You can point fingers in just about any direction with the Canucks.
The coach has lost the room, you might say, which may be why he was trying so hard to get into Calgary’s room that one day: he was confused, and thought they were in his room. (Listen closely to the audio: “This is my room!” Tortorella keeps shouting. “You’d better not be touching my stuff!”)
The assistant coaches are running a powerplay and a defence that can’t score and can’t hold leads, respectively. Mike Gillis has assembled a roster that appears to have quit on their coach, which doesn’t exactly speak to his mission to build a roster with character and integrity. By several accounts, the owner is a meddlesome roadblock towards improvement and singular vision. No one is playing well. No one is playing the system. Kevin Bieksa is teaching a literature class.
It’s chaos in Vancouver, and with the club delaying their season ticket renewal letter until they can pair it with some kind of optimism, it’s clear, and it became clearer after Monday night’s historic collapse, that someone needs to pay.
On Tuesday morning, the hammer came down. After 18 years working with the concession pros at Aramark Canada, the Canucks have fired their entire concession staff. From CBC:
Nearly 1,000 people who serve food and beverages at Vancouver Canucks hockey games and other events at Rogers Arena will be out of work in a few months.
Concession and food service employees arriving at work Monday were given notices telling them that their employer Aramark’s contract at the arena, which was supposed to last into 2015, had been terminated early.
[...] The arena’s chief operating officer Victor de Bonis said “big changes” in the arena’s food and drink services are going to be unveiled July 1, and they plan to run the concession themselves, including hiring 1,000 new workers.
There it is. The heads, they have rolled. Now you know: this team finds losing as unacceptable as you do. The Canucks, my friends, are back on track. The first domino has fallen. As Aidan Brand points out, If everyone in the building is choking, your problem is in the kitchen.
Let the decree go forth: this team will not stagnate, and they will no longer regress. The Canucks are committed to building a winning organization, and that means everything, from the offence, to the defence, to the nine-dollar hot dog you stuff in your craw.
That will be a winner’s hot dog, gosh darn it. The Canucks won’t rest until their hot dogs can compete with the hot dogs of Southern California. We need hot dogs committed to long-term success. Hot dogs with character. And heart. And grit. Well maybe not grit. Definitely heart, though. But not animal heart. Preferably meat.
The Canucks aren’t interested in a full concession rebuild — no sir, they’re going to retool, building around staple items like peanuts and popcorn, then developing new prospects, like high-end pad thai, and… chocolate chip cookie shots, perhaps.
They should really get chocolate chip cookie shots.
But seriously, what are the Canucks doing? You’re trying desperately to seem appealing to a fanbase that can hardly stand to look at you and you fire 1000 people?
Aramark claims that their contract is valid until 2015 and will fight the decision, because the Canucks can’t seem to do anything the easy way right now. But it does bode well for the Canucks’ future that ownership is willing to terminate contracts that have a few years left on them, no?