An interesting article that summarizes & investigates what many have been thinking ...
Barring trades, there won’t be much competition at Canucks training camp.
"We do have to be careful with what we do this summer,” said Trevor Linden a few months ago. “We're okay with being young next year. We're going to be extremely young, we know that.”
The Canucks’ actions on July 1st seemed to bely his words, as they added three older veterans that will prevent the team from getting “extremely” young.
Jim Benning claimed that the message his players were meant to get from these signings is that the competition is on.
Some might argue that Beagle, Roussel, and Schaller will play in the bottom-six, where the Canucks’ youth won’t play. It’s a baffling argument; who says that young players can’t play on the third and fourth lines?
Unless the Canucks make some trades this summer, there won’t really be any spots to battle for in training camp, as roster decisions could come down to who’s waiver eligible and who isn’t, rather than merit.
Sure, there will be injuries, and players will get called up, but for players hoping to make the team out of training camp, the Canucks’ free agent signings didn’t say “We want competition at camp,” but “You can’t make these roster spots out of camp.”
Are these moves (Beagel, Roussel, Schaller) the mark of a genius
, as some here would say?
Is Trevor Linden more than a shill, purchased for the value of his good will with the fans?