You can have your attitude towards the team and others can have theirs. What you need to try and do is not let someone else's view of the team and its player affect how you think. If you want to stand by every Canuck player through thick and thin, that is entirely your perogative.
Myself, for instance, am expecting results. I do not see this team as a Pee Wee hockey team that needs to be coddled. I feel that as much as Hockey is a game, it is also a business. And businesses are results driven.
Gillis has tried to transform this team into a perennial contender, and I think he has done that. The last 4 years have arguably been the the most consistent and exciting years this team has had (However I did enjoy the WCE era and the Bure era). Gillis has set the bar HIGH. We have some of the worlds best hockey players on our team, which alot of other teams are not very fortunate to have. With the last 4 years, Gillis has molded this team into one where a Stanley Cup is expected, not just hoped for.
And to me, when the bar has been risen so high and the team is touted so lofty, I expect the same. I don't want to waste my time and money watching average NHL players. I expect the best. Obviously I will not get the best players in the league playing on the same team, but I do expect certain things.
I expect the team to be managed properly.
I expect prospects to be developed properly.
I expect top name players on this team.
I expect the best complimentary players for those said top name players.
I expect the best goaltending.
I expect the best coach coaching the team.
I expect the team to be built in a way that is cohesive, and is built to run in a way that brings out the strengths of each and every player.
I expect the team to scout and draft properly.
Those expectations may seem selfish or out of reach. But I don't think they are. Given the financial backing of this team and the recent success it has had, with a GM who I hope is actively trying to make this team the best he can, I feel these expectations are warranted.
Gillis and the direction the team has taken in the last 5 years have instilled these expectations in me.
In my mind, the Vancouver Canucks are the best. And I expect the best out of them each and every year. And if things happen that I (along with many others) feel go against those expectations, I feel that they are teasing me, or showing me that they dont care (And that starts from Management down to the coach down to the players). So yes, I get a little angry and frustrated with them.
People are not right 100% of the time, that applies to myself and it also applies to the brains running this team. Which then leaves us to argue over it on CDC!
Good post. I plussed you for it.
My only feeling about it, is it lacks any kind of romance, which rightly or wrongly goes hand in hand with any sport for me.
You see it as a business, fair enough but would you accept the same backlash of ferocity and lynch mob reaction in any other business? What you seem to be saying is there is no room for failure..........if that's the case I don't think you really understand sport.
Failure works two ways, failure for one is success for the opposition, that is what I mean by romance.
Do you think for one moment that while the Canucks are advancing, everyone else is standing still. That's not how sport works.
If the Canucks had beaten Boston in game 7 it would have been a case of an injured team overcoming, the bully, all the odds of injury, perceived bias and media favouritism. That is what the romance of sport is about, unfortunately there is also Lady Luck, Fate, call it what you will and if she doesn't shine on you it matters little who is in your team, how much money has been spent on it or how well it is "loyally" supported...........she doesn't recognise the superior coach OR the business model.
That is why favourites are beaten every day.
No doubt I am a lot older than you and have seen these things occur more often and that is why I have said many a time on here providing a player is giving 100% for the team I don't see the 'knifing," insulting, and slaughtering them on a forum as anything other than cheap, classless and immature.
I realise for many it is letting off steam but I get back to an earlier thread I posted, there is a big difference between letting off steam and slandering your own players.