— Samuel (@7SevenIn7) April 16, 2017
I think you’ll all be surprised to hear that the one trade I would undo isn’t from the current Canucks’ front office. In fact, it’s from the Mike Gillis years. If there was one trade I could undo, it’s the trade that sent the Florida Panthers Michael Grabner and a first-round pick for Keith Ballard.
While I have a great deal of sympathy for the Canucks in that situation (doubt they make that trade if they know the full extent of Ballard’s injury status that summer), it’s probably the one move that hurt their chances at a Stanley Cup in 2011. Think about it. Ballard ate up north of $4-million in salary and cost the Canucks all their premier deadline assets for average-to-below-average play on the third line.
The process was sound. If Ballard plays at half the level for Vancouver that he did previously in his career, that’s a boon to the Canucks’ blue line. Unfortunately, he was a shell of his former self.
— Miles Hoaken (@SmokinHoaken) April 16, 2017
Like I said during my Facebook Live appearance for the CBC Vancouver, I’ll never advocate for someone to lose their job. That extends to the Canucks’ front office. In a perfect world, they change course and become a progressive front office with the ability to turn this around.
As for Canucks president Trevor Linden, I envision a scenario where he steps down before he’s fired. In fact, there was talk last year that if his reputation started taking a bigger beating than he was comfortable with, he’d resign.
— Cody Peterson (@cody_p24) April 16, 2017
I’m the wrong person to take this complaint up with, though I sympathize with your cause.
— temporary sharks fan (@CorsiGuy) April 16, 2017
If you’re aboard #TeamRebuild (and how on god’s earth could you not be on #TeamRebuild at this stage), then you’re for the Canucks trading Alex Edler and Chris Tanev. It just has to happen. Wherein the problem lies is Edler isn’t waiving his no-trade clause. The Canucks are going to have to bite the bullet on that one, barring a significant change from the Swedish defenceman.
As for Tanev, I’d cut bait this off-season. Having him in the lineup doesn’t change the Canucks’ short-term fortunes, and the reality is he’s going to be nearing 30-years-old by the time this team is competitive again. He’s a right-shot defenceman, and those cost a pretty penny. If the Canucks can yield a fortune in futures for Tanev, they have to do it.
— thewaffleirons (@ngsa) April 16, 2017
I checked in with Ryan Biech for this one, and he told that if Olli Juolevi does go to Europe, his entry-level contract will be tolled for another season. As for the likelihood of that happening, I’m not sure. Honestly, I think he cracks the Canucks’ blue line next season. If not, Europe is probably the best option. Not sure if that’s the plan, though.
— Bernard Polishname (@brantacanadens1) April 16, 2017
This was probably a group discussion with every member of the front office involved. Though, to Linden’s credit, he fought hard for Desjardins last season.
— Reuben Hubbard (@Reubenhub) April 16, 2017
- Travis Green
- Dallas Eakins
- Todd Nelson
— Andrew Bergink (@BADGERxxxFACE) April 16, 2017
There are tough guys available in free agency every year. Which is a significant part of the reason why you don’t give players like Derek Dorsett a four-year contract valued at $2.65-million per season. As an aside, I don’t think that “toughness” is a need for the Canucks. They need talent, desperately.
As for free agents, I’d expect the Canucks to move on from Anton Rodin, Philip Larsen, Jack Skille, Drew Shore, Michael Chaput, Alexandre Grenier, Chad Billins and Borna Rendulic.
— Tyler (@TylerTylerson33) April 16, 2017
If I were the decision maker in that front office, I’d run from Ryan Miller unless he wants to sign a one-year deal at a heavily discounted rate without any form of no-trade protection. Which is to say that I wouldn’t bring Miller back.
The Canucks would be wise to run with Jacob Markstrom and a restoration project, young goaltender like a Jonathan Bernier or Darcy Kuemper type as a 1A and 1B scenario. Eventually, the Canucks will be forced into a scenario where they have to trade one of the two. That’s how you buy draft picks, etc. in free agency.
— Tyler (@TylerTylerson33) April 16, 2017
The Canucks are so far from having enough offence it’s almost unfathomable. Will a coaching and systems change help? It’s certainly possible. How much it will help is another question entirely, though.
— Mike Folka (@MikeFolka) April 16, 2017
That’s just a good old fashioned PR spin. Though, technically, it’s difficult for things to get worse than they already are. Perhaps that’s cause enough for optimism?
— Scott MacDonald (@Scott995) April 16, 2017
If Benning is willing to trade Tanev, I think that something could work out for both sides here. All the more so if the Canucks are willing to take on Ryan Callahan and his albatross contract. Benning’s pulled off some pretty crafty moves. The Alexandre Burrow for Jonathan Dahlen trade was larceny and getting a prospect of Nikolay Goldobin’s quality for Jannik Hansen was pretty great too. Hopefully he has more where that came from.
— Matthew smiley (@matthewsmiley26) April 16, 2017
There isn’t anything we haven’t already covered extensively on this platform. Though, heads up, we’re going to be launching Canucks Army Coaching Candidate Profiles this week.
— Nathan (@natevk) April 16, 2017
In that role, Brandon Sutter could prove semi-useful, I am sure. He’s been a slightly above or below replacement level forward his whole career per DTMAboutHeart’s WAR model, so that role actually seems fitting.
— Geordie (@geordiedent) April 16, 2017
Not in the slightest. Now, by that same token, I’ve always thought highly of Desjardins as a person. He’s always been personable and approachable. I just disagree with how his final year went down. Whether he was dealt a bad hand or otherwise, he relished playing the worst cards.
— Geordie (@geordiedent) April 16, 2017
As far as seventh or eighth defencemen go, one could certainly do worse than Alex Biega. The same is true of thirteenth forwards, I guess? Whatever the case, I never quite understood the logic behind giving Biega a one-way deal or signing him for two years. It’s not like this was in response to the expansion draft, either. Whatever the case, it wasn’t worth losing sleep over then and isn’t now.
— Caleb (@siukou16) April 16, 2017
Because he has a personality? All jokes aside, I think it’s a numbers game kind of thing. For reasons that escape me, this franchise thinks that defence is an area of strength. Of surplus, even. They can’t move Edler and have Nikita Tryamkin and Olli Juolevi to accommodate. Maybe they’re right and there isn’t room on the left side for Hutton?
— Novalis (@YoungMorgoth) April 16, 2017
For me, it’s just a question of who the better player is. The Canucks can’t be picky enough to decide based on style. Either way, I think Nolan Patrick is still the first overall pick in my estimation.
— xx_cptn_bubba_xx (@x_cptn_bubba_x) April 16, 2017
Again, I will not advocate for someone to lose their job. By that same token, Desjardins is far less responsible for the state of this team than Benning.
— Karn_D (@karn_dhaliwal99) April 16, 2017
The Canucks only have the one contract spot remaining this season, and I would use it on Darren Raddysh. He’s looked great these playoffs and is running the series between the London Knights and Erie Otters.
— Tristan Anderson (@tristanderson) April 16, 2017
One can make a case for about seven-to-ten different players going in the three spot in this year’s draft. If the Canucks can find someone who’s willing to surrender assets to move up into the three spot, then by all means, they should go for it. As for 33rd overall, I can see a scenario where Maxime Comtois is available. And if he is, they should bite.
— Jyrki21 (@Jyrki21) April 16, 2017
Last week, Jyrki asked which non-Denmark or Latvia nation will get into the top ten rankings for hockey nations. Yohann Auvitu is neat, so I’m going to go with France.
— Noel A. (@quick_s1lver) April 16, 2017
Could I see Darryl Sutter joining the Canucks in an advisory capacity? No, probably not. Why would he? What’s the appeal? It’s happened often enough (especially in football) that I don’t rule something like that out entirely.
The Dean Lombardi one seems like a non-starter. Not sure the Canucks would ever even think about it with Benning there.
— Manomanoman (@fartnoiseman) April 16, 2017
On the one hand, Travis Green took this talent-averse team pretty far. On the other, Green isn’t going to be there next year. By that same token, the Comets are due for an infusion of young talent that could include the likes of Brock Boeser. Let’s go with a yes. Why not?
— Thos Pratt (@Thos_Pratt) April 16, 2017
His coach’s profile is in the cue. We will discuss that possibility in due time.