Can we expect a big drop-off in performance from any team this year?

Avalanche.

6) Who would be your first pick in a fantasy hockey league and do you have a sleeper pick?

Alexander Ovechkin. That kid is just getting started. Sleeper pick? Jan Bulis if he plays with the Sedins.

7) Who will win the Art Ross Trophy and how many points will it take?

Alexander Ovechkin and it will take 140 pts.

8) It's been pretty much a draw so far between last year's top rookies, Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin. Will one of them pull away from the other or will the rivalry continue?

The rivalry will continue but Ovechkin's natural talent will pull away, at least for this season.

9) Who will win the rookie of the year award and can it possibly be as exciting as last year's race?

Malkin all the way.


10) Will former Canuck goaltenders Dan Cloutier and Alex Auld blossom in Los Angeles and Florida respectively?

Cloutier will surprise in LA. Auld will take a step back in Florida.



11) Will Todd Bertuzzi find peace -- or find his form -- with the Panthers?

Todd Bertuzzi's love of the game has taken a number of steps back since the 'incident'. Don't think he'll be any better in Florida. He'll also drive Jacques Martin nuts.
12) Which Canadian teams can we expect to make the playoffs this year?

Ottawa
Montreal
Calgary
Vancouver (barely)
Edmonton

Toronto is going to struggle.




13) Will Luc Bourdon be to Vancouver what Dion Phaneuf was to Calgary or are fans expecting too much of him?

Completely expecting too much of him. Let Bourdon be Bourdon. He's a great young player but he has much to learn.

14) Will the Calgary Flames miss Darryl Sutter behind the bench?

They'll miss him behind the bench, but one bad game and he'll just go into the locker room and do his 'thing' anyways. Bench or locker room? What's the difference?


15) Will Ryan Kesler be able to live up to his $1.9-million annual salary?

No. But don't be surprised if he has a good season. He started to come on last season in the last 30 games. 20 goals for Kesler? Depends on who he is playing with.

16) Do you think performance-enhancing drugs are a problem in the NHL?

Yes. Don't fool yourselves kids. Didn't think there were NHL players placing bets until Tocchet got busted did you?

17) Will Mike Keenan find another job?

Of course. JF jr. will be replaced by him. Either that or Dale Tallon will be let go in Chicago and Bill Wirtz and Bob Pulford will gamble and bring Keenan back to Chicago.

18) Who will be the first coach or GM to be fired?

Coach: Gerard Gallant, Columbus
GM: JF jr.


19) Who will score more points this season: Anson Carter or his replacement on the Sedin line?

Anson Carter judging by who he is playing with in Columbus

20) In his next life, Mike Milbury will return as:

a journeyman NHL goalie who plays for Philadelphia, Vancouver and the Islanders.


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