Tony Gallagher article
Posted 28 September 2011 - 03:40 PM
It seems there are a couple of ways to look at it. On the one hand playing all the prospects together against pretty decent and motivated NHL lineups the way they did last week didn't make a lot of sense. What's the point, for instance, of playing Jordan Schroeder with Niklas Jensen and Marco Sturm because given this edition of the Vancouver Canucks, those three will never have the chance to play together. And in what edition of the Vancouver Canucks is Schroeder ever going to play with Niko Dimitrakos and Mark Mancari? You've already seen him play a whole season with an AHL lineup, what the hell can possibly be learned by seeing him play on another AHL line against NHL competition in a situation that has no chance to arise in the future? It was just a waste of everyone's time in terms of making decisions toward who will play on that second and third lines here in Vancouver.
In what edition of the Vancouver Canucks is Ryan Parent going to play on the same defence with Nolan Baumgartner, Anders Eriksson, Alexander Sulzer, Aaron Rome and Keith Ballard? After black plague returns? Again, you saw these guys in an AHL lineup in that game, something managment had already seen many times before. What's was the point of seeing it again? Wouldn't it have been better to see if these guys could play with Sami Salo, Alex Edler, Chris Tanev or somebody else you might think would be a decent pairing. Instead if that comes at all, it will have to come in the last two games because tonight's roster is set with pretty much the starting NHL defence with the possible exception of Keith Ballard for Andrew Alberts.
So much for last week, completely wasted with respect to this year's team other than keeping the vets out of the injury line of fire. It's cruel to say, but better Baumgartner gets hurt last week than Salo if you're the Canucks.
Granted they can say they gave these kids, and the long-shot tryout types, a lot of ice time but it really had nothing to do with a realistic NHL look. All they did in the case of the tryouts was put these guys through a tough week and allow them access to the faint hope of keeping their wheezing career hopes alive while keeping the vets on the sidelines for that much longer to shorten their season. And that may have been the right thing to do. But let's not be deluded into thinking anyone has any better idea now whether anyone, prospects or tryouts, will fit into a real Canucks lineup than they did before last week began.
On the other hand, the Canucks have mastered the slow start the last few years. With Roberto Luongo's struggles in October this team never seems to get out of the gate quickly and as such, perhaps doing something different, something right off the charts wasn't a bad idea at all. Waiting until the last week of the pre-season before letting your veteran players get into a uniform is unusual and open to question from the paying customers perspective but at least it isn't the same status quo approach which hasn't worked year after year. They at least had the jam or smarts or both to try something different and attempt a different result.
This is probably the perfect year to try it too because they played so long into June which is something this franchise has only twice before encountered. If the season goes as well as they hope, they'll be playing in June again next year and when that time comes, anything that could have been done now to shorten the season will certainly be widely appreciated.
The answers will all come out in the wash. Another slow October and training camp will again have to be perceived as a failure no matter how the season goes. But if they come out of the gate with lots of energy and do the Detroit thing and take control of the conference early, we'll all be looking back to this time and complimenting them on their collective genius. And they'll be full value for the bows they'll be taking.
© Copyright © The Province
Read more: http://www.theprovin...l#ixzz1ZI1Jmz8a
Posted 28 September 2011 - 03:51 PM
Posted 28 September 2011 - 03:53 PM
Posted 28 September 2011 - 03:55 PM
I think he hinted at the reason but didn't give enough credit to it - The Vets could definitely use an extra week off and playing the fringe players (including those with PTOs) was more to give the vets a break then anything else.
Posted 28 September 2011 - 04:00 PM
"Dream until the dream come true"
Posted 28 September 2011 - 04:02 PM
LOL I was just going to post the exact same thing.
Posted 28 September 2011 - 04:07 PM
Does this guy even like the Canucks? Why does he continue to constantly bash everything and anything about the team and it's process/staff.
Gallagher should just crawl back into the Troll hole that he came from and die.
Posted 28 September 2011 - 04:09 PM
The Canucks have switched to an NFL style training camp. It's actually made the preseason in football quite interesting because you have all players that normally you would never see trying extremely hard to make the team. Just look at the way our AHL, prospect, and try-out players have played against the mostly NHL rosters. Aside from the split squad game they've all been good, close games.
Posted 28 September 2011 - 04:12 PM
Can you imagine what he would write if we played the vets from day 1 of camp and instead of Rome and pinnizato hurt it's Hamhuis and sedin,Tony would be livid.
Edited by goog16, 28 September 2011 - 04:23 PM.
Where are all these tools people think he has to be a great power forward? People's expectations for this kid are unrealistic. If he ever hits 30 goals I'll be shocked.
Posted 28 September 2011 - 04:12 PM
Posted 28 September 2011 - 04:18 PM
Posted 28 September 2011 - 04:21 PM
Considering the Canucks travel schedule, adding sleep doctors was a brilliant idea
Posted 28 September 2011 - 04:30 PM
Edited by clutesi, 28 September 2011 - 04:32 PM.
Posted 28 September 2011 - 04:37 PM
it's bizzare isn't it?
Posted 28 September 2011 - 04:55 PM
Posted 28 September 2011 - 05:00 PM
that article was pure garbage
Posted 28 September 2011 - 05:03 PM
keep up the good work tony g!!
Posted 28 September 2011 - 05:33 PM
Win it for Ripper, Luc and Demo.
Posted 28 September 2011 - 05:52 PM
Posted 28 September 2011 - 06:07 PM
Posted 28 September 2011 - 06:09 PM
Posted 28 September 2011 - 06:45 PM
Posted 28 September 2011 - 08:54 PM
That is the official party line, all right. I think that Gallager has, however, raised a legitimate question about whether that is the way the pre-season ought to be conducted. Players are seeing a lot of time in pre-season who are unlikely to be call ups unless the whole team comes down with mono. Gallager is not the only person to wonder about the wisdom of that, particularly in light of a history of slow starts. The Canucks may be condemning themselves to a slow start (again). But the West will be tight again this year, playoff seedings matter and points earned in October count just as much as points earned in March.
Posted 28 September 2011 - 11:11 PM
His other pet word is "amusing". The guy has no imagination at all.