Does anyone actually think there is a better coach on the market that could replace AV? Gillis has made it clear he wants to stick with AV but cannot commit without first speaking with ownership. If AV is fired I seriously question the judgement of the Canuck's ownership. AV is one of the best coaches in the NHL and has this team playing the best hockey they've ever played. Firing AV would be a band-aide solution that ignores the underlying causes to why the Canucks "struggled" last season by only winning a second consecutive president's trophy.
1) Who could possibly replace AV and what he brings to the team?
2) MacTavish is nowhere near as good of a coach as AV.
3) There are plenty of holes in the Canucks roster that need to be filled before coaching can be blamed for the teams "poor" performance.
- Raymond practically non-existent after returning from his injury
- Kassian not NHL ready and grossly underperformed
- Sedins in addition to Daniel's concussion both hugely underperformed
- Kesler did not return from his injury at 100% and appeared to be struggling with injuries for most of the season
- Bieksa seemed to be playing injured for most of the season
- Booth got injured just when he started to find his stride and underperformed upon his return
- Higgins always performed but injuries kept him sidelined and occasionally off his game
- Malhotra non-existent this season and a major detraction from the 4th line
- Salo faced several injuries and was having trouble down the stretch
- Edler had the worst playoff performance of his career
- Hodgson off-ice attitude greatly detracted from on ice-performance and relationship with team
- Lack of a consistent 4th line due to injuries
Teams need to be built from the ground up, not from the top down. A hardworking and tough-as-nails 4th line needs to be established (with suitable replacements for injured players), then a top shut down 3rd line, then the top 6. All extra players should either be used as depth players in case of injuries to the top 9, sent down or traded.
Players can be moved up in the lineup but it's a lot harder to move players down and still be successful due to the differences in roles. In other words it's easier to turn a grunt into a goal-scorer than a goal-scorer into a grunt. For example, Lapierre is gritty and hardworking and can fit into the top 6 when necessary despite being taylor made for the 4th line. This however cannot be said of the Sedins or Raymond, none of which could play on 4th line and not detract from the team as a whole.
Blaming AV's coaching for the teams poor performance is short-sighted and shows a serious lack of understanding of the game. While some of his decisions have caused me to scratch my head I understand that in a lot of cases his hands are tied by management due to player contracts and the inability to send underperforming "veterans" down to the AHL. If we lose AV, unless we are able to get Mike Babcock, Dan Bylsma, Paul MacClean, or Peter Laviolette be prepared to REALLY start complaining about the team's poor performance.
Edited by rbcanucks87, 03 May 2012 - 11:57 AM.