Fred wrote:Here's a question regarding the'Nucks defense...who is their number one guy ? if the answer is not clear i think we have a problem. Second question after henrik who is the next play maker on the team ?
Having a #1 dman would not solve all the problems, the chemistry is just not there.
Daniel is the next play maker on the team. Seriously, some teams do not even have a playmaker to begin with let alone having two.
A number one defensman is the guy when he steps on the ice there's a collective release of breath from the bench. A take charge, Lidstrom, Weber, Seabrooke type...every one relaxes and resets their own space. Edler who I like a lot, took a step back this season. Personally i started to post to that effect mid season. His personality just doesn't seem conducive to taking a commanding role. A quality #2. Ohlund was maybe the guy that came closest in recent times.
Play makers. Some teams do not have a play maker...the Leafs spring to mind
But if you only have one you basically become a one line team and with the failure of kesler this season that's what Vcr became a one line team. Easy for any opposing coach to match. If we want success next season we need another play maker does MG gamble that will be a refreshed Kesler or a Schroeder ( big gamble ) or does he try and bring in a ready made guy through a trade.
Should be an interesting summer. There are few UFAs coming up in 2012 maybe we should be looking at the 2013 ie players that have to be signed next season. Jordon Stall for example ....how long will he be willing to play behind Malkin and Crosby ? or how about Travis Zajac if NJ would want to sign Luongo as a replacement for Brodeur ??
Just a side note every one notice the teams left in the Cup are all boring defense first teams, we should get a refund from our tickets next season if this is the route that the league is going to follow
Just seen this at Canucks Army
There is no shortage of relevant Canucks topics to discuss right now. Planning for the summer and beyond seems a tad premature, as does writing a eulogy for Roberto Luongo as a Canuck. Will Mason Raymond be back? Much to the chagrin of many, I’ll say yes. What happens to Keith Ballard? Do the Canucks address the lack of a playmaker on the second line? Who do they build the third line around? The answers to these questions will come in due time.
Did Gillis not think the club was ready this season? He did bring in Sammy Pahlsson to “replace” Hodgson. However, he didn’t break the bank acquiring a top four defenseman, which was and is the most pressing need for the team. Gillis saw what we are starting to see now – the Canucks will be able to field a contender for the next three or four years, at least. He also saw a team that wasn't necessarily worth going all in on. Depending on how the rest of the summer plays out, this season could be a case of the team taking "one step back, and two steps forward."