Well, The Gillis core was who? Hank, Danny, Kesler, Burrows, Hansen, Edler, Bieksa, Hamhuis, and Luongo?Diehard1 wrote: ↑Sat Apr 07, 2018 8:11 amIf we are talking about the 2011 core sure, but who is talking about that? This is 2018, probably time to move on. Over the past 3 years, who is a ‘core’ player they have moved? Hasn’t been one - Sedins, Edler, Tanev, Sutter, Eriksson, Horvat, all still here or soon to be retired. I guess you could say Burrows and Hansen, but I wouldn’t say they were core guys anymore.Meds wrote: ↑Fri Apr 06, 2018 11:34 pm
The point is how loyal they’ve been to a core that has produced the worst results in the league over the past 3 years (can’t argue with the record). Now that the twins are gone they have a chance to change their tune and do things differently. Maybe we should wait to see what they do? I for one am very interested in the road forward and hope for some big changes.
You Benning apologists are so sensitive, can’t help but think everything is a shot at him even if it’s not.
Of those guys all but Luongo were still here when Benning took over. He was forced to immediately move out Kesler.
He then continued on with the others for another season. Hamhuis refused to open up his NTC beyond a pair of teams. Bieksa was more accommodating.
Hansen and Burr both went willingly for decent returns.
Benning came in and moved out 66% of that core while stating that he was planning to build a new core from the ground up. So then he acquired some placeholders for the interim as well as some future pieces that had the potential to be a part of a new core or, failing that, at least support it.
Sutter, Baertschi, Eriksson, Gudbranson, Granlund, and Gagner, are names that fit the bill of placeholders with potential. Only Sutter (yeah he's overpaid and overrated), Baertschi, and Gudbranson, look like they might be good additions to surround a new core that Benning hopes to build around Horvat, Pettersson, Boeser, Juolevi, and Demko. I think that Virtanen might also be a guy they want to see as a core player, but he has to smarten up his game and his consistency.
So your definition of an old core to which Benning's loyalty is subject is somewhat lacking in basis.
The only truly core players, remaining with the team going into 2018-19, that we've seen in a Canucks uniform for more than a couple of games in the last 4 years are Horvat and Boeser. But yeah, you're right Diehard, they suck, be rid of them and transition to the next group.....what's your real name, Kevin Lowe, Craig MacTavish, or Darryl Katz?