Canucks were tired. Mentally and physically drained. They did not have the desire or motivation of last year. Despite playing some mediocre hockey a lot of the year, still finishing first overall is pretty darn good. Lots of teams like the Leafs, Oilers, Habs and Flames would have done anything to be in the Canucks position. The Canucks were ripe to be beaten this year by a hungry up and coming club like L.A. This league is ultra competitive and you cant always go far in the playoffs. Had the Canucks squeaked out a first round win, maybe changes wouldn't come. But it's time, decisions must be made and players that have once been valuable to this organization in the past must be dealt to bring in some fresh faces and a new attitude. I don't cheer for the Canucks because they win, I cheer for the Canucks because I love them, win or lose, they're it, the only team for me and for all of you. The players need a long rest, months to recharge the batteries and get revitalized to get a new winning attitude from a new coach. Time to start fresh. Keep the Sedins, Burrows, Kesler, Schneider (Id like to keep Lu as well but I'm not hopeful), Hammer and yes, Keith Ballard (I think he's an underrated player whom was mis-treated by Vigneault). Higgins, Lappy and Hansen as well. Everybody else, either shape up or ship out. This team is too good for players who can't carry their weight out there. Here is a good quote that I think applies to the Canucks. Keep on loving this club, for all time! See you all next season for another great year of Canucks hockey!
"All misfortune is but a stepping stone to fortune"
-Henry David Thoreau
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