Monday, April 07, 2008

Vigneault-Nonis end of the year press conference

Here are a few quotes by Nonis and Vigneault at the conference.

Vigneault: "Our system enables players when they don't have the puck to get it back quickly. Once they have the puck, it depends on the individual skill level and the makeup of the team at that time." Nonis didn't like people refers to the Canucks having a "system."
"Considering the adversity that we had been faced throughout the year..to still be in a position where we were challenging for first place in our division said a tremendous amount about this group of players and about their commitment to themselves and their commitment to the organization and to the fans."
Viggy could not come up with an answer as to what happened in the final 2 weeks of the season. Management is going to assess the situation and come up with the right decisions for change.
For more of the Vigneault press conference click here.

Nonis: "I think that down the stretch a couple things happened. You're looking at a team that I think that in some respects ran out of gas in certain areas and injuries over the course of the year took a significant toll particularily on our back end and we were asking players to do things that they were able to do over short periods but maybe they weren't capable of doing for the whole year."
"Our March schedule was not helpful, but I truly believe that if we had a healthy team then we are not talking like this right now."
"I expect that you'll see a much different group once we get to training camp."
"We're going to be a team that actively pursues a number of player all over the lineup. We'll be very active in that area. We have significant amount of cap space."
"I wouldn't have any problem trading even a group of players in order to bring the right players in."
Click here for more of the Nonis press conference.

You get the sense from Nonis that Naslund will be let go, as he is anticipating a lot of cap space. I can't wait to see who he gets, however, like he said, the free agent market is not that deep this year.
You can also guarantee that Vigneault is not going anywhere and that Nonis has faith in him.

The individual Canucks awards winners can be seen here.

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At April 7, 2008 at 7:39 PM , Blogger Temujin said...

It would have been a lot better if Nonis has something like: "That was sure a nice ovation Linden received for his last game as a Canuck. Too bad it wasn't his last game in a Canuck jersey".

Back to reality though. Why the hell don't we give up some of our younger Defencemen and get some help up front. Salo should go, and maybe we could package him with Bourdon and get two top-six forwards :-)

I feel kinda bad for Sanford. He basically watched the entire month-long implosion from his spot on the bench. Talk about a wasted year for him.

 
At April 7, 2008 at 9:02 PM , Anonymous GZ Expat said...

"Our system enables players when they don't have the puck to get it back quickly. Once they have the puck, it depends on the individual skill level and the makeup of the team at that time."

What a load of crap, Viggy. You don't allow players to carry the puck in...as soon as they get it, they are supposed to crash it off the glass and either, go chase it, or change lines. Your top offensive skilled player (Naslund) was reduced to a 3rd line checker. You've ran every other 'skilled' player out of town, because they don't play into your defensive 'system.' Whatever, dude...the Canucks will never score goals with an offensive mind like that.

Boring, Boring, Boring.

 
At April 7, 2008 at 11:39 PM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Jin: Bah, I don't feel bad for Sanford. He could have been demoted to the AHL....I'd like to see Bieksa traded...but not Bourdon. We gotta keep lucky Luc!

Expat: I see your point with Naslund in a sense, but I think Vigneault made him a better 2-way player. That's better than being just a scorer. Look at Iginla. So many aspects to his game. Naslund shit his bed over and over again this year. He was perimeter in the offensive zone on most nights and did not drive to the net...until it was too late. I don't defend Nazzy one bit. Adiose you gutless Swede!
Viggy's style is gold, so I guess I'll have to disagree with you as well. And yes, if Nonis gets some gritty scoring types of the Iginla variety you will eat your words, oh yes!
So we are banking on a healthy defence crew next season and on whoever Nonis brings in, which I'm sure will be guys that can score. He's got the moolah now. Plus a focussed Luongo will help. And on an even more positive note, he also has an improved Burrows and Kesler. He also has Mason Raymond, who was pretty decent in his first year.
I'm excited and positive for next year. We'll lose the dead weights and have better players.

 
At April 8, 2008 at 3:12 AM , Anonymous GZ Expat said...

Believe me, I would love to eat my words, as you say. And, I agree, Naslund is a better defensive player...but you cannot say he is a better two-way player, because he hasn't done it both ways (not in a perverted sense, that is). Iginla...yes...he has proven he can score and hit and play smart. Naslund hasn't done that, I don't think he has had the opportunity to with the people around him. I mean, c'mon, sticking him with the Sedin's?? They put their back to the net and shuffle it around the snow against the boards. Naslund is a face the goalie type of hockey player...the Sedin's are not...bad chemistry. Hence, he never got his chance.

But, please...I hope that Viggy will make me eat those words with smart defensive hockey with free flowing offensive hockey. Although, even in his own words, he relies on the defense to give them the puck...rather than the offense to keep the puck. We will see...

BTW...I got a new VPN service at home that can bypass the f*ing Chinese internet censors (which block Blogspot), which is why you hear so much from me now. Heh... Remember those internet censors and all the freedoms this lovely country enjoys (ahem) during the olympics this summer.

 
At April 8, 2008 at 7:38 AM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Unreal, you are censored out that badly huh? Well maybe you should cancel the VPN service! :) Naslund is a gutless swine. He is supposed to make players around him better and he didn't. He tried to shoot from that area in the slot so many times that I wanted to kill him! We'll just disagree. And yes, the Sedins lacked the heart and intensity as well on most nights.

 

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