Hockey Widow wrote:On AV:
Wants to come back. Was part of the decision re Luongo/Cory and is fine with how it all went down. Has been silent waiting for MG to get his deal and business attended to. MG wants him back and it is expected that he will get a similar 4 year extension same as MG. MG has assured several players that AV will be back. The players are big AV supporters and want him back. A feeling of unfinished business. WOW.
Wow is right. A coach who can't inspire one of the best teams in the NHL to actually show up for more than a handful of games over a 3 months span, and then bows out in 5 games to the 8th seed while setting what has to be a franchise record low for GPG over the last 12 playoff games going back to the SCF. I guess it takes 3 strikes for the writing to be on the wall.
Hockey Widow wrote:On Luongo:
Toronto is the front runner, for now. Allaire is the draw that has Luongo putting them on his list that does not exist. The cost will be high as MG does have 3 other teams that are also very high on Luongo but MG wants to try and deal Luongo to one of his top two choices, not at the risk of a bad deal, however.
Unsurprising. I think that the direction MGGM decides to go on the blueline will dictate what the best deal is as to whether or not he goes after cap space and prospects/picks or a legitimate return in the form of a player.
Hockey Widow wrote:Kassian:
Players love him and feel he is the real deal. Described as a good kid and real team player. Was just a little lost at the end of the year and hasn't found a role. He is described as very reserved and shy. Team has him on a strict off season training plan and the players are very high on what he can bring to the team down the road. Next year may be a little too early to see what it is felt he can bring so time will tell.
Good to hear. I was getting skeptical about him towards the end, but did feel that he simply didn't have the experience to really find a role on a team that looked to be lost and in search of a collective identity the entire time Kassian was here (Also before he got here).
Hockey Widow wrote:Salo:
Wants to come back one more year. Canucks have said the same thing to him as last year, we want you back but we have to wait to see what we can afford over the summer.
Good. I think that Salo is perhaps the best option for the bottom pairing, especially if he's coming back for relatively cheap. He's a great team guy, and for him to want to come back even though they are essentially telling him he is low priority going forward, that is great, even better that he understands and is all about the team here.
Hockey Widow wrote:Burrows:
Took a home team discount last time with no regrets but won't this time around. Wants to re-sign but at full market value or he will go to UFA.
Also unsurprising. The guy has to be thinking that if Leino can score that much, he's worth equal cash. In my books Burrows is worth at least $4M.
To CrzyCanuck: Burrows has helped the Sedins as much as they have helped him. Hank and Dank were on a gradual upward curve that took a decent jump with Carter and then dropped back into its gradual ascension until Burrows ended up on their line. He made the PK better, gelled with Kesler, has been a solid contributor in every setting, has given the entire team much needed lift and scored some HUGE goals for the Canucks. I think that the Sedins without Burrows would see the twins playing at a 70(ish) ppg pace at best. Burrows was the only guy on the team, IMHO, that showed up and brought 100% every game this year. People can rant and rave about Kesler, the Twins, Juice, and Lou, but Burrows is the heart of this team on the ice. I think Burrows would be a consistent 60+ point guy if he got a chance to play in a more wide open system that put more emphasis on playing both sides of the rink rather than stacking on side and letting him battle in front against defenders that have 10-20+ pounds on him.
Hockey Widow wrote:Edler:
Undisclosed injuries but I can't get any more than that but I'm thinking the back is just not right.
I still say move him if it paves the way for a shot at Weber or could land us Hedman in a package that sends Lou to Tampa.