Why would AV or any of the current mangement be gone? Take a look at the teams in the West that have made it past round one. All of them are teams that were on the bottom or close to the bottom of peoples lists of who would likely make it out. Furthermore, AV is the winningest coach in Canucks history, lead the team to 2 straight Pres' trophies and to the Stanley Cup Final (Game 7). To assume he is gone would be stupid.
As for Luo, the same goes. He's waived his NTC, but given his previous stats the likelyhood of him leaving is still slim, unless management chooses to roll the dice with Schneider, even though it wouldn't be a HUGE risk.
And to assume BOTH would be gone is ridiculous. You're talking a massive revamp of our organization because we underestimated our first round opponent, greatly.
There is no logic in giving away BOTH of our most successful pieces in order to improve.
I don't think it's necessarilly stupid to believe it to be likely. Possibly wrong. Possibly presumptive, but not stupid. But then again, I don't think I'm stuipid, so maybe I'm biased.
I'm not the only one guessing that AV and/or Lou are gone. In fact, there are a lot of hockey experts talking about that exact idea.
The reasoning behind it is that when the chips were down and they faced elimination, AV went with Schneider. That move alone speeks volumes, as AV has always said that he will start the players that he thinks will give him the best chance to win. Furthermore, it's not very likely they will keep both goaltenders. It is possible, and as MG pointed out, it is the ideal scenerio, but if they are to bolster the offensive game of this team, which MG has stated is the most important aspect of the game, theyb are going to need to pick up at least a couple of real offensive players. That can't happen with Lou's contract being as it is. Lou has stated that he is willing to waive his NTC, which would open up huge possibilites in terms of cap room. How enticing would thaqt be to a GM that wants to build an offensive team? I imagine the answer is 'very'. This makes me, and many, many others, believe there is a good possibility that Lou will be shipped out. Especially given there is a great goaltender waiting in the wings, ready to step right into the #1 spot.
AV has been here for a long time. Most coaches shelf life at any given club is 4-5 years. After that, usually players start to tune out a coach. Not always, but usually. Furthermore, AV is a systems coach, as so many like to point out. It is a system that has not changed very much during his tenure here, and isn't likely to change much. Many teams have figured that system out. That has become apparent, given their seeming inability to score goals. AV is also a defense-first minded coach, which isn't necessarily conducive to the offensive style game that MG talked about wanting to develop with this club. So it looks like, to many, there is a good possibility that AV will be shipped out.
These are, in my biased opinion, not very "stupid" reasons to support my beliefs. They're actually pretty sound, logical explanations. Of course, I don't know what will happen. None of us do. But we are sure to find out in 10 day to two weeks, based on MG's comments.
Let's revisit this conversation then. If you're right, you can serve me a heaping dish of crow, which I will gladly eat. If I'm right, I'll let you forgo the serving of crow if you take the "stupid" comment back.