Keep in mind that at the year-end presser Gillis stated that he is going to hit the reset button on this franchise like he did when he first came into the organization.
Well, the resetting process back in 2008 was an overhaul/mass hiring of the guys that surround the GM.
Is the same concept in play? Maybe.
http://canucksarmy.com/2012/10/5/the-to ... gillis-era
http://canucksarmy.com/2012/10/8/the-to ... era-part-2
As the 2013/14 season starts..
Besides the striking coaching change, the personnel is noticeably younger (and cheaper), but none of the players added are considered high level prospects. This team, on paper, is worse than the prior – older at the core, younger at the fringes, but lacking the addition of youthful talent with significant upside, who are deemed, for the time being anyway, not ready. The younger fringe players added should be a compliment to a Tortorella system that will simply require his troops to be more energetic. But the lack of scoring depth could be disastrous if there is a single significant injury to the top six forward group. The same lack of depth applies to their goaltending, as well.
Suffice is to say, the term “organizational reset” is typical Mike Gillis spin doctoring. The mandate for new coach Tortorella is clear – push the buttons of the senior core players with the aim of getting more out of them before their clocks expire.
Anyways I think team is has a good core but this core seems like it desperately needs and wants a retooling, nothing major but something to shake it up a bit.
It's clear as night and day that we still need a 2nd line that can produce plus we still need a premier 3rd shutdown line (Higgins _______ Hansen) that can be used in ANY situation and succeed, enabling Kesler to solely concentrate on scoring.
Personally I think if the aquobros bring in a new GM he will quickly realize this and deftly make a couple trades to bring this core closer to cup contender status.
Enough projects and hopefuls that never pan out, go for proven skill and surround the Sedins and Kesler with some frickin talent! Or else the owners will finally have enough and ship MG out after the 2014 season.