thejerrycan Posted July 3, 2015 Share Posted July 3, 2015 I'll be brief--or try to be! Vancouverite displaced and currently residing in the Hub (Boston). Benning and Linden know what it takes to win--in my mind TL is a champion but that's a discussion for a later date. They inherited a mess which I think they've done a tremendous job cleaning up. I view Benning as the equivalent of Bill Belichick/ Kraft of the NHL. For real. He knows what it takes to win a Stanely Cup and he's telling you! He's telling you! "Character guys, consistent, gritty, skilled, two-way players, hard working, and again character." What does that mean? It means that he's not going to overpay or gamble on guys like Kassian who haven't shown up and won't ever show up! Pats are notorious for "cutting the cord" and expecting their players to be multi-dimensional and not over paying for roster spots. Have you forgotten the Boston series? Marchand became a household name from that series because of his character. That whole Boston team "willed" their way to a Stanley Cup. I was so ashamed that my beloved Canucks had zero spine and essentially turtled. Have faith that these signings are essential to the next ones and creating a culture that is long overdue in Vancouver. Patriots have established that culture and it didn't happen in two seasons but the result is over a decade of being competitive. TL knew that it wasn't just skill that got that 1994 team to the finals it was character. They did their job. When JB has more cap room next season I hope he'll draft and be frugal and demand that players "do their job". Year 3 and I'm confident the culture and expectations in the locker room will be solidified. We will have an arsenal of character players that will bring us multiple Stanley Cups. There is no way that you can be in New England and not adapt that Patriot blueprint. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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