Yesterday afternoon the New York Rangers surprised the hockey world by effectively warning their fanbase, or The Blueshirt Faithful as they have deemed them, that the team’s management staff intends on being aggressive deadline sellers. Rangers President Glen Sather and GM Jeff Gorton warned fans that change is coming over the coming months, all with the goal of ultimately delivering the team another Stanley Cup championship.
A Message from Glen Sather and Jeff Gorton. pic.twitter.com/Q56CXS8vDc— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) February 8, 2018
Today, the Canucks released their own statement in a similar fashion, but the intended effect isn’t quite the same.
Check it out:
February 9th, 2018
Dear Vancouver Canucks fan,
As a member of the *insert cutesy fanbase descriptor here*, we consider you a part of the Vancouver Canucks family. Not the Aquilini family mind you though, because they’re MEGA rich and tend not to fraternize with the fans. They’re so rich in fact that they can actually afford real estate in Vancouver, but I digress. The point is we know you care about this team for some reason or another and we feel like we should give you the heads up on some stuff that might go down between now and the trade deadline. Let’s talk about the future.
As you know, since the 2014-15 season, we have been a highly competitive team… at least in terms of our Draft Lottery chances. Since the appointment of team president Trevor Linden and the hiring GM Jim Benning, we have played six playoff games and compiled a 130-137-33 record. Through the free-agent market, we’ve added core, foundational players like Loui Eriksson, Jayson Megna, Jack Skille, Philip Larsen, Anton Rodin, Michael Chaput, Matt Bartkowski, Ronalds Kenins, Mike Zalewski… (OMG I could keep going)… and while we’re proud of these accomplishments - we have not reached our ultimate goal of bringing the Stanley Cup to Vancouver. Go figure, eh?
So as we do every season, we have been continuously evaluating our team (Well not Jimbo, he’s toast this summer), looking for areas that can be improved to enhance our chances of winning. We began the process of reshaping our team at last year’s deadline by acquiring young assets for veteran players like Jannik Hansen and Alex Burrows. Of course, we kind of messed that all up by signing even older players to take their spot this past summer… BUT WE’RE HERE TO TALK ABOUT THE FUTURE, OK?! As we approach the trade deadline later this month, we will be focused on adding more players with immeasurable qualities like grit, tenacity and character into our lineup… you saw the Archibald signing, right? This may mean that potential trade chips like Thomas Vanek and Erik Gudbranson, both players who inexplicably have trade value all of a sudden, will likely remain with the team. While this is part of the game, it’s never easy. Our promise to you is that our plan will be guided by our singular commitment: to have head coach
Willie Desjardins Travis Green and GM Jim Benning Kyle Dubas build the foundation for our next Stanley Cup contender.
There are no fans like Canucks fans. Whether you’ve been lured in by our “We Are All Canucks” slogan, “Heart of a Canuck” slogan, “Compete is in our Nature” slogan, “Play for This” slogan, “Change is Coming” slogan or some other such nonsense that we’ve put out there the past few years, we appreciate your loyalty. We do not take your support for granted. We appreciate that you continue to pay inflated prices for tickets to a team that offers very little entertainment value other than a three or four Bo Horvat / Brock Boeser rushes per game.
We will keep you informed as this process takes shape. Or, actually… better yet, do you have Sportsnet Pacific or TSN? You know what? Just follow McKenzie and Friedman on Twitter, those guys are legit. Anyways, thank you for the incredible loyalty, pride and respect that you show the Vancouver Canucks, each and every day. We’re really hoping that Gudbranson bites on this five-year offer we’re cooking up and that Dubas is still kicking around this summer. Until then, PEACE!
Trevor Linden - President of Hockey Operations
Jim Benning - General Manager*