Posted 20 February 2013 - 01:25 AM
None of us know what has been offered for Louie so far. Maybe it wasn't something MG could live with. I appreciate his patience on one hand, BUT he's got to get something back this deadline. Our window is closing fast. He screwed up trading away one of our top scorers last year in Hodgson (not against Kassian, but the timing was atrocious) I hope he doesn't screw this up as well, because he is over-valuing Louie, or is arrogant enough to believe we don't need any more help. Even a rental would be great. Even if they don't stick next year, we will always have that saved cap space. I know its against MGs philosophy to trade for a rental, but like another poster pointed out almost every Cup winning team has bulked up with an elite potential rental (potentially a keeper) at the deadline.
After a blistering start, signing Sedins, Kesler, Burrows, getting Tanev, Hansen, Higgins, Emperor MG is starting to show that he's not wearing many clothes. The long term Lu deal was awful and a millstone contract around the Canucks neck. I've already talked about the timing of the Hodgson deal.
MG should have made a deal last Summer on Lu. The main reason is that even if he just made a salary dump type deal, and got a couple of long shot prospects and a bag of pucks, he would have had the 5.5 million cap space to work with when the season started. And another important development would be that Schneider would be in a way better place mentally knowing his role that he really is our number one. He would have been able to start the season better prepared to handle the job and acclimatizing himself to the responsibility much sooner.
Now he has to get back a substantial asset as there are no more free agents to sign. He's waiting around for something that may never come as so many teams are doing just fine with their goaltending. His stubbornness might just cost us again as we will be forced to retain both goalies and have around a half a million in player salary, give or take, sitting watching on the bench every night of the playoffs, no matter which one.
Then there's Garrison. Where did that come from? Almost out of the blue. No one was pining for this average defenseman and his 4.6 million price tag.
I'm rapidly losing my trust in Gillis.
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