December 09 2016 11:00AM
To turn an old phrase around, the less things change the more they get drastically different.
If you've been paying attention, the signs are there. Much in the same way Westworld sprinkled little things here and there that looked really obvious once the suspense played out, the dots are there to be connected.
There was talk that the Aquilini family was getting more involved with the team.
There were musings linking Dale Tallon to the Canucks.
There were heated trade talks that came to a sudden halt.
Now there's a report that the Canucks won't ask anyone to waive a No Trade or No Move Clause.
And even more telling, outright reports that the Canucks front office, who were busy shopping for 20-goal scorers just a couple of weeks ago, no longer have trade-making authority.
Let that sink in.
December 05 2016 06:25PM
You know what, I just can't even. I was all set to take down yet another boo-hoo-everybody-hates-Vancouver diatribe apart but why bother.
Patrick O'Sullivan is just another loud mouth from Toronto trying to replicate Don Cherry's shtick and turn it into a career in media.
Except where Cherry has build his persona from deeply held, and very wrong, convictions of how the game is meant to be played, guys like O'Sullivan and Milbury and Denis Potvin are just playing it up for the crowd.
They come off as just sour, bitter versions of Grapes. The same old whine, but in a new bottle.
November 18 2016 05:14PM
I see Jim Benning was on the radio this morning passive-aggressively asking for fans to be patient:
"I'm not going to make no apologies as to where we're at. Our fans, I think, understand what we're trying to do. We're trying to be competitive and develop young players."
But here's the thing with the current team running the Vancouver Canucks: they don't actually have a plan. Yes, they have an end goal in mind. Well, two, actually. But they don't have a plan on how to get there. At least not in the sense of what a well-run business would call a plan.
There's no strategy. There's no logic. There's no milestones. No metrics, checkpoints or structure.
In short, there is no process. And in the absence of process, there's certainly no attention paid to measuring progress.
How do I know this? Well, let me tell you.
October 21 2016 05:27PM
VANCOUVER - The online statistical geniuses, who make their hockey assessments via charts and graphs, all but murdered Jim Benning when he traded for Eric Gudbranson.
October 14 2016 05:39PM
“The challenge I have is there was this notion that this would be flipped around quickly. I don’t think people had a realistic expectation of where this organization was."
-- Trevor Linden, October 13, 2016
"We’ve never once said this was going to be easy or fast."
-- Jim Benning, April 8, 2016