I compare a Hockey team to a linked chain. What are the weakest links that the opposition can exploit at any given time?
In My Humble Opinion:
It's not the Coach (altho he may blunder a few times , we are all Human)
It's hard to nail down because it could be anyone at any given time.
Lou has shined at most times, but has moments where he lapsed
Scheider the same
Team health going into the post season has been a MAJOR factor the last 3 years (or should I say , the lack thereof)
I like MG's attitude , that if a deal makes the Nucks better, he is going for it. It takes assets to get assets, I for one am looking forward to seeing what gains we can make this summer!!!
My wish for the Nucks is to get Bigger and Meaner!!!
MG has already made the biggest mistake he'll ever make as Canuck GM, which was not hiring his own coach and hanging on to the coach that got Nonis fired by missing the playoffs, with maybe not the most talented Canucks team that year, but one which should have made the playoffs.
We'll never know if we would have won a cup with a different coach, one that actually communicated with his players, but chances are that we would have won at least one cup and even if we hadn't, I truly doubt we could have consistently lost in a more humiliating fashion (pick your series, any playoff elimination in the last 5 years) than the AV coached no shows we've had to endure.
Some of us think it matters how you lose and under this coach we lost ugly time and time again regardless of how talented the team became over time. No matter how many players came and went, the only common denominator, the only constant was AV who seems incapable of making adjustments in the playoffs and who is consistently accused of being outcoached in the playoffs. We're not just talking about a Michael Buble comment, but literally hundreds of life long diehard fans, many of whom have played and coached the game.
So I respectfully disagree, I think the weakest link is AV, if I'm wrong and the AV supporters are right and AV is such a great coach why was AV extended for only two more years not five? After all he's the winningest coach of all time right? except when it counts!