March 12 2014 01:22PM
It's not exactly a good thing when Elliotte Friedman writes 900 words about your team in a 30 Thoughts column before mentioning anybody else, but Vancouver's in the midst of one of the worst streaks in franchise history. It's not just the weak record since 2014 began that has Vancouverites on edge, but the assumption of a rudderless organization that just traded possibly the best player in franchise history for a goaltender yet to live up to his NHL potential at 24, and a 25-points-per-82-games 26-year-old centreman.
There's little point in reporting, again, that the Canucks are not as bad as their record indicates. Yes, they won't make the playoffs, but there was a perfect storm of bad luck that's accumulated over the last few months from injuries and a low PDO. That's led to some curious decisions on the part of the head coach, but the organization has such little going for it right now it's hard to tell what aspects of the team are controlled by ownership and what aspects are controlled by management.
March 12 2014 01:11PM
I have to admit that I figured I'd be catering Wednesday's Canucks/Jets preview around John Tortorella's firing, and what we could expect from Interim Head Coach Mike Sullivan's
1st 7th game as the bench boss.
But at least for now, that's not the case. John Tortorella is still hanging around by a thread, with the Vancouver Canucks trying to gather themselves (and their chicklets, after having their "teeth kicked in" for the second time in days).
They'll try to do so in Winnipeg, against the Winnipeg Jets and their raucous crowd, in a matchup between two teams tied for 10th in the Western Conference at 68 points. Let the Evander Kane fawning, and Ondrej Pavelec(tric) jokes begin!
March 11 2014 11:51AM
Ah, if only one could will a puck into the net using only their mind. Alas...
Sometimes a game or event occurs in which the environment around me proves to be far more entertaining than the game itself. When this happens, I like to do what I call "Press Row Confessions", in which I describe my day as the event in question unfolded around me.
Today's event is the debacle of a game between the Islanders and the Canucks. In a meeting of these two teams, it was simply a question of who would suck less, and while one team had to come out the loser, Vancouver took it too far this time....
Read more after the jump, and you'll get a cookie!
March 10 2014 11:25PM
John Tortorella can't help but smile these days with his team showing resiliency, and fight!
The 2013-14 season has been one of all sorts of improbably feats for the Vancouver Canucks. They've (primarily negatively) surprised us in ways we couldn't have even imagined heading into the year. Seemingly whenever we've suspected that they weren't capable of something, they've managed to outdo themselves. It has been quite the campaign.
And that trend most certainly continued on Monday night, when they scored 3 goals, with two of them coming on the power play, en route to winning their second straight game.. These days that constitutes the most improbable of outcomes around here. Forget that it was against the lowly New York Islanders, and come streaking with me already!
March 10 2014 05:43PM
Mike Gillis is going through a tough time at the workplace these days. The team he has been in charge of overseeing since April 23, 2008 is in serious jeopardy of missing the playoffs for the first time during his tenure, which speaks to both how successful an organization the Vancouver Canucks have been over the past handful of seasons, and how far they've fallen this season.
The past week or so, in particular, has likely been the most difficult one of his regime. First he was forced to trade away the best goaltender in the franchise's history, for what essentially amounted to spare parts (a bottom-6 forward, and a prospect goaltender whose stock has plummeted exponentially), largely due to the handcuffing contract he had signed him to back in '09.
Then less than 24 hours later, the trade deadline came and went without the largely talked about and much anticipated Ryan Kesler trade ever going down. We don't know the details, but there have certainly been what I'd characterize as believable rumours circulating that a potential deal was nixed by meddling ownership. Obviously, this has been refuted, but where there's smoke, there tends to be fire.
But maybe the most questionable, beleaguered subplot of all: the "solidarity"/crisis goatee that has crawled down from his face to his neck. As it turns out, maybe the reason for the new look has to do with the fact that he hasn't had the time to shave; writing a letter to your season ticket holders can prove to be a time-consuming activity, I'd imagine.