It's funny that that seems to be the common theme now, but I can assure you that that was not the sentiment around here leading up the signing.
I was personally attacked repeatedly by people on here for suggesting that I thought - which I did - that Schultz was going to sign in Edmonton. "Perennial losers", "horrible city", "grew up a Canuck fan", etc., were the common responses. I don't feel that it's exaggerating when I say that 90% of this forum's posters believed very strongly that he was going to be a Canuck. Hell, Gillis even hinted at that happening at his season ticket holders' address.
the counter arguement I was using, just myself was, that he gets to play on a team that an make a run for the cup right away. I also mentioned that if he's really good enough to play, he will definetly play his way up the ranks and into a top 4 row. This is no joke, and MIke Gillis will promise every player that if they are good enough to play, you will damn play.
By signing with Vancouver he has a chance to win a cup rather quickly. He can also rack up his stats rather quickly too, by getting to feed off the Sedins. Kinda like Chrisitn Ehrhoff style. You guys can say, "well we are stacked" Well were not really statcked right now, first off if Salo, and Rome are, already gone. Ballard was never in A.V's eyes. Chris Tanev is playing good, but lets rank how good he was vs how good Shultz was. Tanev got to play right away. If he really looked at his odds of making the team, it's right there for him, to play for his dream team!
That being said, he wants to grow with a handful of core players , (Hall, Hopkins, Eberle, Yakupov). Something we don't have. He wants to grow with a Dynasty team, so be it.
MIke Gillis was fully aware, Edmonton was offering him ice time. Maybe he would have signed here, if we did offer to him. But if your good enough, you play your way onto the team, is not hard. Right now he's producing at a beast like level. I'm sad we didn't sign, but I'm moving on. Some of you guys only mentioned Mike Gillis failed because of the way he is producing right now. Some of you are just mad and stubborn. If Justin Shultz wasn't producing like this, you guys wouldn't even mention it.
But to say mike Gillis failed???? How??? He did what every team did. Send him a offer sheet. HIs odds were 1 in 27 like every other team, since so many teams offered him a contract. IF you say he failed, then 27 other teams also failed.
While i'm at it. I'm going to say MIke Gillis failed to get us Ryan Suter. FAiled to get us Parise. He also failed to sign Alex Edler with a chance of him leaving our team. He also failed in signing Shea Weber. Our money puck over lord is a failure, and should be fired FOR NOT SIGNING JUSTIN SHULTZ.
You know what, I don't think he failed at all. I'm not going to mention anyone here. Grammar police up my ass. My point is, Mike Gillis didn't fail in anything. I am a little worried he didn't sign Edler, we will see what happens.