The Brown Knight wrote:@Isle Knuck.
I know what you mean and see where you're coming from. I'd pretty much agree with you 1:1 if it wasn't forthe fact that Burrows IS getting so many damned chances......chances of which he is creating on his own much of the time.
Contrast this to someone like David Booth who is completely invisible out there when he does play.
I have confidence that Burrows will break out of his funk at some point. With Booth......not so much.
Booth is done here. That much is clear. The problem is where does Burrows fit going forward. If he's not going to play with the Sedins, and be a 25G guy, is he capable of being a second liner at 20G/25A year in and out? I have my doubts. Burrows has been a capable PK player, and he's scored some big goals for us. But if I was going to shift this core to a more offensive style Burrows would be the first to go. He's not talented enough on his own to be a premier player and he's not productive enough to anchor a second line. He's a highly paid tweener, and if he's not producing the Canucks are deeply fucked.
On an unrelated note, the Canucks once again show their mental deficiencies as a team. Not only was I confident in knowing that we'd somehow blow our lead heading into the 3rd, but they gave up the go ahead goal just 9 seconds later. As I've been saying since 2009 now.......this team's biggest problem, collectively, is between the ears.
Isn't this just an extension of Burrows not being capable as a 2nd liner? Squeezing the stick too tight? Trying too hard? Stanton made a bad pinch... that's all that happened on that second goal. There's no collective deficiency there. I don't buy your mental problems issue. We're simply not talented enough up front. We have the Sedins+. That's it. Guys that are supposed to be our second line (Kesler, Burrows etc.) are only effective when they get with the Sedins.
This team lacks offense. We're not good enough offensively. No mental problems, not a breakdown. We're just not scoring enough and we're not good enough to score.
Do you think it's just coincidence that this team has struggled with it's offense since the Boston series? I don't think so. Such a shame with this core. I hope they turn things around but it's going to be tough.
This team struggled DURING that Boston series. Injuries were an issue there. Lack of scoring was an issue. It's not a "mental toughness" thing, it's a roster problem. This team is not capable enough to score a lot of goals in the NHL.