Reefer2 wrote:When the deal was done I said I did not like it, maybe in the off season but not now. Kassian was not going to bring anything to the team this season to help them win the SC. I said that CH scoring was more important as it takes pressue of the top 2 lines and I was told secondary scoring was a luxury. Thinking Kassian may help in 2 - 3 years is bad planning, this team needs to win now and go for it. They have a short window of opportunity and just look no further that SJ on how easily a team can fall.
I am not in the locker room so I don't know the truth about what CH and/or his agent really asked for or how they acted with MG but somehow I feel AV had something to do with this deal happening at the time it did. One problem this team has (and still does) are the tough guys who can hit hard and fight when needed, last season with Glass and who ever else was on the 4th line they never did anything to help the team win against Boston.
This year if the Nucks come up against a team like Bos I do not see Kassian at 21 being the answer but CH may chip in a few goals that would help. I will stand by my belief that the deal was bad for this team at the time it was made.
I like Zack Kassian, but you don't trade a young skilled centre who was helping pick up the slack in creating offense, for a project parked down on the 4th line. I thought we were suppose to be trying to win the cup now?
This trade has done diddly squat to stop teams from picking on the Sedins. Even if Gillis had picked up Ott, Moen and Staubitz it still would do fuck all to stop teams from taking liberty on the Sedins. The Sedins are effective when the offense is spead out, now it's not. All the CoHo trade did was make it easier for teams to shut down our skill cause we now have less of it. I just don't get the trade. We now have no 3rd line but 3 Shut Down lines like Botch said and is all excited about.