Agreed. His cap room would let us retool, and a retooling is needed, primarily behind the bench, but Raymond and Hansen are questionmarks now too.Farhan Lalji wrote:Agreed on all accounts.rufus wrote:The case could be made that we could easily up 2-1 but I won't make it.
This is not the same team we were used to seeing up until the last 20 games or so. No offense, no power play, no second round. The only question now is who starts the next game.
Canucks should be up 2-1 in this series, but perhaps taking 'coasting' for the past 3 months for the most part has made the difference.
The "on-switch?" My ass. Maybe next year, the Canucks won't take half the fucking season off and "just get by" to beat the Columbus' and Edmonton's of this world.
p.s.___________Schneider should start next game and every single game for the forseeable future. If Gillis and Vigneault had any sense whatsoever, they would have done this after January 7th after we defeated Boston in the biggest regular season game in our franchise history. It's so obvious that the team actually does play slightly better when Schneider is in there..........and this became even more apparent after January 7th.
Luongo needs to be dealt in the off-season and I sincerely wish him the best.
Hansen has ZERO finish (I know, I know, it's cuz he's a Dane). He plays his heart out, but when he's the guy blowing the only chance we really get in a game, you gotta replace him with someone who can finish or demote him to the 4th line. Raymond can finish better, but brings "it" about 10% of the time.....sure he's been really good the last 2 games, but I'm not going to advocate paying $2.5M for a guy that floats through the regular season and is going to do nothing but elevate his play to find no results in the the playoffs.
Pahlsson is gone. Malhotra should go too.
Get Kassian in shape and give him 12 minutes a game on the 3rd/4th line and in the goalie's face on the PP. Also send him over the boards immediately following incidents like the on tonight where Brown ran Henrik.
Edler should go. He's had such a great upward curve on the graphs but I think he stalled this year and I doubt he'll recover to the point we need him to. Either deal him or re-sign him as a number 5 guy at a price that correlates to that spot.
Leave the Amex line alone and get a coach who will have them playing straight up and down, north-south, hockey where one guy carries the puck and two guys crash the net from either side. They will score 70 goals as a line doing that.
Go back to a scoring 3rd line, but one that can play both ends of the rink rather than just the shutdown hockey that RD has come to love.
Above all get a new coach, one that can see the forest for the trees and isn't too stubborn or too obtuse to change something up other than the line combinations.