Graphic Comments: Nobody saw it coming

Graphic Comments
April 19 2016 11:28AM


Well, it's now been a week since the Canucks' season finally, mercifully came to a conclusion. But while their last game was a week ago, the season was really over a few weeks earlier as they careened wildly down the NHL standings during a nine game losing streak to close out March. And despite the dead cat bounce that was the three wins against the playoff-bound California teams, the Canucks finally came a complete stop with the third-worst record in the NHL this season.

I would say they hit rock bottom, but not quite. They landed on the Leafs and Oilers.

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Graphic Comments: Campbell, the suit that acts like a heel

Graphic Comments
March 31 2016 02:00PM


The latest disclosure of emails related to the NHL concussion lawsuit leaves a lot of questions unanswered. But the biggest one might just be, "why does Colin Campbell still have an email account?"

But the fact that he does have an email account, and uses it, leads to a much more important follow-up question, "why does he still have a job with any kind of responsibility for what happens in the NHL?"

No, really. Why?

I mean, it's not like we didn't already know about how he likes to abuse his position.

But some of the latest emails to be released really make you wonder what redeeming qualities Campbell actually has as an NHL executive.

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Graphic Comments: No win situation

Graphic Comments
March 23 2016 11:00AM


Well, what now, Canucks fans?

Even the most stalwart among you must finally have given up that last glimmer of playoff hope now.

Heck, even real good Willie has surely realized the jig is up, right?

So where does that leave this organization? Because no matter what Meatloaf might tell you, missing the playoffs two out of three actually is bad.

And as the Canucks ride out this string of games, there is still quite a bit at stake here down the stretch.

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Graphic Comments: Where there's smoke, somebody should be getting fired

Graphic Comments
March 08 2016 02:00PM


Ok, maybe it's time we get something straight.

It seems every time something negative is written about the Canucks and/or their management, the usual refrains from the peanut gallery are some combination of: "Why do you guys have to be so negative all the time?" or "Oh look, another article bashing Benning." or my favourite, "But what about that time he traded for Baertschi?"

But think about it for a minute.

Why do we write post after post after post after post criticizing Benning and his decisions?

Maybe it's because they keep making bad decision after bad decision.

It's not like we're writing about the same thing over and over. No, it's one thing after another with this management group. And those are just the decisions we know about. There's no telling how many opportunities they've had to make good decisions and passed them up.

The point is that the signals are there. 

And to paraphrase the old saying, where there's smoke, somebody should be getting fired.

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Graphic Comments: Risk vs Reward

Graphic Comments
February 23 2016 05:41PM


Risk vs. reward.

That is what the Hunter Shinkaruk-Markus Granlund trade comes down to. In fact, that is what Jim Benning's entire tenure with the Vancouver comes down to. Eliminating risk.

This latest trade is just another example of Benning's guiding principle. He would rather take a sure bet bottom six roster player than try his luck on an unproven prospect with top six upside.

He did this when he traded Forsling for Clendening, and he's just done it again now.

I don't agree with Torts on much, but I do agree with him when he says "safe is death".

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