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.
Think about that for a minute. The could have freed up much needed cap space and kept the better goaltender.
Cheaper and better. Not or. And.
Well, if that doesn’t show a complete, er, lack of common sense, I don’t know what does:
But maybe there’s a method to Benning’s madness.
Maybe this is all part of the plan to finally rid Vancouver of one of its most lingering problems: the neverending string of goalie controversies.
I mean, the fewer NHL calibre goalies you have, the lower the chance of a controversy, right? RiGHT?!!
Please tell me that’s how it works. #sigh
Anyway, on to my other favourite topic: Luca Sbisa. When last we left the $3.6 million man, he had been upgraded from simple pylon, to Stanley Cup. Well, for me at least.
But last week, head coach Willie Desjardins was on TSN1040 saying that he expects Sbisa to have a “real good” year:
Desjardins tells @TSN1040 he expects a “real good” year from Sbisa. Nice to get a little shot of “real good” in July. Rejuvenating.
— Jason Brough (@JasonPHT) July 7, 2015
This, of course, is something we’ve come to expect from Willie. Many pixels have been spilled over the past year from bloggers trying to decipher the difference between “good” and “real good”. But I think this time, Willie has gone too far.
When it comes to Luca Sbisa’s performance on the ice, it can either be good or it can be real. It can never be both:
How’s that for a little dose of reality?
Anyway, my point is this. We are now
stuck set with Ryan Miller as the clear starter here in Vancouver for another two years, and Sbisa being good in scrums for at least three years. So it’s time to come to grips with that and move on.
And what better way to do that than beer. Lots of beer.
Maybe some Miller Lite. I hear it’s not filling, unlike the Canucks’ net behind Miller and Sbisa.
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