The Canucks can’t score to save their lives, and they can’t defend much better either. They’re in the bottom-five of the league in both categories.
As The Province’s Jason Botchford pointed out in last night’s The Provies, the Canucks have an intriguing option on the farm in Philip Holm who might be able to help in both facets of the game. Best of all, Holm can do it from the back end, where the Canucks are woefully unproductive.
The problem? The Canucks don’t have a lot of wiggle room with which to experiment. Their blue line is already packed. Ben Hutton’s been a regular healthy scratch, and Derrick Pouliot just found his way to the press box, too. They’re expected to trade Erik Gudbranson soon, but then again, Chris Tanev isn’t long for the shelf with his injury.
As Botchford points out, the Canucks have Holm on a one-year deal, and they promised him a shot at some point. And with the way the Anton Rodin and Alexander Burmistrov situation played out, another unfulfilling tour of duty in Vancouver from a European free agent, and you’ll start to wonder if any will ever want to sign here again.
There are several layers to this question and no obvious answers. That’s why I’m asking you, the loyal reader at CanucksArmy, to ponder the Holm question, and how you would solve it. You can get creative. Whether it’s by trade, demotions or even just leaving Holm in Utica — feel free to shoot your shot!
Last week I asked: If you had one New Years resolution for this team — think baby steps — to try and get things moving in the right direction, what might that be?