It's like 65% "Good, he sucks, I hate him, boo Torres", 25% "Canucks look good" and 10% random non-sequiter. The majority wanted him like crazy a week ago, and now that we have him, TML fans have their hate on for the guy.
Torres has never achieved the promise once seen for him but has become solid mid-level player who has really developed the defensive side of his game. He also has the grit to make the Canucks a far more difficult team to play against. More or less a Tanner Glass but with much better wheels. Line with him, Malhothra and someone like Hansen or Oreskovich has the speed and size to be a good shut down group.
IMO Torres can provide more than Bernier at both ends of the ice and at half the price is a bargain. Hits harder than Bernier and has better acceleration.
Move puts Hodgson's position in jeopardy as I don't see Hodgson in a defensive shut down role and that would appear to be what the third line will be all about. If anything Hodgson might be better looking to push Kesler to the wing (say Kesler, Hodgson and Raymond) and thus allow Samuelsson to play with the Sedins in the absence of Burrows.
The one caution is some of the baggage, rightfully or wrongly, that Torres seems to have acquired over the years. There has certainly been dead periods in his career.
Yet another sign that Hansen is likely on his way off the team, although I'm sure 90%of the people here will disagree because of the blind love for him.
Hansen was starting to be used as a regular PK winger at the end of last season.
With Burrows likely out to start the season, if we traded Hansen that would leave us with only Mason Raymond (who only started PKing last year as well) to play the wing on the PK. Not bloody likely we're left in that situation.
The guys who are in trouble with this signing are Oreskovich and Glass - gritty banging winger types who play the same sort of game as Torres without his skill level.
Hansen played every game in the playoffs last year and his place on this team looks pretty secure to me.
I'm unsure as to when this signing took place. Did it happen before conversations with Asham, or after? If it was before and then kept quite, then MG is still looking to sign players (perhaps Nolan and Morrison are still on the agenda. If it was after, he could be seen as the consolation prize to missing out on Asham. Basically, it tells us if the Canucks are still looking to sign players for the bottom 6.
On Inconsistency: This is the type of inconsistancy that teams should take a chance on. When struggling, Torres still doesn't hurt the team defensively. He's not noticeable on the ice. That is different from being noticeably bad, ala Bieksa. Or, getting unecessary PIMs, ala O'Brien. It's a different type of low end to expect. In that vein, I'm good with Torres coming to this team.
Players I'd still like to see added: Nolan and Kennedy. Nolan seems to still have something left in the tank. He can be useful in a mentorship role, and still has touch enough to be good on the PP. I've been interested in where Kennedy will end up this summer. To me, he's got solid potential and plays gritty enough to be useful in the bottom 6. Lastly, Morrison/Begin/Comrie are still out there for a 4th line C solution.
This is a fantastic signing. Torres was the best forward available not named Kovalchuk, IMO. He's shown a consistent ability to play tough minutes, he's a top notch EV goal scorer, and he brings a physical element that people like to see on the third line. I'm ecstatic.