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Funny, because he's saying a lot of the same sorta things that Torts did this time last year.

Wants to make playoffs: Check.

Attack-brand hockey: Check.

Compete every shift: Check.

Confidence in Luongo/Miller: Check.

Believes in Sedins: Check.

Talked to players: Check.

Respects players: Check.

Needs newer guys to do more things: Check.

Needs to find a way to get Kassian going: Check.

Hopeful for Edler: Check.

Kassian needs to be more consistent: Check.

Prospects will have to earn spots: Check.

Sedins still elite and they'll have to be: Check.

In tough here during this phase: Check.

The difference might be (we will need to see what Willie does first) that Torts just spouted the cliches and virtually did the opposite. The guy was like a "mask" Every now and again the mask slipped and you saw the self obsessed, self indulgent, bitter, it's all about ME! real Tortorella. (see the Brooks video from the corridor outside the Canucks presser, where he predicts, a leopard can't change it's spots)

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It will be interesting to see who ends up in the RW spot if Kassian continues his inconsistency though. God I hope it is not Hansen......

Burrows could go to the right side and fill there. But then we get Higgins in the top 6. Yuck.

I guess if Vey surprises he could end up in the top 6. But the team really needs Kassian to be a consistent top 6 guy now.

Totally agree.

Having Higgins and Hansen on our 2nd line has been one of the things holding this team back. Personally I would be far happier, if the young guys show up that we trade both of them.

Higgins is too patchy and Hansen, apart from "hands of stone" is lacking in hockey IQ. Both are relative no shows in the playoffs.

We are coming into an era where effort is not enough. We need higher IQ, more consistency and a broader threat to our game.

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Certainly like hearing things such as "up-tempo" and "attack". Thanks for the article.

As some have pointed out, this was also what Torts tried. The Sedin's imo, can't play this style. They play to slow the game down from the perimeter and set up the shooter that way, they are not north, south players. Other teams have learned over the years not to be drawn in, but stay aggressive with one man on the backcheck and keep positioning in front of the net and they are unable to set up and eventually turn the puck over, as they thrive on over pursuit.

Up-tempo, attack and Sedin should never be said in the same sentence.

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As some have pointed out, this was also what Torts tried. The Sedin's imo, can't play this style. They play to slow the game down from the perimeter and set up the shooter that way, they are not north, south players. Other teams have learned over the years not to be drawn in, but stay aggressive with one man on the backcheck and keep positioning in front of the net and they are unable to set up and eventually turn the puck over, as they thrive on over pursuit.

Up-tempo, attack and Sedin should never be said in the same sentence.

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So, does that mean we can expect to see something like this?

FORWARDS
Daniel Sedin ($7.000m) / Henrik Sedin ($7.000m) / Radim Vrbata ($5.000m)
Alexandre Burrows ($4.500m) / Nick Bonino ($1.900m) / Zack Kassian ($1.750m)
Chris Higgins ($2.500m) / Linden Vey ($0.735m) / Jannik Hansen ($2.500m)
Shawn Matthias ($1.750m) / Brad Richardson ($1.150m) / Derek Dorsett ($1.633m)
Tom Sestito ($0.750m) /
DEFENSEMEN
Dan Hamhuis ($4.500m) / Kevin Bieksa ($4.600m)
Alexander Edler ($5.000m) / Chris Tanev ($2.000m)
Luca Sbisa ($2.175m) / Yannick Weber ($0.850m)
Frank Corrado ($0.591m) / Ryan Stanton ($0.550m)
GOALTENDERS
Ryan Miller ($6.000m)
Eddie Lack ($1.150m)
Jacob Markstrom ($1.200m)

Both Higgins and Hansen are responsible defensively, and hopefully Vey can draw out some of their offensive abilities.

I think the "fourth line" is really just line 3B. I know Matthias wanted more ice time than he got in Florida, but hopefully he'll work hard to prove himself and be rewarded with extra time. I'm actually not convinced that the 4th line is weaker than the 3rd; I just don't think Hansen can handle 4th line opposition. :P

I'm pretty optimistic about the Sedins and Vrbata. The only real question is that second line: can Burrows return to form, can Bonino bring in points on 5v5 and the PP2, and will Kassian's development continue from that last stretch of the season? If these guys can impress, then I think we can secure a spot in the playoffs, maybe even 6th or 7th in the west.

Can't wait for October.

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Haha, well played JR. I think you would agree though that the other 99% of their offensive game is cycling and capitilizing on the other team over pursuing.

But again, well played...

I think their game is puck possession and elite passing. Fast skating is only one element of speed to hockey and I've yet to see any skater move as fast as a well passed puck.

FAR to many people on here seem to discount that or ignore it altogether.

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So, does that mean we can expect to see something like this?

FORWARDS

Daniel Sedin ($7.000m) / Henrik Sedin ($7.000m) / Radim Vrbata ($5.000m)

Alexandre Burrows ($4.500m) / Nick Bonino ($1.900m) / Zack Kassian ($1.750m)

Chris Higgins ($2.500m) / Linden Vey ($0.735m) / Jannik Hansen ($2.500m)

Derek Dorsett ($1.633m) / Brad Richardson ($1.150m) / Shawn Matthias ($1.750m)

Tom Sestito ($0.750m) /

DEFENSEMEN

Dan Hamhuis ($4.500m) / Kevin Bieksa ($4.600m)

Alexander Edler ($5.000m) / Chris Tanev ($2.000m)

Luca Sbisa ($2.175m) / Yannick Weber ($0.850m)

Frank Corrado ($0.591m) / Ryan Stanton ($0.550m)

GOALTENDERS

Ryan Miller ($6.000m)

Eddie Lack ($1.150m)

Jacob Markstrom ($1.200m)

Both Higgins and Hansen are responsible defensively, and hopefully Vey can draw out some of their offensive abilities.

I think the "fourth line" is really just line 3B. I know Matthias wanted more ice time than he got in Florida, but hopefully he'll work hard to prove himself and be rewarded with extra time. I'm actually not convinced that the 4th line is weaker than the 3rd; I just don't think Hansen can handle 4th line minutes. :P

I'm pretty optimistic about the Sedins and Vrbata. The only real question is that second line: can Burrows return to form, can Bonino bring in points on 5v5 and the PP2, and will Kassian's development continue from that last stretch of the season? If these guys can impress, then I think we can secure a spot in the playoffs, maybe even 6th or 7th in the west.

Can't wait for October.

You have Dorsett and Mathias on their wrong wings and I fully expect to see one of Sanguinetti or Weber on Edler's right side and Corrado in Utica. I also would not be shocked at all to see one of Jensen, Horvat and maybe even Gaunce get a long look.

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You have Dorsett and Mathias on their wrong wings and I fully expect to see one of Sanguinetti or Weber on Edler's right side and Corrado in Utica. I also would not be shocked at all to see one of Jensen, Horvat and maybe even Gaunce get a long look.

Thanks. For some reason I keep thinking Matthias can play RW, and I just arranged Dorsett accordingly. Agreed re: Weber. I don't know much about pairing Ds, but I get the impression that our group of D is quite hard to match up, despite having strong players.

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Thanks. For some reason I keep thinking Matthias can play RW, and I just arranged Dorsett accordingly. Agreed re: Weber. I don't know much about pairing Ds, but I get the impression that our group of D is quite hard to match up, despite having strong players.

Understatement of the year!

The biggest problem we have is an utter lack of a PMD worthy of being considered "top 4" to play the RH side with Edler. Bieksa/Tanev can move in and out of the 1st/3rd pairing with Hamhuis and Sbisa but that leaves Weber and Sanguinetti as currently our best PMD options to play with Edler.

I like Weber but he's not "top 4" and Snaguinetti is basically a large question mark. He may fill that role nicely or he may be playing in Utica.

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I think Matthias and Vey will play together, with Kassian on the right side.

1. Matthias and Kassian had pretty good chemistry.

2. Vey and Matthias are not very strong on faceoffs but are LH and RH. I read one reason Vey was acquired was because he is a RH centre who can take defensive zone faceoffs. I would think they are going to share duties and playing their strong side could probably slide up to 50%.

3. They are all youngish players who are hungry to prove they can be 2nd line players, but none of the three have proved it yet. I can see this being a very motivated line.

Sedin Sedin Vrbata

Higgins Bonino Hansen/Jensen

Matthias Vey Kassian

Burrows Richardson Dorsett

There aren't really "2nd and 3rd" lines in the NHL, except on elite teams. You have your top goal scorers, fourth liners, and the guys in between.

Our fourth line will play a lot of minutes if the lineup is healthy. That said there is always one guy injured and Burrows is first to move up. Plus he will kill a lot of penalties.

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One can sense the need for an entry level contract player to come in and take a roster spot from a veteran.

As JR states ,a RH PMD is needed.

Markstrom and the available cap space on hand is not going to purchase an asset with the associated costs.

The team really needs some help but can Gaunce do it is the September mystery?

I can't see Jensen stepping in yet but there is always an outside chance,is the summer hope.

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Willie Desjardins was on Team 1040 earlier and discussed variety of key issues including Penguins, style, Miller, Sedins, Kesler, Burrows, Edler, Kassian and more.

Here's the full interview (at the bottom of the page):

http://www.teamradio.ca/news/2014/07/24/canucks-hc-willie-desjardins-on-team1040

Here's a full summary for those who prefer reading than listening:

How close did you come to signing with Pittsburgh?

“I think there was a chance that could have happened, for sure. I think you always looking at different options. They have a great team, some certainly high-end players. There’s always a chance. That’s a good market.”

You’re in here with fellow rookies in Trevor Linden and Jim Benning. Is there something that drew you with all three of you starting fresh?

“Maybe a little bit, but it wasn’t that we’d be building and that, it was just the fact of getting to work with those guys... I think you always want to build something long-term, but you’re also really short-term in what you want. We want to be a good team. We want to make the playoffs and that’s our focus.”

What kind of hockey can we expect?

“We want to play an up-tempo game. We want to attack. We want to take pucks to the net. We want to compete every night. And every shift, not just every night. Every shift we want to be ready to compete and play hard. We expect that from our players. We expect that we’ll give an honest effort every time we’re on the ice.”

How important was it to you get to get a guy like Ryan Miller in the net?

“That’s such a big plug for us. I think that Eddie Lack’s a really good goaltender. He’s a really good up and coming goaltender, but it’s hard to put a young goaltender in that position where he’s got to take everything. So I think once you get a guy like Ryan Miller that really puts everybody in their right spot and Eddie Lack can develop and at the same time Miller can give us the experienced, No. 1 goaltender we need.”

What are your expectations for the Sedins and where do you seem them fitting in terms of role?

“Well, I think they’re elite players and great character people. I think you always win with your character. I think you win with your leaders. I see them being real key guys on this team. I think that they have great skill. I think they were disappointed with their year last year. They want to come back with a real good year. So I expect them to be elite in the league. I think that’s what they’ve done in the past and I expect them to be there this year as well.”

What kind of contact have you had with your players?

“I’ve had quite a bit. I phoned them all and talked to them. I met with some of them in person. I’m planning on going and meeting with a few more. For me, it’s getting ready for the season. I just want to make sure guys are training and working out and that our conditioning is going to be where it needs to be. We have to be able to win games in the third period because we’re in great condition and we’re just not going to tire out.”

You’ve always been known as a players’ coach. Is that really important for them to buy into your schemes?

“When you say a players’ coach – I just respect my players. I think it takes a lot to play this game. The expectations are high. They’ve got to put forward every night. And I just respect them. I know what they have to prepare and how hard they have to work in the summer to do that, and things don’t always go their way, but we expect them to battle through. I just think that we have a good group in Vancouver. Maybe you always say that about your team, but when I’ve talked to the guys, I really believe that we have a real good mix. We have some great veteran leaders. I think we’ve got some young players that are up and coming that want to prove some things. So I like our team and I’m excited about coaching it.”

How do you fill the hole that’s been left by Ryan Kesler?

“That’s a tough role because he did give you a few different things. He had some size in the middle and is a big power forward. We can’t replace that maybe right away, but maybe we can fill it different ways... Bonino’s a good player, had just as many points, a few more points than Kesler. A guy that’s really excited to be here, wants to do things, will work to fit in. So maybe you don’t quite fill the spot, but maybe you fill it in other ways... Different guys chipping in. Once they get a bigger role, they’re a little more excited about it. So you can’t fill that spot necessarily, but maybe you add the parts around it and make it better.”

If Radim Vrbata plays with the Sedins, where does that leave Alex Burrows?

“He fills a big role. I went and met with Alex, talked to him. He’s a real key part of the team. He brings a lot of passion, a lot of energy to the team. We need that. He wants to win. Like, he’s committed to winning. He said it doesn’t matter if he’s with the Sedins or not. His style maybe changes a little bit when he plays with other guys because he knows the Sedins so well. But he just wants to do whatever he can to help us win. He’s totally committed to that. He’s a real leader on this team. He plays with a lot of energy, so he’s a guy that’ll play a big role in lots of different ways and maybe he can help out younger guys like Kassian. Maybe he can move a guy like that in, get him going. Fill a role on another power play unit or different things. And there’s no saying that he won’t be with the Sedins sometime in the year as well.”

How much pressure will you be putting on Alex Edler to carry that defence?

“I don’t think there’s pressure on him. He’s just got to be Alex Edler. He’s a dominant player. He’s proven that in the past. He’s another guy that’s a great person, that wants to come to the rink, that wants to do well, has a real good fit in Vancouver. So I just expect him to play his best. I just expect him to come to the rink, and play like he can play. If he does that everything just takes care of itself.”

What do you think you can bring out in Zack Kassian’s game that can get him to that next level?

“I think probably the biggest thing he needs is consistency...

“I think a guy like Alex Burrows can help that a lot. If he happens to be playing with him, on the bench, and talking to him; but the biggest key is Zack himself. He wants to be better. He wants to move his game to another level and to do that he probably has to prepare a little better and he probably has to focus a little better in practice. We have to be good every shift and he can’t be an up and down player. I think he has a little bit of a challenge to his game, but that’s what he wants to do. That’s the player he wants to become, so we’ll just help him get there.”

How many of these kids do you think you’ll be able to find room for?

“I think our key is we have to have guys that can play. We have a set number of players, or a set number of spots, and those guys have to be able to win that spot. So if they’re good enough to beat out other guys, then they’ll make the team. We’re playing to win. That’s what we’re here for, that’s how we come to the rink to play, and we’ll go with our best lineup. Hopefully those young guys have a great offseason of training and they’re totally ready. If it’s a tie, then for sure you go with the young guy. That just makes sense because you want to develop and you want to get them in there. But we’ll give them a great look and we’re hoping they’re prepared to have a great year.

Where do you see Linden Vey fitting in?

“Well, he’s another guy that has to prove it. He’s proven it in spurts and when he was up with Los Angeles, in the American League he’s proven it. Now you have to prove it on an everyday basis. You have to come in and show what you can do. Sometimes when you know you might get a longer look that you’re not so worried about making mistakes you play better. Sometimes you don’t. I think he’s a guy we expect him to play. It’s his spot to take. But he has to be ready at training camp and I expect him to be ready.”

When you do pick the young guy over the older guy, that really gives you a chance to put your stamp and really to form and coach that kid, doesn’t it?

“It does, and you want that because it takes a little time to get your style in and what you need to do. You want that opportunity. But at the same time, those veteran guys, they’ve earned their spot too. They’ve got to be treated the way they should. The Sedins have earned their status. They’ve put in their time and they deserve their opportunities. They’ve had a little bit of a slip and they deserve the chance to get it back. So it’s a fine line. But in the end it’s the guy’s that are ready to play that play.”

How tough will it be coming out of the Pacific Division?

“(Laughs) That’s the worst part about going to Vancouver. It’s just such a tough division to come out of. But that’s our job. That’s what we’re hired for. That’s what we want to do. That’s what the fans want. So it’s our job to find a way. Will it be tough? Sure it’ll be tough. But can it be done? Yes it can and that’s what we’re going to focus on and go after.”

I never heard Torts say any of this. I think some vets will be looking over their shoulders before this is all over.

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One can sense the need for an entry level contract player to come in and take a roster spot from a veteran.

As JR states ,a RH PMD is needed.

Markstrom and the available cap space on hand is not going to purchase an asset with the associated costs.

The team really needs some help but can Gaunce do it is the September mystery?

I can't see Jensen stepping in yet but there is always an outside chance,is the summer hope.

Jordan Schroeder was that guy to Gillis, like that was ever going to happen

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Looking forward to seeing what WD can get out of our players. Under Torts' defense first and only style, creativity was stifled. I'd like to see the Sedins and others get back to set plays and make the opposition play on their heels.

Kassian and Edler are the 2 players I'm most interested in under the new coaching. Kass was never really given a chance to play until the later part of the season after Torts had basically given up trying to coach. A playmaking power forward like the one we saw at the end of last year is a dangerous weapon.

In one of Torts' last interviews he said he didn't really know how to utilize Edler and it showed in his play. I think this team is going to surprise a lot of people this year.

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Totally agree.

Having Higgins and Hansen on our 2nd line has been one of the things holding this team back. Personally I would be far happier, if the young guys show up that we trade both of them.

Higgins is too patchy and Hansen, apart from "hands of stone" is lacking in hockey IQ. Both are relative no shows in the playoffs.

We are coming into an era where effort is not enough. We need higher IQ, more consistency and a broader threat to our game.

To be fair; having Higgins and Hansen for our 2knd line has saved our ass.

I'm not saying they should be 2knd line! When we went to the finals, Higgins was solidified to give us a veteran presence with some talent for our 4th line. Manny / Raffi / Hansen was one of the best defensive 3rd lines in recent memory. And they are capable of contributing at the level of an average 2knd liner. Hansen was behind only the SEdin's in scoring two years ago. Higgins had 40 points last year!

We're fine as long as they are 3rd and 4th liners!

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Listening to the interview, all I was thinking is how soft spoken layed back WD sounded like and really liked all he said in the interview. Especially liked the fact that he's already trying to get to know all the players individually. Which is sound strategy that way he gets to know how and what pushes each individual player. But never know what will happen though still longtime between now and puck drop. But I will say this it's the soft spoken quite ones we need to watch for :lol: ..... I'm getting real :sick: and only the start of this years hockey season can cure.

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