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Re: Set the tires alight! The 2016-17 season is smo(u)ldering

Posted: Fri Nov 18, 2016 2:09 pm
by Jyrki21
Amid what is starting to sound like freaking certainty that Benning flips Ben Hutton for Kane and some of the dumbest interview answers imaginable, I present to you Benning on Empty no. 36: "The Due Diligence":

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Re: Set the tires alight! The 2016-17 season is smo(u)ldering

Posted: Sat Nov 19, 2016 11:39 pm
by rod stewart
this is the best the canucks have looked in ages

Re: Set the tires alight! The 2016-17 season is smo(u)ldering

Posted: Sun Nov 20, 2016 12:20 am
by Vector
I was just about to post that there's always another period screw it up and now it's 3-2.

Re: Set the tires alight! The 2016-17 season is smo(u)ldering

Posted: Sun Nov 20, 2016 12:24 am
by Vector
HAHAHAHA!

Re: Set the tires alight! The 2016-17 season is smo(u)ldering

Posted: Sun Nov 20, 2016 12:29 am
by Killface
I only turned the game on because it was 3 - 0 and I wanted to watch the Canucks beat the Blackhawks.

Re: Set the tires alight! The 2016-17 season is smo(u)ldering

Posted: Sun Nov 20, 2016 12:32 am
by rod stewart
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Re: Set the tires alight! The 2016-17 season is smo(u)ldering

Posted: Sun Nov 20, 2016 12:41 am
by rod stewart
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Re: Set the tires alight! The 2016-17 season is smo(u)ldering

Posted: Sun Nov 20, 2016 5:11 am
by King Ryan
Amazing that like the first game this season we have a lead going into the third and then in the 3rd Chicago is like oh yeah we have a game tonight and out-shoot us 17-3 and win it.

At least we got a point.

Re: Set the tires alight! The 2016-17 season is smo(u)ldering

Posted: Sun Nov 20, 2016 9:23 am
by Jyrki21
The good news is that, reasonably or not, a lot of people look at the coach when that happens, so maybe this process can get under way. Who knows how much rope "We beat the Blackhawks!" would have given everyone.

Re: Set the tires alight! The 2016-17 season is smo(u)ldering

Posted: Tue Nov 22, 2016 3:57 pm
by 19nazzy
11. Here’s what it sounds like happened with Vancouver, Buffalo and Evander Kane: There were a lot of assumptions the price would be low, that the Sabres would be so desperate to do this that the Canucks would get a steal.

Sabres GM Tim Murray made it clear that would not be the case. (Neither team would comment.)

If you look at the blockbuster with Winnipeg, the Sabres were willing to grow the deal to increase the return, and I would assume that happened here, too. One of the things I’ve heard Buffalo is looking for is speed, both up front and on the blue line. There are not a ton of logical fits. As mentioned last week, Vancouver is not giving up either Brock Boeser or Olli Juolevi unless the return is massive. And I don’t think Buffalo was too interested in anyone off the main Vancouver roster other than maybe Chris Tanev. In the end, the Canucks weren’t willing to do it.

That's ironic.

Re: Set the tires alight! The 2016-17 season is smo(u)ldering

Posted: Fri Nov 25, 2016 1:44 pm
by Jyrki21
Benning on Empty #37: "The Fourth Estate" –

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Re: Set the tires alight! The 2016-17 season is smo(u)ldering

Posted: Fri Nov 25, 2016 3:07 pm
by 19nazzy
Nice opening

Re: Set the tires alight! The 2016-17 season is smo(u)ldering

Posted: Thu Dec 01, 2016 12:45 pm
by Killface


That's cool.

Re: Set the tires alight! The 2016-17 season is smo(u)ldering

Posted: Thu Dec 01, 2016 12:53 pm
by Vector
Neat. Maybe I'll try and go to a game between two obscure countries if I'm still even close to the city.

Re: Set the tires alight! The 2016-17 season is smo(u)ldering

Posted: Thu Dec 01, 2016 1:01 pm
by Killface
I'll definitely be going to whatever games I can get tickets for at a reasonable price. Hopefully our new GM starts stockpiling picks, so we can have a few of our prospects there.

Re: Set the tires alight! The 2016-17 season is smo(u)ldering

Posted: Thu Dec 01, 2016 2:58 pm
by 19nazzy
Killface wrote:I'll definitely be going to whatever games I can get tickets for at a reasonable price. Hopefully our new GM starts stockpiling picks, so we can have a few of our prospects there.

It'll be hard for the new GM to stockpile picks when the old GM has traded them away to make a playoff run :punchballs:

Re: Set the tires alight! The 2016-17 season is smo(u)ldering

Posted: Thu Dec 01, 2016 3:02 pm
by Jyrki21
19nazzy wrote:
Killface wrote:I'll definitely be going to whatever games I can get tickets for at a reasonable price. Hopefully our new GM starts stockpiling picks, so we can have a few of our prospects there.

It'll be hard for the new GM to stockpile picks when the old GM has traded them away to make a playoff run :punchballs:

"Hey, we're only X points out! Just behind the other six teams vying for that last spot!"

Re: Set the tires alight! The 2016-17 season is smo(u)ldering

Posted: Fri Dec 02, 2016 2:49 am
by King Ryan
Third last and the two teams behind us each have two games in hand.

Considering we haven't been *that* bad lately that is uhhhh sobering.

Re: Set the tires alight! The 2016-17 season is smo(u)ldering

Posted: Fri Dec 02, 2016 12:33 pm
by Vector
This is a team that's going to have stretches of good and luck driven play sandwiched in-between horrendous play. It's what happens when you have a hard working team that's playing alright defensively but few real offensive players. When luck goes their way and they have energy they'll be able to scrap out a streak of wins. When they tire, like earlier in the season, and teams take them seriously they'll fall back to earth. Then the earth's molten core. Don't think this is the worst team in the league but think they are bottom 5. Loser points might be the only thing that prevents this.

Re: Set the tires alight! The 2016-17 season is smo(u)ldering

Posted: Fri Dec 02, 2016 12:52 pm
by Jyrki21
Benning on Empty goes back to the well of the Very Special Episode with edition #38, "The Assignment". Don't you... forget about Jake.

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Re: Set the tires alight! The 2016-17 season is smo(u)ldering

Posted: Sat Dec 03, 2016 3:50 pm
by rod stewart
Patrick O'Sullivan: Everybody hates Vancouver
http://www.tsn.ca/radio/toronto-1050/o- ... r-1.622267

what a whiny bitch. no wonder his dad beat him

Re: Set the tires alight! The 2016-17 season is smo(u)ldering

Posted: Mon Dec 05, 2016 8:36 pm
by vancityluongo


hey tripwyre, what's up

Re: Set the tires alight! The 2016-17 season is smo(u)ldering

Posted: Tue Dec 06, 2016 12:40 am
by Vector
I am impatiently waiting for this now.

Re: Set the tires alight! The 2016-17 season is smo(u)ldering

Posted: Fri Dec 09, 2016 1:03 pm
by Jyrki21
Vector wrote:I am impatiently waiting for this now.

Quick summary if you haven't yet listened: the Canucks had hired Chayka's former stats agency, with which his sister Meghan is still affiliated, and the What-Benning-Says-Goes culture is so ingrained in the organization that, rather than asking for data as a means to make a decision, they were instead asked to come up with stats in order to justify the Prust and Granlund acquisitions. So basically the stats are being used for propaganda rather than decision-making. Apparently the work that the company (Stathletes, Inc.) has done for the Canucks has harmed their credibility somewhat, and the Flyers in particular stopped using them.

The RGS guys were offered this info unsolicited by someone within the organization, but apparently Chayka's sister also favorited the tweet (!) offering it. Although she may have undone it now, because I don't see it among her likes.

Re: Set the tires alight! The 2016-17 season is smo(u)ldering

Posted: Fri Dec 09, 2016 1:07 pm
by Jyrki21
And also, here is Benning on Empty #39, "The Forecast":

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Re: Set the tires alight! The 2016-17 season is smo(u)ldering

Posted: Fri Dec 09, 2016 1:16 pm
by Vector
This may be my favourite one!

And thanks for the summary earlier!

Re: Set the tires alight! The 2016-17 season is smo(u)ldering

Posted: Sat Dec 10, 2016 7:23 pm
by Vector
I'm going to try and watch tonight's game (Panthers). 3 minutes in and Sbisa single handed causes a goal against. Just hideously bad hockey by him.

Re: Set the tires alight! The 2016-17 season is smo(u)ldering

Posted: Sat Dec 10, 2016 7:32 pm
by Vector
Sbisa with another terrible play leading to a 2 on 1 against. Stecher blocks a Jagr pass with a great slide and saves a scoring chance.

Re: Set the tires alight! The 2016-17 season is smo(u)ldering

Posted: Sat Dec 10, 2016 7:37 pm
by Vector
I like Tryamkin. Seems to have a solid feel for the game but I doubt he'll be anything beyond a 10 point defensive giant. That basically makes him better than Sbisa and Gudbranson at this stage.

Re: Set the tires alight! The 2016-17 season is smo(u)ldering

Posted: Sat Dec 10, 2016 7:44 pm
by Vector
This is going to be hard to get through if the Canucks rely on Chaput to drive the offense.

Re: Set the tires alight! The 2016-17 season is smo(u)ldering

Posted: Sat Dec 10, 2016 7:54 pm
by Vector
First period over. Boring as hell with an offense that seems to only get going on fast breaks and is easily neutralized in o-zone.

Re: Set the tires alight! The 2016-17 season is smo(u)ldering

Posted: Sat Dec 10, 2016 9:04 pm
by Vector
That was a more entertaining period by virtue of having three power plays to force this team into the offensive zone. On a related note, Willie and staff deserve to be fired just for the PP choices.

Re: Set the tires alight! The 2016-17 season is smo(u)ldering

Posted: Sat Dec 10, 2016 9:10 pm
by Vector
It's 3-0 and I'm not sure if I can make it through the whole thing.

Re: Set the tires alight! The 2016-17 season is smo(u)ldering

Posted: Sat Dec 10, 2016 9:26 pm
by Vector
Had to turn the TV off and put my daughter to bed. Missed Skille's goal. Don't regret a thing.

Re: Set the tires alight! The 2016-17 season is smo(u)ldering

Posted: Sat Dec 10, 2016 9:33 pm
by Vector
Well fondle my tits! A power play goal!

1-5 ain't so bad...

Re: Set the tires alight! The 2016-17 season is smo(u)ldering

Posted: Sat Dec 10, 2016 9:41 pm
by Vector
Hey sportsnet, maybe you can show me if that was actually offside before immediately cutting to commercial?

Re: Set the tires alight! The 2016-17 season is smo(u)ldering

Posted: Sat Dec 10, 2016 9:46 pm
by Vector
This Canucks team feels like watching the third year of an expansion franchise. Just a whole lot of pseudo NHLers and guys being given a chance above their station.

Re: Set the tires alight! The 2016-17 season is smo(u)ldering

Posted: Sat Dec 10, 2016 9:52 pm
by Vector
Remember when Canucks fans were passionate enough to boo Lou and chant Fire Gillis? That can't even happen anymore because this sad excuse of a management group eroded an extremely fickle fan base faster than should have been possible.

Re: Set the tires alight! The 2016-17 season is smo(u)ldering

Posted: Tue Dec 13, 2016 11:45 pm
by vancityluongo


Yo tell us. No one will find you here. :nucks:

Re: Set the tires alight! The 2016-17 season is smo(u)ldering

Posted: Wed Dec 14, 2016 12:24 am
by Hooker
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Re: Set the tires alight! The 2016-17 season is smo(u)ldering

Posted: Wed Dec 14, 2016 12:34 am
by Vector
If Desjardins doesn't get fired tomorrow then this management is, amazingly, even dumber than we thought. The way he handled Carolina storming back was putrid. Didn't call a timeout. Didn't change goalies. Didn't do anything to even attempt to shift momentum. Just had a dumbfounded look on his face.

Re: Set the tires alight! The 2016-17 season is smo(u)ldering

Posted: Wed Dec 14, 2016 9:40 am
by Jyrki21
It's possible ownership won't let him, keep in mind. There's already speculation (and it's only that, to be clear) that the limits on trading that Benning has forecast to the whole league, and the absence of waiver claims, may be being dictated from above for financial reasons.

Re: Set the tires alight! The 2016-17 season is smo(u)ldering

Posted: Wed Dec 14, 2016 10:25 am
by Vector
Bad ownership on a budget. Incompetent management. Terrible coaching. High payroll that produces nothing. It's like we're "watching" the late 90s Canucks all over again.

Re: Set the tires alight! The 2016-17 season is smo(u)ldering

Posted: Wed Dec 14, 2016 12:48 pm
by Vector
Quick is out until March and Peter Budaj is terrible. If Benning were not a moron he'd probably be able to get anything of value for Miller by sending him there.

Re: Set the tires alight! The 2016-17 season is smo(u)ldering

Posted: Wed Dec 14, 2016 2:03 pm
by Killface
I think there's a much higher chance Miller is re-signed than traded.

Re: Set the tires alight! The 2016-17 season is smo(u)ldering

Posted: Wed Dec 14, 2016 2:32 pm
by Vector
Killface wrote:I think there's a much higher chance Miller is re-signed than traded.


Me too. :(

Re: Set the tires alight! The 2016-17 season is smo(u)ldering

Posted: Wed Dec 14, 2016 10:50 pm
by King Ryan
Willie not fired. Tripwyre confirmed scumbag.

Re: Set the tires alight! The 2016-17 season is smo(u)ldering

Posted: Thu Dec 15, 2016 2:31 am
by Cao
Knowing how disorganized upper management is, I wouldn't be surprised if they were thinking of doing it and changed their minds.

Re: Set the tires alight! The 2016-17 season is smo(u)ldering

Posted: Thu Dec 15, 2016 6:46 am
by rod stewart
King Ryan wrote:Willie not fired. Tripwyre confirmed scumbag.

it might just be me, but for me, the most sensible thing we can do is ban this popinjay from our internet message forum

also i looked at his tweeting account and saw this,

the effrontery

:rudy:

Re: Set the tires alight! The 2016-17 season is smo(u)ldering

Posted: Fri Dec 16, 2016 2:09 pm
by Jyrki21
Benning on Empty #40, "The Mystery Revealed":

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