Gillis targeting Schneider
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08-28-2008, 01:48 AM
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because, as it stand right now, those guys aren't ideal 2nd line center material. eventually hoghson will be, but if we want to compete now we can't count on the like of krogs or shannon to anchor the 2nd line. demitra is better suited on the wing IMO. i wouldn't want to wait till the season start and find out none of them can handle the responsibility, once you fall behind in the west it is really hard to catch up.
plus with ohlund, salo, mitchell, and if we make the trade, schneider, we have an excellent group of top 4. we can afford to deal either bieksa or edler for offensive help, especially with krajicek still in the system and need playing time. of course we aren't going to sell of bieksa or edler for a declining player, but somebody young and offensive (if we can acquire those kind of player) is acceptable return right now.
No matter how good a young & offensive player the Canucks got, we could not compete against teams like Pittsbourgh, Washington, LA, Ottawa, Edmonton as an offensive style of play team. We don't have the depth of those types of forwards those teams have. Nor are we going to get a Malkin, a Crosby or the like for Bieksa or Edler in trade.
Vancouver's strength is the quality and depth of defensive role players on our team. It starts in goal with Luongo and spreads out with a strong top six on defense and a strong bottom six on our forward lines. To weaken any part of that just to improve our top six doesn't give our team a better chance at the Cup. Reducing our team's strengths just leads us into that medioratim of average teams that have quality players at each level, but lack any special advantage over the rest of the league.
Yes we need to score more goals, but that can be achieved in many ways. Bernier and Demitra should be better than Naslund and Morrison (though I'd love to get Morrison back). Our strong defensive style should prevent a few more goals this season while also being able to add to the offense. The bottom six has improved immensely and should help the PK. While the top six is only slightly improved, the type of players Gillis is sighning are the type that usually are very good on special teams.
To try an make this a Cup team in one season is not realistic. Trading away players who should be there to help you two & three seasons away is a step backwards in my opinion and in two or three seasons Hodgson and Grabner will both be there ready to play.
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