August 26 2015 05:12PM
So in the last few weeks we've had a rash of blog posts and commentary about Jim Benning's "plan" for the Canucks. The takes range from "Benning has a great plan and he's making great deals just like when Gillis brought in Sundin" to "Benning has a plan, and don't worry if it makes you uneasy because look at the dumb moves Gillis made in his first couple years, like bringing in Sundin."
Now, do I think Benning has a plan? Sure. He has a plan. I don't particularly think it's a great plan, but he has one. The question, really, is whether or not this plan to retool on the fly, rather than tear it down and rebuild it is the way to go.
The interesting bit to me, is that Trevor Linden doesn't seem to think the full rebuild can work in this market. That the fans won't put up with it. But I've been around here long enough to know that what this fan base really won't put up with, is unrealistic expectations.
July 18 2015 10:00AM
Well, it's been over a week since the Canucks held their annual Summer Summit event for season ticket holders. It's basically an orgy of wasted food and discounted merchandise followed by a chance to hear from the Canucks brain trust and even ask them a few questions.
As you can expect, it was a complete train wreck this year, given some of the player decisions the team has made lately. You can watch it in all it's glory here.
But the one thing I'm still not quite over is the bomb dropped by Jim Benning in response to fans voicing their displeasure at the Eddie Lack trade. I'm not even sure Benning intended to let this one out of the bag, but he did.
The Canucks could have moved Ryan Miller and his $12 million contract, but chose not to. Instead, they chose to move the cheaper, and better, Eddie Lack.
So yeah. I need a drink.
July 03 2015 02:00PM
Well, whatever confidence I still had that the current regime running the Canucks actually knew what they were doing just walked out the door yesterday. And it was escorted by security.
As Thom laid out in his level headed take on the matter, the Canucks unceremoniously turfed Laurence Gilman, Lorne Henning and Eric Crawford. So if it's well documented, informative writing you want on the subject, go read that. But if it's raw, visceral, facepalming you're looking for, you've come to the right place.
Because based on the comments and interviews that came out yesterday, the Canucks' brain trust just lost what brains they had left. All in the name of efficiency, apparently.
Yes, according to Trevor Linden, it was *boohoo* just too hard to make decisions, presumably because there were a lot of differences in opinion around the room:
Linden says size of #Canucks front office made it "cumbersome" to make decisions. Some of their duties will be absorbed by existing execs— Matthew Sekeres (@mattsekeres) July 2, 2015
Yes, I'm sure that must be hard. Having to think things through. Overcome doubts. Talk through different perspectives. Tough, I know. But you know what decisions are easy to make? Bad ones.
June 26 2015 01:30PM
Ah, the NHL draft. A time of anxious anticipation.
But we've got you, er, covered.
To help you budding GMs out there, we at Canucks Army have prepared a handy list of do's and don'ts for a successful draft. Thanks to @joshweissbock and @MoneyPuck_ for help compiling these tips. Ah, who am I kidding. They came up with them, I just added the witty remarks.
But enough foreplay, let's get to the action.
June 24 2015 10:00AM
That's it. I've given up all hope of seeing the Canucks win the Cup any time soon.
I'm now making Sbisa's departure my personal Stanley Cup victory. It's really the only thing that is keeping me going as a Canucks fan.
I don't know when. I don't know how. But one day, Luca Sbisa will no longer be a Vancouver Canuck. And on that day, I will personally organize the parade. Heck, I already have the route planned out. It will go along Expo Boulevard to Smithe, then left on Beatty to Nelson. Over the Cambie St. Bridge, down to Marine Drive. Over the Arthur Lainge and finally along Grant McConachie Way...
It will be glorious.