The Sedins have made their decision: they’re retiring at the end of this season. It’s a sad moment for all of Vancouver, myself included.
Henrik and Daniel Sedin are retiring https://t.co/efPMj75CzU
— CanucksArmy (@CanucksArmy) April 2, 2018
Now the question shifts to what the Canucks should do this summer. It’s unlikely that the Canucks will be able to replace what the Sedins brought on the ice. Even in their advanced age, the Sedins have been productive players for the Canucks and two of their best players at tilting the ice at 5-on-5. Still, it’s possible that free agency bears some similarly useful options in the short term.
Replacing the Sedins off the ice, now that’s another matter entirely. That, I think, will be downright impossible. They’re the two best people ever to grace the sports scene of Vancouver period. Someone is going to have to step into their roles as leaders, though; someone is going to have to take on the captain’s ‘C’.
With that, my question to you is: what would you do about the void at captain? Who should be the next Canuck to wear the ‘C’?
Last week I asked: It’s not a “What Would You Do” per se, but a “Where Do You Stand”, and I want to know where you stand on the issue of tanking in hockey. The floor is yours!
I would do exactly what the team is currently doing. Shut down any vet with an injury, and play the kids, but don’t even try to lose by giving a half-assed effort. Not only is it going to build bad habits and a loser mentality, but it seems to be a truism that less than a full effort lends itself to injuries, and I don’t want to see Bo or Jake suffer any kind of injury.
If the old system was in play, and finishing position equalled draft position, then you could justify having Nillson in net and bring up Megna, etc., but the ugly truth is that the field has more chance at number 1 than the last place team. No matter what, we will get a top 10 pick, so it’s not a total disaster. My version of embracing team tank is you don’t fret about winning, develop good habits in your future core, and let the chips fall where they may. As long as you don’t keep the kids on the bench in search of meaningless wins, then send your team out to play hard every night, knowing that we will usually lose anyway because we’re just not good enough.