Originally Posted by Casual
Wasting $5 million on a over the hill player isn't going to make the Canucks a contender.
Having 5 top 4 d-men, two of the better two-way forwards in the NHL in Kesler and Burrows, and a pretty consistent lineup throughout (Canucks could roll 4 lines better than just about anyone), not to mention a solid system, made them a contender. It's about depth more than anything. Moreover we now have one of the best prospects waiting in the wings in Hodgson. He could be a dud of course, but that's always the way.
Canucks are fine. They're not set, but they're fine. In order to really get a dominant young team outside of Detroit these days you need to be somewhere around last in the league for at least 1-2 seasons. Which is how Pittsburgh, Washington, Chicago, Buffalo a couple of years ago and to a large extent Boston this year did it, and I wouldn't be surprised to see the Coyotes do it pretty soon, though they might do it under another name. For a team that consistently finishes in or near the playoffs, we do okay. We could definitely draft better, but recently that's been on the ups with Bourdon (RIP) Grabner Raymond Edler and Hodgson.