Perfect, we moved the diva, moved the gross contract, took back an upgrade at center over a few guys and a potential stud under Rollie. It was a good day. As a season ticket holder, I am pleased with the last few days.
The worst for me is Diaz. Seemed like an upgrade over Alberts
The present state of the club is due in large part to the Sedins resigning and then plummeting. Think about it.
They signed the biggest deals per annum in their history here, and within two months become complete non-factors. I speak of the decline before Henrik's injury.
Then word comes out from sources, credible ones like Pierre LeBrun, that everyone not named Sedin is tradeable. Some dismiss this as rumour, but LeBrun generally reports credible info.
Clearly this is a slap in the face to anyone not named Sedin. They can completely nosedive and become essentially useless to the team, but are protected. Anyone else, regardless of output, is not as important to the clubs future.
In Henrik's absence, Daniel clearly has an opportunity to grab the reins and show his mettle. Instead he disappears completely. No goals for over a quarter of the season, when they needed it most.
This right here is why this club is floundering. Gillis put the clubs future in the hands of two players incapable of anything but mediocrity. He signed them to deals they didn't deserve, instead to contracts they had earned. HUGE mistake.
They are 33 years old and clearly are in decline. They have an unbelievable amount of skill and hockey IQ, but they lack both the physical strength and speed to compete at the highest level in the NHL. Meaning the playoffs.
In 2011, Kesler and Luongo were the engines. Luongo played lights out when needed, and only faltered when the inadequate defense became completely unhinged after the stalwart Dan Hamhuis played leapfrog with Lucic.
Before that point Luo played amazing against Chicago (ask Toews who one of his favorite goalies is), Nashville, and San Jose.
Kesler extinguished Toews for most of the first round, playing a central role in slaying the dragon. His defensive prowess was unparalled. He went on the completely dominate the Predators, making Shea Weber look like he was skating in molasses at points. Barry Trotz remarked on Kesler's performance as one of the best he had ever seen.
San Jose was as great a group effort as imaginable. Salo and Erhoff were instrumental in igniting the power play, that in turn sparked the Sedins.
By the time the Finals started, various players were playing through injury. The twins time to push themselves to the very limits of their athleticism was upon them. They had zero goals in the entire series. Completely neutralized by Boston's defense, they disappeared.
Were the Finals controversial? Yes. Still Daniel could have returned the favor to Marchand instead of holding his hands up and looking incredulously at the refs. They needed to find that second gear and couldn't.
The next two years were followed by early exits, predicated by Gillis' total inability to sustain any chemistry or structure to what was an impressive roster. The focus became finding a line mate for the Sedins who could protect them. Not getting Kesler line mates he could gel with. No. It was about keeping the Sedins safe on the ice, which honestly should have fallen squarely on their shoulders.
To consider these two the future of the franchise, is to admit defeat for the next four years. It is to state to the remainder of whatever roster is messily thrown together by the player agent in general managers clothing, that status quo is the goal. Complacency the standard.
Daniel and Henrik Sedin are very good people. Humble, giving, and remarkably grounded for high profile sports figures. They have been very active in a community they adopted as their own, and have given selflessly. Their donations alone to Children's Hospital stand as the largest in Vancouver sports history. There is no doubt in my mind they are exemplary human beings.
They have displayed an uncanny telepathy on the ice which has led them to consecutive award years. They have been difficult to contain and seemed at points ten steps ahead of everyone else on the ice.
Sadly, that time is over. This season started out fairly well, but time has caught up with them.
Henrik isn't igniting this team. He should be livid. He should be out every shift battling. Instead his calm demeanour is likened to the Dali Lama on the Titanic.
NMCs and NTCs can be waived. They are merely clauses in a contract. An objective look at this team right now should indicate that they should not be immune to the idea of being traded, and frankly, they may have to accept the fact that independence from each other may be ideal as well.
The real question is this.
What team in their right mind would want two 33 year old players with no goals in a quarter season that refuse to play on different teams for the next four years at the rate of $7M each?
No mention of Kesler in talking about the top six?
I don't buy for a second that this loss bothers him. This person is no captain. No emotion, no embarrassment?
He should be fuming. Angry with himself, his teammates, the organization. But no. Anyone who thinks trading away two heart and soul key players for six pieces is a good idea, without dealing with the gaping hole that is the first line is kidding themselves.
Sedin - Sedin - Burrows = $18.5
The Penguins and Blackhawks boast the same salary.......