Well here it is one week after the trade deadline and the Canucks have fallen face flat on the ice.
I just finished reading an article regarding Boston moving David Backes to the Ducks. The article is clear that moving David Backes to the Ducks gave the Bruins some much needed cap space to make some moves. It was a five year $30 million deal. Sound familiar? It was a sound move on the Bruins part.
It seems every team has an albatross contract these days but no where near as many as Vancouver.
Meanwhile in Vancouver there are more than one crap deal that's on the books.
Loui Ericksson, 6million /year
Sven Baertschi, 2.7million /year, on the books n the minors because he can't cut it.
Nikolay Goldobin, $900,000. /year
Brandon Sutter, $4.375,000/year
Total $13,975,000 Now I'm not clear on how much of this actually counts against the Canucks cap but regardless this is an expensive pair of handcuffs haunting this team.
That's a lot of money to sign present players to new contracts but even more so there would have been leverage the team could have dearly used this past trade deadline.
This right now not tomorrow Jim.
These are 4 players basically moot when on the ice and yes I'm including Brandon Sutter. He's prone to injury and hasn't done much other than shadow the odd guy of late. Disappointing veteran who could have led the way yesterday by example of how to finish a game out.
Loui Ericksson, the best open net specialist in the league, does nothing. How many times have we seen Loui not being able to finish with a clear scoring chance most others would bury?
I'm really getting tired of hearing the ",hes so good defensively," line.
Meanwhile JB states they can draw from within? Maybe so but Travis Green has to play those call ups sitting in the press box. If we can live with Loui we can live with a up and comers growth mistakes. That's how a player grows isn't it?
The other two stuck in the minors belong there.
Vancouver is no where near big or tough enough. The skill that Benning has drafted has been great to say the least yet his business dealings have been a disaster.
So it's 6 of one and a half dozen of the other.
Should Benning remain in charge of this group? After this past road trip I say it's time the Aquilini's to strongly consider change, which I think they have done long ago but are waiting to re evaluate at seasons end.
JB has cost the group a lot of money and they have been more than patient, they threw their support behind? Benning over Linden which fractured the relationship between the Canucks and Trevor Linden. The cost has been beyond money. (I'm not saying things would be any different with Linden's direction either, we don't know because he isn't here).
Any one stating this is a worthy play off team has to re-evaluate their position. The losses on this road trip were the wrong kind of losses to be involved in at this time of year. They were choker losses.
If I watch Toronto and think they are an impostor chump team that will never get past, Boston, Washington nor Tampa in the playoffs how do we think Vancouver would do in the West?
St Louis, Colorado and Vegas are ramping things up and steam rolling these days. Do we think Vancouver is ready for these teams?
The Goaltending with Markstrom out has not been good but part of that is due to the team play in front of the goalies. Markstrom has covered up a lot of flaws this. Look at the shots allowed every game. It's insane, far too many.
This team is not built for the play offs. It's still an October team.
This team needs another lottery draft and some big changes in the front office this off season.
I really like JB and have supported him over all hoping for some drastic change. Prudent drafting has saved this mans job but i'm starting to think his contract may not be renewed in the off season and I'm not against that.
It's time to move on from Jim Benning.
I'm not happy. This past road trip took me back to the feeling of last season's group. Not good enough with some great players.