Has Troy Stecher played his last game for the Vancouver Canucks?
There’s a chance that’s the case if the NHL season is indeed cancelled. The Canucks clearly have an impending cap crunch and a desire to improve their defence. Stecher, while quietly productive, is clearly not a favourite of the coaching staff.
On The Quickie last week, we look at the Stecher vs. Tanev debate along with a look at Atlantic Division teams and other thoughts on the NHL.
Take the Panthers out of Florida, Part 264
There are certainly a few reasons to avoid Florida, and to get the Panthers out of there.— Trevor Beggs (@TrevBeggs) April 21, 2020
I talk about a few of those reasons during my look at the Panthers on The Quickie: https://t.co/HRK3X8YhN1 pic.twitter.com/jqJGayAdEZ
A recent poll from The Athletic showed that more than 40% of readers believe the Panthers should be relocated. I add some fuel to that fire, while talking about the incredibly sad feat from Jonathan Huberdeau on The Quickie (from Florida’s perspective, at least).
One for the Troy Stecher Fan Club
With the upcoming salary cap pinch, the #Canucks could very well have to pick between Tanev and Stecher.— Trevor Beggs (@TrevBeggs) April 22, 2020
Between the two, the choice is obvious. I break it down on The Quickie: https://t.co/eJHIEroZas pic.twitter.com/nhhX4ctVIh
There are many reasons why the Canucks should pick Troy Stecher over Chris Tanev if it comes down to that during the offseason. I talk about some of the reasons why Stecher is undervalued on this episode.
One thing to consider here though is that Green has a bias towards Stecher. After three seasons together, Stecher doesn’t appear to be a coaching staff favourite. Will that affect his future with his hometown team?
Never Forget Kotkaniemi over Hughes
Remember that time the Canadiens passed on Quinn Hughes for Jesperi Kotkaniemi?— Trevor Beggs (@TrevBeggs) April 23, 2020
I bring that up again and give a shout out to one of the other young Habs on the latest episode of The Quickie: https://t.co/vWCuiHYJZ6 pic.twitter.com/1h3UoAQIMS
My most surprising Montreal Canadiens player for this season was Nick Suzuki, while Kotkaniemi was my choice for their biggest disappointment. I break down the seasons from the two young centremen, and talk about Montreal’s dilemma down the middle.
Thoughts on the NHL Draft
Could the NHL take some lessons from this? You’d be crazy to say no.
Monday Morning Quickie: Take the NHL’s return to play rumours with a grain of salt
Will NHL players be motivated to play without fans?— Trevor Beggs (@TrevBeggs) April 27, 2020
Will they be motivated to play in July & August if they are quarantined for months without friends and family?
There are a few considerations about the NHL returning that I highlight on The Quickie: https://t.co/a6q4eEBe7J pic.twitter.com/7dhFEmWNsN
I’m admittedly less optimistic on a return to play than I once was, despite the rumours circulating on a return. Listen to the latest episode of The Quickie for some of the reasons on why that is.