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The Problems In Vancouver Starts At The Very Top

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

So we’ve I.D.ed the true problem in Vancouver. It’s not Tortorella, and it is clearly no longer Gillis. It is meddling ownership that at some point likely told Gillis he had autonomy to make hockey decisions, then changed its mind when it mattered most. Now, danger time arrives: Will the Aquilinis stay married to their wrong-headed hiring of Tortorella and hire Jay Feaster, perhaps the only prospective GM in the entire hockey world who would keep Tortorella as coach of the Canucks? Talk about the very definition of a compounded mistake.

Nothing against a competent GM in Feaster, who did a decent job in Calgary. But we’re saying this right now, and as clearly as we can: If Feaster gets the Canucks GM job, this team is in trouble. Because that means the Aquilinis think they are hockey smart, and the Canucks will lose for a long, long time if ownership is going to make the important, hockey-related decisions.


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News flash: It’s hard to keep a team in the playoffs a lot, because there usually isn’t the constant influx of young talent that got the team good in the first place.

Vancouver managed to be pretty good for 5 years.  They got to a Finals and lost, but other than that they never cleared the second round and finished 28-28 in the playoffs in total.

This same story repeats over and over again throughout the histories of pretty much every NHL team… except the Wings for around the last quarter century now.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 04/08/14 at 07:08 PM ET

awould's avatar

The circle of life.

Posted by awould on 04/08/14 at 07:58 PM ET

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Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 04/08/14 at 08:00 PM ET

Primis's avatar

Nothing against a competent GM in Feaster, who did a decent job in Calgary.

Spector must watch a different sport or league than I do.

Posted by Primis on 04/08/14 at 11:15 PM ET

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