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Canucks re-sign F Victor Oreskovich to 1 year deal ($605k/$105k)
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09-07-2011, 10:27 AM
Drop the Sopel
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Wow, you guys are really fickle. 6 weeks ago, people were penciling him into the roster even without a signed contract and hoping he got one soon. Now it's 'screw him, we don't need him'. In the playoffs, he was part of a 4th line that made opposing teams double check their blind spots before trying to squeeze into the zone.
Often times, he was part of a bottom 6 that helped steal back momentum when we started chasing the puck. He didn't score, but there was an intangible value to what they did and it's not something you can easily review a stat sheet to find out.
I'm really not sure what you guys were expecting
to make him seem like a disappointment or what you are expecting to happen with whomever you're now penciling in to replace him. But I can say that I was very pleased with Oreskovich in the ways he did contribute and I would be happy to see him return.
I was expecting him to stick up for teammates and drop the gloves on occasion to fill the role he himself said he could. Instead we got a huge, timid puppydog that was unwilling and unable to mix it up or provide an ounce of intimidation - and that's why he doesn't even deserve consideration for anything more than a league minimum, two-way contract. When you bring zero contributions on the scoreboard offensively and defenseively you need to bring more to the table than bodychecking - Oreskovich didn't do that.
If Winchester is signed or given a PTO I wouldn't be surprised if VO finds himself sitting somewhere around 15-16 on the depth chart when the dust settles following pre-season. The depth up front this year is much better than last and there are a lot of big bodies vying for 4th line roles that either bring more skill or toughness to the table. And in Owen Nolan's case, both.
The anti-Rudy didn't play with enough desperation when he had a two-way contract - I don't even want to think about what type of play we see out of him with a one-way deal and a little job security.
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