Jyrki21 wrote:I agree that it is possible, though it would probably entail losing a forward. But considering how much of the Canucks' offense stems from this guy, decreasing forward depth may not be a horrible thing. When the Canucks were a "one-line team" with the WCE, the truth was that they were a multi-line team thanks to the defense. It can't be underestimated.
Under a cap system it is always about choices...unless you have a plethora of young talent because of great drafting. The canucks don't have that talent in the system so they have had to make a choice on where to concentrate the resoruces and Nonis likes to preach "from the net out". If that's the case: Salo, Ohlund, Mitchell is a nice core to build around for a few years. Add in Krajicek and Bieksa and it looks very good. The only way they can afford to lose Salo (or not have to replace him with a similar player at similar price) is if Krajicek really steps up offensively by seasons end or if management feels Koltsov can come in and fill the hole.
Speaking of Bieksa...you have to give this guy a pat on the back. he must have worked on his balance/strength in the offseason. He isn't getting outmuscled anymore and actually looks like a 20 minute a night D-man. Good for him. It appears he has made some great strides since last season. Perhaps the biggest factor is a coach that has an actual bonafide defensive system.