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05-06-2004, 01:13 AM
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Randall Graves*
 
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Originally Posted by nuckfan in TO
why not?? it's no bigger a risk than a lot of other places... there's a new GM in town, and it's clear that ownership wanted more on-ice success than what Burke was able to provide... I wouldn't be surprised to see the team take some big risks.
It may not be a bigger risk but he may want to get paid after pulling in 1.2 million this year, and if Nonis has been with the Canucks through Burkes tenure why would he do something different?

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right now, as I see it the West especially, if not both conferences are basically wide open for the next hockey season... there will be tons of free agents, and many teams will change... there will also be a good number of retiring players and the changing of the guard has already begun.
Free agency does not make you a cup team, it just plugs holes. You already need to be strong before a free agent makes your team alot better.

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In the last two years, the Western conference finals has seen two teams that weren't in the playoffs the year before... next season, anything can happen... Kariya or any player for that matter, know that there is no guarentee whereever they go - look what happened to him this year, wanting to go to a team that they felt could go all the way - and they ended up losing their division of the first time in 10 years.
Yeah but that doesn't mean it'll be a trend, I see San Jose being on top for a while. Kariya's not the same player he was in 98. I've watched him for years he is a very predictable player, a hard worker but predictable. I don't think he's a "vancouver" player.

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2 years ago, if at the start of the season anyone said the West final would be Anaheim-Minnesota, most people would have said they're crazy.... at the beginning of this past year if anyone said that San Jose and Calgary would meet in the finals, they'd still say you're nuts... so how can you possibly predict what teams will be there when the CBA changes, free agency is like it's never been before, and some of the league's biggest stars might not even be back??
I can predict that there will be alot of action in freey agency as owners find out what's going on, theres alot of other players for Vancouver to look at who may fit in better.

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