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Time For Kesler To Rise & Succeed The Twins!

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This would work except we don't have Hodgson anymore.

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time for kesler to play like he did in the nashville series and quit his antics

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If we get Jordan Staal, that would be perfect:

Sedin-Sedin-Kesler

Booth-Staal-Burrows

Higgins-Lapierre-Hansen

Volpatti-Malhotra-Kassian

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If we get Jordan Staal, that would be perfect:

Sedin-Sedin-Kesler

Booth-Staal-Burrows

Higgins-Lapierre-Hansen

Volpatti-Malhotra-Kassian

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Not just girls, remember the big gay community. I imagine alot of them are on here gushing over Kesler.

Kesler plays physical but it seems his body can't handle it, he has to find a less reckless way of being effective.

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I agree and I feel like this would only occur if Kesler has a full summer and training camp healthy and training, which wont occur this year once again. I also think it may take a coaching change to do this, but I do believe Kesler is capable of being that player.

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Yeah the Penguins are gonna trade Jordan Staal.... you gotta be kidding me.

Nicklas Backstrom is even more untouchable, give your head a shake or a good smack against a wall please.

You seriously think NJ isn't going to sign Parise? After leading his team to the conference finals? You have to be joking.

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I miss Hodgson too. I also posted last year, this pre-season, half way through the year the future might be Kesler with the Twins & CoHo on line 2. But that ship has sailed.

This would work except we don't have Hodgson anymore.
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It’s time the Canucks became Kesler’s team!

But after back to back 75 & 73 point seasons prior to this year, 42 goals last year Kesler announced that he could be one of the game’s greatest players against Nashville. For the Canucks, we need him to be again and now be the guy who carries the team!

The crux is three 185 ish lb forwards in Daniel, Henrik and Burrows is simply too small! The tone of this post is not to break up the Twins, but in reality we can craft lines that offer a better balance of talent, size, skills, speed & truculence. It becomes the best way to make use of these marvellous talents, before they decline too far past their peak. I personally don't think we will win a championship with the Twins and Burrows as our first line?

In Kesler, you have a bull athlete, fast and physical with an alpha dog mentality. He brings to the forefront the ability to bust through match up’s with sheer power. He also has enough skills, needing only a play maker to make him an elite goal scorer? And we need to break match up’s, not be trying to slip our best scoring line on only when teams are vulnerable. Against the best teams in 7 game series, that’s exactly where we have been exposed. We need Kesler on the ice going toe to toe and beating top match ups if we are going to win!

It’s also a realistic proposal, and good economics, developing from within. Pundits say we need a Rick Nash RW to make the Twins work, a Purcell or Parise passing forward to solve Kesler’s. That cost would be prohibitive, and likely leave us with other expose able problems.

Kesler, despite all challenges, has to rise to his potential. He is 27, the age when the Twins took over the team. It will allow us to re-craft the lines to compete physically in speed and size, fore-checking and on the boards first. Booth also has to step up if this will work. Work your tail off this off season David! You need to add defensive elements, and cycling to your game. Then we blend in and balance talents of play making and scoring.

This is what it should look like;

Danny/Kess/Booth

-Why? Simple, Danny and Kess are our two best goal scorers. Danny, save Marty St Louis, is also the league’s best playmaking winger. Booth and Kess have scored 40 and 30 goals without such a talent and are near impossible to match up with blazing speed and physicality. It would be an amazing line. Funny, it’s about Kesler, but Danny could be the league MVP on this line?

Burrows/Hank/Higgins work in Kassian and Jensen when...?

-Why? Keeping Burr with Kess makes sense on some levels? But that top line will draw ALL top defensive match ups. It leaves Hank and Burrows, who is now also pretty good at playing tic TAC toe with Henrik, to pick apart lesser match ups. Add Higgins to Burrows and you have two glue guys who win pucks, fore check, compete, play defence & Higgins is also a former 28 goal guy. He would get 30 and lick his chops at his luck! And when Kassian or Jensen arrives, imagine feeding them with the league’s elite play maker!

Critically, both top lines could play two way hockey! We would not have to shelter one line. Both could be rolled out at any time, in any zone against any match up. This alone makes us a much more dangerous team!

I don’t want to over speculate on the bottom lines, the off season will re-tool them to an extent. But a key component to this whole plan is thatit will be dramatically easier to recruit an extra 3rd or 4th line physical player than one capable of playing in the top 6. It also provides a succession plan for Jensen and Kassian to jump in when able, so we can be a great team for years.

Look, Columbus might trade us Rick Nash straight up for Lou and a forward solution is handed to us? But we still have other issues to resolve, the physical nature of our defence, its ability to rush the puck against pressure. It would be impossible to adequately address our D with a cap hit like Nash’s? This post is about a natural evolution of our team into a champion!

If Kesler can be who we hope he can, we can use resources like Lou & Raymond for talent and size on our defence. It’s the best evolution of the team!

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I laughed the moment you suggest putting Kesler with the Sedins. You want to put a puck hog with the Sedins? The reason the Sedins are so successful is because the pass the puck to create chances, whereas Kesler thinks that if he has the puck on the stick, he can push that puck all the way past the goalie. They are two completely different playstyles and would not work.

What's wrong with the Sedins? They've given the Canucks the best era of hockey yet, and CONTINUE to do this every season. Until it becomes obvious that they are in decline, why would you give up one of the best lines in the league?

Kesler is a stud and an amazing athlete, but he's still young and immature. He dove like a n00b in LA and should be embarrassed with his performance, regardless of injury.

On the other hand, you have a Sedin who came back from a career threatening injury (simply because concussions have long lasting effects) and played spectacular and was a difference maker when we needed him

Yet you suggest that Kesler should take over? Sure, when he proves it consistently. In both attitude and play.

This is a statement?

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Not to be too gloomy, but missing his offseason training last year really didn't seem to agree with Kesler. He played the whole season in a funk that he couldn't get out of. Now, he's missing his offseason training again. I'm expecting another off year for him next season.

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