*Author’s note: with the news of Jason Botchford’s passing, it didn’t feel right to publish this and bump Cat and Petbugs’ wonderful eulogy down the site in service of a weekly column.
As we approach the third round of the playoffs, it’s a good time to take stock of how we got here, and the upsets that happened along the way.
It’s been compelling hockey, to be sure; but it’s also re-ignited debates about the current playoff format and whether or not the NHL does enough to stack the deck in favour of teams who perform well in the regular season. What changes, if any, would you like to see to the playoff format?
Last week I asked: Do you think the Canucks need to add a President of Hockey Operations? If so, who would you like to see in that role?
You’d have to think it’s a slam dunk that a knowledgable person of sober reflection is badly needed. There seems to be little depth to the thinking of Vcr management who put more store on reacting to code blue than sitting down and drawing up a long term plan. The fact that Aquaman did not speak to various candidates means little, now if he were to say no one be it direct or through an intermediary spoke to Mr. Lombardi that would mean something. Aquaman is simply playing with words. Vcr badly needs a person who can provide a sober reflection. It seems to me that the current management simply put out fires. Now if we could lure John Davidson or simialr away from their current situation and getb the train back on the tracks that would be terrific not only for the club but maybe help for JB