Farhan, I was considering your consideration that Henrik Sedin is going to be a very good second line player when I was thinking about elite status. I think Henrik has been an elite center, and I hope he can continue that way for at least a couple of more years, but your position is based on him declining from elite status is it not?
I don’t disagree with your statement about a team having an overwhelming strength in the playoffs as a major factor in winning the cup. However, I am not so sure about the necessity of it for a team to be a contender, that may win when factors such as injuries etc come into play. If it was, surely we would see teams winning consecutive cups more often than we do.
In my post I was just giving my opinion in the SCFs as to what I felt the “overwhelming strength” of the teams was. Feel free to disagree, and sure teams can have both elite centers and defenceman. But on balance, it seems to me that the teams that have made the SCFs have had better strength on the defensive side more often than the offensive side.
I wonder if it is easier to trade for an elite defenceman compared to an elite centerman? Which type has changed teams more often over the last decade?
You think the overwhelming strength should be on offence. I disagree. I think great defence shuts down great offence more often than not. Most coaches think your offence starts with good defence. do they not?
I think if the Canucks can get an overwhelming strength, it should be on defence, if we can’t have both. Obviously it can’t be to the point where you have good goal tending, great defence, and not enough offensively and otherwise defensively to balance what your opponent brings. But for the Canucks, Salo is just about done, and Tanev will not be an equal replacement for a couple of years, if ever. Edler is inconsistent, Bieska and Hamhuis very good, and Edler and Bieska our only physical presences (which is important as it seems teams are generally getting bigger and stronger).
Shut down hockey may not be flashy, and like many others, I love “firewagon” hockey. But to remain contenders, I think the Canucks have to stay better than their opponents on the defensive side.