There are many out there that see the moves that the Canucks have made this off season as a dismantling. Perhaps you should find a medical marijuana dispensary to ease your pain, but I will give you a hint…your pain is self-induced.
So far the Canucks have parted ways with Kevin Bieksa, who probably had his poorest year as a Canuck and is 34, Brad Richardson who was injury prone and missed half the season, and now Zack Kassian, who also played just half a year and did it with half the motivation.
These moves are necessary, and they are addition by subtraction. This team is better without these players moving forward. One was getting old and was schooled in the playoffs (Bieksa), one was a replaceable bottom six forward (Richardson), and one was a half effort, full expectation wannabe in Kassian.
Kassian never put the effort in and admitted to it on his way out the door yesterday…good riddance. Canucks fans, he is not the re-incarnation of Cam Neely, if he has success in Montreal, good for him. The bottom line is that with all the effort the Canucks put into this project, he did not have success here.
There is a sense of panic that other teams in the Pacific Division are passing the Canucks because of their moves that they have made. That is a fair comment. However, with the exception of Anaheim last year, Vancouver had the best record of the rest, and the rest had to retool to get better.
Edmonton has certainly made strides this off season, but they are still 3 ½ months away, as are the rest of the teams, from hitting the ice and proving their mettle.
Vancouver and Jim Benning are proving theirs as well. They are sticking to their plan, and no matter how much kicking and screaming goes on in this market, I hope they have the stones to follow through and take the Canucks where they need to go, through the rebuild door.