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How would you like the Canucks to be built? Hawks or Bruins/LA/Blues

10 May 2014 - 07:13 AM



With the talk of Benning as our new GM and some rumbles that the ownership would like to see this team built like the Bruins, I've been wondering if we are focusing too much on a particular style of hockey. This started with our loss to the Bruins followed by the loss to LA and now we can't seem to hold our own against the larger California teams.


Before that, Chicago was our biggest hurdle. We learned form their style of play which resulted in the amazing hockey and an unbelievable season. We all know how that ended, and we lost our best puck-moving offensive D-man in the offseason.


Blackhawks are the reigning SC champs, but everyone seems to have a hard-on for the Bruins. Chicago beat that team last year, and a similarly built LA team in the WC finals. The teams share similarities like great two way players but focus of this thread is the differences between the teams.


How would you like the Canucks to be built? Here are the options:


Chicago style: Speed from the D-men (Keith, Leddy, and...almost everyone else) who can get the puck out of the zone quickly. The other team can't get a forecheck on them.


Bruins Style: Size on both ends of ice. Wear the other teams down in a long series.


CDC Style: I didn't bother reading your entire post, but I'm going to flame you for some error I found or by taking your words out of context.....


Let me know what you guys think.



1. There is an assumption here that that there will be a rebuild. I think the majority of our current roster is past it's prime.


2. Guys like Toews can be found (Stevie Y, Sakic...I could go on; Toews is not a generational player). Interesting Note: the top overall pick that year was a large D-man that was suppose to be the Blues' future frachise D-man. Clearly it didn't pan out. D-men are too risky to take as top picks, IMO. Some of the greatest D-men in the league today were taken in the second round.


3. It's not so much about copying their styles, but looking at what the focus of this team should be. This distinction precedes the teams I'm talking about. Focus on size on the top lines, or focus on speed/skill from top lines and d-pairings and have role players in bottom lines.

Is it time for what seems to be considered taboo by most fans? (Rebuild)

01 February 2014 - 06:38 PM


I just wanted to get your guys' take on a potential rebuild of this team from the core out. It is not an opinion just based on the slump that we have been recently, but the diminishing performance by our team since the 2011 run. There have been a few pleasant surprises this year (Luo playing decent and definitely better than expected, the team more willing to stand up for themselves in fights, Santorelli, Richardson), but it seems like our go to guys have been diminishing. It's been painful to watch.

Some people may use the term "retooling" but I think the problem goes to our core, and more substantial changes need to be made (similar to 2007). This roster has done well for us, and accomplished things our team has never done, except winning the cup.

While some people may suggest waiting, I'd rather that our team not do what Calgary did, and be a fringe team missing the playoffs for years before we accept the facts. I'd rather try to get some youth injected into this team immediately (more so than just Hunter, Bo and Gaunce), while we have some veterans than can guide them. Edmonton is a example that a rebuild may not work, so it's not a guaranteed recipe for success, but our core hasn't been getting it done. Can't remember the last time we won a game against a California team, and now that they are in our division, that lack of success against those teams just won't cut it.

Some people may not like Torts, but I think he will be a great guy for a rebuild. He can definitely get young guys committed and motivated, and I never liked AV's work with the younger players. I think the Sedins are done and have little chance of success with the rest of the team performing as they are. They could do wonders for a contending team that can surround them with (for a lack of a better word) better players and a team with decent puck-moving D-men in their roster.

Let me know what you guys think, and feel free to flame if you want (trolls really don't bother me), but this is just the opinion of a loyal Canuck fan.

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