RoyalDude wrote:Farhan, the team regressed from last season to this. How is getting knocked out of the first round in just 5 games not enough evidence that something is a foul.
Boston, Pitsburgh, and a whole slew of good teams were bounced in the first round this year? Should they also go on some hardcore penis-on-penis rebuilding scheme? OR - should they acknowledge that fact that they're still pretty good....and might need to make a few minor changes? Or - just get some rest?
The Canucks are still a great team. They just seemed tired......perhaps due to the fact that they've been playing constant hockey for almost two years. Lets atleast give them a chance to see what type of effect having a 4+ month rest will do.
How in that do you come to the conclusion that we are 1 player away? We are many players away my friend.
The fact that we've won back-to-back Presidents trophies, had a run to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup, and had some solid success this year despite the fact that it was obvious that Kesler and Raymond weren't their true selves......due to a lack of training from this past summer. Am I right? Maybe. Am I wrong? Maybe. All I know is that this core is still pretty close to being good. Their goaltending, whether it's with Schneider or Lou, is top notch. Their team defense is pretty damn good, and their offense has potential to be as good as it once was if they just add that final missing piece.
On Defense we need another premier D-man, we need a quality 2nd line and a 3rd line. Kesler is our only worthy 2nd line player and puhlllllease do not mention Booth.
Ok - so we bring in Nash and our 2nd line is taken care. You'll either have Sedin-Sedin-Nash on the first line, followed by Higgins-Kesler-Booth on the 2nd line (remember, it's a healthy Kesler), and you'll have Burrows-Lapierre and either Raymond (a well rested Raymond) or Kassian as the winger.
I'll disagree with you that the Canucks need a premiere defenseman. We don't in my opinion. The Canucks have been a great team all these years without a premiere d-man. Our defense has been solid largely because
1) We've always had 5-6 solid defensemen that were worthy of playing top 4.
2) A commitment to team defense
In the defense's case (assuming we package Schneider, Edler, and a pick for Nash), we'd still have......
-Salo (sign him for one more year - protected minutes)
-Gragnani (should be much better next year).
We can also trade one, or even two of the following forwards to get depth on defense if necessary: Hansen, Booth, Higgins, Burrows, or Lapierre. That way - even without an elite defenseman, the Canucks still ensure that they have 5-6 defensemen that are worthy of playing top 4 incase of injuries.
We got loads of 4th line options, a plethora of stone hand 4th line players to choose from, but between the 1st line and 4th line we suck massive and simply do not compare in that department to the remaining teams in the playoffs, that is, unless you consider Higgins, Hansen, Pahlsson, Lappiere, Malhotra, quality 3rd line players, please excuse me while I 'BARF'. There is a serious drop off in effective high end talent after the Sedins, Kesler and Burrows to the remaining group of forwards. You do not see this with the remaining 8 teams in the playoffs. When you look at the Flyers 12 forwards, 11 of them of which are Giroux, Read, Van Reimsdyk, Jagr, Briere, Schenn, Couturier, Wellwood, Voraceck, Simmonds and Hartnell ask yourself, why in gods name do we have 3 shut down centres in Malhotra, Lapierre and Pahlsson when in fact Kesler himself is considered a shut down centre? Who of those 11 forwards for the Flyhers is doing the shutting down? I tell you who, none, they play defense with offense my friend, something we used to do, a full on 4 line arsenal of offensive attacking.
Ask yourself this, do you think we could have used Grabners 20 goals this year and Hodgson's 19 goals this year to help propel our scoring on the 2nd and 3rd lines? Or are you still loving Ballard and Kassian?
I'm with you on all of the above (i.e. I was against the Hodgson deal as much as you were and if we were going to trade Hodgson, I think it was STUPID AS FUCK to trade Hodgson for two very green prospects......at this juncture in the Canucks' timeline).
As far as the "drop off" goes, I think a healthy Kesler would be able to bring out the best in guys like Higgins and Booth. Last year and the year before - guys like Raymond, Samuelson, and even Grabner benefited from playing alongside Kesler and so I don't see why the same couldn't happen. Earlier this season, Higgins-Kesler-Booth also displayed some great chemistry.
If you bring in Nash, you can create a mega line with him and the twins, or you can use him with Kesler (and I know you have issues with Nash playing with Kesler, but fuck...........if Higgins-Kesler-Booth was pretty good earlier in the year, then I see no reason why Nash replacing Booth on that line wouldn't work out).
On the new 3rd line, you could have any combination of Pahlsson, Lapierre, Burrows, Kassian, Raymond, or Hansen. 1 or 2 of these players can be traded to make up for the loss of Edler on defense (we won't get a player of Edler's calibre and potential, but we could easily get a guy that would not look out of place playing on the 2nd pairing as our #3 or #4 defenseman. Long story short - the Canucks maintain their depth on defense.
Sedin-Sedin-Burrows (or Booth or Nash)
Higgins-Kesler-Nash (or Booth, or Burrows)
Raymond-Pahlsson-Lapierre (or Burrows or Hansen).
(Hansen and/or Burrows can be used to trade for defensemen.....or again, any combination of Lapierre, Burrows, Hansen, Kassian, Higgins, Booth, etc.). Personally - I think the Canucks are ok if they keep Pahlsson and Lapierre down the middle. Hansen is also a great defensive player. Higgins, Booth, and/or Burrows could be used to trade for an extra #3/#4 defenseman.
I am also a fan of Philadelphia's abundance of talent up front, but lets not start sucking their dicks before they actually make a run to the cup.....or win the cup. The amount of goals they gave up against Pitsburgh was downright embarrassing. There are plenty of ways to skin a cat. The Canucks don't have to have the depth of a team like the Flyers up front, but they can have a far greater top end talent.
RIP Creeper. You will be missed.