Hockey Widow wrote:Yes, I think the SJS model is a better one to follow. Like it or not the Twins are with us for 4 more years. We have made that commitment and so have they. We must, finally, build secondary scoring around them. Everything SKYO said is bang on.
It was what MG said was going to happen this season. OK, it didn't happen for whatever reasons. But he simply cannot use the injury excuse this year. He cannot say he needs one more season with this core to see what they can do when healthy. The problems are more systemic than that. Injuries unmask that. Yes, injuries certainly do matter but it really is more than that with this team.
The multiple NTC will not pose a problem. Only a select few players have a NTC to ensure they get to stay in that city. Most have one to get to control where they go and when they go. So a NTC won't prevent us from being able to move a player but it will impact the number of trading partners and the time of year a deal can be done. In that respect MG will be hand cuffed, but he will be able to move players should he choose.
Making changes to the core is not just about getting full value back. It is also about changing the culture, creating cap space, creating roster spots.
I think we have a very strong nucleus on defence so just one big change there. Our goaltending is above average, so we are fine there. It is the combination up front that we need to really tear down and build back up.
We have secondary scoring around them. In fact, "secondary" scoring is about the only scoring we have been getting. The Sedins have been downright awful since they signed their contracts, and Daniel in particular hasn't scored a goal in a quarter of a season. We aren't going anywhere with them as our first line, and I doubt we go anywhere with them as our second line given how much they make. If Gillis isn't willing to explore moving them then the next 4 years are going to be extremely dark and gloomy.
This team needs a major rebuild. The core is dead, and clearly not good enough. It was easy to predict that this would be a bad year for the Canucks, and I accurately predicted this back in the Summer when all Gillis did was bring in Brad Richardson as his big UFA signing. Calling Torts "the big re-set" was just silly, and I hope fans call him out on it this year.
The multiple NTC's are a major problem because they don't allow Gillis to move any meaningful players. You can't expect players like Hansen and Higgins to bring back a large return that will change this team. In order to change our forwards in some meaningful way we need to be moving players like the Sedins, Kesler and Burrows. That's our core up front, and they are the reasons why this team isn't performing this season.
Defensively we have been a complete mess. In one or two periods we'll look good, then they'll break down and all hell will break loose. Edler with his team worst -23 clearly cannot handle the pressure of being a number 1 defenseman. If he still has value like we think he does, he needs to go. Hopefully we can get a legitimate top 6 forward with youth for him, otherwise it will be a tough pill to swallow.
Assuming the Sedins, Kesler and Burrows are all, or mostly, traded, then Luongo should be traded as well. No sense keeping an aging goalie around when we're doing a youth movement. I love Luongo, but it doesn't make sense. Bring in youth up front, continue to introduce youth on our back end, and ease Lack into a starters role (perhaps a 50/50 timeshare going forward with a veteran goalie who will be happy with such a role, and we know Luongo clearly wouldn't be).
Also, I have no problem with Tortorella as of right now. People want to scapegoat him, but he's not to blame. It's not his fault the roster he inherited just wasn't very good.