Thursday, September 11, 2008

Vigneault trying to find balance

Alain Vigneault knows he has to get more scoring this season. He has either figured out on his own, or been told to coach a more wide open style. From The Province today:

"This season it is my intention and the intention of our entire coaching staff to find a strong balance between offence, defence and grit or toughness," Vigneault said via e-mail, his day ravaged by a trip to the dentist. "If we can find that balance it should enhance our scoring chances and allow us to be more successful."
This to-be intention was evident when Mike Gillis brought Pavol Demitra here. Especially when Demitra was beaking off about be happy to be out of Minnesota's tight defensive system. Even more pressure mounted on AV when Naslund had mentioned he didn't like Vigneault's style while he was on his way out.
So. for all of you fans who thought the Canucks' play was "boring" over the past couple of years, you are getting your wish. Just don't complain when you see defensive lapses or odd-man rushes against Vancouver leading to more goals against.
Hopefully Vigneault can muster up a healthy recipe without losing the taste. Any team failure will no doubt result in an early firing for the poor guy.
Like I said before, he won the Jack Adams Trophy two seasons ago. Now all of a sudden his style needs to be changed? Huh.

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At September 11, 2008 at 3:25 p.m. , Anonymous GZ Expat said...

He said the same thing last can't teach an old dog new tricks.


And especially boring with the Sedin's as your top players.

At September 12, 2008 at 1:50 a.m. , Blogger Sean Zandberg said...

But did he have Nonis bugging him to change his style? Last year was the season after he won the Jack Adams. Why change a good thing? People keep losing perspective on the fact that the Canucks lost last year because they were decimated with injuries. The boring style worked otherwise. To me, success and winning is the bottom line, boring or not. Success brings fans into the seats.

At September 12, 2008 at 3:17 a.m. , Anonymous GZ Expat said...

Boring doesn't sell pay per view telecasts, nor help increase that waiting list for season tix. Boring bring apathy from the fans...even if they are winning. Crawford played a fun style...but they didn't win squat. But, in the years Crawford was coach, they filled GM Place...

You are up early! I am getting ready to go party on a Friday night. Woot.

At September 12, 2008 at 7:26 a.m. , Blogger Sean Zandberg said...

Crawford's regime was god-awful. Hopefully AV will find balance in the force. Maybe a left-wing lock! ha
I'm up early because I got NHL09 for the PS3 yesterday. It is so sweet!
Oh man, you're time zone is nuts! Have a great time!


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