Popular Post J.I.A.H.N Posted October 11, 2021 Popular Post Share Posted October 11, 2021 (edited) I have been feeling quite impatient this year about the Canucks. I am feeling Benning has had enough time, to rebuild, and feel this is the sink or swim year, although we are still imcomplete, in terms of still needing some pieces (RHD). In saying all that, I am very willing to let this version of the Canucks have their turn, and give it the old college try. I have to admit, I am finding the CDC noise a little disruptive, in that there are so many negative views this year, so I thought I would ask you, how you all feel. I am admittedly mixed, in my opinion and this is becoming a make or break season for me. the following are my thoughts on our Canuck management to date. Aqualini.......I think we are lucky to have such a owner, in terms of his deep pockets, and love for his team. I wonder though, if at times, it does not get in the way of some sound judgement, although, it has been hard to pin any blame on him, in regards to his participation, I keep getting the feeling, he has had a hand in some decisions. Good or Bad, it is his team, and his dollars. But by in large, we could do alot worst than Francesco. Benning.......The buck starts here. I have generally always been a supporter of Jim's, and felt from the very start, he was given a huge task of rebuilding, with very little in the way moveable assets. Sure there were some veterans that could have been moved, and he did move some, but in other cases, was handcuffed with not being able to move fan favorites ( I believe in some way Aqualini had some say in this decision, but I have no actual proof) Benning 's early years, must have been very difficult, in terms of the decision to either Re-build or Re-tool. I think Aqualini, and the Sedin's had some say in this, but again no evidence. But the decision to re-tool, cost the franchise in time and in asset management. Again, I do not blame Benning completely on this, and any good boss wanting his job, would never throw his boss under the bus, but again I believe Aqualini had alot to do with this decision. Now, once Jim got into his tenure a couple of years, he had finally started to move out some veterans, but again, earlier trades like Kesler's, handcuffed him and he was criticized for that, in that the return was not great, but in actual fact Anaheim had him by the neck, and he had no choice. Later trades, seemed to be much better, in Burrows, and Hansen, his last trades involving Beagle, Player Name and Roussel, was very inventive and quite courageous, and inventive, and has brought us OEL and Garland, who the jury should still be out on, but have shown to be massive improvements over those players which were moved out. The Miller trade was his best to date, so I am not sure how people can really criticize his trades, considering, his early handcuffing. I mean, where the hell do you start, when your team is aging out? Now drafting is a different matter. Teams in general must draft approx. 2 players a year, that will play long careers, more if they play shorter careers. This is a league wide thing, as to fill league manning, teams must all do this. The question is not whether Benning drafted enough, because generally, I think he has, but outside of 1st round picks, how has he actually done in developing his later round prospects? Admittedly, there are more than a few scattered around the league, but how many have we developed and kept? This has certainly been a point of discussion this year, with Lind, Gadjovich and Juolevi leaving. Should they all have been let go? Well, none at this point have developed into anything more than fringe NHL players at this point. The question is should they have been more by now? I think that can be applied in general to all our 2nd round picks and beyond, over the past 7 years. There should absolutely be no question over Benning's 1st round picks, as even McCann and Virtanen (who's off ice antics finally caught up to him) have been NHL calibre. In my POV, it has not been his quality of pick, but lack of picks that has been his Achilles heel. (But we addressed that already) Benning's asset management, which is really all of the above, has been addressed at nauseum as per above, and it is really a mixed bag, but generally, he has moved us forward, where some of our earlier managers, did not. (see our early history for great examples of bad management) Jim's loyalty, is his strength and his weakness. he sends out a great message to the NHL players, but had stopped from some moves, when they should have been considered earlier. Benning certainly demands a great deal of conversation, because his decisions are all over the place, some being great, some not so great, but in the end, I think this is make or break season, or at least it should be. Now, Green is a whole different kettle of fish, which I have such a problem understanding. I am not sure whether he is a good coach with bad assistants or just bad? I am not sure whether his offensive and defensive schemes are acceptable or whether he is over his head. I love his demeanor, but that is not what he gets paid for, so again, I believe this is a make or break season for him. He is still missing his one RHD, that pairs well with Hughes, and that is not on him, but he has enough offensive players to win games, if given the right system to play in. This is a make or break season for him as well, which might explain his player choices for his 4th line. So, this is kind of what I see and feel, and I am very mixed over the whole thing. This is a very make or break season for me, in terms of Benning and Green, and I wonder if it is for you too. More importantly, is it for Aqualini? I apologize for the long winded summary. Some agree and some may not, but I wonder how it will all play out. I do think it will be a better season, will it be enough? Edited October 11, 2021 by J.I.A.H.N 1 1 7 2 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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