Popular Post JamesB Posted July 28, 2022 Popular Post Share Posted July 28, 2022 (edited) I just listened to a fairly long interview with Jim Rutherford on the Bob McCown podcast. The interview was on July 27. No significant new information but some interesting tidbits that I thought I note here in case anyone is interested. The order is based on things I thought were interesting, not on the chronological order in the interview. The questions and answers are slightly paraphrased as I cannot remember them exactly. 1. As usual, Rutherford seemed smart and well-spoken -- a refreshing change from the previous guy. (Sooner or later I will stop taking shots at Benning, but not yet as I have a lot of pent-up anger to work off.) 2. Question: Klingberg seemed like a natural fit for the Canucks. Do you look at him in free agency? Answer: We were not in position to go after Klingberg My take: JR sounded unenthusiastic about Klingberg. I would say there is no chance Klingberg ends up on the team. I like this answer and I disagree with the premise of the question. Klingberg would NOT be a good fit for the Canucks. He is a good offensive D but is nowhere near good enough defensively and is well over the target age range. 3. Question: Which of the Canucks surprised you with the quality of their play after you joined the team? Answer 1: Hughes. "I knew he was good but he was even better than I thought and he continues to improve." Answer 2: Podkolzin. He will be a very good player. Also JR mentioned later that Podkolzin really likes Vancouver that he helped recruit Kuzmenko by calling him and encouraging him to come. Answer 3: Pettersson and Horvat. My take: JR is very high on Hughes, which is great. He is also very high on Podklozin, who rated the second mention. The comments about Petey and Horvat were positive but more restrained. My reading is that they actually performed pretty close to his expectations. JR said he likes what Horvat does as captain. 4. Question: What about the Defence? Answer: The defence still needs work. There were a couple of interesting UFAs but nothing was close. Changes will have to come through trades. Would like to be further along at this stage One big problem is depth. If everyone is healthy the D is good enough to win with but injuries would be a major problem. JR is very high on Rathbone and expects him to be in the starting top 6, but Rathbone still needs to prove himself at the NHL level.. Poolman is a good enough to play top 4 if he is healthy. My take: The Canucks are trying to make a trade to add a good RD, but do not hold your breath. 5. Question: What role does the Cap play with the difficulty in making trades? Answer: The cap has been flat due to Covid and makes trades hard because many teams cannot add salary and it is hard to clear cap space. The Canucks will not trade away picks or prospects to add cap space or facilitate trades at this stage. Trying to acquire picks and prospects, not give them up. My take: The Canucks have been trying to trade Myers and some others but won't give up assets to clear cap space. 6. Question: What about Miller? Answer: The best option would be to re-sign Miller. But the sides are a long way apart. JR did not sound optimistic. Will make a trade for the right deal but in no rush. But do not want to lose Miller for nothing and probably will make a trade if Miller is unsigned at the deadline. Do not want to lose him for nothing in Free Agency. My take: No change on previously announced position. Expect Miller to be on the team as the season starts 7. Question: What about Boudreau coaching style? Answer: Expects BB to continue to be an offensive-minded coach and a player's coach who makes the game fun for players. The best defence is playing in the other team's zone. But does want to tighten up play in the defensive zone. The new forwards acquired in free agency should help a lot in that area. 8. Question: What about the changes to front office and coaching staff? Very happy with front office changes. But it takes a while for that to affect on-ice performance. BB basically selected Mike Yeo as his senior assistant coach but JR likes him. We will see how things go this year. JR likes the Sedins a lot. They will work with players in Abby and on the big team. Thinks they will do a great job. My take: This is a probationary year for both BB and Yeo. 9. JR thinks the Canucks are probably a playoff team as currently structured. He talked about goalie situation but nothing new there. This is not a complete list, but is what I thought were the highlights. Edited July 29, 2022 by JamesB 10 21 11 4 1 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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