News on the Vancouver Canucks has been as plentiful lately as rain. After the explosive Cory Schneider trade, we’ve seen the buyout of Keith Ballard, the signings of Yannick Weber and Brad Richardson, and then a whole swack of AHL signings culminating with Zach Hamill and Colin Stuart.
It’s not exactly the hack-and-slash summer many bloodthirsty fans were hoping for, creating a rising pressure system of impatience among the growing group of Mike Gillis detractors.
And even though we’re in the middle of one of the hottest Vancouver summers on record, there’s still a vacuum in this town that must perpetually be filled by hockey talk, leading to articles built on the flimsiest of premises.
That’s never minding the TMZ-esque coverage of Roberto Luongo and the uncanny ability for sports writers to double as armchair psychologists in order to comment with great uncertainty what his continued silence means.
It’s…let’s just drop the puck already.
It’s hard to believe but there exist teams that have optimistic summers. Teams that believe that they worked hard and achieved their goals in the year prior and looking forward to building on that success in the year upcoming.
The Canucks have summers of post-mortems and finger pointing.
- 2013 – Swept by the Sharks, remember?
- 2012 – That lovely first round implosion against the Kings.2011 – <memory deleted>
- 2010 – The ‘Hawks again.
- 2009 – The ‘Hawks.
- 2008 – Missed the playoffs, Nonis fired.
- 2007 – Canucks fall to Ducks.
- 2006 – Missed the playoffs, the end of the WCE era.
- 2004 – Canucks fall to Flames in seven, missing a suspended Bertuzzi and an injured Cloutier, after Gelinas scores early in overtime to negate Jovo’s last second tying goal.
- 2003 – That shocking seven game loss to the Wild of all teams.
- 2002 – Lidstrom.
That’s 11 years of outcomes and only one, 2007, wasn’t a dagger to the heart, though the optimism did carry over to missing the playoffs entirely.
The Vancouver Canucks are masters of the spring gut punch, leading into the same questions every summer: What just happened, how, why, and most importantly, why again?
That’s why I’m not keen on re-hashing these discussions again this summer. It’s been done to death, and have you seen the weather outside?
Besides, this town has a gift for forgetting all these past transgressions once opening night rolls around to the point where I assume the franchise has some kind of MiB style memory eraser they trek around town in September.
It’s like an extension of a horror movie franchise where the teens insist on going back to the lake every summer even though it never, ever ends well.
But maybe….this is our year!