Popular Post MrCanuck94 Posted May 3, 2022 Popular Post Share Posted May 3, 2022 (edited) Here's my quick summary of todays press, if I wrote anything wrong, please let me know and I will correct it. - Hasn't changed their mind on what needs to be done since earlier in the season - Team relies on goalie too much - Still have work to do, adding the right couple of players can make us a playoff team - Don't know if Martin will work out for sure, but having a league minimum backup helps with the cap a lot - Martin was solid positionally, great at tracking - Wants to build cap space while improving the team - Likes the job Boudreau has done - Structure of the team needs to improve, exits from defensive zone are one of the worst in the league - Have defensemen that are capable of playing better with better structure - Fixing the structure will make us a consistently better team - There is work to be done, they saw improvement but need to get better in all areas - Situation of adding and subtracting is more complicated here than they like, meetings here in the next week with departments to start making decisions - Management wants Bruce back, want to work with him on a few things to help make him better - Strong organizations don't worry about the term "lame duck" coaches, can bring him back for next year and figure it out from there - We have players that can get to a superstar level in the league - Petey, Hughes, Demko - Believes there is more to come from Elias - Crosby and Letang make players around them better, has those type of expectations for those superstar calibre players coming into next season - Rogers Arena is getting renovations in many areas, some in Abbotsford as well - Practice arena is getting closer to a site decision - Francesco had no issues putting money into renovations - Francesco has let the management do their job, JR speaks to Francesco about every two weeks while grabbing a bite together - Too early to say on Sutter's future - Willing to have Bruce under the contract he's on, no extension this year, not against a contract extension after next season - As good of a job Bruce has done, it wasn't a full season - Sullivan won the cup with JR in 16 and 17 and he didn't get an extension until needed - Still evaluating staff, changes might happen - Comfortable with Todd Harvey leading the amateur scouting for this upcoming draft - Will reach out to Miller and Horvat's agents to talk about extensions - Plan to have all signed and unsigned prospects at prospects camp - Challenge scouts to find players in other leagues - Young Stars tournament and prospects camp was a priority, existing organization members were all for it - 2 other teams committed to Young Start Tournament, 1 team in consideration - We have an older facility, locker room is outdated - Having up to date facilities helps in recruiting - Bruce has until June 1st to decide to come back - Very impressed with Ryan Johnson, rely a lot on RJ, big part of management staff, moving forward will figure out the best position/role for him - Abbotsford coaching staff have done a good job - Abbotsford could be the best franchise in the AHL overtime, goal is to make it better and better - Really liked Podkolzin over the last 4-5 weeks, looked like a full time NHL player, need to develop players to be able to play into May - Positive talks with Brock and his agent - Don't need to make major changes, but need to get better through trades and free agency - Hopes we can find a way to get better long term without taking a step back next season - Believes Dermott has upside, was able to get younger and shed salary - Really happy the way the front office has come together and work together - Cammi Granato keeps amateur scouting and pro scouting accountable edit: - Doesn't think Demko needs a procedure, should be ready for training camp Edited May 4, 2022 by MrCanuck94 13 18 8 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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