If you remember the year Luongo and the Sedins were signed, Gillis put all his energy into those signings and securing what he already had.
He's doing it again with the possible exception of Schultz.
At the end of the season, Luongo was on the bench and Schneider was starting. He's trading Luu and has signed Schneider. Status quo. Great work, but it's status quo.
He has offered Raymond a cutdown salary, re-signing Salo, and again IGNORING our desperate need on the second line wings. The only talk about forwards is the replacement of a third line C, a hole he created himself when he traded Hodgson while Kesler was sure to be out after surgery. Again, basically trying to get back to status quo. Same as a couple of years ago.
When we have needs he ignores them, and the media just follows along without questioning? WTF. Yesterday for the very first time this off-season I heard Ben Kuzma of the Province finally say that we were desperate for scoring on the second line. No **** sherlock!! But that was the only time I've heard anyone say anything other than echo the Canucks' official off-season plan.
Anyone remember how things worked out for us with our status quo lineup last year? I do.
When are we going to see some progress with our second line??
And who thinks any of our prospects -- Jensen, Schroeder, or Kassian -- have a shot at taking those second line spots?
Also AV's coaching style is very 'protect the 1 goal lead' oriented which doesn't seem to match our team. We have way too many soft player and small players; many of them aren't gritty enough to win puck battles and maintain possession of the puck.
I really think AV needs to go or we decide on the style to play. Playoff season is all about the grinding, ugly wins. It's not really that fun to watch. Nucks need to decide their style of play and go with it.
Jensen was a late cut last year so he might make it. I hope Kassian plays line 1 minutes in Chicago for half a year then comes up.
Honestly, I'd like to see us target someone like Prust and a Paul Gaustad for line 4 or 3 role. AV really didn't trust our line 4 and they rarely played. It seems the 4th line is critical.
Others to look at might be Shane Doan and Jason Arnott who can still play and should be cool with shorter contracts.
Gillis better get Garrison and pursue guys like Doan, Parise, and so on. Maybe even try looking for a trade somewhere for a scorer.
That's what I want to but the word I keep hearing from the Canucks is that they're basically set. Could be a smokescreen but Gillis has been indicating he's happy with the roster since the end of the season. I have no idea how the media is giving him a pass on this.