nucks4sure, on 02 May 2012 - 09:45 AM, said:
I'll start by saying I have had Center Ice for the last 5 years and have watched every Canucks game including playoffs.
This year if I watch Gillis spend another summer signing half arsed 3rd and 4th liners and doing nothing to address the small little soft forward issue including the 3rd line then I will be saving 240 bucks this year.The same type of lineup next year with the same gum chewing,I'll just submit a lineup card on gameday and do nothing that looks like coaching will guarantee it.
When all is said and done, I truly believe that Gillis has no balls when it comes to having to overpay to get skilled size on this team.David Booth,what a joke.The guy has never seen a playoff game and Gillis trades for him when the Canucks are in the throws of an ever closing window to win it all.Seriously Mike couldn't have looked around the entire league and found ,oh I don't know,a Jeff Carter. Now that Gillis knows what he has in Booth the guy should absolutely be trade bait this summer.Kesler seems to have no use for him so there isn't any place else to put Booth in this lineup.Package the dude with Ballard and try and get interest for a big winger for the twins. LA managed to get Carter and Richards wwithin a year,maybe Mikey boy should talk to an obviously skilled GM about how that works.If your argument is cap space,look what Gillis has spent said cap on and tell yourself if he got get bang for the buck,especially after everyone is so pleased that he got the core to sign for less.Let's not get started on Ballard and Booth or Raymond.
I am truly concerned that Gillis will trade Schneider this year knowing full well that Lu is the one who should move.I think he is going to float both names before July 1st and see which will fetch him the best deal.Money says Schneider.The problem is,he'll probably get some speedy little guys that will get pounded around like so many others on this team come the playoffs.
Completely Fair assessment IMO, can't complain about no cap space to get impact players if your the one managing the cap space. I guess all we can do is see what moves he makes this offseason and hope for the best.
I still believe the Canucks are close to the Cup, I really do, I think the devestating loss last season really took a lot of wind out of their sails.
I think what needs to be addressed this offseason:
1. Defence, Defence, Defence. The Canucks must get a big reliable D-man to anchor is this struggling defensive core. Also a smooth skating PP quarterback that we lost in the Hoff. Ballard still may be that but since I rarely see him on the PP I think Gillis has to look elsewhere for this player.
2. Goalie Situation must come to an end one way or the other. If Lou says he wants out then trade Lou for max package, if Schneider will fetch an astronomical return then it is worth considering.
3. Skilled size up front. No more plugs, pay the price and get a big powerforward. Or at least one who plays big. How different would this team be with a player like T.J. Oshie vs. Mason Raymond. If Kassian is the solution to this then AV has to realize this and give him every chance possible to succeed.
4. Playmaking Speedy winger for second line. Ray Whitney would be an ideal fit on this line as unlikely as it is to get him.
5. A scoring third line vs a shut down third line. Honestly I believe a skilled third line that can produce offensively is so vital to the way this Canucks team built. This takes pressure off of the first 2 lines and makes them more productive. I feel that making that third line a shutdown line was probably Gillis' biggest mistake. There are already components there to achieve this, Hansen and Higgins. I ideally was hoping to see a Higgins - Hodgson - Hansen third line in the playoffs that pressed an aggressive forecheck and put pressure on the opposing D. So a skilled third line Center to replace Hodgson/Phalsson would be the 5th thing on my list.
I truly hope Gillis has some great plans for this offseason and I am excited to see what he does.