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The Vancouver Canucks Are Fading Fast

from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,

They can’t score. And now they can’t defend or maintain discipline. What’s next?

Following a morning video session in which the Vancouver Canucks were shown 65 of the 150 goals they’ve managed to score this season to pump them up mentally, they couldn’t physically handle the speed and skill of the Dallas Stars in a listless 6-1 loss Thursday that bordered on a complete no-show.

No life. No emotion. And certainly no playoffs. With all those odd-man rushes, it had the smell of a coach- killer because it looked like the players had quit.

“I don’t believe that in that room,” said Canucks coach John Tortorella. “Are they fragile? Sure. I still think we have the people who can help us pull through this. Sure, it’s worrisome. We get pinned against the wall right away with two goals that are really just bad reads. We can’t get focused on the lack of scoring and not make simple reads. The only thing we push is to come to work every day to get better. That’s the only way or you can crawl into a fetal position and hope it goes away.”


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OlderThanChelios's avatar

The only thing we push is to come to work every day to get better. That’s the only way or you can crawl into a fetal position and hope it goes away.

Sounds to me like the Canucks have “crawled into a fetal position” and are hoping Tortorella goes away. And who can blame them.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 03/07/14 at 11:25 AM ET

Primis's avatar

Not even a full season in and Tortorella’s already broken the team.

Posted by Primis on 03/07/14 at 11:40 AM ET

blammo's avatar

Does “re-tooling” involve firing the GM and coach?

Nonis and Burke having a good laugh at this situation right now.

Posted by blammo from Vancouver, BC on 03/07/14 at 11:53 AM ET

Paul's avatar

Don’t quote me on this, but I do believe Gillis has 3 years left after this season on his contract and Tortorella 4 years.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 03/07/14 at 11:56 AM ET

RockWestfall711's avatar

Torts signed a 5 year deal. The team uis nuked, the play paint dry hockey that is an eye sore bore to watch and it ain’t gonna change.  #RUINED!

Posted by RockWestfall711 from Las Vegas on 03/07/14 at 12:07 PM ET

Primis's avatar

VAN’s system is in rough shape.  They don’t have a lot in the way of prospects.  They’ve been calling up guys like Darren Archibald and Yann Sauve, who at one point were in ECHL Kalamazoo.  Archibald is maybe a regular bottom six guy some day, but nothing more really.  Sauve is not really probably a Top 6 d-man.

They have rights to Horvat and Shinkaruk, but even the latter is a bit of a gamble.  So…. they don’t really have much in the way of young guys that in a year or two can step in and be impact guys.  Help really isn’t on the way.

A rebuild really would have been in order, with that in mind.  Sell, get picks and prospects, and retool through those methods.  Hope that some of the minor league guys now stick around long enough to help when the even younger guys finally can come through, and continue to build then once you know what you really have.  Maybe even get lucky and get a McDavid or other Top 2 or Top 3 pick sometime in the process.

Another gripe I hear from VAN fans is that their defense is a bunch of guys that can’t/don’t skate.  Some of it might be Tort wearing on them and them just not giving full effort I guess.

I think VAN’s still thinking that SCF against BOS was yesterday, unfortunately…

Posted by Primis on 03/07/14 at 12:20 PM ET


I don’t understand how they didn’t go into full-on rebuild mode at the deadline considering what assets they’re left with at this time.

Gotta assume Edler and Kesler (and more?) are going to be gone before the draft.

I’m sure the Sedins are happy they’re starting their new contracts next year (not that I care)...

Posted by Garth on 03/07/14 at 12:21 PM ET

shanetx's avatar

The deadline moves showed that the team management is giving up on them.  Gotta expect the players to give up right back.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 03/07/14 at 12:26 PM ET

RockWestfall711's avatar

Canucks players went from a style of play that worked and was fun for them to Torts’ boring paint dry style of playing 6 goalies.  Is it any wonder that offensive production dropped dramatically and that the entire team has quit on him? 

NYR was an unwatchable bore last year and is now fun to watch and improving. 


Only hope is fan revolt and refusal to pay for this garbage hockey.

Posted by RockWestfall711 from Las Vegas on 03/07/14 at 12:30 PM ET

blammo's avatar

The team is shutting out Torts (who sat their leader and fan-favourite in the stadium game), and is asking them to play an outdated style that they are totally unsuited for.

The cupboard is bare, their top player wants out, and the sell-out streaks are in the rear view mirror.

This team used to be a ton of fun to watch, now I only tune in if I want to watch the visiting team.

Posted by blammo from Vancouver, BC on 03/07/14 at 12:36 PM ET


who sat their leader

If Luongowais their leader then that team was never stable.

Posted by Garth on 03/07/14 at 01:01 PM ET

JBytes's avatar

NYR was an unwatchable bore last year and is now fun to watch and improving.

Hmm, I’m not sure about the fun to watch part.  It’s too bad Vancouver is in such terrible shape.  I wanted to see Tortorella succeed and prove his detractors wrong.

Posted by JBytes on 03/07/14 at 01:44 PM ET

Mr. Fnytelhatt's avatar

Other that swapping coaches and sending away their best goalie last trade deadline, did even Vancouver do anything in the offseason other than get older that would actually improve their team? I don’t follow them so it’s a semi-serious question.

Daniel Sedin shaved off his beard for improved aerodynamics, but then decided he didn’t like the feeling and grew it back out again.*

So no.


*[According to well-placed insider sources.]

Posted by Mr. Fnytelhatt on 03/07/14 at 03:51 PM ET

shazam88's avatar

Looking forward to a few last classic, Torts hijinks amidst the inevitable, ugly end-game in Vancouver.

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 03/07/14 at 04:16 PM ET

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