A tale of 2 teams. Best-case scenarios: - Torts has the team play more "stiff" and plays his top 4 D and top 6 forwards to the breaking point with actually breaking them. Only has a couple minor media blowups and is seen walking dogs on the seawall on his off-days with a smile. Maybe even a Jack Adams nomination?? - Twins shine with more ice-time, improve the PK with their positioning and score a few shorties along the way while getting above the point-per-game bar again. - Kesler stays healthy, plays 25 mins/game, and he and Torts go out on off-days to buy matching furniture. 35 goals, 70 points, and another Selke nomination. - Burrows regains his scoring touch playing with Kesler and pots 25. - Hansen keeps improving and scores 20+ goals on either the Twins' or Kesler's wing. - Higgins has a rebound year and puts up close to 20 goals too. - Booth stays healthy MOST OF THE YEAR and gets 20 goals as a 3rd line winger - Kassian scores 15 goals and plays consistently most of the time, and allows Torts to spread out Hansen and Burrows on other lines. - Santorelli, Dalpe, and Richardson play well all year, with one of them cementing their role as the 3rd line centre. 30 goals and 90 points between the 3 of them. - Edler and Tanev form shut-down pairing under Sullivan's tutelage. Edler gets Norris consideration. - HamJuice regain their shut-down role from last year, giving Canucks the best top-4 even strength pairs in the league. - Garrison and Weber shoot bombs from the point on the PP, scoring 25 goals between the 2 of them. Canucks PP returns to top 5 in the league. - Luongo avoids October slumber, plays consistently well and records 35 wins with a 2.25 GAA and a .925 save %. Possible Vezina nomination. - Lack shows he can be a capable NHL back up and plays 24 games and wins 14. Worst-case scenarios: - Torts clashes with Kes or Juice early in the season, loses the leadership group by Christmas, and is fired by the trade deadline. Gillis in turn is gone in the off-season. - One or both of the Twins gets hurt shot-blocking on the PK, and only play 60 games each. - Kesler is worn into the ground and only plays 40 games. In a final act of mercy, Torts shoots him in January to put him out of his misery. - Burrows doesn't score a single back-hand deke goal as every goalie knows it's coming. - Hansen doesn't take the next step and plays like a 3rd liner. - Higgy and Torts clash over facial hair. - Booth is always hurt - Kassian doesn't perform like a top-6 forward and languishes on the 4th line. - Santorelli, Dalpe, and Richardson play too soft and make us all wish we re-signed Raymond and still had Wellwood. Fans still crave a real 3rd line centre. - Edler isn't stiff enough for Torts and demands a trade. - Bieksa/Casual Kev drives Torts crazy and actually gets healthy-scratched a handful of times. - Garrison/Hamhuis suffer serious injuries and only play 50 games each. - Weber is horrendous in his own zone and we end up with Alberts. - Luongo starts out slow, and never recovers due to the crazy fans in this city. Rumblings of trade demands get floated in the media. - Lack doesn't pick up the slack and is mediocre at best in his first NHL season. Best-case record - 49-23-10 108 points Worst-case record - 34-37-11 79 points I believe you'll see many more "best-case" then "worst-case" scenarios, and we'll finish near or at 100 points, 2nd in the Pacific.