The Canucks finally acquired a third goaltender yesterday, but not before throwing 19-year-old Michael DiPietro to the wolves in a 7-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks. Acquiring Marek Manzanec solves their immediate issues in goal, but it’s debatable whether or not it will address the lack of goaltending depth in Utica long-term, with Demko expected to remain with the Canucks once he returns from injury.
Are you statisfied with the way the Canucks handled their goalie situation? How would you like to see them address the goaltending situation in Utica next season.
Last week I asked: Where would you like to see Roussel play long term? Do you think he’s a long-term fit in the top six?
Roussel is a 3rd line player on a good team. I could see Roussel, Gaudette and Virtanen as a good 3rd line on a competitive Canucks team in a couple years.
Overheard in 2006: “Play him with Jan Bulis, he’s a bottom six player, not a top line guy who fits with the Sedins.”
For whatever reason he has chemistry with Horvat. That’s found money as far as I’m concerned. Until something changes, play him there and instead worry about the many (many) other holes in the lineup to worry about (including Horvat’s other winger).
I’ve said before that Roussel could become a latter day version of Alex Burrows with his grit and ability to get in the opposition’s face. He may end up a classic 3rd line grinder for the Canucks and this is one FA signing that so far has made Benning look pretty good. He was very popular with DAL fans and is rapidly becoming the same thing here. Like this guy.
Roussel is a high energy player that should play 1st, 2nd or 3rd line. Whenever a little grit is needed. He plays great with Horvat and is quite tenacious. That being said Horvat could really use a goal scoring winger on his line. Unfortunately that is not Virtanen as he just doesn’t have a nose for the net. This isn’t popular, but I would like to see Virtanen and Goldy trades for Tarasenko. As for Roussel. He has proven he can play anywhere in this line up. A great acquisition by coach Benning.
Chris the Curmudgeon:
He’s a great third line player with the ability to fit in the top 6 when the coach needs him to. So I’d play him on the third line and move him up to the top 6 on occasion. In other words, Green is using him exactly right at the moment.