I just read that Lou is again working with Francois Allaire, his old goalie coach. That in itself says something about his tenure with the Canucks. Melanson is the Canuck Goaltender coach, the same coach that helped get LOu's GAA down to a great 2.11 in 2010-11. Last season, Lou reverted back, for the most part, to the Allaire method and saw his average climb almost 1/3 goal per game to 2.41. Lou is obviously more comfortable with that style but, its less effective for him. I think theres a sign here , that he will not be a Canuck, or he would be , should be, working with Melanson. Unless Allaire has some new tricks for Lou, I certainly don;t see him improving over last season. The hybid system works better, is less predictable and proven more effective for him. Why would he not continue to use it? Very strange, unfanthomable actually and defies logic.
I'm interested in the technicality of goaltending (I'm no expert) - but I agree Smurf. The hybrid style makes much more sense than the overly aggressive, out of position, wide open net on backside passes and rebounds as Luo lays on the ice version of Luongo. I thought the compromise - him coming out and challenging on the rush, but staying deeper when the other team has possession in the zone was working much better for him - and was far less frustrating. Abandoning the hybrid just makes him uneasy to watch. If he reverted to more discipline and actually tightened up the hybrid, I might actually like the idea of a tandem as much as moving him, but if that's not the case... (Well, in either case, I'm very comfortable with taking our chances with Schneids).
What if Toronto makes the playoffs? What then?
Ok there. Settle down. Take a deep breath and get a hold of yourself.
With all the names coming back from Toronto in the Luongo deal, what are the chances of us getting Grabovski??
He fits our need and when Kesler gets back, he can either switch to a winger or 3rd line centre.
He makes 5.5m just alittle more than Luongo and we could possibly throw in Raymond in there aswell.
The one Leaf that I might consider a one for one deal for. Imo their best player, by a longshot. Would take him anyday over Phaneuf or Kessel.
Frattin, Bozak and a 2nd, hey? Close .... change the pick to a 1st and I'd be satisfied.
I'm not as critical of this proposal as some, but I'd say the Burke's failed attempt to push "the Luongo clause" ought to cost him a penalty piece:
Frattin, Bozak, a 1st, and Franson's rights (he ain't coming back to the Laffs anyhow)...
I think Frattin will turn out to be a better fit than a guy like Kadri - I like his finish, he's grittier and just seems to have more intent to his game. Part of a deal could include a precursor that Bozak agrees to reasonable terms, I want a 1st for sure (a guaranteed high pick lol), and the rights to the big depth defenseman.
The problem with the Leafs option is that aside from Biggs or their little finesse blueliners, there aren't many other options.
Edited by oldnews, 08 January 2013 - 07:53 PM.