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06-17-2008, 05:00 PM
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I've met the guy a few times, had his seminar/speech deal, he is a bit of a different cat.

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06-17-2008, 05:02 PM
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Man I love the offseason

And not one of those threads are started by me

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06-17-2008, 05:08 PM
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So the big question is...

Did AV get to pick him or did 'The Gillis' pick him?

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actually this wasn't the first one... I just noticed the other dozen that were also created as well!! Is Walter the next best thing to sliced bread? or is this fan base really that hungry for any canuck news to come??

hopefully we don't get a 100 threads about who we draft on Friday

edit: who we draft, not drafted....
Why not just say that you or another mod will be making the draft related threads on draft day? It would make your lives a lot easier.

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06-17-2008, 05:18 PM
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So the big question is...

Did AV get to pick him or did 'The Gillis' pick him?



Why not just say that you or another mod will be making the draft related threads on draft day? It would make your lives a lot easier.
if another mod wants to do that, it's fine... unfortunately I have a flight back to TO when the draft is starting, and won't be able to monitor it....

I think the easiest thing to do would be for all posters here just to post in the sticky draft thread we already have - keep things simple, all canuck draft talk goes in that thread, and all other draft talk for prospects picked by other teams goes in the "around the league" thread....

isn't that why sticky threads were created to begin with?

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Since Gillis said that he'd pick them, I'm pretty sure that question can be thrown out.

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06-17-2008, 05:36 PM
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Gillis said he intended on bringing in proven winners. Does anyone know how many Stanley cups Ryan Walter won as a player? Hopefully at least a few.

I agree about Walter's face. It's hard to look at.

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06-17-2008, 05:37 PM
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I think the Canucks should immediately institute a new policy: let other teams hire ex-Canucks for first-time coaching and management positions. If they turn out to be good at their jobs, then great, some day the Canucks can bring 'em back in a nice rousing homecoming hiring. But they should cut their teeth elsewhere.*

Ryan Walter sure doesn't fill me with confidence based on his performance as a TV analyst. Granted, you can't judge a person by his TV persona, but he just doesn't strike me as being super, er, what's the word? Bright?




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06-17-2008, 05:42 PM
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Gary Valk for stick boy.

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06-17-2008, 05:43 PM
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Gillis said he intended on bringing in proven winners. Does anyone know how many Stanley cups Ryan Walter won as a player? Hopefully at least a few.
One with Canadiens.

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I think the Canucks should immediately institute a new policy: let other teams hire ex-Canucks for first-time coaching and management positions. If they turn out to be good at their jobs, then great, some day the Canucks can bring 'em back in a nice rousing homecoming hiring. But they should cut their teeth elsewhere.*
Technically it's not his first coaching gig, as he was the Canadiens' leadership coach last season.

They just played some clips from Vigneault's conference call on Team 1040, and here were the highlights:

– Having the GM make the decision on hiring wasn’t much different than when he came on board, as Nonis gave a recommendation to keep Johnston and McIlhargey, but he felt they needed to go in a different direction. Gillis recommended Walter, but he (Vigneault) felt comfortable with the situation. At the end of the day he had to feel confident about who the coach would be, and they were both on the same page in being very confident about him. He spent more than a full day with Walter getting to know him and his style.

- Asked about whether Vigneault feels that Walter would act like a spy, and he says that anyone who knows Ryan Walter would know there is absolutely no chance of that.

- He also mentioned a couple times that they will be hiring one more person as an assistant.

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06-17-2008, 05:52 PM
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- Asked about whether Vigneault feels that Walter would act like a spy, and he says that anyone who knows Ryan Walter would know there is absolutely no chance of that.
Walter would make a great spy then... You wouldn't want a spy that people knew was a spy (complete with magnifying glass, trench coat, etc.)... Kind of defeats the purpose of stealth... Personally, I don't think that Walter is a spy though... If Gillis was looking to hire a spy, I'd imagine he'd look towards Authur Griffiths - since he can fit nicely in a desk drawer...

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And not one of those threads are started by me
Honestly, I'm impressed.

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So the big question is...

Did AV get to pick him or did 'The Gillis' pick him?
I think this is 100% Gillis. I can't see AV choosing a choir boy, personally.

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06-17-2008, 06:07 PM
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I think this is 100% Gillis. I can't see AV choosing a choir boy, personally.
Hmmmmm...

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06-17-2008, 06:20 PM
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He was a guy who, when he played, people always said "he's going to be a really good coach one day." Well, we're going to find that out now.

He's a good guy, who was always well-liked wherever he went, and I think it has the potential to be a really good hire.

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06-17-2008, 06:49 PM
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During broadcasts he always seemed a little tipsy to my friends and I. You'd swear he was drunk with his squinty eyes and slurred speech. We called him Ryan Waters.

Nepotism comes back again. When is Stan Smyl going to be behind the bench again? Ronning? Courtnall? Kirk Mclean as goalie coach. Might as well put Quinn behind the bench again. ;-)

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06-17-2008, 06:52 PM
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He looks so mormon. I wonder if he is.
What does a persons religion have to do with their ability to do the job?

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06-17-2008, 06:58 PM
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Don't know if you can really consider it nepotism in this case. In the past, all of the ex-players played together, some for long periods of time (Snepts, Smyl, Delorme, Lupul, Lindgren, Gradin, etc. were all teammates on the '82 Cup Finals team).

Walter only played about the equivalent of a season with the team, though he was the colour guy for quite some time. It's not as though he had personal ties with anyone involved in the hiring process.

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06-17-2008, 07:07 PM
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Walter has a strong resume.

But I kind of feel like I wish Roger Neilson was still around. I miss him. And the pyramid.

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It's a feel good story. How can you not like this hiring?

Unless he proves to be useless.

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I don't care how he does as coach: There is no longer the risk of him being on the TV anymore. That is a good, good thing.

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06-17-2008, 07:50 PM
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He is one of those annoying people who goes to high schools and makes kids sit and listen to him for an hour while he vomits feces.

As for coaching: In 2006 I saw him coaching a Bantam team, so yeah...

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06-17-2008, 08:17 PM
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What does a persons religion have to do with their ability to do the job?
An awful lot, depending on the industry.

But on topic, all I did was say he looked like a mormon. That has nothing to do with his ability to do his job.

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06-17-2008, 08:58 PM
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Honestly it looks strange to hire a guy with no pro coaching experience but I've always thought Ryan Walter should be in coaching. He seems to have the necessary tools and by all accounts he was always a hell of a team mate and leader in the dressing room. The team was weak with leadership last year from the GM down (yeah yeah I'm biased with my dislike of the job Nonis did the last 18 months), so I see increasing the leadership at all levels as a good thing. Including on the coaching staff.

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06-17-2008, 09:11 PM
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Apparently Ryan Walter was on the Habs' coaching staff last year...

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06-17-2008, 09:23 PM
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I actually think this is a good move. This is a guy who is all about leadership. He was a Captain with the Washington Capitals back in the day, and was brought into be an "experienced leader" type with the Vancouver Canucks back in the early 90s. He won a Cup, and has since got a Master's Degree in leadership. He was also the leadership coach for the Habs last year as another poster pointed out, and they got leadership out of a lot of different sources.

I think this could be a very good move; but I also agree that there's another hire coming. We need a coach who specializes in offense and forechecking.

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