1. The fans don't play the game. ("Maybe next year the players, fans and management should shut up and play every game like it meant something")
2. We were already IN the playoffs, so it was natural to start talking about different scenarios. I didn't see talk of WC finals, I saw speculation and discussion of who would be the best match ups, etc.
3. Teams DO have ceremonies and involve the public to participate in various things. Michael Buble's been a huge supporter of the team and it was a one shot deal. Honestly, I don't think that did a darn thing to disrupt the flow of things.
I honestly think that the grueling SCF (and previous playoff series with the Blackhawks) have taken a toll on this team, both physically and emotionally.
It's hard to fully commit and invest yourself in something only to have it disintegrate. To put everything you've got into it, but have it slip away (just think of any relationship where that happens. You learn to hold back in the process).
To come so close to "making it", but fall flat on your face despite that effort and giving it everything you've got very much can negatively impact future endeavors for awhile afterward. You don't just throw yourself back in, there's an easing in period and I think that's what we're seeing here. You need to rebuild that momentum, drive and desire.
I think it was hard for the guys to buy back into that again - yes, they were expected to, went through the motions but I don't think the drive was there or they were 100% committed like they needed to be. I don't fault them for that...I don't think it's something that comes with awareness, it's just how it is.
They've had to battle, not only on the ice but, at times, against a league that shows little support toward them. Whether it be in scheduling, discipline or whatever. I believe they're mentally spent.
But, to suggest arrogance is to blame? I see these guys call themselves plugs and display great senses of humour - mostly, laughing at themselves. Arrogant people don't do that - they rip on other people and it's not directed at themselves. I'd say they're fairly down to earth and regular guys.
People said they were coasting but I saw them exhausted and deflated at times. The motivation just wasn't there because, likely somewhere in the back of their minds they knew it could all be for nothing and that's an issue that will work itself out over time. It just was too soon to throw themselves right back in at the level you need to be at in the playoffs.
Wow, are you the official excuse writer for the Vancouver Canucks? Their play in those five games against the Kings was pathetic. Except for a few players here and there the Canucks looked like the 8th seed, barely making it in, and not even close to an elite team.
Remember the dumb and very arrogant "We don't celebrate goals much" during the season, because only the playoffs matter. Well they truly showed us how much it mattered to them. Guess they couldn't live with another short summer vacation.
AV, needs to go plain and simple. I said it way back when, that we never win a Cup with him as coach. The man is incapable to adapt, he keeps doing the same thing over and over and expects different results. like a dumbass.
But what upsets me more is that he didn't put Schneider in last year. We would have a cup already if he would've played Schneider in the games in Boston. What a loser he is.
In closing, do not try to excuse the inexcusable, makes you look like a fool, or a relative of somebody in the organization.