Uncle dans leg wrote:This likely won't be a very popular post but I think the Vancouver Canucks biggest issue is the decline of Henrik and Daniel Sedin.
Whether last season was all on the system played and other intangibles is more or less drawing away from the meat of the problem. They have peaked and will not ever likely come close to being the point machines they once were. Coupled with a 7 million dollar cap hit each and it most certainly has to be the elephant in the room.
I realize how valuable they have been to the team over the years and would like to see our team keep them but the reality is they are now dramatically over paid and keeping the team from moving forward as a franchise.
Their contracts are definitely boat anchors that we will be hating in 2 years time.
This is one area where AV demonstrated superior coaching strategies compared to Torts. Where Torts advocated for 'all my players will be shot-blocking and my best players need to be on the penalty kill as well', AV opted to utilize the Sedin's selectively esp. for offensive zone face-offs/situations. Under Tort's, the Sedin's appeared to run out of gas in the second half of the season - they were spent/over-used/cooked.
So most here would agree with you Uncle Dan BUT it's probably the case that the Sedin's will have value if they're played in selective situations (like 1st string powerplay NOT penalty kills). It's unfortunate we don't have a bonafied second line to to come on and assume first line duty and then have the Sedin's drop into a second line role.
But yeah. many of us have been talking about THIS elephant in the room for awhile now even though there's been a number of parties who really get their backs up when suggestions are made that the Sedin's have indeed had their day and we're now witnessing the decline; add to this the fact that they are guaranteed to receive 14 per over the next couple of seasons. You got to wonder WTF Gillis thinking? While I'm onto Gillis here, did you guys know that he put in a 'no-trade' clause that kicks in on Jannick Hansen's contact this year???!!?? Jannick fuckin Hansen. So apparently there are now 8 players on the roster with NTC's. Gawd.