Thats too much of an absolute statement.
But this team has just as much of a chance as any other team in the league.
Agree with other poster, your statement is too absolute.
We (along with a handful of other teams) have a make up that should allow them to compete for the cup.
What happens between then and now has to many variables to simply assume we ill or won't be in the finals let alone actually win the cup.
Meh, I said as of right now, and it's suppose to be absolute. As in, Gillis needs to change something for a change to occur, because from what I watched last season and this season nothing has changed. They have no motivation to play.
No, our defence sucks. We have two many left D's and no one that can play with Edler, except maybe Tanev.
We are also missing a second liner. We are also missing someone that can pass the puck on the second line.
We are missing a genuine 3rd line center.
We lack game breakers, and some toughness.
I humbly disagree, Schroeder is a perfect 3rd line center who is probably the most defensively responsible player on our team today.
We are missing a second liner though, but to say our defense sucks, is just plain wrong. Now you could say our defense is being terribly coached by Bowness. That's a different and more proper statement. Because our Defense on paper looks better than any other teams. Show me one on paper that looks better.
OP Take down the poll.
Or at least change it so it isn't a yes/no question.
They are good enough to win it... as are any other contending teams...
No...? lol Take a chill pill instead.
In the third round of playoffs, I still never considered LA to be a serious contender. Obviously the cup has been won by physically dominating teams in recent history, and I have had to adjust my evaluation protocols in order to keep up. That said:
Canucks need to get tougher to win - Check. Added the obviously immidiate impact player Kassian, added the more physical Garrison over injury prone Salo, got the Sedin's to start using their size, got into fights (although winning some would be nice for a change), now we get retaliation for bullying around our stars.
Canucks need to get younger - Check. Added youngsters Kassian and Schroeder, and Tanev has been playing unbelievably. Got rid of older, injury prone players such as Salo. Our oldest player is 33, Luongo.
Canucks need to play with more heart - Fail. Despite some moments of brilliance, the Canucks have been lackluster in most of their performances. Gone are the days of Burrows skating full force to the net getting knocked down and still swinging hopelessly at the puck another half dozen times in a futile, but inspiring performance. Also we only have 4 Europeans on the Canadian dominated Canucks team now, but we seem to be hated across Canada, and still perceived as a Swedish team.
Goaltenders need to steal more games - Check. With only 3 sub par performances out of 17, the goaltenders have been the best 2 Canucks this season. Every game a net minder is going in under playoff like pressure, and coming up with big saves, even on their bad nights. Take away the first 30 minutes of the season and the Detroit game and our goalies combine for a remarkable GAA 1.81 SV% .934 and 3 shutouts.
Canucks need to be prepared - Fail. Although AV has been better after the first 2 weeks of play, the Canucks come out every game slower then they should. Although our opponents seem to have answers for the Sedins, the drop pass, and Burrows deke move, the Canucks seem to be unprepared to go against the likes of Selanne or Datsyuk.
Secondary Scoring - Maybe. We have seen some light from our other lines, but I wouldn't go as far as to say our secondary scoring has gotten better or not. Despite losing some blue line power and having our 2nd line only just start to get healthy, we have seen great potential in the speed line and unexpected performances by guys like Hansen and Raymond that could easily tip the scales in this category. That said though if Kesler and Boothe don't start playing up to par, then our secondary scoring will be the same as previous years, and henceforth a fail.
In conclusion, I believe we are better suited to win the cup this year then our previous runs, and since we had a game 7 SCF appearance, I voted yes.
A perfect answer. Thank you, and I agree very much so, except I feel a goalie trade for a solid 2nd liner is a must.