Amazing Fan Comment: Chris the Curmudgeon closes the curtain

One of the finest features of Pass it to Bulis has nothing to do with Harrison or myself. We are proud to have one of the best comment sections on the internet, full of debate and discussion, lively personalities, and, from time to time, poetry. Like, literal poetry.

We don’t always agree with our commenters, but we always appreciate their perspective. And every once in a while, there’s a comment that is so perfect that we have to draw more attention to it. There are going to be a lot of post-mortems on the Canucks in the wake of getting swept by the Sharks, but none will be better than what Chris the Curmudgeon wrote in the comments of Game 4′s I Watched This Game:

And with that you can close the curtain on another disappointing finish. It was only two short years ago that we had a thrilling run to the Finals, with much the same core, and yet one wonders if the physical toll of that run has healed, or frankly whether it ever will.

Last season’s team went out too soon, but gave us a glimmer of hope before ultimately succumbing in the first round. However, this year’s first round exit had a more final feel to it. Losing to a hungrier, tougher and more disciplined team not widely thought to be better than you will do that. Certainly, some officiating could come into question, but there was no question as to who was the better team here.

One now has to look inward, and reflect about the veteran winger who can’t seem to catch a break from the injury bug. About the center with Selke candidacies past but perhaps not future, and with injury woes to boot.

About a collection of forwards one year older and further into their primes, with few high draft picks coming up through the pipeline due to an extended run of success and trades designed to extend the life of the present group.

About players who had overachieved and outplayed their contracts but are now being paid to their value at the expense of cap flexibility. About battleworn defencemen contractually attached to the team by long term deals.

About goaltending which seemed more than adequate but in which an underwhelming playoffs may have called into question. About a coach whose Jack Adams credibility might be just about used up on the dressing room.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, this isn’t just the end of a season, but perhaps also of an era. It’s going to be a long off-season for your 2011-12 Chicago Blackhawks.

Zing.

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27 comments

  1. NarkusMaslund
    May 8, 2013

    I don’t think it is a stretch to say this is the greatest internet blog/message board comment of all time. Well done.

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    • Tom 1040
      May 8, 2013

      What about all my comments?

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  2. kenahora
    May 8, 2013

    THAT’S ALL THERE IS ….THERE IS NO MORE….

    I’M SURE FONNA MISS THE CAPTAINS ROOM.

    Tomorrow will be a better day

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  3. JW
    May 8, 2013

    $

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  4. Unknown Comic
    May 8, 2013

    An aging first line that is soft and can’t get it done in the playoffs. A team filled with questionable depth and no real prospects in the pipeline. A team that lacks leadership and heart in the playoffs. A coach that appears to have worn out his welcome and a GM that has made questionable moves and refuses to change the core. President’s Trophies don’t matter if you lose in the first round! Screw context, I’m frustrated and angry so I will make unfounded and emotional declarations. Blow it up! Ladies and Gentleman, the 2009 San Jose Sharks!

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    • Tom 1040
      May 8, 2013

      Gee, I said that all season.

      Does that mean you have emotional and psychological issues?

      ha ha.

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  5. Lenny
    May 8, 2013

    If you are trying to convince me that the 2013 to 2014 Canucks will be as successful as the 2012 – 2013 Hawks I have a tough time believing.

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  6. Dan
    May 8, 2013

    That ending did give me a good laugh! I could feel the sadness seeping into my soul until those last few words.

    But when you think about it, you can’t really make that a true comparison and dismiss the fan-hand-wringing because there’s a big difference in their ages and players. The 2011-2012 Blackhawks had all-star Toews and magic hands Kane at 24 and 23 years old! I repeat, 24 and 23 years old. These guys are young adults. Their careers are just getting started. They will be stars for years and years to come, you can see their future.

    Our leaders are two 33 year olds who have played 12 seasons with us. THEY’VE BEEN PLAYING IN THE NHL FOR HALF OF PATRICK KANE’S LIFE. Our core is made up of early 30′s players locked up and that causes some people to freak out.

    Also people weren’t too upset about the Blackhawks’ 2011-2012 season because they WON the Stanley Cup quite recently, something we Canucks fans can’t say.

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    • Dan
      May 8, 2013

      *Sorry, 33 years old by the time next season begins.

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    • Dave
      May 8, 2013

      Agreed completely. The Blackhawks also had to dismantle a good third of their team shortly after winning the cup, sending players like Byfuglien packing. So their 2011-2012 campaign was self-inflicted, a product of the salary cap and making their cor players a priority.

      The Canucks on the other hand are essentially the same team as they were 2 years ago. They’re going to have a tough time in the new division.

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  7. Zach Morris
    May 8, 2013

    I’ve been trying to get this award my whole life and I only just found out it existed.

    Congratulations, CtC, you won the internet.

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    • steveB
      May 8, 2013

      Just one of the many reasons that I read PITB- the insights and chuckles from the comments section when it works on this cantankerous server.

      Certain posters I scroll over without reading, but CtC is one whose comments are the type that I wish I had the wit to write.

      I remember Chris the Curmudgeon before he was a curmudgeon*

      *I’m not too good at Internet hipster-ism. :-(

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  8. Chris the Curmudgeon
    May 8, 2013

    Thanks guys, I’m very touched.

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    • nick
      May 8, 2013

      That was amazing, Chris – well done.

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    • Rob
      May 8, 2013

      *slow clap* Well done sir, well done.

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    • Tengeresz
      May 10, 2013

      I’m not much of an internet hipster (or any other kind) but I can claim to have commented on THE POST which made Chris officially a Curmudgeon. As I recall, I said words to the effect of “At least you get a cool nickname out of this.”

      And yes: CtC — and a few others on this site — get more of my attention than the vast majority of commenters, or even primary bloggers.

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  9. Tom 1040
    May 8, 2013

    Looking forward to MGGM’s BS.

    Let me guess, officiating will be discussed – ‘We’ve sent the league our disapproval with video evidence…blah….blah….blah.

    Then, he will go on to say nothing. “We need to assess this team, players, coaches, ourselves.”

    His press conference, like his tenure as GM, will be a complete waste of time.

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    • nick
      May 8, 2013

      Whatever…Chris the Curmudgeon would never post that

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      • Tom 1040
        May 8, 2013

        Yeah, yeah, whatever to your whatever…Nick.

        Well, was I correct in my analysis all year?

        In fact, where was I flawed?

        How much was I slagged?

        Window closed?
        Blow it up (and should have after LA loss)?
        Gillis?
        AV?
        Burrows?
        Raymond?
        Schneider?
        All the homer fans? Harrison Mooney – “Give the Canucks the edge in goal-tending.” NIEMI is a Vezina candidate. I laughed when I read that one.

        Time for payback.

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        • John in Marpole
          May 8, 2013

          “Time for payback.”

          Really? Payback because people don’t agree with what you post on the internet?

          Drama queen much?

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          • Tom 1040
            May 8, 2013

            Dear Ms. Marpole,

            As you know very well, I don’t mind disagreement. What I mind are arrogant mocks and impolite posts BECAUSE I have a different opinion.

            Just like some of yours.

            What a flakey comment you just posted.

            Well, I guess if the shoe fits….

            PS. Never played hockey, eh!
            PSS. Never seem to comment on hockey either – just whine about stuff.

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  10. Aaron
    May 8, 2013

    You know things can be said in a way as to not be trollish. Why do people insist on being rude to prove thier point?? I too am not an AV fan. I don’t think he’s a bad coach just not able to get the results from our team. I truly believe that this team was too defensive in nature for too long and thats where the scoring touch went. They sit back to often with the lead and lose because of it. They are a fast team that has to use that to its advantage. AV needs a larger slower team that can grind and punish its opponents in a defensive manner then take advantage of mistakes. I wish him and all the Canucks the best in the future no matter what happens this year, but I bet AV is gone probably Gillis too.

    Here is hopeing for a bright future for the canucks and thier fans

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  11. BakerGeorgT
    May 8, 2013

    Sedins are hall of famers. Watch your tongue, boy.

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    • 2per
      May 9, 2013

      Sedins are extremely talented regular season players – Yep, probably even H.O.F. – but they are way too soft for playoff hockey!

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  12. guest
    May 8, 2013

    How many Cups did the Canucks win when their window was open? Was it the 5 that the parade routes were planned for or the 24 the ‘best team in Canada’ deserves?

    The Hawks prospect were there in the system, which is why guys like Saad and Shaw are contributing now to a balanced scoring. Who is that in the Canucks pipeline, Kassian? Who is the Logan Cotoure of the Canucks?
    Kesler will never repeat his 40 goal seasons, the Sedins still dont have a powerforward to play with, Bieksa and Edler took three steps back and the Sedin’s cycle is misfiring because players can get away with bullying them along the boards.

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  13. Coach Bombay
    May 8, 2013

    I don’t think that comparison is very accurate at all, its actually quite absurd unless I got every comparison wrong.

    First of all the Hawks lost the series 4-2 to a higher seeded Phoenix (3). Where the Canucks (3) got swept by a lower seeded Sharks (6).

    “The veteran winger who can’t seem to catch a break from the injury bug” I’m assuming this is referring to Booth for the Nucks and either Hossa or Sharp for the Hawks and I really don’t think its fair to put Booth in the same category as those two.

    “The center with Selke candidacies past but perhaps not future, and with injury woes to boot.” Is this guy honestly trying to compare a 28 year old Ryan Kesler, who arguably has his best years behind him to a then 24 year old more offensive Jonathan Toews???

    “A collection of forwards one year older and further into their primes” I find it a little hard to agree that Toews(25), Kane(24), Bolland(26), Saad(20) are all comparable to H/D Sedin (32), Burrows (32), Hansen (27).

    “Battleworn defencemen contractually attached to the team by long term deals.” Seabrook, Keith, Hjalmarsson, Leddy don’t seem to worn-out and I’d be stoked to have them under long contracts.

    “About goaltending which seemed more than adequate.” I guess Emery and Luongo are comparable as they’ve both made it to the cup finals and lost but I think their contracts are a little different, and one may have a greater affect on the team.

    Schneider and Crawford are similar but at least Crawford won 2 games in his first round exit.

    “A coach whose Jack Adams credibility might be just about used up” Joel Quenneville didn’t pull a hot Luongo to put in Schneider to let some weak shit in and then give him a second chance in an elimination game. Enough said.

    The Canucks are a sloppy team that can’t get the job done, they need to blow up the system and get some grit and character in that soft lineup.

    Oh yeah that “thrilling run to the Finals” 2 years ago ended a little bit different for each team.

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  14. J21 (@Jyrki21)
    May 9, 2013

    Very well done, I definitely didn’t see that coming.

    Of course, like many are saying, the situations just aren’t that analogous. It should be pointed out, though, that after 2010 and during the 2010-11 season as they nearly missed the playoffs, many people indeed were proclaiming the demise of the Blackhawks (including PITB’s former contributor Qris, to a certain extent). But it was as silly then as it sounds now…

    Lady Luck really screwed the Canucks (in a bad way) in 2011 and 2012 by drawing the toughest possible opponent despite finishing first overall.

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