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Canucks Forced To Change With The Game

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

The Canucks, it seems, are trying to win with a game that’s no longer played in the NHL. This game is based on speed, skill, execution and precision, and while these are noble virtues, they’re no longer effective or necessary in the NHL. This is a sad development for the game, and if Gary Bettman and the league’s other stewards could stop counting their profits long enough to notice it, there’s a chance something might be done.

But that’s also another story for another time. On this day, the relevant theme concerns the Canucks and how they got in this predicament.

For the second year in a row, the Canucks were eliminated by a team that might not have been as flashy but were bigger, heavier and tougher. This showed up in a hundred ways but, mostly, it was apparent in the hockey’s principal war zones where the game has traditionally been won and lost.

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SK77's avatar

Bettman’s fault, eh?

Didn’t realize he played goal for the ‘nucks.

But yeah ... I can see where the author is coming from considering “noble” pre-lockout teams like the shutdown Devils and goon Ducks with their “speed, skill, execution and precision” could never win in today’s NHL.

Posted by SK77 on 05/09/13 at 07:22 PM ET

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Yes, the league really promotes hard hitting and subtle interference to decrease offense.  See it all the time….

Posted by SlimChance on 05/09/13 at 07:45 PM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

I think he’s spot on, but it’s not made that way through officiating I think it’s the loss of the redline.  They’ve stretched the game out to 200’ vs. playing as a 5 man unit up and down the ice.  I’d also say it isn’t so much speed, because you see guys like Eager aren’t really effective anymore.  Laraques, Brasheers, these big slow guys can’t hack it.  But the less skilled but bigger and equally fast players find more success than the smaller players who have to work twice as hard with twice the skill to counter the size of the players on the other side.

So instead of needing to h ave high skill for up close open ice puck battles and having that skill really shine, it’s opened it up so we have these track meets where big players can plow to the net for dirty goals against a more “skilled” team.

that’s how players like Lucic, who were drafted what, 120th?, can turn into 20-30 goal scorers.  Franzen on a breakaway, you think would be deadly for the other team, but he’s got NO MOVES.  He’s hard to move from the front of the net though and has a good wrister.  Can’t dangle to save his life but he’s got one good move and his size makes it work.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 05/09/13 at 07:58 PM ET

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It is this mentality in Vancouver that makes them completely unlikable. They are a bunch of whiners and make excuses for their own failure.

Posted by timbits on 05/09/13 at 10:44 PM ET

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For the second year in a row, the Canucks were eliminated by a team that might not have been as flashy but were bigger, heavier and tougher.

The Canucks couldn’t handle the Sharks’ size in front of their own net — see power play, see rebound and second-chance goals — and they had trouble penetrating the wall the Sharks built around Antti Niemi.

Exactly what the Wings are facing.

Posted by w2j2 on 05/10/13 at 12:41 AM ET

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It is this mentality in Vancouver that makes them completely unlikable. They are a bunch of whiners and make excuses for their own failure.
Posted by timbits on 05/09/13 at 10:44 PM ET

For some reason that’s the attitude of that city so it’s not a shock the team is wired that way.

For the second year in a row, the Canucks were eliminated by a team that might not have been as flashy but were bigger, heavier and tougher.

The Canucks couldn’t handle the Sharks’ size in front of their own net — see power play, see rebound and second-chance goals — and they had trouble penetrating the wall the Sharks built around Antti Niemi.


Exactly what the Wings are facing.

Posted by w2j2 on 05/10/13 at 12:41 AM ET

Ya darn tootin’. Me thinks next year’s going to be quite the wakeup call for the organ-i-zation.

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 05/10/13 at 08:12 AM ET

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