Thursday, January 16, 2014

Game Over

Let's all face facts, this Canucks team did not suddenly come off the rails with this 9-1 loss to the Ducks last night. It all started back in the 2011 Final when the entire hockey world saw a team up 2-0 in the Final, getting blown out 8-1 in Game 3. The Canucks were outmuscled, outskated and outplayed in all facets of the game.

Because it was the Final and it was just one loss, I suppose management shrugged it off given that the Canucks still led the series 2 games to 1. In hindsight, that (and the dumb hits by Dan Hamhuis on Milan Lucic and Aaron Rome on Nathan Horton) was the beginning of the end.

Now we're here two and a half years later and the Canucks have been exposed once again as being too soft, too slow and having no discernibly consistent goal scoring let alone goal scoring depth. My bigger question is when is owner Francesco Aqulini going to fire Mike Gillis and get Trader Phil Esposito back in the NHL. I mean, the Canucks already have a Luongo, Tortorella, Sestito, Corrado and a Santorelli. Why stop there? Maybe even try to resurrect Angelo Esposito's career while they're at it.

 To think I netted Marian Hossa in a trade

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