It’s Wednesday! And that means it’s time for our latest volume of… “Cheers and Jeers!”
This week is dedicated to the end of the Canucks’ season: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.
JEERS to Jim Benning and Trevor Linden for their ceaseless snow job on this fan base. I’ve honestly never encountered a front office group that thinks so little of their fans that they believe they can get away with the rhetoric they continually spews. At the year-end, Linden had the audacity to say that he really liked the position the organisation was in now, and that they were three years into this so-called plan. These two statements contradict almost everything we heard out of Benning and Linden during the first year of their collective tenure. It’s insulting actually to think that we don’t notice that they are both flatly lying. There is actually a Twitter account dedicated to sending out all the misinformation that Lindenning had been traipsing out to us peons. The proof is out there.
CHEERS to the Twitter account Lindenning Quotes for its tireless efforts to put a mirror in front of all the public comments made by Trev and Jimbo and how they’re entirely contrary to statements they’ve both made in the past. If you aren’t yet convinced that Linden and Benning have bamboozled the Canucks fan base, go through that entire account. If you don’t think that this management team is either operating without a plan, or are simply changing their tune to suit public sentiment, then immerse yourself in @LindenningQuote and prepare yourself to get woke, kids.
JEERS to an NHL playoffs without Eichel, Laine, Kucherov, Skinner, Tavares, and others (of course, Horvat) who make the game enjoyable and exciting. Of course we know that there will be plenty of star power in this year’s run to the Stanley Cup. Certainly it would be even better if ALL the league’s best young talent could be playing for hockey’s holy Grail. So my wacky idea is that only the top 15 teams make it to the playoffs, while the 16th team is actually an all-star U23 team comprised of players from the bottom 15 teams who didn’t qualify. Think of it as a modified version of Team North America from this past September’s World Cup of Hockey. Jeers to you if you don’t love this idea.
CHEERS to TSN1040’s now-defunct game coverage. Specifically, a hearty Cheers to Blake Price and Jeff Paterson, whose in-game analysis and insight will be sorely missed. They’re not leaving the station (at least we hope not!) so we’ll still get their great takes. In fact I’m hoping, as I’m sure many of you are too, that any remaining niceties are fully disposed from 1040, and Paterson and Price go full HAM on the Canucks and team management this coming year. That should be something and I can’t wait.