Like a lot of us Nucks fans, we had many questions at the end of last season on what type of team Mike Gillis would assemble.
The UFA’s that were not re-signed (Taylor Pyatt, Mats Sudin, Mattias Ohlund, Jason LaBarbera, Ossi Vaananen, etc.) was not a revelation.
I was hoping/thinking that Gillis might try for a couple of different players than the Sedins, like Marian Hossa, Marian Gaborik, Mike Cammalleri or others, but in the end, it was the Twins Gillis settled on.
I see with the drafting and signing of a number of players that this team is getting faster but smaller, not grittier but softer.
So it looks like the style of play for the 2009/10 Nucks version will be an uptempo, puck possession, as many teams try to emulate the Detroit Red Wings.
The team has left openings for some of the prospects and players in the system to earn a spot.
The media is going goo-goo over Cody Hodgson but right now he is out with a back injury, which is limiting his pre-season program and could interfere with training camp, which by the way is only about three weeks away.
The one thing that has me really pumped is the talent base that Gillis is assembling, even if for now, it is in Manitoba.
Everyone that knows anything about today’s hockey, realizes that you have to build from within your system, as not too many teams have been able and go out and purchase a Stanley Cup team, especially in this cap crazy world.
Many of you commentators have assured me that Gillis is not finished and will add another top six D-man to replace Ohlund.
If you look at the unsigned UFA’s, there is still some quality players left.
Now really look hard at the teams that are over the cap space and the others that are close to it, you know that they will have to shed some salary in order to get in line.
We can see that the one good quality Gillis has, which will make him a really good GM and that’s patience.
He’s going to wait a see what comes available and add according to the Canucks needs before the season starts.
With the cap space that the Nucks still have, they will be able to add a surprise or two.
So as the new season approaches us, the ever optimist in me prevails.
Get on board with me and this wild roller coaster ride, as the Nucks push towards the ultimate prize, the Stanley Cup.
I know I’ll enjoy it, hope you will to.