Thought escaped me forever, eh? Unfortunately for the readers here at Canucks Army, I haven’t so much left as much as I’ve been distracted by the insanity that’s going on in the land of East Coast Bias. In the meantime, you get to hear better opinions from smarter people than myself, with today’s mailbag being the exception. Let’s see what’s on everybody’s mind!
@CusanoDamon asked: What will it take for Canucks owners and management to focus primarily on development and less on shortsighted playoff pushes?
A sale. The post is eight months old now, but Tyler Horsfall may have written the most prophetic post of the year when he detailed why the Aquilini family’s strive for team valuation might hurt the Canucks in the long term. Owners, historically, look to buy teams that are in the playoffs or close enough to them to make them attainable, unless the franchise’s key rebuild chip is a gigantic name. Even still, Pittsburgh’s ownership looked into selling shortly post-Crosby and didn’t get any particularly enticing offers.
Alternatively, Francesco can suddenly decide that he wants to be involved long-term and stop worrying about his valuation, and that might help, but in the meantime, these are the cards being dealt.
@Lucmeister asked: What would the average price of a house in Vancouver be by the time the Canucks make it back to the Conference Finals?
I read an article about four-bedroom houses basically becoming “name your price” over the past few years. It’s terrifying, really. I’m already panicking because the prices in Toronto are going up by over $500 a day, but even that’s not quite at Vancouver scale. I’m starting to think I’ll never own, at least in a cool city.
Let’s all move to some small town in Nova Scotia because by the time the conference finals rolls around, these brick slabs are going to be in the billions. I’m not sure if that’s a shot at the Canucks or the market. Maybe both.
@sedinitronic asked: Let’s say the Oilers don’t draft Matthew Tkachuk or Pierre-Luc Dubois, will Jim Benning draft Logan Brown for the LOL’s?
Jim Benning is a lot of things, but he’s not crazy enough to go off the board here. He’ll obviously draft Max Jones.
No, but seriously, both of Dubois and Tkachuk seem like they have the type of skillset that this management fawns over, and whichever is left would be a slam dunk decision. Legitimately, as much as we criticize Canucks management, even their most baffling moves have a (highly disagreeable) direction to them, and going off the board doesn’t fulfill that.
@Always90Four asked: Are there any realistic moves that could win the Canucks a series next year?
Throw all the other Western Conference teams in helicopters and drop them into a vineyard maze with no exit in Pitt Meadows.
@CFL88 asked: Did you watch Game of Thrones?
Nah. Too busy watching another King take his throne.