Victor In, Volpatti Out

J.J. Guerrero

Founder and Executive Editor of Canucks Hockey Blog. Proud Canadian, hardcore Canucks fan. I would like nothing more than watching the Canucks win the Stanley Cup. Against the Leafs.

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  • John Andress

    The lack of production from the third and fourth lines can no longer be ignored. We have all been drinking the Kool-Aid and hoping that if the lads keep working and making chances they must eventually start to get the bounces and start scoring again. We have waited long enough. It isn’t going to happen. Management needs to really evaluate Tambellini, Torres, and Glass. They have given us little, if anything since they stopped scoring a third of a season ago. Hogdson gets a pass due to insufficient experience on which to base an evaluation. Malhotra’s success in the face-off circle needs to be evaluated in terms of whether it is enough in the absence of any other contributory factor. Does Hansen get a pass for the occasional goal and hit? Will Oreskevitch add grit to a fourth line which was supposed to be gritty but has been anything but? Is the energetic inefficiency of Glass and Torres enough to keep them on the roster? Do we expand the questions to include Mason Raymond’s largely ineffective presence on the second line?

    There are so many questions that I can only conclude that the redesigning of the bottom end of the roster has failed and that, unless something is done, the Canucks are going to go into the playoffs with one and a half scoring lines, good goaltending and a defense that may or may not be healthy. The grit and scoring from the bottom half which we were looking for to make the team better than it was in last year’s playoffs just hasn’t materialized. I know this looks like panic after one loss but did Raymond, Malhotra, Torres and the others just stop producing yesterdy? This situation needs to be looked at before the wheels fall off the bandwagon completely and we end up with another early exit in the spring.

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