Sure, we knew this was a possibility, but we didn’t think that it was actually going to happen. The Canucks made 3 cuts today, and they were doozies. Sven Baertschi, Nikolay Goldobin and Alex Biega were placed on waivers for the purpose of being sent down to Utica.
So the Canucks feel that Tim Schaller or Loui Eriksson is a better option at LW, and Tyler Motte at right than Baertschi and Goldobin. Let that sink in for a moment. Now, let’s chase that down with this quote from Jim Benning on SN650 this afternoon:
Benning basically just said on 650 that he felt that the Canucks already had enough skill in their lineup, and because Sven was yet another skilled player, there was no longer any room for him— Mr Booth (@MrBooth_7) September 30, 2019
Yes, bringing in JT Miller made things tight. If you expect me to believe for one minute that Schaller or Eriksson have more to offer to a team that explicitly expressed a desire to have more scoring lines, you are in for a disappointment. Those who have chosen Benning’s honour as their hill to die on often trotted out the trades that brought Bae & Goldy to the Canucks, and now both are on the waiver wire. Even if they do clear, how exactly is this a win for the Canucks? Are we to believe that they’re also going to sit in Utica so the kids can play? This is a mortifying example of how completely out of whack this team and their plan are, and it makes the decision to re-up Benning after 4 straight years of missing the playoffs look even worse than it did at the time. There’s still a lot wrong with this team, and if I were you, I would expect the worst. If you think that Tim Schaller, Jay Beagle, Loui Eriksson and Brandon Sutter are somehow going to be better this time around, you deserve this team.
Here’s Benning’s Q&A with the media today:
"It's the evolution of where we're at as an organization, we have better players and have to make tough decisions." #Canucks GM Jim Benning discusses Baertschi, Biega and Goldobin being placed on waivers. pic.twitter.com/i5pdDGpTn2— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) September 30, 2019
The Canucks are currently at 24, and one more move will need to be made. That will likely be Antoine Roussel being placed on LTIR, but for how long? He’s already skating again, though there’s no timetable for his return. And when he does come back, it’s likely that the Canucks will then send Adam Gaudette down, because he doesn’t need waivers to be sent to the AHL. The season starts on Wednesday, and it’s already gone from hopeful to ominous.