When Gabriel Landeskog failed to get back on the bench quickly during game 7 of the Western Conference Semifinallast week, it reignited the debate surrounding the NHL’s offside review process. Despite the fact that Landeskog was no longer considered part of the play, the NHL ruled that the Avalanche were offside on what would have been Colin Wilson’s game-tying tally, and the goal was disallowed.
In theory, the coach’s challenge was supposed to make the league and its officials more accountable, but some critics believe the increasing number of challenges on marginal offside plays aren’t in the spirit of the rule, and interfere with the pace of the game.
Should the NHL keep the offside review or get rid of it?
If the Canucks won 1st or 2nd in the lottery, you could definitely justify it. If you are G.M. you are in a situation that is short term biased. If you aren’t winning, your job is on the line. Being patient might be the right thing to do but it’s pointless if you get fired before you have a chance to follow through on your plan. If I was in Benning’s shoes here, yes i might take a swing at Myers. I would definitely take a swing if they had lottery luck this year. Do I think it’s a good idea? No
The Canucks need a RHD for sure. The problem is, nobody is going to give up an established top 4 RHD who is in their prime. They will always come with a bad contract, the wrong side of 30, or the price will be insanely high. This is why you wait until your team is much closer to being competitive than the Canucks are now. You don’t sign now so that you have Myers on the decline and way over paid as the team matures. You over pay in the situation the sharks are in. Competitive now. Or perhaps in the Sabers position where they have a young core and plenty of solid pieces that are on the cusp of taking a big leap forward. Then Canucks are at least a year or two behind that.
On top of that, the Canucks are looking for someone to be a top 4 on the right side long term to join Stetcher. It’s a single piece. If they have a wealth of depth on the left side (Edler signs and O.J. lives up to potential) then they can move one of the top four over to the right side for now. Or they can make a move to trade a lefty for a righty. Patience is an interesting thing. One minute you have no #1, then you have Lou and Schnieder controversy. Markstrom took a leap this year and Demko might challenge him. Stetcher came from nowhere and is a young solid top 4 RHD. Woo looks promising. The Canucks are drafting high again. Trades, college FA’s, Russian and Euro FA’s, Tryamkin, etc, etc.
It’s easy to be patient when your job isn’t on the line but it’s the best approach here IMO
No. He was only a 3rd pairing in Winnipeg (sometimes 2nd pairing) who will inevitably be overpaid by someone. Despite the Canucks glaring need to upgrade the D, they must continue to build through the draft and trades. Patience in their evolution is still critical to their longterm success.
I would most certainly bid for Tyler Myers. He’s precisely the type of player the Canucks should be looking for on the UFA market, and they can afford it. I can’t think of a single sort of signing that would have more impact.
And if the fish is landed, look to trade Tanev. If no inviting offer is forthcoming — quite possible given Tanev’s salary and unimpressive injury-laden season — then no big deal, as Tanev’s contract runs out in a year. It’s been a while since the Canucks had three good players at right defense anyway.
I think many of the commenters here are significantly undervaluing Myers. He’s had over 30 points the past two seasons and plays around 19 minutes a game. That’s not a third-pairing defenceman. This year he’d have been second to Edler in scoring from the back end, and last year he would have lead the team. He would immediately be the team’s best right-handed defenceman.
All that being said, I’d be very nervous about signing him. I’m sure he’ll be great next year, and the addition of Myers and Hughes plus a few tweaks up front might be enough to get the Canucks into the playoffs. But the goal isn’t to squeeze into the playoffs, it’s to build a cup contender, and the Canucks are a couple years away from that. Does 32-year-old Tyler Myers making $6.8 million help the Canucks win a cup? I’m not so sure.
If Benning can sign him to reasonable term and dollars, do it, for sure. If he’s asking for a seven-year contract at $7 million plus, that’s just not worth the risk.