Hockey Widow wrote:The number of available spots would depend upon the bodies we move out and who we get in return via trade. If we trade a core player one would assume you have a least one roster player coming back.
But even with a trade or two we still have roster room to add some kids. The biggest problem with that is that unless they prove to be outstanding in all facets of the game I somehow sense they end up playing 4 minutes on the 4th line.
In other words, I don't want these kids to end up being Dalpe replacements. If we are not committed to putting them in a position to win and live with their learning curve they are better suited to be on Utica. Look at Jensen. Why is he on the 4th line when we need scoring? Why is he not getting the minutes? If this is how we can expect the kids to be used then we continue to see bottom six trying to play top six again next year.
It has to be an organizational commitment and a philosophy of development. Not the Oiler approach of throwing everyone into the fire, we are better than that. But I wonder if Torts has it in him to stop riding your best players for 20-25 minutes every night and to start using his bench more.
I recall that Tort's said early on ...duh, maybe it was Gillis? I can't remember for sure. BUT, the 'word' on Tort's was that he was supposed to be good with the young up-an-comers. Frankly, I don't believe it. There is basically no evidence to support that view. Many have been perplexed by how he has handled Kassian. The potential was there to involve Kass on the powerplay, if not the first powerplay line, then the second - but NOPE. Jensen comes up, gets the Nuck masses all excited with what he can do, and "back of the bus" ya go! Tort's comes across as a desperate coach looking to ride his one trick pony for all its worth; if some of the Sedin's is good, then more must be better! I know that no matter what I say on here, there's still going to be pro-Tort bloggers who will offer an opposing point of view. But really, I sincerely hope that he is gone within days after the end of the season!
An article in the local news media makes what I think is a good point, Tort's failed to accommodate his hockey system to the type of players that are on the Canuck's roster, and AV did. What comes to my mind is when the Nonis tenure came to an end, we had only achieved success up to that point in time by being superly defensively responsible, and Luongo was in a position to back us up. As soon as Gillis came in, the word was ownership wanted a more offensive - upbeat game. Could AV deliver this? He did.
Unfortunately for AV, and the Canucks in general, it was obvious that we no longer really had the horses to provide the scoring we needed, and Gillis really didn't deliver in the off-season (didn't bring in any real goal scoreres). But truthfully, with Tort's in the drivers seat I don't know if it would have made any difference anyways.
So what do i really want - a new coach, a new GM, and some trades involving our core - an that's the order of my preferences.