Snarky, stupid, infantile responses will just prove to everyone your lack of hockey knowledge and maturity. If you have a comment, a fair retort, please do give your views, this is mine. Please pay attention to what I have qualified/.bolded etc. Thank you.
1. If we look at our roster today (and I will qualify it by saying there is still a whole summer to go but given MG's comments about few moves, we really can't expect to see much change), it is worse that the end of last year, worse than the year prior, and certainly, worse than 2011. That is the biggest sign.
2. I would argue, that MG has completely bungled this team up based on his bad past decisions, whether they be trades, signings, lack thereof and misread the impact of the CBA changes.
A. Raffi Torres. The Canucks have lacked physicality, even in their run, when they came up against the Bruins, the lack of size, physical pushback was apparent. As such, he lets our leading hitter, a guy who plays with an edge, has speed and can score from the 3rd line walk over 750k. He then tries to trade for him last year. This is a blatant example of poor decision making, which he presented to the entire NHL by trying to back track.
B. Our 4th line. After seeing that we did not match up well against Boston, then LA physically, and acknowledging (albeit after 2 years) that the playoffs in the west are a different game where size wins, he brings us Weiss and Sestito. Weiss is a fast player who barely hits. Put in perspective, Dale Weiss was not even in the top 100 in hits in the NHL last year. Something is wrong when Stephen Gionta has more hits than our apparent 'toughness' and grit. Again, that is an MG decision to allow Torres and Tanner Glass to walk. Players who understood their roles and played them well. Sestito is usesless and we all know that. He cannot skate, is big but gets beaten up by heavyweights, I am not even wasting time on that one.
C. Maxim Lappierre. He was our leader in hits over the last 3 years, on a team clearly lacking in physicality. He was a good faceoff man and an excellent 4c. He was the only legitimate NHL'er on that 4th line and we have replaced him with Richardson who is under 50% in his faceoffs over the last 3 years, is smaller by 3 inches, and not a hitter. I fail to see any logic here and truly wonder what the hell is going through Gillis's mind.
D. Booth and Ballard deals. 2 deals that were poor decisions in terms of what our needs were and cap space. We neither addressed our needs at the time (a number 5/6 d - Ballard is a 3-4) and a top 6 winger, and at the same time took on alot of cap that handcuffed the team.
E. MayRay over Grabner. Not whining - fact. Grabner is proving to be a better, more effective player and MayRay was just let walk.
F. Luongo's contract - nuff said
G. CoHo for Kassian. CoHo needed to be moved, but the 'spin' MG gave the fans about needing size is a bit ironic of a number of reasons. 1. He had just let size go in Torres and Glass. 2 Kassian was clearly not ready to provide the type of impact that CoHo was providing. I like Kassian, and if developed properly could turn into a terrific player, but the timing and thus return for that player was sub par.
H. Our problem at 3c. MG was well aware, and stated in the media, that prior to the summer, he expected that Manny would not be able to play. He was aware that Kesler was hurt, and has had a history of injuries such that having a player who could slot into a 2c role from 3c was important. He made no moves, was offered Kadri and Bozak for Luongo, which was turned down (again another example of his stupidity). He has still not addressed this issue and given his cap constraints cannot.
I. Roy - giving up a decent defensive prospect and a 2nd round pick for a rental who is small, when we need a 3c who had size and could take hard defensive minutes and draws away from Kesler. Again, wrong player, wrong time, bad return
J. Schneider - we all know this was a poorly executed trade, something MG seems to be an expert at, giving up young talent for less that its value. Moreover, we don't even know if Luongo will report, amazing the stupidity of this man (MG). Trade your most valuable asset for a pick/potential without even knowing if the other guy is even going to report, let alone want to play here/ have his heart in it even if he does. Focus matters in goaltending, we just gave away a future vezina winner for a guy who even if he's here, has had an issue with his emotional side of the game/focus and is showing us he will have issues with it even if he comes back. Great foresight, great insight into a players mindset.
My issue is, what is MG's "plan" here? Clearly, the team the way it stands right now, cannot challenge for a cup. Anyone who thinks it can is really being absurd, and this is coming from a 25 yr fan. So what is he doing? He's not 'resetting' and he's not 'going for it'
- allowed size that can play the game to walk when its been a big part of what we are lacking. (Torres, Glass, Lappierre)
- he has made repeatedly poor trades both in return and timing (Booth, Ballard, Hodgson, Schnieder, Grabner, Roy)
- he has taken on bad contracts that are either overpaying for a positional need, or not playing to their expectations. (Ballard, Booth)
- he never addressed our issues at center (Roy???) even though he knew well in advance we had issues - his own words on Manny and aware Kesler was injured and oft injured
- he wasn't able to move luongo
- our young depth is better but given what he gave up, isn't commensurate, ie no 'gamebreakers' after trading Schneider (a top 3 young goaltender) and Hodgson
- Our ability to win the cup in the next 2 years (Sedin window) is worse
- Our future is not 'set' given the lack of a game breaker - sure we have some solid 2/3/4 youth (we hope) but no one to replace the Sedins and put people in the seats. (Sorry but Shinkaruk and Horvat still haven't proven a thing folks), and look what we gave up.
- So he has neither improved our chances now, nor improved our chances in the future - isn't that his job?
I fear this man really no longer has a plan. He is to fearful to make a move, so he over analyzes, takes too much time, then realizes at the last minute he's boxed into a corner and panics and makes a bad decision. His strategic decision making is terrible and it can be seen above through the confluence of bad decisions he has made, and has forced himself into.
Get ready for some really bad hockey folks. I hope Acquilini likes empty seats, he's going to see alot of them this year.
MG has made a mockery out of this team, and is now rivaling John Ferguson as one of the worst GM's in hockey history.
Many people rationalize one or two of these issues away in defense of MG. However, it is always easy to rationalize issues away when you compartmentalize them. When you aggregate issues, you tend to see the whole picture. As I have done here, I have aggregated many of his errors. Sure, one can argue its hindsight, but given his job is to be strategic and think forward, if you look at these decisions together you start seeing a real picture of what he has accomplished.
All MG has accomplished, is to make this team weaker in the short run, and in the long run. There is potential in the long run, but we gave up PROVEN young players to 'restock' because of his errors.
Giving up proven players for potential is never smart, that is adding risk.
MG is a blatant failure.
Edited by In the Slot, 06 July 2013 - 04:47 AM.