coco_canuck wrote:[The point isn't to critique Crosby, it's simply to say, it's a joke to say Higgins is an unworthy player based on a poor performance in a 5 game playoff series.
Same story as the cup final, having more depth on the 4th line would be nice and all, but that was never the real issue. But they're the most interchangeable parts of the forward group, so it seems some are quick to suggest changes on a whim.
Agree on both points, and I'm even guilty of suggesting changes after a bad game or two, but I have to say that despite the obvious disappointment that was collectively felt by Canucks fans everywhere last April, I don't think it's worth throwing the whole team under the bus. When you look at the next 3 rounds for LA.....they STEAM-ROLLED the living shit out of the league on the way to the Cup. Darryl Sutter is one of the best coaches in the NHL when it comes to getting a team to play clutch and grab, defense first, playoff hockey. This should be qualified by pointing out that if the officials actually called the games in April, May, and June, the same way they did October through January, well then Sutter loses his appeal. The only team that might have stood up to the Kings last year was the 2011 SCF Bruins, but even they would have been in tough as the Kings have more talent and speed.
So the 2012 playoffs alone are not reason enough for suggesting changes. They are just a sore spot that is easily provoked.
Our top line needs to be faster. But that isn't going to happen when it is comprised of the Sedins. The only change that they can make at this point in their careers that will improve the team and success of the line is to see both of them become a little more selfish.....we've all said this for years.
Our second line needs a playmaker. (Higgins fits here if that change is made)
Our third line needs to be a bit more consistent when it comes to providing scoring support. (Higgins fits here too)
Our fourth line needs to be upgraded so far as speed and physical play goes.
Our defense needs to be nastier.
Goaltending is just fine.