Alain Vigneault’s Contract Extension is a very good thing for Canucks!

I feel like DANCIN’, DANCIN’

There has been an unusual air around Canucks Nation since the team was ousted by Stanley Cup Finalists LA Kings just over a month ago. Immediately following season’s end, we heard about Roberto Luongo being open to a trade.

Then there was no end of war press conference with Head Coach Alain Vigneault who seemed to be MIA probably somewhere in an underground Oktoberfest in Germany. Following that was the contract extension of GM Mike Gillis which received a reaction akin to what someone might say to Captain Obvious.

Of course we can’t forget about poor Ryan Kesler’s shoulder surgery.

All that occurred, the Kings wiped out two more opponents, the other best teams in each conference were sent packing and now there is word that Bobby Lu AND Cory Schneider could both be back for the start of the regular season in September.

Everyone is so bamboozled as to where they will end up and whether or not AV would ever set foot in Vancouver again; that is until Wednesday when the Vancouver Canucks officially announced a contract extension for the man that has led this team to its only two President’s Trophies, not to mention a whack of division titles and oh yeah…this thing called Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

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Hopefully Alain is pointing the way to this club's first Stanley Cup. (Photo - Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)

The reaction to this particular extension hasn’t exactly been as unanimous as it was for Gillis but I think it’s safe to say regardless of what one might think, there’s nothing they can do about it now. So let’s not dwell folks.

Let us rejoice in the glory that is the native son of Gatineau for the five following reasons.

Stale? Vigneault? Naaaah!

Perhaps the #1 reason I have heard people give for not wanting to keep AV around is because his voice has become stale to the players. Possibly they have tuned him out and there is just no way he’ll ever get through to these players enough to get back to a Stanley Cup Finals.

I tend to disagree obviously. What these players need is to be patient with their parent. Growing up, our parents were our teachers but we did not learn every life lesson overnight.

Indeed it took time and by the age that I am now, it is with full confidence I can say that I have the knowledge on how to succeed in life. The same goes for the Canucks and Alain Vigneault.

Those players need nothing more than to keep calm and carry on listening to the insistent voice and teachings of AV.

In time, and hopefully that means the upcoming 2012-13 season, the wisdom of Vigneault will have finally gotten through the players’ thick skulls.

“The Definition of…

…Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Some guy named Einstein said that. Well I say nay! Nay as in what do you do when you fall off the horse? You get back up on that there stallion and buck that bronco’s behind again. *studies show that the author hopes you re-read that last part in a Western accent*

You fall down, you get back up; another invaluable life lesson we all learned during our youth. Look at it this way: the Canucks have been going at it now with a pretty good team for 6 seasons with Alain Vigneault.

The two most recent have been the main shots at glory and those being the first two proverbial two strikes.

It is in my opinion that if the Canucks and ergo Vigneault should swing and miss once more, it will be three strikes, you’re out the door for the 2007 Jack Adams winner.

‘Cause I think he’s the passionate one…


Does Coach of the Year mean anything to anyone? (Photo - Bruce Bennett/Getty Images Sport)

I always hoped to make another obscure reference to Ballroom Blitz in a Canucks article. I have to say, ‘Ballroom BITZ’ just wasn’t doing it for me.

Anyhow, today I had a Canucks fan tell me that among other things, Vigneault shouldn’t be the man for the job anymore because he just doesn’t have the passion.

I’m paraphrasing here but this person also said they wished he was more Tortorella-like. Now never-mind the fact that I don’t think anyone wants AV or any coach here racking up a deluge of fines, but allow me to explain how Alain Vigneault is the exact opposite of not passionate enough.

This is a man who was rumoured by almost every sports outlet and sportscaster to be on his way to ‘la belle province.’

Seriously, if you’re going to coach the Montréal Canadiens or are even rumoured as a candidate for that job, you are 110% a passionate guy.

We will never see Viggy as I like to call him sometimes, blow his top like Mount St. Helens but that doesn’t mean he’s a monotonous, woe is me, can’t handle the pressure type of head coach.

The guy was 60 minutes from a Stanley Cup for Pete’s sake.

Oh and he also had this to say today in the official press release from the Canucks:

“I am pleased to be signing this extension to continue as the Head Coach of such an outstanding organization,” said Vigneault. “I look forward to taking the next step with this franchise in bringing the Stanley Cup to Vancouver. I feel fortunate to be able to work with such a dedicated group of management, coaches and players in this great city I love.”

The Economy

While today’s market could be worse, it has seen better days and what better man to keep it all afloat than Alain Vigneault? Why do you think Facebook’s IPO crashed last week? It’s because Alain Vigneault was convincing everyone to buy into the Lozenge sector.

Think about it this way: AV sucks back at least a pack a game so that’s 41 games times $2.50 a pack which equals $102.50. On top of that, he takes at the very minimum 5 packs each for the extra stressful road games which would add up to $512.50 for a total of $615.00.

We have to also take into account the affect he has on his assistants who want to be as cool as AV and so they also consume on average two packs a game for the entire season. That’s three assistant coaches times $205.00 which equals another $615.00.

Finally, we add two more costs. First is the amount Viggy spends on year end gift basket packets of lozenges for each of the players. My sources tell me he throws in three to each basket so that’s 69 packets for 23 guys which equals $172.50.

In total, Vigneault and his three assistants spend $1402.50 on Sucrettes, Halls, and Ricolas each year.

Last, but certainly not least, the ad revenue generated through the official ‘Vancouver Canucks Suck Your Lozenge Safely Campaign’ and we’ve got ourselves a winning economy people.


This is Alain telling you he's tired of you questioning his passion. (Photo - Rich Lam/Getty Images)

Une gagnant est ici!

Guess what?! I’ve saved the best for last.

It seems to me that everyone who’s anyone that wanted AV given the boot is just doing the same thing over and over again. That would be giving a member of this organization the Roberto Luongo treatment.

This treatment of a person usually occurs when said person has won consistently and convincingly for a long period of time but for some reason has yet to earn the respect of his peers because they are too damn fickle and undeserving of such high quality talent.

Need I go into what people say about Alain Vigneault’s successes in his six seasons here in VanCity?

“Division Titles mean jack squat so we can forget the five of those he’s won.”

“Oh and those two President’s Trophies;  who needs ‘em?”

“A Jack Adams Trophy is okay…I guess.”

“Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals means nothing if you don’t win.”

“Winningest coach in Franchise History would mean something if the players sucked.”

Now tell me these don’t sound ridiculous.

If you are one of those people who are unhappy with this contract extension, well guess what; that’s how ridiculous YOOOOOU sound!

They say that patience is a virtue. I guess Canucks fans are going to have to continue living by that motto.


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