I think a lot of people here are really underestimating how hard it is to get key players/pieces for a team. It's not like the Canucks organizations says, "hey we need a top-6 power forward", and the universe responds "*bink*, here u go GMMG!"
regarding erhoff. it was either keep him, let bieska walk, salo stays or walks. ballard traded. but it was quite the opposite. the pp this year hasnt been the same without erhoff. he's the key to the pp.
I agree Erhroff was a loss and I would've preferred too keep him rather then Bieksa..But there was no way Gillis was going to sign Christian to a 7 or 10 year contract..That would be like a slap in the face to the Sedins who were denied a 12 year deal or something like that..
This season, Bieksa has done nothing to show me that he has turned the corner on his consistent "play badly, play awesome in contract year, repeat" process. If the choice truly was between Bieksa and Erhrhoff, it really doesn't appear to be the best decision, given Erhrhoff signs for 5-5.5 mil/year. Of course, the season is young, although I really hope Bieksa doesn't mail it in again for the course of this contract.
Ehrhoff's got 1g4a in 7gp, -6 though. Salo's got 3g3a in 8gp, and +5. Getting paid less, and is on a shorter term contract too.
All jokes aside our PP just lost two of our better pointmen, and it's gone down the toilet (so far).
The one goal is an empty-netter and the only two of the assists are PP points.
My point is that there's no point constantly whining "Oh we miss Ehrhoff" when his departure was a two-way street, and he's not coming back. If we can't make up for him, we're clearly not as good as we think we are.
Why don't we just find a way to win. Screw whether Ehrhoff left or not. Screw how bad Luongo is playing right now. Screw whatever other little details we're all obsessing about. Find a way to win. Overcome adversity. It's a team, not a collection of individuals.
That's what we're all missing with all this talk about particular players who are here are not. Right now the whole team is not getting the job done.