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OPPOSING BLOG: MATCHSTICKS AND GASOLINE
It’s almost over.
This absolutely brutal season has finally reached the last game, and with the league and sponsors getting their pound of flesh from this team, there’s just 60 or so minutes left to play. And in true fashion, they’ve managed to make it as excruciating as possible.
The net was abuzz yesterday with word that change was coming to the Canucks. Could it be that Jim Benning and his team would finally be held accountable for the constant failures and missteps?
Instead, we hear that Daniel and Henrik Sedin are in discussions to join in an as yet undetermined role. While this is a positive thing, as their brilliance on ice should translate well off it, it’s not enough.
The changes that are going to happen are things like not re-signing goaltending coach Ian Clark to a new contract, despite Thatcher Demko literally begging the team to change this and keep him on board. They’ve run the entire season with a lame duck coach in Travis Green, and I will be shocked if they offer him a new deal. There might be a sacrifice to try and appease the masses, like firing John Weisbrod. The worst part? The Aqualini family probably genuinely thinks that something like this, combined with the Sedins joining the management team will repair the rift between the club and the fan base. It’s embarrassing to see just how out of touch they are. It’s that, or they simply don’t give a shit about any of us.
So let’s hope they can end this on a win. Not for Benning’s sake, but for the players. They and Green have been enduring the brunt of all the garbage this season, while management and ownership have been silent so often. The players deserve better. Green deserves better. You deserve better. Bringing back Jim Benning is going to set this team back even further, to the point where Benning’s legacy won’t just be wasting the final years of the Sedins, but wasting the best years of players like Elias Pettersson, Quinn Hughes, Brock Boeser, Thatcher Demko and Bo Horvat.
Not a surprise but multiple people both in and around the @Canucks and around the @NHL “stunned”, “surprised” and “shocked” by @FriedgeHNIC report that Canucks ownership is planning to bring back GM JB.— Alex Blair (@thealexblair) May 19, 2021
Believe the decision will not be well received by many @Canucks players.
Canucks projected lineup
Injured: Brandon Sutter (upper body), Tyler Motte (undisclosed), Antoine Roussel (lower body), Jay Beagle (undisclosed), Elias Pettersson (upper body), Justin Bailey (shoulder), Micheal Ferland (head)
Flames projected lineup
Injured: Josh Leivo (thumb)
A healthy scratch on what will likely be the end of his time with the Canucks and maybe his career, stuck on 99 career goals. This team hates you and don’t you ever forget it.
So ownership leaks the Sedin news to Dreger as a smoke screen and then leaks the JB news to Friedman so they don't have to deal w/fans directly. The first guy to hit the media, again, is the lame duck coach this AM.— BoestMode (@BoestMode) May 19, 2021
Make no mistake. This organization is run by cowards#Canucks
GAME DAY CHATTER
“We can’t wait to have fans back. We have an amazing fan base in Vancouver that are very passionate about the team. They want us to succeed and that’s what you want in a fan base.” - Coach Green on missing fans in the stands— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) May 19, 2021
GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN
Thank you to each and every one of you who has taken the time to support us this year and from the very start. We love all of you.