Thanx for the post SC. I was trying to remember exactly what happened that year as I know we had the WCE and the Sedin/Carter lines going. I think we had Linden and Cooke along with a young Kes, Burr and Bieksa breaking in as well. Up front, this team was pretty sweet. I know our defence was decimated with injuries and Clouts was questionable, but couldn't remember why. I knew Jovo was banged up a bit and u bringing up the olympics with Ohlund and Salo getting injured refreshed my memory. Of all the teams that allowed their players to participate in the olympics, Nonis definately paid the biggest price by losing 2 of his top D-men in Salo and Ohlund. Along with having Jovo out, it just killed him. If that team could of stayed healthy, it had the potential to be a serious dark horse team that could surprise a lot of ppl and make a nice run. That was why Nonis was desperate to make the playoffs and he was willing to trade alot of his picks just to try to get them in. Unfortunately, it wasn't enuff. If I were him, I probably would of done the same thing.
He treated his picks like toilet paper in acquiring the likes of Carney, Noranen and Weinrich. I'm glad none of those picks directly resulted in a top player. It would make Nonis look super bad. Yeah, but if he could of landed Lucic with one of those 2nd rounders, it would of been SWEET! Imagine getting Grabner and Lucic in one year.
The year after, Carter and Jovo signed deals elsewhere. He lost Bert in the Lou deal and brings in Willie. The team wasn't really built to run and gun anymore and had the ingredients of more of a tight defensive checking team. The team had to be more defensive until they could bring in/develop better offensive players. He lets go of long time high flying offensive minded Coach Crawford and brings in AV's defensive system. Thus, we get a couple years of defensive minded hockey in Vancouver. In time as the young players with the Canucks develops, Gillis comes in at just about the right time to bring in a more offensive/possession brand of hockey cuz he has the players that could play that style successfully now. Had to slip that in there. *hehe*