Hump Day Hockey: Canucks could lose Travis Green & other conundrums

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The second round of the NHL playoffs is in full swing but all the interesting news is about the teams not currently playing. Unless you want to talk about suspensions. Which I really really don’t…

Like, Bob ‘Artley fired by Flame

Not going to lie, this one was a bit of a shocker:

I’m not really sure how one can go from Coach of the Year to fired in less than 365 days, but Bob Hartley has managed to do it. Brad Treliving, GM of the Calgary Flames, offered a damning assessment of Hartley during his press conference:

I’m not going to analyze this too much because I really don’t pay close enough attention to coaching systems. But my simplified view of hockey has me wondering if Bob Hartley should be the main target here. It’s pretty obvious that the Flames have a major issue with not getting scored on and the two athletes tasked with preventing goals didn’t really work out well this season.

Is it on Hartley to stock the roster with competent goalies?

I didn’t think so.

Not to mention the fact that the Flames (for the most part) are still a young team that overachieved in 2014-15. They were destined to regress and will now have yet another weapon to add to their arsenal thanks to the 6th overall pick in the upcoming draft.

I just don’t get it. Then again, there are dozens of analysts out there applauding this move so it’s best to listen to them anyways.

Travis Green

There is no doubt that Travis Green is viewed as one of the more promising coaching prospects right now. I would be shocked if he doesn’t at least get an interview.

Unless the Flames have another candidate in mind that helped expedite their decision on Hartley…

Are they going after Bruce Boudreau? Because they probably should:

Or will they give Travis Green his shot? There is no doubt that he has earned that opportunity, and it looks like he’s going to get it somewhere other than the Canucks organization. Personally, I would have liked to see how Willie Desjardins does this upcoming season, and if he bombs, call up Green from the minors.

Pierre-Luc-Jean-Marie-Pierre Dubois

I tried to make his name more french. Because clearly it’s not already.

It’s starting to feel like the popular pick for the Canucks at fifth overall is Pierre-Luc Dubois. And why wouldn’t he be? He has scouts drooling over his potential as a dominant two-way forward. So if we’re all on board with drafting Dubois, what do you think is going to happen?

They ain’t getting him and it’s going to be Edmonton’s fault.

This is probably just Emo Steve talking, but after the Draft Lottery, I just can’t muster the energy to be excited or get my hopes up for something I want. Potentially landing the first overall pick was the most excited I’ve been about a Canucks-related event since 2011.

It was my fault really, I should have remembered what franchise I follow.

It’s not all doom and gloom though. There will be excellent consolation prizes waiting and maybe even a trade or two. If there is one thing that I trust Jim Benning with, it’s drafting.

Steven Stamkos

I know this isn’t for everybody, but I’ve been really wondering about the chances of Vancouver landing Steven Stamkos, irregardless of what the Toronto Maple Leafs are doing.

If you think about what Stamkos potentially wants in a new team, Vancouver does tick off a lot of the boxes. Granted, I don’t personally know Stamkos and the only thing we have in common is a wicked-awesome first name. But from what I’ve read and heard about the situation, it’s likely a couple of things are going to stand out.

  1. He wants to play centre: You’re main competition is 36-years-old. I think you’ll be okay. It’s not like the Canucks are going to be drafting Auston Matthews…
  2. He wants to be the man: Again, the Man (or men I guess…) are both 36 and nearing the end of their careers. This can be his team moving forward.
  3. He looks good in Blue and wants to keep it that way (Okay I made that last one up…)
  4. He wants to win: Ooops

So here is where things get dicey.

The Canucks have more problems than Stamkos will solve. Hell, his contract may even hamper the effort to resolve those problems down the road. But from his perspective, he could see the Canucks having some good forward talent coming through the pipeline, their goaltending (although not a sure a thing) looks to be decent in the present and future, and the Sedins moving to the second line to help provide secondary scoring would be pretty great for everyone.

Obviously defence is still an issue, but all I’m saying is that I believe Vancouver has as much of a chance to sign him as anyone.

Playoff Suspensions…

…Are stupid and aggravating.

Mostly because of the posturing and comparisons that occur right after…

And then someone else does something bad and gets suspended:

And then the NHL confuses us more:

…That’s why I didn’t want to talk about it.

Image: Vancouver Canucks / Twitter

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