scratchmb Posted October 17, 2015 Share Posted October 17, 2015 Fans and media buffoons are the worst critics in the world. Fans feel it necessary to exercize their version of the knowledge of the game, as if they should be owners, general managers, president of operations, and the entire coaching staff. The media clowns merely reflect what they they think the fans want to hear, but is just their own blown ego of their version of the knowledge of the game....well as above. Yet, neither the fans nor the media are the owners, general manager, nor the coach. Hockey is a game, The NHL is the elite professional version of that game, so that in mind, it is a business, and as a business they made the decisions. Money is an issue because of the cap system. The advantage is that the mega wealthy can't just go and buy a Stanley Cup by buying the best and paying attractive contracts including incentive bonuses. So it was not just a matter of winning awards, reach certain production levels and get cash. Well, Edmonton did just that with the purchase of Wayne Gretzky and surrounded him with players that reflected his intesity, energy, style of game, and enthusiasm. The salary cap put an end to that. What was amazing was some wealthy owners were cheap and wouldn't put out the big bucks. These places oddly were the cities that sold the concept that players should be honored to play for an original six team and not for flashy cash. Funny thing as time passed so did the Stanley Cup as the brave new owners were sweeping up the better players. Yet with the cap, it got worse, players didn't want to play for the small market teams, this made obvious by Eric Lindros who refused to play for the Quebec Nordiques, which was not only an insult and the death of one of Canada's most devoted hockey cities, it set an ideal that players could just walk away and still play in the league. Eric did not become "The Next" as was predicted, and the ironic thing is that the Nordiques who relocated in Denver Colorado as the Avalanche swept the Stanley Cup in their first year there. Then three years later one a second Lord Stanley's Grail. How many did Lindros win? Zero. He just complained about everything. Now, the Vancouver Canucks are a unique organization, yes it's true they have not yet won the almight prize of professional hockey, but what they are is a powerful mainstay of the not only the Community of Vancouver, but the province of British Columbia. They have worked hard by employing talent behind the scenes, these include scouts, equipment specialists, medial staff, and trainers. The Canucks have always been builders of the league. Many people of note have had a Vancouver Canucks connection.So, I aim to point out certain players and what they bring to the team. Let me start with Jannik Hansen. He is not a super scoring machine, but if you pay attention, the goals he does make are often critical in changing the balance of the game and lifting the team to a win. The other aspect of Hansen is he is one pain in the ass. He is not that physical although he does his share of hitting, his talent is his mouth, he insults players as he skates by them just enough to irritate them, then before they can turn around, hansen is gone or out of reach. He can draw penalties, he is a force on the penalty kill and does some of his best scoring short handed. Alexandre Burrows is exactly the same school of nuisance factor as Hansen, but the only difference is Burrows is more of a presence on and off the ice. Hansen prefers to be the quiet sniper. Burrows is much more vocal and willing to get into the face of the referee in the name of justice, or just to buy time. Either way each player do things that are not easily obvious to the fans. Now for one new player, I am sort of partial towards Adam Cracknell and I have hopes that he might blossom under the Canucks banner, he reminds me so much of Geoff Courtnall. Geoff was everywhere when he was on the ice, relentless, he battled in either end, he willing went into the corners to dig out pucks so that the defencemen could fall back and move players away from the net so the goaltender could have a clear area to do what he does best, stop shots. Cracknell is this kind of player. Yes, Cracknell has had some NHL experience but for the most part he has been a call up grunt from the minors and not given the confidence or green light from the coaching staff to be a mainstay of the team. I am not going to be optomistic about Vancouver winning any championships this year. They are in a stage of regrowth and over the next few years, more of the veterans will be either traded or retired. It will take pure team effort and stamina to achieve success. I am more excited to see that take shape. C'mon just look at rookie defenseman Ben Hutton who is old by rookie standards but has the face and build of a 15 year old youth. Yet his performance is like he owns the ice, and he takes responsibilities for his own mistakes. With a little more weight and seasoned training, he will be a player that one day will be deserving of a top contract. That puts us back to the business of the profession, and why it is not just a game. No team can afford to keep every elite player that they draft or comes up in their organization. This is why trades of multiple players for a single player exists, get one star you can afford after releasing lesser contracts. The other side takes on the lesser contracts and either enters renogiation or trades them again. The modern concept is to sell players your city, the commitment of the fanbase, and the desire to win. Sell players on team rational. It must be something that money can not buy. The team needs players who want to be here. It does hurt to give up some players that we thought would retire here, but as I keep reminding you, business comes first, sentiment is only our burden to bare. Cheers Scratchmb Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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