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.
You know, some things are worth celebrating because you only live once. Unfortunately.
And yes, this is what’s it’s come to as a Canucks fan. #sigh
I’ve lost all hope that things will improve any time soon. There’s just nothing that Jim Benning has said or done since the Sbisa extension that has given me any kind of indication that this team is headed in the right direction. Sbisa is the proverbial canary in the coal mine. The window into how this organization thinks about hockey.
And oh God how wish this was the window that was closed.
So yes, until Sbisa is gone, whether through trade, free agency, retirement, buy out or freak zamboni accident, I have absolutely no faith in the ability of this organization to evaluate talent or understand what it takes to win games in the NHL as it is today.
You know when I knew the Maple Leafs were really turning things around as an organization? It wasn’t when Shanahan was hired, or Carlyle was fired, or even when Clarkson was somehow miraculously traded. No, it was when they sent Colton Orr and Fraser McLaren to the minors to start the year. That was a sign that their thinking as an organization had changed.
That’s the sign I will be looking for from the Vancouver Canucks. And for me, nothing would be more of a sign than fixing the mistake that was the Sbisa extension. Because the more these guys talk about Sbisa:
benning basically just said sbisa and dorsett brought a good presence to after-the-whistle scrums. that’s the only positive he could find.
— fuck jim benning (@HockeyDipshit) April 29, 2015
Trevor & Willie saw upside in Sbisa: “He’s a young guy, he wants to get better, he’s the guy watching videos of his shifts all the time.”
— Vancouver Canucks (@VanCanucks) June 16, 2015
Benning says he knows there’s been a lot said abt Sbisa but he was 5th amongst dmen in giveaways. He’s physical, he adds.
— omarcanuck (@omarcanuck) April 29, 2015
— Marlon Martens (@VoiceVicRoyals) June 28, 2014
the more I feel like curling up in a little ball in the corner and just weeping.
I mean, it’s bad enough that these guys think a “stay at home defenseman” is actually a useful thing to have in today’s NHL. What’s even worse is that they think Sbisa is good enough to be even that.
But whatever. Think what you want about Sbisa, guys.
You know who’s stay at home? Da fans, man.
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