Boston Canucker wrote:I have to say, from afar watching the games on center ice, I'm actually enjoying this season much more than the past two post-2011 run seasons. The past two years just felt like we were biding time until the playoffs to get to games with some tension, meaning (and as we learned, total disappointment). At times, I wondered why I even bothered to watch the last couple years, and often didn't. Now, the games actually matter in December, imagine that!, and the team's style under Torts is worth watching, when they are pushing the play as he wants them too. If we get in, I think we will, it's likely in the 6-8 range area, so be it, if young guys like Lack, Tanev, Stanton etc get playing time, keep improving, with Horvat/Shinkaruk on the horizon, I can live with that as a transition year or two in which the team is still in the mix, if not a favorite.
Agreed. The team under Torts has been refreshing to watch. You can see the urgency in the Canucks this year, whereas the last couple of years, the individual games didn't seem to matter much to the players.
Boston Canucker wrote:On the salary cap, unless he "flips the switch" I don't see how Booth avoids a buyout. That 4 mill in space plus the space gained from the cap going up gives them some nice room to work with. I keep hoping Booth will get it going (every time I see a cut move to the net like against the Canes for example, hope rears its ugly head), but it seems highly doubtful...
I agree Booth will be bought out. "Hope rears its ugly head" beautifully summarizes the situation. At some point you have to know when to quit, and if Booth isn't productive within the next several weeks (which it's looking like he won't be) then there is absolutely no value in not buying him out.