Re: Canucks video.
posted at 4/24/2012 12:10 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Canucks video.
[QUOTE]Hey North, you may have stated this already elsewhere but what to the Canucks do during the offseason to improve the team outside of Luongo? I am generally interested in your opinion.
Posted by islamorada[/QUOTE]
Most of the core players are signed, exceptions being Raymond (RFA), Pahlsson (UFA), Rome (UFA), Gragnani (RFA), and Schneider (RFA). They'll probably make qualifying offers to Raymond & Gragnani, to retain their rights, with the aim of trading Raymond's rights, but re-signing Gragnani, who they think can develop into an Ehrhoff-type puck-moving d-man. I doubt Pahlsson will be back, but Rome will probably be re-signed as a 3rd pair guy, especially since Salo will either be left unsigned, or will retire.
The big question, of course, is in goal. I think MG will ask Luongo for a short-list of teams he would waive his NTC for, and start dealing.I could see Luongo wanting to go to the Bolt or the Panthers, for obvious reasons. I think the Canucks want a shut-down d-man, a la Willie Mitchell in his prime. That's the one element on the blueline which they've been missing for the past several seasons -- the alpha guy who really takes charge. Maybe Edler becomes that guy, maybe he's the guy who's paired with the alpha guy. The current D is made up of a lot of pretty decent 2nd pair guys, but seems to lack a true leader.
As for other forwards, they have a lot of hope for current fringe guys like Volpatti and Pinozotto, and Jensen is a blue-chipper who will probably start next season in Chicago, but could be up by mid-season. I think they still hold out faint hope for a guy like Schroeder, but if doesn't show something significant soon, it'll be all over for him.
I'm still not sold on Booth, and I'm wondering where Higgins disappeared vs. LA; they'll keep the core guys: Henrik & Daniel, Kes, Burr, and Hansen. They like Lappy, even though you guys hate him like the plague; Manny's still one of the greatest faceoff guys in the league, even though he only scores every blue moon. Kassian should get better with maturity -- there's no way they'll give up on him yet, especially after giving up Hodgson to get him.
Despite the crazy talk, I wouldn't do anything with the front office. Mike's made some good moves, and AV is a good coach.