Guest Post: Who should Canucks fans cheer for in this unfortunate Cup Final?

After wasting his childhood cheering for the Maple Leafs, Jacob Ross-Ewart is a born-again Canucks fan who has spent the last 10 years traveling the world and teaching others the unique brand of glorious suffering that accompanies this team. He graduated from Journalism school two years ago but has decided that finding a job in print media is too difficult these days, so he’s going to apply to medical school instead.

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By Jacob Ross-Ewart

I have to confess that I haven’t really been following the second and third round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. After the Canucks made like the citizens of Springfield and dug themselves a hole they couldn’t get out of against the San Jose Sharks, I needed to take a break from hockey. I figured I’d tune back in for the finals, just in time to watch Pittsburgh roll over whatever hapless suckers made it out of the West. I even thought I could bring myself to feel good about watching Jarome Iginla win his first cup.

Imagine my surprise then, when I glanced at the scores on Saturday evening and discovered, to my horror, that Chicago had dispatched the Kings in five and Boston had somehow swept the Penguins. As a die-hard Canucks fan, this sets up a nightmare final.

So what’s a long-suffering hockey fan in Vancouver to do? Obviously, we need to sort out which of these two nemeses we can tolerate watching win again, and, more importantly, which we should be more actively cheering against. You’ll see a lot of Cup previews around the web this week, but unlike ones by so-called “journalists” with their “integrity” and their “jobs” and their “knowledge of hockey”, this one will focus on what’s really important: not who will win, but more importantly, who you, as a Canucks fan, should hope to see lose.

PLAYOFF HISTORY

This one is close, and will partially depend on when you first started cheering for the Canucks. If you jumped on the bandwagon during the 2011 cup run, you no doubt resent the Bruins more. However, if your “run 6 starting goalies out of town, get one free” card has Dan Cloutier on it, and you still sometimes wake up in a cold sweat with “Chelsea Dagger” ringing in your ears, those back-to-back eliminations at the hand of the Blackhawks might be enough to take it.

To break the tie, we have to go back to 1982 (the only other meeting between the Canucks and either of these teams being a forgettable sweep at the hands of the ‘Hawks in 1995). I’m sure I don’t need to remind you why. Considering it was a playoff series with Chicago that gave us one of the best playoff traditions in modern sports, and Alex Burrows has done a lot to help us forget 2008 and 2009, this one goes to the boys in black.

Hate point → Boston.

CURRENT PERSONNEL

On the surface, Boston seems to have lost a few hate points here for the departures of Tim “Received additional scrutiny from the IRS during the 2012 presidential election” Thomas, and Mark “Doc” Recchi. Add in local boy and former Vancouver Giants star Milan Lucic, and you might almost find yourself warming to the team in black. But then you realise, like Demetrius and Helena, that this affection is a lie, they still have Brad Marchand and Shawn Thornton on their team, and you go right back to hating them with everything you had.

Meanwhile, thanks to some hilariously inept salary cap management, many of the most hated Blackhawks have been shipped out. They still have Patrick Kane, Dave Bolland, and Duncan Keith, but Dustin Byfuglien, Andrew Ladd, Ben Eager, and Adam Burish have all moved on.

Hate point → Boston.

GOAL SONG

This one isn’t particularly close. The Bruins are going with a classic this year, and even the fact that they stole yelling “Woo!” after goal announcements from us (what’s next, Boston, are you going to start saying “radical”? That’s Milhouse’s thing. That’s his thing that he says!) can’t begin to compare with…

Chelsea Dagger. What do I need to say here that you don’t already know? Roberto Luongo might think it’s catchy, but any blue-blooded Canucks fan would rather sit through an entire performance of John Cage’s entire oeuvre than hear it again.

Hate point  Chicago.

LOCAL MEDIA

Granted, every local TV announcing crew is going to sound biased to fans of other teams. Our very own Johns, Shorthouse and Garrett, are no exception. But Jack Edwards definitely ratchets up the bias to a new level. A couple of years ago he was one of only two hockey commentators named to Bleacher Report’s list of the top 25 biggest homers in sports broadcasting, a fact that either highlights how Bruins fans are pandered to by their media, or the fact that Americans don’t care enough about hockey to put more people from the sport on their lists. (I chose to believe the former, because it suits the premise of this article.) Homerism aside, any group that sees merit in ambushing another journalist live on air is going to have a strong case for most despicable.

Chicago’s media haven’t been much kinder to the Canucks. Take, for example, the Daily Herald’s Barry Rozner’s ludicrously overstated rant about Raffi Torres (6’0, 220 lbs.) refusing to fight John Scott (6’8, 270 lbs.) during the second round in 2011. It was a truly inspired hatchet job that managed to work its way around to dumping on Kevin Bieksa, Tanner Glass, Alain Vigneault, the referees, and everyone’s mother. At the end of the day, however, Boston’s media gets the nod because the only people who read Barry Rozner are the Canucks fans he trolls, whereas Boston tends to be fairly successful at making their side of the story the national focus.

Hate point  Boston.

FANBASE

With two Original Six franchises here and 176 years of combined history to draw from, both these fan bases have had plenty of time to accrue marks against them. Of course, it would be completely ridiculous to smear an entire city’s sports fans based on the actions of a few losers. Let’s do it anyway!

PITB faithful will need no reminders of the relentless trolling perpetuated on this blog and others once word got out in New England that some writers out here were *gasp* being mean to their team and *double gasp* being witty about it! Their steadfast refusal to understand the nuances of irony and sarcasm alone would put them in good shape for this matchup. Then there was the time the Boston Gardens faithful chanted “flopper” at Mason Raymond as he lay on the ice with a broken back. Throwing in their behaviour on Twitter last year simply fortifies an already strong position.

Generally, while ‘Hawks fans and Canucks fans have engaged in their fair share of message board sparring over the last five years, there aren’t many incidents that jump out as being beyond the pale of hockey banter. Yeah, the “sister” bashing got pretty stale but, regrettably, that was hardly unique to Chicago. Credit where it’s due: when the biggest controversy surrounding your fan base in recent years is that they’re too enthusiastic, you’re probably doing something right. I’m not saying I’d like to watch a game with a Blackhawks fan at a bar or anything (especially if we had to split a taxi on the way home), but they’re definitely the less objectionable of the two here.

Hate point  Boston.

INTANGIBLES

If Boston loses, Lucic won’t be able to have a Stanley Cup party in his backyard this year, which means hopefully no idiots will pull a stunt like this and make real Canucks fans look bad.

If Chicago loses, we can make fun of them because they won the President’s trophy this year, and everyone knows that unless you also win the Cup, that’s an achievement so meaningless, it’s actually a negative.

Hate point  Chicago.

VERDICT

Let’s go, Chicago.

Remember, I’m not saying we should be cheering for the Blackhawks here. The ‘Hawks are bad. And the Bruins are bad. But while all the animals may be equally awful, some are more equal than others, and in this case, those are the Bruins.

There’s another reason: at the end of the day, if Boston wins, it will only serve to further entrench the current mindset that physicality beats skill in the playoffs. If Chicago, a team that relies much more on speed and skill, can pull it off, we might begin to see a shift back to a more fluid, open style of play — a style the current Canucks are better-suited to play.

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49 comments

  1. peanutflower
    June 10, 2013

    persuasive argument but I’m still not watching.

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    • EllynBleu
      June 10, 2013

      Agree wholeheartedly!

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  2. passive voice
    June 10, 2013

    The sweet release of death.

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    • john
      June 10, 2013

      actually doesn’t sound half bad

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  3. Mark
    June 10, 2013

    Agreed. Don’t like either team, but I’ve got to pull for the Blackhawks in this one solely based on their style of play (and the fact that they don’t have Marchand on their team!).

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    • canuckfaninsf
      June 11, 2013

      You do know they have Andrew Shaw right?

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  4. Fraser
    June 10, 2013

    I’m with Jacob, and I didn’t even have to add up the points. The last thing he says is all that matters; Boston wins by keeping the other team from being good. Chicago wins by being better than the other team. Only one of those philosophies is acceptable and SPOILER ALERT: it isn’t Boston’s. Bring on the skill!

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    • BringbackBure
      June 12, 2013

      That’s the most brilliantly stated thing I’ve heard all day. *slowclap

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  5. DanD
    June 10, 2013

    Well written Jacob! And I’m with you all the way. Boston needs to lose everything forever.

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    • Jacob
      June 10, 2013

      Thanks Dan (and everyone else). It was fun to write this, but it was also a big mistake, because in researching it I had to relive every stupid thing about those playoff series, and now I’m angry about stuff that happened 3 years ago and my friends are avoiding me in case I go off on another rant about how unbelievable it is that Dustin Byfuglien wasn’t getting called for goaltender interference more often…

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  6. Melanie
    June 10, 2013

    I believe the correct answer is rooting for a meteor to hit both teams

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    • Gordietee
      June 11, 2013

      Meteor in 1.

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  7. Matt
    June 10, 2013

    I’m cheering for Chicago, for the reason stated in the verdict, and also because while Duncan Keith is a dirty SOB, Boston is the dirtiest team in hockey and there’s no way I’m cheering for a team which was responsible for breaking two players’ spines *in the same season*.

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    • Andre
      June 11, 2013

      Now, now: no team is lilly white, including the Canucks. It’s just that Boston has found a way to take blackness to greater depths than anyone else…

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  8. Gordietee
    June 10, 2013

    Agree wholeheartedly on the last point. I’d really like to see the end of the physicality > skill mindset. And as much as it hurt to lose to Chicago, losing to Boston hurt so, so much more. If we’re sticking with the Simpsons metaphors, losing to Boston was the babysitter ripping Bart’s heart out and kicking it into the trash can.

    Mark me down as actively cheering for the Hawks.

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  9. cathylu
    June 10, 2013

    I will be watching (“Because It’s The Cup” – I know, I know… I’ve given in to the power of the NHL’s advertising strategy). I’m also going with the ‘Hawks because of that last point – I don’t want to believe that just brutally beating your opponents into submission is the way to win the Cup. Just a couple of weeks and the torture will be over. (Melanie – you have the best solution).

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  10. Kenji
    June 10, 2013

    We should cheer for the sport. Specifically, I hope that the team that shows better use of skill, smarts, and enthusiasm wins over the team that shuns these virtues for the painful and ugly tactic of using interference and dirty play. The outcome of the Cup Final tends to dictate trends in the following season. If we descend all the way back to the dead puck era, then what was the point of the competition committee, of the Shanahan summits, of having a second ref?

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    • annonymouse
      June 10, 2013

      Put Kenji down for the Hawks! :)

      Kenji wrote “I hope that the team that shows better use of skill, smarts, and enthusiasm wins over the team that shuns these virtues for the painful and ugly tactic of using interference and dirty play. ”

      Yeah, that’s not going to be The Bruins….

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  11. TubaNat
    June 10, 2013

    Nothing can wipe away the pain of 2011, so I can never go for Boston, and I enjoyed watching Chicago beat Detroit so much I’ve kinda been on the Hawks wagon since then anyway. But also, screw Boston.

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  12. Sox/canucks fan
    June 10, 2013

    Can’t think of a matchup w/o Canucks in it that I’d rather watch. My karma be damned, explain to me why it is wrong to hope that the true characters of Keith and Marchand play out in “questionable” or “unfortunate” ways.

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  13. Trevor
    June 10, 2013

    I’m actually hoping the Broons win (notice I said hoping and not ‘rooting for’) because I know several Blackhawk fans who will be smug assholes for months should their team win. I don’t know anybody from Boston or any B fans in general, so while I hate their guts at least I won’t have to deal with it on a tangible level.

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  14. akidd
    June 10, 2013

    not gonna find a lot of bruin supporters on this blog…that’s for sure.

    and the hawks ya, well, them having any kind of extra bragging rights is obviously not…hold on a sec…nausea twitch…just a sec…okay, ya, it’s obviously not ideal but in the larger sense of ‘us and them’ the hawks are in the west which is the real nhl battlezone and not the make-believe one which occasionally lets teams like the hurricanes and lightning(and almost the leafs) have success.

    also, like the writer points out, the hawks are the larger sense ‘us’ in that they like the wings and sharks play the creative game as opposed to the destructive. the bruins are like some gigantic rainforest clearcutting company. they walk in and start with the spine-snapping and speed-bagging and basically just trample all the lovely flora and fauna underneath.

    it could be fun to watch those hawks buzzing the bruins zone, making drop pass after drop pass until rask is hopelessly flopping out of position and we get to hear “da duh, da da, duh, da, da duh, da, da duh…”, three or four times in a half-period or so while vince ‘i lost a decade somewhere’ vaughn’s face battles it out with his jersey for ‘who’s the reddest?’. cause that’s what happens right?

    sure it’ll mean that duncan ‘headhunter’ keith will get rewarded by the universe with another ring but it will also hopefully mean that p.( tank) kane will strap a keg to his back and go for a celebratory carouse with cellphone bulbs popping. that’s always a hoot.

    and there’s always the last refuge for canucks and fans of “ya, well, you didn’t beat us.”

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  15. Tom 1040
    June 10, 2013

    Why do you have to cheer for any team?

    To be honest, I really don’t care who wins/loses.

    Anyway, playoff update…

    Bruins in 6 – Bruins sweep.
    LA in 6 – Chicago in 5. (Kane was unstoppable and Quick couldn’t stop much)

    That puts me at 12 for 14.

    And your 2013 SC Champions are … the Boston Bruins (in 5).

    I picked the Bruins to win the Cup pre-playoffs. But I also picked them to play St. Louis in the final.

    Wish we had a team like the Bruins.

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  16. iceman
    June 10, 2013

    I’m with you Jacob, though I never say I’m cheering for Chicago — I’m simply cheering “any team” against Boston.

    Fact #1: Bruins were the sorest cup winner, badmouthing and refusing to give any credit to their runner-up who took them to game 7 with injury depleted roster. However you did it, once you won the cup do yourself a favor — learn how to show some class afterward even if you didn’t win with it.

    Fact# 2: Bruins’ physical, bullish, abusive tactics just take away everything we enjoy watching hockey for. Winning by dragging the other team down to play their whacking-hacking level of hockey is just frustrating to watch. At least Chicago eliminated LA, another team that’s built not on doing what they need to win, but on doing what they need to make the other team lose.

    Fact #3: Jeremy Jacobs, the Bruins owner, pays Bettman and his henchmen who in turn pay the other league employees’ salary including the refs’. Colin Campbell is also still on the league’s payroll and his son is playing (and breaking a leg) for Bruins. Still wonder why Bruins often get away with murder?

    Nonetheless, I’ll still be watching and here’s what I want to see during the cup finals:
    Marchand lowbridging Keith, Bolland slewfooting Marchand, Thornton sucker punching Bolland and then getting himself tripped over, driving Boychuk into the board and breaking his vertebrae.

    Hey, I can still dream, can I?

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  17. Tom 1040
    June 10, 2013

    Oh, and by the way, the last paragraph of this ‘article’ – the only one I read – is absolutely ridiculous.

    Just look at what the Red Wings did to ‘us’ last year.

    Moonacy, absolute Moonacy.

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  18. JCR
    June 10, 2013

    Since the late 1960′s, I was a Blackhawks fan when there was only 6 teams in the NHL, which also made the season shorter, but now with these 50+ teams now..just kidding, the hockey season is almost interfering the upcoming football season of the NFL. Anyways…I left as a hockey fan after the first lockout back in the 80′s, early 90′s and didn’t return to watch the game until I lived in Nanaimo and watching the Canucks play back in 2001-02 when Nasland, Bertuzzi, and the crew made up the Canucks and it was fun watching once again. Now that we have some low-life type players that didn’t need to be picked at the trade time in 2012-13, there have been two miserable years of lousy playing by these newcomers who seem to only play “for the money”….Get rid of these guys and bring in some hockey players and the Canucks will be contenders once again….as for this years Stanley Cup, Go Chicago Blackhawks!!!!

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  19. JM
    June 10, 2013

    Good article, I agree with the verdict.

    Silver lining for this series:
    It will be a physically punishing series for both teams, so it should be fun to see them beat the living crap out of each other. For example, seeing Kane and Marchand run head first into each other would be pretty great. A Toews vs Bergeron scrap would be fun too (to be honest I’d root for Bergeron on that one).

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  20. the real bob
    June 10, 2013

    Correct Answer: The San Antonio Spurs

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  21. PB
    June 10, 2013

    Excellent article. It is a conundrum best summed up by the tagline for those awful Aliens versus Predator movies — whoever wins, we lose. But you still basically cheer for the predators, which in this case I suppose are the Blackhawks because at least a third of the Bruins look like the alien.

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    • Tom 1040
      June 11, 2013

      PB, since we have recently established somewhat of a civil discussion with good points and counter-points made, may I have your answer to this question: What is the Canucks’ identity?

      I am interested in your opinion on this question.

      If you don’t mind.

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  22. Smokey
    June 10, 2013

    Nope, it’s gotta be Boston and here’s why: after winning the President’s Trophy, the Canucks went on to lose the Finals to the Bruins in seven games. After winning the President’s Trophy, the Blackhawks go on to face the Bruins in the Finals. If Boston can dispatch the Blackhawks in six or less, then the Canucks win the “losing to Boston in the Finals” competition with Chicago. If the Blackhawks can beat the Bruins, that’s something they can hold over us, which is completely unacceptable.

    That’s why I say, “Let’s Go Bruins!” Not gonna catch me rooting for Chicago, no way.

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    • Gordietee
      June 10, 2013

      Um, I’m fairly certain that Chicago can already hold something over Vancouver. You know, beating us en route to capturing the 2010 Stanley Cup. Also, my god. Talk about overvaluing an “accomplishment”. “Vancouver won one more game against Boston before losing the final! You ain’t got nothing on us, Chicago!” Yeah, wave that around loud and proud.

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      • Tom 1040
        June 11, 2013

        I am sure Mooney would.

        I mean look at silly him wave that silly towel around Vcr.

        Cup contender…right.

        Swept by a team that finished 3rd in its division that lost to the team that lost the next round in 5 games.

        There’s perspective for you.

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  23. Pink
    June 11, 2013

    I am only going to cheer Chicago cause its in the state of my college. At least I can be living in a place where the cup has been won.

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  24. PB
    June 11, 2013

    Tom, I think the new coach will determine to some extent what the identity of the Canucks is. Based on their current personnel and their abilities I would say that they are a skilled, puck-possession team with a relatively mobile set of defensemen and potentially solid secondary scoring. Neither of the last was necessarily true last year due to injuries and some less than wise coaching decisions (especially on the PP and the decimation of the second line).

    I also continue to think that only judging a team by their playoff performance remains problematic. Obviously the goal remains the Stanley Cup but to say that a season is an utter failure based on a 4-7 game stretch is unfair. There are stretches — often long — where players will go through slumps during the season; it’s unfair to either absolve them of all difficulties because of a good playoff run or to castigate them because that’s when they have problems. Boston very nearly lost that Leafs series and Chicago the Red Wings series. There was a lot of luck and timing involved. There seems to be a lot of instant revisionism based on the current state of things. The fact remains that until these playoffs Lucic’s season was a pretty dismal one, while Seguin’s struggles and Toews have been well documented.

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  25. PB
    June 11, 2013

    Tom, let me also ask you this — what is it that YOU would like to see out of the Canucks? A Stanley Cup and no less otherwise it’s all doom and gloom? You keep calling for civility but your own posts drip with vitriol and disdain, whether for Gillis, Luongo, or any number of others. In the end of the day I know three things: 1) that no matter how much armchair quarterbacking I do and how much of a genius I think I might be, each of these players and front office staff are professionals who know a hell of a lot more than me, 2) that this is still a game and a wonderful antidote to the crappyness of the real world, but still shouldn’t be taken too seriously, and 3) that hell or high water I’ll always be a fan of this team. I have seen a whole lot worse than the stumbles of the last few years — the dreadful years of the 80s and large parts of the 90s, for example, truly awful drafts, poor trades, badly coached teams, badly played games, all of which led to a lot of losing. Yet still I would always watch or listen. I’m not saying you shouldn’t criticize, but in the end I think you have to let some of this go — I hear you rehashing again and again all the failures you see — to what end? Is Gillis going to turn to the bulletin boards for advice? Does it really help to remind us that the Canucks got swept in the first round? Would you feel better if we had missed the playoffs? Choked in a game 7 like the Leafs, blown a 3-1 lead like the Red Wings, got swept in the third round like the Pens? In the end I remain a fan and I hope the team does well. I can get frustrated at times but I just don’t understand the particular rancor and animus you bring to your analysis.

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    • Tom 1040
      June 11, 2013

      PB,

      I call it balance to the BS I read here and read/see/hear in this market, which has changed for the worse in the last 5 or 6 years.

      My rancor and animus are quite recent on this blog. In short, I have grown tired of decorum on my end and now comment as as per the comments I have received particularly from Harry and Danny.

      Since 2011 my message has been consistent. Now, 2 out of 3 (AV and Luongo) of my ‘goodbye list’ are nearly gone.

      3 out of 3 is Gillis. The team I used to cheer for has sunk to horrible depths with the fraud Gillis at the helm.

      Though he (Gillis), David ‘blowhard’ Pratt and PITB claim he is responsible for their success; he is simply the benefactor of the work of Burke and Nonis – clearly.

      What’s more, and more importantly to me, though the Canucks have a history of ineptitude, at least they had honour.

      The league-wide perceived arrogance of my former favourite team begins and ends with the fraud Gillis. The diving and whining and excuses are disgraceful.

      Finally, this team won’t win squat with Gillis at the helm.

      His drafting, his trades, his lack of vision other than pumping the market like a used-car salesman is ruining the organization from top to bottom. Time is coming quickly for utter collapse.

      As for the team, I think you are accurate in the identity that Canuck Inc. has wanted to sell you.

      If you really look at it, how skilled are they? They can’t score. Puck possession? They can’t win a draw like they used to. I think they are less than 50%. Mobile defense was touted as a puck-moving defense that could play physical when required. I find that hard to grasp given they couldn’t break out of their own end at all last year. Secondary scoring? They don’t have any primary scoring.

      Hence, I can’t see a team with any identity. They are mired in purgatory save for an awesome Nonis-drafted goaltender.

      Further, H. Sedin is part and parcel of this lack of identity. He’s captain!?! OMG. He is now so full of BS his post game comments are near sickening.

      As a thought experiment, if H. Sedin weren’t wearing the C, who else on the Canucks could?

      It might come down to cry-baby Kesler or Bieksa. Slim pickens for leadership.

      PB, with all honestly, don’t get your hopes up for Canucks in the playoffs next year.

      I just hope that people will begin to wise up about the fraud Gillis.

      When he is gone I am quite sure that I can begin to cheer for the Canucks again even if they aren’t doing so well.

      In closing, aren’t you sick of Gillis’ whining and excuses? Go to youtube and listen to some of the other GM’s post season post-mortems.

      Quite illustrative as regards what we have here in Vcr.

      Go Canucks – after Gillis is gone.

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      • cathylu
        June 11, 2013

        I know I’ve been told not to respond to trolling but here goes. If you are not currently a Canucks fan why do you spend so much time commenting here at PITB? If you’re trying to convince me to not be a fan anymore it’s not working.

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        • Harrison Mooney
          June 11, 2013

          He’s not trying to convince you to not be a fan. He’s out for a reaction, which is why he takes his little potshots at us and tries to bait us into responding. Occasionally, it works, because we like responding to comments, even the delusional and attention-seeking kind.

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  26. Tom 1040
    June 11, 2013

    Sorry, PB, forgot to add…

    I don’t think the coach is the key determiner of team identity. He has to work and adjust to the players he has been given.

    The GM will decide on a coach that he feels matches his idea of what the team should be.

    If you look at it, Gillis and AV weren’t on the same page on that front.

    IMO, but what do I know.

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  27. PB
    June 11, 2013

    Well said Cathylu. I have no idea why someone who is clearly no fan and who would believe in (and seem to embrace) the Canucks apparent demise is so obsessed with a team they so clearly despise.

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  28. PB
    June 11, 2013

    Harrison, is Tom 1040 Dave Nonis? Or just a self-important and delusional blowhard?

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    • Tom 1040
      June 11, 2013

      Gee, PB…

      I’m hurt. And you were doing so well there for a while. As per one of your previous posts, if you think I am Nonis, then you must have a high regard for my hockey knowledge.

      As for Harry, pot-kettle-black.

      As for Cathylu, Harry is right, not trying to convince you to be or do anything. When you get older you’ll understand.

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      • Doop
        June 11, 2013

        …Because one day, we’ll all reach middle age: that space in time where the irreverent joys of youth are suffocated under the sagging bulk of mistakes we carry; where the only certain recourse to abate the nihilistic ennui is by antagonizing hapless strangers on the internet. Sorry, Cathylu. Sorry, Harrison. Tom 1040 is your future. Do the compassionate thing and reconcile it ahead of time.

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      • Cathylu
        June 11, 2013

        When I get older I’ll understand? I guess I’m just “young at heart” but in reality I’m 54…..

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        • Harrison Mooney
          June 11, 2013

          Maybe you won’t get it until 55, like a Senior Discount?

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          • Cathylu
            June 12, 2013

            :)

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  29. PB
    June 11, 2013

    Heaven help us if becoming Abe Simpson is all of our future

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  30. Jake
    June 12, 2013

    BS Byfuglien antics aside, Chicago beat us clean each time. The Bruins, on the other hand, after getting outplayed for 2 games simply brutalized the more skilled team right off the ice while the refs looked the other way.

    F Boston. I’m no Hawks fan, but I hope what was done to us doesn’t get done to them.

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