John Tortorella was as blunt as we'd ever seen him last night in the post-game presser following another loss, this time falling 2-0 to the Red Wings in Detroit. "We need to change the complexion of our hockey club. Either with our play or with different hockey people. Because we look like a slow hockey team. We are going to keep on banging away to try to get better. But I tell you, it’s frustrating to see the same looks. It worries me." You couldn't ask for a better example of this than the 3rd period of this game, where the Canucks, down 1-0, mustered a pathetic 3 shots on goal.
The heart and soul of this team has died. When your best players, stars in this league, cannot carry you even once in over a month, it's a situation that cannot stand. There were a number of issues identified with the Canucks from the start, and it looked like they might have addressed them early on in the season. Mike Santorelli and Brad Richardson both played beyond expectations. Ryan Stanton was a revelation, and we saw the emergence of Chris Tanev as a dependable blue liner. But when these players (and others) went down to injury, the leaders of this team failed. There is no other word. Daniel Sedin has not scored a goal in 2014. Unacceptable. Alex Burrows does not have a goal this season. Unacceptable. Ryan Kesler's play of late? Unacceptable. These are guys who are getting paid large sums of money to be the producers on this team. Something has to give here. And it's not enough to send Dale Weise off to Montreal for Raphael Diaz, though that's a great start. Weise, along with his non-fraternal twin David Booth, are the poster boys for the ails of this team. They simply have not, at any time, given the Canucks even a whiff of what they were brought here to do.
And is if things weren't already a stinking garbage fire, try the 2nd game of a back to back in Boston. After the asskicking the Canucks laid on the Bruins earlier this season, you know they're going to be in full on angry douchebag mode tonight. I did find it funny that Brad Marchand was trying his very best to sell the media that there's still a rivalry with the Canucks. He's just pissed that we refused to acknowledge him as the Starley Cup Champian that he is, I guess.
There is no fight in this team. No heart. I see a team that is playing like they've already lost. And teams are feasting on this. And tonight will be no different. I feel bad for Roberto Luongo, because it's quite likely he'll get hung out to dry. If they can keep it within 4, is that a moral victory? It's time for Mike Gillis to step up and make a bold move, like he is so fond of saying. If he doesn't drastically alter this team's course, they will miss the playoffs, and with the kind of talent that this team has, that's just unacceptable. This flu couldn't have come at a worse time, because it's keeping me from drinking my frustration away...
So... if you're Mike Gillis, what bold move(s) do you make? Leave them in the comments.
KICKASS METAL TUNE OF THE DAY
Today is World Cancer Day, and I've got tunes from Death and Dio, remembering Chuck Schuldiner and Ronnie James Dio, both stolen from us by this horrid disease.